Thursday, April 02, 2015

Mad For Plaid - 1968

Crab Fraud

For those who read my blog you already know that I dislike foreign seafood and particularly I dislike those restaurants that use foreign crabs in their crab cakes and pass them off as local crabs. It steals money from the local crabbers and it fraudulently trades on a local traditional reputation of quality blue crabs.  It would appear Oceana, a conservation group,  also feel the same way.  A recent report released by them show that about 38 % of the crab cakes in Maryland are made from foreign crabs and passed off as Maryland blue crab.  The report is here

Oceana’s new report found that 38 percent of the crab cakes sold as locally sourced blue crab, instead contained imported species, most of which are fished unsustainably. This mislabeling rate is consistent with Oceana’s previous studies on fish and shrimp. In 2013, Oceana found that one-third of more than 1,200 fish samples were mislabeled according to Food and Drug Administration guidelines. We also found 30 percent of shrimp samples to be misrepresented to consumers in a similar study in 2014.

Seafood fraud encompasses any illegal activity that misrepresents the seafood you purchase, including mislabeling and falsifying documents or adding too much ice to packaging. The species substitution of crab uncovered here inflates the price for consumers, parades imported and sometimes illegally caught crab as local, prevents consumers from making sustainable seafood choices, and harms the livelihoods of local fishermen and seafood businesses. Without traceability that tracks seafood from the fishing boat to the final consumer, this type of fraud will continue to occur. Key information such as the species name, and where, when and how the crab was caught should follow the product throughout the supply chain. Requiring more transparency and full chain traceability will help to ensure that all seafood sold in the United States is safe, legally caught and honestly labeled.
Key Findings
Oceana collected 90 crab cakes from 86 restaurants throughout Maryland and the nation’s capital during the 2014 Maryland crab season and tested them to identify the species used in each dish. Although Oceana attempted to buy crab cakes using locally sourced blue crab, we found the following:

 48% of the crab cakes tested used crab species from the Indo-Pacific region (44%) and the Mexican Pacific coast (4%)
 In total, we found eight species other than the blue crab present in crab cakes purchased in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
 Crab cakes sold as "Maryland," were mislabeled the most, followed by those sold as "blue crab."
 Nearly half of the species found in the crab cakes we tested are listed as species to "avoid" on seafood guides, while the real Maryland blue crab is considered a "best choice" or "good alternative" depending on where and how it was caught.
I can't help but wonder how many of those restaurants where crab and seafood fraud occurs are own by Asian immigrants who pass off any shoddy quality item to make a profit.



Yard Sale Saturday At The VFW





7 AM – 2 PM


Lots of HH items, girls clothes size 3 M-size 12,

plus size women clothing


Delmar VFW

200 W State St

Delmar MD 21875


No charge to shop!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Baptist Kills A Tree

Well you know the Baptist, one church group cuts a tree down and they have to copy it.  Today they are cutting the tree by First Baptist Church on BiState. 

However they are having an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday

Saturday, April 4, at 11 AM SHARP
Delmar First Baptist will be having an Easter egg hunt -- rain or shine -- on Saturday, April 4, at 11 AM SHARP. Remember to bring a bag or basket for your eggs. Hot dogs, drinks, and chips will follow the egg hunt. Invite all your neighborhood kids and friends to the egg hunt, and then join us for the special music being held the next day,
Easter Sunday, at 11 AM.

And On Easter Sunday

Delmar First Baptist will be having a time of special music on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, at 11 AM. This music will be provided by DFBC soloists and duets, as well as by the DFBC choir. Please come join us and share the wonderful news of God's love in dying for us at Calvary and the best news of all -- His resurrection!
For more information about this special time of music at DFBC, please call Sarah Webster at 302-875-5249.

A Little Trivia - The Mass killing of Dogs and Cats At The beginning of WW2 in Britain.

From an article by the BBC news -

In 1939 in Britain, due to the fear of lack of food for the general populous the National Air Raid Precautions Animals Committee (NARPAC) was formed. It drafted a notice - Advice to Animal Owners. This advise said "If at all possible, send or take your household animals into the country in advance of an emergency." It concluded: "If you cannot place them in the care of neighbours, it really is kindest to have them destroyed."

In one week, 750,000 pets were put down.  The first bombing of London in September 1940 prompted more pet owners to rush to have their pets destroyed.  Little memorial notices begin appearing in newspapers; "Happy memories of Iola, sweet faithful friend, given sleep September 4th 1939, to be saved suffering during the war. A short but happy life - 2 years, 12 weeks. Forgive us little pal,"

Historian Hilda Kean says that it was just another way of signifying that war had begun. "It was one of things people had to do when the news came - evacuate the children, put up the blackout curtains, kill the cat."

Own Your Own Labor Camp

On April 17, (Friday) Zeb B. Barfield, Inc will auction off a number of properties on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, one of which is a Labor Camp in Wattsville VA.

Asset #6  PHOTOS 60-63  Virginia State Rd 726, just off RT 175 Wattsville, VA
  • Parcel ID #s 02700A000011900, & 02700A000011800
  • Labor camp which contains approx. XXXSF, living space complete with refrigerators, ranges, and shower-areas
I think this labor camp was part of the mass farm land, packing houses and labor camps auctioned off in 2013 when East Coast Brokers and Packers Inc., a Mulberry, Fla.-based agricultural and development company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March, 2013.
The bankruptcy reorganization plan for the company, controlled by Batista Madonia Sr. and his wife, Evelyn, calls for the sale of numerous properties in Florida, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Delmar Police Department Surplus Equipment Auction

Delmar Police Department Surplus Equipment Auction

April 18, 2015
400 S Pennsylvania Avenue Delmar, MD 21875
PUBLIC AUCTION Delmar Police Department Auction of Surplus & Seized Property TRUCKS-FRONT END LOADER-POLARIS RANGER ATV's-HD SCISSORS LIFT-GENERATORS-EQUIPMENT Saturday April 18, 2015 at 10 AM Old Delmar PD 400 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Delmar, MD VEHICLES/LOADER: 2001 GMC C7500 4X4 with Caterpillar engine 23,000 miles, 2008 Freightliner truck tractor 2,300 miles, (2) 1988 Navistar International dump trucks 10,300 and 11,000 miles, (3) stake bed trucks including a 1992 International 4900 22,000 miles, 1987 Navistar International F1954 6,000 miles, 1988 Navistar International 5,600 miles, 1984 Case scoop type loader, (3) Polaris ATV's, (4) 2008 Mag International Tmag utility trucks, 2004 & 05 Keystone camper trailers, (2) Silver Eagle trailers, trailer mounted generators and more. EQUIPMENT: HD aerial work platform (scissors lift), Tilt a Lift S15A, 100 KW generator, (2) Crown mortar mixers w/ Yanmar diesel, Quincy PLT15 compressor, Wallace Products trestle crane, (2) trailer mounted message boards, Miller Syncrowave 250 welder, 1-1 ½ inch centrifugal pumps, Wisconsin 4 cylinder engines model V465D, diesel engines sealed in crate, Yanmar diesel generator, (2) Honda EX4500 generators, Continental commercial refrigerator, fuel transfer pump, (2) Hamilton HD safes, cargo hooks, water dispensing reel & hose assembly, hand tools, load binders, tarps, tents, cots, and much more. Much of the equipment is in new condition and has never been used. This is a partial list. Vehicle Inspection: By appointment or 8:00 am day of sale. Terms: Cash, credit card or check approved by auctioneer on day of sale. 10% buyer's premium with credit card usage. All items sold "AS IS". Vehicles must be removed day of sale. Call auctioneer for information. EASTERN SHORE AUCTIONS Auction Hotline 443-235-5717 or 410-548-3137

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Vincent's Gift To Rachel

Dutch newspaper report from December 30, 1888: 'Last Sunday night at half past eleven a painter named Vincent Van Gogh, appeared at the maison de tolérance No 1, asked for a girl called Rachel, and handed her ... his ear with these words: 'Keep this object like a treasure.' Then he disappeared. The police, informed of these events, which could only be the work of an unfortunate madman, looked the next morning for this individual, whom they found in bed with scarcely a sign of life. The poor man was taken to hospital without delay.'
Rachel fainted when she got aware of whet he put into her hand...It was the whorehouse madam who would give the bit of ear to a French policeman

Palm Sunday - 2015

Yes Today is Palm Sunday.  Christians are marking it by holding Palm fronds.  Some fronds will be shaped into a cross.   Supposedly 2000 years ago believers waved fronds at Jesus when he returned to Jerusalem.

One, of many things I have an interest in, is the business side of selling religion.  It is a niche market but apparently a good one.  Beyond the vacation bible School kits being sold, there is also the palm frond sales for palm Sunday.  Palm fronds run about 3 to 5 dollars each, palm strips about 20 cents each, and palm crosses are about a dollar each (no doubt made by children in third world countries).

Some places selling palms fronds are

as with anything there seems to be a discussion about eco-friendly gathering of palm fronds and just mass cutting everything in sight. 

Great Obituary

Obituary – March 25

Donald Alexander Malcolm Jr.
Donald Alexander Malcolm Jr.
Captain Donald Alexander Malcolm Jr., 60, died Feb. 28, 2015, nestled in the bosom of his family, while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies. He died from complications resulting from being stubborn, refusing to go to the doctor, and raising hell for six decades. Stomach cancer also played a minor role in his demise.
Don cherished family above all else, and was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He met his future wife, Maureen (Moe) Belisle Malcolm, after months at sea, crab fishing. He found her in his bed and decided to keep her. Their daughter Melissa was born “early” six months later. They decided to have a boy a couple years later, and ended up with another daughter, Megan. He taught his girls how to hold their liquor, filet a fish and change a tire. He took pride in his daughters, but his greatest joy in life was the birth of his grandson Marley, a child to whom he could impart all of his wisdom that his daughters ignored.
After spending his formative years in Kirkland, Wash. with a fishing pole in hand, Don decided his life’s calling was to yell at deckhands on commercial fishing boats in Alaska. As a strapping young man of 19, he moved to Dutch Harbor to fulfill this dream. Over the next 40 years, Don was a boat cook, mechanic, deckhand, captain and boat owner. Although Don worked nearly every fishery in the Pacific Northwest at one time or another, his main hunting ground was the Bering Sea. He cut his teeth crabbing; kept his family fed by longlining halibut and black cod; then retired as a salmon gillnetter in Southeast Alaska.
Don had a life-time love affair with Patsy Cline, Rainier beer, iceberg lettuce salads and the History Channel (which allowed him to call his wife and daughters everyday in order to relay the latest WWII facts he learned). He excelled at attempting home improvement projects, outsmarting rabbits, annoying the women in his life and reading every book he could get his hands on. He thought everyone could, and should, live on a strict diet of salmon, canned peas and rice pilaf, and took extreme pride in the fact that he had a freezer stocked full of wild game and seafood. His life goal was to beat his wife at Scrabble, and although he never succeeded, his dream lives on in the family he left behind.
Don is survived not only by his wife, daughters and grandson, but by his father, Donald Malcolm Sr; brothers Howard and Mike Malcolm; sisters Lisa Shumaker, Nicki White, Melinda Borg and Patsi Solano.
He also has many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins who love him dearly, and deckhands who knew him. He will be having an extended family reunion with his mother, Winifred Thorton; foster parents Marvel and Dutch Roth, brothers Larry and Steve Malcolm, sister Doodie Cake, and other assorted family and friends who died too young