Doing Your Own Taxes Online–Safe and Secure; No Problem.

Doing your own taxes is confusing, difficult, and time consuming right?  Not hardly.  Many people would rather pay H&R Block or another professional tax preparer hundreds of dollars just so they don’t have to do the math, but I’m here to tell you that doing your own taxes online is almost as easy as breathing and typing. 

“Where would one do their own taxes online and not have to worry about security and math errors?”  The answer to that question is quite simple.  Federal tax returns can be filed at for free, and you don’t even have to do the math.  You have two options doing it this way:  1.  File online for free by clicking “efile my taxes for free.”  Select your preferred method and get the ball rolling.  2.  Download the form you need , and since it is the IRS, they have all the forms that anyone could possible need, fill them out on your PC and mail them.

Your State Tax Return may be a little different, but most states have the option of doing them online as well.  If you live in Maryland, as I do, all you have to do is go to and click on “2010 Tax Filing Information is Now Available,” and then clicking “”File Electronically iFile/bFile.”  After creating an account, fill in your information and figures, and submit.

Doing your own taxes can save you hundreds of dollars, and in today’s economy, isn’t a bad idea to put that money back into your pocket.  I can think of a lot of other things that I’d rather spend my money on!  H&R Block charged me almost a hundred dollars extra a few years ago just to file my taxes electronically!  I usually do my own taxes, but the year I let H&R Block do them I was in really bad shape after a serious accident.  I had just been released from the hospital after being ran over by a semi, literally.  Pedestrians and Semis don’t mix too well!  Looking back on it now though, if my shoulders and neck weren’t broken, I would have done them myself then too!

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Man Who Threw Son Off Key Bridge in Dundalk Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

Another sickening story that needs to be told.  Steven Todd Nelson, of Dundalk, Maryland, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to 2nd Degree Murder.  First, I’ll give you a recap.  On February 3, 2008, there was a 911 call to police where a motorist driving over the Key Bridge in Dundalk, Maryland reportedly saw a man throw something off the bridge.  Moments later another motorist called 911 stating that a man was on the Key Bridge waving his hands in the air screaming “No, No, No.”  When police arrived, the man was gone.

Shortly after the initial calls to 911 from the Key Bridge, several more calls came in from Nelson’s mother saying that her son had killed her grandson.  Still at his mother’s home, Steven Nelson drank various household cleaning products in a miserable attempt to end his pathetic life.  Police took the loser to the hospital where he recovered within a week, and confessed without hesitation that he killed his son by throwing him from the Key Bridge.

Steven Todd Nelson, the evil monster that threw his son Turner off the Key Bridge.

“Demons made me do it,” is the lame excuse Nelson gave police for killing his son Turner.  The real reason was that he killed his son to get back at the mother, who came to her senses and left the loser.  The couple was in the middle of a custody dispute, and Steven Nelson just wanted to get back at the child’s mother by killing him and keeping her from getting custody of Turner.  The little boy’s body was found in the Patapsco River five months later.

At the sentencing, the victim’s impact statement from the boys mother was read to the court that said what Nelson did was unforgivable, cruel, and selfish.  If it were my child, my choice of words would have been much different.

3-year-old Turner Jordan Nelson before his daddy (Steven Nelson) so cruelly threw him off the Key Bridge in Dundalk, Maryland.

Two of Steven Nelson’s sisters also had something to say at sentencing.  One said that he did not deserve to spend the rest of his life in prison, and the other said that Steven wasn’t a monster, and not vengeful.  These two women need a reality check.  He killed a little boy out of anger with the mother of the child.  If you kill someone, you should lose your life.  If you kill a child, you should die.  Even the bible says that if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword, and although Steven Nelson only got 50 years behind bars, he and his family should feel lucky that he will be free someday.

This story really weighed on my heart because I have a little boy.  At the time of this senseless act he was 4, just a year older than Turner.  I live in Dundalk, and the Key Bridge is actually walking distance from my home.  Something so terrible happening so close to home makes me want to hug my son a few extra times each day, and it’s a reminder of how precious life is and that it can change in the blink of an eye.

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“House of Horrors” Abortion Clinic – The Real Doctor Death

A disturbing story out of Philadelphia today that is horrendous enough to even make the iniquitous Freddy Krueger cringe. Philadelphia physician Kermit Barron Gosnell was charged with murder and a whole list of other charges related to late-term abortion. Nine other people, including his high school student anesthesiologist, Dr. Gosnell’s wife and sister-in-law were also arrested and charged with murder.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell

Dr. Kermit Barron Gosnell is charged with eight counts of murder – 7 babies and 1 patient. Photo Courtesy of The Philadelphia Daily News.

Dr. Gosnell is accused of causing the death of one of his patients and killing seven babies after he induced labor causing early births. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams stated that the babies were born alive in their sixth, seventh, and eighth months of pregnancy. The babies that were killed had been squirming, crying, and acting like any other normal baby just before Dr. Gosnell performed what he called “snipping” where he would use a pair of scissors and cut the baby’s spinal cord.

The investigation that led to murder charges initially began in February 2010, when Dr. Gosnell was illegally selling pain medication such as OxyContin and other narcotics to “patients” that he never examined.

“It was a house of horrors beyond any type of definition or explanation I can humbly try to give,” Williams told CNN as he described the scene at the doctor’s office. There were jars containing feet, bags of baby parts, and rotting bodies scattered throughout the building. The place had the smell of rotting flesh and urine, and was blood stained from the years of baby mutilation that went on in that horrible place. Baby parts were even found in the same refrigerator that staff at the clinic used for their lunches. The scene of Dr. Gosnell’s office was worse than anything in the worse horror movie.

Dr. Gosnell’s office, the Women’s Medical Society, had been operating since 1979 when the good doctor used another doctor as a consultant to obtain a license to perform abortions. Dr. Gosnell isn’t even a board-certified obstetrician or gynecologist, and yet he still performed these horrendous acts.

WARNING:  The 281-page Grand Jury Report (downloadable in PDF form below) against Dr. Kermit Gosnell is very graphic, and is intended for mature individuals only.  The report is the actual legal document described in news articles all over the country.

Download the 281-page Grand Jury Report to read the facts, and to see exactly how gruesome this crime was.  Download the full report here: Grand Jury Report – Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

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Flasher Cop Arrested in Baltimore County. Does this Surprise Anyone that Another Cop is in the News?

First of all, I do not have a problem with police officers!  Most officers of the law are admirable and risk their lives to keep us safe from the real bad guys on a daily basis.  Just like any job field there are the bad apples, and police officers are no different.  When cops screw up they just happen to make the top of the headlines, and this post highlights one particular cop that went way over the edge.

48-year-old Donald Warfield, a former Baltimore County police officer, was arrested after flashing a woman in front of a middle school.  For this to happen in front of a school just makes this more disgusting, just ask staff at Ridgely Middle School where this happened to occur.  According to reports, the woman was walking her dog on Lynncrest Road when she noticed a silver minivan parked near the curb with a man wearing a business suit inside. Thinking he needed directions, she approached the man and got the shock of a lifetime!  Mr. Warfield exposed his naked thighs and genitals to her and began masturbating for her.  Warfield, instead of fleeing the scene “smirked, and made no effort to rush away,” as the woman stated.

Investigators eventually traced the minivan’s license plate to Sol Levinson Funeral Services where Warfield is employed.  Warfield was on official funeral home business when the incident took place!  He was arrested and booked on indecent exposure.

Donald Warfield is no stranger to those types of charges either!  When he was a Baltimore County police officer in 1996, he was charged with indecent exposure in Glen Rock, PA.

I wonder if he will be flashing people in his new community, PRISON???!!!  He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $30,000 bail where I hope he stays until he is sent down the river!

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Mass Bird and Fish Deaths: Really Nothing to Worry About!

I’ve been reading a lot of news lately about all the birds and fish that have died recently.  Although the circumstances surrounding the mysterious deaths are strangely similar, it seems that it isn’t so uncommon for these events to take place.  For some reason, most likely the media’s selective reporting, made it sound as if there was some sinister force at play.  The more I dug into the past researching mass species deaths worldwide, the more I realized that it wasn’t as uncommon as some of the news outlets led their viewers/readers to believe.  I’ve tried to keep an open mind about this, but the only thing that I can find that is totally uncommon is how the media latched onto a few beginning at the start of 2011!

Federal records show that while mass animal kills don’t happen every day, they aren’t nearly as rare as some folks think.  In just the past eight months alone, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin has recorded 95 mass wildlife die-offs in North America.  How many of the 95 mass deaths actually made the news?  Would you be shocked if I told you that the answer was under 10?

As some tried to connect the dots and come up with some apocalyptical scheme or a new conspiracy of governments around the world trying to engineer the perfect biological weapon or something, others went on a mission to show that the Earth was just plain doomed!  Rest assured there is nothing out of the norm about the sad and untimely deaths of these birds and fish.  It sure didn’t help matters very much that so many “experts” that were quoted in the recent news made so many stupid excuses and unlikely possible causes, some of which totally contradicted the forecasts and actual facts at the time these events took place, which just gave way to more misinformation.  As a Marylander, I was saddened and moved by the 2 million fish that died in the Chesapeake Bay, but this happened before, in larger numbers too.  In 1976 there was an estimated 15 million spot fish that died in the same fashion as the latest fish kill.

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Doubting the Experts Yet? What is Really Going on with the Birds and Fish?

Updated news, theories, and findings coming from the “experts” leave more questions than answers as to what actually killed the 5000 birds in Beebe, Arkansas.  Many of the bird corpses were examined by Dr. George Badley, state veterinarian for the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, reported that the birds actually died midair from internal bleeding.  The majority of the bleeding was concentrated to breast tissue of otherwise healthy birds, which would be consistent with a “crash and burn” dive.  Now for the conflicting statements:  Dr. Badley also reported to ABC news “Red-winged blackbirds fly in large groups and if they got pulled into a thunderstorm, likely lightning struck them. That would be my best guess.”  ABC news reports that it was calm and clear in Beebe, Arkansas the night the birds fell, which puts immediate doubt on Dr. Badley’s latest theory.

Actually, nobody really knows yet what was to blame, but everyone is in agreement that it was, to say the least, very unusual and eerie.  Some even go as far as to say that these mass deaths are most definitely signs of the coming Apocalypse, or End of Days.  Everyone has their own ideas or theories about these odd deaths, but is it just an act of nature?  Any forensic pathologist will tell you that it is much too soon to speculate on cause of death, and that perhaps there just haven’t been enough birds or fish examined in Arkansas, and that science will eventually find the answer.  If you believe the expert testimony, and you overlook the obvious falsehoods of their recent statements blaming fireworks, lightning, etc., then you should feel at ease.  The obvious thing to me at this point is that nobody, even the experts, has the slightest clue as to what really happened, at least not yet.

Dead Turtle Dove Falls into a Tree in Faenza, Italy

Dead Turtle Doves Litter the Ground in Faenza, Italy.

Now hitting the wire is a report of an estimated 1000 birds, mostly turtle doves and pigeons that died suddenly in Faenza, Italy, about 30 miles southeast of Bologna.  Nadia Caselli of The Association of Bird Protection, another expert, has stated that the birds perhaps ate too many sun flower seeds and died.  Wow, I wonder why this would be hitting the news if it was caused by overeating.  I’m sure that in years past, there have been hungry birds there before!

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More Mass Fish Deaths, This Time Here In Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

The mass bird and fish deaths around the world during the first week of 2011 is now hitting home.  Beginning on January 1, 2011 fish began washing up along the Chesapeake Bay and piling up along the shores in alarming numbers.  As of today, it is estimated that 2 million fish are now dead, and the cause is officially unknown, just like the other mass species deaths occurring around the globe.  Early news stories are quoting experts here in Maryland as saying the cold weather was to blame.  More bunk?  It sounds like a pretty lame excuse, because Maryland has seen colder temperatures in December without millions of dead fish washing up anywhere.

A look at the shore along the Chesapeake Bay -- Photo by Dorothy Hopson -- Courtesy of WBAL TV

Some of the estimated 2 million dead fish along the Chesapeake Bay.

UPDATE:  January 8, 2011

Bay area fish have been subjected to cold water in the past, but according to local biologist still claim that cold water stress is to blame for the mass deaths of mostly adult spot fish and juvenile croakers.  The fish have been reported so far spanning between the Bay Bridge south to the Tangier Sound, and it seems to have tapered off.

To date, experts and state officials responding to the mass species deaths around the globe are saying there is no connection to the deaths, and that this happens all the time, but go unnoticed under the radar.  I live in Maryland, and I’ve never witnessed anything of this magnitude before and there have been many cold Decembers in the past that didn’t kill fish.  The Maryland Department of the Environment spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus said bay water quality appears acceptable, and no pollutants have been found, and agrees with the cold water theory.

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