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100 Days of Trump: An Alternate Perspective

Filed in National by on April 30, 2017 0 Comments
100 Days of Trump: An Alternate Perspective

This week, I found myself, as I occasionally do, wandering Reno, Nevada. Reno is an odd little city, rank with the cigarette-infused sweat of benighted men and women gambling away their days, yet with development going on all over that is veering the town away from solely being Las Vegas’s trashy sister. It is a mongrel town, fitting for this mongrel age we are enduring.

At a giant warehouse filled with artists and craftspeople (“makers,” as we call them now), where metallurgists and carvers make giant sculptures meant for Burning Man, I met a young man in a wheelchair, almost quadriplegic – he had some small use of one hand, who painted portraits and landscapes with a brush affixed to a contraption he wore on his head, like a multi-hued unicorn’s horn. They were delicate, small pieces, slightly askew in perspective but precise enough to be stunningly accurate, even if you weren’t considering the artist and considering his technique.

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Happy “Go Punch a Jew Day”

Filed in National by on April 29, 2017 4 Comments
Happy “Go Punch a Jew Day”

This Un-American craziness speaks for itself. President Donald Trump on Friday proclaimed May 1 as ‘Loyalty Day’ as a way to “recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles” upon which America was built and express pride in those ideals, according to a release of the proclamation from the White House. “The United States stands […]

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Middletown’s Chris Godwin Picked By Tampa Bay Bucs

Filed in National by on April 29, 2017 2 Comments
Middletown’s Chris Godwin Picked By Tampa Bay Bucs

Godwin, a great kid, was a thrill to watch for four years at Middletown. He graduated as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country. During his senior season he caught 18 touchdown passes, ran for three touchdowns and returned four kicks for scores. Tampa Bay picked him in the 3rd round of […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 25, 2017 8 Comments

Back from its  latest vacation,  the General Assembly may, or may not, tackle the big issues before its next, and final break (Memorial Day) before the end of session.  I HAVE to think that we will see some revenue-generating initiatives from the D’s being considered.  I would love to see if the House, at least, could pass […]

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Delaware’s stupid, no-good, unfair tax code

Filed in Delaware by on April 24, 2017 19 Comments

John Carney is right to want to spread the pain of Delaware’s massive budget around. But he could do more if he actually wanted to fix the state’s terrible tax code.

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Democrats cruisin’ for another bruisin’

Filed in National by on April 24, 2017 13 Comments

A lot of talk about the old Dem circular firing squad forming up. Good times. Here is what professional DC Democrats and Clintonites, and frauds like John Carney still don’t get. No progressive (or “Bernie Bro” if you want to try and be disparaging) is going to be scolded back into the Democratic Party as […]

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Carney’s “Shared Sacrifice” is a transparent sham

Filed in National by on April 23, 2017 8 Comments
Carney’s “Shared Sacrifice” is a transparent sham

Delaware United breaks down the utter fraudulence of Carney’s claims that any “sacrifice” in his proposes budget is going to be “shared”. . Our Governor is proposing a budget that is a matter of, and I quote, “shared sacrifice.” He says that to deal with our $395 million state deficit, we all must sacrifice more […]

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Is someone paying off Lumpy Carson?

Filed in National by on April 23, 2017 4 Comments
Is someone paying off Lumpy Carson?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like Carson’s HB115 and 116 are entirely about bailing out a dying business that isn’t even in his district. Nobody (other than Carson, Ennis, Bushweller, Lawson, Bennett, Outten, Spiegelman and Yearick) wants to invest in retail right now. But they want to invest your tax money so […]

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April 21, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 21, 2017 4 Comments

Another Shuttered Golf Course, More NIMBY.  I’ve been around so long that I know both sides’ arguments by heart. Wilmington Riverfront Part Deux?:  I’m pretty encouraged by this–as long as it doesn’t lead to further gentrification, which it could well do. Trump Stumps for Le Pen: I worry that he could be right. So Does […]

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April 20, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 20, 2017 14 Comments

Bill-o Gone-o: An In-Depth Analysis from the Atlantic.  BTW, kids, and think this through.  Isn’t replacing Sean Spicer with Bill O’Reilly the ultimate Trumpian move? I think it’s gonna happen. Whaddayathink? Carney’s Marijuana Forum.  Reading between the lines, I think Carney is doing this just for show.  Prove me wrong, John. Exxon Seeks Waiver for […]

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What I’ve been up to…

Filed in National by on April 19, 2017 4 Comments
What I’ve been up to…

That’s a picture of a wall I did in my house with whitewashed reclaimed wood. It is part of a bigger project I’m calling “starting a reclaimed wood business”. Here is a link to the website.  It is still pretty rough and about two weeks from going fully live. I’ve spent about $7,000 on this […]

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April 19, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 19, 2017 0 Comments

Has Anybody Here Seen Our Mighty Armada? Has Anybody Here Seen the Federal Prosecutor…ANY Federal Prosecutor? Dover City Elections: These are great bench building blocks.  Is the Kent County or State D Party Engaged? Shit Just Got Real. First DREAMer Deported.  Illegally, It Seems. Ivanka Dines With Chinese. Gets Trademark Deal:  Was the Emoluments Clause […]

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Whoa. Matt Denn and Son Zach Survive Falling Tree Hitting Their Moving Car

Filed in Delaware by on April 18, 2017 1 Comment

Doesn’t get much scarier than this: They were traveling on Brackenville Road in Hockessin in their family car when the tree fell over and totaled the vehicle. Neither were seriously injured, but Zach Denn was taken to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for treatment. Wilmington has its gun problem. Hockessin has its tree problem. BTW, earlier […]

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April 18, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 18, 2017 0 Comments

DuPont Pays Lawyers Instead of Its Victims Prison Guards Call Out Sick:  Doesn’t Carney have a Task Force working on this, or something? British PM Calls for Surprise Early Election: Don’t get too excited.  Labour’s got nothing. Bruce Langhorne, Who Created Memorable Riffs on Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, Dies: Gotta admit I’d never […]

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Yes, The Clinton Campaign Was Every Bit As Bad As You Thought It Was. Actually, Even WORSE

Filed in Featured, National by on April 18, 2017 42 Comments

What a recipe for political success.  Decide from the very beginning of your campaign that you will make no appeal to white voters. Then stick to your plan.  That was just one of the disastrous mistakes made by the Clinton campaign. 2016 was just like 2008 all over again, except with a candidate 8 years […]

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April 17, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 17, 2017 2 Comments

United Does It Again.  Boots Newlyweds off Half-Full Plane Trump Seeks and Receives Industry Advice on Gutting Environmental and Labor Protections Delaware Nursing Homes Turn Backs on Medicaid Recipients More Blatant Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Appointees Liar. Liar, Hair on Fire: Hair Forensic Analysis Not All That “Nobody’s Got to Use the Internet”.

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What Would YOU Tell Gov. Carney at His Marijuana Symposium?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 17, 2017 23 Comments

It looks at least possible that the Governor is willing to consider marijuana legalization.  Cynics might say that that’s b/c it’s just one more issue he hasn’t thought about.  Even if that’s true, though, it means he could be persuaded.  It’s  better than the ‘over my dead body’ line in the sand drawn by Jack […]

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Easter Sunday Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on April 16, 2017 0 Comments

DELDOT Suing DuPont, others, for bridge repair costs. Can’t ANYBODY at DNREC collect a fine from a serial polluter? Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part I Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part II Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part III Best. Gubernatorial. Veto. Ever.  

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I Dunno About Wilmo’s New Police Chief

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 15, 2017 8 Comments

Bob Tracy’s got a lot to prove. Possibly more than any large city in the country, Chicago’s police force has been singled out for excessive force, institutional racism, and corruption.  From this NYTimes article: “C.P.D.’s own data gives validity to the widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when […]

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April 13, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on April 13, 2017 5 Comments
April 13, 2017 Open Thread

Chicago crime strategist named Wilmington police chief; Auditor: Delaware oversight of federal aid program weak; Judgment day: 3 girls to learn their fates in Howard High School bathroom assault; Sculptor of Wall Street’s bull wants Delaware artist’s ‘Fearless Girl’ moved

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Mark Murphy Blames Teachers’ Union For His Failure to Totally Destroy Public Education in Delaware

Filed in Delaware, Education, Featured by on April 12, 2017 9 Comments

Whoa.  We all had a pretty good idea that Markell’s ‘torch’ wanted to burn public education in Delaware to the ground. Here, in this New York Magazine blog, Delaware’s former Secretary of Education verifies what we thought. All of this in his own words: Imagine if the teachers’ union was a gatekeeper for quality teaching: […]

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Oh, Sean Spicer

Filed in National by on April 12, 2017 7 Comments
Oh, Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer’s Hitler comments as HBO’s VEEP credits.

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April 12, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on April 12, 2017 2 Comments
April 12, 2017 Open Thread

Traffic nightmare in Delaware could begin this weekend; Wilmington school death: Unforeseeable or planned attack?; New Castle County Council members clash with County Council President; Concord HS wins national engineering competition second year in a row; Osprey Cam

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Could Be Curtains For O’Reilly

Filed in National by on April 11, 2017 3 Comments

Suddenly announces he’s going on vacation. Claims he’d been planning a vacation long before the NYTimes story was published. However, New York Magazine claims that his fate is very much in doubt: Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly announced tonight that he is taking a vacation. O’Reilly’s decision to go off the air in the midst […]

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Early K-4 Results Promising…

Filed in National by on April 11, 2017 12 Comments

I mean, real promising.  At least in early voting and absentee voting, the D is not only outperforming the registration figures by huge margins, he is doing well enough to win the district if the day of election vote totals do only about 2/3rds as well. I know it’s early, but the early results are […]

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