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Oct. 15 Open Thread: Fellow Worker Gritty

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Oct. 15 Open Thread: Fellow Worker Gritty

The Legend of Gritty continues to spread, this time with a piece in the New Yorker titled “How the Left won the war for Gritty.” The author notes that Gritty could easily have gone the other way — hockey audiences are notoriously white — but fans disdained him before Jacobin magazine sent out a simple […]

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Song(s) Of The Day: Oct. 15 , 2018

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We belatedly (I just forgot yesterday) close out Willie Dixon Week with (a) a song I’m gonna try ‘n convince Jason Ricci to let me sing when he comes to the Gild Hall in April; and (b) one that every British blues group cut its teeth to:

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How Will the Gender Gap Play in Delaware?

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How Will the Gender Gap Play in Delaware?

I’m mostly out of the prediction business. Especially predictions based on polls. And yet, the polling numbers for women, (below) must tell us something about how some of Delaware’s marquee races will shake out.  Let’s take a look:  

I’d love to be seeing more from COLLEEN DAVIS, but in Ken Simpler she gets the honor of running against Delaware’s version of Brett Kavanaugh.   And yet, based on the power of statewide incumbency, still a toss-up.  

 

KATHLEEN MCGUINESS will roll over James Spadola.  Other than disallowing a Republican to notch a win, not much to be happy about here. 

The power of incumbency is great, but SD 4’s Greg Lavelle seems panicked.  “Every single vote matters” is going to loom large in this one.  I like LAURA STURGEON in an election night squeaker.  

 

I haven’t heard anything about LOUISA PHILLIPS race in SD16.  We all know how unsuited Colin Bonini is for elective office.  Do enough SD 16 voters know? Still a Toss-up.

What a fucking dick Ramone turned out to be.  I mean, being a Republican there was always the probability that he was a huge dick, but he has certainly dispelled any doubt. STEPHANIE BARRY D Pickup

Learning that  GUILLERMINA GONZALEZ is mobbed up with the charter mafia, I’m not as thrilled with her campaign against Smith as I might have been.  But I’m not a typical voter.  I still have this as a D Pickup. 

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Greg Lavelle’s Panicked Mailers

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Greg Lavelle’s Panicked Mailers

What district does Greg Lavelle think he is running in? Looking at this mailer i get the feeling Lavelle thinks he is running in the 20th, and trying to turn out the #MAGA hat wearing, Fox News-loving, mouth breathers of Laurel.  How else can you explain this shrill mailer?   Oh yeah… panic.     […]

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Oct. 13 Open Thread: It’s Not Just Mike Matthews

Filed in National, Open Thread by on October 13, 2018 5 Comments

What happened to Mike Matthews is going on all over America as election season nears a boil. The same day a Connecticut Republican dropped out of his race over Facebook comments, the GOP candidate for governor of Michigan was forced to apologize for a creepster comment he made during taping of a video 30 years […]

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Song Of The Day: Oct. 13, 2018

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Dixon reworked a Gospel tune called ‘This Train Is Bound For Glory’ into this distinctly secular hit. Reached #1 on the R & B charts:

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Oct. 12 Open Thread: Liberal Reluctantly Sees Some Good in Socialism

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In a long essay on the rise of socialism as a political force, Jonathan Chait grapples with the fears of center-left liberals who think socialism’s goals are too scary to most Americans. He also spends a lot of time attacking those goals, but ultimately decides socialism could be good — for liberalism, which he sees […]

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Song Of The Day: Oct. 12, 2018

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Van Morrison loves him some Willie Dixon: So does Muddy Waters:

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Questions for Taschner – Will the DSEA investigate who has it out for the DSEA?

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Questions for Taschner – Will the DSEA investigate who has it out for the DSEA?

With Matthews stepping down for the good of the DSEA, will the DSEA do the right thing?

There is still a genuine news story hiding in plan sight. Piece of shit stenographer, Cris Barrish is protecting a person or group willing to go to great lengths to attack the DSEA and influence the direction of public education through the use of character assassination. Even today other “media” outlets are playing along allowing the anonymity of the “source” to stand. Will Jeff Taschner join the conspiracy of silence and allow bygones to be bygones, or will there be in investigation?

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Mental Illness on Display in Oval Office, and This Time It’s Not Trump

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I’m no Yeezy fan, but I must admit Kanye achieved the near-impossible today at the White House — he went on a mind-bending diatribe that kept Donald Trump quiet for 10 entire minutes. That happens as often as scientists observe a Higgs boson. West ostensibly was there to discuss such serious issues as prison reform […]

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Oct. 11 Open Thread: Bloom Energy, the Gift That Keeps on Taking

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on October 11, 2018 6 Comments

With apologies to non-baseball fans, Delaware’s contract with Bloom Energy is like the deal the Phillies signed with aging slugger Ryan Howard — an exorbitant amount of guaranteed money for minimal production. Some people have been fighting the deal, which enlisted Delmarva Power to collect the funding from consumers instead of the government, ever since […]

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Mike Matthews, A Stand Up Guy

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Read his Facebook post.  He owns it, and knows that he is going to take his lumps.  And while he doesn’t defend anything, I feel compelled to do so.    What shit heads like Cris Barrish don’t get is that blogging is interactive; more improv than anything.  There is an ongoing dialogue with an audience […]

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Who decided it was time to take Matthews out, and what specifically are they trying to deflect interest away from?

Filed in National by on October 11, 2018 42 Comments

That piece of stenography filed by Cris Barrish was dictated to him by someone with  some larger goal in mind.   It was a hatchet job, but Barrish was just the witless trigger man in the operation. The person who put the hit on Mike is the one I’m curious about. Who decided it was time to take Matthews out, and what specifically are they trying to deflect interest away from?

Dave Burris:  He is a shadowy Republican operative type, and he is certainly familiar with Mike’s early work. But I doubt it.  Burris really isn’t this type of a-hole.  He hates unions and has wrongheaded political ideas, but my sense is that he is a decent person.  I could be wrong about that.  It has been a while since we’ve had any contact.  

David Andersen:  If the horrible assholes…

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