Archive for April, 2010

Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

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Jon Stewart interviewed Ken Blackwell (The “I coulda been a contenda” odd man out in the RNC Chair election) about Blackwell’s new book. This was even abit painful to watch, but probably because Stewart did not have to do much for Blackwell to just look like he was a Total F*cking Idiot. Did I mention that this guy was in contention for RNC Chair? But this is a good example of the complete rewriting of history these wingnuts need to do in order to make their arguments.

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Rasmussen Puts Castle Up By 23%

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Rasmussen released a new poll for the Delaware U.S. Senate race. The U.S. Senate race in Delaware is virtually unchanged over the past two months, with Republican Mike Castle continuing to draw strong support from the state’s voters. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Delaware shows Castle picking up 55% support […]

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Shameless

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The man who would be Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning. Boehner had quite a few things to say, but a particularly interesting exchange was about the new health care reform bill. Boehner is advocating “repeal and replace” of the bill with Republicans’ “common sense” proposals (ones […]

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Friday Open Thread

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The Friday version of your daily open thread.

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QOTD

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QOTD: Why isn’t the primary battle between Richard Korn and Ken Matlusky for State Auditor generating passion?

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Dirty Energy Isn’t Cheap

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Yesterday we learned that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was five times worse than first thought. The oil is spilling at a rate of 210,000 gallons of oil per day. That oil is now hitting the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Unlike what we were told, offshore drilling is not so technologically advanced […]

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Arizona Is Reverting To The Wild, Wild West

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Permits?  We don’t need no stinkin’ permits. Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1108 into law Friday afternoon. It eliminates the requirement for a concealed-carry weapons permit, but does require gun owners to accurately answer if an officer asks them if they are carrying weapon concealed. It also allows officers to temporarily confiscate a weapon […]

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“Bringing It!” to Capitol Hill

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“Bringing It!” to Capitol Hill

There is a man that transcends politics. A man that can take Patrick Muprhy (D-PA) and Aaron Schuck (R-IL) and push them to past their limits, a place where each man screams, “No more, no more. Please make me do more.” That man is Tony Horton, late-night pitchman for his P90X fitness training. Horton was […]

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Republicans Rely On Lies

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J.L. Bell at Salon finds that Obama has had 2x as many internet rumors as Bush did during his whole term according to Snopes. Only 9% of the rumors were accurate while 43% of rumors about Bush were true.

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Thursday Open Thread

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The Thursday edition of your daily open thread.

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Laura Bush Theme Song?

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You decide: JC-You’ve opened a can of earworms. BTW, always thought that Blue Oyster Cult did this song…

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I’m Glad I’m Raising A Buffy And Not A Bella

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 29, 2010 14 Comments

Given the Twilight series rage I purchased the books for my preteen daughter.  I mean, everyone was reading them.  Everyone was raving.  But… My daughter doesn’t like Twilight.  She likes the Vampire Diaries and the Vampire Academy, so it isn’t the genre… It’s Twilight specifically.  Which I found perplexing, since the back covers all read […]

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Drinking Liberally TONIGHT!

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Last call!  Be there, or be square. UPDATED:  Here’s your reminder! Spring is here, and Geek and I finally got our act together and planned a Drinking Liberally! Please join us next Thursday, April 29th at the Iron Hill Brewery on the Wilmington Riverfront.  We will be meeting on the second floor at 7:00p.m., and […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrapup/Pre-Game Show-Thurs., April 29, 2010

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The Big News-Universal Recycling on Today’s Senate Agenda SB 234(McBride) is first on today’s Senate Agenda. Why is this important? As always, Tommywonk explains it all for us. As he points out, the alternative of finding a replacement for the Cherry Island landfill would be difficult, at best: Of course, we may not be able […]

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Tornoe’s Toons: Phillies Pitching

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Tornoe’s Toons: Phillies Pitching

Cole Hamels may have had 10 strikeouts last night, but is he on the right track, or just suffering the up-and-downs that have plagued him over the last couple of seasons?

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The Secret Plan Is Working!

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Tom Tancredo reveals Obama’s super-secret plan to make Republicans look crazy.

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Is Laura Bush Kidding?

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From her new book: Bush also suggests that she, her husband, and several members of their staff may have been poisoned during a G8 summit in Germany where they all fell mysteriously ill. The Secret Service investigated and doctors found only that they had a virus. “We never learned if any other delegations became ill, […]

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Republican Insults All Immigrants, Everywhere.

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And notice I do not use the term “illegal immigrants.” I am talking about all immigrants. Anyone who has ever walked across the border of the United States to live a better life. Anyone who has ever come here to this country for peace, liberty, and freedom. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) says “It takes more […]

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Another Wingnut Conspiracy Smackdown

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The usual repub blog suspects picked and ran with an item from The American Spectator which purported to have a bit of “news” about the HHS having information (in the form of a report from the Office of the Actuary for Medicare) in advance of the ACA bill vote that would indicate that medical costs would rise. The usual right-wing purveyors of wrong went to town with this, of course. (John Cole at Balloon Juice has the screenshot of Google showing how focused the spread of this kind of stuff is among the usual GOP suspects.)

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Another Bush Appointee Joins the Ranks of the Convicted

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Another one of Dubya’s political appointees became a convicted felon yesterday. The OSC is the office that is supposed to protect Federal employees against retaliation when they file whistleblower complaints. It’s supposed to enforce Merit System rules and investigate complaints. Under Bloch, the OSC failed miserably. One of the first things Bloch did when he […]

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Political Hot Stove Chatter-Delaware General Assembly Edition

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Lotsa stuff percolating on the stove. Let’s try to bring ‘em to a boil… 1. Democratic Primary for Oberle Seat Two D’s have filed in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Bill Oberle in this blue-collar Newark-area district. The D registration edge is so daunting that the winner of the primary almost certainly will win […]

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Wednesday Open Thread

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The Wednesday version of your daily open thread.

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Oklahoma Doctors Get Okay To Lie To Patients

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Angry Mouse at kos points out the crazy. The second measure passed into law Tuesday protects doctors from malpractice suits if they decide not to inform the parents of a unborn baby that the fetus has birth defects. The intent of the bill is to prevent parents from later suing doctors who withhold information to […]

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The GOP FinReg Proposal — A Good Sign or Bad?

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Last night, Republicans released their counter-proposal to Chris Dodd’s Financial Reform Bill (full text here). I don’t claim to have read either in its entirety, but the general consensus seems to be that they are not all that fundamentally different. Annie Lowrey of the Washington Independent has a good comparison of the two proposals. Here […]

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Run, Ted, Run!

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Joan Walsh over at Salon.com has been delighted listening to our Senator become one of the leading voices on banking reform. And she wants him to run. Ms. Walsh is late to the party here, but she’s got it right (mostly):

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