Archive for March, 2012

Two Experts Say: Not George Zimmerman Crying For Help

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Two Experts Say: Not George Zimmerman Crying For Help

A leading expert in the field of forensic voice identification sought to answer that question by analyzing the recordings for the Orlando Sentinel. His result: It was not George Zimmerman who called for help. Every claim Zimmerman has made about what happened that night with Trayvon Martin is now discredited. George Zimmerman needs to be arrested now.

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Arizona Criminalizes On-Line Flame Wars

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You read that right. Arizona H.B. 2549 would make it a crime to be lewd or annoying on the Internets. This bill is on the Governor’s desk for signature. And isn’t interesting that these wingnuts have found one more bit of the Constitution that they want to undermine?

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Stand Your Ground Law, Meet The Bar Scene

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Stand Your Ground Law, Meet The Bar Scene

I am sure almost every woman has a story to tell, here is one of mine…

I was 25 and having drinks with friends at Harpoon Hannah’s (yeah, I know.). A man approached our table and asked me to dance. I thanked him for the offer, but declined. I even offered an excuse, “I’m hanging out with friends tonight. I haven’t seen them in a while, but thank you.” Frankly, my “no, thank you” should have been enough, but I get that approaching a stranger and asking them to dance can be difficult, so I always tried to be kind. Can anyone guess what happened next?

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [3.31.12]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [3.31.12]

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Friday Open Thread [3.30.2012]

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Sorry gang!  Not sure what happened here, but use this as your daily Open Thread.  Today’s point and laugh moment comes from the champions of point and laugh:

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What If Buying A Gun Required The Same Restrictions As Getting An Abortion?

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Why don’t gun buyers have to follow the same rules women are forced to follow? Wait 48 hours after applying. View on ultrasound of a body with a bullet in it. Listen to the heartbeat of someone as they die of a gunshot wound. Get a lecture from a surgeon on what it is like to operate on a gunshot wound. After all that, if a person still wants a gun, he or she can buy one. Why should buying a gun be any easier than having an abortion?”

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Delaware Political Weekly: March 24-30, 2012

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The scuttlebutt in Dover is that Judy Travis, who ran against Rep. Bryon Short in the 7th Rep District in 2010, is planning to primary Cathy Cloutier for the 5th Senatorial District seat. Chris Counihan has already filed for the D’s, and is a strong candidate, having garnered 45% against Cloutier in a previous run. Travis has had her eye on elective office at least since she was passed over to run for Wayne Smith‘s vacated rep seat back in 2007. You remember. The newly reelected Smith left office to become the President and lobbyist for the Delaware Healthcare Association. Smith handpicked his next-door-neighbor over Travis to run for the seat. His neighbor lost to Bryon Short. Twice. But, I digress. For those who think that Cloutier would be a shoo-in in a primary, just remember that Cloutier also ran on the Working Families Party line in 2010. That’s the line offered by Brian McGlinchey and other labor guys. Don’t think that would endear her to Rethug primary voters, and I wouldn’t be totally shocked to see Charles ‘Bouvier de Flandres’ Copeland do to Cathy what he’s doing to Priscilla Rakestraw. Continue to banish moderates from the Party. Needless to say, were this scenario to occur, the R calculus for taking over the Senate would have to be, um, recalculated.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [3.30.12]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [3.30.12]

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Celia Covers Newt

Filed in Delaware, National by on March 29, 2012 5 Comments

You can read it if you want. The usual Celia tid bits are present. For example, did you know that Steve Forbes beat party anointed, Bob Dole in Delaware because Forbes showed up? Celia knows it. She says it all the time.

“Good Morning Ma’am, Welcome to WalMart.”
“Did you know that Steve Forbes beat party anointed, Bob Dole in Delaware because Forbes showed up here? Uh huh… Sherman Tribbit had a cat named Dusty!!”

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DL Tracking Poll Results — Treasurer Chip Flowers (D) (Round 2)

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Last month Chip Flowers had a 47% approval rating and a 39% disapprove rating. 14% were undecided or are unsure. This month, he improves his standing to 54% approval, and a 37% disapproval rating.

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Thursday Open Thread [3.29.12]

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I am going to miss the Republican primary polls when this clown show ends. First Read: “With Mitt Romney holding a sizable delegate lead and with more prominent Republicans (George H.W. Bush and Marco Rubio) formally endorsing the former Massachusetts governor, Tuesday’s GOP primary in Wisconsin is shaping up to be Rick Santorum’s last chance — in math and perception. If Romney wins Wisconsin, Santorum can’t stop him from getting to the magic number of 1,114 delegates, according to our math.”

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Obama’s statement on big oil profits sets up a nice campaign theme

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Thank God (or the FSM if you so desire) for elections. Because we still have elections, Dems still figure out how to be on the right side of an issue every once in a while.

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Tomorrow’s Leaders

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If you have some time tomorrow or Saturday, stop by Leg Hall to witness some of our future leaders in action. The 2012 Session of the Delaware YMCA’s Youth in Government Model Legislature will kick-off at 9:00 AM, but the real action doesn’t begin until 1:00 PM, when the delegates start debating the bills they have authored. No subject is taboo for these students. In the past, they have debated marijuana legalization, marriage equality, and even a clothing optional beach at Cape Henlopen State Park. The great thing about this program is that there are no Democrats or Republicans – just middle and high school students debating bills that they wrote on subjects of interest to them.

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Does George Zimmerman Look “Bloody And Battered?

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Ever since the press started reporting on Zimmerman’s injuries I fully expected to see pictures of a bloody nose, a bleeding gash on the back of his head that his attorney said should have required stitches. I expected to see George Zimmerman looking like he was beaten up.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 29, 2012

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Speaker Gilligan said that lobbying reform legislation will pass this session, and I’m sure he’s right. After all, yesterday’s announcement of lobbyist reform was so important that Governor Markell’s own Brian Selander was rolled out to tout this press release:

Dover, DE – A bill that would dramatically expand disclosure requirements for lobbyists was introduced today with broad bipartisan support. Governor Jack Markell joined Senate President Pro Tempore Tony DeLuca, House Speaker Bob Gilligan and legislators to introduce Senate Bill 185. (Bill hasn’t officially been introduced, will probably be introduced today.)

“How can you tell who’s working to influence the bills that could become the laws that will affect your life? The problem is, in many cases right now, you can’t, because state disclosure laws simply haven’t kept up. This proposal helps solve that problem, bringing needed light to the process,” Markell said. “As a Delawarean, you shouldn’t have to be in the lobby of Legislative Hall or in the offices of a state agency to know who’s trying to shape a law that matters to you. This bill would make that information more available.”

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [3.29.12]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [3.29.12]

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The Constitutional Sheriff Theory

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If you want to dive into the deep end of crazy, click through to The CSPOA. There you will learn that County Sheriffs are the highest law keeping authority “in the land” by reading letters like this one…

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The New Kato Kaelin

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Do you remember Kato Kaelin, the “friend” of OJ Simpson who supposedly witnessed “strange movements” by OJ that poked holes in his alibi? In the end, he was pretty much exposed as a publicity-seeking media whore who tried to make money off his connection to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldberg.

Now we have Joe Oliver, the self-proclaimed “close friend” of George Zimmerman, the murderer of Trayvon Martin.

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Wednesday Open Thread [3.28.12]

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69 percent want out of Afghanistan now.

The new low represents the crossing of a certain psychological and cultural threshold. It means the Afghanistan war is now at least as unpopular as the Iraq war was at the height of public ire. In fact, by some measures, the war to beat the Taliban — the guys who gave safe harbor to the 9/11 terrorists — is now more unpopular than the one to get rid of Saddam and his alleged stockpiles of WMDs.

Mr. President, speed up that timetable.

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This is How Overturning Citizens’ United Starts

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States and towns all over the US are taking to their legislatures and city councils to call for the repeal of Citizens’ United — to remove the corporate personhood fiction and to prioritize the voices of non-Corporate Americans in the political process:

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., March 28, 2012

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In dramatic fashion, the House passed the first leg of a constitutional amendment which eliminates the five-year waiting period for voting privileges for eligible felons who have completed their sentences. The bill first fell one vote shy of passage (28 votes needed as it requires a 2/3 majority). However, the roll call was rescinded, and Rep. Debbie Hudson switched her vote from ‘no’ to ‘yes’, giving the bill the 28th and deciding vote. Democrats voting No: The ‘Law-Abiding’ John Atkins and ‘Lumpy’ Carson. R’s voting Yes: Don Blakey, Debbie Hudson, Greg Lavelle, and Mike Ramone. A tip of my sombrero to them. And to sponsor Helene Keeley. It’s on to the Senate, where I think it has an excellent chance to pass.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [3.28.12]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [3.28.12]

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John Maynard Keynes über alles

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Keynes always wins in the end. “The primaries have been great for the economy. Dimwitted billionaires are dumping money they don’t need into the campaigns of people who can’t win, providing much-needed jobs for ad-writers, poll-takers and yard-sign manufacturers.”

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Has Anyone Seen Short’s or Simpson’s Huevos?

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It appears that Rep. Danny Short and Sen. Gary Simpson have misplaced their manhood. Yes, they have become eunuchs. WGMD is reporting that Short and Simpson have asked that the hearing on HB 290, which would clarify the duties of sheriffs in Delaware, be canceled tomorrow.

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BREAKING: Lead Investigator In Trayvon Martin Case Wanted Zimmerman Charged With Manslaughter On Night Of The Shooting

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The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting, multiple sources told ABC News.

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