Archive for January, 2013

I’ve got 50 bucks that says Republicans are full of shit… any takers?

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I’ve got 50 bucks that says Republicans are full of shit… any takers?

Today “economist” Art Laffer was all over the wingnutverse calling the contraction in the U.S. economy “catastrophic” and predicted that it would continue to shrink without “spending restraints and lower business tax rates.”

Are you fucking kidding me? People are still listening to this nut? Well, if you are listening, and buying any of Laffer’s bullshit, I’ve got $50.00 bucks if you can prove that his “shrink the government and give tax breaks to businesses” nonsense has ever resulted in economic growth.

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Kinder Morgan Doesn’t Like to be Bashed

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This is what Alan Levin had to say reacting to Kinder Morgan’s comment that the DE Legislature’s insisting on doing their job might kill the deal to privatize the Port of Wilmington. The NJ’s front page story on this today accounts for Kinder Morgan’s new found nervousness over this deal, telling an analysts’ conference call that the GA may have scuttled whatever deal is in being secretly negotiated:

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John Sigler, clowinshly demonstrates typical GOP clowny innumeracy (or dishonesty…or perhaps both)

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I think it is now clear that Sigler was dropped on his head as a baby. Just check out the latest dispatch from Clown boy:

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Thursday Open Thread [1.31.13]

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Violence Against Women Act VS Women Need Guns Because… Violence

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I’m having a hard time reconciling what Republicans are saying.  I know, shocking. Yesterday, during the Gun Violence Hearing, you would have thought that Republicans would have overwhelming supported the Violence Against Women Act, given that women were trotted out as one of the main defenses of AR-15s and 30 round magazines. Of course, they […]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.31.13]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.31.13]

The Parke-Ridgely House, on The Green in Dover.

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Late Night Video — Kid President Gives You a Pep Talk

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I love this kid. This might be the best video of the year — already. It is hard to pick my favorite bits, but the You Can Cry About It or You Can Dance About It works as advice I especially needed recently. Kid President wants you to know that the time to be awesome is now (approx. 3.5 minutes long):

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John Carney’s Facebook Page: “I’m a dupe and I love it!”

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John Carney’s Facebook Page:  “I’m a dupe and I love it!”

After only two years, the guy is phoning it in. Putting in so little effort is astonishing. Can he be over being a Congressman so soon?

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Wednesday Open Thread [1.30.13]

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“Yesterday we had to get rid of our guns. Today we gotta grant amnesty… They’re running the no-huddle offense on us. We don’t even have time to catch our breath. They’re running play after play after play.”

That is Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show yesterday. Good. That is how I like my football teams, and my political parties and Presidents, to play.

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Has Jack Markell Lost the Trust of the Delaware General Assembly?

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 30, 2013 32 Comments

I think he indeed is trending in that direction. Which is not good for Jack, the General Assembly, or the people of Delaware. I think I know why, and I have some ideas as to how he can reverse that trend.

Governor Markell has, at least twice in recent months, blindsided legislators by either changing or muddying his position on key issues…..

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [1.30.13]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [1.30.13]

The Old Stone Tavern, on Main Street in Little Creek.

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Late Night Video — The Daily Show Investigates the Death of Investigative Journalism

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This is so much awesome — John Oliver doing the Daily Show investigative report into why investigative reporting is dying in American newsrooms. Once more — The Daily Show commits an act of news that neither the news networks or newspeople could manage (approx. 6 minutes):

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Tuesday Open Thread [1.29.2013]

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Tuesday Open Thread [1.29.2013]

Yesterday, the wingnutoverse was on fire about Sunday’s interview by 60 Minutes with President Obama and Hilary Clinton. They thought it was awful, too soft, too cute and in the main tried to use it to frame Hillary as the Worst Secretary of State ever. (Your agenda is showing, Roger Ailes. Besides, I think that history has already written in Condi Rice as the worst Secretary of State in contemporary memory.) In a few liberal circles, this interview is being seen as Obama’s endorsement of Hillary in 2016. What did you think of this interview? (I confess I haven’t seen it yet.) You can watch it here:

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President Obama in Las Vegas Today Talking About Immigration

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This is scheduled for 3PM Eastern. President Obama will be in Las Vegas today to speak on his plan for reforming the immigration system. I imagine this will be covered just everywhere, but right now, you can count on CSPAN and the White House site for live streaming if you are at work. The media preview of this is fairly thin, but here’s the WaPo:

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The C

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The C

This brilliance is brought to you by Mat Marshall on Facebook….

BREAKING: Sen. Carper seen flashing gang signs en route to chair a Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing. Carper is reported to have poured out a half-empty Colt 45 for retired Senator Joe Lieberman shortly before throwing up three fingers on each hand, representing Delaware’s “Three ‘C’s,” chicken, credit, and chemicals.

Experts also note that the symbolism of the letter “C” extends to refer to Carper, Sen. Chris Coons, Congressman John Carney, and former Congressman Mike Castle, as well as Chrysler, the manufacturer of Carper’s iconic minivan, seen here.

Capitol Police declined to comment on the prevalence of gangs on Capitol Hill, but stress that Hill Gangs have ranged in size from Gangs of Six to Gangs of Fourteen in the past.

In reality, this photo was from Senator Carper’s Facebook account, and the “gang signs” are really Carper and his staff showing that his trusty old minivan has just hit 333,000 miles, which is impressive for the state’s longest traveled political prop.

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Late Night Video — Unions Are Needed

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Late Night Video — Unions Are Needed

Awesome rant by this MSNBC commentator (with the cringeworthy name of) Krystal Ball. She reminds us that one of the things not touched on in President Obama’s inaugural speech was the health of unions, and reminds us that the war on unions coincides with the stagnation of American wages. This video is about 1.5 minutes long:

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Complete Clown, John Sigler, bringing even bigger totally discredited clown, Grover Norquist, to Delaware

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In trying to figure out who could be a more discredited wingnut doofus than Grover Norquist, I can only come up with one name – Sarah Palin.

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Monday Open Thread [1.28.13]

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In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory. It is pretty interesting.

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Next Up — Immigration Reform

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This week will be very interesting on this front — as a bipartisan group of 8 Senators will release a plan to address issues with illegal immigration today and President Obama will release a plan tomorrow in Las Vegas. This comes after an election where Hispanics decisively voted for Barack Obama and the GOP spent a great deal of time demonizing them. While fixing the undocumented immigrant problem is indeed important, keep in mind that Democrats want to solidify their relationship to Hispanics and the GOP wants to start one. This deal would cover border security, a path to citizenship for approx. 10M people, and work visas for high tech workers. From the LA Times:

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Concussions and Football (And Other Sports)

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When I was growing up concussions were simply a hard hit in the head that took longer to recover from.  As I entered high school, I remember concussions being discussed more often – usually with the warning of not letting the injured person fall to sleep – and not much beyond that. Today, the number […]

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Six Degress of Sissy Harris

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I am going to quote you some choice opening paragraphs in the News Journal story on the Tigani scandal today…

Wealthy Wilmington lawyer Jack Harris and his wife are among those who gave political contributions to candidates that prosecutors say were later reimbursed, a scheme that became part of a criminal case against liquor executive Christopher Tigani and now threatens to cause professional problems for Harris. [...]

Harris, 42 and the co-founder of the Wilmington law firm of Berger Harris, gave the $1,200 maximum allowed by law to Carney’s campaign, according to court and election records. His wife, a du Pont family member who co-owns the upscale Peter Kate boutique in Greenville, contributed the same amount, the indictment and election records show. Sissy Harris, 41, is the cousin of Hallie Biden, the wife of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.

Sometimes this state is so goddamn incestuous.

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Interesting.

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Governor Markell’s approval rating is below water according to our very non-scientific non-random voluntary internet poll with a small sample size. Here are the results:

Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Markell’s job performance?

48% Disapprove
35% Approve
17% Neutral
6% Don’t know

So, take it with a grain of salt, or not. Is it conservative unhappiness over the budget, progressive unhappiness over the budget, or progressive unhappiness over the Port of Wilmington, or something else.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [1.28.13]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [1.28.13]

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Late Night Video — Bill Maher’s Theory on the Problem with American Masculinity

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Oh yes, this is hysterical (and about 5 minutes long):

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Sunday Open Thread [1.27.13]

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In case you missed Frontline’s special on President Obama’s First Term, here it is. The video is split up into five chapters…

Watch Inside Obama’s Presidency on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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