Archive for March, 2013

Easter Open Thread [3.31.13]

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Happy Easter, everyone! Have you gotten to the part of the day where you and yours are creating new tortures for those horrifying Peeps?

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Why the Phils Will Suck Until Ruben Amaro Jr. Goes

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Let me be clear. It’s possible, just possible, that they might have one year left. I don’t think so, though. Not with the aging and defensively-challenged additions they made this offseason: Michael Young and Delmon Young. Neither of whom are ‘Forever Young’.

But, that’s it. Why? Because Amaro insists on ignoring one of the most important tools in the GM’s toolbox: statistical analysis, aka ‘sabermetrics’.

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Easter Daily Delawhere [3.31.13]

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Easter Daily Delawhere [3.31.13]

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Saturday Open Thread [3.30.13]

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It is a gorgeous Saturday and I hope that all of you are spending quality time out in this sunshine. In this thread, we don’t care who you had breakfast with.

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Happy Easter or Jedi Holiday Equivalent

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Jedi Knight is now the biggest religion among “other religions” in Great Britton – so I guess there will be a lot of bowing in the direction of Coruscant in the actual home of Christianity this weekend. (King James Bible props! The Bible Jesus Reads, Yo!! Get that weak NIV shit outta here.) As for […]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [3.30.31]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [3.30.31]

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Late Night Video — The First Honest Cable Company

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In honor of the Supreme Court rejecting a class action suit against Comcast for overcharging, let’s take a good look at what an honest cable company might look like

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Friday Open Thread [3.29.13]

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Does … any of the idiot conservatives who repeat this nonsense ad infinitum [that families have to balance their budgets] have any clue how people manage their budgets?

They use credit cards, which is debt.
They get mortgages, which is debt.
They get student loans, which is debt.
They get car loans, which is debt.
And let’s not get started on businesses and their leveraged debts.

So if Republicans want Washington to act like American families do, then we’re already there!

And now lets put numbers to this story to show you how ridiculous this GOP talking point is:

U.S. household consumer debt profile:
Average credit card debt: $15,266
Average mortgage debt: $149,667
Average student loan debt: $32,559

vs Income:

$44,389

So, if we balanced the budget the same way households do, the federal debt to income ratio would be:

78/22 = 3.5/1

But it’s currently approximately 1.7/1

So, if the Republicans actually meant what they said, we should be on a debt spending spree like never seen before in the history of the nation.

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Adventures in Personal Responsibility — Or Being Mike Protack

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Adventures in Personal Responsibility — Or Being Mike Protack

I know that some of you are on Facebook and you’ve been a witness to weeks of insulting and trolling behavior from Mike Protack. Personally, I’m not friends with the guy, but some of my friends are, and the exchanges I’ve seen have been utterly unhinged. No matter the topic at hand, what emerges is the completely resentful Mike Protack — blaming Democrats or unions for all of the worlds’ ills; insulting the intelligence, the appearance, the ethnic background, the appearance of the *kids* of his interlocutors; making stuff up; and just generally lacking in the basic social graces that got him banned from this place. Whether he is talking about education or same sex marriage, all he’s been capable of over on Facebook is anger, insults and ignorance. Yesterday, Esteban Parra documented the most recent incident – one where Protack decided to get his inner racist on:

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The Ridiculous Reasons Republicans Give….

Filed in Delaware by on March 29, 2013 11 Comments

The following is the reason Republican Senator Greg Lavelle gave for voting against the repeal of the death penalty:

“15 years from now, there will be a group, undoubtedly, that will come and say, ‘Isn’t it cruel and unusual, isn’t it horrific, that as as society that we put somebody in jail that committed a murder when they’re 21, 22-years-old, an adult, and they’re in there for 30, 40, 50 years, isn’t that cruel and unusual, and shouldn’t we allow them out?'” asks Lavelle.

This is quite an assine statement, even from Lavelle. First, no one here in Delaware or anywhere as far as I can tell has ever said life sentences for adults who commit murder is cruel and unusual. So Lavelle is lying to create a straw man that he can fight against, which gives him a reason for his vote. So let’s concede that point for the moment. Let’s concede that Lavelle is really concerned that there is this movement out there that in 15 years will seek to repeal life sentences without the possibility of parole because somehow it is cruel and unusual. Ok.

So Lavelle’s answer to this concern is we must kill the convict? In order to prevent the the forces waving the cruel and unusual punishment banner from going down a slippery slope, we must keep a cruel and unusual punishment on the books? It seems to me that Lavelle, through his attempt at mockery, is conceding that the death penalty is cruel and unusual and we need to keep that cruel and unusual punishment on the books so that non-cruel and unusual punishments like life imprisonment are never challenged as cruel and unusual. Well, that makes sense!

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Friday Daily Delawhere [3.29.13]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [3.29.13]

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Anil Dash “Ten Tips Guaranteed to Improve Your Startup Success” work as succcess in life tips

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These helpful tips were written with entrepreneurs in mind, but they have a lot of utility as general life tips.

Ten Tips Guaranteed to Improve Your Startup Success

1) Be raised with access to clean drinking water and sanitation. (Every tech billionaire I’ve ever spoken to has a toilet!)
2) Try to be born in a region that is politically and militarily stable.
3) Grow up with a family that is as steady and secure as possible.
4) Have access to at least a basic free education in core subjects.
5) Avoid being abused by family members, loved ones, friends or acquaintances during the formative years of your life.

The next five are good as well.

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Thursday Open Thread [3.28.13]

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Thursday Open Thread [3.28.13]

The Week: “Most members of the Republican Party hope that the Supreme Court will not use the two gay-marriage cases it heard this week to issue a broad ruling affirming the constitutional right of gays and lesbians to marry. However, top officials in the GOP are reportedly praying for precisely that outcome, calculating that it would be the most effective way to remove gay marriage as a political liability.”

Well, if these top officials are hoping for that outcome (which I don’t think will happen), then they are foolish and not very smart politicos. For if that does happen, guess what the social conservative base of the Republican Party does? They flip out. More so than usual. They will demand from the GOP complete and total obedience to their outrage. They will want the Congressional Republicans to immediately introduce a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage and attach it as an amendment to everything that moves in the House and Senate. Opposition to gay marriage will become the most important issue on the GOP voter’s mind. Now, the GOP will then be faced with two choices: 1) tell these bigoted voters to go f*ck themselves because the Supreme Court has ruled and that is the end of that; or 2) say yes Master yes Master like they have done so many times before. Which do you think the oh-so-courageous GOP does?

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QOTD — Why Is the NJ Still Paying Attention To This Woman?

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This question is courtesy of commenter AQC. And the woman in question is Lenore Matusiewicz, the wife of the man who shot their grandchildren’s mother at the NCCo Courthouse. It looks from here that the NJ is basically a venue for pretty much every antic this woman is working on. Today’s antic are claims that the the State of Delaware is withholding her husband’s body from her and withholding the autopsy report. Insert eye rolls here.

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The Polling Report [3.28.13]

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A small sampling of polls showing a close race in Virginia for governor, a blowout in New Jersey, a tightening Senate primary in Massachusetts, and yet another poll showing that pretty much every single American alive today supports background checks.

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In search of Delaware’s best fish taco

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I have a new thing. Whenever I see “Fish Taco” on a menu I order it. So far – after an infinitesimally small number of tests (3) – Dogfish on Rehoboth Ave is in the lead. The fish was great, and the cabbage salad had a nice tang to it. And yet, this fish taco is easily beatable by anyone who combines nice fresh fish, a decent tortilla and and some imaginative savory/sweet salad.

Fins on Rehoboth Ave was pretty weak – but at least the fish was good. That same can’t be said for Mango’s in Bethany which was a train-wreck wrapped around a few Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks. The fish taco appetizer at Iron Hill was equally weak but for more for lack of trying than crappy ingredients. Had I known that I was going to be doing this feature I’d have paid more attention to why I didn’t like it.

So hook me up. Bookmark this post and let me know if you find a good one.

Thanks!

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 28, 2013

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Seven, count ‘em, seven amendments have already been prefiled for HB 35(Longhurst), the criminal background checks bill. And these are only the so-called friendly amendments. In the immortal words of Casey Stengel while managing the inept New York Mets in their inaugural season:

“Can’t anybody here play this game?”

This bill should be the easy one. They’ve got the votes, no fuss, no muss. But, by paying undue deference to the NRA, they have become the Senate (United States version) Democrats, turning what should be defining statement victories into, at best, marginal progress and, at worst, defeat. The issue is larger than HB 35. The House dithering has emboldened the NRA b/c they’ve learned that they can run circles around the house managers of this legislation. That will make passage of other key elements of the gun control package far more difficult than it needed to be.

Need I remind these Profiles In Courage that a massacre of school children in Connecticut was the catalyzing event for this package? After several other massacres all over this country? This kind of appeasement will only help to ensure that such a massacre occurs here. Maybe then they’ll stop listening to these uncompromising zealots. Until then, we have HB 35, on today’s House Agenda. Do us all a favor, and at least pass this one?

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [3.28.13]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [3.28.13]

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Breaking (Not Really): Wal-Mart Is Awful

Filed in Delaware, National by on March 27, 2013 36 Comments

Wal-Mart has a big problem: Margaret Hancock has long considered the local Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) superstore her one- stop shopping destination. No longer. During recent visits, the retired accountant from Newark, Delaware, says she failed to find more than a dozen basic items, including certain types of face cream, cold medicine, bandages, mouthwash, hangers, […]

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Wednesday Open Thread [3.27.13]

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Ross Douthat imagines the state of our politics today if the Iraq War never happened:

[T]ake away Iraq’s imprint on our politics, and America might well have still elected a Democrat to replace George W. Bush. But because of Iraq, the Democratic majority that did come to power in 2006 and 2008 has been more aggressive on public policy, less defensive in the culture war, and more proficient in the art of base mobilization than a hypothetical Clinton Restoration would have been – and their Republican opposition has been more ideologically bunkered-down, less nimble and less inclined to woo the center, than the G.O.P. might have been absent the trauma of Iraq.

Without Iraq, there is no Obama presidency. Obama would not have been able to distinquish himself from Clinton in the primaries and would have lost to her. Perhaps even more importantly, there would have been no Howard Dean. Thus, while Hillary would have gone on to beat John McCain due to the 2008 economic collapse, the Democratic Party would be a moderate mess, as the progressive take over of the party in 2005 would not have happened, and the 2006 retaking of Congress probably does not happen (although it would have in 2008).

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Defense – America’s real spending problem

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I’ve frequently said, “We don’t have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem.” That is true as long as you are talking about domestic spending. Domestic programs from food safety inspections to college loan guarantees are cut to the bone. “Entitlements” such as Social security add nothing to the debt and could easily be self-sustaining well into the future with modest revenue side reforms. However, if you talking about the US budget in its entirety, the wingnuts are right. We do have a spending problem. We have a pretty big fucking spending problem.

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Short and Sweet Spin from DP

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I am not a reader of the right wing downstate “Delaware Politics.” But I have the blog on my Google Reader RSS Feed so I can see when and what they post, and every once and a while, they will post something that piques my interest. Like David Anderson’s reaction to the repeal of the Death Penalty in the Senate yesterday. Now, keep in my mind when reading this that David Anderson is supposedly a professed devout Christian, and he relies on those beliefs constantly to inform his opinions on women’s healthcare, women’s rights, abortion, homosexuality, marriage equality, contraception, education, the First Amendment, and I could go on and on and on. I am not saying there is anyting wrong with relying upon your religion to inform your political beliefs. But David does. And this is what he said….

After giving up on changing the sentences for current death row murderers, the Senate passed over bipartisan and law enforcement opposition to repeal the state death penalty. The bill goes on the House. 3 Republicans crossed over to support the bill, led by the Minority Leader.

Anderson then goes on to list the votes of the entire Senate, like I did yesterday. After reading this, I cannot tell if David is happy or said that death penalty repeal was passed by the Senate. There is no celebration, but there is no ranting and raving either. Given the comments from Don Ayotte and others on that post (reacting with the typical reserve, calm and discretion that is representative of the Teabagger movement(/snark)), I wonder if David is purposefully masking his true thoughts here for fear that he will offend his rabid readers.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., March 27, 2013

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And to think that I was gonna cut back on covering the legislative beat. Whatever was I thinking? Every day, huge stories, two of ‘em yesterday: 1. State Senate votes to repeal Delaware’s death penalty statute, and 2. The Obama-ization of the House Democratic Caucus appears complete. At least with respect to preemptively compromising with an enemy that will not compromise with you.

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A message from Lt. Governor Matt Denn

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“With all the excitement yesterday in Washington, it is important to remember that there will be a vote here in Delaware this year on marriage equality, and although we are optimistic, the outcome of that vote is anything but certain. You can volunteer to help win the vote by visiting Equality Delaware at www.equalitydelaware.org (I am proud to have been a long-time member of its Advisory Board). I have found that one of the most compelling ways to convince legislators that marriage equality is the right thing to do is to share why you decided it was right, so if you want to share a story here about why you decided to support marriage equality, I will pass it along.”

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [3.27.13]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [3.27.13]

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