Archive for July, 2013

Late Night Video — Joe Scarborough on Ted Cruz’s Train Wreck

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Scarborough here seems like he is about ready to break out the Code Duello and call for seconds. This also features Tina Brown, getting in a plug for The Daily Beast *and* a killer diss of Cruz:

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When Will the White Community Take Responsibility for Its Culture of Violence?

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This is the question central to Chris Hayes’ news (satire) piece yesterday:

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It was inspired by this post in Gawker, called Video of Violent, Rioting Surfers Shows White Culture of Lawlessness:

A frightening and violent mob swept through the normally quiet seaside community of Huntington Beach last night following a surfing competition in the area. Businesses were vandalized and looted, portable toilets overturned, and brutal fistfights waged right out in the open. It was an ugly display and a sad day for California. But more than that, it was a reminder that we must begin to seriously consider the values of our thuggish white youth.

It is worth reading ALL of the comments here, because, seriously, what America needs is to raise the level of outrage over the persistently thuggish behavior of white youth.

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.31.13]

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The folks over at Wired Magazine took a look at who in Congress voted for and against clipping the wings of the NSA and found that those who voted NO to uphold, received double the amount of campaign money from the defense and aerospace industry than those who voted YES. To remind you, John Carney voted NO to keep the spying operation in your business — and received $9000. Not alot (Buck McKeon holds the record with $526K and he also voted NO), but it is a good reminder of where the interests lie.

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Sam Wilson and the Lesbian Bible Killers

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Sam Wilson and the Lesbian Bible Killers

Sam Wilson is the Vice President of the Sussex County Council and is pretty het up over the defeat of the Bible Study course at Cape Henlopen School District. Het up enough to have taken to the airwaves (not sure what program this is) to tell the radio host that he was plenty disturned over the 3-3 vote. According to him, at least one of the Cape Henlopen Board members is a *gasp* — lesbian! And (according to Wilson) lesbians are “not strong on the bible”. He seems to think that said lesbian(s) had too much influence over the vote. But thank goodness there is western Sussex to hold strong on the bible and morals, because I think that eastern Sussex doesn’t have time to demand that their neighbors “Show Us Your Bibles!” — since they are too busy tending to their own lives (and getting reservations to all of the good restaurants). Take a listen (approx 4 minutes):

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The Daily Delawhere for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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The Daily Delawhere for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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The Open Thread for Tuesday July 30, 2013

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The Open Thread for Tuesday July 30, 2013

If immigration reform is going to get done, this is why:

“More than 100 Republican donors — many of them prominent names in their party’s establishment — sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday urging them to support an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws,” the New York Times reports.

But it will only get done if these donors not only threaten the withholding of their big money donations, but also start doing it. Defunding the RNC and other various Republican Party organizations and candidates is the only message Republican congressman will understand. Condemnations about their bigotry and racism doesn’t work because, in their circles and in their districts, their racism and bigotry are commonplace and not a source of shame. And they no longer care about losing all of the Latino vote since they have convinced themselves that they can somehow win all of the white vote.

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44 and 45

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44 and 45

Word is that Hillary is having lunch with Joe Biden today, after having lunch with the President yesterday. The combination of lunches tells me that she is informing them that she either is or is not running in 2016.

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The Daily Delawhere for Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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The Daily Delawhere for Tuesday, July 30, 2013

From the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Sussex County As Key to Keeping Delaware Blue

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This seems to be the thesis and part of the organizing motivation of Sussex County Democratic Chair, Mitch Crane. Mitch spoke to Don Flood at the Cape Gazette some days back, explaining why he thinks that focused effort now in establishing the Democratic Party and in getting more seats in local government is crucial to the long term health of the party:

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The Open Thread for Monday, July 29, 2013

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The Open Thread for Monday, July 29, 2013

A new Gallup Poll finds that if given the opportunity to vote on a law legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, the slight majority of Americans, 52%, say they would cast their vote in favor, while 43% would vote against it.

Now, that is a little misleading. The poll is not saying a majority of the respondents in all 50 states are in favor or marriage equality. What the poll is saying is a majority of the respondents across the country as a whole are in favor of marriage equality in all 50 states. Indeed, there is one region of this country were a majority of the respondents are bigoted and against equality. But even there, it is a bare majority. Can you guess where?

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The Daily Delawhere for Monday, July 29, 2013

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The Daily Delawhere for Monday, July 29, 2013

From Jonathan Britt on Flickr.

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Sunday Open Thread [7.28.13]

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The NJ does a long piece today about the red-light camera industry here in Delaware. Most interesting is that Wilmington’s program seems most disconnected to any effort to increase traffic safety, even though safety data is available for analysis. I’m also intrigued by the fact that Wilmington operates its camera on a revenue-sharing basis with its contractors, while DelDOT does not. Revenue-sharing with an entity that is supposed to make money obviously changes the incentives for camera placement and enforcement, and is one more deal that Wilmington was willing to cut that doesn’t look like it was for the benefit of its taxpayers.

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The Daily Delawhere for Sunday, July 28, 2013

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The Daily Delawhere for Sunday, July 28, 2013

From John Griggs on Flickr.

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Late Night Video — What the GOP’s War on Women Might Look Like

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Featuring an imagined doctor’s visit to get some basic birth control. Funny and scary. Scary because the GOP probably thinks that this is just what they want. About 4 minutes long.

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The Open Thread for Saturday, July 27, 2013

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It’s a quiet Saturday, the weather is nice, and I’m not finding any political news this morning that is new and interesting. So it’s your turn. And in the meantime here is some audio tapes of our Presidents in some more candid moments.

Kennedy

Johnson & Truman

More inside…

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama

Governor Markell

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The Daily Delawhere for Saturday, July 27, 2013

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The Daily Delawhere for Saturday, July 27, 2013

From Governor Markell’s Flickr feed, here is the Governor and Miss Delaware 2013 Rebecca Jackson in a watermelon eating contest at the State Fair in Harrington.

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The Open Thread for Friday, July 26, 2013

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The Open Thread for Friday, July 26, 2013

Washington Post’s Jonathan Bernstein:

Do Republicans believe that Obamacare is a disaster in the making? Or is it such an appealing program that they have to take extraordinary steps to undermine it? Reuters reports today that conservative groups are taking their campaign to undermine the law to ever new heights. As the Tea Party group FreedomWorks puts it: “We’re trying to make it socially acceptable to skip the exchange.” [...]
At the same time they’re trying to undermine it, Republicans are loudly insisting that the program just won’t work — it will “collapse under its own weight,” as the talking point has it. For example, see the apparent attempt by Republican state governments to hype “rate shock” well beyond any reality. As Sarah Kliff argues today, Republicans have set expectations for the program so low that “if Godzilla doesn’t march in on Oct. 1 and gobble up our health insurance coverage and legions of IRS agents fail to microchip the masses, that could plausibly look like a success.”

If they really believe that the Affordable Care Act will collapse on its own — that premiums will skyrocket, that people will lose what they have now, or whatever other horrors they’ve been asserting — then there’s no reason at all for any campaign to spread misinformation about the law or to encourage anyone to “skip the exchange.” Consumers would do that on their own. But Republicans apparently think they can’t take the risk that Obamacare will work out just fine.

It is an article of faith if you are a conservative or a Republican: ObamaCare is going to be a disaster, a trainwreck, a total mess. So if you are a Republican, and you want the Dems and Obama to be blamed for the mess that is Obama, why would you not just allow it to go into effect with full funding and sit back and watch the disaster? No, they have to sabotage it for it to be a trainwreck, for if Obamacare goes into affect fully funded and fully implemented, then the people will love on the level of Medicare and Social Security.

Meanwhile, there is something for everyone in this new ABC/Washington Post poll on abortion….

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Around the Horn for July 19-25, 2013

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Around the Horn for July 19-25, 2013

It’s back! Our weekly trip around the Delaware Blogosphere was one of our best features here at Delaware Liberal some years ago. And then the Delaware Blogosphere shrank, what with Dave Burris leaving DP or First State Politics and Mike Matthews leaving Down With Absolutes, and Dana Garrett leaving his blog. But the work of Kilroy, Kavips and Nancy Willing, among others, needs to be highlighted and shared among us more, especially on the education issue and county government.

The below links are not necessarily from last week, but from the last month, long tagged in my RSS Reader to follow up on. Going forward, starting next week, the links provided here will be from that week. And I want all of you to post in the comments blog posts and stories that I and we have missed, and Delaware blogs that we should start reading.

To start off, Nancy Willing shows us who among our current and former state and federal legislators have ties or are members of the right wing state legislation mill, ALEC…..

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The Daily Delawhere for Friday, July 26, 2013

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The Daily Delawhere for Friday, July 26, 2013

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Late Night Video — Get The Dough Out of Politics

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Courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s and the folks at Get the Dough Out — a lesson is why corporations should not be treated as people (approx. 1 minute):

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The Open Thread for Thursday, July 25, 2013

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The Open Thread for Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kudos to former President George H.W. Bush, pictured above with the 2 year old son of one of his security detail. Bush, and his entire security detail, shaved their heads in support of the child, who is going through chemotherapy treatment for leukemia. This is a kind and classy move.

Meanwhile, from Jonathan Chait: “The Republican Party has spent 30 years careering ever more deeply into ideological extremism, but one of the novel developments of the Obama years is its embrace of procedural extremism. The Republican fringe has evolved from being politically shrewd proponents of radical policy changes to a gang of saboteurs who would rather stop government from functioning at all. In this sense, their historical precedents are not so much the Gingrich revolutionaries, or even their tea-party selves of a few years ago; the movement is more like the radical left of the sixties, had it occupied a position of power in Congress. And so the terms we traditionally use to scold bad Congresses–partisanship, obstruction, gridlock–don’t come close to describing this situation. The hard right’s extremism has bent back upon itself, leaving an inscrutable void of paranoia and formless rage and twisting the Republican Party into a band of anarchists.”

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Carney Votes Against Limits on Spying

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Carney Votes Against Limits on Spying

Flea-bitten Hound Bites Man: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll412.xml Of course, the conspiracy theorists among us could, um, theorize that Carney cast his vote to make the Homeland Security job more attractive to Tom Carper, thus creating more political flexibility for John Carney. Me?  Naah, it’s just yet another bad vote by an undistinguished, and flea-ridden, congress creature.

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An elective class? Yeah, I am not sure I have a problem with that.

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An elective class?  Yeah, I am not sure I have a problem with that.

So tonight the Cape Henlopen School Board will vote on a proposal to offer a secular and elective high school class examining the Bible’s role in society and history. And if the class is elective, and it is taught from a historical and secular perspective rather than religious or spiritual, I have no problem personally or constitutionally with that, and the Board should go ahead and vote for the class. Indeed, as suggested in the News Journal article on this issue today, they should also offer a comparitive religions class that looks at more religions than just Christianity.

And I must say, I am impressed by the quotes and the considerations of the board members quoted in the News Journal article. Looks like a part of Sussex County has grown up when it comes to church and state and schools.

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The Lottery and Gaming Study Commission = The Fix Is In to Bail Out Casinos

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The Lottery and Gaming Study Commission = The Fix Is In to Bail Out Casinos

This study commission — created when the GA and the Governor decided to help improve the balance sheets of our local casinos who are being hurt by rising costs (who isn’t, really?) and by a failed competitive stance in a market where we are surrounded by a glut of gaming options. This Commission met for the first time on Tuesday — and tell me if you can spot why I think the fix is in:

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