Archive for August, 2013

Daily Delawhere 8.31.13

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Daily Delawhere 8.31.13

From the Rehoboth Bandstand Flickr Feed.

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The wingnut’s “Jedi Council” and the glowing past of future debt ceiling brinksmanship

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The wingnut’s “Jedi Council”  and the glowing past of future debt ceiling brinksmanship

While the teabagger dreams of a no holds barred apocalyptic debt ceiling fight that would leave Obamacare defunded and the having the budget balanced on the strength of Paul Ryan’s tax-cut magic beans seem to be fading, I read this story of how the wingnuts WANTED it to go down, and it is “the crazy.”

Here is the deal. In the January following Obama’s reelection, conservative lobby groups were worried that House Republicans would lose their resolve to fight Obamacare on the beaches, on the seas and oceans, and in the air, whatever the cost may be.. (This is before the rise of Ted Cruz and the GOP Senators move to into the wingnut limelight.) So Michael Needham, the CEO of Heritage Action for America, and Chris Chocola, a former congressman and now president of the Club for Growth were let into a super secret meetings of a group of hardcore nutbags led by Paul Ryan. The group – no shit – called themselves the “Jedi Council.” The council used their mind control powers to persuade the wingnut lobby groups that they had a plan to crush the ACA. It was a plan that kicked off at the GOP retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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TGIF Open Thread [8.30.13]

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TGIF Open Thread [8.30.13]

80% of Americans believe President Obama should receive congressional approval before using force in Syria. 80% of Americans cannot agree on anything, Mr. President. They agree on this. This is a no-fucking-brainer, Mr. President. You want a way out of that fucking corner you painted yourself into, this is it. Seek Congressional Authorization. If you don’t get it, your hands have been tied by Congress just as David Cameron’s were.

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Treasurer Flowers to Speak at next PDD meeting

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Treasurer Flowers to Speak at next PDD meeting

As you may recall, Treasurer Flowers’ plans to invest state funds to achieve higher returns for the Treasury ran into some push back from the Governor and some in the General Assembly at the close of the legislative session at the end of June. So the Progressive Democrats for Delaware (PDD) invited Treasurer Flowers to speak in an open forum on his plans for investing state money and his goals for the Treasurer’s office. The forum/meeting is Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 7 pm, at the Democratic Party Headquarters, 19 E. Commons Blvd., in New Castle.

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Syria

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Syria

I find it very interesting that both political parties are pulled in two different directions (and sometimes three) on the issue of Syria.

On the Democratic side, you have the peace movement, the adherents to which believe the use of any military action anywhere is wrong and should never be pursued, even for humanitarian reasons. And then you have the Liberal Do-Gooders, who sometimes want to be the world’s policemen to stop atrocities like what happened in Yugoslavia and the Rwanda in the 1990’s, and what is happening now in Syria. And then you have those Liberal Warhawks who believe, just as most Republicans do, that the military option is generally preferable as the first tool of our foreign policy, not the last resort. The difference between them and the Neocons on the Republican side who believe the same is that Liberal Warhawks are generally followers, scared and scarred into sounding and acting tough on foreign policy through the experience of Vietnam and Republican attacks on “Democratic weakness” that followed.

On the Republican side, you have the aforementioned Neocons, who literally are war pigs. They want to be at war all the time. This is not hyperbole. They wanted to invade Baghdad in 1991. And again in 1998. They truly want the American flag flying over the capitals of all the world, but most importantly, in the Middle East. There is not a war they will not fight, or a fight that they will not turn into a war. They dominate the Republican Party, and they have scared many Democrats into acting the same way as well. This group was born during World War II, got high off American superiority then and during the Cold War, and now believe that if America is not leading the fight and winning a war everywhere, it is losing everywhere.

Making more noise recently is the other force at work in the Republican Party: the libertarians, which I think includes the former isolationists or non-interventionists. I will let Steve Newton take it away….

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Polling Report: Lt Governor & Syria Bombing Excuse Thread

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Polling Report: Lt Governor & Syria Bombing Excuse Thread

Bad reasons to bomb Syria lay thick an putrid the ground like vomit piles on Bourbon street. The British Parliament and I haven’t heard a single good reason. The worst reason, according to DL readers, is to prop up Haliburton share prices (28%). My favorite bad reason to bomb Syria is to maintain out “credibility”(19%) cuz… you know, our credibility is soooooo precious. The inviolate “red line” (15%) is a bad reason that speaks to trying to prop up the President’s credibility, as if the President’s credibility is a thing. The algebra reason holds that 1 chemical weapon death is equal to 500 conventional weapon deaths in moral repugnance (13%) …and you thought you’d never use algebra in once you graduated. pfft…

Finally, the angry old guy who didn’t become President but still gets tons of airtime on TV wants to bomb Syria (11%) was another top bad reason.

On to the Lt. Governor Poll. Comment away. Or don’t. See if I care.

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Daily Delawhere 8.30.13

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Daily Delawhere 8.30.13

From Van Luvender on Flickr.

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Carney Misses Chance for Bipartisanship

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Carney Misses Chance for Bipartisanship

When it comes to John Carney’s cherished bipartisanship vs. the obligation to do the job he was elected to do, John Carney has chosen…neither.

According to this article, 162 members of the U. S. House of Representatives have called for a debate in Congress prior to any authorization of attacking Syria. 62 Democrats are among those signing the letters to call for such action. John Carney is not among them.

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Wilmington Fast-Food Workers To Join Nationwide Strike Today

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Wilmington Fast-Food Workers To Join Nationwide Strike Today

This is great news. A livable minimum wage for fast food workers will put a lot more money in the local economy by preventing multi-nationals like Yum Brands from moving profits to off shore tax havens. I hope other Delaware fast food workers see this and decide, in time, to participate in this worthy effort.

Wilmington Fast-Food Workers To Join Nationwide Strike Thursday
Movement for $15 and a Union Without Retaliation or Unfair Labor Practices Reaches Wilmington

Wilmington , DE– Fast-food workers in Wilmington are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday as part of the largest-ever strike to hit the $200 billion industry. Inspired by strikes earlier this summer in seven cities across the country, Wilmington workers will walk off their jobs for the first time, calling for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor practices.

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Daily Delawhere 8.29.13

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Daily Delawhere 8.29.13

From Karen Mallonee on Flickr.

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Late Night Video — Dr. King Justifies The Poor People’s Campaign

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The Poor People’s Campaign was the effort that Dr. King was involved with organizing when he was assassinated. This campaign was designed to focus on the needs of the nation’s poor people — of all races and nationalities. In 1968, King was traveling the country raising awareness of this campaign for economic justice, which was supposed to occur in the spring. Dr. King was assassinated in April, and even though the People’s Campaign seemed to be derailed, it started on Mother’s Day — with thousands of people converging on Washington, DC. Resurrection City — the tent city — was created on the mall and the protest continued for almost six weeks. The occupation ended in violence and the campaign for economic justice failed. Today’s question is what might have been different if Dr. King lived to see this through?

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Recent polls discussion thread

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Recent polls discussion thread

When I put up an new poll, I’m going to try and remember to put up a discussion thread for the garrulous amongst us. The out going poll reveals a broad agreement among DL readers on the question of who is likely (and who is unlikely) to be our next governor.

Matt Denn 42%
Flowers 21%
Other 17%
Biden 16%
Urkle 4%

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#DreamDay Open Thread

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#DreamDay Open Thread

This is an Open Thread for those of you following the activities today.

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Daily Delawhere 8.28.13

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Daily Delawhere 8.28.13

From TC Davis on Twitter.

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“Free” online gambling in Delaware starts today (free is in quotes because the multi-million dollar bail out can’t be far behind)

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“Free” online gambling in Delaware starts today (free is in quotes because the multi-million dollar bail out can’t be far behind)

UPDATED WITH MY REVIEW BELOW – Don’t get me wrong. I like playing poker (for money) online. Or I should say, I did like playing online when it was less illegal than it is now. I’m not an anti-gambling prude, but the idea that the mewling welfare cases and tax cheats that run the Delaware casinos can run a decent online poker room makes me laugh. It also makes me a bit nauseous to see that”online” gaming in Delaware will include virtual slot machines. Wouldn’t it be cheaper for the state to simply rob people at gunpoint?

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A 10 Day Around the Horn [8.16.13 to 8.27.13]

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A 10 Day Around the Horn [8.16.13 to 8.27.13]

Sorry for the delay in getting this around the horn to you. I meant to have it ready on Friday, but I had my physical. So I delayed it to Saturday, but then I had my Fantasy Football draft. And then on Sunday and Monday I was toying with the idea of just waiting until Friday for a two week round-up. But then I started writing it and it was getting too big. So I am just going to post what I have now, and do another Around the Horn column on Friday, September 6.

So here is what the Delaware blogosphere was talking about this past 10 days. I have organized the postings into individual subjects. Organization FTW!

This week we are talking about Bloom Boxes and the Newark Data Center, Teachers and Testing, the constitutionality of Charter Schools, the New Castle Tire Incinerator, the looming and dooming Highmark monopoly.

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Tuesday Open Thread 8.27.13

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Tuesday Open Thread 8.27.13

Eugene Robinson:

History says don’t do it. Most Americans say don’t do it. But President Obama has to punish Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s homicidal regime with a military strike — and hope that history and the people are wrong.

If it is true that the regime killed hundreds of civilians with nerve gas in a Damascus suburb last week — and Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Monday that the use of chemical weapons is “undeniable” — then Obama has no choice. Such use cannot be tolerated, and any government or group that employs chemical weapons must be made to suffer real consequences. Obama should uphold this principle by destroying some of Assad’s military assets with cruise missiles.

I say this despite my belief that Obama has been right to keep the United States out of the Syrian civil war. It is not easy to watch such suffering and destruction — more than 100,000 people killed, millions displaced, cities pounded into rubble — and do nothing. Now I believe we are obliged to hit Assad. But then what?

Obama should have never drawn a red line. By doing so, he boxed himself in to using military force if the line was crossed.

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My Thoughts On The Miley Cyrus “Incident”

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My Thoughts On The Miley Cyrus “Incident”

First, I refuse to buy into the parent “outrage” over their precious children witnessing such an “outrageous” display.  Hello?  It’s MTV.  It’s what they do – it’s their flippin’ business model.  Second, if you’re one of those people who still thinks MTV is a music video channel… let me enlighten you.  Here’s a sample of MTV’s programming lineup: 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, Real World, Engaged and Underage, Jersey Shore, Lingerie Football League, and, of course, Snookie and Jwoww.  There’s plenty more, but that gives you the idea.  So, I’m not going to waste my time over parents who were shocked by a show on MTV.

Back to the Miley incident…  (If you haven’t seen the VMA video, here it is.)

I am not disgusted or outraged by her performance.  I am embarrassed for her. 

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Daily Delawhere 8.27.13

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Daily Delawhere 8.27.13

From TC Davis on Flickr.

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Late Night Video — Breaking Bad: The High School Musical

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I’m still watching this on Netflix, so people are sending me Breaking Bad material (spoilers or no) — this one is especially hilarious when Pollos Hermanos shows up. About 4:30 long:

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Before You Hoist That Next Black & Tan…

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Before You Hoist That Next Black & Tan…

You need to know about Dick Yuengling’s public statements about labor unions and Gov. Corbett of Pennsylvania. Go ahead and read it, I’ll wait.

Until now, I’ve neither known nor cared about Yuengling’s politics. I have enjoyed the occasional Black and Tan. However, it was Dick Yuengling, not anyone else, who made his views public. He did it on purpose.  In a speech before the Pennsylvania Press Club, Yuengling reportedly called for the adoption of ‘right to work’ laws in Pennsylvania to disenfranchise unions and to enable him to make beer more cheaply. He also called Gov. Corbett ‘a great man’, according to the Associated Press.

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From the First State to the Last State: The State of Sussex

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From the First State to the Last State: The State of Sussex

So some disgruntled Republicans in northeastern Colorado, displeased with the recent election results that elected Democrats, have gotten a ballot question on the ballot in one local northeastern Colorado county about whether that local county, along with several other northeastern Colorado counties, should seccede from the State of Colorado. This notion has inspired our local wingnuts downstate to dream of a State of Sussex.

First, it should be pointed out that the procedural hurdles for the sore losers to form a State of Sussex are quite high.

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Monday Open Thread 8.26.13

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Monday Open Thread 8.26.13

Booman warns us to beware the “Do Something” mantra on Syria:

The problem in Syria is that the opposition is no longer preferable to the regime and the regime is beyond redemption. Until I see evidence that contradicts it, I am not going to assume that Samantha Power is unaware of this conundrum just because she wrote a book condemning historical indifference to genocide in the West. The assumption is that she favors military action because she’s always argued that we should not stand idly by while evil regimes slaughter their own people. But all that tells us is that she is morally opposed to doing nothing when we can intervene at an “acceptable risk.” The problem in Syria is that there are no acceptable risks.

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Can Our Super Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Help Avoid Perpetual Sequestration?

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Can Our Super Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Help Avoid Perpetual Sequestration?

Well it looks like perpetual sequestration is shaping up to be the teabag Congress’s new “most important thing EVER!”

Now that de-funding Obamacare and destroying the credit worthiness of the United States have faded as the most important things EVER!, continuing to hobble the economy through austerity and perpetual sequestration is the thing that is going to give Boehner his Boner back. (If the Democrats go along with it.)

And let’s face it – they will.

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“My Son Beau is Fine.” I’m sorry, I need more than that.

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“My Son Beau is Fine.”   I’m sorry, I need more than that.

So last Thursday, upon the Vice President returning home to Delaware with his son, the Attorney General, Beau Biden, the White House released a statement on his behalf, stating as follows:

Yesterday our son Beau underwent a successful procedure. He is in great shape and is going to be discharged [Thursday] and heading home to Delaware. He will follow up with his local physicians in the coming weeks.

I said at the time that I thought, based on earlier reporting, that this successful procedure was in fact the biopsy, and thus until we hear the results, this health crisis for the junior Biden was not concluded. Commenter Puck disagreed, saying:

It’s possible the “successful procedure” was in fact the treatment. There are minimally invasive radiosurgery procedures that could have been done in that timespan in Texas, and conceivably would have constituted full treatment. It’s also possible there is no issue of cancer, but rather some type of abnormal cluster of blood vessels which might require the same kind of treatment. I know this is just speculation, but I’m willing to indulge a little.

Could be. It would explain the very vague yet optimistic statement from the Vice President above and his statements on Friday in Scranton, PA:

“And I just want you all to know, since so many of you have asked me about my son, things are – it’s not only good to be here, but things are good at home in Delaware. My son Beau is fine,” he said, eliciting applause and cheers from a crowd of approximately 2,500 in the Lackawanna College student union.

The problem is though, with these vague statements and no further comment, is that Beau’s recent medical crisis and his overall medical state remains unclear at best. You don’t travel from Indiana to Chicago and then to Philly and then to the best cancer center in the country in Houston for a minor issue.

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