Archive for November, 2013

I’m not going to be caught flatfooted this Thanksgiving

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I jotted down all the things I’m thankful for. I probably forgot some: Mrs. Liberal and my immediate family (I wrote out each name on the original list) All my other extended family including my caveman ancestors of 200,000 years ago Saturday night live Fred Amrison Paul Simon Simon and Garfunkle Music in general An […]

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Thanksgiving Daily Delawhere [11.28.13]

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Thanksgiving Daily Delawhere [11.28.13]

Happy Thanksgiving to all. And Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends.

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Late Night Video — A Very Cosby Thanksgiving

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Bill Cosby on Thanksgiving origins (2:23):

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at DL!

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Wednesday Open Thread [11.27.13]

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Wednesday Open Thread [11.27.13]

So how’s the last minute Thanksgiving prep going?

In keeping with the spirit of the seaon (i’m just guessing), Richard Land (a leader in the Southern Baptist church) says that single mothers should always give up their babies for adoption. I’m guessing the Land’s aren’t rushing right out to signup for some more mouths to feed — they are just in the business of making more women feel guilty and undermine the family values they only give lip service too.

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Delaware’s Own, The Spinto Band

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Suck it “Dr” John E. Stapleford, you fraud

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Suck it “Dr” John E. Stapleford, you fraud

Oh how I am going to enjoy the day when CRI has to drop its phony non-profit status and reveal that this phoney-baloney “grassroots” operation is funded by two big checks (one from Foster Stephen Friess and one from the Koch Brothers).

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Time for Chip Flowers to Get Serious and Work with the CMPB

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Time for Chip Flowers to Get Serious and Work with the CMPB

So let’s start with a serious question — if Sheriff Christopher is the Sheriff of Nuttingham, what character would we assign to Chip Flowers?

Today, the Attorney General’s office rendered an opinion based on questions that the Cash Management Policy Board asked the AG to weigh in on. Those questions are:

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [11.27.13]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [11.27.13]

From Mike Mahaffie on Flickr.

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Why Is Delaware Risking Faulty Elections?

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Why Is Delaware Risking Faulty Elections?

I was thrilled last spring to move to a Blue state. Still am, except for one major deficiency here. Our voting machine systems. Most of the rest of the free world, at least here in the good old U.S. of A., has discovered the flaws and huge risks present with DRE voting machines.

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I’m loving this new Pope

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I’m loving this new Pope

I love that whenever he interprets the ministry of Jesus for the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics, Antonin Scalia can be heard saying, “Fuck this guy.”

In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.

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Time To Level With Us, Beau

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Time To Level With Us, Beau

Beau Biden apparently wants to have it both ways. According to this article at WDEL.com,   Biden states that he plans to run for reelection in 2014, but refuses to give any update on his health. Although the ‘…long, curving scar stretching from his left ear to the top of his head’ provides a clue. However, Biden “is still refusing to discuss details about a recent health scare that sent him to a Texas cancer center.” This in the same interview where he says he’ll run for reelection.

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Could This Story Lead To Restricting A Pregnant Woman’s Movements?

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First, let me say, that no one in this story comes off looking good, but if you had to pick the biggest jerk it would be Olympic skier, Bode Miller. Here’s a rough timeline: Early 2012: Miller and McKenna meet through a matchmaking service. They fall into a relationship, occasionally hanging out on the yacht […]

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State Chamber, CRI (and therefor) the Koch Bros trying to buy Newark Mayoral?

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Whenever someone takes money from these shadowy “pro-business” pacs, you have to think that they are getting third hand Koch brother’s money, right? ‘Polly’s Plan’ PAC funded by group supporting data center, documents show Documents released late Monday afternoon reveal that the political action committee supporting Polly Sierer is funded by Delaware Jobs Now, the […]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [11.26.13]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [11.26.13]

From Christine on Flickr.

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Monday Open Thread [11.25.13]

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Monday Open Thread [11.25.13]

The Iranian Agreement is the subject of today’s open thread. I have a simple question to those who so vehemently support Israel that they are confused about which flag they are supposed to pledge allegiance to. Is there any deal with Iran that would garner your approval? Or is the only option that is good for Israel the complete destruction of Iran and its people?

I suspect the answer to the first question, if you are a Netanyahu apologist, is no. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is Israel’s Dick Cheney or John McCain. There are never enough wars to fight, never enough Muslims and Arabs to kill. They are relics of a different time. I no longer listen to those who are always so reflexively pro-Israel that they always, without fail, reject peace. And those who I talk about will now say I am anti-semetic or anti-Israel. No, I am pro-peace. Peace in the Middle East is in the best interests of Israel. War in the Middle East is not.

Ending Iran’s capacity to make a nuclear bomb is in America’s interests. It is also in Israel’s interest. This deal has a chance of that goal. Yet Israel’s government rejects the deal out of hand.

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Children Diagnosed – And Medicated – For ADHD On The Rise

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This is alarming: The number of children being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And families increasingly are opting for medications to treat kids. Two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from […]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [11.25.13]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [11.25.13]

From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, showing an aerial of the new Indian River bridge after the old bridge has been removed.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [11.24.13]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [11.24.13]

This looks like a painting, but it’s not. Yeah, there is some photo filtering going, but otherwise this is a real storefront downstate. From DKLaughman on Flickr.

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The Weekly Addresses

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [11.23.13]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [11.23.13]

Corn Harvesting in rural Delaware, by DKLaughman on Flickr.

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“High-ranking Democratic Official” announces primary against Chip Flowers

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“High-ranking Democratic Official” announces primary against Chip Flowers

Not a primary opponent – just a primary. That’s news, right? And who did this “high-ranking Democratic official” huff the news to? Celia, of course.

As a high-ranking Democratic official huffed, “We cannot afford not to primary him, because if we don’t, we will lose that seat, because there are a lot of Democrats like me who won’t vote for him.”

No Democrat has come forward to run yet, but it may just be a matter of time.

As a high-ranking Democratic official huffed, “We cannot afford not to primary him, because if we don’t, we will lose that seat, because there are a lot of Democrats like me who won’t vote for him.”

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The GOP is literally killing its base

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The GOP is literally killing its base

People on welfare are black. People who use food-stamps are lazy, and probably vote for Democrats because they like getting free cell phones. The esteemed “Doctor” Stapleford of the CRI said just that in a News Journal Op-ed once, so it must be true. (Except it isn’t and Stapleford, as we all know, is a outright fraud.)

As it turns out, white people get welfare (most of it). And many of those white people who get most of the welfare, are rural, broke-ass, angry SOBs. Who do they vote for…?

Alex Henderson has the skinny. [...]

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Friday Open Thread [11.22.13]

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Friday Open Thread [11.22.13]

Republicans, like a bully punched in a nose for the first time after doing it to others for years, are really crying this morning. They are angry, vowing revenge like they are in some Shakespearean story. They think their threats about retaliation actually scare us.

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He Fought the Law and Law Won.

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He Fought the Law and Law Won.

As expected, Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher has let a deadline for filing an appeal to the Federal Courts pass without actions, which means his fight for more law enforcement power as Sheriff is over.

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Mitch McConnell – Incompetent conservative or working for Obama?

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Mitch McConnell – Incompetent conservative or working for Obama?

Harry Reid could not have been more clear. If the GOP uses the filibuster to prevent the three vacancies in the DC circuit from being filled, the nuclear option would be in effect. The filibuster would go away. It was Mitch McConnell’s choice.

The choice he made throws the the federal judiciary (currently evenly balanced, with 390 GOP-appointed judges and391 Democratic-appointed ones) to the Democrats. President Obama now has 90 federal court vacancies to fill with simple majority votes. I’ll let Kos take it from here: [...]

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