Archive for December, 2013

New Years Eve Open Thread [12.31.13]

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Honoring the 2013 MVP’s (Most Valuable to the Progressive Cause)

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Honoring the 2013 MVP’s (Most Valuable to the Progressive Cause)

One of the people in the picture to the left is the MVP this year. There were several worthy contenders who just missed the list this year. Superior legislators like Melanie George Smith and Michael Barbieri deserve consideration every year. Ed Osienski is fast approaching that status. Helene Keeley and Kim Williams were on my list at one time or another during my deliberations.

2013 was a great year for social justice in Delaware. Economic justice, not so much.  However, I am encouraged that at least three strong voices for progressive principles joined the General Assembly this year, and a couple of Leg Hall vets found their voices as well. The progressive grassroots became more effective this year, and helped ensure historic victories that would not have happened without their support. Marriage equality, transgender equality, and justice for manufactured home owners,  being among them.

The most notable omission from my list, and I struggled with it, is Governor Jack Markell. His role in hastening civil rights for the LGBT community will most assuredly be his lasting positive legacy. But, his actions in slowing the passage of minimum wage; his continued pushing for corporate education solutions and favoring charter schools; his granting of a tax cut for Delaware’s wealthiest citizens; his almost-disastrous actions concerning the Port of Wilmington; and several others, led me to omit him from the list. At best, the good and the bad canceled each other out. And, no, you don’t have to take the bad with the good. Or at least you shouldn’t accept it. I don’t.

Now to the list….

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New Years Eve Daily Delawhere [12.31.13]

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New Years Eve Daily Delawhere [12.31.13]

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2013: Our Year in Numbers and Our Most Popular Posts of the Year

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2013: Our Year in Numbers and Our Most Popular Posts of the Year

One thing is made clear from this list of our most popular posts: Chip Flowers is good for business. Posts about him and his travails this year were among our most popular, most likely because he has some fervent fans who waste no time coming here to defend him, and fervent detractors who likewise come here to pile on whenever we put a post up on him. The Flowers scandal and the Marriage Equality victory clearly were the political stories of the year here.

But before we get to the list, let’s over some numbers. We also had our busiest day in the history of Delaware Liberal this year. Now, usually, our busy years and busy days are relegated to election years and specifically, Election Days and Nights. For example, we had 1,001,363 unique visits to our site in 2010, the midterm election year, and 1,333,982 unique visits in 2012, a presidential election year. This year, it looks like we are going to be well short of that high mark, with 883,537 as of this writing. But that is still higher than the past similar off year, 2011, when we had 791,519. So the site continues to grow. But I digress. I started off talking about our busiest day, which was, before this year, September 10, 2010, the night Christine O’Donnell upset Mike Castle in the GOP primary. But the witch got dethroned this year by the passage of the Marriage Equality law. That is sweet and poetic justice. So May 7, 2013 is now our reigning champion for busiest day, a day when we got 18,942 unique visits.

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Republicans Become Dumber – Is That Possible?

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Republicans Become Dumber – Is That Possible?

Yep, it’s possible.

Belief in evolution among Republicans has dropped more than 10 percentage points since 2009, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.

Pew found that 43 percent of Republicans said they believed humans and other living beings had evolved over time, down from 54 percent in 2009. More (48 percent) said they believed all living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.

Oh my, that’s embarrassing.  Guess all this talk of the importance of STEM classes doesn’t resonate with the GOP.  Science, technology, engineering and math are obviously not Jesus approved.  Good luck with that.

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Monday Open Thread [12.30.13]

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Monday Open Thread [12.30.13]

2013 was a brutal year for me personally, and for our nation. Tomorrow, I am going to kick this year in the ass as it heads out the door. But Andrew Sullivan, while taking note of the horror of 2013, looks on some of the bright side of the year that was. And Eugene Robinson discusses that how Obamacare, now that it is a reality that is here to stay, is dividing the Republican Party horribly.

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Be Here (And There) For 2013 MVP Awards!

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Be Here (And There) For 2013 MVP Awards!

Once again, I shall simultaneously announce the 2013 MVP Winners (Delaware’s most valuable to the progressive cause) here at Delaware Liberal and live on the Al Mascitti Show, 10 am to 12 noon on WDEL 1150 AM.  This happens on Tuesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve Day. Check out the blog around 10, and either click on your radio or stream live here.

It will be lively, celebratory, and perhaps a bit impertinent. In other words, a perfect early New Year’s Eve celebration.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [12.30.13]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [12.30.13]

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Corrupt Politics, But No Charges

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Corrupt Politics, But No Charges

That is the title of the NJ article that tries to summarize the investigation that resulted in the recent report from special prosecutor E. Norman Veasey. If you are interested, you can also read the entire 101 pages of the report here (pdf). I haven’t finished reading the whole of the document, but here are a few thoughts:

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [12.29.13]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [12.29.13]

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Senator Coons, Too Many Cooks In the Iran Kitchen

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Senator Coons, Too Many Cooks In the Iran Kitchen

Well, maybe living in a Blue state is not all its cracked up to be after all. I now read that Senator Coons has signed onto the Menendez bill with some of the worst the Republican party has to offer to mess with the Iran peace/nuke disarmament recipe.

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Travels with Vice President Biden.

Governor Markell is on vacation and did not have a weekly address this week.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [12.28.13]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [12.28.13]

Here is the Christmas Light House on Red Lion Road in Red Lion.

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Friday Open Thread [12.27.13]

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Friday Open Thread [12.27.13]

How to Legalize Cannibis – Please. Get this done soon — Mark Kleinman is looking for some good discussion in how to do it well:

The initiative process may be the only way of accomplishing legalization in some states, but the ordinary process of legislation, where feasible, is likely to yield better outcomes.

The bulk of the revenue of a legal cannabis industry, like the bulk of the revenue of the beer industry, will come from people with substance abuse disorder. Thus the commercial interest will be opposed to the public interest in minimizing the growth of the clinically impaired population.

In the face of the lobbying power of the cannabis industry, it will be difficult to maintain high taxes or tight regulation. A state-monopoly system at retail might be preferable. The doctrine of “commercial free speech” makes the regulatory problem harder; one advantage of a state monopoly would be better consumer information. But the state lotteries demonstrate that a revenue-driven state monopoly can be just as ruthless as any private enterprise.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [12.27.13]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [12.27.13]

Here is the third Christmas Light House, located on Kelly Driver in Corner Ketch.

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The Year End Chip Flowers Fingerpointing

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The Year End Chip Flowers Fingerpointing

This is a comment rescue, from a piece that John Manifold linked to for us from Delaware State News, where Chip Flowers is still trying to avoid taking responsibility for the basic management of his office. This time, he wants you to know that the OMB is responsible for terminating an exempt employee that he hired. And “politics” is at fault for the OMB leaving him with the Personnel bag, as it were, even though the employee has already resigned and is done with her medical leave:

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Thursday Open Thread [12.26.13]

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Thursday Open Thread [12.26.13]

Steve Benen says that even though 2013 was a bad year for President Obama, it is not, as some pundits describe it, the worst year EVAH!!!!! in all history for any human being alive or dead. Indeed, the President did accomplish some important things this past year…

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El Somnambulo’s Favorite Songs of 2013: The Top Ten!

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Quite the eclectic collection. I sincerely hope that you find some stuff you love and some stuff you can’t stand. Me? I love all these,  and in this reverse numerical order: 10. Steve Earle: Invisible http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_AZmBT4wWI 9. Jaimeo Brown w/Geri Allen: Power of God http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUba1yMQvTw 8. Courtney Barnett: Avant Gardener http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnIhzaDTd0 7. Sarah Jarosz: Over […]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [12.26.13]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [12.26.13]

This is another Christmas Light House near Summit Bridge Road in Blackbird. The homeowners also broadcast a small radio signal with Christmas songs. The game of one-up-manship is on!

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Christmas Day Open Thread [12.25.13]

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Christmas Day Open Thread [12.25.13]

What are you doing online at Delaware Liberal? It’s Christmas. Well, I got nothing but this pretty picture for you. We will be back full tilt tomorrow… Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Christmas Day Daily Delawhere [12.25.13]

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Christmas Day Daily Delawhere [12.25.13]

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! From ours here at Delaware Liberal to yours, we hope you enjoy the warmth and blessings of the season.

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Yes, we have sources everywhere Governor.

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Yes, we have sources everywhere Governor.

I debated about whether to post this, but here is a picture of Governor Markell enjoying a holiday vacation with his lovely wife Carla in St. John, USVI yesterday. Happy Holidays, Governor!*

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El Somnambulo’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

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El Somnambulo’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

I am El Somnambulo, and I’m a listaholic. I listen to lots of music so that you don’t have to. I don’t like my Top 25 list this year, I love my list this year.

If you sample these songs, I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some stuff you’ll want to investigate further. (BTW, Cecile McLorin Salvant‘s ‘Womanchild’ would have been high on this list if only I could have found an online version. She’s great and, if there’s any justice, she’ll make tons of money.)

So here we go, as always, counting down from #25 to #1:

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Christmas Eve Open Thread [12.24.13]

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Christmas Eve Open Thread [12.24.13]

Since it is Christmas Eve, I thought I would address a move Pope Francis made last week. During the 2004 election, conservative Catholics were strutting around like they owned the religion, and owned the country. They were emboldened by the socially conservative bent of President Bush and the Republican Congress. Remember, this was a Congress that came out of recess to solely address, debate and vote on the Terri Schiavo case. In the run up to the 2004 election, Boston Cardinal Raymond Burke announced that Democratic Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry was not welcome to receive communion in any church in his diocese.

Well, Pope Francis removed Cardinal Burke from the Congreation of Bishops, which has great influence on finding the future leaders of the church. And it would seem that Burke’s public statements about denying communion are the reason why. Here is Pope Francis’ thoughts on the openness of the Church in his Evangelii Gaudium….

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Christmas Eve Daily Delawhere [12.24.13]

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Christmas Eve Daily Delawhere [12.24.13]

Delaware has at least four major Christmas Light Houses. Here is, I believe, the original, the “Marsh Road House” even though it is really off Silverside, near the entrance for the Top of the Hill Apartments.

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