Archive for December, 2014

Happy New Year, Murder Town USA

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“ChipPeople can bury their heads in the sand and say Newsweek was being hyperbolic, but when the state’s top prosecutor says “Murder Town” is accurate, you’ve got problems.

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New Years Eve Open Thread [12.31.14]

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New Years Eve Open Thread [12.31.14]

Steve Benen counters the narrative that 2014 was a bad year for the country and President Obama specifically:

This was the year the economy improved to its strongest level in over a decade and the Affordable Care Act succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations. It was the year the president scored foreign policy breakthroughs with Cuba and China, and advanced a landmark immigration policy.

This was the year Obama filled much of the federal judiciary with his nominees, deftly handled some important crises, freed American prisoners in North Korea, and sharply reduced the number of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

It’s also the year the president saw his approval rating jump, bringing him in line with Reagan’s support at a comparable point in his presidency.

I don’t doubt that Obama wishes the midterm elections had gone the other way, but Beltway conventional wisdom notwithstanding, maybe 2014 wasn’t such a disaster for the president after all?

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New Years Eve Daily Delawhere [12.31.14]

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New Years Eve Daily Delawhere [12.31.14]

From above a Wilmington neighborhood. From Sarah McBride’s new drone copter.

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Tuesday Open Thread [12.30.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [12.30.14]

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the No. 3 Republican in the House, addressed a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in 2002, the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Scalise made his remarks to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded two years earlier by David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana politician… It was unclear what the revelation means for Mr. Scalise’s future in the House leadership. Speaker John A. Boehner declined to comment on the reports.”

Uh. We knew who David Duke was in 2002, and if you didn’t know who he was, or you didn’t know that “European-American Unity and Rights Organization” is straight up code for the KKK, then you are too stupid to draw a salary at any level of government and you must be forced out immediately. The truth here is Scalise is a racist white supremacists, as are a lot of conservatives down in the South, most of home are now Republicans. So it was quite natural for him to speak to people with like minds.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2014: The Top Ten!!

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2014: The Top Ten!!

Let’s take a trip down Memory Lane for those who were away from the blog during the holidays. Come inside for El Som’s 50 faves of the year, including the revelation of his top 10!

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Your vote counts.

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Your vote counts.

So which Kent County resident didn’t vote? Because you are directly responsible for an election ending in a tie. Delaware Republicans called the ruling a victory for democracy.

A victory for democracy that the GOP will appeal. LOL. Seriously, the GOP is appealing a decision that they call a victory for democracy, because I suppose they are against democracy. I guess they did not think through the PR aspect of that.

So what happens now?

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [12.30.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [12.30.14]

The pics this week are from a quadcopter drone photographer downstate named “Sky Jack.” This picture is a unique view of the Rehoboth Bandstand.

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Monday Open Thread [12.29.14]

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Monday Open Thread [12.29.14]

“The mayor is not in any way to be treated with people turning their backs. It doesn’t matter whether you like the mayor or you don’t like the mayor, you have to respect the mayor’s position.” — Rudy Giuliani, turning back from his fanning the flames over the last week. But according to his and the Police’s logic, he is criticizing the Police negatively, and thus he must condemned and destroyed immediately. Remember, we are a police state where the police are always, always right, and all criticism of them is always, always treasonous.

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The DOE Education Survey

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The DOE Education Survey

The Delaware House Dems have sent out an email asking for responses to the Department of Education’s most recent survey concerning a new grading system for schools. Take the survey by December 30, 2014. The results of the survey will be posted online. I will note, having taken the survey, that the survey is framed as if a grading system is a good idea and a done deal.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [12.29.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [12.29.14]

2013 Progressive of the Year Sarah McBride now has a quadcopter drone with a Go Pro camera and posted a couple of awesome aerial photos, like this one of Rockford Tower in Wilmington. So now drone aerial photos are my new favorite thing. And there is no truth to the rumors that Ms. McBride purchased the quadcopter to carry out surgical drone strikes on enemy targets in Sussex County.

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Sunday Open Thread [12.28.14]

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Sunday Open Thread [12.28.14]

An economy that is both strong and viewed so by the public changes 2016. Hillary Clinton no longer has to point out differences with Obama. She will begin to point out similarities. And she is already doing so.

The Washington Post reports Hillary Clinton “is working hard to shore up support among liberals in hopes of tamping down a serious challenge from the left in the battle for the 2016 nomination.”

“Clinton has aligned herself firmly with President Obama since the November midterms on a range of liberal-friendly issues, including immigration, climate change and opening diplomatic relations with Cuba. In an impassioned human rights speech this month, she also condemned the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics and decried cases of apparent police brutality against minorities.”

“The recent statements suggest a concerted effort by Clinton to appeal to the Democratic Party’s most activist, liberal voters, who have often eyed her with suspicion and who would be crucial to her securing the party’s nomination.”

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2014: #’s 20-11

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I really hope you guys scope out some of these songs. So much great music falls under the radar.  That was certainly the case this year. I almost guarantee you that you’ll find something great that you haven’t heard before. Enough proselytizing. Let’s let the music speak to you: 20. 19. Don’t let the name […]

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Saturday Open Thread [12.27.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [12.27.14]

Andrew Sullivan:

“There has long been a pattern to Barack Obama’s political career on the national stage. There are moments of soaring moral clarity and inspiration; there are long periods of drift or laziness or passivity; and there are often very good fourth quarters. The 2008 campaign was an almost perfect coda: the sudden initial breakout, then a strange listlessness as he allowed the Clintons to come back in New Hampshire, turning the race into a long and grueling battle for delegates, then a final denouement when he made up with the Clintons and stormed into the White House. Or think of healthcare reform: a clear early gamble, followed by a truly languorous and protracted period of negotiation and posturing, and then a breakthrough. Or marriage equality: an excruciating period of ambivalence followed by a revolution. On climate: a failed cap and trade bill … followed by real tough fuel emissions standards, new carbon rules from the EPA and an agreement with China.”

“If you were to track this pattern – strong start, weak middle, winning final streak – throughout his entire presidency, you might have expected his worst year to be the one when he was just re-elected and had the wind at his back. And you would be right. 2013 was truly awful. But you’d also expect his final years to be strong.”

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2014: #’s 30-21

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2014: #’s 30-21

A veritable bleepload of great music in all kindsa styles….

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [12.27.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [12.27.14]

A Victorian house in Milford.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Songs of 2014: #’s 40-31

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The Sonic Adventure continues…

40.

More inside….

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Friday Open Thread [12.26.14]

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Friday Open Thread [12.26.14]

Politico: “Mitt Romney promised to bring unemployment down to 6 percent in his first term; it’s already down to 5.8 percent, half the struggling eurozone’s rate. Newt Gingrich promised $2.50 gas; it’s down to $2.38. Crime, abortion, teen pregnancy and oil imports are also way down, while renewable power is way up and the American […]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [12.26.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [12.26.14]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Songs of 2014: #’s 50-41

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‘Bulo’s Fave Songs of 2014: #’s 50-41

Because Jason330 demanded it, I’ve generously increased my annual treasure trove of tunes to 50.  Plus, I easily found 50 songs that I liked.  As always, presented to you in reverse numerical order…..

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Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our readers and commenters out there, from the dirty liberal hippies at Delaware Liberal. We hope that you all find time this year to be with your family and friends and enjoy being together.

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Christmas Daily Delawhere [12.25.14]

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Christmas Daily Delawhere [12.25.14]

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Christmas Eve Open Thread [12.24.14]

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Christmas Eve Open Thread [12.24.14]

“The U.S. economy posted its strongest growth in more than a decade during the third quarter, supported by robust consumer spending and business investment,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.0% in the third quarter… That was up from the second quarter’s growth rate of 4.6% and the strongest pace since the third quarter of 2003.”

No single Republican anywhere in this country has uttered a single word about the mountain of good economic news recently. That silence speaks volumes.

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Christmas Eve Daily Delawhere [12.24.14]

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Christmas Eve Daily Delawhere [12.24.14]

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The Greatest Hits of 2014.

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The Greatest Hits of 2014.

So it is the time of year when we all look back on the year that has past, and compile top ten lists, or something. So I started to compile a list of the top DL posts of 2014. But what’s the criteria we are judging by? Page views? Number of comments? Best Subject Matter? Most controversial? The last two criteria area are subjective, and usually if a post is controversial or a highly “viral” subject matter, like this year with charter and priority schools and Chip Flowers, they tend to already generate the most comments and page views. El Somnambulo has already posted his Good, Bad and the Ridiculous column this morning, and that focused substantively on the crazy Delaware political stories this year. So I am going to strictly follow the page view criteria. So, excluding the main and index pages, and this post by Jason330 in 2012 about Bacon numbers, which, for some reason, gets tons of views yearly (probably because of a good Google search term), here are the most viewed stories by Delaware Liberal contributors this year….

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