Archive for April, 2015

Thursday Open Thread [4.30.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.30.15]

“I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that — the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God.” — Mike Huckabee, quoted by CNN, on the pending same-sex marriage ruling.

Mike, the Supreme Court is the last word on constitutional rights bestowed upon American citizens by the Constitution and its Amendments. The case before the Supreme Court right now concerns the constitutional right of individuals to marry, which is currently being denied by a number of states. The case before the Supreme Court does not concern any rights bestowed in the Bible, or by heavenly decree.

Mike, I am concerned about your intelligence. You seem to confuse man made law and Biblical law all the time. Indeed, I almost think you think they are, or should be, one and the same, much like Church and Government should be one and the same. Thankfully, much smarter people than you established a separation between Church and State many centuries ago during the Founding of our great nation.

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It Can. It Did. It Will.

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It Can.  It Did.  It Will.

Yes, white people were arrested too during riots. And yes, some of them were held for two days without hearing or charges, only to be released with no charges. I am including this picture here and in the thumbnail on the front page of the site because sometimes, oh shit, most of the time, the privileged white people among us, including myself, cannot really and totally connect to a story unless we think it can happen to us. It can. It did. It will.

Police Brutality is not just a problem for the black community. It is a problem for us all.

From Facebook…..

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Have Republicans simply gone completely bananas?

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Have Republicans simply gone completely bananas?

The evidence points to – yes.

Not from The Onion:

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15″ amid suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover.

My sense is that as the Democratic Party has become ever more conservative and indistinguishable from moderate Republicans over the years, there is a desperation among Republican partisans to distinguish themselves as LEGIT conservatives in ways that would have been viewed as coo-coo a mere 5 years ago.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.30.15]

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Spring at Winterthur, by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Paul Krugman Takes Tom Carper to the Woodshed

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Paul Krugman Takes Tom Carper to the Woodshed

It is rare, in the history of economic thought, for debates to get resolved this decisively. The austerian ideology that dominated elite discourse five years ago has collapsed, to the point where hardly anyone still believes it.

Hardly anyone, that is, except the Tom Carper and John Carney.

When Tom Carper and John Carney say that there is a “budget crisis” and that “austerity” is needed to grow the economy, they are lying. Yes. It is that simple.

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.29.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.29.15]

The Los Angeles Times reports that Hillary Clinton will call for far-reaching reforms in the criminal justice system that would “end the era of mass incarceration,”

“The speech will mark the unveiling of Clinton’s first major policy proposal as a presidential hopeful, coming as candidates are under pressure to confront the unrest in Baltimore. The city erupted in rioting Monday night, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, an African American man who was mortally injured while in police custody.”

Man, this Hillary campaign is really trying to win me over big time (and she is succeeding).

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Anti-Gay Supreme Court Argument Claims Marriage Is Only About Children

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Anti-Gay Supreme Court Argument Claims Marriage Is Only About Children

“The state doesn’t have an interest in love and emotion at all,” Mr. Bursch said. “It’s about binding children to their biological moms and dads.”

Several justices were intensely skeptical of that rationale, noting that many gay couples have children. These justices also seemed unpersuaded by Mr. Bursch’s contention that altering the definition of marriage would harm the institution.

This has to be the weakest argument they could choose. It’s so limiting. It also leads to this argument: If marriage is about “binding children to their biological moms and dads” then should people who do not want children, or cannot have children even be allowed to marry?  If this argument is accepted then wouldn’t that redefine marriage, far more than gay marriage?  It also merges quite nicely with the Republican’s forced birth-anti birth control platform.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, on the TPP

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Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, on the TPP

From a Salon interview. Please note what your Delaware Congressional delegation is pushing for:

I’ve talked to the health negotiators around the world. I’ve talked to people who’ve been involved in the arbitration process as part of the investment agreements. Even people who are arbitrators say the whole system is corrupt, that it’s a very expensive system, that therefore creates an un-even playing field with big corporations with big, deep pockets can get access to have recourse, whereas smaller firms can’t. That American firms can re-locate or do their investments in the United States as a subsidiary sue the U.S. government in ways that they could not if we didn’t have that trade agreement.

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Bernie Sanders to seek the Democratic nomination

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Bernie Sanders to seek the Democratic nomination

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [4.29.15]

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Middle Run Valley in Pike Creek in Spring. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Your Tea Party Hypocrisy of the Hour…

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… because there will be more hypocrisy from them every hour on the hour:

The very same tea party “patriots” who have been decrying government and authority for 7 years now are telling anyone who listen that you can never question police authority

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Kevin Wade is on the Front Lines

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Random Conservative Thoughts, by Jack Handy.

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So basically poor people should man up and move out of the ghetto if they don’t like it but they shouldn’t make enough money to do that.

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.28.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.28.15]

“National Guard troops fanned out through Baltimore, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday after riots, looting and violent unrest engulfed swaths of the city Monday,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The unrest came just hours after thousands of people attended a funeral for Freddie Gray , a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody earlier this month. Fifteen officers were injured, and at least 27 people were arrested as Baltimore became the latest national flash point for race relations and law enforcement.”

The Baltimore Sun, of course, has the best coverage, as local news always does. And yes, the “Purge” rumor was/is real.

And in case you are confused over my stance on this issue: I believe the riots are justified. The Baltimore Police Department is a thug operation with a long history of past crimes and abuses perpetrated on the community it is supposed to protect, and it should be cleaned out:

Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations [by the Baltimore police department]. Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson.

That is the backdrop and the spark. Riots don’t start in a vacuum by bad people. If that were the case, there would be riots everyday. No, you need community involvement to start it. You need a community that is fed up and that has had enough. This has been building up for a long, long time in Baltimore and around the country. There have been decades of systemic inequality, bad policing, a war on drugs and a biased criminal justice system. This country is damned lucky we don’t have more riots in more cities. But if we don’t fix this country now, that is where we are headed.

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To all the privileged people….

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….. tsk-tsking the riots in Baltimore, and using the nonviolence of Martin Luther King as a prop to disguise yourself, consider this….

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: April 28-30, 2015

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: April 28-30, 2015

OK. Let’s put a stop to the idiocy that was the rumor that Gov. Markell would cut some kind of deal with the Rethugs on ‘Right to Work For Less’.  It never made sense. Why? Because the bills won’t pass the General Assembly, and will not get a single D vote. Plus, the governor has little influence over the General Assembly any more. He would have zero if he made that move.  ‘Multiple legislators’, Nancy? I call bullshit. Any legislator who would float that rumor should recognize that doing so makes it less likely, not more likely, that HB 50 would pass.

Yes, Monsignor Lavelle’s SB 54 is scheduled for ‘consideration’ in Wednesday’s Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee. Now, before you conspiracy theorists get your collective knickers in a bunch, here is the membership of that committee:

Chairman: Marshall

Members: Cloutier
Hocker
McBride
Peterson
Poore

4 D’s, 2 R’s, one of the R’s generally votes with labor.  Now, do you really suppose that Jack Markell asked Marshall for a ‘solid’, and that Marshall agreed?  Markell emasculated Marshall’s last minimum wage bill, and tried to privatize the Port of Wilmington over his objections.  Use your heads, pipples. You’re better than this.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [4.28.15]

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St. John the Beloved Roman Catholic Church, off Milltown Road in Pike Creek. Photo by Conn_Moo on Flickr.

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Carper’s views of TPP Fast Track are NSFW

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Carper’s views of TPP Fast Track are NSFW

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership is a well known steaming pile of shit. Tom Carper says that the TTP gives him a huge boner because f#cking the American worker in the ass is what his paymasters sent him to Congress to do. And by GOD he is gonna do it. (paraphrasing)

That said, the NJ’s Nicole Gaudiano gives Claire Snyder-Hall the last word in this write up.

“Fast Track and TPP are bad for American workers, but they are also bad for democracy,” Claire Snyder-Hall of Delaware Americans for Democratic Action said in a statement. “TPP erodes the ability of the American people to make laws for themselves. Laws passed to protect American workers, the environment, local industries, or food safety could be deemed unfair trade practices under TPP, and there will be nothing we can do about it.”

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We are all Orioles fans now

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We are all Orioles fans now

As you may know, a 25 year old Baltimore resident, Freddie Gray, was arrested by Baltimore City Police on April 12. At some point after his arrest, likely as he was being transported to jail in a ‘paddywagon,’ Gray suffered a spinal injury that eventually killed him seven days later. Six city police officers have been suspended pending an investigation into Gray’s death. A big protest in downtown Baltimore on Saturday turned a little violent in the evening hours.

A Baltimore sportscaster, Brett Hollander, took to Twitter to say that demonstrations that negatively impact the daily lives of fellow citizens are counter-productive. I have found that this is usually the position of those who oppose protests: “Hey, I am all for what they are doing, but they are inconveniencing me, and therefore they must be stopped.”

Baltimore Orioles COO John Angelos, the son of owner Peter Angelos, responded on Twitter with a pretty amazing explanation and defense of why protests are happening. I mean, this is movement type stuff.

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Monday Open Thread [4.27.15]

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Monday Open Thread [4.27.15]

“Today’s Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians. There is a liberal fascism that is going after Christian believers.” — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by The Hill.

LOL. I am Christian, Mr. Cruz. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ never said a damn thing about hating gays. He preached and taught and lived the example of compassion for the needy, the hundry, the sick, the elderly, and the poor. Jesus Christ was and is a liberal. So if you are a true Christian, a follower of Christ, you have a natural and welcome home in the Democratic Party.

If you a hate filled bigoted piece of shit who thinks your right to discriminate is superior to all other human rights just because a null and void Old Testament book says so, then yes, there is no room for you in the Democratic Party or in government or in society. We will actively seek to destroy you, and we do so in defense of those you would seek to oppress and sent away to concentration camps if you had your way.

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Which GOP candidate would be the best President?

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Which GOP candidate would be the best President?

I’ve spent a few weeks thinking about how bad the GOP field is, but I haven’t turned the table upside down to think about which candidate would be a better President than the others. Obviously, we’d be talking about shades of differences…mere whips of perceived virtues where no real virtue abides. But let’s give it a go, shall we?

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Monday Daily Delawhere [4.27.15]

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10 places to visit before they’re ruined forever by climate change

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10 places to visit before they’re ruined forever by climate change

There is something about the “oh well” voice of this MSN travel piece that made it stand out to. I copied the whole thing below.

2. Glacier National Park

© Provided by Business Insider True to its name, this Montana park — which borders the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and spans more than 1 million acres (4,000 square km) — was once home to hundreds of glaciers, but these stunning icescapes won’t be around forever.

Most of the 150 glaciers present in 1850 were still there when the park opened in 1910. But as of 2010, only 25 glaciers remained, and some climate models predict that the park’s biggest glaciers will be gone by 2030, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Sunday Daily Delaware [4.26.15]

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The Governor is so scared….

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The Governor is so scared….

…about Opt Out passing that he’s offering Republicans his support for Right-to-Work legislation if they vote “No” on HB 50. If that deal happens, the Governor should at the very least be expelled from the Democratic Party by Chairman John Daniello and then attempts should be made by the General Assembly to remove him from office. I am looking up the impeachment procedure under the Delaware Constitution as we speak.

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