Archive for October, 2016

No One Hears Your Protest Vote

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Clay Shirky published an amazing Twitter rant a couple of weeks back, that I’ve been thinking about and talking about with a few others since then. Take a look and tell me what you think:

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Everything is Awesome!

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Everything is Awesome!

Clinton will win.

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The October 31, 2016 Thread

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The October 31, 2016 Thread

Politico: “In the hours after FBI Director James Comey threw a wrench into Hillary Clinton’s home-stretch plans, her campaign launched into an uncharacteristic frenzy of activity, quickly trying to turn the development into a base-energizing tool. But in her New York headquarters and her battleground state outposts, the news sent shivers down operatives’ spines, and immediately had them scrambling to gauge the effect on voters they need most…”

“Clinton’s strategists have projected a confident front, shrugging off any possible impact from Friday’s bombshell news and pointing to weeks of strong early voting and persistent polling leads, even as they blast Comey for re-injecting the email issue into the race with his cryptic letter to Congress. Their goal is now to convert Democrats’ anxiety over the FBI chief’s move into a fury and a rallying point for a base that has flirted with overconfidence in recent weeks.”

I think that has been accomplished on its own. Everyone I talked to since Friday is livid at Comey and the GOP. Not down in the dumps like bedwetting Democrats tend to do.

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The Daily Delawhere – October 31, 2016

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Mispillion River

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The October 30, 2016 Thread

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The October 30, 2016 Thread

“Donald Trump’s path of destruction has pushed the Republican Party to the cusp of a historic reckoning, an existential crisis that has left half of America’s political establishment in desperate need of new leaders, a new message, and even a common orthodoxy,” the Boston Globe reports.

“Party members say it is almost impossible to underestimate the challenges facing the 162-year-old GOP, which for the last three decades has been largely defined by a hagiographic vision of Ronald Reagan but is now riven by a civil war with multiple dimensions.”

“Some Republicans are even studying the collapse of the Whig Party in the mid-19th century, hoping they can avoid a similar fate. Others are girding for proxy wars that will be waged on Capitol Hill, within the Republican National Committee, and live on the set of Fox News.”

A great quote from this piece:

“It’s like Humpty Dumpty fell and broke, then a giant lawn mower ran over it, acid was thrown on the pieces — and a bunch of racist idiots ran off with an arm and a leg. How do you put it back together? I don’t know.” — GOP strategist John Weaver.

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The Daily Delawhere – October 30, 2016

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Farm

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The October 29, 2016 Thread

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The October 29, 2016 Thread

After all we’ve seen over the last year when it comes to the topic of Hillary Clinton and emails, we should have learned to avoid the media freak-out when something new pops up. It almost always turns into a big nothingburger, as it did yesterday. To review, the new emails:

1. Were not from Hillary
2. Were not from her private server
3. Were not from her investigation
4. Were not withheld from the FBI by Clinton
5. Were found on a computer seized during an investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner

Indeed, as the Los Angeles Times and other outlets have reported, they are all likely duplicates. So what we have is a Republican FBI Director who decided to interfere in the election, and Republican Chairman Jason Chaffetz who mischaracterized Comeys’ letter in leaking it to the press (reopening criminal investigation of Hillary, which is false). The result of all this is that Comey is gone. He will be fired for cause after the election by either Obama or Clinton. He no longer has the trust of the Administration. The other affect of this is that Democrats and Hillary supporters are now pissed and no longer complacent. More motivation to vote.

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The Weekly Addresses

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The Daily Delawhere – October 29, 2016

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Rehoboth Bay

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2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

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2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

And now for something completely different!

The powers that be released their list of nominees to the Hall of Fame for 2017. So that is time for us to get our music snobbery on and dissect this (mostly uninspiring) list. The nominees:

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Bonini one ups Reigle on Mexican Hating

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Bonini one ups Reigle on Mexican Hating

Reigle wants everyone to look at Mexicans crossly, but that isn’t enough for Bonini. He wants everyone to look at Mexicans crossly and make Mexicans wear signs that read “kick me.”

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The October 28, 2016 Thread

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The October 28, 2016 Thread

“And just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump, right? What are we even having it for? What are we having it for?” — Donald Trump, quoted by Politico. Talking about himself in the third person? Check. Wanting to be a dictator? Check.

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The Daily Delawhere – October 28, 2016

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Delaware October Morning 5

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Wondering What White Privilege Looks Like?

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Wondering What White Privilege Looks Like?

Via TPM: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility. A jury on Thursday exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers […]

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‘Bulo Brings Musicians’ Musicians to Arden Gild Hall on Sat., Nov. 5

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‘Bulo Brings Musicians’ Musicians to Arden Gild Hall on Sat., Nov. 5

You can leave the earplugs at home for this show as you will want to hear every tasty musical morsel.  I’m very proud of this bill, which features headliner Ben Sollee, cellist/singer/songwriter/storyteller/political activist and musical collaborator.  I’ve been wanting to bring Ben back to the Hall for six years now, and I’m thrilled we finally got him.  He will perform with his long-time percussionist, Jordon Ellis, and will introduce new songs from his first full-length album in four years. Here’s a tiny bit of what you can expect:

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I TOLD You Scott Walker Was a Slumlord.

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I TOLD You Scott Walker Was a Slumlord.

His congressional campaign was quirky, and so he seemed harmless. Which, from a political perspective, he is. But here’s the Scott Walker I know, and he’s finally being sued for it:

The lengthy complaint filed in Delaware’s Court of Chancery says Scott Walker has racked up 371 housing code violations in the city of Wilmington and New Castle County in the last decade.

The full extent of the conditions, however, are unknown since Walker’s “golden rule” for his tenants is that law and code enforcement employees are not allowed access to the properties at any time, the complaint said.

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Meyer and Carney’s TV Ads

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I hereby retire one of the old rules of Delaware Politics: that you don’t do paid TV. Lisa Blunt Rochester and Sean Barney aired ads. Lisa won. John Carney and Matt Meyer are virtually assured of winning in two weeks, yet they are also running ads.

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News Journal is cutting staff again

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News Journal is cutting staff again

Is there anyone left? We received this tip:

TNJ has laid off planning editor & columnist Jeff Gentry and watchdog editor Chris Coates. Part of a Gannett-wide slashing of 350 jobs, or 2% of the workforce.

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Clinton’s Closing Argument

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The October 27, 2016 Thread

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The October 27, 2016 Thread

Businessweek on how Trump will dominate GOP politics after the election: “Almost every public and private metric suggests Trump is headed for a loss, possibly an epic one. His frustrated demeanor on the campaign trail suggests he knows it. Yet even as he nears the end of his presidential run, his team is sowing the seeds of a new enterprise with a direct marketing effort that they insist could still shock the world on Election Day.”

“Beginning last November, then ramping up in earnest when Trump became the Republican nominee, Kushner quietly built a sprawling digital fundraising database and social media campaign that’s become the locus of his father-in-law’s presidential bid. Trump’s top advisers won’t concede the possibility of defeat, but they’re candid about the value of what they’ve built even after the returns come in—and about Trump’s desire for influence regardless of outcome.”

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The Daily Delawhere – October 27, 2016

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The October 26, 2016 Thread

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The October 26, 2016 Thread

The New York Times says Trump’s biggest fear is losing status: “The intense ambitions and undisciplined behaviors of Mr. Trump have confounded even those close to him, especially as his presidential campaign comes to a tumultuous end, and he confronts the possibility of the most stinging defeat of his life. But in the more than five hours of conversations — the last extensive biographical interviews Mr. Trump granted before running for president — a powerful driving force emerges: his deep-seated fear of public embarrassment.”

“The recordings reveal a man who is fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status and contemptuous of those who fall from grace. They capture the visceral pleasure he derives from fighting, his willful lack of interest in history, his reluctance to reflect on his life and his belief that most people do not deserve his respect.”

“In the interviews, Mr. Trump makes clear just how difficult it is for him to imagine — let alone accept — defeat.”

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The Daily Delawhere – October 26, 2016

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Trump-backer Colin Bonini is going to need a long shower after this campaign

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Colin Bonini has steadfastly refused to unendorse the walking punchline that is Donald Trump, and lately he’s even using the same racist dog whistle.

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Watch until the end.

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