Archive for July, 2017

BREAKING: Mooch Out! Yes, Already

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Maybe the new Chief-In-Staff insisted on this move before he would accept the position. Where did I hear the story? On ESPN’s trade deadline special. They called it the biggest deal of the day. Technically, Mooch was never in. Now he’ll never be in. Until maybe he is in. Someday: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/us/politics/anthony-scaramucci-white-house.html?mcubz=0

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: July 2017

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I had so much good stuff this month that I excised some just to keep the numbers manageable.  Another great month: “I miss you, but don’t miss you like I miss Prince…”. I LOL’d : While we’re on the subject of famed rockers’ deaths: From Japanese Breakfast to…Japanese Math Rock? Whatever it is, I love […]

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Open Thread For July 31, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on July 31, 2017 13 Comments

Carper Is Running. In case you’ve forgotten, here are some reasons why we need a progressive challenger:  http://www.delawareliberal.net/2016/11/29/how-tom-carpers-votes-and-positions-screw-people-and-help-rethugs-to-screw-people-volume-1/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2016/11/30/how-tom-carpers-votes-and-positions-screw-people-and-help-rethugs-to-screw-people-volume-2/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2016/12/06/how-tom-carpers-positions-and-votes-screw-people-and-help-rethugs-screw-people-volume-3/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2016/12/13/how-tom-carpers-positions-and-votes-screw-people-and-help-rethugs-screw-people-volume-4/ This defeatism that only Father Time can stop Carper is BS.  Eugene Young, for one, can stop Carper. Putin To Kick Out 755 American Diplomats. Well, maybe they aren’t all diplomats.  Only VP Pence acts ‘presidential’ […]

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Another thing I liked about Obama

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Another thing I liked about Obama

I don’t like Obama’s centrist politics and how that centrism hobbled the Democratic Party. But he had dignity and grace. He didn’t have to have a minion tell people to address his with deference. They just naturally did. . He was what Tom Wolfe would call “a man in full” unlike this shallow, craven nit […]

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Pssst….John Fluharty, This is Your Party’s Platform

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Pssst….John Fluharty, This is Your Party’s Platform

It seems we need a little refresher on the GOP’s actually stated position non-hetero normative sexuality. Even if you are “a nice guy”  , if you are a gay Republican, this is what your  party’s platform (pdf) says about you: Overturn the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states. Marriage […]

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Open Thread For July 30, 2017

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Open Thread For July 30, 2017

Student Scores Prove It: Our Education Policy Is Not Working.  That includes de-facto resegregation. NCC Police Union Flexes Muscle.  Anything that makes the police knucklebreakers unhappy, I’m for it. Yes, Our Voting Machines Are Totally Vulnerable.  Took hackers mere minutes to dismantle security protections at DEFCON in Vegas. Anyone gonna do anything about it? Huey […]

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Boo Hoo….Delaware “farmers” face more than 120 regulations

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Boo Hoo….Delaware “farmers” face more than 120 regulations

A new study of farm regulations by the Delaware Soybean Board has revealed that farmers are required to comply with more than 120 separate regulations to operate an agricultural business in the First State. Make no mistake. These farms are industrial operations. They need to be well regulated. When you hear legislators moan a groan […]

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Open Thread For July 29, 2017

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Open Thread For July 29, 2017

Reince Lanced. Enter the General.  Hard to restore order when the only guy who outranks you is insane.  But Kelly is competent, which Reince was not. He’s also as obsessively anti-immigrant as King Cheeto. Hanifa Shabazz and Theo Gregory: Kindred Crooks?  Someone needs to investigate  this unholy relationship and the entire Wilmington City Council slush […]

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Highmark CEO David Holmberg, the Six Million Dollar Man

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Highmark CEO David Holmberg, the Six Million Dollar Man

Highmark Health President and CEO David Holmberg received $3.8 million in total compensation in 2015. He took down $2.15 in total compensation in 2014. Check my math, but that’s a 76% growth rate. So, if that rate is stable he is making $11 million this year. What if, during these troubled times, his compensation leveled off a bit? He is still bringing in at least $6 million a year.

Now Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro is holding a series of public comment sessions on whether or not Highmark’s requested health insurance rate increase are justified.

Let’s hope the CEO compensation comes up in those meetings. How much more money does David Holmberg need? How much more do Delawareans have to pay so to keep David Holmberg in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed?

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Delaware’s Gay GOP’er Dumps Trump Job

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Delaware’s Gay GOP’er Dumps Trump Job

Gay Republicans. I don’t get you. You know they hate you, right?

Anyway… There is this. John Fluharty was offered considered for a job in the Department of Homeland Security. He declined the offer. removed himself from consideration. 

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The Heroes of Trumpcare’s Defeat

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The Heroes of Trumpcare’s Defeat

McCain surely deserves credit for his surprise vote. There was an audible gasp when he voted “no” and flashed the bird at McConnell. Murkowski deserves more credit. She stuck to her guns in spite of Trump’s bullying. Collins deserves even more credit. She was a “no” the whole time and that allowed Murkowshi and McCain to come along. But as Josh Marshall, the most insightful and intelligent commenter on all of this points out, the activists and non-activists who showed up at townhalls and made endless noise are the real heroes.

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Open Thread For July 28, 2017

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Open Thread For July 28, 2017

Skinny Repeal Goes Down! McCain (finally) does the right thing. Didn’t see that coming.  And, yes, Trump went nuts on teh Twitter. Russia Ratchets Up Diplomatic Pressure On Sanctions.  This bromance is sure going well. Will Trump veto the sanctions bill? Steve Bannon’s Off-The-Books Press Office. I guess ‘volunteers’ aren’t just for Tony DeLuca any […]

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Trump – Let Obamacare (and the economy) implode

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Trump – Let Obamacare (and the economy) implode

Remember…this is all about keeping his Russian crimes in the background. Completely fucking shit up isn’t an accident. It is a strategy, After the Senate’s latest effort to repeal Obamacare failed early Friday morning, President Donald Trump proposed simply letting the Affordable Care Act “implode” before working up replacement legislation. The Senate GOP’s effort to […]

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Open Thread For July 27, 2017

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Trump To Get Brownback Out Of Kansas.  To become America’s Beacon of Religious Liberty.  I cannot make this stuff up. Mooch Vs. Reince.  Trump has found his enforcer. His mission?: To lance Reince.  By labeling him the Leaker-In-Chief. Including the leaking of business documents pertaining to Da Mooch. Mooch calls for FBI investigation. Koch Brothers […]

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Transgender Activist McBride Calls Out Trump’s 5 Vietnam Deferments

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Transgender Activist McBride Calls Out Trump’s 5 Vietnam Deferments

Watch the video.

SARAH MCBRIDE: Well, what’s clear is that for the roughly either 6,000 to 15,000 transgender people who are actively serving in our military right now, this policy change would have sweeping impacts on their lives,

their careers, their families. This is really a mean-spirited, unpatriotic, and dangerous attack on people who are bravely serving their country right now. And while it’s still early in terms of what the policy will actually shape up to be, what it threatens to be is an attack on as many as 15,000 active duty transgender service members, people who are bravely serving this country, something that I will remind President Trump he failed to do after five deferments to Vietnam.

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BREAKING!: Trump Bars Transgendered People From Serving in Military ‘In Any Capacity’

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I can’t make this up: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/us/politics/trump-transgender-military.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module= World’s most despicable ‘human’ being: “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” Let the lawsuits begin!

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Open Thread For July 26, 2017

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Open Thread For July 26, 2017

Blevins Is Out As Director of Office of Animal Welfare.  Glad to see that cronyism is being put under a microscope. Keep it coming.  However, Greg Lavelle gets it wrong as usual: “This hire was a case of the fox watching the henhouse from the start.” he said. No, Monsignor, people heading agencies they seek […]

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MSNBC Overtakes Fox

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MSNBC Overtakes Fox

I’m not crazy about the specious conventional wisdom that MSNBC is some “Fox News for Liberals” as it utterly ignores that fact that, unlike FOX, MSNBC confines its reporting to things that happen in reality.

That said – suck it Fox News.

MSNBC #1:

MSNBC finished as the most-watched network in all of basic cable in primetime on Monday, for the first time in its 21-year history, according to Nielsen Research.

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Open Thread For July 25, 2017

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Kushner No Babe In The Woods On Russia.  His carefully-parsed statement read that he doesn’t ‘rely’ on Russian money, but he never said that he hasn’t used Russian money to make transactions. He, in fact, has. Bigly. Will McCain Pull A ‘Reverse Ted Kennedy’? Trundle his diseased body back to DC to help throw tens […]

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Kowalko OpEd – Time for Public Outrage Over Delaware’s Corporate Welfare

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Kowalko OpEd – Time for Public Outrage Over Delaware’s Corporate Welfare

IS DELAWARE WILLING TO GIVE AND TAKE AT YOUR EXPENSE? Delaware taxpayers are once again being asked to close their collective minds and open their collective wallets. Another grotesque giveaway to another wealthy corporation has been proposed. Instigated, orchestrated and supported by the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, Delaware’s State Department, the Administration and […]

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Unemployed ex-Carrier worker: Trump ‘blew smoke up our asses’ with a ‘sh*t-eating grin’ on his face

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Unemployed ex-Carrier worker: Trump ‘blew smoke up our asses’ with a ‘sh*t-eating grin’ on his face

Another sucker who voted for Trump gets a clue. A woman who worked at the Carrier Corporation for the past 25 years unloaded on President Donald Trump in an interview with the New Yorker, just days after she agreed to take a buyout from the company. Even though Trump pledged to save jobs at the […]

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Mo’ Better Democrats: Melanie George Smith, RD 5

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 24, 2017 10 Comments
Mo’ Better Democrats:  Melanie George Smith, RD 5

OK, I’m cheating here a little. Melanie Smith and her husband have purchased a house outside of her RD.  It is an open secret that she plans to leave the General Assembly at the end of her term. She sought a judgeship, but was rebuffed by the Nominating Committee.  However, even had she chosen to […]

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Open Thread For July 24, 2017

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Brandywine Country Club Development Plan Ruled ‘Unacceptable’.  By NCC Land Use. It’s back in Louie Capano’s court now. I’m pleasantly surprised. Capano tried (I know this is redundant when it comes to Capano) a sleazy trick where he labeled apartments under names other than apartments.  Land Use didn’t fall for it. Kushner’s Story. How does […]

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Grifters Gotta Grift

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Grifters Gotta Grift

The group that owns the theme park Ark Encounters have sold the park to their nonprofit affiliates for 10 dollars to avoid paying taxes, according to a report Monday by the Lexington Herald-Leader. The Christian theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky is owned by creationist Ken Ham and features a life-sized recreation of Noah’s Ark. Ark […]

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Are Americans really ready to take this on?

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Are Americans really ready to take this on?

As wisdom drops innocently from the mouths of babes, so too we get the game plan to discredit Robert Mueller and defend the Kremlin installed puppet, from the keyboards of wingnut idiots that visit here. In summary form:

“Mr Mueller was a contributor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign…”

“…he has loaded up his staff with other Clinton contributors…”

“If Mueller is fired, someone less biased will be appointed to the position…”

“…the ‘investigation’ are politically motivated”

This puerile defense of Trump’s obvious crimes has been the in works for a while in the wing nut media. It has been building since before the inauguration if you count Trump’s endless attacks in a free press and the idea of legitimate constitutional checks and balances.

The bottom line is that the racists, a-holes and dumbfucks who consider themselves “conservatives” first and Americans last, are ready to fight for their racist dumbfuck President and his vision of a racist, dumbfuck American Oligarchy. Their rationalizations are bottomless. Their illusions constantly reinforced by hitting the Fox News crack pipe.

Are ordinary Americans ready to take this on? Are we ready to fight for the free America we grew up in? Has our mettle been bread out of us by 240 years of relative domestic peace and prosperity? Are we too tired or distracted by our boutique issues, and petty rivalries to link up in the streets?

I admit that I didn’t see this coming in year one of Trump’s Kleptocracy, but now I’m convinced that these are questions that will be answered in the coming months.

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