Archive for September, 2017

Fact Checking Trump’s Economic Advisor Gary Cohn

Filed in National by on September 30, 2017 14 Comments

Trump’s economic advisor Gary Cohn said Thursday that an American family could save $1,000 under the Republicans’ proposed tax reform plan, and that would be awesome for the economy because they could buy a new car with that money. “If we allow a family to keep another thousand dollars of their income, what does that […]

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What are we going to do to help Puerto Rico?

Filed in National by on September 30, 2017 3 Comments
What are we going to do to help Puerto Rico?

I’m seriously asking. Not what is Trump going to do, what are we going to do? What are the most practical, helpful things we can do to help out?

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Regulations can build public confidence

Filed in National by on September 30, 2017 1 Comment

This Cape Gazette Editorial is chock a block with common-sense.

A reference in the Sept. 22 edition of the Cape Gazette stood out because of its unusual nature. An article discussed the experience level of a California contractor hired by Rehoboth Beach for its treated wastewater outfall project. The reference came in a discussion about the potential perception problem created by dumping treated effluent in ocean waters.

A municipal employee for a California water district talked about an ocean outfall built to discharge extra-salty water left over from a reverse osmosis process that removes salt from seawater. The process provides fresh water for a parched region. People there were concerned that the effluent would make kids sick or harm marine animals. “Mulligan said the perception was … mitigated by public confidence in California’s regulatory climate, which is very strict.”

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: September, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on September 30, 2017 6 Comments

Was starting to get a little concerned, but the last week of the month saved me. As always, some real great stuff: http://www.npr.org/2017/08/10/542441711/songs-we-love-chain-and-the-gang-rome-wasn-t-burned-in-a-day  (Do NOT pass this one by. It rocks!) One of my faves. A great road-tested band, and a great new album. Catch her live: You’re welcome.

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Open Thread For September 30, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 30, 2017 7 Comments

Price Wasn’t Right. $1 mill for travel went over, and he lost. Yes, he was a total hypocrite on the issue.  Here are our lovely parting gifts.  BTW, ‘ Lovely Parting Gifts’, not a bad name for a band, don’t’cha think? Wanna bet that he doesn’t reimburse the taxpayers for that $58K he promised? Trump […]

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Open Thread For September 29, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 29, 2017 11 Comments

Classless Sam Guy Announces Sen. Henry’s Retirement. As if he thinks announcing he’ll run earlier than anybody else makes him the favorite. Wouldn’t even wait for Sen. Henry to make the announcement for herself. He is a Total Asshole. He also will not be the next Senator in SD 2. Price Will Reimburse, Oh, About […]

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Right Wing Think Tank gives Delaware ‘F’ grade for its fiscal health

Filed in National by on September 29, 2017 1 Comment
Right Wing Think Tank gives Delaware ‘F’ grade for its fiscal health

You’d think Carney’s willingness (eagerness?) to play ball with trickle-down, wingnut economics would buy him some slack among discredited deficit alarmist.

A new report has given Delaware an “F” grade for its fiscal health.

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Open Thread For September 28, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 28, 2017 11 Comments

Matt Meyer Doesn’t Sound Like A Pathological Liar.  I’m with him on his dispute with two Liliputians from below the canal. And, he got them to capitulate, aka surrender.  State Awards $1 Mill In Grants For Innovative Education Programs.  Which, of course, is 1/26 of the education funds that Carny and his Mindless Minions cut […]

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Open Thread For September 27, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 27, 2017 4 Comments

Delaware Among Nation’s Leaders IN STD’s.  This article is a mess, BTW. While it may not be a surprise that rates are rising, the article doesn’t answer the question: Why are rates rising in Delaware more rapidly? And then there’s this: This fall, the state’s Division of Public Health plans to ramp up its sexually […]

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Bad Day For GOP

Filed in National by on September 26, 2017 8 Comments
Bad Day For GOP

Two breaking stories even before Roy Moore beats Big Luther Strange tonight: GOP Won’t Even Vote On Graham/Cassidy. Sen. Corker of Tennessee Will Retire.  R nominee will almost certainly be to the right of Corker. Possibly far to the right of Corker.  Possibly putting Tennessee into play for D’s.

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Feds Come Down Hard On College Basketball

Filed in Featured, National by on September 26, 2017 31 Comments

Yes, it’s at least as dirty as you thought.  7 schools, assistant coaches, ‘agents’, a ‘major sports apparel company’ (Adidas).  Funneling money to recruits to attend certain schools.  The Feds have ‘em nailed. Conversations on tape.  The schools that have been identified:  Arizona, Auburn,  Oklahoma State, Louisville (aka ‘Papa John’s U’), Miami, Southern Cal, and […]

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Hopelessly Lost, John Carney, Sounding Exactly Like Someone who is Hopelessly Lost

Filed in National by on September 26, 2017 7 Comments
Hopelessly Lost, John Carney, Sounding Exactly Like Someone who is Hopelessly Lost

Man-oh-man I’ve already had it with Carney.

Unemployment numbers in Delaware reached a two-year high, according to the latest preliminary data from the state’s labor department.

If the information holds true, it will mark the 12th consecutive month the state’s unemployment rate has either climbed or remained the same.

The rate, 4.9 percent, is the highest since coming in at 4.9 percent in May 2015. It hasn’t jumped to five percent since February 2015. Meanwhile, the number hasn’t fallen since mid-2016.

“These numbers aren’t where we need them to be, which is why we continue to be focused on our number one priority: helping businesses create good-paying jobs across our state,” Gov. John Carney said. “I spent much of the summer talking to Delawareans and business leaders about ways to grow our economy, and we will keep working day in and day out on this issue.”

Blah, blah blah. What a loser. “I’ve talked to people.” Oy-vey!

He doesn’t dare mention his crony capitalism committee because it is already a stinking embarrassment. And yet, as far as stinking embarrassments go, the crony capitalism committee takes a second place to the clusterfuck GOP state budget he meekly signed after getting utterly pwned by the Republicans.

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NFL Protest, Healthcare Inferno, Tax Cuts… With the GOP it is all about kicking “niggers” all the time

Filed in National by on September 26, 2017 20 Comments
NFL Protest, Healthcare Inferno, Tax Cuts… With the GOP it is all about kicking “niggers” all the time

Lee Atwater let the cat out of the bag way back in 1981, and it is still true.

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

So if Republican polices don’t seem to make sense, it doesn’t matter. They aren’t supposed to. They are simply there to show that the GOP hates blacks. If their policies hurt middle and lower class whites, it doesn’t matter as long as “blacks get hurt worse.”

That is the GOP that Tom Carper and Chris Coons want to find common ground with. That’s Chris Coons’ prayer group for you. And it isn’t some kind of closely guarded secret. They’ve been using this playbook since Nixon.

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Open Thread For September 26, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 26, 2017 1 Comment

Edison Charter Principal Reinstated. Yes, it was about raises for teachers and staff. Board promised them, then reneged on promise.  Board rep says the suspension never should have happened. Raising the question, why did it happen? At Least 6 Trump WH Aides Used Private E-Mail.  Guess their defense, if they deign to provide one, is […]

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Susan Collins “No” might be the end of this round of zombie Trumpcare

Filed in National by on September 26, 2017 3 Comments
Susan Collins “No” might be the end of this round of zombie Trumpcare

Lindsey Graham still thinks it can pass, and who really knows. The bill sponsors and White House are throwing billions around in “block grants” to states. That strategy may still turn a Democratic head or two. Isn’t it strange how they horrifying “National Debt” isn’t so horrifying when Republicans are in charge? A balanced budget? That is for suckers.

But that’s inside baseball. Consider this larger point – the whole shit show hangs on whether or not Insurance companies will have the ability to gouge people who happen to already be injured or sick. The GOP is OPENLY saying that insurance companies should have no civic responsibility WHATSOEVER, and that their only responsibility is to their bottom line profitability.

We Democrats can’t beat that noxious proposition at the ballot box? Truly – we suck.

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Open Thread For September 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 25, 2017 4 Comments

County Council Food Fight.  Life is too short to figure out who is right and who is wrong here. Sponsors Try To Bribe Collins And Murkowski To Pass Obamacare Destruction.  New bill coming today. I’ll say it again. The national Republican Party is a criminal enterprise. NFL Players Unite Against Trump. Seriously, doesn’t King Cheeto […]

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Carney Excoriated in NJ Letters – “Preposterous and Embarrassing”

Filed in National by on September 24, 2017 9 Comments
Carney Excoriated in NJ Letters – “Preposterous and Embarrassing”

REV got to the heart of the new economic board’s shameful secrecy in his letter to the News Journal.   This is no way for a Democracy to do business.

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Open Thread For September 24, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 24, 2017 4 Comments
Open Thread For September 24, 2017

Trump Targets Black Athletes With Minds Of Their Own.  Demands NFL owners fire players who kneel during National Anthem or face boycott. Does same for NBA stars. The man is certifiable and a certifiable racist. BTW, you know what sport is really dying? That bastion of white southern fans, NASCAR.  Oh, and Trump’s favorite. golf. […]

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Will Ken Simpler Finally Have The Courage to Stop Applauding? I seriously Doubt it

Filed in National by on September 24, 2017 3 Comments
Will Ken Simpler Finally Have The Courage to Stop Applauding?  I seriously Doubt it

I found this at Redstate.com of all places. The DEGOP reminds me of Solzhenitsyn’s cheaters in the back of the room. They don’t have the guts to stop applauding, but they exchange knowing “this is bullshit” glances as the applauding for the Dotard in Chief goes on and on. Those glances, I suppose, are their flimsy alibis when this really go south. Their threadbare arguments that they never really bought into Trump in the first place will hang on those thin reeds.

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More Black Women Are Realizing That the Democratic Party Is Full of Shit, New Poll Finds

Filed in National by on September 23, 2017 8 Comments
More Black Women Are Realizing That the Democratic Party Is Full of Shit, New Poll Finds

Not my headline, although I wish I wrote it. The Democratic Party has experienced an 11 percent drop in support from black women, that’s headline worthy. But it isn’t just black women. The country is waking up to the fact that the DLC-Clintonomics-Banks First-Democratic Party, is full of shit. How else can you explain people voting for dotard carnival barker, Donald J Trump?

Sadly this article strays into the reductive nonsense that frames any conflict within the Democratic Party as a conflict between “white working class” and the non-white – when in fact the factions are the John Carney, Tom Carper, Chris Coons, Clintonite 1%ers versus (literally) everyone else.

Nevertheless less, it is refreshing to see another interest group becoming aware off the fact that the Democratic Party isn’t safeguarding their interests.

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Open Thread For September 23, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 23, 2017 9 Comments

Secret Corporate Crony Capitalism  Commission Names Temporary Executive Director. The News-Journal has figured out what a scam this is: The Delaware Prosperity Partnership’s 18-member board – made up of elected officials and local business leaders – voted Wednesday to hire former Ashland Inc. executive John Riley as interim CEO during a closed-door meeting at Corporation […]

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Kowalko’s Open Letter to Markell

Filed in National by on September 22, 2017 10 Comments
Kowalko’s Open Letter to Markell

Dear Jack, I’ve just finished reading your N.Y. Times op-ed and I feel it’s my obligation to Delaware’s taxpayers to respond. I’d like to think that your most recent missive has merely added to my disappointment in you but I think I’ve already passed the minimum expectations level in regard to your performance and legacy. […]

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McCain’s No Vote Statement is Actually Pretty Good

Filed in National by on September 22, 2017 3 Comments
McCain’s No Vote Statement is Actually Pretty Good

He appears to be the one guy in the GOP who puts the best interest of the country ahead of the corrupt interest of the Republican Party.

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Open Thread For September 22, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 22, 2017 20 Comments

The Business Roundtable Is A Clusterbleep Even Before It Gets Started.  Let’s start with this quote: The board, for instance, will not be required to hold public meetings or publish minutes of its discussions. Financial disclosure documents that would reveal potential conflicts of interest also will not be released to the public. “I’m a big proponent of […]

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Open Thread For September 21, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on September 21, 2017 8 Comments

Manafort Offered Insider Election Info To Russian Oligarch. Read that headline again. Trump’s campaign manager offered private election briefings to a Russian oligarch. Two weeks before the convention. For a price, of course. Speaking of which… Report: 32 Million To Lose Health Care Under Graham-Cassidy.  BTW, I’ll say it again. Lindsay Graham is perhaps the […]

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