Open Thread For September 23, 2017

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

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 Services Co.’s Greenville headquarters, according to multiple sources.

That means both the first-ever meeting of the partnership board that will help decide which companies get taxpayer-funded incentives and the vote to hire Riley took place before Carney publicly revealed whom he appointed to the board.

Ashland, of course, is a big corporate contributor to Tom Carper.  I’ll betch’a that they have also helped to bankroll Carney.  Riley was, wait for it, Ashland’s chief governmental lobbyist.

You couldn’t have drawn up a more blatant taxpayer rip-off if you tried.

Oh, and let’s finish this segment off with a quote from Greg Lavelle, one of the biggest phonies in Delaware:

I feel like we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t,” he said. “We get questioned for making a decision, but if we drug it out, we’d get questions about when we’re going to make a decision. I guess that’s life in the public sector.”

Greg Lavelle, who sponsored this monstrosity, portraying himself as victim. Some things never change.

Tom Price Is Only There To Rip Off Taxpayers.  Over $300K on charter flights and counting.  Phony excuse gets torched here.  These guys never gave a shit about wasteful spending.

Trump Goes After Colin Kaepernick In ‘Bama. Wants protesting NFL players fired. Won’t go after Nazis.

American Jew Funding German Far-Right Resurgence: Nina Rosenwald.  Because Islamophobes and Nazis embrace the same goals.  ‘Never again’ does not apply with her.

Puerto Rico’s Dire Circumstances.  This requires a Marshall plan for our decimated commonwealth.

Why Howard University Students Protested Comey’s Appearance.  His response to both Ferguson and Black Lives Matter were among the reasons.

Another Secret Delaware Public-Private Infrastructure Project? Only one bidder. Looks like a worthwhile endeavor, but once again, secrecy reigns supreme:

The News Journal in July sent an open-records request asking for records of communication about public-private partnerships between Cohan, her deputy, or Delaware Department of Transportation division directors with the U.S. Department of Transportation or the White House.

No such records existed, according to DelDOT.

Perhaps that could be the new Delaware motto:  “We leave no paper trail.”

What do you want to talk about?


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  1. puck says:

    Even if I die in a cloud of thermonuclear plasma, I will still be grateful to Kim Jong Un for the awesomely correct use of “dotard.”

  2. jason330 says:

    I wonder if Russia tried to influence the American elections?

    The Department of Homeland Security on Friday informed 21 states that their election systems were targeted by “Russian government cyber actors” during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  3. alby says:

    I really wish someone would make the obvious link between Carney and the football head injury story. John Carney is a rather small guy, but he played quarterback throughout high school and college. How many head injuries did he receive?

    I know this sounds like snark, but I’m serious. The news about Aaron Hernandez’s case of CTE means that he was suffering from symptoms even as he was playing. Why wouldn’t this explain Carney’s decline?

  4. RE Vanella says:

    For all the shit the News Journal rightfully takes, Scott Goss is on the trail of this scam.

    In other news, Karl Baker reports that the new transit center will be built and managed by a partnership between EDiS and Colonial Parking. Guess how many bids?

  5. Alby: How do we know that there’s been a decline?

    RE: What is one, Alex?

  6. alby says:

    El Som: I set you up for that one. I don’t know if he was ever better than this, but so far his tenure has been marked by a level of tone-deafness that few Republicans even reach.

    He’s certainly not performing like a pol whom, one of his backers assured me during the Carney/Markell primary, had spent eight years preparing to be governor. So far he’s making Ruth Ann Minner seem like a political mastermind by comparison.

  7. puck says:

    At some point voters will decide to replace Republican-lite leadership with actual Republicans. Which may well be the long game for Delaware’s elite.

  8. alby says:

    In much the way the nation’s Republican Party has shown that, given power, it has no idea how to use it for the good of the people, Delaware’s Democratic Party has shown the same over the 25+ years it has controlled most or all of the state’s elected offices and legislative chambers.

  9. Musical Amusement Of The Day. Just substitute ‘lowly dotard’ (yes, it’s pronounced DOE-turd) for the obvious: