Archive for October, 2017

Won’t Someone Think of the Children?

Filed in Delaware, Education by on October 31, 2017 11 Comments

Wilmington City Council has been a backwater of favoritism and incompetence for so long that most of us ignore it, so it was easy to think it would molder out of sight forever. Apparently it won’t. Wilmington’s budget has been shrinking, making less money available for the minor, street-level, hire-my-relative corruption council specializes in. That […]

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The Lost Cause Is a Lost Cause

Filed in National by on October 31, 2017 15 Comments

The Civil War is back in the news, and it reminds us of what TrumpMerica’s counter-reformation is all about: Rewriting history. Yes, I know that’s a loaded phrase, because it’s so often used as an accusation when people try to massage the facts to achieve a favorable outcome for their views. But rewriting history is […]

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Open Thread for Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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How bad are things for Donald Trump? So bad that this morning he tried to use the GOP tax plan as a distraction from his bigger problems. As is common for Republicans, they don’t yet know what’s in it, but they’re sure it will help them to pass it. As haggling continues within the GOP, […]

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RIP: Roger A. Martin

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 31, 2017 4 Comments

Noted author/historian and perhaps less-noted State Senator Roger A. Martin passed away last Thursday. He has been hailed as an historian who traced the history of Delaware through the succession of its governors. As a State Senator, Roger struck me as a man out of time.  It was as if he viewed the Senate through […]

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Song Of The Day: Oct. 31, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 31, 2017 3 Comments

So, I’m listening to the vaguely ominous jamming, perhaps while under the influence of Jamaican herb, barely paying attention, when…well, you either know, or don’t know, what comes next. A GREAT Halloween song. Meant to be enjoyed in the spirit that it was created:

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John Kowalko on “The Delaware Way”

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Open Thread for Monday, October 30, 2017

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For the first time in 51 weeks, today seems a little better than yesterday. Anybody who claims to know how all this will end is just guessing. We can’t know how Trump will try to fight back, how Congress will react or how the pro-Trump public will react. Already, after the news broke about Manafort […]

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Manafort Ordered to Surrender

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Manafort Ordered to Surrender

I know the wording is boilerplate, but I hope the “surrender” verbiage hurst Trump’s feelings. He is such a status conscious twit.

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case.

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Network Delaware Flexes Its Political Muscles In SD3

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 30, 2017 20 Comments

Elizabeth ‘Tizzy’ Lockman. Remember the name. She is running for Bob Marshall’s seat in SD 3.  She is the first candidate to emerge from Network Delaware’s grassroots efforts. She is a candidate who does not appear to be someone who was obsessed with being involved in politics, in stark contrast to Jordan Hines, who has […]

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Song Of The Day: Oct. 30, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 30, 2017 1 Comment

When Walter Becker died, I sampled a lot of his and Donald Fagen’s solo stuff and, of course, listened to a lot of Steely Dan. While this song was on a Greatest Hits collection, (a) it wasn’t a hit; (b) never made it onto an album (written when the Dan were preparing The Royal Scam […]

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Open Thread for Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Everybody waiting for Mueller’s Monday reveal, but writing about it is difficult because nobody knows anything more than the bare bones. I’m skipping all the prediction stories — Mueller will be fired! — because they were written to fill a void, not because journalists make great predictions. The best thing I found was this clear-eyed […]

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Song Of The Day: Oct. 29, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 29, 2017 6 Comments

A great lost (IMHO) Paul Simon classic. From a not-well-received album, Hearts And Bones, released in 1983.  Talia Schlanger played it on the World Cafe a couple days ago, first time I’ve heard it. It blew me away:

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Open Thread for Saturday, October 28, 2017

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The big news of the day is, of course, the first indictment from Robert Mueller’s election probe. Today’s chatter revolves around who will get the knock on the door just before dawn on Monday. Paul Manafort seems to be the early favorite. No links because nobody knows anything more than that so far. Worried that […]

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The week Trump solidified his grip on the GOP

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The week Trump solidified his grip on the GOP

This week rumors flew about Mueller getting down to business and handing down an indictment. It is also the week that Trump formally consolidated his grip on the GOP. The normally horrible David Brooks does a decent job breaking it down in the NYT. The Republican senators greeted Trump on Capitol Hill and saw a […]

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Song Of The Day: Oct. 28, 2017

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A new free-association musical treat brought to you daily. I first saw Buckwheat Zydeco do this at a festival the day before I hopped a plane to a conference in the Big Easy.  Here’s the original, presented for obvious reasons:  

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Mueller Drops Really Big Shoe

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CNN is reporting that the grand jury in Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian involvement in the election has filed its first charges. It’s been sealed by a judge so we don’t know who it is or what the charges are. One CNN legal expert said the only reason for sealing an indictment is flight risk.

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I’m torn on Catalonian Independence

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I’m torn on Catalonian Independence

Philosophically I’m for it. But Russia has ben very active in supporting separatist and secessionist groups in Europe and America. So does supporting Catalonia play into Putin’s grand plans to sow instability? The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government. The measures early on Saturday came after the […]

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Open Thread for Friday, October 27, 2017

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Sorry for the delayed open thread. Three reasons: 1) I’m still figuring out how to code this, 2) my gout is acting up and 3) I got sidetracked by a clip of Idina Menzel singing “Defying Gravity,” which, yes, throws my heterosexuality into doubt. It’s also a very slow news day, as evidenced by the […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: October 20-26, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on October 27, 2017 1 Comment

1. Rachel Blumenfeld To Challenge Deborah Hudson in RD 12. She’s a great candidate. An English Special Education Teacher in Delaware’s public schools.  Here is a Delaware Voices piece she wrote about the need for reading specialists. While her campaign is  geared up and ready to go (they’re doing canvasses already!), she officially kicks off […]

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D __ __ __ __ D__ __ __ __ __Touts Its Terrible Management Once Again

Filed in National by on October 27, 2017 14 Comments
D __ __ __ __ D__ __ __ __ __Touts Its Terrible Management Once Again

Q: What Delaware business (a monopoly), celebrates its own bad management in order to suck up tax dollars?

UPDATE: Trey Paradee rushes to jump into bed with Fat Cat McGlynn.

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DEGOP’s Decent Senate Recruiting Continues

Filed in National by on October 26, 2017 2 Comments
DEGOP’s Decent Senate Recruiting Continues

On a prima facie basis, Jason Stewart is another example of some decent recruiting by the DEGOP. Like their Senate picks last time out, Stewart is untested but looks fairly good on paper.

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Ted Cruz Running for President of Crazy America

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Ted Cruz Running for President of Crazy America

By setting himself up as the most stridently pro-Trump member of the Senate, Cruz is now looking to be the GOP front runner when Trump inevitably quits, is fired, or implodes. Cruz must feel like he is due. He did all the prep-work within the GOP unleashing a new level of crazy which Trump swooped […]

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Mo’ Better Democrats: RD 7

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on October 26, 2017 22 Comments

The incumbent: Bryon Short. The district:  The 7th RD encompasses some of the more Democratic areas of Brandywine Hundred. The district includes the Ardens, much of Claymont, Radnor Green, Ashbourne Hills,  Holiday Hills, Graylyn Crest and Darley Woods, among other communities.  The current registration is 8289 D; 4482 R; and 4203 I. Almost, but not […]

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Open Thread for Thursday Oct. 26, 2017

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You don’t need ESP to sense there’s a much deeper story here. Kathleen Davies, Tom Wagner’s chief administrative auditor, has been on administrative leave for more than a year. Now she has created a campaign finance committee and says she will run against her boss as an unaffiliated candidate.    The good news: A majority of […]

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Authentic Biden

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Authentic Biden

Joe Biden is in the news again, having opened the door to a 2020 run.

It is easy for me to be angry at Joe Biden for not running against Hillary Clinton and sparing the country from her shit-ass campaign, but I think it is safe to say that if he knew how shit-ass that campaign was going to be – he would have run. If any of us had known what a terrible candidate Hillary Clinton was going to be – we would have Shanghaied him into the campaign.

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