Archive for January, 2018

Sarah McBride’s Book Among ‘Most Anticipated Of 2018′

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware, National by on January 31, 2018 5 Comments
Sarah McBride’s Book Among ‘Most Anticipated Of 2018′

The book is called ‘Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss And The Fight For Trans Equality”, and will be released on March 6.  Sarah’s book appears on this list, and is described by Paste Magazine as follows: Why You’ll Love It: Sarah McBride’s memoir is a must-read, offering encouragement while showing that the fight for equality […]

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Biden Watch: Joe to Keynote House Democratic Retreat

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Politico is reporting that Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the three-day event, being held in Cambridge, Md., starting Feb. 7. This should provide more fodder for those who think Biden will mount one last presidential bid.

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Open Thread Jan. 31: Republicans Lick Trump’s Ass, Report It Tastes Like Fascism

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The biggest takeaway from the State of the Union address is that nobody believes a word Trump says, even the people who want to. Lots of people worried that sticking to a teleprompted script would have pundits praising Trump, but there’s very little of that this morning. Josh Marshall’s sigh of resignation is more honest […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 31, 2018

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More garage rock…in Magnificent Mono!:

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The Question to Ask Yourself About Trump

Filed in National by on January 30, 2018 16 Comments

Here’s the ugly little question at the heart of the Trump era: How much would you object to his behavior if he were pursuing a liberal agenda? Obviously that’s not a real-world scenario, because the racism is baked in. But what if you subtracted that but kept the sexual predation, the crudeness, the taste for […]

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El Somnambulo Brings The Zydeco For Mardi Gras Weekend!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 30, 2018 2 Comments

That’s right. A hed like that can only mean one thing: Symphony Steve Tanzer is pushing yet another upcoming concert. But WAIT, don’t leave just yet.  After all, what better way to celebrate Mardi Gras Weekend than with the band that No Depression calls “the best zydeco in the land”? Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, […]

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Open Thread Jan. 30: He’s Not a Real President, But He Plays One on TV

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The State of the Union? Nobody cares, and nobody should, Jim Newell argues, because “it has lost its efficacy in the age of the one-minute news cycle.” Speaking of tired scripts, Republicans are continuing their pretense, apparently for the consumption of their cult alone, that the FBI is engaged in a coup against Trump (to […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 30, 2018

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Paste Magazine just did a piece on the greatest garage rock albums of all-time.  Garage rock bands really didn’t do albums.  Singles, baby. Like Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Like this:

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What I’m not looking forward to

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What I’m not looking forward to

What I’m not looking forward to is the fawning press coverage of the State of the Union speech.  I’m dreading the dumbed down “analysis” that goes on and on about what a great speech it was simply because Trump avoided a stammering rant about how unfairly he is being treated. And oh yeah. There is […]

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Guillermina Gonzalez Announces for RD 22

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Guillermina Gonzalez Announces for RD 22

· As Delaware is changing so is the need for a different kind of elected official. With a background that spans both corporate and nonprofit boardrooms, grassroots community organizing is at the heart of who I am and how I approach finding solutions to the very real challenges that we face in Delaware. I now […]

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Another “safe” Republican quits rather than face voters in November

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WASHINGTON ― Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a 12-term Republican from New Jersey and chairman of the most sought-after committee in Congress ― the Appropriations Committee ― announced Monday that he would not run for re-election.

Frelinghuysen’s announcement was a bit of surprise, considering he could still serve as the top Republican on the powerful Appropriations Committee for another four years under House GOP rules. But faced with the prospect of a tough race ― Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in that district by only 1 point in 2016 ― as well as internal discussions about removing Frelinghuysen as chairman after he voted against the party’s tax bill, the 71-year-old GOP moderate decided to call it quits.

Keep quitting guys. You certainly don’t want to be associated with Trump’s next two years in office.

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Open Thread Jan. 29: Eyesore Rankles Sorehead

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Bob Weiner is easily New Castle County’s wackiest council member. Remember that time he tried to effect a citizen’s arrest on a guy putting unauthorized advertising on a telephone pole? He’s wacky that way. Now he’s at it again — not physically restraining anyone, thank goodness, but making a big issue over the fact that […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 29, 2018

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Dedications, we do dedications. This rousing anthem goes out to RE Vanella from his not-so-secret admirer, Alby:  

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Jan. 28: If We Start Honoring Women, Pretty Soon We’ll Have to Honor Everybody

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That’s pretty much the stance of state Sen. Gary Simpson, who objected to a monument honoring women’s WWII service at Leg Hall. His logic is impeccable: “Obviously men had struggles and gave up a lot when they fought those other wars, Vietnam, (World Wars) I and II. I just, I hate to see one segment […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 28, 2018

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Mike Dinsmore gave me several songs from which to choose. Why did I choose this one?  I’ll let Mike explain: “Most inspirational song I’ve ever heard.  It inspired a relative to run for Congress many years ago.  Against Tom Carper, no less!”

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Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die

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Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die

There are a lot of villains in this story: Big Clinton, Union “Bosses”, Republicans, on and on. The GOP understands how important labor unions are to the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party, historically, has not. If you want a two-sentence explanation for why the Midwest is turning red (and thus, why Donald Trump is president), […]

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Not Breaking News: Right to Carry Increases Crime

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Not Breaking News:  Right to Carry Increases Crime

It has been a slippery fact to pin down statistically, but the scientific jury is in. Right-to-carry laws lead to more violent crime – not less.

It is a combination of every confrontation ending with murder, and the legal gun owners who like showing off their guns so much that they get stolen.

“American gun owners, preoccupied with self-defense, are inadvertently arming the very criminals they fear,”

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The Chris Johnson Announcement

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 27, 2018 11 Comments

OK, I’m psyched.  Chris Johnson represents a sea-change alternative in how he would function as the State’s Attorney General. His slogan, “Real Change, Real Justice”, is embodied in his platform. At today’s official kick-off, Johnson spoke passionately about ending the ‘mass incarceration’ that clogs our prison system. Prisoners who are disproportionately poor and minorities. He […]

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Open Thread Jan. 27: What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear

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Friday afternoon was quieter than usual for the Age of Trump. Too quiet? Hard to say. But the chattering classes seem to be processing the revelations about the Mueller investigation that came out of the past week. We learned that Mueller had already talked to several high-profile figures and seemed to be zeroing in on […]

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Chris Johnson Announces Candidacy For AG Today

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 27, 2018 0 Comments

Here is the press release: CHRIS JOHNSON WILL ANNOUNCE RUN FOR DELAWARE ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALSO INCLUDE CAREER ADVANCEMENT WORKSHOP  WHO: Attorney, community organizer, and reformer Chris Johnson. Johnson, who will leave his post as Deputy Legal Counsel for the Office of the Governor tomorrow, has also previously worked in the City of Wilmington […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 27, 2018

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One of Mike Dinsmore’s ‘Must-Includes':

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Deneice Berry To Run For 5th RD

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 27, 2018 5 Comments

Aka Melanie George Smith’s seat. Berry is but the first candidate to announce. There will be at least one more.  She is a first-time candidate, and frankly it shows in her announcement release: DENEICE BERRY ANNOUNCES CANIDACY FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 5 Combined with my career, education, community outreach, and activism will help move the […]

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China no longer buying our garbage.

Filed in National by on January 27, 2018 6 Comments

We’ve had a tsunami of policy garbage, now a tsunami of literal garbage is headed our way.

On Jan. 1, China made good on its promise to close its borders to several types of imported waste. By the next day, panic had already taken hold in countries across Europe and North America as trash began piling up by the ton, with no one having a clue where to now dispose of it all.

For more than 20 years, China has been the world’s recycling bin, accepting an enormous quantity of recyclable waste from nations worldwide. In 2016, China processed at least half of the world’s exports of waste plastic, paper and metals. The U.S. exported 16 million tons of waste to China that year, worth about $5.2 billion. Britain sent China enough garbage to fill up 10,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.

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Can we have a do over election, as well?

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Can we have a do over election, as well?

This seems reasonable. Voters support the idea of holding a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to one of the largest nationwide opinion polls since the Brexit vote. The ICM survey, conducted as part of a Guardian reporting project, found 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the […]

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Friday News Dump: I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Strip

Filed in National by on January 26, 2018 0 Comments

The award for biggest sexual harassment story of the day goes to casino mogul Steve Wynn, accused of demanding sex from numerous women who worked for him. All I can say is that when it comes to his manicurist, I can understand a man who gets manicures needing to affirm his masculinity, but it brings […]

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