Archive for February, 2018

Happy President’s Day

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Happy President’s Day

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Why did Russia work to elect Trump?

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Why did Russia work to elect Trump?

Through cyber warfare attacks and old fashioned espionage, Russia worked to elect Trump. The question now is, why? There are a couple of likely reasons and the final answer may turn out to be a patchwork of overlapping motivations. 1) Putin did not like Secretary Clinton. As Secretary of State, Clinton exposed the anti-Democratic abuses […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 18, 2018

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Nathan Arizona closes out a great week: “The best band of the 1990s Brit-pop era and one of the best guitar-rock bands ever. The Gallagher brothers who led Oasis feuded constantly and finally broke up the group in 2009. Now each of them leads a band not as good as Oasis. Older brother Noel was […]

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Wagner Won’t Seek Re-Election, Auditor Race Wide Open

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State auditor Tom Wagner announced Saturday night at the annual Kent County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner that because of ongoing health problems, he won’t seek an eighth term. This didn’t come out of the blue. Campaign finance reports last month indicated that Wagner was throwing in the towel. The eagerness with which Voter Fraud […]

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Open Thread Feb. 17: The Winning Continues Unabated

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Trump-despising Republican TV fixture Rick Wilson best nailed Trumpworld’s response to Robert Mueller’s Friday indictment-palooza in a tweetstorm of invective: Sweet Jesus the MAGAS, the clickservatives, and Gentry Breitbart think he’s exonerated. It’s freaking spectacular. SPEC-TAC-ULAR. No. Really. Their level of self-delusion, day-drinking, head trauma, and lead-paint chip ingestion is a miracle of medical science….His […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 17, 2018

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Nathan Arizona Day 6: Perfect way to start your Saturday. “Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd were two American jazzmen who picked up early on Brazilian bossa nova. Tom Jobim’s “Desafinado” is one of the classics of the genre, almost as well-known as “The Girl From Ipanema.” This song is from the pair’s 1962 album ‘Jazz […]

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A Tale of Two Trump Stories

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Two major pieces of journalism about Donald Trump hit the pixels today. One concerns the possibility he committed treason. The other is about a Playboy model who says she had an affair with him a decade ago. Guess which one has generated more attention. OK, so it helps that the New Yorker’s story has the […]

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Buy My Policy or I’ll Shoot These Kids — And When I Do, It’ll Be Your Fault

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That’s Trump’s thuggish, dull-witted position on the DACA issue. He rescinded Obama’s executive order protecting the Dreamers, and now he’s demanding that Democrats spend all their political capital protecting them or out they go. In any other context, you’d call it hostage-taking. The sad part is that this works on some people. You didn’t have […]

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Open Thread Feb. 16: Loathsome Asshole Roundup

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If you had been in a coma until today, you would still be able to figure out there had been another big gun massacre because all news outlets are running their typical Day 2 Aftermath stories. The Atlantic’s James Fallows points out that nobody knows how to stop this violence, except every other country on […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 9-15, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 16, 2018 12 Comments

1. It’s On. Kerri Harris Vs. Tom Carper.  I should probably lead with this story every week from now on as it’s pretty clear that this campaign will have to generate its own news w/o any media assistance.  Except for us.  We’ve been calling for a race like this for years, we have chronicled Carper’s […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 16, 2018

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Nathan Arizona Week, Day 5: “Some us will alvvays (CQ) love power-pop no matter when it comes out. This tune arrived in 2014 from a Canadian band that spells its name that way because some other band was already using the usual spelling. No word on how Betty and Veronica feel about singer and songwriter […]

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Potter Flare-Up? Get Rid of It With Truthulax

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Mayor Mike Purzycki thought Tuesday’s news release about the city issuing $43 million in bonds for capital projects exemplified “routine.” The city doesn’t sell bonds every year, but this issue was approved in the 2016 budget, and as news events go this was on a par with the altered trash-pickup schedule for holiday week. But […]

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Coons Strikes Out

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Coons Strikes Out

Senator Coons has his prayer breakfast, his vaunted “common sense” coalition, his ongoing praise of Republicans as “valued partners” in good government. He has his bottomless faith in Mitch McDonnell, but what he doesn’t have are any wins. Nope. When it comes to turning bipartisan friendships into actual results, Coons is a loser. A big loser. He is a lovable loser though. So at least there is that.

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JFC Brushes Off Denn’s Proposals for At-Risk Kids

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Consider this an addendum to El Somnambulo’s post this morning about the Joint Finance Committee. Just days after committee members soiled themselves like overeager puppies for the State Police, phony liberal Harris McDowell told Matt Denn to take a hike with his proposal for how to spend the $45 million windfall lawmakers already intend to […]

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Find Out Which Del Electeds are Pro-Mass Murder

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Find Out Which Del Electeds are Pro-Mass Murder

Use this site to find out who has blood on their hands.

If your state Rep or Senator (Dem or Republican) is supported by the NRA, they are supporters of mass-murder. They are soft on gun crime. They are immoral shit bags. There is no excuse for taking the NRA’s blood money.

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Open Thread Feb. 15: Insert Thoughts and Prayers Here, Repeat as Often as Necessary

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Unless you’re an obsessive consumer of school-shooting stories, there’s not much in the news today. White House reporters are keeping up the heat on Sarah Huckabee over the Rob Porter scandal, but nobody outside Politico has noticed because the air is so thick with thoughts and prayers. Elizabeth Warren has been dogged for six years […]

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The Media Loves School Shootings

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Here’s a dirty little secret: The media loves school shootings. It’s part of a bigger dirty secret: The media loves mayhem and tragedy of all sorts, because those things bring eyeballs to the page or screen. Why do we have Trump as president? Because the media wanted him. If they didn’t want him, they wouldn’t […]

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Stoopid Joint Finance Committee Tricks

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 15, 2018 9 Comments

First of all, take a look at the current membership of the JFC.  Other than Rep. J. J. Johnson, this is not exactly the ‘best and the brightest’.  This is also about as conservative a JFC as I’ve ever seen. Then you have the ethical sewer that is Sen. Nicole Poore.  OK, enough editorializing for […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 15, 2018

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Nathan Arizona Week: Day 4!! “Folk-rock for our time by one of a host of young guitarists who play in the tradition of Bert Jansch, Tim Hardin and John Martyn. Video shot at Fourth of July celebration in his home town Chicago. Summer in the city. If you like this, check out James Blackshaw.”:

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Gun Violence is Your Fault

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Gun Violence is Your Fault

If the politicians we’ve elected really can’t do anything about gun violence, then we need new politicians. #guncontrolnow

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How long can Uber lose $4.5 billion a year?

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How long can Uber lose $4.5 billion a year?

SoftBank Group just invested $9.3 billion in Uber. That’s a big number. Numbers like that, and the fact that the economy hasn’t cratered tell me that investors are living in a dis-reality bubble.

Trump can cut taxes, and spend a zillion dollars on bullshit because they are making poor people pay up for a change, and also because economic “growth.” It is a pure fantasy, of course. And fantasy’s can’t last forever.

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Meet the “Common Sense” Coalition Members Gearing up to Give the GOP Everything and Then Some

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Meet the “Common Sense” Coalition Members Gearing up to Give the GOP Everything and Then Some

Business insider has the list, and with these Democrats “negotiating” on their behalf, the “Childhood Arrivals” will be lucky to avoid being sentenced to Gitmo. These Red State Democrats (and Chris Coons) are many of the same who geniuses who wanted to “grand bargain” away Social Security in return for the GOP’s magic beans.

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Open Thread Feb. 14: Wife-Beaters, Bribes and Bobbleheads

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I must admit I’m surprised that the story this White House can’t shrug off is one that, in the scheme of things, doesn’t really affect the running of the country. Puerto Rico remains a disaster area, ICE is making the Gestapo look like a crew of polite gendarmes, yet the Teflon holds and the memory […]

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Dustyn Thompson Files Grievance Over 13th RD’s Clubby Endorsements

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To Erik Raser-Schramm and David Woodside:

I would like to file a formal complaint about the events that transpired on 2/12/18 at the 13th representative district committee meeting.

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Bloomberg: Hedge Funds Exploit Trump Tax Loophole By Registering LLC’s In Delaware

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on February 14, 2018 4 Comments

When all else fails, the wealthy always have Delaware LLC’s to shelter their ill-gotten gains. (And to pay off porn stars, but that’s a story for another day.) This Bloomberg report spells out how hedge funds are exploiting Delaware law to avoid paying taxes on their profits. It’s disgraceful. Here’s their modus operandi: Since late […]

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