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Monday Open Thread [4.27.15]

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Monday Open Thread [4.27.15]

“Today’s Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians. There is a liberal fascism that is going after Christian believers.” — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by The Hill.

LOL. I am Christian, Mr. Cruz. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ never said a damn thing about hating gays. He preached and taught and lived the example of compassion for the needy, the hundry, the sick, the elderly, and the poor. Jesus Christ was and is a liberal. So if you are a true Christian, a follower of Christ, you have a natural and welcome home in the Democratic Party.

If you a hate filled bigoted piece of shit who thinks your right to discriminate is superior to all other human rights just because a null and void Old Testament book says so, then yes, there is no room for you in the Democratic Party or in government or in society. We will actively seek to destroy you, and we do so in defense of those you would seek to oppress and sent away to concentration camps if you had your way.

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Which GOP candidate would be the best President?

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Which GOP candidate would be the best President?

I’ve spent a few weeks thinking about how bad the GOP field is, but I haven’t turned the table upside down to think about which candidate would be a better President than the others. Obviously, we’d be talking about shades of differences…mere whips of perceived virtues where no real virtue abides. But let’s give it a go, shall we?

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Monday Daily Delawhere [4.27.15]

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Delaware.City.Hotel.Tim.Furlong

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10 places to visit before they’re ruined forever by climate change

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10 places to visit before they’re ruined forever by climate change

There is something about the “oh well” voice of this MSN travel piece that made it stand out to. I copied the whole thing below.

2. Glacier National Park

© Provided by Business Insider True to its name, this Montana park — which borders the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and spans more than 1 million acres (4,000 square km) — was once home to hundreds of glaciers, but these stunning icescapes won’t be around forever.

Most of the 150 glaciers present in 1850 were still there when the park opened in 1910. But as of 2010, only 25 glaciers remained, and some climate models predict that the park’s biggest glaciers will be gone by 2030, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Sunday Daily Delaware [4.26.15]

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The Governor is so scared….

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The Governor is so scared….

…about Opt Out passing that he’s offering Republicans his support for Right-to-Work legislation if they vote “No” on HB 50. If that deal happens, the Governor should at the very least be expelled from the Democratic Party by Chairman John Daniello and then attempts should be made by the General Assembly to remove him from office. I am looking up the impeachment procedure under the Delaware Constitution as we speak.

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The Weekly Addresses

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The President lays out why new, high-standards trade agreements are important for our economy, our businesses, our workers, and our values.

Governor Markell highlights ongoing progress towards preparing Delaware students for the new economy, including that more Delaware high school students are taking and passing college-level Advanced Placement tests.

So the Governor and the President are taking on the liberals in their party this week.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.25.15]

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BREAKING: 50 Years For Viewing Disgusting Pictures?? Utterly Insane.

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BREAKING: 50 Years For Viewing Disgusting Pictures?? Utterly Insane.

Breaking from the News-JournalFormer Tower Hill headmaster Christopher Wheeler was today sentenced to a 50-year sentence for having and viewing 25 pictures of kiddie porn on his computer.  Two years for each picture.

Following the sentencing, the DAG said that Wheeler had been offered a 4-year sentence if he pled guilty, but he chose to go to a trial by judge.

So, let me get this straight…the AG’s office felt that 4 years was an acceptable term, otherwise they wouldn’t have offered it, but he gets 50 years instead. 

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up: Week of April 21-23, 2015

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up: Week of April 21-23, 2015

Common Corporate, Race To the Top, No Textbook Publisher Left Behind, these will be legacies of a lost decade-plus in education reform.  Bloated bureaucracies full of bean-counters will hopefully shrink and vanish.

Make no mistake, while HB 50 is just one bill in one small state, it reflects a burgeoning movement nationally to reject the K-12 reform that was foisted on us by people with next to no experience in, you know, educating children.

Thinkers like Nicholas Kristof are already focusing on where our efforts would be best allocated in the post-reform era.  Yes, the notion of reform was well-intended, still is, for that matter, in a time when there continue to be inequities in education.  However, charter schools and one-size-fits-all testing have proven to help perpetuate and accelerate those inequities, as opposed to alleviating them.  Which is what happens when there are huge piles of money thrown at the issue, and greedy corporations and individuals looking to pocket the proceeds. In fact, one could argue (and I will) that the most vocal proponents for this reform were those who (or in the case of Dubya, his family) stood to gain the most financially from the reforms.

HB 50(Kowalko) is important less for what it would do, than for what it represents.  The bill serves as a reflection of the mounting dissatisfaction with both the disastrous education reform policies of the past decade and also the Bigfoot approach that this governor and his corporate comrade cum  Secretary of Education have tried to impose/inflict on those with the nerve to fight back.  “We may be wrong (although we’re not), but we have the power to crush you like a bug” does very little to win friends and influence people.  With knowledgeable education-oriented legislators joining the likes of John Kowalko in the General Assembly recently (Kim Williams, Bryan Townsend, and Sean Matthews, among others), legislators are starting to understand how bad the current policies are.  Plus, teachers, parents, and students have found their voices on these issues. Which is why getting HB 50 out of committee is/was important.  There is also a bipartisan coalition forming on this issue, with many conservative legislators joining their progressive counterparts in support of HB 50.  The question is whether the Chamber of Commerce types still have the numbers to outvote them. Might I point out that the Chamber of Commerce has embraced this disastrous reform going back to Phase One during the unlamented Carper years? If you support this bill, it is absolutely essential that you contact your legislators, especially, for now, your state representative.  Kevin Ohlandt has done all the work for us, so click on this to get your specific marching orders. BTW, thanks, Kevin, for your contribution to the cause! Exceptional Delaware is an exceptional blog.

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Friday Open Thread [4.24.15]

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Friday Open Thread [4.24.15]

Eric Holder is free!

The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch yesterday in a 56-43 roll call after a long delay necessitated by Republican racism. The Republican senators who voted for Lynch are Susan Collins of Maine, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Rob Portman of Ohio and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Johnson, Kirk, Portman, and Ayotte all face tough reelection battles in blue states, and a no vote would have guaranteed their immediate defeat in a presidential year. Flake, Graham, and Hatch had approved her previously, in their roles as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. So a no vote now would have made them look like fools. More so than normal. Collins is a Maine “Moderate.” The enduring mysteries are Cochran and McConnell. Cochran is an old school Senate hand, so that may explain his vote. McConnell’s vote is, I suppose, an apology.

The Washington Post:

SENATORS VOTED Thursday to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general by an embarrassingly thin margin of 56 to 43. It was embarrassing not to Ms. Lynch, who clearly deserved confirmation, but to the Republicans who voted against a nominee who should have breezed through.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [4.24.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.23.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.23.15]

“A week before a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue, public support for gay marriage reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with 61 percent of Americans – more than six in 10 for the first time – saying gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally.”

“Identical or similar majorities favor gay marriage on two key issues before the court: Sixty-one percent oppose allowing individual states to prohibit same-sex marriages. And 62 percent support requiring states to recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states.”

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.23.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.22.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.22.15]

A new CNN/ORC poll finds President Obama’s approval ratings have reached their highest mark in almost two years.

“48% of Americans approve of how Obama is running the country, compared to 47% who disapprove. That’s the highest mark since May 2013, the last time a plurality of Americans backed the president in the poll. [Fifty-two percent] believe the economy is either ‘very good’ or ‘somewhat good.’”

Obama now is as popular as Ronald Reagan was at the same point in their second terms. The President’s approval rating has increased with 18-29-year-olds (57%), women (51%), Democrats (88%), and liberal Democrats (97%).

This is devastating news for the Republicans, who have based their entire existence, yet alone their 2016 campaign strategy, on the fevered alternate reality notion that Obama is this despised weaking mealy mouthed tyrannical dictator, who is both a radical black Christian but also a Muslim socialist communist. Republicans have been arguing that a win for Hillary Clinton in 2016 would equal an Obama third term. The question Republicans forgot to ask: what if America wants an Obama third term?

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Happy Earth Day!

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [4.22.15]

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‘Would you attend a homosexual wedding?’ A simple question so many GOP candidates got wrong.

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‘Would you attend a homosexual wedding?’  A simple question so many GOP candidates got wrong.

The correct answer is: I wouldn’t attend a homosexual wedding because to attend is to give public credence to the bastardization of marriage. That is to say, the answer above is the answer that doctrinaire Republican primary voters are looking for. And yet, that so many candidates got the answer FLAT WRONG, may say something […]

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The NRA has Won.

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The NRA has Won.

Charles M. Blow asks “Has the N.R.A. Won?” Yes, they have, and it is time we liberals give up on gun control.

It is now fair to ask whether the National Rifle Association is winning — or has in fact won — this era of the gun debate in this country. Gun control advocates have tried to use the horror that exists in the wake of mass shootings to catalyze the public into action around sensible gun restrictions. But rather than these tragedies being a cause for pause in ownership of guns, gun ownership has spiked in the wake of these shootings.

A striking report released Friday by the Pew Research Center revealed that “for the first time, more Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52 percent to 46 percent.”

Look, it doesn’t matter the reasonableness of gun control measures. It almost always gets painted as some sort of tyranny, as if your Second Amendment rights are violated if you cannot purchase this Class 3 Scud Missile launcher.

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.21.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.21.15]

Dana Milbank takes apart the latest anti-equality argument:

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.

They’re saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 abortions. The logic is about as obvious as if they had alleged that raising the minimum wage would increase the frequency of hurricanes. If anything, you’d think that more same-sex marriages would mean more adoptions.

I don’t even understand the possible connection, let alone logic, in such an argument. Perhaps these evil conservatives are threatening the court in some fashion by saying if they approve marriage equality, the conservative right will start having abortions. Yes, it is insane, but so are most conservatives when it comes to their bigotry towards gays.

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Maybe O’Malley is running for Veep?

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Maybe O’Malley is running for Veep?

If so, I like it.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had – on NPR, of all places – referred to Marco Rubio’s economic worldview as “bullshit.”

The Veep is the salty truth-slinger right? That was a role Biden excelled in.

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It’s just straight up racism at this point

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There is no other explanation. Republican Senators are racist and that is why they refuse to confirm this overly qualified Attorney General nominee. You disagree? Well then you call the Republicans to prove me wrong and confirm her.

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DL’s GOP Fantasy League Update – Day 1

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DL’s GOP Fantasy League Update – Day 1

When Scott Walker went as the first pick to Pandora, I was a little surprised. But that was because I wasn’t tracking on the fact that Walker had recently won the Koch Brother’s primary, thereby tying down unlimited financial resources for the duration of the campaign. And that’s what makes this race fascinating. In the […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 21, 2015

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 21, 2015

Something quite remarkable has happened over the past six months. So much so that I doubt that those most responsible for it even recognize what they’ve accomplished.

There is an emerging recognition that the state’s education policy is an unmitigated disaster that will, I believe, almost inevitably have to be reversed or, at least, deep-sixed.
An education policy that began with Jack Markell deciding to go all-in and do whatever it took to get that Race To the Top money.

Students, teachers, and parents have become victims of the Common Corporate Curriculum, and the only beneficiaries have been corporations peddling snake oil in the form of tests and texts, and the oversized education bureaucracy that Race To the Top funded. If the bureaucracy was a burger joint, it’d be called ‘240 Fat Guys’. The governor’s legacy on this issue is already sunk, but he can’t/won’t admit the inevitable. It is, after all, his legacy. Which is why legislators and emerging policy leaders are taking up the slack. First step is to make sure that the governor does no more harm before he exits. Now, if only Mike Matthews and Pandora would run for the General Assembly…

Before we refocus our attention from the Governor to the General Assembly, can someone explain to me why…four years after Markell signed the legislation, we still don’t have a single medical marijuana dispensary up and running in Delaware? This quote from Jonathan Starkey’s News-Journal article says it best:

“Why did he (Markell) sign the bill if he had no intentions of enacting it?”

Why, indeed. Incompetence or ideology? You decide.

BTW, today’s Al Show will be a Very Special Primal Scream Therapy Edition. So much bad stuff, so little time (10-12 noon).  Now on 101.7 FM, as well as the traditional 1150 AM. Or, you can just tune in here.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [4.21.15]

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