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June 23 Open Thread: The Cruelty Is Politically Motivated

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 23, 2018 1 Comment

Anyone who thinks the controversy over Trump’s immigration policies will cost Republicans bigly in November had better sober up. The issue is doing exactly what Trump wants — firing up Republicans so they’ve as motivated to vote as Democrats are. And it’s working. There are some uncomfortable facts that Democrats who see the issue as […]

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Song Of The Day: June 23, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on June 23, 2018 0 Comments

From a Gram Parsons tribute album. Whiskeytown was a great roots group that featured Ryan Adams before he was Ryan Adams:

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June 22 Open Thread: Do U Care? Well, Do U, Punk?

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 22, 2018 25 Comments

I have never for a moment thought that Melania Trump cared — her resting face says “bored rich model” better than words ever could — so I can only begin to guess her actual motivation for wearing the now-infamous $39 jacket printed with “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” Obviously she knew what she was […]

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Song Of The Day: June 22, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on June 22, 2018 1 Comment

From Gram Parsons’ first album, GP, from 1973.  Nobody had really heard of Emmylou Harris before this.  Together, they performed some of the greatest duets in the history of ‘cosmic American music’.

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Delaware Political Weekly: June 15-21, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 22, 2018 14 Comments

1. Will Wilmington House Delegation Suck Even More Next Year? All signs point to yes. Rep. J. J. Johnson, who doesn’t live in Wilmington, but represents a small portion of the city, is retiring. Regardless of who succeeds him, they will inevitably have huge shoes to fill. Johnson is among the best legislators to serve […]

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June 21 Open Thread: Trump Head-Fake Fools Nobody

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 21, 2018 18 Comments

The family separation controversy cooled off for a few hours yesterday as Trump promised to sign an executive order ending the practice. What he did instead was declare we would now operate what Samantha Bee called “Mommy and Me prisons,” which also sets up a battle with the federal courts. The separation policy has at […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: June 21, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 21, 2018 2 Comments

A mixed bag yesterday. The good? State employees will now be entitled to 12 weeks of family leave for the birth or adoption of a child. The neutral? The Budget Bill passed the Senate.  Yes, Colin Bonini was the only no. The bad: A constitutional amendment designed to put an end to onerous bail and […]

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Song Of The Day: June 21, 2018

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You might have thought that this was a power ballad.  Not in the hands of Gram and Emmylou. Written by Boudleaux Bryant:

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“Lock Her Up!” Shades of Nuremberg on the campaign trail

Filed in National by on June 21, 2018 3 Comments
“Lock Her Up!”    Shades of Nuremberg on the campaign trail

A Democracy relies on norms of behavior to work. Everything can be spelled out in laws, so at some point laws are secondary to having people who instinctually know what is good for maintaining the democracy and what is bad for it.

These Trump campaign rallies are terrible for democracy, and Trump simply doesn’t give a shit. He doesn’t give a single fuck about democratic norms. That’s terrible. But what is worse is the Republican Party going along with it. That’s the bigger betrayal. There’s your treason. Trump is a reckless sociopath who should be home yelling at his TV. The GOP, allowing this, is a bunch of sycophants and craven cowards. The rabid throngs being hectored and cajoled into the cattle chute of fascism, they are simply pathetic.

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Breaking: Trump Says He’ll Sign Executive Order to End Separation of Families

Filed in National by on June 20, 2018 13 Comments

It’s Trump, so I’ll believe it when I see it, but he says he’s “signing something”, meaning an executive order, later today to end the practice. I’ll applaud after I see the details. The legislative solution was going to incarcerate families together, but it was pointed out that it would merely punt the problem to […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 20, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 20, 2018 6 Comments

Some days suck more than others. Yesterday, the Senate voted down an assault weapons ban, with the Senate’s answer to the ‘Get Off My Lawn’ guy, Brian Bushweller, dealing the death blow to the bill, thus enabling weapons wielders to deal literal death to victims in volleys of ammo.  Whatever was Bushweller’s legacy has shrunk […]

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June 20 Open Thread: What Do Nuts Do? They Crack

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 20, 2018 7 Comments

More Trump performances, please, like the one he put on for House Republicans Tuesday night. They gathered with him to hear how to proceed with Trump’s immigration fiasco but instead got yet another unhinged rant about everything but. He was even booed — by House Republicans! — when he launched into a nasty attack on […]

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Song Of The Day: June 20, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on June 20, 2018 1 Comment

When Gram Parsons was fired from the Byrds, he, along with Chris Hillman, who had had a hand in his firing (Parsons said he wouldn’t tour in South Africa b/c of apartheid, but he was also terrified of flying and had a serious drug problem), formed the Flying Burrito Brothers.  In many ways, The Gilded […]

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