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Song Of The Day: Dec. 11, 2017

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As I prepare this year’s list of my 50 Fave Songs, I figured I’d check back on my #1 choices from years past. Starting, of course, in reverse chronological order. Wonder how they’ll stand the test of time. From 2011: Since my #2 was so distinctly different, and since I seriously considered it for #1, […]

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Open Thread Dec. 10: Feminists Dance on Franken’s Grave

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The Democratic Party civil war is in full swing, with the feminist contingent dancing on Al Franken’s grave because — well, let’s face it, because they’re ruled by their emotions (I’m not talking about just the women; this includes their male enablers as well). They have no argument at all about why this should not […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 10, 2017

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I love it when an impromptu Tex-Mex week breaks out.  Let’s dance the week out in style with Joe ‘He’s The King!’ Carrasco:    

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Killed by Police

Filed in National by on December 9, 2017 5 Comments

How many people do you think were killed by police this year (so far) in the United States? Killedbypolice.net

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Open Thread Dec. 9: Another Killer Cop Walks, Trump Mental Breakdown Continues

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Wanna kill people without punishment? Become a cop and do it in uniform. Though Michael Slater, the South Carolina cop who gunned down a middle-aged man running away from him and then tried to frame him, got 20 years in prison for it, it took two trials to convict him. Even with videotape clearly showing […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 9, 2017

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One of the great characters in rock ‘n roll history  created one of the most memorable Tex-Mex classics.  BTW, the song was not about his cat.  If you wanna sing along, here are the lyrics: Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw. Had two big horns and a […]

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HELLO, I AM THE MYTHICAL MIDDLE-CLASS PERSON WHO REPUBLICANS SAY WILL BENEFIT FROM THEIR NEW TAX BILL

Filed in National by on December 8, 2017 4 Comments

Salutations. Greetings, old sport. I humbly greet you with a wave of my white-gloved hand. Is this how middle-class people greet one another? I’m only asking because I want to make sure you’re a middle-class American just like I am. I, of course, know how common citizens of this country say hello, for you see, […]

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Open Thread Dec. 8: Safe Injection Sites for Addicts?

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A couple of statistics for your consideration: Delaware had 63 murders in 2016. It had 306 deaths by overdose. You don’t need me to tell you which one got more coverage. Virtually all those deaths were the result of people not knowing what they were injecting. One idea for reducing that death rate is safe […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Dec. 1-7, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 8, 2017 22 Comments

1. Looks Like It’s Sturgeon Vs. Lavelle In SD 4.  With Dan Cruse’s withdrawal from the race for family reasons,  the stage is now set for an epic showdown between Rethug mouthpiece/obstructionist Greg Lavelle and insurgent Laura Sturgeon.  Make no mistake. This is a winnable race.  There are now more registered D’s than R’s in […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life? It could be.

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It’s a Wonderful Life?   It could be.

In It’s a Wonderful Life when George Bailey is shown the version of Bedford Falls that would have come to pass if he had never existed, it is a bewildering experience for him. The faces are the same, though worn and weary from their tough life under Potter’s greedy and callous misrule. Mary, George’s Bedford Falls wife, is a Pottersville librarian barely scraping by living in a dreary and dilapidated house. In Pottersville, Nick own’s Martini’s bar where he “serve(s) hard drinks… for men who want to get drunk fast.” But in the original Bedford Falls, Martini’s is a happy place where honest working men content with their lives stop in for a chance to relax in a convivial atmosphere.

The most unsettling thing about George’s interactions with residents of Potterville is their blindness to the possibility of a less shitty life. Unlike George, they are prisoners of their daily grind. They have no overhead view, so Pottersville has always been Pottersville as far as they are concerned. They don’t know that a slightly less rapacious capitalism, and a community oriented savings and loan might have made a big difference in their lives.

Similarly, the country’s better vision of itself is dimming. We are sliding into a time in Americans don’t recall what life used to be like before hatred, greedy and self-serving overthrew the more tradition values of charity, peace and cooperation. You can see it in Democrats like John Carney who thoughtlessly parrot the GOP’s mean-spirited talking points on Government spending, treating any outlay to ameliorate suffering as waste and any investment is the future as folly. You can see it on the evening news that doesn’t even bother to mention that Trump was elected on his promises to protect medicare, medicaid and social security. Worn down and weary from the daily litany of lies.

I don’t know how we turn it around. George Bailey had his kindly Clarence who set the world back on its correct axis. Maybe that’s a hint? Maybe the answer is for all of us to to serve as each other’s Clarence and remind each other that there is a Bedford Falls underneath the ugly skin of Pottersville? That’s what I’ll be trying to do. Even if our Pottersville is the reality and the Bedford Falls America of my youth was the dream. The dream is worth the effort.

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 8, 2017

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Went looking for Raul Malo‘s version of ‘Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone?’, per Bamboozer’s comment. Couldn’t find it, but found this one, and it cooks:  

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Carper to slap his famous “bipartisanship” stamp on budget scam

Filed in National by on December 7, 2017 2 Comments

The GOP has a mole on the minority side of the committee. Tom Carper is on Tax Reconsiliation Committee (Tax Conference Committee) They will merge the House and Senate bills: Senate Tax Conference Committee Roster: Majority Members Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Sen. John […]

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I was a good blogger once

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I was a good blogger once

This old interview with Tom Noyes made me laugh.. Of course I was all hyped up for the Obama convention. Too bad he (Obama, not Noyes) turned out to be such a piss poor party builder. Oh well… we’ll always have Denver.

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It’s Official, Franken Resigns

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He’s stepping down in the coming months, according to his speech. He also noted that some of the allegations are “not true,” and others have been described in ways he doesn’t remember the incidents. But remember, we must believe the women, because no woman has ever lied for political or financial gain. Ever. Well done, […]

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Hartley-Nagle Stripped of Supervisory Powers

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WDEL has a big scoop on New Castle County Council’s war with its president, political tyro Karen Hartley-Nagle, who has cost the taxpayers $142,000 by creating a “hostile work environment” for her (female) aide. Let this serve as a reminder than not all harassment is sexual in nature.

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Open Thread Dec. 7: Careful What You Wish For

Filed in National by on December 7, 2017 7 Comments

The Al Franken affair should come to its conclusion today. But who engineered his ouster? Wasn’t Republicans. They got more than they ever could have bargained for in raising a fuss about Roy Moore. All they wanted was to get a guy off the ticket because they thought voters would flee from him as they […]

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Tom Carper: Senate’s Biggest Hypocrite?

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Tom Carper: Senate’s Biggest Hypocrite?

 “Did I slap my wife 20 years ago? Yes. Do I regret it? Yes. Would I do it again? No.” That is a quote from Tom Carper. From this article.  An article that paints Carper as the victim of unfounded charges.  He admits he knocked around his first wife. (His enablers: ‘She was crazy, you […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 7, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 7, 2017 3 Comments

Had to do it, had to do it. Check out the Kinky Friedman shoutout: OK, kids, Trivia Time. Without looking it up, who had the first hit with this song?  If you know, you’re more country than me. Which, come to think of it, isn’t all that difficult.

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Democrat Dan Cruse Ends Campaign For SD 4 Seat

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 6, 2017 2 Comments

Citing family matters, Democrat Dan Cruse today announced that he will end his campaign for the nomination to challenge incumbent R Greg Lavelle in SD 4. Cruse’s withdrawal leaves Laura Sturgeon as the only announced D candidate in the 4th SD. His statement: As we’ve walked and talked with residents across the district, our campaign […]

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Bullshit Rules Resplendent

Filed in National by on December 6, 2017 37 Comments
Bullshit Rules Resplendent

Well…I hope you are happy. We’ll now have a Senate that includes one more racist mother fucker, and one less actual human who gave a fuck. WASHINGTON ― Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) officially lost the support of many of his colleagues Wednesday, when more than 20 Democratic senators and the chairman of the Democratic National […]

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Open Thread Dec. 6: Can’t Anyone Tell the Truth Around Here?

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One lie leads to another: The right-wing Washington Examiner, of all news outlets, worked out the math and realized that Roy Moore’s claim about when he met his wife means he must have started dating her while she was still married. How did this guy ever learn the 10 commandments while he was chasing young […]

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One Legislative Race I’d Love To See

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 6, 2017 10 Comments
One Legislative Race I’d Love To See

OK, let’s see. We’ve got a D House Speaker who is a DINO and would-be statewide power broker.  We’ve got an R State Senator whose personal reputation has been damaged and who represents the only Sussex SD with a D voting edge. We have a would-be statewide elected official who has or had strong relationships […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 6, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 6, 2017 0 Comments

Don’t get no more Tex-Mex than the Texas Tornados: Doug ‘Sir Douglas’ Sahm, Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez:

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Even if They Had Never Recruited Trump, Russia Would Still Suck

Filed in National by on December 5, 2017 12 Comments

Russia’s state-run doping program has gotten Putin’s kleptocracy banned from the Winter Olympics. Think about it — how dirty do you have to be to be too dirty for the frickin’ Olympic Committee, the most corrupt agency on the planet? Glad to hear that the athletes — the ones who test clean, anyway — can […]

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A 20% Tax Rate With a 20% AMT leaves nowhere to hide the profits

Filed in National by on December 5, 2017 3 Comments

This “success by accident” will be fixed, and Congress will figure out how to make their donors happy. In the meantime, it is nice to know that it is possible to pass a tax bill that actually requires corporations to pay up. The Senate bill brings the normal corporate rate down to 20 percent — […]

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