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Wednesday Open Thread [9.2.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [9.2.15]

Paul Krugman notes that while Donald Trump “doesn’t exude presidential dignity, he’s seeking the nomination of a party that once considered it a great idea to put George W. Bush in a flight suit and have him land on an aircraft carrier.”

“The point is that those predicting Mr. Trump’s imminent political demise are ignoring the lessons of recent history, which tell us that poseurs with a knack for public relations can con the public for a very long time. Someday The Donald will have his Katrina moment, when voters see him for who he really is. But don’t count on it happening any time soon.”

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JPMorgan v. Yahweh, Case No. 1081RP

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JPMorgan v. Yahweh, Case No. 1081RP

JPMorgan Chase settled a lawsuit accusing it of putting its interests ahead of an historic church endowed by descendants of drug company founder Eli Lilly and mismanaging its trust accounts.

Lawyers for the bank and the Christ Church Cathedral told a federal judge in Indianapolis on Friday they reached an agreement, according to a court filing. Settlement details weren’t included in court records.

The church, founded in 1837 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places according to its website, accused JPMorgan of causing its trusts to lose about $13 million in value from July 2004 to December 2013. The losses flowed from the bank’s decisions to “purchase over 177 different investment products, mostly from itself, using church funds,” according to a complaint filed two years ago.

There’s a special place in hell for this bank. And yes they will go to hell, because corporations are people and Hell has a special place for anything that that is deemed human (yet soulless) by America. Must I remind you that they are one of Delaware’s largest employers.

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18th RD: David Bentz Is the Real Deal

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18th RD: David Bentz Is the Real Deal

I’m quite impressed with the progressive positions he has taken on the issues, and I hope we can all do whatever it takes to help him win the Special Election.  I’ve decided to print the entire endorsement from Progressive Democrats of Delaware, because he really spells out his positions here:

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [9.2.2015]

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Rockford Tower. From Tim Furlong’s Instagram.

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Coons is a Yes.

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Coons is a Yes.

Click here to view the webast. It is worth noting that Senator Casey of Pennsylvania, widely expected to be a no, along with Chris Coons, has just announced that he will vote yes. So perhaps Senator Coons will surprise me here with a good decision.

UPDATE:

Coons is a yes. I take back everything I have said about him. Good for him. And good for America.

From the Washington Post:

Coons’s decision, coming in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, delivered a powerful blow to opponents of the plan because the Delaware Democrat had previously voiced some of the deepest skepticism about the controversial deal. It came as Casey announced support for the deal and left Obama needing just one more vote in the Senate to claim victory.

Coons reached his decision after many weeks of deliberation that included long talks with top administration officials — including his political mentor, Vice President Biden — and an exchange of letters with President Obama that codified the assurances he received about the pact’s implementation.

“We are better off trying diplomacy first,” Coons told The Washington Post in an exclusive interview.

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.1.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.1.15]

“There is no war on women – there may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.” — Ben Carson, quoted by The Hill. Well then. 2016, the year Republicans finally got honest. “Yes, we are bigots. Yes, we are racists. And yes, we want to control a woman’s choices.”

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Question of the Day

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Question of the Day

Look, it’s often said if you have to make a Hitler or Nazi reference, you lose your argument. But what does it mean when Nazis actually endorse you for President?

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In Kentucky, we have reached the point where force is required.

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In Kentucky, we have reached the point where force is required.

So that hateful bigot of a county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, Kim Davis, has been denying the issuance of marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples since the Supreme Court’s decision in late June 2015 allowing for them. State and Federal appeallate courts have ordered her to follow the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s ruling, which is the supreme law of the land. She refused, and appealed to the Supreme Court. Last night, they denied her. But this morning, she is refusing, citing to God’s authority.

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Who is Copeland’s Next Simpler?

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Who is Copeland’s Next Simpler?

Ken Simpler was no fluke. He ran a great campaign that offered voters a legitimate alternative to the Democratic cadidate without exciting the passions of the idiot base of the DE GOP. While he caught a break facing off against Sean Barney, a guy with all the baggage of Tom Carper and none of the name recognition, nobody can deny that the Simpler campaign was a cut above the usual half-assery Copeland’s DEGOP has become know for.

Which raises the question, who is next? Can any of the Republican candidates that have announced for statewide offices inherit Simpler’s sober, sane, level-headed, and thereby winning positioning?

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.1.2015]

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From Tim Furlong’s Instagram.

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Bernie Sanders’ Appeal Explained in One Chart

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Bernie Sanders’ Appeal Explained in One Chart

Our Delaware Democratic Congressional Delegation can’t make heads or tails out of that data, but it speaks very loudly to everyone else.

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Monday Open Thread [8.31.15]

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Monday Open Thread [8.31.15]

In arking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Paul Krugman noted that Katrina was the moment that the scales fell off the eyes of Americans to reveal who George W. Bush actually was:

“Katrina was special in political terms because it revealed such a huge gap between image and reality. Ever since 9/11, former President George W. Bush had been posing as a strong, effective leader keeping America safe. He wasn’t…It took a domestic disaster, which made his administration’s cronyism and incompetence obvious to anyone with a TV set, to burst his bubble.”

He thinks we are witnessing a similar moment with Jeb Bush.

“Consider Jeb Bush, once hailed on the right as “the best governor in America,” when in fact all he did was have the good luck to hold office during a huge housing bubble. Many people now seem baffled by Mr. Bush’s inability to come up with coherent policy proposals, or any good rationale for his campaign. What happened to Jeb the smart, effective leader? He never existed.”

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The Coons Soaking the Spotlight for All Its Worth Announcement

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The Coons Soaking the Spotlight for All Its Worth Announcement

I think Senator Chris Coons desires more war and thus he is a no on the Iran Deal. My evidence for this is that he is doing what fellow Senator Bob Menendez did: give a highly touted speech at a University to announce your decision. If he was a yes, he would just announce it in an interview or a press release like Tom Carper did, and like 30 other of his fellow Democratic Senators.

I hope I am wrong, and I will publicly say I was wrong here tomorrow if Coons surprises me, and makes a big show of voting yes. But, that is not the feel I am getting. So if you feel like attending a speech to boo and heckle the Senator nonstop throughout his speech once he announces his no vote, here are the details.

WHAT: United States Senator Chris Coons announces position on nuclear deal with Iran.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 1 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: University of Delaware, Institute for Global Studies, 44 Kent Way, Newark, DE 19716
CONTACT: Sean Coit (Coons) at sean_coit@coons.senate.gov or 202-224-0351 or 202-794-0670
LIVESTREAM: http://www.udel.edu/udlive
PARKING: Validation will be provided for the nearby Center for the Arts parking garage

The only thing that gives me pause in thinking that Coons will be a no is the fact that it is very clear to all concerned that Iran Deal will obtain the support of 34 Democratic Senators it needs to sustain the President’s veto. Indeed, the only real suspenseful question is whether the Democrats can obtain the 41 votes they need to filibuster the rejection from ever getting to the President’s desk. The warmongering campaign that Iran Deal opponents launched failed, and everyone knows it….

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It’s official Joe Biden is running

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It’s official Joe Biden is running

…for something.

Let’s face it. These old fuckers think that they are the only people who can get anything done. People like Biden look around and they see a bunch of sad sack losers with their eyes locked on the little TV screens they carry around all the time.

Joe is running. Mark my words.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.31.2015]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.30.2015]

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At the Lighthouse in Dewey Beach.

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Saturday Open Thread [8.29.15]

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An Evening Out

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An Evening Out

He lightly patted her ass. She looked so good tonight. She had on her Liz Claiborne dress. White down the back, covering the zipper. Cut just above the knees. Her simple black heels. Dark stockings that he’s pretty sure have lace at the top. He’ll wait to find out. The dress had no sleeves. Showing off her still stunning arms at 38. She still finds time to work out. It’s her security blanket. Her arms are freckled yes, the doctor said it’s nothing to worry about. Come back every six months. Her hair is still that auburn color. She doesn’t die it. Her eyes, bright, and yes of course blue. They shine when she is happy. Tonight she is happy. Simple and beautiful is his wife. My god how he loves her.

“Are you ready?” he asks. Grabbing the keys off the hook in the kitchen. He’ll take the Mercedes, and leave the SUV for the baby sitter in case of emergency. Through the mudroom he steps, dog food pieces here and there, some slobber from the little guy. Who get’s a puppy with an infant? He opens the door to the garage. Smacks the button, the bulb flickers. I should probably change that he thinks to himself as he dances around to the right side of the garage. Happy. He cautiously opens the door, spots yet another ding. He enjoys driving her though. Dings and all. He owns it. Door ajar now, he dumps himself into the seat, starts her up. The 6 cylinder is still a thing of beauty. A soft rumble. He swipes at the seat warmers; he knows she doesn’t like her tushy cold.
She gets in after a minute of him waiting, listening to the recent plight of his team.

“Torn ACL, out for the season.” He doesn’t care, tonight is going to be fun.

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The Weekly Addresses

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The President spoke about his upcoming trip to Alaska, during which he will view the effects of climate change firsthand. Alaskans are already living with the impact of climate change, with glaciers melting faster, and temperatures projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century.

Governor Markell highlights education efforts across Delaware to better prepare our students for success. LOL.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.29.2015]

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The old New Castle Sheriff’s House with the former jail in back.

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Friday Open Thread [8.28.15]

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Friday Open Thread [8.28.15]

Paul Krugman:

…Go back to the politics of 2009, when the new Obama administration was trying to cope with the most terrifying crisis since the 1930s. The outgoing Bush administration had already engineered a bank bailout, but the Obama team reinforced this effort with a temporary program of deficit spending, while the Federal Reserve sought to bolster the economy by buying lots of assets.
And Republicans, across the board, predicted disaster. Deficit spending, they insisted, would cause soaring interest rates and bankruptcy; the Fed’s efforts would “debase the dollar” and produce runaway inflation.

None of it happened. Interest rates stayed very low, as did inflation. But the G.O.P. never acknowledged, after six full years of being wrong about everything, that the bad things it predicted failed to take place, or showed any willingness to rethink the doctrines that led to those bad predictions. Instead, the party’s leading figures kept talking, year after year, as if the disasters they had predicted were actually happening.

…How would the men and women who would be president respond if crisis struck on their watch?

And the answer, on the Republican side at least, seems to be: with bluster and China-bashing. Nowhere is there a hint that any of the G.O.P. candidates understand the problem, or the steps that might be needed if the world economy hits another pothole.

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“Waiting For Carn(e)y”

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“Waiting For Carn(e)y”

“Carn(e)y: I can’t go on.

Greek Chorus*: You must go on.”

Curtain.

*Greek Chorus consists of Ed Freel, bifocals at half-mast; Rich Heffron; Sean Barney; Vince Meconi, trolling for yet another high paying job;  banking executives; The ‘titular’ leaders of the Democratic Party, including Carper, Coons and Markell; and a cast of insider party aparatchiks with visions of cabinet posts dancing in their heads.

Those not in the Greek Chorus: Progressives. And/or people who support a living wage and/or tax fairness. Plus, of course, the poor.

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Why are Criminal Enterprises Able to Run Free in Delaware?

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Why are Criminal Enterprises Able to Run Free in Delaware?

What are our state lawmakers doing about criminal enterprises chartered, incorporated, and employing tens of thousands of citizens in our state? As well as ripping those same people off? Seriously? Shouldn’t they as LAWmakers be doing something? Don’t they have a duty?

Shouldn’t they be focused on racketeering? Perhaps an employer engaged and convicted of energy market rigging: 5 banks guilty of rate-rigging, pay more than $5B?

Five major banks Wednesday agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay more than $5.5 billion in collective penalties to settle charges their traders routinely manipulated the world’s foreign-exchange market for their own profit.

The Department of Justice, the Federal Reserve and other U.S. and European authorities and regulators said corporate units of Citicorp(C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), London-based Barclays(BCS) and Royal Bank of Scotland(RBS) acknowledged their traders rigged foreign exchange prices of U.S. dollars and euros from Dec. 2007 to Jan. 2013.

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Carper’s a ‘Yes’ On Iran Deal!

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Carper’s a ‘Yes’ On Iran Deal!

Real good news to start the day:

“I still have serious doubts about their government. So does the Obama administration, for that matter. That’s why this deal is based on mistrust. If some future Iranian regime decides to violate the agreement, we’ll know it.”

I like that quote. Coons to announce his position on Tuesday. Carney, of course, hasn’t made up his mind.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.28.2015]

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The Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown

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