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Thursday Open Thread [9.18.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.18.14]

Kudos to Apple today:

Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.

[...]The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails and recordings. Apple once maintained the ability to unlock some content on devices for legally binding police requests but will no longer do so for iOS 8, it said in the new privacy policy.

If you have data in the iCloud, this does not apply, but I like locking down your devices from law enforcement not just as a privacy standard, but also as a marketing differentiator. All of the rest of the cell phone purveyors need to offer this level of privacy immediately.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.18.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.18.14]

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Does Kansas Offer an Example for Delaware’s “Sane” Republicans ?

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Nobody handicapping 2014 races as recently as three weeks ago factored in the possibility that Kansas, of all places, might become a sudden GOP sinkhole. Now Sen. Pat Roberts is in real and consistent trouble against independent candidate Greg Orman, as part of what appears to be a self-conscious revolt of moderate Republican voters who are also threatening to throw Gov. (and former Sen.) Sam Brownback out of office.

“A self-conscious revolt of moderate Republican voters…?” Go on…

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [9.17.14]

Filed in Delaware by on September 17, 2014 2 Comments
Wednesday Daily Delawhere [9.17.14]

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A Delaware Poll! Coons leads Wade by 15, and we got approval numbers on Obama, Biden, Carper and Markell

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A Delaware Poll!   Coons leads Wade by 15, and we got approval numbers on Obama, Biden, Carper and Markell

For some reason, the Republican-leaning Rasmussen polled little ole Delaware, and found Senator Chris Coons (D) leading Republican nominee Kevin Wade, 49% to 34%. A source who has access to some of the internals that are hidden behind a pay wall on Rasmussen’s site has sent me snapshots of the favorability ratings of Vice President Biden and Senator Carper, and the approval ratings of Governor Markell and President Obama. Unfortunately, my source did not have any further numbers for Senator Coons or GOP Nominee Kevin Wade. Come inside for the surprising numbers.

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.16.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.16.14]

Charlie Cook: “Two things may be keeping Republican strategists up at night: money and the Democratic ground game. Perhaps the biggest untold story of this election is how so many Republican and conservative donors, at least those whose last name isn’t Koch, have kept their checkbooks relatively closed… Many Republican and conservative donors appear to be somewhat demoralized after 2012. They feel that they were misled about the GOP’s chances in both the presidential and senatorial races that year, and/or their money was not well spent. In short, they are giving less if at all, and it has put Republican candidates in a bind in a number of places.”

“Another reason things might not turn out for Republicans is if the highly touted Democratic Senate ground game comes together. Clearly the Obama campaign and Democratic allies had a superior voter-identification and get-out-the-vote operation two years ago… In midterm elections, if Democrats can crank up the turnout among young, female, and minority voters, then their chances of success this year increase.”

We have more polls painting a pretty happy picture for Dems.

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Why I’m Totally Psyched for Scotland’s Historic Vote

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Why I’m Totally Psyched for Scotland’s Historic Vote

Full Disclosure: I lived in Edinburgh for around a year when I was 20, so Scotland is close to my heart. However, beyond the “Screw yoo, Ya English Bastards!” nationalism that I imbibed with the beer while I was over there – I’m psyched for this Independence referendum vote on Thursday for more practical reasons. […]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.16.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.16.14]

From Lance Rogers on Flickr.

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Monday Open Thread [9.15.14]

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Monday Open Thread [9.15.14]

The New York Times on what we politicos know to be true: the disaster in Kansas, both fiscally and for Republicans politically is a direct result of conservative tax policy. We have known it for years: cutting taxes does not, repeat, does not lead to increased revenue. Duh, it cuts revenue, meaning that the government has to cut spending. Conservatives are just fine with cutting spending. They do not care about their constituents. But unfortunately for them, their constituents vote.

“Although every statewide elected official in Kansas is a Republican and President Obama lost the state by more than 20 points in the last election,” Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) “proudly conservative policies have turned out to be so divisive and his tax cuts have generated such a drop in state revenue that they have caused even many Republicans to revolt[.]

“Projections put state budget shortfalls in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually, raising questions of whether the state can adequately fund education in particular. This has boosted the hopes of the Democratic candidate, Paul Davis, the State House minority leader, who has shot up in the polls even though he has offered few specifics about how he would run the state. Many disaffected Republicans might give Mr. Davis their vote because, if nothing else, he is not Mr. Brownback.”

Democrat Davis will win the Kansas governorship, and a possibly Democratic-leaning Independent will unseat a longtime incumbent GOP Senator, all because the Republicans finally cut taxes too much, and their own voters noticed they were getting screwed. Finally.

Politico reports that GOP Operatives are scared “that an ambitious Democratic turnout initiative will give the party a potentially significant 1- or 2-percentage point boost in some key states.” Damn. I was hoping they would sit back and enjoy the Republican leaning polls that have been giving prognosticators the giggles that the GOP has the Senate in the bag. But then again, the Democrats have done the job on the state level to maintain control. Nate Cohn:

“A few months ago, the Democratic path to a Senate majority looked long and arduous… But today the Democratic path to victory looks as clear as it has at any point this year. That path remains narrow, to be sure. The Democrats will probably still need to sweep those five fairly close races. Yet with just two months to go, the Democrats appear to have an advantage in four of them. And the Democrats have other opportunities that might give them more breathing room.”

“If Colorado and Michigan are penciled into the Democratic column, the Democrats would then need three more states to get to a majority. The Democrats have a fairly broad set of options for those states, but the likeliest possibility is that the election comes down to three states: Alaska, Iowa and North Carolina.”

Recent polling out of all three is positive for the Dems, plus we are leading in Louisiana and are competitive in Georgia, Arkansas and Kentucky. And let’s not forget Kansas.

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Why I’m not voting for Ken Simpler

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Why I’m not voting for Ken Simpler

“Excuse me, do you have the time?”

“Is this seat taken?”

“Do you happen to know, is this the line for registration?”

Everyone has millions of these forgettable little interactions every year. To make one of these little encounters between strangers memorable, you would really have to be a huge dick.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [9.15.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [9.15.14]

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Late Night Video — Diet Racism

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On the money (about 1 and a half minutes long):

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QOD — Get Your Gameface On

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This image seems to be going viral fast and is a photoshopped version of an ad that is part of the Cover Girl Game face makeup (WTF?), and is accompanied by a pretty strong message to fire Roger Goodell. What do you think?

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Hijacking a Comment to Create an Open Thread [9.14.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on September 14, 2014 9 Comments

Stealing this from Geezer in the Sunday Daily Delawhere thread:

I’ll treat this as the open thread so I can post this link to Thomas Frank’s piece from Salon, which is the best thing I’ve read so far this morning.

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/14/all_these_effing_geniuses_ezra_klein_expert_driven_journalism_and_the_phony_washington_consensus/

John Manifold responds Geezer’s post of the Frank article with this:

Thomas Frank : Ezra Klein
Rousseau : Voltaire

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.14.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.14.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.13.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.13.14]

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Apocalypse: From U.S.Petro Or ISIL?

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Apocalypse: From U.S.Petro Or ISIL?

Ok, then. From the President’s speech we’re sort of at war with ISIL? Not exactly war, according to John Kerry, but sorta. Let’s just call it large scale counter terrorism, he says. More like humanitarian bombings.

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Mayrack v Suspenders

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It is strange to think that the marquee races this year are for Treasurer and Auditor. It is strange to think that these are even elective office, but they are so let’s take a look, shall we? To me this comes down to whether Suspenders is even going to put up a fight. As of […]

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Constitutional Amendment to Undo ‘Citizens United’ Moves Forward

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Being an incumbent and 1%er, he is no doubt a beneficiary of the Orwellianly named “Citizens United” decision. But to his credit, Coons appears to be trying to get rid of this affront to Democracy.

Bill to overturn Citizens United takes important step forward
Judiciary Subcommittee passes constitutional amendment to restore protections against corruption

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights has approved a resolution cosponsored by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United and restore Congress’ authority to regulate spending on campaigns. On Wednesday, the Committee approved S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment crafted in response to Supreme Court rulings that have drastically expanded the role of money in politics, including Citizens United and, earlier this year, McCutcheon v. FEC.

“Our Constitution guarantees every American political equality and the equal right to participate in elections,” Senator Coons said. “Today, that right is in jeopardy, as a bare majority on the Supreme Court has systematically expanded the political influence of the wealthiest Americans at the expense of average citizens. By dismantling decades-old, commonsense measures to limit the influence of money in politics, the Supreme Court has disregarded the principle of political equality on which our democracy was founded.”

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.12.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.12.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.11.14]

Filed in National, Open Thread by on September 11, 2014 3 Comments
Thursday Open Thread [9.11.14]

It’s the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and there are memorials and remembrances everywhere. You can see the front pages of newspapers worldwide as printed on 9/12 from the Newseum. Here’s the NJ front page from that day:

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Ken Simpler Thinks That Seniors Are Stealing From You

Filed in Delaware by on September 11, 2014 169 Comments

He argues in this piece over at Town Square Delaware that seniors who are taking advantage of Medicare Part D subsidies and co-pays are stealing. To be fair, the analogies and even the basic metaphor here are incredibly tortured. Starting with trying to make the hold up a bunch of convenience stores somehow the equivalent of presenting an insurance card to get a discount on medications, then moving on to claim that savings from the Medicare Part D aren’t savings, then working at trying to wrap around all of it around no free lunches, government taking, the NJ needing to report better and Astra Zeneca laying people off. (This was sent to be by a GOP pal, who noted in his email to me “You will have a field day with this!”)

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.11.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.11.14]

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Liveblog President Obama Speech on ISIL

Filed in National by on September 10, 2014 16 Comments

The President interrupts your Prime Time at 9PM EDT to tell the nation about his plan to deal with ISIL. The Guardian has a good overview of what to expect from tonight’s speech, because apparently the American outlets are occupied with 1) the optics, 2) the horserace, 3) the appetite of Americans for bloodshed and 4) President Obama’s poll numbers. Sheesh.

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Wednesday Open Thread [9.10.14]

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Today is a major protest by some of the Internet’s favorite sites to show users what an internet without net neutrality would look like:

You’ll find spinning wheels at the top of Netflix, Etsy, Foursquare and other top sites today, as they take part in Internet Slowdown Day. While sites won’t slow down for real, participating Internet companies will be covered with the symbolic loading icons “to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like,” the organizers write on their website.

It’s all part of a push to get the Federal Communications Commission to enact stronger protections for net neutrality. “We’re going to reach millions and millions of people who have never heard the words “net neutrality” before,” writes Fight for the Future’s Evan Greer. The group advocates for tougher net neutrality protections.

Interesting, I haven’t noticed the slowdown yet — have you?

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