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Open Thread For August 16, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 16, 2017 13 Comments

Trump Gives Major Boost To White Nationalists.  He just lit a powder keg.  Please, Republicans, remove this threat to our nation. Serial Grifters’ House Up For Sheriff Sale.  Yes we’re talking Charles and Velda Jones Potter. Baltimore Removes Confederate Monuments Overnight.  Celebratory crowd and police shared the moment. Rethugs Dismiss Hearings Requests For Hearings On […]

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Donald Trump Is An Existential Threat To The Country

Filed in National by on August 15, 2017 19 Comments

In an unbelievable press conference today, Trump doubled down on his ‘both sides do it’ screed, decried the removal of Confederate statues, and engaged in rhetoric that could only be construed as inciting violence. Watch this whole thing as it and he degenerates, if you can:

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Carn(e)y’s New Business Council Gives Company $474 K To Create…Maybe 20 Jobs

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 15, 2017 23 Comments

The founder has already had one big success. Which raises this question, among other questions, why the bleep does this company need taxpayer subsidies? The company in question is Prelude Therapeutics, and the founder had previous success with Incyte. If Cerron Cade is to believed, this is extortion money to keep the company from even thinking of […]

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Open Thread For August 15, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 15, 2017 0 Comments

Wilmington City Council Routinely Violates Open Meeting Requirements.   Cue sound: Manafort’s $850 Million Deal With Organized Crime Figure And Putin Crony.  Remember, Trump didn’t pull his name out of thin air.  They both were neck-deep in schemes with Russian oligarchs. DOJ Demands 1.3 Million IP Addresses From Websites Protesting Trump.  This isn’t America. Or, this […]

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“…many sides…”

Filed in National by on August 14, 2017 3 Comments
“…many sides…”

The Radical Right wants to kill people. The Radical Left wants everyone to have health insurance. Moderate Democrats say that they are equally bad for society.

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Delaware “Economic Development” Takes a Giant Leap Backwards

Filed in National by on August 14, 2017 11 Comments
Delaware “Economic Development” Takes a Giant Leap Backwards

Turning over tax money and decision making authority about who gets it, to the state’s “largest companies” and bunch of Chamber of Commerce cronies is a fiasco on its face. We will not need to study this failure ten years from now. We see this failure fully formed in its nascency.

…also Carney sucks at being Governor.

Delaware’s economic development efforts are about to undergo a major transformation.

Gov. John Carney signed a bill Monday that replaces the Delaware Economic Development Office with a public-private partnership partially run by some of the state’s largest companies.

“This is a starting point,” Carney said. “The hard work starts now and that’s working together in partnership … to market our state more aggressively and think out of the box about how to develop our entrepreneurial economy.”

What a load of crap. States that do “economic development” right are not trying to “race to the bottom” by “marketing (our tax breaks) more aggressively” in order to lure the worst, most mercenary companies to the state. They develop and help home town winners become regional winners and eventually national winners.

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Open Thread For August 14, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on August 14, 2017 7 Comments

Trump Won’t Say It.  His pathetic spinners can’t get him to call white nationalist terrorism for what it is.  Because appealing to white nationalists is how he made his political bones. Birtherism, anybody? Why The Sinclair-FCC Lovefest Is Dangerous.  At best, at best, it’s Rupert Murdoch Part Deux. Canadians Pay More In Taxes, Get More […]

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Open Thread For August 13, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 13, 2017 9 Comments

Massive Embezzlement From DHSS Sparks Changes.  One little tidbit I took away from the story–the embezzlement of $1.3 mill wasnn’t revealed to the public until a year after the crime was discovered.  BTW, isn’t this something the State Auditor could/should have identified if he was merely doing his job? BTWBTW, nice convenient weekend news dump […]

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Wilmington DE, Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville

Filed in National by on August 13, 2017 2 Comments
Wilmington DE, Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville

Rockford Park, near tower Wilmington, DE 19806 When: Sunday, August 13, 6:00 PM We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us. Several DE groups ( Indivisible, Women’s March Huddles, etc. ) will be meeting by the Rockford tower from 6-7pm on Sunday August 13, 2017. Please bring signs, candles, and a compassionate attitude to […]

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The Face of Terror in America

Filed in National by on August 12, 2017 18 Comments
The Face of Terror in America

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Trump Refuses To Call Out White Supremacists For Violence

Filed in Featured, National by on August 12, 2017 17 Comments

Not even after a car plows into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. Trump says the violence has been going on ‘on many sides’. Not today. Violence was the intent of the white nationalists and they accomplished their intent. Trump has never called out terrorism by white nationalists as terrorism.  Betcha he doesn’t now […]

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Open Thread For August 12, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 12, 2017 14 Comments

Karen Hartley-Nagle Accused Of Mistreating Staff.  This is what happens when we elect people who run to try to prove their self-worth rather than run to serve the public.  She’s just as bad as we thought. How Scott Pruitt Destroys The EPA’s Mission In Secret.  This is what Steve Bannon’s America looks like. Speaking Of […]

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Did Nicole Poore Double Her Own Salary At Jobs For Delaware Graduates?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 11, 2017 18 Comments

That’s one of only two possibilities. Neither of which paints her stewardship of this worthless organization in a positive light. This rundown of JDG’s 501(c)(3) returns raises an obvious question.   Which one of these is not like the others?: $112,485 $112,030 $116,940 $111,700 $110,610 $202,635. (Cue music). OK, you’re probably saying, El Som, you’ve lost […]

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Open Thread For August 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 11, 2017 3 Comments

Trump As Victim.  If you ever want to understand the symbiotic relationship between King Cheeto and his most rabid supporters, you need to understand their shared victimization.  If you’ve read Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance, you’re aware of the self-proclaimed victimization of that  poor white core of his base. While it’s a sympathetic portrayal, Vance’s […]

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Open Thread For August 10, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 10, 2017 7 Comments

How Charter Schools Buy Political Support.  Pssst, legislators profiting off of charter schools is not, um, coincidental. Trump Actions Triggering Health Premium Increases.  Highest proposed premium increase?: Wilmington, Delaware.  You read that right. Trini: You have the hammer. Use it. It’s Not Affirmative Action That’s Depriving Asian Americans Of College Placements.  It’s privileged whites. Searching […]

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How America Went Haywire

Filed in National by on August 10, 2017 12 Comments
How America Went Haywire

If you didn’t take the time to read El Som’s link to “How america Went Haywire” by KURT ANDERSEN, maybe give it a look today. For most of the 20th century, national news media had felt obliged to pursue and present some rough approximation of the truth rather than to promote a truth, let alone […]

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Open Thread For August 9, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 9, 2017 20 Comments

Judge Wharton: “No E-Mails For YOU”:  Markell found a way around FOIA, judge who Markell appointed rules that shielding correspondence from the public is legal.  A lot of the Delaware Way in that decision. And then there’s Chip Flowers… North Carolina To Sue DuPont And Chemours.  Turns out that Wilmington DE is not the only […]

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Open Thread For August 8, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 8, 2017 20 Comments

The Long Transperfect Nightmare Could Be Over. Hey, at least they dropped some nice advertising bucks in Delaware. And likely into Colin Bonini’s campaign coffers. Climate Change Is Real. Will Trump Dismiss Comprehensive Report?  Fake science? No. Fake president? Yes. Must-Read: Trump’s Russia Deals, Annotated.  Trump’s out there playing the rubes, but facts are facts.  […]

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Open Thread For August 7, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 7, 2017 8 Comments

Pence Lays Groundwork For 2020 Presidential Bid. Denies It.  Of course he would. Both lay the groundwork and then deny it. Doesn’t want to anger King Cheeto. Blames Fake News. Jared And Ivanka Advancing Trump’s China Trip. Here’s What Could Go Wrong.  Short answer: Pretty much everything. RIP Darren Daulton. Undisputed leader of the 1993 […]

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Open Thread For August 6, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 6, 2017 3 Comments

Dog Bites Man: Biden Wants To Be President.  Or at least wants to be talked about as wanting to be President.  Especially with that lucrative book deal… Bibi’s Legal Problems Mount As Former Chief Of Staff Flips.  Like Trump, (a) he throws red meat (uh, pork is not a red meat) to his right-wing base […]

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Open Thread For August 5, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on August 5, 2017 7 Comments

Mueller Seeks White House Records On Flynn.  Fascinating look into his business dealings.  Trump shoulda listened to Obama: Flynn was and is bad news for King Cheeto. Putin Embracing Crypto-Currencies As Money Laundering Tool?  Looks like it. BTW, these sanctions are working when it comes to money laundering. How WV Guv’s Party Switch Could Impact […]

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On health care, whose side are Coons and Carper on?

Filed in National by on August 4, 2017 24 Comments

RE Vanella excoriates Coons and Carper for their market-based, for-profit health insurance stances.

I read with great disappointment the op-ed written by Sen. Chris Coons regarding his proposals to repair the U.S. health care system now that the latest round of radical Republican schemes have been foiled. Senator Coons makes it a point to state that both his own opposition to the recent Republican bills “was not rooted in partisanship,” and that partisan discourse “won’t get us anywhere.”

He even throws in the obligatory shout-outs to GOP Senators Marco Rubio and John McCain in case anyone was slow on the pickup. Some form of the word “bipartisan” is used four times.

I’d argue that partisanship simply means actually standing up for a side.

Coons declares that the problem with rising health costs is the “lack of a competitive marketplace.” To address this price issue, the bill he is sponsoring “incentivizes insurance companies” to remain in markets which only have one dominant insurer. Further, the proposed legislation would “encourage other insurers to come into the marketplace and provide more competition.”

I think Senator Coons is taking a side. I challenge readers to decide whether he’s taken theirs.

Every other modern democracy has solved this problem. Any reader of the local newspaper knows this so I won’t waste too much space. Government subsidized single-payer health care plans work. This is a fact.

Read the whole thing.

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The Dogs Days Have Commenced

Filed in National by on August 4, 2017 0 Comments
The Dogs Days Have Commenced

It’s not the heat. “Dog days of summer refers to Sirius as Orion’s dog rising, and it describes the star as being associated with war and disaster,” says some guy. Some 33% of Americans believe it refers to the time when Hillary Clinton is finally going to be locked up for Benghazi and emails and killing Vince Foster. These people are gullible fools, says Me.

Here at DL it means that posting may slow a bit, so we’ll need a boost from you, dear reader. Any movie recommendations you’d like us to (at worst) ignore or at best, mock mercilessly – send ‘em along in the comments space. Come Fall, we’ll also be looking for new contribs… so if you want the vast powers that come with being a blogger at DL, carve out your niche for yourself in the comments. Create your own beat, as Dr. Dre might say. We’ll be looking to comment rescue the shit out of those.

…Because, in all seriousness, Delaware needs independent media. And if not you…who?

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Open Thread For August 4, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on August 4, 2017 4 Comments

R Senate Ties Trump’s Hands Before Leaving Town.  I found it deliciously ironic that it was Lisa Murkowski who set up the procedural roadblock. Bottom line: No recess appointments. Michael Lewis: Our Biggest Nuclear Danger Is From Within.  Department of Energy Secretary has no idea what the DOE does or is supposed to do. Be […]

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Mo’ Better Dems: Andria Bennett, RD 32

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 3, 2017 10 Comments
Mo’ Better Dems: Andria Bennett, RD 32

You knew this one was coming.  Failure to field a progressive challenger in  this district would be political malpractice. The District.  Perhaps no RD was made safer for D’s during the 2012 redistricting than the 32nd .  It went from a swing-D district to a totally safe district. The registration numbers are as follows: 6914 […]

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