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Delaware Political Weekly: October 13-19, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on October 20, 2017 5 Comments

Let’s start out with the obvious. This won’t be weekly for awhile. But there was plenty of news this week, so let’s go through it. 1. Mullaney To Run For AG. Former Deputy AG Tim Mullaney, former top administrator to NCC Executive Tom Gordon, currently…‘director of labor services for the National Fraternal Order of Police’. […]

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Open Thread For October 20, 2017

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General Kelly: Trump ‘Bravely’ Picked Up The Phone. The article does a great job of pointing out how phony and two-faced Trump and his enablers were on this. Including Kelly. Back In The Real World, Rethugs Pave Way For Tax Giveaway To The Rich.  They are a criminal enterprise, wholly owned by the Koch Brothers. […]

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John Kelly believes women were “sacred” in the good old days

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John Kelly believes women were “sacred” in the good old days

“When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country,” he said. “Women were sacred and looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent cases.”

Kelly’s got his aged head up his old man ass. It wasn’t women that were sacred…it was the silence of women that was sacred. It was the powerlessness of women that was sacred.

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Open Thread For October 19, 2017

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Tech Giants Resist Disclosure Of Who Paid For Political Ads. Facebook, Google and the like. Leading the charge against disclosure are…lawyers who worked for Hillary Clinton.  Because protecting billions of dollars of their clients is more important than uncovering which foreign actors helped to deep-six her candidacy.  I cannot make this stuff up. Trump Pledged […]

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Open Thread For October 18, 2017

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May Should Tell Britons: Brexit Can’t Be Done.  What a total clusterbleep this is. Maybe Trump Shouldn’t Call Families Of Fallen Soldiers After All.  ‘He knew what he signed up for’, Trump tells pregnant widow.  No empathy whatsoever. Two Judges Temporarily Halt Trump’s Latest Travel Ban. This one. And this one. Obamacare Deal? Trump supports, […]

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President Trump admits he’s trying to kill Obamacare. That’s illegal.

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President Trump admits he’s trying to kill Obamacare. That’s illegal.

The president has a legal obligation, under Article II of the US Constitution, to “take Care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The question is – who is going to hold him to that. The pessimistic, post-November-2016-Jason330 says…nobody.

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Trump’s Unhinged Health Care Remarks – Annotated

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Trump’s Unhinged Health Care Remarks – Annotated

Health care is moving along. That was a subsidy to the insurance companies and a gift that was what they gave the insurance companies. Take a look at where their stock was when Obamacare was originally approved and what it is today. You will see numbers that if you invested in the stocks, you would be extremely happy. They have given them a total gift. They have given them — you can almost call it a pay off. It’s a disgrace. That money goes to the insurance companies. We want to take care of poor people and people that need help with health care. I’m never going to get campaign contributions from the insurance companies, but take a look at how much money has been spent by the Democrats and by the health companies on politicians generally, but take a look at the coffers of the Democrats.

This is lies and incoherent nonsense, wrapped in gibberish. It is tempting to go into some details about how the subsidies were central to the Heritage Foundation’s plan to keep insurance companies whole, but what would be the point? Trump says the subsidies were an example of shady deal making by the Dems. Like the total fiction that Iran was “given” billions by Obama. The truth simply doesn’t matter to Trump or his 35% lunatic brigade. Although one would hope that out and out lies would matter to the “media” …hope springs eternal.

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BREAKING: Delaware DOJ Files Charges In Vaughn Prison Riots

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Here is the press release from the AG’s office in its entirety: Department of Justice Announces Indictments Arising From February Incident at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center   Sixteen Inmates Charged with First Degree Murder The Delaware Department of Justice announced indictments against 18 individuals — including charging 16 individuals with first degree murder – […]

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Open Thread For October 17, 2017

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Trump Caught Lying About Presidents And Dead Soldiers. He then mused about how talking to the families is the hardest part of his job.  Raise your hands if you think he’s ever consoled any Gold Star family. Does anyone think he personally wrote letters to the families?  A sociopathic narcissist. BREAKING: Trump’s Drug Czar Nominee […]

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Open Thread For October 16, 2017

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How Big Pharma Rolled Congress On Opioid Epidemic. Brilliant reporting, depressing reading. Oh, and the legislator who pushed the bill? He’s Trump’s drug czar nominee. Austria Elects 31-Year-Old Right Winger As Their New Leader. Likely to form coalition government with another right-wing party. Yep, opposition to immigration and Islam were his calling cards. AG Sessions […]

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Open Thread October 15 2017

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Open Thread October 15 2017

On this day in 1965 the first draft card was burned to protest the Viet Nam War. Somehow we still managed to win the Cold War. (..then lose it 50 years later by electing an agent of Russia to the presidency.

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Obama staying out of politics because it might “arouse” Trump’s base

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Obama staying out of politics because it might “arouse” Trump’s base

I just heard David Axlerod say something close to the above headline on CNN. It reveals a sickness in the bones of the dying Democratic Party. The strategic calculus of “not getting involved” with issue “Z” because it “might” excite the passions of the excitable lunatics on the right, is just stupid. The excitable lunatics […]

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Open Thread For October 14, 2017

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Manafort Had Serious Russian Money Behind Him.  At least $60 mill from one Russian oligarch. Explain to me how Donald Trump identified this Russian operative as the person to run his campaign? Anybody? Roy Moore: Lyin’ For The Lord.  More like ‘lyin’ for the loot’. How this man who did not take a ‘regular’ salary […]

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Delaware joins nearly 20 states in health-care subsidy suit

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DOVER, Del. — Democratic Gov. John Carney says President Donald Trump’s decision to end federal cost-share subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will hurt thousands of low-income Delaware residents.

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New Jersey to Join Nevada, Delaware in Online Poker Pact

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New Jersey to Join Nevada, Delaware in Online Poker Pact

Poker is a skill game, so a bigger pool of “dead money” is not bad news for Delaware’s professional online poker players. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Online poker fans in New Jersey will soon be able to play against people in Nevada and Delaware, expanding a growing portion of the state’s gambling industry. Players […]

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I simply don’t get why ‘Morning Joe’ Loves Coons

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I simply don’t get why ‘Morning Joe’ Loves Coons

Coons appears regularly on ‘Morning Joe’ and I just don’t get why.  All he ever does is restate  whatever conventional wisdom the panel has already gathered around.  He puts on the aires of someone getting ready to say something important, which always gets me to lean in, and listen up.

… then nothing.

 

It is weird.  Consistent and weird.

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Open Thread For October 13, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 13, 2017 13 Comments

Trump Aims To Kill Obamacare.  He might as well be Putin, the way he’s sowing chaos in this country. What he did yesterday defines the term ‘sowing chaos’. Oh, and finding a way to pay for his tax cuts for the filthy rich: President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay […]

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Why aren’t markets tanking?

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Why aren’t markets tanking?

I’m seriously asking. Why isn’t the DJIA in the toilet right now? I’ve always heard that markets value stability and predictably above all. That bit of CW seems to have gone by the wayside.

What the fuck are investors thinking?

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Comment Rescue: Word of the day is “malleable”

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Comment Rescue: Word of the day is “malleable”

When my esteemed co-counsel said this in the comments:

One more reason why the Democratic Party sucks. They WANT people with no (relevant) skills of their own as long as they are malleable Third Way types.

…I thought of Ken Simpler’s Simple plan. The one for the state government to act as a kind of federal reserve bank, letting money out into the world to keep the economy from getting too cold or too hot. As Alby observed, that idea is DOA being illegal.

However, what if the point wasn’t the idea but the tone? What if Simpler is auditioning to be the next acceptable Republican? …a GOP candidate acceptable to Tom Carper and Chris Coons?

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Open Thread For October 12, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 12, 2017 15 Comments

BREAKING: Trump Threatens To Abandon Puerto Rico Relief Effort.  ““We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”  I have no words. Velda Jones-Potter At It Again. How the fuck does the City hand this serial feeder at the public trough her […]

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Is it time for Canada to annex Blue America?

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Is it time for Canada to annex Blue America?

When I lived in DC and people talked about “statehood” I’d always put in a plug for “provicehood.” It seems my idea is catching on.

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Dog Bites Man: Dennis E. Williams Is Running Again

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on October 11, 2017 24 Comments
Dog Bites Man: Dennis E. Williams Is Running Again

This time for State Auditor. Why?: Representative Williams has been urged by voters, Democratic Committee members, and elected officials throughout the state to bring his experience and qualifications to the position of State Auditor. Dennis has had a career that makes him uniquely qualified for this position. Raise your hand if you believe anything in […]

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Open Thread For October 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 11, 2017 13 Comments

BREAKING: Here’s Why Tillerson Called Trump A Bleeping Moron. Here’s another version.  He called for a, wait for it, ‘tenfold’ increase in our nuclear weapons arsenal at a July meeting.  That’s, um, ten times what we have now.  It was literally right after this meeting that Tillerson called Trump a moron. Wilmington Trust ‘Too Big […]

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The Speculative Attorney General Thread: Part Deux

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on October 10, 2017 8 Comments

It’s been quiet, too quiet, concerning this race.  So, time to share some of the latest scuttlebutt I’ve heard: 1. Oberly In? Jennings Out?  They apparently realize that they would both appeal to the same constituencies, whatever those constituencies might be.  Oberly hasn’t run for office since 1994, when he challenged and lost a US […]

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Happy 100th To Thelonious Sphere Monk!

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He’s on my musical Mount Rushmore.  Perhaps Donald Fagen put it best: “The ET in my bedroom was my Thelonious Monk records.” There was no one like him. Not to mention, he had the greatest name of all time. Check out some highlights from a 1959 Newport Jazz Festival gig:   https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/10/a-hundred-years-of-thelonious-monk-listen-to-this.html

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