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Doug Campbell – The 9th District’s Consitution Candidate

Filed in National by on October 24, 2014 1 Comment

You’ve seen his hand-painted signs along 13. He appearently wants the 9th to have its own currency or something. I don’t know, the font gets pretty small toward the bottom. Anyway, for what it is worth, here is Campbell talking.

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Some Asshole Fascist Bigot of a Republican Congressman…

Filed in National by on October 24, 2014 3 Comments
Some Asshole Fascist Bigot of a Republican Congressman…

doesn’t expect to meet gays in Heaven.

In an interview with the Jefferson Herald, King discussed a preliminary document produced during Catholic bishops’ recent synod that stated gays had “gifts” to offer the Christian community. [...] King was asked specifically whether he thought divorce or cohabitation were sins. The synod’s preliminary document had called for the church to respect divorced Catholics and stated that in regard to homosexual unions, “it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners.”

“I think that I’ll not comment on that part,” King told the newspaper. “I’ll just say that what was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today, and people that were condemned to hell 2,000 years ago, I don’t expect to meet them should I make it to heaven. So let’s stick with that principle.”

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Will Phils Hire Best Manager in Baseball?

Filed in Sports by on October 24, 2014 10 Comments
Will Phils Hire Best Manager in Baseball?

Well, if not the best, at least 1 or 1A along with the Giants’ Bruce Bochy.

Joe Maddon  opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay today. He has taken that chronically-underfunded team to great heights, four times in the playoffs and one World Series appearance.

This is not a pipe dream. He is from the area. In fact, his mom is still a waitress in his home town of Hazleton, PA. He’s a Lafayette grad, and he comes back here often. This is Pat Gillick’s call, not Ruben Amaro Jr’s.

Pat, for the sake of what’s left of my sanity, Make That Call!

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Friday Open Thread [10.24.14]

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Friday Open Thread [10.24.14]

With less than two weeks to go, the polling is coming fast and furious. But some pollsters are jumping ahead to get a preview of the 2016 Presidential. So before we dive into the pile of 2014 polls… from the The Fix:

“[A] new Washington Post-ABC News polling on the 2016 Republican presidential race makes one thing very clear: Every GOPer who has even a hint of ambition for national office is likely to run in two years time. Why? Because the field is remarkably frontrunner-less, meaning that every Ted, John and Rob can make a plausible case to activists and donors that they are going to eventually be the guy.”

And for that reason, Mitt Romney, the retread from 2008 and 2012, is the frontrunner. The Devil you know…

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.24.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.24.14]

Beach entrance near Fenwick Island. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Thursday Open Thread [10.23.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [10.23.14]

The difference between a responsible and ethical media, interested in journalistic integrity and facts, and a hyperbolic entertainment first enterprise, interesting only in ratings and thus profit, and facts and ethics must never interfere with that pursuit. CNN and Fox do not want to inform you. They want you only as a daily consumer of their content. They don’t care to inform you. In fact, they will misinform you if that is what makes you a daily consumer of their content. They will do anything and everything to scare you. It is why there are people in this country, many many many people, that are convinced ISIS is now invading the US. That Ebola is currently killing millions of Americans.

Driving home yesterday, I have CNN on my Sirius XM, and heard Wolf Blitzer breathlessly shout that OTTAWA IS ONLY AN HOUR’S DRIVE TO THE AMERICAN BORDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fuck Wolf Blitzer.

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KWS Goes to Bat For Mega Insurance Company

Filed in Delaware, National by on October 23, 2014 26 Comments
KWS Goes to Bat For Mega Insurance Company

Our purported insurance regulator, Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart, is instead trying to run interference for Met Life.  Check out this article from the state government website: fer cryin’ out loud:

DOVER, DE  – In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and other federal regulators, Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart has urged them to reconsider their vote to propose that MetLife be labeled as a “systemically important financial institution” (SIFI) and therefore subject to tougher federal regulation. “Based on my experience as an insurance regulator (insert joke here), and a regulator of one of MetLife’s larger insurance subsidiaries, I do not believe that MetLife’s businesses and corporate structure create the kind of systemic risk that Dodd-Frank’s SIFI designation process was designed to address,” she said. Stewart argues explicitly against the designation of MetLife and said state regulators are capable and competent to continue the oversight of the company (insert joke here).

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.23.14]

Filed in Delaware by on October 23, 2014 10 Comments
Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.23.14]

Rowhomes near the Brandywine Park and River in Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Another Opinion on Barney-Simpler

Filed in National by on October 22, 2014 18 Comments
Another Opinion on Barney-Simpler

I received another possible theory on how the Treasurer’s race is developing from a source who wants to remain anonymous. I think it is interesting and plausible enough to post and get everyone else’s opinion on it.

Simpler could totally win this, in part because of Dem overconfidence and lack of financial engagement.

He’s spent his independent money very smartly. He let the rich R’s attack Sher from the right so he could immediately claim the moderate ground.

Dems had been so focused on the the primary on their side, that they never forced Ken to stake out positions on divisive issues during the primary. So he can say whatever he wants now.

The belief that Dems can’t lose statewide mean nobody’s pinning him down now, either. And he’s got his own money and the relationship with WBOC to get up on TV, which really moves #s.

The counterbalancing financial forces on the D side like AFSCME and Labor don’t seem to take the Simpler threat seriously.

People will regret it.

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.22.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.22.14]

A Federal District Judge upheld Puerto Rico’s marriage equality ban, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1971 decision in Baker v. Nelson, which banned same sex marriage, or more accurately says such bans do not violate the Constitution, has not been explicitly overturned. That argument has never worked before in the Circuit Courts or before the Supreme Court itself in the DOMA or Prop 8 Cases, but now, if the corresponding Circuit Court upholds this decision (which is unlikely but possible), then we will finally have a ruling from the Supreme Court.

Ian Millhiser expects the Puerto Rico decision will be reversed:

[W]hile Pérez-Giménez clearly holds very passionate views on the question of whether same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as everyone else, his views are unlikely to persuade many of his fellow judges. It’s even possible that his opinion could ultimately wind up bolstering the case for marriage equality. That’s because his decision will appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, a court dominated by Democratic appointees (although, it is worth noting that Pérez-Giménez was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy Carter). All four of the states that comprise the First Circuit — Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island — are already marriage equality states, so a decision out of a federal court in Puerto Rico is the only path to bring a marriage equality case before this circuit.

Given the makeup of the First Circuit, the overwhelming consensus among federal judges in favor of marriage equality, and the belligerent tone of Pérez-Giménez’s opinion, it is unlikely that his decision will be upheld on appeal.

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I am confused by Jason’s Poll….

Filed in National by on October 22, 2014 32 Comments
I am confused by Jason’s Poll….

I am voting for Barney, because I will never vote for any living or dead Republican to handle the state’s finances. Indeed, if you want to prove to me you are fiscally responsible, you cannot be a Republican. But I digress.

I guess his question is measuring my enthusiasm in voting for Barney, where 10 is voting for Obama in 2008 and 1 is voting for Carper/Carney at any time. I am at a 5.

Anyway, here is something humorous that Trey Paradee posted on Facebook….

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The GOP’s coherent brand saves another suck-ass Republican candidate

Filed in National by on October 22, 2014 2 Comments
The GOP’s coherent brand saves another suck-ass Republican candidate

When we lose in Kansas, beltway campaign gurus and Democrat Party (sic) insiders will say, “Kansas was always going to elect a Republican.” They will not look at the fact that it was Republicans relentlessly promoting their core values and sticking to their coherent brand message that brought their candidate back from the dead.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.22.14]

Filed in Delaware by on October 22, 2014 4 Comments
Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.22.14]

I once took a corner too fast on this road, hit some gravel, went into a 360 degree spin and plowed into one of these stone walls. The wall was not damaged. I was. Brandywine Springs Park area. Photo by xzmattzx.

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‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: Sept., 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 21, 2014 0 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: Sept., 2014

Best stuff to hit my ears last month, lotsa diversity:

Melaena Cadiz: Neon Drag
Elliot Bronson: New Pain
American Wrestlers: I Can Do No Wrong
Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear: Live By Water
Circa Waves: So Long
Leonard Cohen: Almost Like The Blues
Amber Run: I Found

What’d you like? What great stuff have you heard lately?

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Burn…

Filed in National by on October 21, 2014 8 Comments
Burn…

NEWARK, DE – The Executive Director of the Delaware Republican Party, John Fluharty, just p—ed a b—r over this tid-bit.

Mayrack’s LinkedIn profile summary states that the candidate has “extensive experience in all aspects of unclaimed property advising.” However auditing itself—the primary job of the State Auditor—is not mentioned a single time.

Tom Wager has the word auditor on his linked in page, but it is enclosed in quotation marks.

I’m Delaware’s “auditor”

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.21.14]

Filed in National by on October 21, 2014 1 Comment
Tuesday Open Thread [10.21.14]

Here is our massive, and I do mean massive, polling dump from the last 10 days.

ALASKA—GOVERNOR
Rasmussen: Bill Walker (I) 50, Gov. Sean Parnell (R) 41
Hickman Analytics–R: Gov. Sean Parnell (R) 46, Bill Walker (I) 38
CBS/YouGov: Bill Walker (I) 45, Gov. Sean Parnell (R) 40

ALASKA—SENATOR
Hickman Analytics–R: Dan Sullivan (R) 46, Sen. Mark Begich (D) 41
Rasmussen: Dan Sullivan (R) 48, Sen. Mark Begich (D) 45

Come inside for more…….

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.21.14]

Filed in Delaware by on October 21, 2014 1 Comment
Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.21.14]

The Marshall House, on NW Front Street in North Milford. Part of the house was first built in 1787, and the “newer” western portion of the house was built in 1811. The house is now a Victorian tea bar. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Thank the utter suckitude of the Democrat Party (sic) for the Republican Senate

Filed in National by on October 20, 2014 22 Comments
Thank the utter suckitude of the Democrat Party (sic) for the Republican Senate

Check this out…

The New Hampshire Senate race … is closer than you might think. The three most recent nonpartisan polls — by New England College, SurveyUSA and WMUR — put Shaheen up by an average of 3 points. Her lead, which has tightened since the summer, is steady but it’s narrow, and most polls have her below the 50 percent threshold. That’s hardly safe territory.

She is running against a total douche bag in Scott Brown. And yet…

…Cook Political Report shifted its rating of the race from “lean Democratic” to “tossup,” deeming it one of 10 contests poised to determine Senate control.

How could that be?

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Monday Open Thread [10.20.14]

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Monday Open Thread [10.20.14]

Conservative columnist and climate change skeptic George F. Will baffled his fellow Fox News on Sunday panelists by insisting that scientists had not come to a consensus about whether Ebola could go airborne. Uh, Georgie poo, if Ebola was airborne, by now, the population of Dallas, Texas and Cleveland, Ohio, not to mention the whole continent of Africa, would be showing symptoms by now. I really am amazed at the conservative brain, or lack thereof. I mean, George Will is suppose to be one of their smart ones.

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Is Sean Barney planning a late October surprise or something?

Filed in National by on October 20, 2014 163 Comments
Is Sean Barney planning a late October surprise or something?

I’m asking, because I’m not seeing much campaigning. Is it me? Is Sean Barney absolutely crushing it outside of lower New Castle County? Granted, my interest in this campaign is minimal, so my political radar isn’t constantly scanning the horizon – but that makes me a normal voter this round.

Or maybe this is the strategy, keep a low profile and just ride the registration advantage to a win? If anyone has some insight into this race, I’d be eager to hear it.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.20.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.20.14]

Looking towards North Wilmington from Center City. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Sunday Open Thread [10.19.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.19.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.19.14]

Fall colors near Corner Ketch. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Saturday Open Thread [10.18.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [10.18.14]

It looks like the betting markets have spoken.  The Senate will be in the hands of the GOP after November 4th.

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on October 18, 2014 0 Comments

President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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