The Plank House, off of Main Street in Smyrna. The house is believed to have been built in the 1700s, and was originally located farther north on Main Street. It was moved behind the Barracks, another of Smyrna’s historic buildings, in the 1990s. Photo by xzmattzx on Flickr.
I’ve watched the interview with Darren Wilson and George Stephanopoulos and all I got out of it was anger. During the interview all I kept thinking was… Liar. And while I get why he lied (Hello? Ongoing Federal Investigation), what I don’t understand is why he gave the interview so soon. Why not wait? Did […]
Happy thanksgiving and peace out for a while from your buddy Jason330. Blogging is 50% commenting, so we wouldn’t be here without you guys. Even though I’ve been pretty pissed off this year, you all are keeping the spark of liberalism alive in your own way. When we are at our best, our comments and posts are poignant, thought provoking and well argued. When we are at our worst, we are basically full of it.
And yet, it is always heartfelt, so thank you (in no particular order) Andy, puck, SussexAnon, All you Anonymous SOBs, LeBay, Unintended Consequences, Tom Hawk,bamboozer, teddy, ben, Another Mike, Geezer, Dorian Gray, Bane, Pine View Farm, rustydils, Aint’s Taking it Any More, AQC, Nuttingham, Walt, John Manifold, Plexing, Russ, Dave, Tom Kline. Republican David, stan merriman, fightingbluehen, Joanne Christian, Steve Newton auntiedem, Kavips, and MikeM2784.
Also, all you regular lurkers who read everyday, but don’t jump in. We see you in the stats and it is meaningful to us that you stop by. Thank you. Have a great Holiday. Fight with your crazy racist father-in-law and GO EAGLES!
I teach my organizational behavior students that, in their relationships, there is a difference between power and authority. Power is the ability to influence behavior, while authority is the right to influence behavior. Authority is derived from some level of mutual agreement within the relationship. In America we give police departments the authority to pull […]
This section of Old South DuPont Highway, south of Tybouts Corner, is noteworthy for being the first section of divided highway in the world. The southbound lanes, which were the original lanes built in between 1917 and 1923, are on the left. Photo from xzmattzx on Flickr.
There have been more deaths caused by police shootings than by gang members, drug dealers or from child abuse in the past five years in Utah, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
This year alone, the Tribune reported, police shootings have claimed more lives than violence between spouses or partners, for a total of 13 deaths. A toll, which includes 22-year-old Darrien Hunt who was fatally shot by police in September.
Bill Maher, at the top of his New Rules segment on his HBO show Friday night, accurately described the current political situation. Maher said: “Now that they’ve wrestled his approval rating down to the basement, and grabbed control of both houses of Congress, Republicans must explain why this guy (Obama) keeps kicking your ass. It’s like one of those action movies where you tie the hero up, chain him to a chair, then he headbutts you unconscious, gets up, and leaves a note signed Django.” Come inside for the video…
I love that President Obama is now the sole Democratic agenda setter in Washington. The bipartisanship-seeking cowards that call themselves Democrats, namely Tom Carper, can learn from Obama’s example. Let’s have more of it. If the Republicans even attempt to touch Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, the President vetos and every Democrat …. every Democrat…. shuts the fuck up and supports the President. I am looking directly at you, Tom.
As a side note, does Tom Carper retire in 2018? I suspect not, but there is a backlog of Democrats piling up waiting for him to move on (Biden, Markell, Carney).
President Obama speaks about his Immigration Accountability Action. Governor Markell has not posted his weekly message yet. We will post it once we receive it. The West Wing Week follows the President through the week from his trip to Asia and Australia up until his Immigration speech on Thursday. It also features an entire summit audience singing Happy Birthday to our Vice President Uncle Joe Biden. And a new feature video from the White House, a behind the scenes talk with the President before his address on Thursday. Come inside for the videos.
It was a very eventful week. The House is suing President Obamain order to look tough to the Heritage Foundation which is basically running the GOP now. The lawsuit is nominally over Obamacare, but really because the President has yet to honor the GOP’s request that he quit being President.
In a brazen show of not quitting, President Obama announced this week that due to the fact that the Keystone XL pipeline is jamming up everything in Congress, he is going to stop deporting so many browns. That made the Heritage Foundation (and by extension the GOP) even angrier than they already were, and made Tom Carper lament the fact that the Keystone XL Pipeline is the root cause of all gridlock in DC.
“Given Congress’ inability to act (on the Keystone XL Pipeline) it is understandable for the President to examine ways the Administration can legally address the current needs of our country and the realities of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the shadows.”
Carper added that while he supports the President, his first choice is to have a permanent, (bipartisan passage of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will allow for) solution to the immigration system.
While some conservatives are still in the grip of impeachment fever (see below), for the most part Jeff Sessions of Alambama, a man nobody can call a RINO, appears to be speaking on behalf of the GOP in general when he categorically rules out impeachment as a remedy for conservative’s hurt feelings over immigration.
“No, we are not going to impeach or have a move to impeach. The president has certain powers. We truly believe, and I think it’s accurate to say he abused those powers,” Sessions said.
It is noteworthy that Sessions was speaking at the Heritage Foundation which has been at the forefront of pushing GOP politicos into unalterably insane positions on immigration.
[An Aside: It is also worth noting that TOM CARPER was dead wrong. As you may recall, Carper supported the GOP's protest over the looming immigration executive order and wanted the announcement delayed. Basing his position on the delusional notion that a show of comity would be reciprocated by a grateful GOP, Carper continued to show he is bipartisan to the point of lunacy.]
With the President’s action last night, he was able to simultaneously implement his party’s policy goals while dividing the opposition. That’s why Democrats have the advantage in this fight. Republicans will now go mad, from the conservative media to the conservative legislator. From Ted Cruz talking about Roman Dictators to Bill O’Rielly screaming at an undocumented journalist that he does not belong here to the actual bonafide racist Republicans in the House and Senate screaming about brown people and impeachment.
It was a brilliant moment in his Presidency. And the President delayed it from September because nervous fuck-wit coward congressional Democrats were a-scared of facing the voters with this policy. They are so fucking stupid they deserved to lose. This immigration makes Republicans forget to hide their bigotry and radicalness. It drives them absolutely insane, and they let the people see it.
“He’s daring Republicans to offer their sharpest reactions. Everything from government shutdowns to lawsuits to, yes, impeachment will be in the mix, with the driving consensus that the party needs to do something to register its extreme disapproval.”
“He’s daring them to offer and pass a different set of policies. The fact that the substance of the executive order won’t take effect for six months gives the new GOP majority in Congress another half year to do what Congress hasn’t been able to do over the decade immigration reform has been on the agenda.”
I love how conservatives blame immigrants for America’s immigration “problems” and rail against President Obama as he attempts to nudge the country toward taking advantage of the desperation of immigrants in a slightly more transparent way. Conservatives hysterically claim that our porous southern border is the problem. It isn’t. The problem is the greedy farmer. The problem is the unethical food processing company that doesn’t want to pay a living wage or be bound by even the most minimal standards of workplace safety. That’s what they found out in Alabama when they really cracked down on the people who employ illegal immigrant labor.
“Rising Republican hostility toward President Obama’s impending immigration plan is as intense as has ever existed between the White House and the GOP,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“But the strong reaction by Republican leaders has less to do with opposition to the nuts and bolts of the president’s immigration policy and more to do with fear and anger that the issue will derail the agenda of the new Republican majority before the next Congress even convenes. Republican leaders who had hoped to focus on corporate tax reform, fast-track trade pacts, repealing the president’s healthcare law and loosening environmental restrictions on coal are instead being dragged into an immigration skirmish that they’ve tried studiously to avoid for most of the last year.”
I imagine that was the plan. And Republicans are too bigoted and dumb enough to fall for it. Indeed, this whole fucking immigration mess is due to their unabashed racism on the part of the GOP. All they had to do is pass the Senate plan, which was a compromise with Senate Republicans that provide much increased (and wasteful) border security. And this issue would be over with and the GOP would be back to wooing the Latino vote. Instead, they are going to freak the fuck out and let the racist flag fly proudly, and they are going to lose Latinos for multiple centuries. For the President’s part, it is always golden when the right thing to do syncs up with the politically right thing to do.
Yesterday Tom Carper heaped praise on his GOP buddy Tom Coburm of Oklahoma. After praising Coburn, he handed over the gavel of an Ebola hearing to the nutbag:
“I don’t want to chair this hearing today. I want Tom Coburn to chair it,” Mr. Carper said from the dais on Wednesday. “So I’m going to pass tho gavel over to him and put him in charge, and I’m going to try to be a good wingman. All right, Thomas, it’s all yours.”
What did the grand gesture of bipartisanship get Carper? Well, LATER THE SAME DAY Coburn predicted “anarchy” and “violence” will be the result of any executive order on immigration.
Steve Newton has started a new blog. Go read!
What’s interesting is this:
I’d rather have a system of ethics than an ideology.
So I’m starting over here, in a sense. As a historian I know that all phenomena involve both continuity and change. I’m still the same person, with the same background, the same interests, the same flaws, and the same leanings, that I was about seven years ago when I first started publishing The Delaware Libertarian. I’m just unwilling to confine my ideas, my observations, or my potential solutions to that framework any more.