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Tuesday Open Thread [9.30.14]

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This is brilliant:

The revisions are out with respect to last quarter’s GDP growth (i.e. the second quarter, which lasts from April to the end of June), and the facts are that the economy grew at even a higher rate than originally reported (and the reported rate of 4.2% was pretty damn good).

We also have lots of polling results and some good Obamacare news inside…

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Crazy Sheriff Not Done Being Crazy

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Crazy Sheriff Not Done Being Crazy

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher, who wasted untold taxpayer dollars trying to sue the state after the state refused to let him set up his own police force, and who embarrassed the citizenry with his sovereign citizen and sovereign sheriff nonsense (i.e. the highest constitutional officer in the land is God and then the Sheriff, and then the President and everyone else), just announced on the Dan Gaffney show downstate (is that still on the air?) that he is running a write-in reelection campaign.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.30.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.30.14]

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ISIL Recruiting Incentives For Poor Youth

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ISIL Recruiting Incentives For Poor Youth

IS (variously ISIS, ISIL) has recruiting centers set up, employing sophisticated social media to lure desperate young people from middle eastern countries with youth unemployment rates as high as 29%.

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Monday Open Thread [9.29.14]

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Monday Open Thread [9.29.14]

Ed Kilgore on what a Democratic win in Kansas should mean:

If the Republican governor of a very Republican state loses for undertaking a conservative political and policy revolution, complete with a purge of party “moderates” and reactionary legislation on just about every front imaginable, it may remind Republicans everywhere that there are limits to a meta-strategy of moving to the right, polarizing the electorate, and then winning on money and pure dumb luck. As a huge bonus, among the injured in a Brownback loss would be the Koch Brothers, right there in their Wichita lair….

Brownback has very publicly made his state a conservative “experiment station” and sought to stamp out any dissent in his party, all in the pursuit of a sort of intellectual rogue’s gallery of bad ideas, from supply-side economics to the harshest attacks in the country on reproductive rights. He not only deserves to lose, but his regime needs to be remembered with fear and trembling by Republicans everywhere.

I guarantee you, if Republicans lose in Kansas, it will be because they were not conservative enough. Conservatism never fails, it can only be failed.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [9.29.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [9.29.14]

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Late Night Video — Jon Stewart Crushes Fox News, Again

Filed in Open Thread by on September 28, 2014 3 Comments

This is a thing of beauty and a reminder that there is no news at Fox News:

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Sunday Open Thread [9.28.14]

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Sunday Open Thread [9.28.14]

Earlier this past week, Ezra Klein wondered why Vice President Joe Biden was trailing Hillary Clinton by 44 points in the latest poll of a potential match up in the 2016 primary. Ezra said that it wasn’t the Biden gaffes or the preception that he is a joke; it’s that “Biden is an old-school, white, male politician in a party that’s increasingly young, multicultural, and female.”

Seth Masket at the Monkey Cage has a different take, and it is the right one.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.28.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.28.14]

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It is hard not to agree with the Satanists on this one

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It is hard not to agree with the Satanists on this one

From the Orlando Sentinel:

A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.

The New York-based Satanist group hopes to use a distribution as a form of protest.

“If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students, as is the case in Orange County, Florida, we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions,” said temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.[/blockquote]

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Tom Gordon Blames the News Journal for His Own Lack of Transparency

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Tom Gordon Blames the News Journal for His Own Lack of Transparency

This week’s unnecessary controversy is over a planned trip to Denmark (!) by Community Services Manager, Sophia Hanson, and an unnamed other county employee to inspect a library that apparently they think is a model for what they want to do with the planned library across the street (sort of) from Chris Bullock’s church on Rt 9. County Council did not know of this trip until Councilman George Smiley asked about it after a presentation on this library this week. It isn’t clear that any one knows much more about this trip, but Adam Taylor of the NJ asked for more detail and was pretty much told that the County won’t release more information on this because the County Executive thinks that the NJ is just going to do a hit piece:

County spokesman Tony Prado said Friday that Gordon administration officials would not talk about the trip. They wouldn’t say who was going, when the trip is scheduled to take place, how much it will cost, whose idea it was, or why it is necessary to visit a library in Denmark.

“The executive is concerned this is going to be a negative story and he doesn’t want to comment,” Prado said. “This has been a project that is near and dear to his heart, and the executive feels like this is going to be a hit piece, so he would just rather not comment.”

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on September 27, 2014 0 Comments

President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.27.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.27.14]

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Friday Open Thread [9.26.14]

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Friday Open Thread [9.26.14]

This is a massive polling dump that includes polls that go back to last week, polls that I have not previously posted. I have grouped all the states alphabetically, and then separated the offices of Senator and Governor. Where there are multiple polls in a particular state and office, the older polls are listed first, and newer polls are listed last. This past polling week has some good news from Arkansas, very bad news from Alaska, bad news from Colorado, and good news from Iowa and North Carolina. These Senate races are going to go down to the wire, and turnout will be the key. If our voters turnout, Dems will win all of them. If not, the GOP will win. Right now, as you will see, I have the GOP picking up 6 new Senate seats while successfully defending Kentucky and Georgia, BUT the GOP will lose Kansas. And Iowa remains too close to call.

So that leaves us with 50 GOP seats, 48 Democratic seats, 1 toss up Iowa seat, and a kingmaker in Kansas. The Independent Greg Orman has said that he will caucus with whomever wins the majority. But what if that decision is up to him? If Iowa goes to the Dems, then it will be 50-49. If Orman goes with the Dems, it is 50-50 with Biden (D) the tiebreaking vote, giving the Dems the majority. If Orman goes with the GOP, it will be 51-49 GOP.

Personally, I think the Dems will still win in Colorado despite this last week of bad polls there, and I think they will win in Iowa, leaving us with a 51-49 Dem Senate.

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Another Delaware Poll, by a Delaware Polling outfit, shows Coons, Carney up

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Another Delaware Poll, by a Delaware Polling outfit, shows Coons, Carney up

DELAWARE–SENATOR–Univ. of Delaware: Sen. Chris Coons (D) 50, Kevin Wade (R) 27, Andrew Groff (G) 6

DELAWARE–REPRESENTATIVE–Univ. of Delaware: Rep. John Carney (D) 52, Rose Izzo (R) 17, Others 11

I wonder if these numbers are more to the pundits’ liking.

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‘Bulo Presents Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola w/the Dinkendo Family Band Tonight!

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‘Bulo Presents Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola w/the Dinkendo Family Band Tonight!

Shameless plug, and I’m totally not ashamed. I’m presenting a superb concert tonight at the Arden Gild Hall. If you show up, first drink’s on me.

Charlie Hunter is an amazing instrumentalist and plays a hybrid guitar/bass that has seven strings. Yes he plays both the bass and guitar parts at the same time!  He and drummer Scott Amendola have extraordinary telepathy with each other that can only happen after years of playing together.  They have been called the ‘jazz scene’s funkiest duo’ for good reason. Come inside for more information….

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.26.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.26.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.25.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.25.14]

Sorry everyone, for my absence. I was sent to Mississippi for work… er ah… to combat evil. The place is so evil that they grow evil in fields as far as the eye can see…

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Why does ISIL even bother when we have cops that are fully committed to terrorizing us?

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You’ve probably seen this by now, but I just watched the whole thing.

Insane. More money for dashboard cams, please.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.25.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.25.14]

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Whackjob terrorizes school because “2nd Amendment”

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Whackjob terrorizes school because “2nd Amendment”

I don’t know why ISIS even bothers when he have so many fucking wingnut whackjobs in country fully committed to terrorism. A Tennessee man on Wednesday caused panic as he paced back and forth near a high school in a bulletproof vest with a rifle strapped across his back and a GoPro camera, WSMV-TV reported. […]

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The Bombing of ISIL in Syria Has Begun

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The Bombing of ISIL in Syria Has Begun

Yesterday, the bombing of ISIL targets in Syria started in earnest.. Even though there is stated coalition to take on this task, right now it seems that the US is doing the heavy lifting. No surprise, I imagine. I’m interested in this question posed by Andrew Sullivan: Does The GOP Really Give A Shit About The Debt?:

I mean: where are the fiscal conservatives now? The ISIS campaign is utterly amorphous and open-ended at this point – exactly the kind of potentially crippling government program Republicans usually want to slash. It could last more than three years (and that’s what they’re saying at then outset); the cost is estimated by some to be around $15 billion a year, but no one really knows. The last phase of the same war cost, when all was said and done, something close to $1.5 trillion – and our current travails prove that this was one government program that clearly failed to achieve its core original objectives, and vastly exceeded its original projected costs.

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Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid tactics in climate fight: International boycotts of climate killers

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Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid tactics in climate fight:  International boycotts of climate killers

This isn’t getting much play in the media (naturally).

Desmond Tutu, the Nobel peace prize winner and activist, has called for an international campaign to boycott mining companies, oil corporations and other businesses involved in the trade of fossil fuels. Writing exclusively in the Observer prior to this week’s UN climate summit in New York, Tutu says the same approach that was taken by the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign, of which he was a leader, should now be adopted in the battle to halt global warming.

“The most devastating effects of climate change – deadly storms, heat waves, droughts, rising food prices and the advent of climate refugees – are being visited on the world’s poor,” he states. “Those who have no involvement in creating the problem are the most affected, while those with the capacity to arrest the slide dither. Africans, who emit far less carbon than the people of any other continent, will pay the steepest price. It is a deep injustice.”

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The Kids Are All Right

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The Kids Are All Right

Hundreds of students in a Colorado school district walked out of class to protest another conservative effort to rewrite history and control the information we get:

Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

Got that? The conservatives in this school district want to replace an education in American History with “patriotic” indoctrination.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [9.24.13]

Filed in Delaware by on September 24, 2014 0 Comments
Wednesday Daily Delawhere [9.24.13]

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