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Football Thread

Filed in National by on January 21, 2018 6 Comments
Football Thread

Predictions…

Patriots 24   Jaguars 14 

Eagles 17   Vikings 9

 

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 21, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 21, 2018 0 Comments

A great band you never heard of: Coming next week: Mike Dinsmore gets his musical closeup!

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PA GOP Rep Patrick Meehan A-hole and Dumb as F&ck.

Filed in National by on January 20, 2018 9 Comments
PA GOP Rep Patrick Meehan A-hole and Dumb as F&ck.

This is a two-fer. How often do these creeps reveal themselves to be: 1) A creepy old fuck, and 2) dumber than a box of Oreos? WASHINGTON — Representative Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican who has taken a leading role in fighting sexual harassment in Congress, used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle […]

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It hasn’t occurred to Congressional Republicans that they are in big trouble in November

Filed in National by on January 20, 2018 4 Comments
It hasn’t occurred to Congressional Republicans that they are in big trouble in November

There were big protest marches all over the country today. There appears to be no drop off in excitement when it comes to getting organized for November. If anything, Trump and the Congressional Republicans continue to feed the frenzy.

Pink hats in January = Blue Wave in November

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“My Hands Are Tied” – John Carney

Filed in National by on January 20, 2018 16 Comments
“My Hands Are Tied”  – John Carney

“It’s a simple math problem. Our long-term growth rate for state spending is two times the growth rate of our revenues. We have to find a long-term way to limit our spending growth.”

The more I think about Carney’s speech the more I seethe. The sentence above gets to the heart of it. Wealthy Delawareans are more wealthy than they’ve ever been. The corporations benefiting from our courts and tax payer generosity are notching record profits. And yet, in Carney’s mind there is just no way to increase revenue. It is simply impossible. Why mention it at all? Any and all revenue increases are off the table at the outset.

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Open Thread Jan. 20: Why Delaware Democrats Are Vulnerable

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Open Thread Jan. 20: Why Delaware Democrats Are Vulnerable

Want to know why Republicans in Delaware will have a chance in November, blue wave notwithstanding? Employment numbers. While growth has slowly but steadily improved nationally over the past two years, Delaware’s rate remains stagnant. No matter what happens elsewhere, that’s a problem the state’s ruling Democrats have resisted fixing. Of all the wounds inflicted […]

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Lead Us, Bots, Into Temptation

Filed in National by on January 20, 2018 1 Comment

As Puck noted on another thread, Twitter yesterday released the news that at least 50,000 Russian bots were tweeting about the U.S. election. To which I reply, so what? If Russian “interference” in the election amounts to nothing more than a handful of people at a troll farm pretending to be tens of thousands of […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 20, 2018

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Needed a shot of adrenaline after an amazing show by Tinsley Ellis at the Arden Gild Hall last night.  Paging the Blasters:

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Republican Senate Votes to Shut Down Government

Filed in National by on January 19, 2018 13 Comments
Republican Senate Votes to Shut Down Government

The World’ #1 shit hole country gets shittier.

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Reactions to Carney’s State of the State

Filed in National by on January 19, 2018 6 Comments
Reactions to Carney’s State of the State

I listened. When you hear him speak, it is so plodding and dopey that you have to wonder if it is an act. A Forest Gump impression designed to lower expectations. An “under promise” set up for an “over deliver” approach to governing. Then you see him in action and you realize that is is no act.

Some smart commenter over at BlueDelaware said that. Other people said other stuff.

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Well known pussy hound addresses “Christians”

Filed in National by on January 19, 2018 2 Comments
Well known pussy hound addresses “Christians”

Anti-abortion-rights activists who gathered at the National Mall for the 45th annual rally known as the March for Life heard a history-making address from the man who has become an unlikely champion of their cause: President Trump. Trump said he was “honored” and “proud” to be addressing the march. “The March for Life,” he said, […]

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Open Thread Jan. 19: Dollars or Dreamers

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on January 19, 2018 15 Comments

Whatever else the government shutdown is about, it isn’t about saving money. Think tanks both liberal and conservative (well, libertarian, anyway) have run the numbers, and both found that expelling the 800,000 people who were illegally brought into the country as young children would cost at least $215 billion, according to the libertarian Cato Institute. […]

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Here’s How Scared They Are

Filed in National by on January 19, 2018 11 Comments

The defining characteristic of most modern politicians is cowardice. They are scared of everything, most especially the opinions of the people they supposedly serve. That’s in the best of times. In the worst of times — if, say, you’re a Republican Congressman in a suburban district that Trump lost to Hillary Clinton, as Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 19, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 19, 2018 1 Comment

This song just popped into my head and onto the intertubes:

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Delaware, Shell Corporations, Donald Trump’s Lawyer, And The Porn Star

Filed in Delaware by on January 18, 2018 8 Comments
Delaware, Shell Corporations, Donald Trump’s Lawyer, And The Porn Star

The Wall Street Journal reports tonight that Donald Trump’s lawyer established a Delaware LLC, ‘Essential Consultants’, for the specific purpose of paying off actress Stormy Daniels to keep her from talking about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, and hiding the transactions from the public.  The lawyer in question, Michael Cohen, reportedly chose the Delaware […]

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It’s Official. Bernard Brady To Retire

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 18, 2018 8 Comments

The finest public servant I’ve ever known is retiring after 39 years.  He has served as the Secretary Of The Senate for something like 30 of those years. He did the job even though he didn’t have the title before that. Anyone who knows Bernard knows that he is one of the kindest and most […]

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Comment Rescue: All due respect, WTF Tom?

Filed in National by on January 18, 2018 13 Comments
Comment Rescue: All due respect, WTF Tom?

The comment below is thought provoking. It isn’t provoking the right person (Tom Carper) but it provoked me to think about why Tom Carper is running yet again?

He doesn’t need the money. Public life has made him richer than the most decadent sultan of the old Ottoman Empire.

He doesn’t have some burning desire to take on the GOP. That truth is established on a daily basis.

He doesn’t have corporate paymasters that need to be further enriched. Certainly after this most recent tax “reform” even his most rapacious corporate paymasters are saying “enough already.”

What is it? Why doesn’t Carper retire?

Tom Carper is riveting, watching him or reading the text of an interview one is overcome with the greatness of this man. Term limits? And we hold up these Senator for life types as role models for countries suffering from Politicians/Strongmen for Life. Tom look long and hard at Matt Denn’s decision.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs. Jan. 18, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 18, 2018 25 Comments

Neither the House nor the Senate have agendas today.  At 2 p.m. , we’ll find out whether Gov. Carney has an agenda for this session and, if so, whether there’s any substance to it.  We know what he has to address–the disaster that is the state’s corrections system, the mess that is our state’s public […]

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Open Thread Jan. 18: Let’s See His Girth Certificate

Filed in National by on January 18, 2018 4 Comments

Politico sat down with Travelin’ Tom Carper to talk about infrastructure. He doesn’t say anything outrageous, but the story informs us, “Carper said he is not giving up hope that the parties could work together on infrastructure.” Yeah, that’s not news. Delaware Liberal readers weren’t the only ones to express doubts about the veracity of […]

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FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

Filed in National by on January 18, 2018 1 Comment
FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

If the Mueller probe also takes down that bloodthirsty traitor, Wayne LaPierre, what a bonus.

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 18, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 18, 2018 0 Comments

Shoulda known that, once I took that detour to Muscle Shoals, I’d want to spend some more musical time there.  The Swampers ( Barry Beckett, keys; Roger Hawkins, drums; David Hood, bass; and Jimmy Johnson, guitar) could make anything sound soulful.  Real soulful. Like this:  

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Open Thread Jan. 17: No Tacos For You!

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on January 17, 2018 29 Comments

The folks who run the city of Dover have made a successful stand against the 21st century, killing plans to allow food trucks to park on downtown streets at lunchtime. Because nothing works to attract customers like the phrase, “You have no other choice.” From the Self-Fulfilling Prophecies file, psychiatrists had to cancel a panel […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 17, 2018 6 Comments

That was a pretty good day–bail reform passed and was sent to the Governor. And Earl Jaques’ Impenetrable Fortresses bill proved not to be bullet-proof. Off the Agenda, back on the Ready List. Perhaps because it has a Fiscal Note? So, I went to scope out the Fiscal Note.  Fiscal projections are the same for […]

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Anyone running against Ken Simpler?

Filed in National by on January 17, 2018 24 Comments
Anyone running against Ken Simpler?

He seems very beatable. While he is the DEGOP’s golden child, he is a Republican and as I mentioned below, I don’t think Republicans are going to do very well in November.

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Voters Continue to Oust Republicans Whenever Presented the Opportunity

Filed in National by on January 17, 2018 14 Comments
Voters Continue to Oust Republicans Whenever Presented the Opportunity

Voters have three words for the radicalized, Trumpified GOP. Those words are: FUCK, THIS, & SHIT.

Wisconsin Dems Flip GOP Held State Senate Seat

In an upset victory, Democrats flipped a reliably Republican state senate seat in Wisconsin tonight. Barack Obama lost Wisconsin’s 10th senate district by 6 points in 2012 and Hillary Clinton lost it by 17 in 2016. But Democrat Patty Schachtner defeated Republican state Rep. Adam Jarchow. Late returns showed Schachtner ahead by roughly 1600 votes out of more than 20,000 cast.

I’m beginning to think that if the Delaware Democrats run against every Republican in every race, they have a good shot at beating every Delaware Republican in every race.

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