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Open Thread For September 22, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 22, 2017 10 Comments

The Business Roundtable Is A Clusterbleep Even Before It Gets Started.  Let’s start with this quote: The board, for instance, will not be required to hold public meetings or publish minutes of its discussions. Financial disclosure documents that would reveal potential conflicts of interest also will not be released to the public. “I’m a big proponent of […]

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Open Thread For September 21, 2017

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Manafort Offered Insider Election Info To Russian Oligarch. Read that headline again. Trump’s campaign manager offered private election briefings to a Russian oligarch. Two weeks before the convention. For a price, of course. Speaking of which… Report: 32 Million To Lose Health Care Under Graham-Cassidy.  BTW, I’ll say it again. Lindsay Graham is perhaps the […]

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A Democratic Party Sick with Dread and Exhausted

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A Democratic Party Sick with Dread and Exhausted

Every morning we are greeted with more evidence that Trump is literally horrible. This morning we have more evidence that he is sticking with the Sean Hannity, cartoon version of the Iranian nuclear arms deal, and appears to be determined to undermine the agreement worked out between Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and Iran. He is determined to go to war with somebody, and soon.

But what is perhaps worse is how there is no congressional opposition to this belligerent child-man in the White House. The Republicans appear ready to pass the latest “health care” monstrosity, and the Democrats are worse than useless.

There continues to be no coherent response from Democrats to the daily assaults on our Democratic norms. There is only meekly hopping that the Mueller investigation …finds “something.” Trump and his inner circle of cronies and outer circle of GOP sycophants must be thinking “So what if it does find something? Democrats will never force the issue.”

And they are right to think that the Democrats have no response. No leadership, no guiding principles and no sway over public opinion. The Democrats have cede their oppositional authority to late night comedians.

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Open Thread For September 20, 2017

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Trump To North Korea: ‘We Will Bury You’. At least he didn’t pound his tiny shoe on the big lectern. RNC Is Paying Trump’s Legal Bills. You didn’t expect a billionaire to pony up, did you? The Jimmy Kimmel Test.  Can Jimmy Kimmel kill this monstrosity? Let’s hope so. You gotta watch this. Cut ‘Wasteful’ […]

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Preamble to the United Nations Charter

Filed in National by on September 19, 2017 1 Comment
Preamble to the United Nations Charter

The illiterate, ignorant, reckless child in charge of America went the United Nations today to make a speech. Among other things he threatened to kill every human being in North Korea, in the interest of putting “America First.” It is a safe bet that he doesn’t know why the United Nations exists.

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Open Thread For September 19, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 19, 2017 15 Comments

Meet The New Health Care Bill. As Bad As The Other Health Care Bills.   How bad? This bad. They’re Rethugs. What did you expect? Kollege Kid Karma: Trump Dickwad Tried To Get Classmate Deported. Got his white supremacist ass thrown out of school instead.  Has a career path as a Rethug demagogue ahead of him. […]

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Open Thread For September 18, 2017

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White House Clusterbleep Over Documents.  How many documents are too many/not enough? NYTimes overhears lawyer blabbing at a DC steakhouse.  If you’re taking bets, remember that the original Ty Cobb was the dirtiest player in the game. BTW, what’s up with this?: The uncertainty has grown to the point that White House officials privately express […]

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Open Thread For September 17, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 17, 2017 4 Comments

NCC Needs Its Pipes Cleaned. Major sewer line at risk. An enema for the people. How Big Business Pushes Obesity In Developing Countries.  Door to door, in many cases. Processed foods uber alles. Saving Addicts: A Tale Of Two Ohio Cities. Whether you survive might just depend on which county you are in.  Yes, there’s […]

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Fuck it. Let’s Give Amazon Everything

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Fuck it.  Let’s Give Amazon Everything

We’ve all joked: A Senate seat, no taxes for 1,000 years, ability to shit out of open windows onto the street, etc. But, if we were seriously going for this, what would a successful package really look like? What does Amazon really want in a Corporate home? Being a tech giant constantly fighting for top […]

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Support Delaware United’s Medicaid Buy-In Program Petition

Filed in National by on September 16, 2017 13 Comments
Support Delaware United’s Medicaid Buy-In Program Petition

The time is coming where we have to make a choice: Is healthcare a human right, or is it a privilege. If we decide it is a human right, then we must make it so everyone is covered at an affordable rate, for both the consumer and the insurers. Will that include multiple changes in […]

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Open Thread For September 16, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 16, 2017 9 Comments

Officials: Amazon Is Delaware’s Powerball Lottery Ticket. With, IMHO, just about as much chance of cashing in.  BTW, it’s ‘too early to talk incentives': The company’s guidance to potential suitors specifically calls on cities and states to detail the types and amounts of incentives they can fork over — even if that means passing new […]

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Open Thread For September 15, 2017

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‘Idiot’ Sessions Didn’t Resign.  Guess both Trump and Sessions consider Sessions to be a useful idiot. Is It Worth Rebuilding Flooded Communities?  Residents in Houston, the Florida Keys, and elsewhere considering best course going forward. Bernie Sanders On Single Payer.  Someone not living in the past. Benzene Levels Skyrocket After Harvey.  Stop the presses! Valero […]

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Open Thread For September 14, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 14, 2017 9 Comments

Bob Marshall Draws First Challenger.  Jordan Hines. Pretty impressive resume, although membership in the Monday Club is hardly a qualification.  Questions: What does he stand for? Where is he on minimum wage, death penalty (where Marshall, to put it charitably, has been wobbly), willingness to raise taxes to pay for vital programs, etc.? What is […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Attacks On Bernie Sanders Are Um, Untrue

Filed in Featured, National by on September 13, 2017 15 Comments

Let’s first figure out what she’s complaining about. As near as I can tell, and I’ve read a lot about her book, she claims that Trump would never have called her Crooked Hillary had Bernie not hammered her for accepting obscene fees to speak before her corporate overlords. She makes that claim w/o any supporting […]

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Open Thread For September 13, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 13, 2017 16 Comments

Sanders Will Introduce Universal Health Care Bill. 15 D’s On Board. Sanders leads, Hillary whines about him. BTW, I checked. Neither Carper nor Coons are among the 15. Vouchers, anybody? How about phone calls instead? I’ll start. Which reminds me.  Carper’s refusal to even consider single payer can be,  what are the words I’m looking […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Fake Ass Book

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Hillary Clinton’s Fake Ass Book

On the list of things I don’t need, Clinton’s cloying homage to herself it #1. Cancer is #2.

“I’ve tried to adjust. After hearing repeatedly that some people didn’t like my voice, I enlisted the help of a linguistic expert.”

If you don’t know what is wrong with that… what is REALLY wrong, at the heart of it, then you should not be involved in politics.

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Open Thread For September 12, 2017

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Report: Trump Lawyers Wanted Kushner Out.   Every time he talks to King Cheeto or anyone in the WH, he increases the potential legal liability for those he talked to. Rethugs Want To Criminalize Exposure Of Criminal Activity By Private Companies. Would it shock you if you learned that one of the companies is owned by […]

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Open Thread For September 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 11, 2017 9 Comments

Hmmm, 9-11. 911. Coincidence or…conspiracy? Did DeLuca Try To Pull Another Fast One? I support prevailing wage and recognize the Rethugs’ obsession against it as typical R disdain for allowing anyone but billionaires to make a decent living. However, proposed regulations don’t get posted by accident, especially when Tiny Tony’s pudgy fingerprints are all over […]

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Global Warming’s Shameless Mother F#ckers

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Global Warming’s Shameless Mother F#ckers

The thing that is missing from every story about Hurricane Irma is the fact…FACT that the destructive power of this storm is directly related to global warming. Instead of any honest reporting on the topic we get men is rain gear endlessly anticipating some juicy shots of destruction, and an administration that simply denies reality.

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Open Thread For September 10, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 10, 2017 6 Comments

Wilmington Shootings Exacerbated By Lack Of Political Will. Same assholes who throw millions at corporations don’t fund proven ways of preventing violence: But no local or state dollars have been allocated to implement the key component of the CDC roadmap: Use data such as truancy records, emergency room visits and domestic abuse allegations to identify at-risk […]

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Open Thread For September 9, 2017

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Mueller Tightens The Screws. Seeks to interview current and former WH aides, including at least two Trump tortured (Priebus, Spicer).  Asked to choose between loyalty and prison, the choice will be easy. BTW, here’s why Mueller wants Hope Hicks to testify. Chief Of Staff Kelly: My Way Or The Highway.  I found this fascinating. Inside […]

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High School Football is Awesome – Let’s make sure it is safe

Filed in National by on September 9, 2017 13 Comments
High School Football is Awesome – Let’s make sure it is safe

There is nothing like a high school football game between well matched public school rivals. The excitement, pageantry and community cannot be matched. Last’s nights game between Middletown and Smyrna was an amazing event that leveraged the energies and enthusiasm of students from scores of school actives, with a breathtaking range of talents. Simply put […]

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Open Thread For September 8, 2017

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Rethugs Upset, Dems Wary, About Trump’s Deal With Pelosi And Schumer.  I repeat: He can’t be trusted. Get close to this guy, and you’ll end up getting dirtied. Why Florida Is So Vulnerable To Irma.  The bad news? Rampant development and climate change. The good news (which is only good in degree)? Florida learned lessons […]

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The stunning Democratic shift on single-payer

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The stunning Democratic shift on single-payer

Many thanks to the wild-eyed radical Senator from Vermont for dragging the Democratic Party into a winnable position.

In 2008, no leading Democratic presidential candidate backed single-payer. In 2020, all of them might.

For a bill that does not exist yet and whose details are not public, Bernie Sanders’s new single-payer health care bill sure is popular. First, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced her plans to co-sponsor it; then Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined in. According to reporting by my Vox colleague Jeff Stein, Cory Booker (D-NJ) has staff working with Sanders and others on formulating the bill.

Warren, Sanders, Harris, and Booker are arguably the most famous and most-admired Democratic senators in the country among the party’s base; the betting markets give a 55 percent chance that one of them will be the 2020 nominee for president.

Other contenders are getting on board with single-payer — or “Medicare for all,” where the federal government would provide health insurance for every American financed through taxes — as well. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) declared, “We should have Medicare for all,” at a rally against Republican attempts to roll back Obamacare. Meanwhile 117 House Democrats (over 60 percent of the caucus) have co-sponsored HR 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act offered every Congress by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

This is what an emerging party consensus looks like. Over time, some issues become so widely accepted within a party as to be a de facto requirement for anyone aspiring to lead it. No Democrat would run for president, or even for House or Senate minority leader, without supporting the DREAM Act. No Republican would try for a leadership position without supporting repeal of the estate tax.

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Open Thread For September 7, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on September 7, 2017 16 Comments

Russians Used Facebook To Target Clinton.  Used bots to buy targeted propaganda.  Facebook denied it until…yesterday.  WaPo reporter says it’s the ‘tip of the iceberg’. Trump Deals With D’s.  Dems celebrate. He. Cannot. Be. Trusted. D’s are stepping into the spider’s web. How And Why House Rethug Killed Funding For Climate Satellites.  Cliffs Notes: They […]

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