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USDA Approves Poultry Industry Self Inspections – Get ready for the diarrhea

Filed in National by on August 1, 2014 2 Comments

Diarrhea will actually be one of the milder outcomes, because all of the evidence provided by the history of capitalism says that this is going to fail, and fail catastrophically.

Poultry inspection, prepare to modernized. Or, if you prefer, privatized. The USDA late Thursday released its revamped poultry inspection rules, an overhaul to the 60-year-old system which, by allowing plants to self-inspect, it claims will simultaneously reduce the number of federal inspectors on site and incidences of foodborne illness.

No Tax revenue, no problem. Ultimately, you’ll pay one way or another.

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Thursday Open Thread [7.31.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on July 31, 2014 11 Comments

So conservatives who simply cannot live in the Reality Based Community created their own version of Facebook.  It is called Reaganbook — the “Facebook for Patriots”.  Somehow these conservatives feel that they are being censored and hounded off of Facebook and they need their own social network.  (There is nothing more appalling or more hysterical than conservatives who think they are being persecuted.) That site was recently pre-launched and that failed launch was subject to serious take-backs:

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Brenda Mayrack Lures ‘Bulo Out of the Shadows

Filed in Delaware by on July 31, 2014 4 Comments

Other than doing door-to-door with Bryan Townsend and hosting Mitch Crane at the Arden Fair, I’ve not been out front in actively campaigning for political candidates since I took my leave of the Delaware General Assembly. Brenda Mayrack has changed that. To the extent that I’ll be on her Host Committee for this upcoming event: […]

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The Wilmington City Council Clown Show, Part Whatever

Filed in Delaware by on July 30, 2014 15 Comments

The effort to start getting Wilmington’s long-term budget problem under control had a major setback last night when they failed to override the Mayor’s veto of an ordinance that defunded 8 vacant WFD positions. Sherry Dorsey-Walker, Trippi Congo, Bob Williams, Justin Wright and Sam Prado were cravenly joined at the last minute by Darius Brown, who apparently thought that since this vote might lose, he should get off of the reform train.

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“Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?”: Chapter, Oh, 1,000,000 and Something.

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on July 30, 2014 13 Comments

I LIVE for stuff like this. Wilmington City Council pays $1000 so that Councilman Mike Brown can fly back from Florida on the city’s dime to cast the deciding vote to override the Mayor’s veto of cuts to the Fire Department budget only to come up…TWO  VOTES SHORT. Oh, and for reasons that not even […]

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Tom Carper just made me LOL

Filed in National by on July 30, 2014 4 Comments

When I got to the last sentence I literally LOL’ed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House’s reliance on what lawmakers called a funding “gimmick” and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes.

The House could accept the Senate’s changes or reject them and send the bill back to the Senate. Whichever outcome, a highway funding bill is still expected to clear Congress before lawmakers adjourn for the summer later this week.

The Senate took up a $10.8 billion bill the House passed last week that would have kept the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May and voted 66-31 to strip out controversial funding provisions, leaving $8.1 billion.

That’s enough to keep programs going only through Dec. 19. The amendment’s sponsors — Democrats Tom Carper of Delaware and Barbara Boxer of California and Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee — said they want Congress to reach a long-term funding solution this year and they hope that will be easier after the November election when partisan tempers will presumably have cooled.

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Better Than Mutual Annhiliation.

Filed in International by on July 29, 2014 40 Comments
Better Than Mutual Annhiliation.

Ok, here’s a framework proposal for Israel/Palestine that at least to me makes sense, though crude and not fleshed out with detail. Let the experts do that.

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The Latest Performance from the DE GOP Clown Show

Filed in Delaware by on July 29, 2014 14 Comments

Remember in 2012 when Jeff Cragg and Sher Valenzuela perfected the technique of campaigning for a Delaware office someplace other than in Delaware? That was seriously awesome, even though I don’t see those SE PA votes tallied anywhere on the Delaware Department of Elections site. But I digress. This cycle, Kevin Wade is taking that technique of campaigning for Delaware votes someplace else To A Whole New Level. Kevin Wade has gone to Israel:

on a week-long fact-finding mission in Israel, on the ground right now (July 29). Wade is researching the situation on the ground and interviewing many. Kevin Wade is also a co-host with the Conservative Commandos Radio Show. Wade will be posting interviews on YouTube from the war zone in Israel.

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Carney Sides With Pesticide Polluters

Filed in Delaware by on July 28, 2014 6 Comments

To be fair, he hadn’t cast any real egregious votes for a few weeks now. That has changed. Carney sided with pesticide polluters who don’t even want to get a permit to spray in waterways. This despite the fact that there had not been a single complaint from a single state or provider urging a […]

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How the Left Took Over the Democratic Party

Filed in National by on July 28, 2014 5 Comments

That’s the title of a recent Politico (sorry) long piece that tries to make the case that the activist base of the Democratic Party have taken the party over. It is an interesting article and worth the read. Part of the motivation of this piece seems to be in making the point that Hillary Clinton won’t have as much room to ignore the activist base as other Presidential candidates could. I’m not sure that’s true — largely because the activist base hasn’t been able to translate its agenda to the Democrats in Congress (yes, there are some, but there isn’t as much of a block as could influence White House policy). And because Democrats in Congress aren’t nearly as beholden to their voting base as they are to their check-writing base. But we already knew that I’m a major cynic on that point.

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #15: Meet Fluffy Wumpkins

Filed in National by on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Shore cats hotelsEveryone knows cats make the worst hotel guests. Especially when they’re not used to traveling.

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Not All Accidents Are Created Equal

Filed in National by on July 28, 2014 7 Comments

Josh Marshall, TPM, has a post up about gun shootings and language clarity.  While I see where he’s coming from, I think he misses the point with these “accidental” gun shootings.  Here’s how he explains it: Over the last 18 months, we’ve made an on-going effort to highlight various cases of accidental shootings – sometimes […]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [7.27.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 27, 2014 0 Comments
Sunday Daily Delawhere [7.27.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [7.26.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on July 26, 2014 6 Comments

How much more proof do you need that these wingnuts are over their heads? This fool of a Congressman from Florida (GOP, naturally) thinks that the State Department and Commerce Department employees sitting in front of him are actually representatives of the government of India. Apparently because it can’t be possible for the US Government […]

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in National by on July 26, 2014 1 Comment

President Obama:

West Wing Week:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [7.26.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 26, 2014 0 Comments
Saturday Daily Delawhere [7.26.14]

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Taking Sides On Israel/Palestine Is Stupid

Filed in International by on July 25, 2014 62 Comments
Taking Sides On Israel/Palestine Is Stupid

I’ve been struggling with commentary on the current Gaza apocalypse and finally discovered my truth about it. Taking sides is dumb and totally misses both history and possible solutions.

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Friday Open Thread [7.25.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on July 25, 2014 19 Comments
Friday Open Thread [7.25.14]

The Cape Henlopen School District is feeling the heat (it seems) over their decision to remove one book — The Miseducation of Cameron Post–from their summer reading list, so they decided to abolish the reading list all together. It wasn’t enough that they banned the first book without even reading it (they googled it and saw the controversy– gasp) OR even talking to the teachers’ group that put the book on the list. And as far as I can tell, they took this decision to abolish the summer reading list again without talking to a single soul responsible for curriculum. If I’m a parent in this District, I’m making the replacement of this entire school board crew a priority. Because they are pretty clearly incompetent. Apparently this move is meant to avoid actions by the ACLU, but certainly isn’t about helping students maintain some learning readiness.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [7.25.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 25, 2014 2 Comments
Friday Daily Delawhere [7.25.14]

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Joe Biden is usually funny – Not today

Filed in National by on July 24, 2014 7 Comments
Joe Biden is usually funny – Not today

Who is writing for Biden now? Because this is some creaky shit.

Vice President Joe Biden joked Thursday at the National Urban League conference that he wished he had a child who grew up to be a Republican.

“I should have one Republican kid who’d grow up to make money,” Biden said,

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Far Right Rethuglican Organization Endorses…Dave Tackett!!??

Filed in Delaware by on July 24, 2014 18 Comments
Far Right Rethuglican Organization Endorses…Dave Tackett!!??

This is truth, not fiction. The Delaware Chapter of the Faith & Freedom Coalition has endorsed putative Democrat Dave Tackett in the Democratic Primary against State Sen. Bryan Townsend.  Tackett was endorsed along with a bunch of R’s. The Faith & Freedom Coalition is the home for the usual suspect right-wing nut jobs. Ralph Reed is the founder and chairman. Their endorsers include Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, Marco Rubio, the Christian Broadcasting Network, Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, and Ted Cruz, among many others. This group, this group, has decided to endorse Dave Tackett.   For those who doubt me, here is the press release….

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DE GOP Announces Primary Election ClusterF*ck Panel

Filed in National by on July 24, 2014 4 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 24, 2014

CONTACT: John Fluharty 202-251-9094

DE GOP Announces Primary Election ClusterF*ck Panel

Newark, DE — The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party today announced that the Party is in the final stages of planning for a clusterfu*ck panel between candidates in the GOP Primary race for United States Senator and State Treasurer on August 28, 2014 in Dover.

“The 2014 Delaware GOP Primary clusterf*ck panel will offer Party faithful a unique opportunity to interact directly with the potential Republican nominees for US Senate and State Treasurer,” said Copeland.

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Sen. Colin Bonini Diverts State Bond Funds to Private Religious Institution

Filed in Delaware by on July 24, 2014 6 Comments

We all know Colin Bonini.  The Senator who votes against the Budget pretty much every year and publicly scolds the General Assembly for failing to make the ‘tough choices’.  Meaning failing to shred the social safety net while cutting taxes and screwing unions. This self-same Colin Bonini sits on the Bond Bill Committee. A superb […]

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Sign this well researched and practical petition to call for SEPTA to increase service to Wilmington

Filed in National by on July 24, 2014 6 Comments

Thank you to tipster Alex Zorach who sent in this link a petition, organized by David Curtis, to improve SEPTA train service to Delaware.

As Alex mentioned, the petition seems well-researched, and the costs modest relative to the benefits. Apparently there is also a recent precedent of SEPTA adding significant service improvements in response to similar citizen petitions.

Help give this petition a boost (and ask the next politician who asks for your money or vote about it).

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [7.24.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 24, 2014 0 Comments
Thursday Daily Delawhere [7.24.14]

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