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Wednesday Open Thread [12.17.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [12.17.14]

Jason330 wrote about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s speech on the Senate floor last week, and the punditry is still talking about it, and the possibility, despite her refusal, that she will run against Hillary Clinton for President. John Cassidy at The New Yorker:

Right now, the Democratic Party has three leaders: President Obama, who is term-limited; Clinton, the establishment successor-in-waiting; and Warren, whose role is difficult to define, but also increasingly difficult to ignore. Of the three, there’s no doubt who is conveying the most consistent message and generating the most enthusiasm among liberal activists: it’s Warren, with her populist crusade against Wall Street and moneyed interests. [...]

The speech she delivered on the floor of the Senate on Friday evening has been viewed more than a quarter of a million times on YouTube. Also on Friday, more than three hundred people who worked on the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 signed a public letter urging Warren to enter the Presidential race. [...] In saying that she’s not running, Warren can continue to use her prominent position in the Senate to promote the causes she believes in. She can also wait to see if Clinton falters. If that doesn’t happen, Warren can eventually fall in line with the party establishment and help elect the first female President. But if Clinton does stumble badly, in Iowa or before, Warren would still have an opportunity to step in. With her name recognition and army of supporters nationwide, many of them young and tech-savvy, she could quickly raise money and put together an improvised campaign operation.

And we some good polling goodness, and some pretty horrible polling badness about Americans and torture.

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This is going to be a LONNNG two years with Carper.

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This is going to be a LONNNG two years with Carper.

Maybe our Senior Senator has this bug up his ass because he knows he will be retiring in 2018, God willing. But Senator Carper has been most annoying over the last two months, screaming about bipartisanship to anyone who can hear him. He realized his career-long dream to create a non-contiguous and non-existent Delaware National Park this past Saturday. So now he is itching to get his actually good Postal Reform bill passed by this Congress. Indeed, there were some reports that he tried to get the Reform bill passed by adding it to the CROmibus bill that passed the Senate last Saturday. And now he is blaming the President Obama for not delaying his immigration action, because not delaying made the Republicans mad, and you cannot make Republicans mad, ever. Not in Bipartisan Land.

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Finally.

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Finally.

It would appear that what began as an unexpected handshake between Cuban President Raul Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama back last year at Nelson Mandela’s funeral may have turned into actual negotiations that resulted today in the release of an American prisoner in Cuba, and the start of talks between the two countries about the resumption of diplomatic relations.

The U.S. is starting talks with Cuba to normalize full diplomatic relations and open an embassy, according to U.S. officials. The expanded relationship would also open imports of Cuban cigars somewhat, according to a CNN report. U.S. President Obama, Cuba’s Raul Castro plan to speak separately at noon ET about relations between the two countries. Obama plans to overhaul Cuba’s policy while Cuba plans to free 53 political prisoners and to allow U.S. debit and credit cards, Dow Jones reported. This follows Cuba’s release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison where he spent five years on espionage charges, NBC reported.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [12.17.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [12.17.14]

There are several houses in Delaware that have huge Christmas light displays. This one is on Kelly Drive in Corner Ketch.

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The ‘5’ Royales Make The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame…Finally!

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The ‘5’ Royales Make The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame…Finally!

Inducted as an ‘Early Influence’, they’re so good that they should have gone in long ago. An extremely important link between early r & b, soul, and gospel. Led by a neglected genius in Lowman Pauling, who wrote songs that you know, and created a guitar style that was far ahead of his time.  Please listen, you will enjoy these……

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A Revenue Task Force: The Result of Tax Cowardice and the Passing of the Buck

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A Revenue Task Force: The Result of Tax Cowardice and the Passing of the Buck

Longtime readers will know my frustration with Delaware and its revenues. We have what is essentially a flat tax rate system for the middle and higher brackets of income. If one person has $60,000 in taxable income and another has $600,000 and another has $6 million, they all pay exactly the same tax rate. But we can never… NEVER!!!!!! … raise taxes on those at the higher levels, because, you know, they are job creators and it will hurt their fees fees. So we have to scrounge around every year, waiting desperately for every DEFAC forecast to come out with good news. We have to talk about raising regressive fees and taxes, like the gas taxes, which fall disproportionately on those who least can afford to pay more. We have to talk about deeper and deeper spending cuts.

And we have to resort to a Task Force to tell us what is wrong with our “revenue structure.” And that task force will come back with proposals for a gas tax and a sales tax, both regressive taxes, and both unpopular, which will “force” the Governor to look to spending cuts to education and Medicaid. That’s the Delaware Way.

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Tuesday Open Thread [12.16.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [12.16.14]

One of the great ironies of our time is that the radical Republican hates the tyrannical Big Obama Government, yet wants that tyrannical Big Government to torture. James Antle III calls out the Republican hypocrites who apologize for torture:

[T]he case for limited government is weakened when those making it ignore or defend torture, testicle-crushing, and waterboarding, complaining only about big government when someone proposes spending taxpayer dollars to help people. And I say that as someone who has written a book arguing that seemingly benign and compassionate government spending can curtail individual freedom.

It is difficult to take someone seriously who thinks the imprisonment of human beings in cages and the behavior of government agents with guns have less impact on personal freedom than the capital-gains tax rate. That is one reason it is so easy for many to dismiss arguments against programs like Obamacare as being motivated purely by economic self-interest.

The truth is that there is no irony, no hypocrisy. The truth is, and this issue, and the issue of abortion, lays bare the lie that is the Republican Party today: Republicans do not hate big government at all. They love it. And they love it precisely because they are fascists. They want to control you and society. That is why they also support police officers who murder with no provocation. It is why they support torture. It is why they want to abolish reproductive choice, public education, public health, and social security. All of those things free the citizen and uplifts them. But that is not what the Republican Party wants.

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This is Exactly Right

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This is Exactly Right

Andrew Hawkins, a football player for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, wore the T-shirt you see above during the game warm ups on Sunday. Like in St. Louis, when some St. Louis Rams players last week entered the stadium during game introductions with their hands up, the local police in Cleveland demanded an apology from the Cleveland Browns organization and Mr. Hawkins himself. The Cleveland Browns said no, no apology, stating correctly:

“We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city,” the Browns said in a statement, via Cleveland.com. “We also respect our players’ rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done so in a responsible manner.”

Then Hawkins hit it out of the park with his statement……

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The 2014 MVP Awards! And the winner is…. Mike Matthews.

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The 2014 MVP Awards!   And the winner is…. Mike Matthews.

Granted, it wasn’t a great year for progressives in Delaware, to put it mildly. A business uber alles governor, a congressional delegation that aids and comforts the enemy, more shenanigans from narcissistic elected officials, and a refusal by the General Assembly to address financial shortfalls that will soon impact Delaware’s infrastructure.

However…we began to see the emergence of coalitions that may well have a profound and positive impact on our future. We also saw some elected officials step up their game. And we saw members of the public lead in challenging some of the most wrong-headed assumptions of our elected officials.

So, here they are: The 2014 Bob Stachnik Memorial MVP Awards.   Dedicated to a man who epitomized the spirit of those who created this very blog. A man who, literally and figuratively, sought to ‘re-twinkle the stars’.

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Who will it be?

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Who will it be?

Come back at 10 am to find out….

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [12.16.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [12.16.14]

New Castle Presbyterian Church, on 2nd Street in New Castle. The church was built in 1707 after the congregation helped found the Presbyterian Church in the New World.

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A Progressive Economic Plan

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In a Senate floor speech last week, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) laid out a progressive economic agenda that would create millions of new jobs, raise wages, protect the environment and provide health care for all. Sanders laid out the problem facing America: the murder of the middle class by the rich.

“Today, millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages[.] We once led the world in terms of the percentage of our people who graduated college, but we are now in 12th place. Our infrastructure, once the envy of the world, is collapsing. Real unemployment today is not 5.8 percent, it is 11.5 percent, if we include those who have given up looking for work or who are working part time when they want to work full time. Youth unemployment is 18.6 percent and African-American youth unemployment is 32.6 percent.”

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Monday Open Thread [12.15.14]

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Monday Open Thread [12.15.14]

Paul Krugman on Wall Street’s Revenge:

“Most interest groups have stable political loyalties. For example, the coal industry always gives the vast bulk of its political contributions to Republicans, while teachers’ unions do the same for Democrats. You might have expected Wall Street to favor the G.O.P., which is always eager to cut taxes on the rich. In fact, however, the securities and investment industry — perhaps affected by New York’s social liberalism, perhaps recognizing the tendency of stocks to do much better when Democrats hold the White House — has historically split its support more or less equally between the two parties.”

“But that all changed with the onset of Obama rage. Wall Street overwhelmingly backed Mitt Romney in 2012, and invested heavily in Republicans once again this year. And the first payoff to that investment has already been realized. Last week Congress passed a bill to maintain funding for the U.S. government into next year, and included in that bill was a rollback of one provision of the 2010 financial reform.”

No, Cleveland cops, you are not owed an apology. You owe us one.

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The Delaware National Park is the dumbest thing

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The Delaware National Park is the dumbest thing

Senator Thomas Carper realized the most significant achievement in his long congressional career on Saturday night: when the Cromnibus Bill passed, the long sought after Delaware National Park was finally established. For years, Delaware was saddled with the indignity of being the only state in the union not to have a national park. This was the most important and damaging problem facing Delaware for decades, second only to the lack of bipartisanship, so of course our brave and tireless Senator fought to solve the problem.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., who has steadfastly sought a park designation for Delaware, released a statement after the vote on Friday. “Now, Delaware can have a national park that preserves and teaches the lessons of our state’s heritage and our country’s history,” he said.

U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-Del., called the historical park a “tremendous achievement,” in a written statement, saying “I look forward to taking my family and visitors from out of state to visit the natural and historic sites in our park.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think of a “national park,” I think of a contiguous natural place that we have preserved in its wild state. I also think of a park.

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WDEL to Cover Wilmington “Die In” @ 4:30

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WDEL to Cover Wilmington “Die In” @ 4:30

This appears to be what is left for us, to die. With no apparent representation in the halls of power, our choice is to die – literally or symbolically.

We are wild about calling ourselves and our country “free.” Have you been to a football or baseball game lately? They have become nauseating exercises in self-congratulations over our great freedoms. But what are we really free from? Are we free from debt? Probably not. Are we free from being beaten or killed by cops? Are we free from anxiety? Hardly. Free from the indignity of institutionalized injustices?

We have never been less free then we are today. When the majority of Americans are not represented by a political party, inch by inch, drop by drop freedom wanes.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [12.15.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [12.15.14]

A Delaware Fisherman, by Jim on Flickr.

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Red Clay’s Latest Idea Will Create More Hardship For City Parents, Or… Red Clay Demonstrates, once again, how Clueless They Are

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Red Clay’s Latest Idea Will Create More Hardship For City Parents, Or… Red Clay Demonstrates, once again, how Clueless They Are

I had heard whispers about this for months.  Kilroy spells it out: Red Clay’s (RCCD) plan for two of its Priority Schools is to turn one (Shortlidge) into a K – 2 and the other one (Warner) into a 3 – 5 school.  And while I’m no fan of the Neighborhood Schools Act (NSA), Kilroy points out that this move violates the NSA.

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Sunday Open Thread [12.14.14]

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Sunday Open Thread [12.14.14]

Michael Hanlon claims that the “true age of innovation – I’ll call it the Golden Quarter – ran from approximately 1945 to 1971,” during which time just about everything that “defines the modern world either came about, or had its seeds sown,” from the pill to computers to civil rights. One reason he believes we’ve stagnated? Our increasing risk aversion…

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [12.14.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [12.14.14]

The Casear Rodney statue, in Rodney Square in Wilmington. The statue, dedicated in 1922, depicts Rodney’s ride from Dover to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote for independence in 1776. Photo by xzmattzx on Flickr.

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Bulletin: U.S. Exempts Itself Against Torture Law

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Bulletin:  U.S. Exempts Itself Against Torture Law

With the release of the long awaited report on the use of torture during the Bush/Cheney reign of terror following 9-11, public statements by current elected federal officials and many serving with Bush/Cheney, the United States of America appears to have exempted itself from all domestic and international law prohibiting torture.

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Saturday Open Thread [12.13.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [12.13.14]

Andrew Sullivan calls bullshit on something that we have heard from coward Wall Street Democrats like Chuck Schumer:

I’ve heard this a million times now and I simply don’t understand it. In terms of chronology, Obama did put the economy first. With TARP and the stimulus and the auto-bailout, the key measures to shore up a flat-lining economy were taken in short order. You could plausibly argue, I think, that in retrospect, Obama should have gone bigger, and produced a much more ambitious stimulus. But, as someone who observed this close-up and in real time, the odds of that actually happening were close to zero. And if it had happened, the stimulus would have been even less popular – and more easily demagogued – than it actually was. The problem was not the timing or the seriousness of the response; it was the seriousness of the problem. When an economy has a near-death experience, on top of huge public and private debt, the recovery will tend to be exactly what this recovery was: long, sad at first, and later … well, we don’t know yet, do we?

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Jack Markell Offers Another Phony Choice. Just In Time for Christmas: Coal for the Laborers.

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Jack Markell Offers Another Phony Choice. Just In Time for Christmas: Coal for the Laborers.

OK, kids, take some time and read this article. It’s not long. I’ll wait.

Markell sets up a completely phony choice as the supposed upcoming battle for the ‘soul of the Democratic Party’.  According to Markell, the choice is middle-class jobs vs. ‘income redistribution’, aka a living wage:

Markell said Democrats should pursue an “agenda around growth rather than an agenda around redistribution,” saying that “there aren’t a lot of people with middle class jobs who are aspiring to an increase in the minimum wage.”

So, on behalf of this state’s economic overlords, our putative Democratic governor wants to set up a battle of the middle class vs. those who need a living wage.  Uh, by the way, in such a battle, neither the middle class nor those in need of a minimum wage wins. The economic overlords do. BTW, Jack, there’s no reason whatsoever why you can’t or shouldn’t pursue an agenda that promotes both growth for the middle class and a living wage. Geez, some of those people earning a living wage could become, dare I say it, middle class.

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The Weekly Addresses [12.13.14]

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President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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The Best Speech I’ve Heard All Year…

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Elizabeth Warren, echoing, among others, Teddy Roosevelt. I dare you to watch to this and not want her to run for President:  

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [12.13.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [12.13.14]

The Delaware City Hotel, on Clinton Street in Delaware City. The hotel was built in 1829 when the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal was opened across the street. The hotel is also next to a portion of Battery Park that served as a wharf for steamboats that traveled to Delaware City in the 1800s. Photo by […]

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