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March 20 Open Thread: “If This Is True, It’s Treason”

Filed in National by on March 20, 2018 37 Comments

That’s what Joe Biden said when, two months after the election, “all the pieces came together” for the Obama White House, according to a new book, “Russian Roulette,” reviewed at The Guardian. The folks at Cambridge Analytica apparently don’t believe in their ability to sway elections by legal means, so they also rely on prostitutes, […]

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March 19 Open Thread: Money Is the Root of All Greed

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on March 19, 2018 32 Comments

WDEL’s Amy Cherry has the best story on the kerfuffle over the firing of Padua Academy’s principal. The Diocese of Wilmington is trying to split hairs about it, but it all boils down to money, as in the family’s of Padua’s students weren’t giving St. Anthony’s any contributions, mainly because 97% of the students’ parents […]

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March 16 Open Thread: Go to Jail. Go Directly to Jail.

Filed in National, Open Thread by on March 16, 2018 25 Comments

The Mueller investigation passed Go and collected $200 yesterday, when it was revealed that Mueller has subpoenaed documents from the Trump Organization. I think Mueller is moving slowly to give the feds time to build a new prison. They’ll need one to hold all the Trumpkins who’ll be spending time there. The reason Republicans won’t […]

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Legal Pot in Delaware? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Filed in Delaware by on March 15, 2018 15 Comments

State Rep. Helene Keeley’s campaign to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use has taught us many things, but none more basic than this: Delaware will legalize marijuana if and when the State Police say it can. Keeley formed this task force because she couldn’t get her HB 110 to the floor for a vote, which […]

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Ides of March Open Thread: Where’s Brutus When You Need Him?

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on March 15, 2018 8 Comments

The Delaware State News continues to push hard for Dover Downs to get the tax break it’s been demanding for the past several years. The paper is so eager it ran yet another interview with Sen. Brian Bushweller (D-Dover Downs), who is wasting his talents if he doesn’t go into PR for the racino after […]

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March 14 Open Thread: Blame the Pornstache

Filed in National by on March 14, 2018 16 Comments

Republicans have figured out why they lost that special election last night: Rick Saccone’s pornstache. No, I’m not making that up; one GOP operative actually blamed the mustache, as if the rest of Rick Saccone was a fine candidate. Remember, three Republicans ran for this nomination. Their party’s loyalists specifically chose him. Live with it, […]

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March 13 Open Thread: Rex T Follows T Rex Into Extinction

Filed in National by on March 13, 2018 11 Comments

Rex Tillerson finally managed to get himself fired yesterday, apparently for telling the obvious truth that the Russians assassinate people in other countries, often England. His no-class piece of shit boss didn’t bother telling him, letting him find out at the same time the rest of the world did. Hey, at least he didn’t get […]

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Gun-Hugger John Sigler Working Behind the Scenes to Scuttle HB 300

Filed in National by on March 12, 2018 11 Comments

I hadn’t thought of John Sigler since May 2013, when he abruptly quit as chairman of the state GOP, after overseeing one of the worst periods in the party’s history. Even then he was known mainly for his previous job, President of the National Rifle Association; he still serves on its Board of Directors. He […]

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March 12 Open Thread: The Resistance Has Legs, and Knows How to Use Them

Filed in National by on March 12, 2018 17 Comments

The mainstream media has made a gazillion trips to “middle America” trying to understand Trump voters (pro tip, journalists: They’re stupid, no other explanation needed), but this article makes the claim that they’ve missed the bigger, more important picture: suburban women between the ages of 30 and 60 are mobilized politically like never before. Democrats, […]

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March 11 Open Thread: Some Delaware Democrats Don’t Like Democracy

Filed in Delaware, National by on March 11, 2018 8 Comments

The News Journal’s Scott Goss looked at how how DEDO’s replacement, the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, operates, and found there’s a reason their board meetings aren’t open to the public: They don’t really have any, at least not with a quorum. Decisions, including a grant that represents a significant chunk of this year’s funding pool, are […]

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March 10 Open Thread: Greedy Landowners Sue NCCo

Filed in National by on March 10, 2018 11 Comments

Supporting “farmland preservation” has become a routine position for Delaware politicians, and with good reason: Farmers love it because they get lots of money and don’t have to give up their land, only delay developing it while they live off the “preservation” cash. Add to that Tom Gordon’s Trump-like treatment of every issue as one […]

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Open Thread March 9: Master Negotiator? No, Master Baiter

Filed in National by on March 9, 2018 4 Comments

I have actually read Republican dipshits talking about Donald Trump’s skill at negotiations. This is perhaps the biggest lie Trump tells about himself — quick, name a business he’s been successful at where he doesn’t cheat people or break the law; I can name a dozen he’s failed at, mainly because he overpays Every. Single. […]

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March 8 Open Thread: Out of the Mouths of Babes

Filed in National by on March 8, 2018 13 Comments

Quote of the day comes from David Hogg, the 17-year-old Parkland massacre survivor who quickly became a target of the NRA for daring to speak against Moloch, the Gun God. Young Mr. Hogg is learning that most of the adult world is set up to screw the many in service of the few, and this […]

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March 7 Open Thread: Reading the Texas Tea Leaves

Filed in National by on March 7, 2018 20 Comments

Texas held its primary elections yesterday, and Politico analyzes the results. For me, the biggest takeaway was that several candidates who topped their fields in fund-raising did not win their Democratic primaries. Second-biggest: Women ruled. Stormy Daniels’ 15 minutes aren’t up yet. Her lawyer filed to have her non-disclosure agreement with Trump voided because Trump […]

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March 6 Open Thread: Let Denn Lead on Gun Control

Filed in Delaware, National by on March 6, 2018 11 Comments

Delaware Democrats, seeking leadership on gun issues given the makeup of their generally clueless caucus, should read Matt Denn’s op-ed supporting Gov. Carney’s call for a ban on assault weapons. This should stand as an answer to all those people who wonder why some of us considered Denn the best person for the governor’s job, […]

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March 5 Open Thread: Carper, Coons Sell Out for Handful of Magic Bipartisan Beans

Filed in National by on March 5, 2018 9 Comments

Delaware’s underwhelming Senate duo makes an appearance in this story of how Dodd-Frank was doomed by Democrats eager to appear bipartisan. All the other Democrats featured are in red states that back Trump; glossed over are the reasons for Carper’s and Coons’ perfidy. These Democrats, Politico declares, are hungry to show they can make Washington […]

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WTF Is Wrong With John Carney?

Filed in Delaware by on March 4, 2018 28 Comments

I understand why Gov. John Carney wanted to get rid of DEDO, the Delaware Economic Development Office, after the office spent the Markell years throwing taxpayer money with great fanfare at ventures that went tits-up (looking at you, Fisker!). What I don’t understand is why he replaced it with a “public-private partnership” that essentially hands […]

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March 4 Open Thread: Only Now Are Trump’s Friends Worried

Filed in National by on March 4, 2018 5 Comments

The headlines have been chilling. Lots of outlets are running stories that claim Trump’s friends are starting to worry about his mental state. Oh, great. That basically means “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” At least with Nixon, it wasn’t until years later that we learned he was talking to the portraits on the walls. Republicans […]

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March 3 Open Thread: The Scold Has No Clothes

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on March 3, 2018 11 Comments

It’s not just me who thinks Kevin Ohlandt made an ass of himself by trying to smear Rep. Mike Ramone . Fealty to the NRA might finally have become a political loser.  Here’s how they’ve gotten away with it for so long. Yep, this guy is Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.  And, yep, willful […]

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Know Your Firearm Fondlers: State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn

Filed in National by on March 2, 2018 7 Comments
Know Your Firearm Fondlers:  State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn

When it comes to gun laws, State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn wins the yellow jersey: He’s the General Assembly’s biggest hypocrite. The former Georgetown mayor, who fell into his senate seat when Eric Bodenweiser’s past caught up with him, was doing an undistinguished job in the minority caucus until last June, when he tried to board […]

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Open Thread March 2: Students Stride to Battle, Lawmakers Crawl to Safety

Filed in National by on March 2, 2018 6 Comments

Delaware’s Democrats, emboldened by the groundswell of anger about the NRA’s role in America’s deadly gun culture, introduced a bill yesterday that would raise the minimum age for buying a long gun from 18 to 21, which already is the minimum age for buying a handgun. This tiny baby step was trumpeted to the skies […]

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Why Do the Conservatives Rage?

Filed in National by on March 1, 2018 2 Comments

I’m sure you’ve noticed that today’s Republicans, and conservatives generally, are the sorest winners in history. It’s unmissable, because it’s everywhere. Peter Beinart in The Atlantic uses the current cultural moment on guns to illustrate why this is so. On the subject of guns, conservatives have dominated public policy, both in Washington and in the […]

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Oxymoron of the Day: Intelligent Gun Owner

Filed in National by on March 1, 2018 4 Comments

“In my opinion, you hang a sign out front that says this is a ‘gun-free zone’ and what do you get? An open invitation.” — “Dr.” Donald Hattier, Indian River School Board member Yesterday I drove someone to the emergency room, and a sign out front caught my eye. Guess what? The ER is a […]

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Open Thread March 1: Marijuana Task Force or Stoner Farce?

Filed in National by on March 1, 2018 43 Comments

You have to read Matt Bittle’s story about Wednesday’s marijuana task force meeting to believe it. Rep. Helene Keeley, who chaired the meeting, couldn’t have screwed it up any more if she had taken bong hits throughout. Here, I’ll let Matt do the honors: A vote to release the task force’s report was initially thought […]

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Delaware’s Blood-Soaked “Sportsmen” Call for “Individual Control”

Filed in National by on February 28, 2018 16 Comments

I can’t make this shit up. Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association President Jeff Hague appeared on Rob Sussman’s WXDE show yesterday and said, “From our analysis of what’s going on, on a national level it’s being driven down to a liberal, democratic [sic] agenda and far left views on many issues, not only the gun issue, […]

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