Alby

Who wants to know?

rss feed Author's Website

Alby's Latest Posts

Open Thread Feb. 9: No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 9, 2018 14 Comments

Jason Kelce will never pay for another drink in Philadelphia. He stole the show at the Eagles victory parade yesterday, dressing up like a Mummer (somebody in the Avalon String Band had saved an old costume big enough to fit him), engaging with fans along the route and giving a barn-burning, expletive-riddled speech calling out […]

Continue Reading »

Mo’ Joe: Kompromat Only Explanation for Trump’s Bromance With Putin

Filed in National by on February 8, 2018 7 Comments

Looks like Joe Biden’s tactic for helping Democrats in the midterms is going to be “I’ll attack Trump so you don’t have to.” Biden sat down this morning for an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who asked the former vice president why Trump was “so reluctant to take on Vladimir Putin.” “Look, you know, I […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Feb. 8: Who Loves Paying for a Parade?

Filed in National by on February 8, 2018 8 Comments

Donald Trump’s childish wish for a military parade has drawn voluminous criticism from almost all corners. The objections range from the obvious (it’s a waste of money, an estimated $20 million) to the even more obvious (it’s a sign of deep insecurity). But nobody has said jack about the waste of money taking place in […]

Continue Reading »

Less Sauce for the Goose

Filed in National by on February 7, 2018 17 Comments

When a male teacher has sex with a female student, it causes outrage, but it rarely makes the news outside the local police report. The guy goes on the sex-offender registry, maybe to prison, but it’s just too common to be news. When a female teacher seduces a male student, though, our prurient interest knows […]

Continue Reading »

Politico on Biden’s Plans for 2018, Lack of Plans for 2020

Filed in National by on February 7, 2018 0 Comments

Biden-watchers hoping for a clear signal of Joe’s 2020 intentions won’t get them from this in-depth Politico piece on his heavy schedule campaigning for other Democrats in the midterms, but that’s about the only question Edward-Isaac Dovere’s piece doesn’t answer. As he details, Biden is both the highest-ranking and most-sought-after advocate for Congressional Democrats, particularly […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Feb. 7: Biden Calls Trump ‘A Joke,’ Nobody Laughs

Filed in National by on February 7, 2018 21 Comments

Joe Biden sat down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo yesterday and went to town on Trump, calling him “a joke” and saying, “It’s just amazing the outrageously inaccurate things the President says.” Yeah, that’s pretty mild by Biden standards — if there’s anyone who deserves to be choked to death with rosary beads, it’s Trump — […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Feb. 6: Boycott All Republicans

Filed in National by on February 6, 2018 17 Comments

This article calling for voters to boycott the Republican Party at all levels and for all offices is notable because of who wrote it: A pair of Brookings Institution eggheads with plenty of conservative views. It concludes with this: We understand, too, the many imperfections of the Democratic Party. Its left is extreme, its center […]

Continue Reading »

When White People Do It, It’s…

Filed in National by on February 5, 2018 1 Comment

The aftermath of the Eagles’ victory in the L’il Super Bowl — isn’t that what the logo called it? — is being described in Philadelphia media as a “boisterous celebration” that in places “got out of hand.” On national TV, though, it sure looked like what we might call a “riot,”except for one key distinction. […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Feb. 5: At Least 3 Eagles to Skip White House Visit

Filed in National by on February 5, 2018 6 Comments

Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith have declared they will not visit the White House for the president’s traditional photo op with the NFL champions (how this nakedly obvious publicity stunt turned into such a tradition that Trump won’t break it is another story). I’m not sure that’s the best way to get attention […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Feb. 3: I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Lobby

Filed in National by on February 3, 2018 6 Comments

It’s time to admit the American experiment in self-government has failed — and not just because it produced Trump as president. The better evidence is summed up at Citizen Vox: More than 7,000 lobbyists worked on influencing the GOP’s tax bill, or about 13 lobbyists per member of Congress. This, I would point out, is […]

Continue Reading »

Top Dems Huddled With Karen Hardly-Able

Filed in National by on February 2, 2018 19 Comments

I missed this story when it was posted at WDEL a couple of days ago: New Castle County Council President Karen Hartley-Nagle had a sit-down with party leaders Jan. 22 to air her side of the story. She had requested the meeting with Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser-Schramm, New Castle County Chair David Woodside, Wilmington […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Feb. 2: Apocalypse Any Time Now

Filed in National, Open Thread, Science and Health by on February 2, 2018 10 Comments

The Nunes memo has been released. It tries to make a big deal out of the fact that the government was spying on Russian agent Carter Page. I just wonder, when the end comes, as it does for all cults eventually, what flavor Kool-Aid will they use? A big football game is being played Sunday […]

Continue Reading »

Big Gummint Is Coming to Transgender Your Kids

Filed in Delaware by on February 1, 2018 24 Comments

I warned you months ago that the Delaware GOP, having less intelligence than a majority of the state’s chicken population, was pinning its 2018 hopes on its latest horror movie, “Attack of the 50-Foot Transgender.” (Is it a boy? Is it a girl? Do you want it in your kids’ locker room?) Sure enough, the […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Feb. 1: Our Cup Runneth Over With Bullshit

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 1, 2018 8 Comments

At this point, is there anything Trump could do that would cause Republicans to abandon him? My Magic 8-Ball says, “Outlook not so good.” The Orange Doofus is at war with the FBI, and is so stupid he can’t even hide his motives. Sources tell CNN that he’s embracing the memo as a way of […]

Continue Reading »

Biden Watch: Joe to Keynote House Democratic Retreat

Filed in National by on January 31, 2018 5 Comments

Politico is reporting that Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the three-day event, being held in Cambridge, Md., starting Feb. 7. This should provide more fodder for those who think Biden will mount one last presidential bid.

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Jan. 31: Republicans Lick Trump’s Ass, Report It Tastes Like Fascism

Filed in National by on January 31, 2018 7 Comments

The biggest takeaway from the State of the Union address is that nobody believes a word Trump says, even the people who want to. Lots of people worried that sticking to a teleprompted script would have pundits praising Trump, but there’s very little of that this morning. Josh Marshall’s sigh of resignation is more honest […]

Continue Reading »

The Question to Ask Yourself About Trump

Filed in National by on January 30, 2018 16 Comments

Here’s the ugly little question at the heart of the Trump era: How much would you object to his behavior if he were pursuing a liberal agenda? Obviously that’s not a real-world scenario, because the racism is baked in. But what if you subtracted that but kept the sexual predation, the crudeness, the taste for […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Jan. 30: He’s Not a Real President, But He Plays One on TV

Filed in National by on January 30, 2018 14 Comments

The State of the Union? Nobody cares, and nobody should, Jim Newell argues, because “it has lost its efficacy in the age of the one-minute news cycle.” Speaking of tired scripts, Republicans are continuing their pretense, apparently for the consumption of their cult alone, that the FBI is engaged in a coup against Trump (to […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Jan. 29: Eyesore Rankles Sorehead

Filed in National by on January 29, 2018 22 Comments

Bob Weiner is easily New Castle County’s wackiest council member. Remember that time he tried to effect a citizen’s arrest on a guy putting unauthorized advertising on a telephone pole? He’s wacky that way. Now he’s at it again — not physically restraining anyone, thank goodness, but making a big issue over the fact that […]

Continue Reading »

Jan. 28: If We Start Honoring Women, Pretty Soon We’ll Have to Honor Everybody

Filed in National by on January 28, 2018 12 Comments

That’s pretty much the stance of state Sen. Gary Simpson, who objected to a monument honoring women’s WWII service at Leg Hall. His logic is impeccable: “Obviously men had struggles and gave up a lot when they fought those other wars, Vietnam, (World Wars) I and II. I just, I hate to see one segment […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Jan. 27: What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear

Filed in National, Open Thread by on January 27, 2018 3 Comments

Friday afternoon was quieter than usual for the Age of Trump. Too quiet? Hard to say. But the chattering classes seem to be processing the revelations about the Mueller investigation that came out of the past week. We learned that Mueller had already talked to several high-profile figures and seemed to be zeroing in on […]

Continue Reading »

Friday News Dump: I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Strip

Filed in National by on January 26, 2018 0 Comments

The award for biggest sexual harassment story of the day goes to casino mogul Steve Wynn, accused of demanding sex from numerous women who worked for him. All I can say is that when it comes to his manicurist, I can understand a man who gets manicures needing to affirm his masculinity, but it brings […]

Continue Reading »

Open Thread Jan. 26: In Dover, More Money Means More Fighting

Filed in National by on January 26, 2018 2 Comments

Gov. Carney’s budget is only a starting point for the Generous Assembly, and Sneaky Pete Schwartzkopf already is making noises about wanting more money to give away as grants-in-aid. An old Leg Hall reporter once told me that there’s more fighting in Dover when there’s too much money than there is when there’s not enough, […]

Continue Reading »

Carney Budget: Raises All Around

Filed in Delaware by on January 25, 2018 26 Comments

Gov. John Carney unveiled his budget earlier today, and the decent DEFAC numbers have him feeling expansive. His blueprint calls for $4.25 billion in spending, an increase of 3.5% that he claims is sustainable but would be even more sustainable if the General Assembly had granted all his requests, which he won’t repeat in an […]

Continue Reading »

Art for Art’s Sake, Money for God’s Sake

Filed in National by on January 25, 2018 11 Comments
Art for Art’s Sake, Money for God’s Sake

That refrain from an old 10cc song leapt to mind when I saw this story about the White House asking the Guggenheim Museum to loan it a Van Gogh, “Landscape With Snow.” No dice, the Guggenheim responded, but we do have a lovely interactive sculpture titled “America,” no longer on display, that artist Maurizio Cattelan […]

Continue Reading »