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Thursday Open Thread [9.18.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on September 18, 2014 10 Comments
Thursday Open Thread [9.18.14]

Kudos to Apple today:

Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.

[...]The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails and recordings. Apple once maintained the ability to unlock some content on devices for legally binding police requests but will no longer do so for iOS 8, it said in the new privacy policy.

If you have data in the iCloud, this does not apply, but I like locking down your devices from law enforcement not just as a privacy standard, but also as a marketing differentiator. All of the rest of the cell phone purveyors need to offer this level of privacy immediately.

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Late Night Video — Diet Racism

Filed in Open Thread by on September 14, 2014 0 Comments

On the money (about 1 and a half minutes long):

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QOD — Get Your Gameface On

Filed in National by on September 14, 2014 5 Comments

This image seems to be going viral fast and is a photoshopped version of an ad that is part of the Cover Girl Game face makeup (WTF?), and is accompanied by a pretty strong message to fire Roger Goodell. What do you think?

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Hijacking a Comment to Create an Open Thread [9.14.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on September 14, 2014 10 Comments

Stealing this from Geezer in the Sunday Daily Delawhere thread:

I’ll treat this as the open thread so I can post this link to Thomas Frank’s piece from Salon, which is the best thing I’ve read so far this morning.

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/14/all_these_effing_geniuses_ezra_klein_expert_driven_journalism_and_the_phony_washington_consensus/

John Manifold responds Geezer’s post of the Frank article with this:

Thomas Frank : Ezra Klein
Rousseau : Voltaire

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Thursday Open Thread [9.11.14]

Filed in National, Open Thread by on September 11, 2014 3 Comments
Thursday Open Thread [9.11.14]

It’s the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and there are memorials and remembrances everywhere. You can see the front pages of newspapers worldwide as printed on 9/12 from the Newseum. Here’s the NJ front page from that day:

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Ken Simpler Thinks That Seniors Are Stealing From You

Filed in Delaware by on September 11, 2014 169 Comments

He argues in this piece over at Town Square Delaware that seniors who are taking advantage of Medicare Part D subsidies and co-pays are stealing. To be fair, the analogies and even the basic metaphor here are incredibly tortured. Starting with trying to make the hold up a bunch of convenience stores somehow the equivalent of presenting an insurance card to get a discount on medications, then moving on to claim that savings from the Medicare Part D aren’t savings, then working at trying to wrap around all of it around no free lunches, government taking, the NJ needing to report better and Astra Zeneca laying people off. (This was sent to be by a GOP pal, who noted in his email to me “You will have a field day with this!”)

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Liveblog President Obama Speech on ISIL

Filed in National by on September 10, 2014 16 Comments

The President interrupts your Prime Time at 9PM EDT to tell the nation about his plan to deal with ISIL. The Guardian has a good overview of what to expect from tonight’s speech, because apparently the American outlets are occupied with 1) the optics, 2) the horserace, 3) the appetite of Americans for bloodshed and 4) President Obama’s poll numbers. Sheesh.

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Wednesday Open Thread [9.10.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on September 10, 2014 10 Comments

Today is a major protest by some of the Internet’s favorite sites to show users what an internet without net neutrality would look like:

You’ll find spinning wheels at the top of Netflix, Etsy, Foursquare and other top sites today, as they take part in Internet Slowdown Day. While sites won’t slow down for real, participating Internet companies will be covered with the symbolic loading icons “to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like,” the organizers write on their website.

It’s all part of a push to get the Federal Communications Commission to enact stronger protections for net neutrality. “We’re going to reach millions and millions of people who have never heard the words “net neutrality” before,” writes Fight for the Future’s Evan Greer. The group advocates for tougher net neutrality protections.

Interesting, I haven’t noticed the slowdown yet — have you?

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The Polls Are Closed! Primary Election Results Thread

Filed in Delaware by on September 9, 2014 139 Comments
The Polls Are Closed!  Primary Election Results Thread

The real news of the day is that turnout seemed to have been abysmally light all over. Even the NCC DOE took to Facebook to say how light the turnout was and to urge people to vote. But the polls are closed now and candidates should be getting the final numbers of the day. Are you working on a campaign today? What was it like out there?

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Delaware Liberal Primary Endorsements

Filed in Delaware by on September 8, 2014 34 Comments
Delaware Liberal Primary Endorsements

Took long enough, right? We’re ready with our endorsements, after a simple vote. We did not require a unanimous decision to endorse, but I think we pretty nearly were unanimous on these. This is who your charming and knowledgeable Editors endorse for tomorrow’s primary:

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Monday Open Thread [9.8.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on September 8, 2014 10 Comments
Monday Open Thread [9.8.14]

As states restrict the ability of women to get legal abortions, there will be more stories like this:

A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for obtaining so-called abortion pills online and providing them to her teenage daughter to end her pregnancy.

Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, of Washingtonville, a single mother who works as a nursing home aide, pleaded guilty in August to obtaining the miscarriage-inducing pills from an online site in Europe for her daughter, 16, who did not want to have the child.

Whalen was sentenced on Friday by Montour County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Norton to serve 12 months to 18 months in prison for violating a state law that requires abortions to be performed by physicians.[...]

Whalen told authorities there was no local clinic available to perform an abortion and her daughter did not have health insurance to cover a hospital abortion, the Press Enterprise newspaper of Bloomsburg reported.

And this is what the War on Women looks like — criminalizing what shouldn’t even be the state’s business.

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Sunday Open Thread [9.7.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on September 7, 2014 3 Comments
Sunday Open Thread [9.7.14]

It’s been GOTV weekend here in Delaware and there are still races that are worth talking about — witness Mike Protack running against Janet Kilpatrick for NCCo Council proudly waving the flag for Metropolitan government (joining the governments of Wilmington and NCCo):

If elected, Protack said he would push for a metropolitan government in which the county would take over most functions from the city of Wilmington, which he called “a giant anchor” for New Castle County. He claimed without county intervention the government would be bankrupt, like Detroit, within five years.

“It could be a shining diamond, so it’s really a shame,” he said. “We need to save it from itself.”

Oh my.

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Delaware ADA Makes Their Endorsements

Filed in Delaware by on September 4, 2014 33 Comments
Delaware ADA Makes Their Endorsements

This is actually Round 2 of the ADA endorsements — and their complete list (from their Press Release) is listed below. This list (mostly) doesn’t surprise me:

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Late Night Video — The List of Rules for Women

Filed in National by on September 2, 2014 2 Comments

The incomparable Jay Smooth works in this new video (about 2 and a half minutes long) at trying to round up the current set of rules for women so that women can get their humanity respected. After trying to grapple with the ever changing rules that (mostly) men prescribe for women to be able to make their way unassaulted in the world for awhile, he does note that it might be easier to provide a list for men:”Hello, Asshole. Women are human beings.” BAM! Still, let the mansplaining begin.

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.2.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on September 2, 2014 7 Comments
Tuesday Open Thread [9.2.14]

The Washington Post published Five things to know about Delaware’s election, noting that there are no Bidens on the ballot and noting that Beau Biden has gotten large contributions from Peter Angelos and the Buccini Brothers. They also note that Brenda Mayrack seems to be cruising in this primary and that Kevin Wade might be tilting at windmills. Smink has a COD endorsement? Yikes.

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It’s Labor Day and Someone Forgot About Winning Hearts and Minds

Filed in Delaware by on September 1, 2014 12 Comments
It’s Labor Day and Someone Forgot About Winning Hearts and Minds

Today was the Labor Day Parade in Downtown Wilmington — a long-standing tradition of organized labor, their families and supporters and (during an election year) politicians who want to be seen supporting labor marching down King St. This year, the union rat was also on parade courtesy of the Building Trades (I’m told — I was not at the parade this year) and this year, they put the face of John Kowalko on it — in protest of his not supporting the Newark Data Center. Pretty despicable behavior — especially towards someone who is routinely supportive of labor issues in Dover. Even more delusional when you factor in the fact that Rep. Kowalko was actually representing his *constituents* in the Data Center matter. Even union members can get that sometimes the people that actually vote in an area are pretty important to hear — and in the long run, it isn’t as though they’d be able to replace him with someone who is more committed to labor issues. I’ll also point out that these folks taking the cowards’ route in criticizing Kowalko today haven’t been able to find anyone who could credibly run against him — and seriously labor folks, if you think you can get someone more supportive of your agenda AND make those residents happy, then man up and get that person to run against Kowalko. Otherwise, what you did today was not worthy of what today is supposed to represent and it was just basic bullshit. A picture (thanks to my anonymous source) of today’s labor bullshit is here:

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Labor Day Open Thread [9.1.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on September 1, 2014 3 Comments
Labor Day Open Thread [9.1.14]

So now we have a new bit of right-wing foolishness to live through — Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day. Got that? A protest against Labor Day, folks.

But to the Freedom Foundation, a business-backed Olympia think tank, the day is evidence of the power of unions, which to members equals the decline of America. Rather than stoop to taking a union-backed day off, they plan to fight the power by … working all day Monday instead!

“I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,” said Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe, in announcing the “work-in.”

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Weekend Open Thread [8.30.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on August 30, 2014 12 Comments
Weekend Open Thread [8.30.14]

The Audacity of Taupe: President Obama wore a summer tan suit at his press conference on Thursday and I gather that this is not only news, but something of a cause celebre in Tea Party Nation. A Tan Suit, people. If you are a journalist actually paying attention to this, I need you to ask yourself now if you are why Americans seriously distrust their media. But when Eternally Outraged Congressman (ed. Peter King) Not Trying to Be ‘Trivial,’ But Doesn’t Think Obama’s Tan Suit Was Appropriate is making a fuss, I guess knee jerk coverage is in store, laundering this thing into some legitimacy that just looks bad for the liberal media that is actually covering this. (Be sure to click the link to NY Mag to see Peter King rockin’ his tan suit next to Gerry Adams. Then tell me who looks statesmanlike there.) And to all of the badly dressed teajhadists who think that a tan suit is a THING:

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Thursday Open Thread [8.28.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on August 28, 2014 4 Comments
Thursday Open Thread [8.28.14]

Two conservative groups commissioned a poll and found that women think that the GOP is “intolerant”. Ya think? YA THINK???

The report found that women think the GOP is “intolerant” and “stuck in the past,” and that women are “barely receptive” to Republican policies. Women think Republicans “fail to speak to women in the different circumstances in which they live.”

“This lack of understanding and acknowledgment closes many minds to Republican policy solutions,” the report reads, according to Politico.

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Why Won’t Sher Valenzuela Debate?

Filed in Delaware by on August 28, 2014 18 Comments
Why Won’t Sher Valenzuela Debate?

This might not be a real debate, but the GOP candidates are gathering on stage in Dover on Thursday to be able to talk about their positions (no way am I calling them ideas) and field questions. Kevin Wade, Carl Smink and Ken Simpler have agreed to go, but Sher Valenzuela?

Meanwhile, treasurer candidate Sher Valenzuela has opted out of the event, with her campaign telling state GOP officials she would not feel comfortable.

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Late Night Video — Race/Off by Jon Stewart

Filed in Open Thread by on August 27, 2014 1 Comment

Awesome commentary about the media coverage of the Ferguson business:

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.26.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on August 26, 2014 3 Comments
Tuesday Open Thread [8.26.14]

Chris Christie demonstrates a perfect execution of the GOP Grift:

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration openly acknowledged that more New Jersey taxpayer dollars were going to land in the coffers of major financial institutions. It was 2010, and Christie had just installed a longtime private equity executive, Robert Grady, to manage the state’s pension money. Grady promoted a plan to put more of those funds into riskier investments managed by Wall Street firms. Though this would entail higher fees, Grady said the strategy would “maximize returns while appropriately managing risk.”

Four years later, New Jersey has secured only half the promised results. The state has sent more pension money to big-name Wall Street firms like Blackstone, Third Point, Omega Advisors, Elliott Associates and Grady’s old firm, The Carlyle Group. Additionally, the amount of fees the state pays financial managers has more than tripled since Christie assumed office. New Jersey is now one of America’s largest investors in hedge funds.

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Senator Bobby Marshall Sponsored Low Wage Worker Task Force Starts Wednesday

Filed in Delaware by on August 26, 2014 10 Comments
Senator Bobby Marshall Sponsored Low Wage Worker Task Force Starts Wednesday

Senator Marshall sponsored Senate Concurrent Resolution 60, creating the Low Wage Service Worker Task Force to:

study and make findings and policy recommendations about the growth and nature of the low wage service sector as compared to other job growth and sectors in the State of Delaware; the demographics and rate of poverty of workers in low wage industries, the impact of low wage jobs on children, families and communities; the cost to Delaware taxpayers caused by the impact of low-wage jobs and the cost of state services used by low-wage workers; and the effects on the local economy.

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Why Black and White People See The Police Differently

Filed in National by on August 25, 2014 58 Comments
Why Black and White People See The Police Differently

In the multiple threads we’ve had here in the Ferguson incidents and the operation and obligations of the police, we had a request to talk about the long-standing poor relationship of African Americans with the police. Frankly, I think that the long history of this poor relationship pretty well mirrors the status of African Americans in the American community. When you are subject to slavery and apartheid for most of your history here, you aren’t going to see the country’s police forces as allies and friends. On the other hand, throughout our history, newly immigrant populations have documented problems with over-policing as well. Irish and Italian immigrants in particular lived with the kind of policing that African Americans have always been subject to and that’s reflective of the wishes and prejudices of the majority population that the politicians who direct the police are responsive to. Bu rather than rehash history, I’m going to post the Storify record of a series of Tweets from Gene Denby, the editor of NPR’s Code Switch blog. In about 25 tweets, Denby breaks down why different demographics may view Ferguson and other incidents like it through very different lenses. I admire what he did here — it is focused and too the point without fingerpointing that inspires defensive postures rather than conversation.

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Saturday Open Thread [8.23.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on August 23, 2014 3 Comments

In the category of It Couldn’t Happen to a Better Group of People: Australian comedian Adam Hills throws a hilarious challenge to the Westboro Rat Bastards after learning that the WBC was planning to picket Robin Williams’ funeral — he suggested that they go to Iraq (via First Class tickets he’d pay for) to protest the beheading of Christians who are being forced to convert by ISIS :

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