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Thursday Open Thread [10.23.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [10.23.14]

The difference between a responsible and ethical media, interested in journalistic integrity and facts, and a hyperbolic entertainment first enterprise, interesting only in ratings and thus profit, and facts and ethics must never interfere with that pursuit. CNN and Fox do not want to inform you. They want you only as a daily consumer of their content. They don’t care to inform you. In fact, they will misinform you if that is what makes you a daily consumer of their content. They will do anything and everything to scare you. It is why there are people in this country, many many many people, that are convinced ISIS is now invading the US. That Ebola is currently killing millions of Americans.

Driving home yesterday, I have CNN on my Sirius XM, and heard Wolf Blitzer breathlessly shout that OTTAWA IS ONLY AN HOUR’S DRIVE TO THE AMERICAN BORDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fuck Wolf Blitzer.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.23.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.23.14]

Rowhomes near the Brandywine Park and River in Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Another Opinion on Barney-Simpler

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Another Opinion on Barney-Simpler

I received another possible theory on how the Treasurer’s race is developing from a source who wants to remain anonymous. I think it is interesting and plausible enough to post and get everyone else’s opinion on it.

Simpler could totally win this, in part because of Dem overconfidence and lack of financial engagement.

He’s spent his independent money very smartly. He let the rich R’s attack Sher from the right so he could immediately claim the moderate ground.

Dems had been so focused on the the primary on their side, that they never forced Ken to stake out positions on divisive issues during the primary. So he can say whatever he wants now.

The belief that Dems can’t lose statewide mean nobody’s pinning him down now, either. And he’s got his own money and the relationship with WBOC to get up on TV, which really moves #s.

The counterbalancing financial forces on the D side like AFSCME and Labor don’t seem to take the Simpler threat seriously.

People will regret it.

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.22.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.22.14]

A Federal District Judge upheld Puerto Rico’s marriage equality ban, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1971 decision in Baker v. Nelson, which banned same sex marriage, or more accurately says such bans do not violate the Constitution, has not been explicitly overturned. That argument has never worked before in the Circuit Courts or before the Supreme Court itself in the DOMA or Prop 8 Cases, but now, if the corresponding Circuit Court upholds this decision (which is unlikely but possible), then we will finally have a ruling from the Supreme Court.

Ian Millhiser expects the Puerto Rico decision will be reversed:

[W]hile Pérez-Giménez clearly holds very passionate views on the question of whether same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as everyone else, his views are unlikely to persuade many of his fellow judges. It’s even possible that his opinion could ultimately wind up bolstering the case for marriage equality. That’s because his decision will appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, a court dominated by Democratic appointees (although, it is worth noting that Pérez-Giménez was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy Carter). All four of the states that comprise the First Circuit — Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island — are already marriage equality states, so a decision out of a federal court in Puerto Rico is the only path to bring a marriage equality case before this circuit.

Given the makeup of the First Circuit, the overwhelming consensus among federal judges in favor of marriage equality, and the belligerent tone of Pérez-Giménez’s opinion, it is unlikely that his decision will be upheld on appeal.

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I am confused by Jason’s Poll….

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I am confused by Jason’s Poll….

I am voting for Barney, because I will never vote for any living or dead Republican to handle the state’s finances. Indeed, if you want to prove to me you are fiscally responsible, you cannot be a Republican. But I digress.

I guess his question is measuring my enthusiasm in voting for Barney, where 10 is voting for Obama in 2008 and 1 is voting for Carper/Carney at any time. I am at a 5.

Anyway, here is something humorous that Trey Paradee posted on Facebook….

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.22.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.22.14]

I once took a corner too fast on this road, hit some gravel, went into a 360 degree spin and plowed into one of these stone walls. The wall was not damaged. I was. Brandywine Springs Park area. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.21.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.21.14]

Here is our massive, and I do mean massive, polling dump from the last 10 days.

ALASKA—GOVERNOR
Rasmussen: Bill Walker (I) 50, Gov. Sean Parnell (R) 41
Hickman Analytics–R: Gov. Sean Parnell (R) 46, Bill Walker (I) 38
CBS/YouGov: Bill Walker (I) 45, Gov. Sean Parnell (R) 40

ALASKA—SENATOR
Hickman Analytics–R: Dan Sullivan (R) 46, Sen. Mark Begich (D) 41
Rasmussen: Dan Sullivan (R) 48, Sen. Mark Begich (D) 45

Come inside for more…….

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.21.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.21.14]

The Marshall House, on NW Front Street in North Milford. Part of the house was first built in 1787, and the “newer” western portion of the house was built in 1811. The house is now a Victorian tea bar. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Monday Open Thread [10.20.14]

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Monday Open Thread [10.20.14]

Conservative columnist and climate change skeptic George F. Will baffled his fellow Fox News on Sunday panelists by insisting that scientists had not come to a consensus about whether Ebola could go airborne. Uh, Georgie poo, if Ebola was airborne, by now, the population of Dallas, Texas and Cleveland, Ohio, not to mention the whole continent of Africa, would be showing symptoms by now. I really am amazed at the conservative brain, or lack thereof. I mean, George Will is suppose to be one of their smart ones.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.20.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.20.14]

Looking towards North Wilmington from Center City. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Sunday Open Thread [10.19.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.19.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.19.14]

Fall colors near Corner Ketch. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Saturday Open Thread [10.18.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [10.18.14]

It looks like the betting markets have spoken.  The Senate will be in the hands of the GOP after November 4th.

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on October 18, 2014 0 Comments

President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.18.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.18.14]

An alleyway of shopping off the main avenue in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Photo by Darren LoPrinzi.

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Friday Open Thread [10.17.14]

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Friday Open Thread [10.17.14]

I can predict that next year’s General Assembly will be all about education and pot. Why pot?

A majority of Delawareans support fully legalizing marijuana according to a new poll, but the issue’s political future isn’t quite as certain.

56 percent of state residents are in favor of it, compared to 39 percent opposing the issue according to the University of Delaware poll.

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Speaking of White Privilege….

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Speaking of White Privilege….

The Wall Street Journal reports that Hunter Biden failed a drug test for cocaine last year and was discharged in February of this year. For reasons passing understanding, he received a commission as a public affairs officer in the Naval Reserve after receiving a special waiver due to his 42 years of age. This was after a career as an attorney, a lobbyist, and an investment banker. Given those careers, it is likely that this was not Hunter’s first encounter with cocaine (yeah, you don’t start at 42).

I am sure Hunter is not expecting there to be consequences, other than public embarrassment and discharge, which have already taken place (and the embarrassment will continue for a while). And he likely will not be. That is quite a privilege.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.17.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.17.14]

Houses on 2nd Street in New Castle.

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Thursday Open Thread [10.15.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [10.15.14]

First Read: “But here is something else we need to say about the Ebola story: The level of panic doesn’t match the crisis, at least not yet. So far in the United States, one man (from Liberia) has died, and two nurses have been infected from caring for him. And at this rate, it’s possible another health-care worker (or two or three) might get infected, too. But compare this with the thousands who have died from the disease in West Africa, plus the thousands who die from the flu and car accidents each year.”

Three people out of three hundred and fifty million. Three people in one city, one hospital. Three people connected to only one incident. I wonder why that is. I wonder why the public is hysterical. Could it be that the media and certain Republican candidates are stoking the fear for ratings and votes?

If the disease pops up in Cleveland and other cities based on that idiot Texas nurse did (she should be fired as a nurse and have her license forever revoked), then we can start to get a little bit concerned. If it spreads to more people and more cities after that, then we can start panicking.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.16.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.16.14]

The Wilmington Friends Meeting House, on West Street in Quaker Hill, Wilmington. The meetinghouse was built in 1817. Famous Delawareans, including John Dickinson, penman of the Revolution, Governor Caleb Bennett, and abolitionist Thomas Garrett are buried in the burial ground.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.15.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.15.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.14.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.14.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.13.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.13.14]

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Sunday Open Thread [10.12.14]

Filed in Delaware, National by on October 12, 2014 6 Comments
Sunday Open Thread [10.12.14]

The affect of Obamacare in Delaware:

DHHS says that taken together, premiums for Medicare Part B and D will be more than $125 lower in 2015 than initially projected in 2009. That translates into a total of $2.9 million in savings in the First State.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell attributed the savings to a slower rise in healthcare costs since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. In a statement, Burwell said the ACA is “working to improve affordability and access to quality care for seniors and people with disabilities.”

Meanwhile, remember that Libertarian Propaganda Institute that gave Governor Markell an “F” for fiscal responsibility?

Moody’s Investor Services, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Rating Services all gave Delaware a AAA credit rating this week. The agencies noted the state’s significant financial reserves and the strength of its labor market in their analysis.

I may disagree with Governor Markell’s PRIORITIES when it comes to economic policy, and his tax policy, but you can’t say he has been irresponsible fiscally. If he was, then the credit ratings agencies would have downgraded Delaware long ago, which is what the Libertarian hit piece was pure bullshit.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.12.14]

Filed in Delaware by on October 12, 2014 0 Comments
Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.12.14]

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