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I Have a Dream

Filed in National by on January 19, 2015 10 Comments

We have come a long way. And there is a long way to go. Because Martin’s dream is not only equality before the law, but also equality in opportunity, and equality in mind. We are still working on equality before the law, as we see with Ferguson. We are still working on equality in opportunity, but we have made great strides there, as an African American is President of the United States. Equality in mind is going to be the last greatest and most difficult hurdle. Equality in mind deals with the thoughts, bias, and bigotry in each of our own minds. And it will only be achieved when every single person, Jew, Gentile, White, Black, Man, Woman, Gay, Straight, is judged on their merits, their actions, their words rather than on what God they pray to, what color their skin is, or who they love.

Many saw the election of Barack Obama as the destination. It was only a mile marker.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [1.19.15]

Filed in Delaware by on January 19, 2015 0 Comments
Monday Daily Delawhere [1.19.15]

The interior of Holy Trinity Church, or Old Swedes Church, on Church Street in Wilmington. The church was built in 1698, and is named for the descendants of the original Swedish settlers who lived north of the Christina River. The church became an Episcopal church in the 1700s, and is said to be the oldest […]

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Sunday Open Thread [1.18.15]

Filed in National by on January 18, 2015 3 Comments
Sunday Open Thread [1.18.15]

Some idiot potential assassin tried to kill Vice President Biden and his family last night by firing bullets towards the Vice President’s home on Barley Mill Road in Greenville. The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden were in Washington, D.C. at the time.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [1.18.15]

Filed in Delaware by on January 18, 2015 0 Comments
Sunday Daily Delawhere [1.18.15]

Rockwood Park in Wilmington by Van Luvender on Flickr.

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Saturday Open Thread [1.17.15]

Filed in National by on January 17, 2015 6 Comments
Saturday Open Thread [1.17.15]

So the Supreme Court has decided to take up the whole issue of marriage equality once and for all. Specifically, the questions presented and to be decided by the Court are as follows:

The cases are consolidated and the petitions for writs of certiorari are granted limited to the following questions:

1.) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?

2.) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

A total of ninety minutes is allotted for oral argument on Question 1. A total of one hour is allotted for oral argument on Question 2. The parties are limited to filing briefs on the merits and presenting oral arguments on the questions presented in their respective petitions.

My opinion is that the answers to both questions will be yes, by a vote of 6-3. Yes, the four liberals plus Kennedy and Roberts.

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in National by on January 17, 2015 0 Comments
The Weekly Addresses

Now that the General Assembly is back in session, we have our first legislative weekly “address.” We also have President Obama’s weekly address that previews his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, Governor Markell’s weekly address, the West Wing Week, and a special video about Big Block of Cheese Day, which features some characters from the old “West Wing” show.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [1.17.15]

Filed in Delaware by on January 17, 2015 0 Comments
Saturday Daily Delawhere [1.17.15]

Taken from Old Battery Park in New Castle, looking north towards the DMB. Photo is by pheαnix on Flickr.

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Friday Open Thread [1.16.15]

Filed in National by on January 16, 2015 8 Comments
Friday Open Thread [1.16.15]

Sorry for my absence this week with the open threads. I was sent deep down south on business (and then my superiors complained about me not being in the office). But this time I didn’t see any horrible evil signs or cross burnings, so maybe the region is improving, or maybe there is not a black President during an election anymore. I can’t wait to see the white conservative reaction to Hillary Clinton, specifically whether it will be sexist on the part of self hating white conservative women.

Here are some fun maps. Is Irish food really the preferred cuisine of Delaware? What is Irish cuisine? Steak and potatoes? Corned beef and cabbage?

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Friday Daily Delawhere [1.16.15]

Filed in Delaware by on January 16, 2015 1 Comment
Friday Daily Delawhere [1.16.15]

The Roth Bridge, by Egon Philip on Flickr.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.15.15]

Filed in Delaware by on January 15, 2015 0 Comments
Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.15.15]

Sunset under the Bridge, by Egon Philipp, on Flickr.

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Wednesday Daily Delaware [1.14.15]

Filed in Delaware by on January 14, 2015 0 Comments
Wednesday Daily Delaware [1.14.15]

The south portico of Memorial Hall, at the University of Delaware in Newark. Memorial Hall was built in 1924 as a way to connect the men’s campus to the north with the women’s campus to the south. Photo from xzmattzx.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [1.13.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 13, 2015 0 Comments
Tuesday Daily Delawhere [1.13.15]

From Sky Jack.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [1.12.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 12, 2015 14 Comments
Monday Daily Delawhere [1.12.15]

From Sky Jack.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [1.11.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 11, 2015 3 Comments
Sunday Daily Delawhere [1.11.15]

From Sky Jack.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [1.10.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 10, 2015 2 Comments
Saturday Daily Delawhere [1.10.15]

From Sky Jack.

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Friday Open Thread [1.9.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 9, 2015 21 Comments
Friday Open Thread [1.9.15]

Sen. Joe Manchin has a sad. You see, he is so West Virginia dumb that he doesn’t understand basic balance of power stuff about the three branches of government. He said he was disappointed that the White House threatened to veto his legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing the president’s move was “not the way a democracy works.” Oh really?

“He never even gave it a chance, never even gave it a chance. Now, that’s just not the way you do legislation. It’s not the way a democracy works. And it’s not the way the… three branches of government should work.”

Well, first off, you are the one not giving something a chance. You are the one who wants to rush this to a conclusion, you dumbfuck Carper wannabe. The State Department and the Nebraska and U.S. Courts are reviewing the pipeline, so you are not giving them a chance to complete their work. Second, the President is free to tell Congress at any time he wants that “hey, Congress, you might not want to waste your and the taxpayer’s precious time on this ill conceived bill, because I am just going to veto it anyway.” There is nothing anti-democratic or unconstitutional about that. In fact, he is doing Congress a favor. Now, if Congress wants to waste their time and pass the bill anyway, that is of course their prerogative. But that does not require the President to sign it. You see, some Republicans, and obviously some West Virginia Democrats, believe that when Congress passes a bill it is automatically law. Go back to Social Studies class, Senator.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [1.9.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 9, 2015 0 Comments
Friday Daily Delawhere [1.9.15]

From Sky Jack.

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Thursday Open Thread [1.8.15]

Filed in National by on January 8, 2015 30 Comments
Thursday Open Thread [1.8.15]

Last night, I helped rescue Nancy Willing from an elevator at the Democratic Party HQ. Well, “rescue” seems to be hyperbole on my part, since all I did was hear the alarm from the elevator after about 2 minutes, and then call 911. And then the Wilmington Manor Fire Department promptly sent two ladder engines, two Fire Chief SUVs, and 10+ firefighters to rescue Ms. Willing and another person from the two story elevator. Still, given the quickness and level of the response, I wonder who the Fire Department thought was in that elevator. VP Biden?

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.8.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 8, 2015 0 Comments
Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.8.15]

The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes.

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Wednesday Open Thread [1.7.2015]

Filed in National by on January 7, 2015 1 Comment
Wednesday Open Thread [1.7.2015]

An insane Maryland Republican officeholder, Kirby Delauter, threatened to sue his local newspaper for printing his name without his express permission. No, he did not threaten to sue the paper for a false or defamatory report. He threatened them because they printed his name, presumably because he took some action in his official capacity as a County Councilman and such an action constituted news fit to print in a local newspaper. But according to this Republican tyrant, that news cannot be reported unless he gives his permission, or it can be, but his name cannot be used.

Needless to say, the local newspaper out in Frederick County gave the very appropriate response to such an evil fascist threat, in the form of an editorial. And make sure you take note of the first letter of each paragraph.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [1.7.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 7, 2015 0 Comments
Wednesday Daily Delawhere [1.7.15]

From Sky Jack.

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FEC Files Complaint against Christine O’Donnell

Filed in National by on January 6, 2015 16 Comments
FEC Files Complaint against Christine O’Donnell

Like Sarah Palin, every once and a while Christine O’Donnell pops up to remind us all that laughably they were once a candidate for high office. Yesterday, the FEC filed a complaint against Christine O’Donnell, her PAC and her treasurer, Matthew Moran, alleging that the aforementioned converted at least $20,000 of donations to her PAC to her own personal use. I am reading the complaint now to see if there are any new revelations inside, and I will update if there are. See the complaint inside ….

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Tuesday Open Thread [1.5.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 6, 2015 9 Comments
Tuesday Open Thread [1.5.15]

Wall Street Journal: “Six is the number of Democratic senators that Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s new Republican Majority Leader, will have to woo over to his side to reach the 60 votes needed to break filibusters. Republicans have 54 seats and therefore a majority in the new Senate, which is nice for them. But it doesn’t guarantee much of anything, because most items of importance can be filibustered to death, and breaking a filibuster requires a super-majority of 60 votes.”

Tom Carper will always be available for anything that Mitch McConnell asks for, because BIPARTISANSHIP!, so really, the GOP has 55 Senators. Joe Manchin will likely join a lot too, so 56. I imagine Joe Donnelly of Indiana is reachable too. 57. On certain issues, given her red state-ness, Heidi Hietkamp of North Dakota is gettable. 58. But really, that’s it. All the traitorous red-state moderate Dems either got beat or retired last year.

But there is always Tom Carper. BIPARTISANSHIP!!!!

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Kavips is Right. This was a Big Mistake.

Filed in National by on January 6, 2015 11 Comments
Kavips is Right.  This was a Big Mistake.

If you wanted to keep State Rep. John Kowalko relatively silenced, or too busy chairing a committee and involved in the minute details of legislation to be a bother or a distraction, then you keep him on as many committees as you can.

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Terms End and Begin Today

Filed in Delaware by on January 6, 2015 3 Comments
Terms End and Begin Today

Outgoing Treasurer Flowers delivered a goodbye press conference to all yesterday (which you can listen to here if you are a masochist or willing), and he warned the residents of Massachusetts that he will soon run for office there.

Outgoing Beau Biden bid farewell in an op-ed to the News Journal yesterday.

Their replacements get sworn in today.

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