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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

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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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Sunday Open Thread [10.12.14]

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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]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.12.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [10.11.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [10.11.14]

South Dakota Independent Larry Pressler told The Hill that he won’t say who he’d caucus with if he wins his independent U.S. Senate race in South Dakota but said that if elected, he’d be a “friend of Obama.” He also confirmed voting for Obama twice: “I don’t regret those votes, ’cause on that day, that’s how I felt.”

I kinda hope he doesn’t win, and in fact, I predict in the map that he will not. Yes, that’s right. I think, when all is said and done, the Democrats will hope onto Arkansas, Iowa, North Carolina and Colorado, while losing Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Alaska and Louisiana. That would leave the GOP one seat short of the majority, but then I believe the Dems will win Georgia and Kentucky from the GOP, and the Independent Orman will win Kansas, and then caucus with the Dems.

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.11.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.11.14]

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Friday Open Thread [10.10.14]

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Friday Open Thread [10.10.14]

Paul Krugman pens a defense of the President against his critics, and also lists his accomplishments. It is a lengthy piece, and you should read the whole thing, but here are some excerpts:

Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history. His health reform is imperfect but still a huge step forward – and it’s working better than anyone expected. Financial reform fell far short of what should have happened, but it’s much more effective than you’d think. Economic management has been half-crippled by Republican obstruction, but has nonetheless been much better than in other advanced countries. And environmental policy is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.

[...] [T]here’s a theme running through each of the areas of domestic policy I’ve covered. In each case, Obama delivered less than his supporters wanted, less than the country arguably deserved, but more than his current detractors acknowledge. The extent of his partial success ranges from the pretty good to the not-so-bad to the ugly. …

Am I damning with faint praise? Not at all. This is what a successful presidency looks like. No president gets to do everything his supporters expected him to. FDR left behind a reformed nation, but one in which the wealthy retained a lot of power and privilege. On the other side, for all his anti-government rhetoric, Reagan left the core institutions of the New Deal and the Great Society in place. I don’t care about the fact that Obama hasn’t lived up to the golden dreams of 2008, and I care even less about his approval rating. I do care that he has, when all is said and done, achieved a lot. That is, as Joe Biden didn’t quite say, a big deal.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.10.14]

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Friday  Daily Delawhere [10.10.14]

Fall Begins on the Green, by Mike Mahaffie, on Flickr.

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Thursday Open Thread [10.9.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [10.9.14]

The chart / graph tells us which states are angels on the street yet devils… well, on their computers. The chart finds that the more religious a state is, the higher the number of Google searches for porn. The states with 80% religiousity and that are over 60 in their interest in porn (and I cannot tell how that is measured (i.e. 60 on a scale of what? as a percentage?)) are Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Utah and Texas. I wonder what all these states have in common, other than hypocrisy.

Delaware is on the opposite end of the spectrum: We are less religious and our searches for internet sex is low.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.9.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.9.14]

UD’s Sharp Hall lit in blue and gold, by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.8.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.8.14]

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), or rather, his staff, prepared a tweet that was supposed to both briefly describe in bullet point form the GOP Jobs Plan (because after being in power for four years in the House, NOW is as good a time as any to get started on that) and then link for a more detailed description, presumably. Now, you might think that Twitter, what with the 140 character limitation, might be the wrong place to even briefly describe a Five Point Congressional Jobs Plan. But not the GOP! Their entire economic theory does boil down to four words: Cut Taxes, End Regulations.

Still, this was embarrassing. It seems the Speaker and/or his underpaid intern didn’t complete their homework before sending this out:

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Or maybe it is a rare moment of honesty from the highest ranking Republican in the land: The GOP has no jobs plan.

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