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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: November, 2016

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 1, 2016 4 Comments

Lots to enjoy, including a legit contender for Best Song of the Year.  See if you can guess which one. BTW, The Japandroids are back!: WARNING: NSFW!: I’m a sucker for Bon Iver…even when it’s not Bon Iver: See ya at year’s end with…the 50 Best Songs of the Year! I know you can hardly […]

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How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 2

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 30, 2016 9 Comments
How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People.  Volume 2

I was gonna release these at a more leisurely pace, but this one sticks in my craw. Well, they all do, but I couldn’t let this one slide any longer.  When it comes to grandstanding, Tom Carper is right there with the best. With support for the military (and braggadocio about his own service) near the top of the list.  When the rubber meets the road, though, that’s a different story.   This one is about how Tom Carper screws the grunts in the military…

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How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 1

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 29, 2016 14 Comments
How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 1

I think a lot of people view Tom Carper as an essentially well-meaning, if occasionally eccentric, public servant.  That includes a lot of Democrats and plenty of liberals who I know.  They are wrong.

His votes and stated positions, all a matter of public record, and easily discovered via a simple Google search, reveal that he largely ignores the needs of those who routinely vote for him.  He does, however, pay fealty to those who finance his campaigns, and he also gives away votes on behalf of his search for bipartisanship.  That search, like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football held by Lucy, never comes to fruition.

Carper’s desire to ‘reach across the aisle’ becomes even more dangerous in the era of Trump and Republican-controlled government.  He could well end up as the key D who enables the gutting of Medicare and Social Security.

So, while it will take several pieces to flesh out his many sins of commission and omission,  let’s get started.

Tom Carper and the Keystone Pipeline…..

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Tom Carper and The Third Way

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 22, 2016 22 Comments
Tom Carper and The Third Way

Delawareans can no longer afford the risk of having Tom Carper in the United States Senate.  He is, in his own way, as dangerous as Donald Trump because he does not represent the people of this state, but rather represents those who control the lives of ordinary people through undue influence.

We have long referred to Carper’s corporatist leanings, but we perhaps haven’t spelled them out so that people truly understood the extent of them, and the extent of the damage he has caused and can cause.

Today we begin.

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Paging 2016 MVP Nominees!

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on November 21, 2016 17 Comments
Paging 2016 MVP Nominees!

Yes, time to honor those who most contributed to the progressive cause in Delaware in 2016.  It was a real tough year, but there were some distinct bright lights, including longtime stalwarts and intriguing newcomers.

While I, of course, have some ideas, I fully expect many of those on the final list, and the order, to come directly from you.

The rules are simple.  Make your suggestions, and explain why they deserve mention.  Keep in mind that individuals or groups are welcome as are those who aren’t progressive, but somehow contributed to the progressive cause.  For example, Christine O’Donnell won this award the year she took out Mike Castle.

I’m also hoping that this may serve as a catharsis to get us all feeling more optimistic about the future and to inspire us to redouble our efforts.  After all, marching isn’t just important, but it’s a great way to lose weight.

Nominate away!

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Celia Cohen Calls It Quits

Filed in National by on November 15, 2016 6 Comments

http://www.delawaregrapevine.com/  

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Open Thread for Thursday, November 10 , 2016

Filed in National by on November 10, 2016 11 Comments

While DD recharges his batteries, we will have special guest threadmeisters filling in for a few days.  And, since today is my turn,  I will open and close this thread with the two songs that came to mind on the morning after the election. Stephen Sondheim’s “Another National Anthem” is from his brilliant show “Assassins”.  […]

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Find the Silver Lining…

Filed in National by on November 9, 2016 28 Comments

in Tuesday’s election results.  Let’s get a big long list. Maybe we’ll feel a little better.  I’ll start: 1. Jack Markell won’t be Secretary of Education. 2. There will be no Special Election for Tim Kaine’s Senate seat. 3. TPP is likely dead. 4. Obnoxious blowhard and friend of Bill and Hill’s Fast Eddie Rendell […]

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The Epic Fail of the Clinton Campaign

Filed in National by on November 4, 2016 56 Comments

This race shouldn’t be close. But it is. Why? Because, IMHO, the Clinton Campaign had an incredibly powerful message to attract working-class voters, but decided not to use it. Virtually every commercial and everything thrown out by the campaign against Trump that I’ve seen falls under one of two themes:  (1) He doesn’t respect women. […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: October, 2016

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 1, 2016 2 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: October, 2016

Another great month with some genre-defying music. 

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‘Bulo Brings Musicians’ Musicians to Arden Gild Hall on Sat., Nov. 5

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 27, 2016 2 Comments
‘Bulo Brings Musicians’ Musicians to Arden Gild Hall on Sat., Nov. 5

You can leave the earplugs at home for this show as you will want to hear every tasty musical morsel.  I’m very proud of this bill, which features headliner Ben Sollee, cellist/singer/songwriter/storyteller/political activist and musical collaborator.  I’ve been wanting to bring Ben back to the Hall for six years now, and I’m thrilled we finally got him.  He will perform with his long-time percussionist, Jordon Ellis, and will introduce new songs from his first full-length album in four years. Here’s a tiny bit of what you can expect:

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I TOLD You Scott Walker Was a Slumlord.

Filed in Delaware by on October 27, 2016 7 Comments
I TOLD You Scott Walker Was a Slumlord.

His congressional campaign was quirky, and so he seemed harmless. Which, from a political perspective, he is. But here’s the Scott Walker I know, and he’s finally being sued for it:

The lengthy complaint filed in Delaware’s Court of Chancery says Scott Walker has racked up 371 housing code violations in the city of Wilmington and New Castle County in the last decade.

The full extent of the conditions, however, are unknown since Walker’s “golden rule” for his tenants is that law and code enforcement employees are not allowed access to the properties at any time, the complaint said.

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Something I Learned Today: Friday, Oct. 14

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 14, 2016 4 Comments
Something I Learned Today: Friday, Oct. 14

Need advice on your next wine purchase? Today I learned that, in the future, electronic tongues may well help guide you: The ‘tongue’ is made of gold, platinum and carbon electrodes, and measures the electro-chemical signals of sugars, phenolics and other compounds present in wine, according to its designers. They added that it might even […]

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It’s Trump/Putin. Or Is It Putin/Trump?

Filed in National by on October 11, 2016 8 Comments
It’s Trump/Putin. Or Is It Putin/Trump?

BUSTED!

Trump knows nothing about Russia (true, to a large extent), but it turns out he knows about Russian disinformation. Even quotes it. Although it’s literally impossible that Trump could have gotten that information anywhere but from the Russians. He quoted what turned out to be deliberate misinformation from a Russian publication called ‘Sputnik’.  And it made its way into his campaign speech.  How he got fed and used this this information is something he’ll have to explain.

Let’s let Kurt Eichenwald tell the story:

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Something I Learned Today: Oct. 4, 2016

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 4, 2016 1 Comment
Something I Learned Today: Oct. 4, 2016

This may or may not work.  It dawned on me that I come across new stuff all the time that I want to share with people.  Not necessarily political stuff, but new discoveries that (I think) deserve greater attention.

So this is the start (and perhaps the end) of an infrequent series called “Something I Learned Today”.

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‘Bulo Brings the Blues to Arden!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 4, 2016 3 Comments

This may be the best blues bill I’ve ever booked.

Joe Louis Walker brings his band to the Arden Gild Hall on Thursday, October 13 at 8 pm.  The so-called opener, Bob Malone, is also not to be missed.

JLW is the reigning Blues Music Awards Male Contemporary Blues Performer of the Year and is an inductee into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. A true triple threat–axeman, singer, and songwriter. Here is a tiny taste of what you can expect:

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Every Single State Legislative Race*

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on October 3, 2016 46 Comments
Every Single State Legislative Race*

The asterisk means that I’m only looking at races with one D and one R on the ballot.  Per usual, the real story is the paucity of those races.  It’s even more pathetic than usual this year. Of the 11 Senate seats up this year, 5 are uncontested.  It’s worse in the House. Of the 41 seats, 23 candidates are running unopposed.  Well more than half. Just. Awful.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: September 2016

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 30, 2016 0 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: September 2016

Breathtaking diversity this month. And lots of it….

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R. I. P. Stanley ‘Buckwheat Zydeco’ Dural

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 24, 2016 1 Comment
R. I. P. Stanley ‘Buckwheat Zydeco’ Dural

One of America’s greatest musical ambassadors has died.  Stanley Dural, who helped propel zydeco into the public consciousness, has passed at the age of 68.  He once told me that his goal was to pass this great Creole music (do not call it ‘Cajun’) down from generation to generation.  And, with his family-friendly shows, he, along with his band known collectively as Buckwheat Zydeco, accomplished just that.

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What Are You Seeing/Hearing This Election Day?

Filed in Delaware by on September 13, 2016 49 Comments
What Are You Seeing/Hearing This Election Day?

I’ll start. Was putting up a Townsend sign at my polling place and saw that Karen Hartley-Nagle had signs reading ‘This sign replaces one stolen sign’.  Professionally-made signs, too.  She’s running on allegedly stolen signs. Over 200, she says. We know of one.  It’s a setup, but a cynically effective one, IMHO.

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The Delaware Voters’ Guide

Filed in Delaware by on September 10, 2016 31 Comments

From the News-Journal: http://data.delawareonline.com/webapps/Voters_Guide/ A couple of things I found interesting.  Contrast Don Peterson’s responses with the non-responses of Pete Schwartzkopf. Arrogance personified. While Carney’s responses weren’t too bad on some issues, his citing of the ‘bipartisan’ report on economic reform is disingenuous.  He knows damn well that what that means is that D’s are […]

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Cassandra & El Somnambulo Predict ‘Em (Almost) All For You

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on September 8, 2016 63 Comments
Cassandra & El Somnambulo Predict ‘Em (Almost) All For You

Our Prediction Percentage could well be down from recent years, especially with close races at the top of the ballot. Cassandra has written the City of Wilmington predictions, El Somnambulo the rest.  Clip & save (or destroy, if we hit the electoral iceberg)…. Come inside!

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Delaware United Rocks!

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on September 5, 2016 10 Comments
Delaware United Rocks!

Remember how the supporters of Howard Dean applied their grassroots skills to great effect after Dean’s candidacy faded?  In Delaware, many of these supporters became part of the Delaware grassroots and remain progressive stalwarts to this day.

Bernie Sanders supporters have taken the same approach in Delaware, and are working very hard on at least three campaigns near and dear to Delaware Liberal:  Bryan Townsend for Congress, Eugene Young for Mayor, and Matt Meyer for NCC Executive.

Those supporters have joined together to create Delaware United, and they are awesome! Here’s how they describe themselves:

We are a proactive group of Delaware voters from various backgrounds, all united to change the course of Delaware local politics.

They’re also real cool.  They’re hard-working volunteers, but they’re also lots of fun.  Reminds me of what I love the most about grassroots politics.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: August, 2016

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 1, 2016 8 Comments

Frank Ocean’s adventurous ‘NIKEs’ would have appeared here, but…Apple Music. ‘Nuff said. You say you like the Beach Boys? Here’s some great non-Beach Boys Beach Boys: Love this lounge lizard persona: Let’s go out the way we came–an end of summer elegy by the Next Best Thing to the Beach Boys–and we don’t even have […]

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‘Bulo To Appear On WHYY-TV

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware by on August 31, 2016 4 Comments
‘Bulo To Appear On WHYY-TV

Yes, I’m trying a new medium.  Or, to be accurate, they’re trying me. I sure know how to secure non-monetized gigs.  Even went out and bought two shirts and two ties and, for the first time ever, had my shirts TAILORED. In order, of course, to highlight my 42-inch biceps.  Sorry, ladies, I’m taken.

We taped a segment on the Lieutenant Governor’s race. About seven minutes long, although who knows how much usable tape they’ll be able to  salvage.  It will first appear this Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WHYY TV, and will then also be shown over the weekend.  In addition, you will be able to find it at whyy.org. once it airs.  And who knows, maybe we’ll even post it here.

Gotta say it was a fun segment.  They took away my cheat sheet so I had to do it all from memory,  but I generally survived and actually enjoyed it. Even threw in a few laugh lines.  They can take me off the radio, but they can’t take the radio out of me.

BTW, no makeup. You can’t improve on perfection.

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