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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 16-22, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 23, 2018 2 Comments

Man, what a week. 1. Rep. Bryon Short Retires. The Special Election that propelled Short into the General Assembly was a watershed event for the Democratic Party, especially for the Party in suburban New Castle County.  Let’s first recount what happened. Fresh off of his reelection victory in 2006, House Majority Leader Wayne Smith (Delaware’s […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 23, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 23, 2018 2 Comments

I know why Alby didn’t like yesterday’s selection.  He’s not a fan of any sort of country/rock hybrid.  He’s a fan of trad country. He’s a purist. As in, “Son, there’s only five country songs that’s ever been wrote.” This one, sung by the voice of God (if God was an ex-con), is definitely a descendant […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 22, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 22, 2018 6 Comments

Did I mention something yesterday about great country music coming out of west Texas?  If I could only choose one album to represent that spirit, it would be Joe Ely’s Honky Tonk Masquerade.  No wonder the Clash had him and his killer band open for them in England:

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Carney To Prospective Breast Cancer Patients: Drop Dead

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 21, 2018 5 Comments

OK, even I grant you that the headline is a bit alarmist. But not much.  John Carney has proposed parking the state mammography van.  Alleged savings: $277,000.  Because this brain-dead aparatchik can’t envision a scenario where Delaware’s wealthiest pay more in order to protect those who can’t afford mammograms. 1005 women, mostly black or Hispanic, […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 21, 2018

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One of the more unlikely concert pairings I ever saw. This guy opening for…Husker Du: Hey, they both were on Warner Brothers at the time..

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Gene Truono Seeks R Senate Nod To Challenge Carper

Filed in Delaware, National by on February 20, 2018 14 Comments

Here’s his website: https://votetruono.com/ It’s not clear to me why he’s running.  He basically tries to out-Carper Carper.  To wit: “Early in his career, Gene saw firsthand how the burdensome regulations impacted the banking industry but did little to help the consumer.” Yep, just we need. Someone who wants to cut burdensome regulations on the […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 20, 2018

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Saw this obit in the NYTimes. Arthur Robinson…: …or Mr. Okra, as pretty much everyone called him, who rolled each day through the streets of New Orleans in a loudly painted pickup truck-cum-fruit stand singing his sales pitch like the roving food vendors once common in the city, died on Thursday at his home there. […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 19, 2018

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Feeling nostalgic for Obama on this Presidents’ Day? How about some Chicago soul wishing we could just turn back the hands of time (h/t to Alby)?:

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 18, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 18, 2018 2 Comments

Nathan Arizona closes out a great week: “The best band of the 1990s Brit-pop era and one of the best guitar-rock bands ever. The Gallagher brothers who led Oasis feuded constantly and finally broke up the group in 2009. Now each of them leads a band not as good as Oasis. Older brother Noel was […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 17, 2018

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Nathan Arizona Day 6: Perfect way to start your Saturday. “Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd were two American jazzmen who picked up early on Brazilian bossa nova. Tom Jobim’s “Desafinado” is one of the classics of the genre, almost as well-known as “The Girl From Ipanema.” This song is from the pair’s 1962 album ‘Jazz […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 9-15, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 16, 2018 12 Comments

1. It’s On. Kerri Harris Vs. Tom Carper.  I should probably lead with this story every week from now on as it’s pretty clear that this campaign will have to generate its own news w/o any media assistance.  Except for us.  We’ve been calling for a race like this for years, we have chronicled Carper’s […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 16, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 16, 2018 3 Comments

Nathan Arizona Week, Day 5: “Some us will alvvays (CQ) love power-pop no matter when it comes out. This tune arrived in 2014 from a Canadian band that spells its name that way because some other band was already using the usual spelling. No word on how Betty and Veronica feel about singer and songwriter […]

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Stoopid Joint Finance Committee Tricks

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 15, 2018 9 Comments

First of all, take a look at the current membership of the JFC.  Other than Rep. J. J. Johnson, this is not exactly the ‘best and the brightest’.  This is also about as conservative a JFC as I’ve ever seen. Then you have the ethical sewer that is Sen. Nicole Poore.  OK, enough editorializing for […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 15, 2018

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Nathan Arizona Week: Day 4!! “Folk-rock for our time by one of a host of young guitarists who play in the tradition of Bert Jansch, Tim Hardin and John Martyn. Video shot at Fourth of July celebration in his home town Chicago. Summer in the city. If you like this, check out James Blackshaw.”:

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Bloomberg: Hedge Funds Exploit Trump Tax Loophole By Registering LLC’s In Delaware

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on February 14, 2018 4 Comments

When all else fails, the wealthy always have Delaware LLC’s to shelter their ill-gotten gains. (And to pay off porn stars, but that’s a story for another day.) This Bloomberg report spells out how hedge funds are exploiting Delaware law to avoid paying taxes on their profits. It’s disgraceful. Here’s their modus operandi: Since late […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 14, 2018

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Nathan Arizona, Day 3 (Editor’s Note: If it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m just a spy in the house of love): “The eccentric Was brothers (not their real names, not real brothers) called themselves Was (Not Was) and were better known for writing and production work than turning out hits. But this one from 1988 cracked the […]

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Guess Which Delaware Legislator Just Cashed In

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 13, 2018 12 Comments

Need a hint?  Take a look at what passes for the ‘leadership’ of the Delaware Police Athletic League: https://palde.org/board-of-directors/ Yup. The amoral and ethically-bankrupt Valerie Longhurst who, in her spare time, doubles as the Majority Leader for the Delaware House of Representatives, has finally landed in a cushy do-nothing job.  It took her longer than […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 13, 2018

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Nathan Arizona Week. Day 2!: “The only hit by a 1990s “alternative” band with hints of the ’70s. In fact, pretty much the only New Radicals song anybody’s ever heard of. Praised by Joni Mitchell, who hardly likes anything. It never made sense to me that this group dropped off the face of the earth […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 12, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 12, 2018 8 Comments

Nathan Arizona, Day One!: “Crackling indie pop-rock from a rousing and rowdy Scottish band. NME named it the best song of 2006. A friend of mine and I spent part of a summer on a back porch trying to figure out what they were saying. Even when we finally saw the lyrics it didn’t help […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 11, 2018

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Yes, it’s a parody of Deadheads.  But it’s just so cool and spiky. Ends real quick b/c ‘Surprise Truck’ barrels through. Best band name ever?: Starting tomorrow, Nathan Arizona gets his week in the booth.  Trust me, the week kicks off with a serious slab of hot wax!

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 10, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 10, 2018 0 Comments

Always thought this was a Los Lobos original. Last night, Nathan Williams of the Zydeco Cha Chas set me straight.  BTW, hope you were there!:  

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 2-8, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on February 9, 2018 45 Comments

1. Park City Kathy Makes It Official.  Yes, she’s running. For State Auditor. You know, the Public Watchdog of the Purse Strings.  Here’s what she said as part of her announcement: “My motivation is that I have been paying taxes and I know we can do better for all Delawareans.” Heavy, man. Let’s cut through […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 9, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 9, 2018 0 Comments

You can have yer Queen. When it comes to winners, here is my default:

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 8, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 8, 2018 0 Comments

‘Life In A Northern Town’ was said to have been inspired by Nick Drake.  I can sure see this song as part of what inspired the Dream Syndicate:

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 7, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 7, 2018 2 Comments

Name the movie this was from. See if you can identify all of the stars pictured in the video.  This song cuts thru the white noise for me:

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