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Carney’s debate performance WOW’s sceptics

Filed in National by on October 16, 2014 5 Comments
Carney’s debate performance WOW’s sceptics

That would be a surprising headline, wouldn’t it? Alas, it would be hard to be wowed by the softballs lobbed by Nancy Karibjellybean or Carney’s predictably flavorless responses.

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Poll of the week discussion thread

Filed in National by on October 15, 2014 7 Comments
Poll of the week discussion thread

Today’s poll asks DL readers so indicate (in general terms) why they plan on voting for the person they will be voting for in the Carney vs. Izzo vs. August showdown for Congress in three weeks.

Normally I’d choose “I just automatically vote for the Democrat” but since Carney cannot lose this election, I’m going for Bernie August this time to try and cut Carney’s margin of victory by one vote.

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Another reason to vote for Bernie August instead of John Carney

Filed in National by on October 14, 2014 6 Comments
Another reason to vote for Bernie August instead of John Carney

John Carney’s greatest accomplishment in congress, the accomplishment that he puts on the top of the list of reasons why he should be re-elected is that he “sat down with Republicans.” Yes. The very Republicans who continue to scheme to undermine the economic recovery to further their own narrow political aims. The Republicans who have never even pretended to reciprocate John Carney’s ardor for compromise and bipartisanship. John Carney just thinks they simply need to be “sat down” with. It is absolutely ludicrous that he is claiming “sitting down with Republicans” as a great accomplishment, but there you have it.

So every Democrat has a choice in this election – reward that kind of obstinate ignorance with a meek party line vote, or vote in a way that affirms your Democratic values by saying “yes” to Bernie August.

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I am voting against John Carney’s bipartisanship idiocy by voting for Bernie August

Filed in National by on October 13, 2014 32 Comments
I am voting against John Carney’s bipartisanship idiocy by voting for Bernie August

In spite of how brazenly Republicans have decided to undermine the economy for their own narrow political ends, and in spite of the fact that even the so-called “moderate” Republican friends of John Carney never break with their leadership and reciprocate his affections – John Carney can’t shut up about how great it is to “work with” Republicans” and he even considers “sitting down with Republicans” his greatest accomplishment in congress. With “accomplishments” like that, who needs failures?

The upshot is that Carney has not given Democrats any reasons to vote for him. That is why I’m voting for the Green Party candidate Bernie August. I may even give money to the guy. But make no mistake – I am a Democrat.

I want Democrats to win elections because at the Party’s core, we are is still the party of the American working man. Also, when Democrats lose elections, that means Republicans win. And yet, in this case there is no downside to voting for the Green Party candidate. Rose Izzo cannot win. John Carney cannot lose. The only question is the margin of victory.

If Carney wins by one fewer vote this election, that’s fine with me. If two years from now he wins by 10 fewer…great. If, in some great and glorious future, Democratic voters eventually decide that their votes needs to be EARNED then eventually, John Carney will get the picture.

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Campaign mailers graded – Coons gets an A, Carney an F

Filed in National by on October 12, 2014 14 Comments
Campaign mailers graded – Coons gets an A, Carney an F

Facing off against nitwits who have been abandoned by their own party’s leadership, Carney or Coons could have passed on sending out campaign mailers this season, but they sent them so I’m here to grade them. The bottom line: Great job Coons. Carney, what the fuck are you running for? What office and why? I thought I knew prior to reading this piece of shit, but now I’m not sure.

First Coons – his piece is strong. On one side he is talking to hard hat wearing blue collar types which fits in with his laudable campaign theme of “Bringing manufacturing jobs back to Delaware.” In a stacked headline about the picture Coons provides the voters with basic facts: “Working hard for Delaware” is above “Democrat Chris Coons US Senator for Delaware.” Seeing the word “Democrat” gives me hope that Coons is aware of the fact that Republicans ARE the root problem in DC. That feeling is validated when I turn the piece over and read… “Chris is standing up to the Tea Party Republicans to put Delaware families first.”

I mean holy shit…right?

What’s up with Carney? Well his mailing is as slutty a mish-mash of mincing qualifications as Coons’ is direct and honorable.

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Anti-Gay group calls out SCOTUS for attacking their religious freedom

Filed in National by on October 6, 2014 11 Comments
Anti-Gay group calls out SCOTUS for attacking their religious freedom

If your religion calls on you to be an insufferable prick to everyone (especially gays), you’ve got to be pretty chagrined by the Supreme Court’s decision to not smite the evildoers. The National Organizations for Marriage isn’t turning the other cheek. They are pissed, and calling for action (and donations). …

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Punkin Chunkin Sunken

Filed in National by on October 3, 2014 67 Comments
Punkin Chunkin Sunken

I just posted this so I could claim that headline.

The marquee Delaware event since 1986 won’t be held this year.

The pumpkins will not be flying this year after logistical problems in moving the annual Punkin Chunkin event to Dover International Speedway.

Earlier this summer, World Championship Punkin Chunkin leaders announced a deal to move the event from its traditional home in Bridgeville to Dover. Organizers were forced to find a new home after the property it had been held on was unable to host it anymore.

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“Delaware millionaire gets prison sentence”

Filed in National by on October 2, 2014 5 Comments

I think we can all agree that it is pretty rare for an actual 1%er to get jail time. So rare, in fact, that I think the NJ headline writer did a good job capturing the essence of this surprising story.


Delaware millionaire gets prison sentence

PHILADELPHIA – Former eBay executive Christopher Saridakis of Greenville, Delaware, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for insider trading Wednesday by a U.S. District Court judge.

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Bonini now Copeland’s failure sponge

Filed in National by on September 30, 2014 14 Comments
Bonini now Copeland’s failure sponge

In his ongoing attempt to prevent any of his DNA from being found on the DEGOP’s utter failure this fall, Copeland has appointed Colin Bonini to stand in front of the shit fan.

Dear Republican Friend,

I am tremendously excited to announce that I have appointed Senator Colin Bonini as Chairman of the Delaware GOP’s Victory Program! The final weeks of the campaign are the most critical, and there’s no one I’d trust more with this operation than Colin.

That’s how it reads to me anyway.

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It is hard not to agree with the Satanists on this one

Filed in National by on September 27, 2014 3 Comments
It is hard not to agree with the Satanists on this one

From the Orlando Sentinel:

A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.

The New York-based Satanist group hopes to use a distribution as a form of protest.

“If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students, as is the case in Orange County, Florida, we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions,” said temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.[/blockquote]

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Why does ISIL even bother when we have cops that are fully committed to terrorizing us?

Filed in National by on September 25, 2014 19 Comments

You’ve probably seen this by now, but I just watched the whole thing.

Insane. More money for dashboard cams, please.

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Whackjob terrorizes school because “2nd Amendment”

Filed in National by on September 24, 2014 9 Comments
Whackjob terrorizes school because “2nd Amendment”

I don’t know why ISIS even bothers when he have so many fucking wingnut whackjobs in country fully committed to terrorism. A Tennessee man on Wednesday caused panic as he paced back and forth near a high school in a bulletproof vest with a rifle strapped across his back and a GoPro camera, WSMV-TV reported. […]

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Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid tactics in climate fight: International boycotts of climate killers

Filed in National by on September 24, 2014 2 Comments
Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid tactics in climate fight:  International boycotts of climate killers

This isn’t getting much play in the media (naturally).

Desmond Tutu, the Nobel peace prize winner and activist, has called for an international campaign to boycott mining companies, oil corporations and other businesses involved in the trade of fossil fuels. Writing exclusively in the Observer prior to this week’s UN climate summit in New York, Tutu says the same approach that was taken by the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign, of which he was a leader, should now be adopted in the battle to halt global warming.

“The most devastating effects of climate change – deadly storms, heat waves, droughts, rising food prices and the advent of climate refugees – are being visited on the world’s poor,” he states. “Those who have no involvement in creating the problem are the most affected, while those with the capacity to arrest the slide dither. Africans, who emit far less carbon than the people of any other continent, will pay the steepest price. It is a deep injustice.”

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Whatever happened to “the left” in America?

Filed in National by on September 23, 2014 8 Comments
Whatever happened to “the left” in America?

When rounding up all the suspects who killed the “American Left” (or through inaction allowed it to die) you’d have to include American Christianity. This is from a piece at TPMCafe regarding the American Catholic Church, but it is true across denominations. American Christianity simply stopped being concerned with “the little guy” and started being about myopic self-righteousness or around January 20, 1981.

In less than two years, Pope Francis has changed the face of a two-thousand-year old institution. His emphasis on humility, mercy and social justice offer a vivid contrast to a vocal minority of U.S. Christian leaders who only see dark clouds and battles to fight. Think of it as the joy of the Gospel v. culture war Christianity fight. The latter is being kicked to the curb by a pope determined to rescue the church from self-righteous ideologues, princely clerics and conservative activists who think opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion are the only real litmus tests of authentic Catholicism.

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The US Middle Class hasn’t gotten a raise during Tom Carper’s tenure in Congress

Filed in National by on September 22, 2014 33 Comments
The US Middle Class hasn’t gotten a raise during Tom Carper’s tenure in Congress

In 1988 when Tom Carper was cruising to an easy victory over James P. Krapf he had already gotten a few pay bumps on his way to being a multimillionaire with a lifetime sinecure in the US Senate. During the same period (1988 to today), the income of the median U.S. household has remained just under $52,000.

“Third Way” economics have been great for Carper – but terrible for the country. Tom Carper is an abject failure when considering what he’s been able to deliver to his constituents. His “centrist” economic philosophies have been an unmitigated disaster for the people who keep returning him to Washington. I can only assume that the reason he keeps winning is that he has the good fortune to pitted against Republicans in elections.

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Zombie Economic Bullshit Can Never Die

Filed in National by on September 19, 2014 15 Comments

I happen to know Dave Lawson. Nice guy. But this is just sad.

“Hi, I’m Senator Dave Lawson.
“You may have heard in the news recently that Burger King merged with a Canadian company. By doing so, Burger King, incorporated in Delaware, can move its corporate address to Canada to take advantage of the lower tax rate.

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Does Kansas Offer an Example for Delaware’s “Sane” Republicans ?

Filed in National by on September 17, 2014 20 Comments

Nobody handicapping 2014 races as recently as three weeks ago factored in the possibility that Kansas, of all places, might become a sudden GOP sinkhole. Now Sen. Pat Roberts is in real and consistent trouble against independent candidate Greg Orman, as part of what appears to be a self-conscious revolt of moderate Republican voters who are also threatening to throw Gov. (and former Sen.) Sam Brownback out of office.

“A self-conscious revolt of moderate Republican voters…?” Go on…

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Why I’m Totally Psyched for Scotland’s Historic Vote

Filed in National by on September 16, 2014 39 Comments
Why I’m Totally Psyched for Scotland’s Historic Vote

Full Disclosure: I lived in Edinburgh for around a year when I was 20, so Scotland is close to my heart. However, beyond the “Screw yoo, Ya English Bastards!” nationalism that I imbibed with the beer while I was over there – I’m psyched for this Independence referendum vote on Thursday for more practical reasons. […]

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Why I’m not voting for Ken Simpler

Filed in National by on September 15, 2014 40 Comments
Why I’m not voting for Ken Simpler

“Excuse me, do you have the time?”

“Is this seat taken?”

“Do you happen to know, is this the line for registration?”

Everyone has millions of these forgettable little interactions every year. To make one of these little encounters between strangers memorable, you would really have to be a huge dick.

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Mayrack v Suspenders

Filed in National by on September 12, 2014 15 Comments

It is strange to think that the marquee races this year are for Treasurer and Auditor. It is strange to think that these are even elective office, but they are so let’s take a look, shall we? To me this comes down to whether Suspenders is even going to put up a fight. As of […]

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Constitutional Amendment to Undo ‘Citizens United’ Moves Forward

Filed in National by on September 12, 2014 4 Comments

Being an incumbent and 1%er, he is no doubt a beneficiary of the Orwellianly named “Citizens United” decision. But to his credit, Coons appears to be trying to get rid of this affront to Democracy.

Bill to overturn Citizens United takes important step forward
Judiciary Subcommittee passes constitutional amendment to restore protections against corruption

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights has approved a resolution cosponsored by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United and restore Congress’ authority to regulate spending on campaigns. On Wednesday, the Committee approved S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment crafted in response to Supreme Court rulings that have drastically expanded the role of money in politics, including Citizens United and, earlier this year, McCutcheon v. FEC.

“Our Constitution guarantees every American political equality and the equal right to participate in elections,” Senator Coons said. “Today, that right is in jeopardy, as a bare majority on the Supreme Court has systematically expanded the political influence of the wealthiest Americans at the expense of average citizens. By dismantling decades-old, commonsense measures to limit the influence of money in politics, the Supreme Court has disregarded the principle of political equality on which our democracy was founded.”

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“I’ll be the Lady GOP version Chip Flowers” (paraphrase)

Filed in National by on September 8, 2014 12 Comments
“I’ll be the Lady GOP version Chip Flowers”  (paraphrase)

Sher Valenzuela on why she should be (insert name of elected office here).

If Ken Simpler loses the primary to this outright dumbass – the GOP really is beyond hope.

Extra Prediction – The Cape Gazette will overtake the News Journal as Delaware’s newspaper of record within 8 years.

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Bezos Promotes Politico Founder to Publisher of WaPo

Filed in National by on September 2, 2014 5 Comments
Bezos Promotes Politico Founder to Publisher of WaPo

This is some bullshit.

Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos has replaced publisher Katharine Weymouth with a co-founder of the newspaper’s competitor Politico, the company announced Tuesday.

Weymouth’s departure is the end of an era of Graham family involvement with the Post. Her great-grandfather bought the newspaper in the 1930s, and her uncle Donald Graham sold it to Bezos last August for $250 million.

She’ll be replaced by Frederick J. Ryan, the founding CEO of Politico and a former Reagan administration official.

Anyone who thought that Amazon ownership of the Post was going to be good for American journalism can put away that childish naivety.

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Vance Phillips Crashes Gaffney Interview with 5th RD Opponent

Filed in National by on August 29, 2014 15 Comments
Vance Phillips Crashes Gaffney Interview with 5th RD Opponent

OMG – please podcast this…

Radio talk show host Dan Gaffney called a segment of his Aug. 28 morning show “damned odd,” while Republicans locked in a primary battle for the Sussex County 5th District council seat called the show “crazy” and “surreal.”

Call it what you want – bad timing, miscommunication or a calculated election-year ploy – an exchange on a local radio talk show has ignited swirling controversy.

During the segment, the two Republican candidates running for the District 5 seat both used up airtime. According to Gaffney, one of the two – incumbent Vance Phillips of Laurel – was not invited during that time slot. About half way through a scheduled interview and call-in session with Republican challenger Rob Arlett of Frankford, Phillips entered the studio and put on headphones.

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Rick Jensen’s Critque of Simpler Echoes Teabag Critique of “The Establishment”

Filed in National by on August 28, 2014 14 Comments
Rick Jensen’s Critque of Simpler Echoes Teabag Critique of “The Establishment”

This is from Sher Valenzuela so it may be pure fantasy (like her claims to love smaller government while building a business on government contracts). Anyway…

If it is true, it strikes me that Jensen here channels the lizard brain of teabagist everywhere who value robust and angry simplicity over doughy thoughtfulness.

WDEL’s Rick Jensen Rips Simpler Debate Performance: Weak, Awkward and Creepy

WDEL political talk show host Rick Jensen has leveled devastating criticism toward Ken Simpler and his performance in the recent WDEL Treasurer debate. Jensen described the performance at times as “weak,” “awkward” and “creepy.”

Speaking live last week on his daily radio show, Jensen said Simpler’s opponent, Sher Valenzuela, was “strong, tough and every time Simpler took a swing at her, she blocked it and hit him real hard in the face.”

Jensen concluded that he “didn’t think [Simpler] is very good at this debate stuff.”

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