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DL GOP Fantasy Pool – Huckabee to announce today

Filed in National by on May 5, 2015 3 Comments
DL GOP Fantasy Pool – Huckabee to announce today

Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is an American politician who did a plausible imitation of a sane person while serving as the 44th Governor of Arkansas (1996–2007). He was a candidate in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries, winning the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses by throwing his reputation as a sane person under the bus and driving the bus over that reputation 30 to 40 times.

Rick Perry, it seems, is going to announce tomorrow.

Here are the revised standings:

Newton and Jason330 now have 3 of 4 picks running.

Division 1
Pandora: Walker, Paul* (30), Rubio (24), and Santorum | 54
Jason330: Huckabee (1), Christie, Cruz* (45),Carson (2) | 48
AQCL: Jindal, Bush, Fiorina (2), Ehrlich | 2

Division 1A
Newton: Paul* (30), Rubio (24),Carson (2), Santorum | 56
Prop Joe: Cruz* (45), Jindahl, Walker, Perry | 45
Del Dem: Bush, Christie, Huckabee (1), Graham | 1

Here are the Candidates with points: Cruz – 45 points (March 23rd), Paul – 30 points (April 7th), Rubio – 24 points (April 13), Carson – 2 points (May 4th), Fiorina – 2 point2 (May 4th), Huckbee – 1 point (May 5th)

(*) Indicates candidates who think we need to be worried that President Obama may be plotting to take over Texas with US military special operations forces.

Let me know if I miss an announcement, and good luck.

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Bridge Closure Was A Christie Revenge Plot Against Fort Lee Mayor

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Bridge Closure Was A Christie Revenge Plot Against Fort Lee Mayor

A former ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) admitted Friday that he directed lane closures on the George Washington Bridge to punish a local politician for refusing to endorse the governor’s 2013 re-election bid.

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Have Republicans simply gone completely bananas?

Filed in National by on April 30, 2015 8 Comments
Have Republicans simply gone completely bananas?

The evidence points to – yes.

Not from The Onion:

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15″ amid suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover.

My sense is that as the Democratic Party has become ever more conservative and indistinguishable from moderate Republicans over the years, there is a desperation among Republican partisans to distinguish themselves as LEGIT conservatives in ways that would have been viewed as coo-coo a mere 5 years ago.

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Paul Krugman Takes Tom Carper to the Woodshed

Filed in National by on April 29, 2015 2 Comments
Paul Krugman Takes Tom Carper to the Woodshed

It is rare, in the history of economic thought, for debates to get resolved this decisively. The austerian ideology that dominated elite discourse five years ago has collapsed, to the point where hardly anyone still believes it.

Hardly anyone, that is, except the Tom Carper and John Carney.

When Tom Carper and John Carney say that there is a “budget crisis” and that “austerity” is needed to grow the economy, they are lying. Yes. It is that simple.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, on the TPP

Filed in National by on April 29, 2015 2 Comments
Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, on the TPP

From a Salon interview. Please note what your Delaware Congressional delegation is pushing for:

I’ve talked to the health negotiators around the world. I’ve talked to people who’ve been involved in the arbitration process as part of the investment agreements. Even people who are arbitrators say the whole system is corrupt, that it’s a very expensive system, that therefore creates an un-even playing field with big corporations with big, deep pockets can get access to have recourse, whereas smaller firms can’t. That American firms can re-locate or do their investments in the United States as a subsidiary sue the U.S. government in ways that they could not if we didn’t have that trade agreement.

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Bernie Sanders to seek the Democratic nomination

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Bernie Sanders to seek the Democratic nomination

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Carper’s views of TPP Fast Track are NSFW

Filed in National by on April 27, 2015 2 Comments
Carper’s views of TPP Fast Track are NSFW

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership is a well known steaming pile of shit. Tom Carper says that the TTP gives him a huge boner because f#cking the American worker in the ass is what his paymasters sent him to Congress to do. And by GOD he is gonna do it. (paraphrasing)

That said, the NJ’s Nicole Gaudiano gives Claire Snyder-Hall the last word in this write up.

“Fast Track and TPP are bad for American workers, but they are also bad for democracy,” Claire Snyder-Hall of Delaware Americans for Democratic Action said in a statement. “TPP erodes the ability of the American people to make laws for themselves. Laws passed to protect American workers, the environment, local industries, or food safety could be deemed unfair trade practices under TPP, and there will be nothing we can do about it.”

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Which GOP candidate would be the best President?

Filed in National by on April 27, 2015 7 Comments
Which GOP candidate would be the best President?

I’ve spent a few weeks thinking about how bad the GOP field is, but I haven’t turned the table upside down to think about which candidate would be a better President than the others. Obviously, we’d be talking about shades of differences…mere whips of perceived virtues where no real virtue abides. But let’s give it a go, shall we?

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10 places to visit before they’re ruined forever by climate change

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10 places to visit before they’re ruined forever by climate change

There is something about the “oh well” voice of this MSN travel piece that made it stand out to. I copied the whole thing below.

2. Glacier National Park

© Provided by Business Insider True to its name, this Montana park — which borders the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and spans more than 1 million acres (4,000 square km) — was once home to hundreds of glaciers, but these stunning icescapes won’t be around forever.

Most of the 150 glaciers present in 1850 were still there when the park opened in 1910. But as of 2010, only 25 glaciers remained, and some climate models predict that the park’s biggest glaciers will be gone by 2030, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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‘Would you attend a homosexual wedding?’ A simple question so many GOP candidates got wrong.

Filed in National by on April 21, 2015 31 Comments
‘Would you attend a homosexual wedding?’  A simple question so many GOP candidates got wrong.

The correct answer is: I wouldn’t attend a homosexual wedding because to attend is to give public credence to the bastardization of marriage. That is to say, the answer above is the answer that doctrinaire Republican primary voters are looking for. And yet, that so many candidates got the answer FLAT WRONG, may say something […]

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Maybe O’Malley is running for Veep?

Filed in National by on April 21, 2015 8 Comments
Maybe O’Malley is running for Veep?

If so, I like it.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had – on NPR, of all places – referred to Marco Rubio’s economic worldview as “bullshit.”

The Veep is the salty truth-slinger right? That was a role Biden excelled in.

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DL’s GOP Fantasy League Update – Day 1

Filed in National by on April 21, 2015 8 Comments
DL’s GOP Fantasy League Update – Day 1

When Scott Walker went as the first pick to Pandora, I was a little surprised. But that was because I wasn’t tracking on the fact that Walker had recently won the Koch Brother’s primary, thereby tying down unlimited financial resources for the duration of the campaign. And that’s what makes this race fascinating. In the […]

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F%#k it. We back Mrs. Clinton. Now let’s talk policy

Filed in National by on April 21, 2015 21 Comments
F%#k it. We back Mrs. Clinton. Now let’s talk policy

This is a straight up grab from the Rude Pundit.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Rude Pundit feels your pain. He’d love, love, love for a real liberal to run for president. He says this pretty much every election, often supports whatever quixotic candidate is taking a shot this time until he (and, sadly, it’s only been “he”) drops out, and then votes for the moderate who he mostly agrees with on Supreme Court picks. In 2008, he supported Barack Obama because he thought the movement Obama had started would be transformative, not realizing that the president cared less about the movement than about governing from the presumptive middle (which, truth be told, Obama’s pretty damn good at). Obama didn’t move left. The middle moved right.

This time, though, it seems as if we’re not getting the token liberal. And we’re not getting anyone of color. Those who are remaining are either the white liberals who say they’re not running – Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders – and the white dude who might – Martin O’Malley. If that liberal appeared, the Rude Pundit would love to jump on that bandwagon. But he or she won’t be there this time. As much as we want to say that Hillary Clinton should have a primary candidate or whatever other bullshit we want to hide behind, the truth of the matter is, as everyone knows, very, very simple. Hillary Clinton is the nominee. She is more or less running as an incumbent. Last week, the Rude Pundit said this and was attacked on Twitter (which is the rhetorical equivalent of a gnat buzzing by you) for being racist because somehow he was dissing Obama. Sorry, but, Alan Keyes’ paranoia aside, Obama can’t run. And there is no man or woman of color who is even on the bench at this point, something that better be corrected or the Democrats will seem as out of touch as the Republicans.

So what are we left with?

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DL’s GOP Presidential Candidate Fantasy League

Filed in National by on April 20, 2015 105 Comments
DL’s GOP Presidential Candidate Fantasy League

UPDATE – OKAY… Tonight 7:00. On this thread. Two, 3 person divisions. Division 1 will be, ME, Pandora and AQC. Division 1A will be Del Dem, Steve Newton and Prop Joe. I’ll deal cards to establish who has first pick in each division.

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DL’s GOP Presidential Fantasy League – Division 2 seats still available

Filed in National by on April 15, 2015 1 Comment
DL’s GOP Presidential Fantasy League – Division 2 seats still available

Division 1 is fully booked. (Me, Pandora, Steve Newton, Prop Joe and AQC) will be facing off for the big money.

Division 2 is filling up. (Delaware Dem vs…? You?)

Here is how it works. The league is open to 5 players per division. Division 2 is a $5.00 buy in (entertainment only/winner take all). Each player will each draft 4 candidates from the list compiled by Delaware Dem. Your team will accrue points based on the number of days they are in the race for the Republican nomination. So, for example, Rand Paul announced on April 7th. If he makes it all the way to the convention (July 18 2016) he will have been in the race for 469 days, netting his team 469 points. If John Bolton never enters the race, he will have been in the race for 0 days netting his team zero points.

If Division 2 fills up over the weekend, we’ll try to have the draft on Monday via live chat or something.

Who is in?

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DEGOP Responds: “but, but, but…Bill Clinton got a blow job”

Filed in National by on April 13, 2015 9 Comments
DEGOP Responds:  “but, but, but…Bill Clinton got a blow job”

This statement from Charles Lammot DuPont Copeland is simply pitiful.

“Hillary Clinton has been running for President for at least a decade, and today she finally made it official. Since she re-emerged into the spotlight, voters have been reminded that the word “scandal” is synonymous with “Clinton.” As the Clinton record is examined over the months to come, voters in Delaware will become very familiar with the troubling practices of Clinton, Inc. We look forward to seeing how Clinton answers for her countless ethical issues, conflict-of-interest allegations, and hypocrisies on key issues.”

It does chart out the 24/7/365 smear campaign the GOP is going to run against her though. So points for honestly, I suppose.

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Let me take a moment to agree with Rand Paul before it is too late

Filed in National by on April 7, 2015 9 Comments
Let me take a moment to agree with Rand Paul before it is too late

Now that Rand Paul has announced that he is running for President, I’d like to hurry up and agree with him on a couple of things before he walks back these comments.

In 2009 I agreed with Paul when he said that Dick Cheney wanted to invade Iraq to benefit his former employer, Halliburton.

On the basic criminality of drone strikes, I agree with him on that.

When he told Bloomberg News that Iran is not a threat, I agree with that observation.

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Duke can eat me.

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Duke can eat me.

Can we stop pretending that Duke is a University and just admit that it is a minor league feeder for the NBA? For that matter can we just stop pretending that Division I athletes are students and not employees? While we are at it, let’s tax these extremely wealthy corporations.

In the meantime, I endorse this Claire McCaskill tweet:

“Congrats to Duke, but I was rooting for team who had stars that are actually going to college & not just doing semester tryout for NBA,” tweeted McCaskill.

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Death penalty repeal passed by DE Senate 11-9

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Death penalty repeal passed by DE Senate  11-9

The bill passes 11-9 and moves onto the the House. According to the NJ, the bill survived attempts by Pete Schwartzkopf to undo the repeal bill and add a weighted scale of death significance, with police deaths rated as the most significant.

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Utter failure of supply-side economics in Kansas shocks nobody

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Utter failure of supply-side economics in Kansas shocks nobody

Wealthy job creators and large corporations get huge tax cuts. They plow that money back into the economy and, Bango! Your government is sitting on big budget surpluses. That’s what was supposed to happen. It never worked, and it was complete horseshit from the get go. However, supply-side die hards claimed that it had never been fully implemented because pesky liberal Keynesians kept the government from cutting taxes as deeply as they needed to be cut in order to unleash this economic marvel. This time it would be different. This time Kansas would lead the way and prove the ability of tax cuts alone to drive an economic revival. This time the Keynes lovers will be shut up, but good.

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Cheney’s Dream of Middle East Peace Not Yet Fully Realized

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Cheney’s Dream of Middle East Peace Not Yet Fully Realized

12 years after invading Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in the middle east, Dick Cheney’s dreams of a region rebuilt on the principles of free market capitalism and Jeffersonian democracy have not yet been fully realized.

The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen threatens to turn what has been a civil war between competing branches of Islam into a wider regional struggle involving Iran. It could also destroy any hope of stability in Yemen. Even before the Saudis and their Arab allies started the bombing, Yemen was in severe distress; on Tuesday, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights warned that it is now on the brink of collapse.

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Marco Rubio wins stupidest response to Indiana’s “right to discriminate” law

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The results have been tabulated, and Marco Rubio beat out a determined field to claim the prize of stupidest response to Indiana’s “right to discriminate” fiasco. Here is the blue ribbon quote: “No one here is saying that it should be legal to deny someone service at a restaurant or at a hotel because of […]

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Carper Steps Down – Will Not Seek Reelection in 2016

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Carper Steps Down – Will Not Seek Reelection in 2016

Shocking news via Politico:

Senator Thomas “Tom” Carper (D-Del.) announced Wednesday morning that he would not seek reelection in 2016.

Carper, 68, is the senior United States Senator from Delaware, serving since 2001. His surprise departure at the end of the term could set off a scramble among his top Delaware politicians to succeed one of the longest-serving elected officials in the state. A towering figure in Delaware politics, Carper served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993 and was the 71st Governor of Delaware from 1993 to 2001.

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Pence calls for legislation to invalidate Indy’s “right to discriminate” law

Filed in National by on March 31, 2015 8 Comments

This thing has turned into a huge pain in the ass for Pence. (And not the good kind of pain in the ass.)

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said Tuesday that he wanted to see legislation on his desk this week clarifying that the controversial religious freedom bill he signed into law did not allow businesses to deny service to anyone.

“…the intent of the law when I signed it, was to give the courts in our state the highest level of scrutiny in cases where people feel that their religious liberty is being infringed on by government action.”

This should be called Pence’s MC Escher law. Since Indiana’s “religions freedom” law in was intended to explicitly allow discrimination, this law (a government action) proposed by Pence can be seen by wingnuts as infringing on their recently won religious liberty to discriminate against gays.

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DEGOP goes full on Malcolm X to support road builders and state workers

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DEGOP goes full on Malcolm X to support road builders and state workers

Apparently the DEGOP knows something about state workers that the DelDems don’t.  It knows….they vote.  It also knows that the people who build roads vote.  So while the  proposed “by any means necessary” across the board 5% cut in all departments foreshadows job cuts, the state workers remaining standing after the cuts would be economically […]

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