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Bezos Promotes Politico Founder to Publisher of WaPo

Filed in National by on September 2, 2014 4 Comments

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 11 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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Jason330′s Musical Pick for 2014

Filed in National by on August 27, 2014 1 Comment
Jason330′s Musical Pick for 2014

I get a lot of well deserved shit for my sucky taste in music, but ignore all of that. Get in on the ground floor with these guys – Annie In the Water – “Hey, I’m on my way”

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Flowers Back In

Filed in National by on August 27, 2014 49 Comments
Flowers Back In

What else could this be about?

Treasurer Flowers will issue a statement on primary election tomorrow afternoon. #netde #Delaware #staytuned @Deldems

Thanks Tipster.

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An imagined conversation with my future grandson

Filed in National by on August 27, 2014 4 Comments
An imagined conversation with my future grandson

What? You want to know about a time when I wasn’t such a crusty old bastard so down on Democrats? You want to hear about a piss-filled young progressive? Well pull up a chair Jason990.   Let me tell you a little story about the olden days.  It must be about forty years ago now that a man named Howard Dean came down from Vermont made some rumbles and raised some money online talking like a genuine Democrat.  Why, he went right ’round the usual fundraising and appealed directly to the folks out there for $20 or $30 bucks at a shot.

Well, the people were right parched for a nice cool drink of undiluted Democratic speechifying and they came to that campaign by the bus load.  I even started a blog back then to help support that campaign and pour rhetorical boiling oil down on all the Republican Morlocks, and the Democratic compromisers and bank lovers.   ‘Course the national media and all the DC insiders couldn’t stand it so they put on the TV lynching of that campaign.  But for a few months there it really looked like the Democratic Party was going to run an actual Democrat in an election.

But Gramps, after Howard Dean showed what could be done, why didn’t other authentic Democrats do that?

Fuck if I know.

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What happens when the GOP takes the Senate? – UPDATED

Filed in National by on August 20, 2014 20 Comments
What happens when the GOP takes the Senate? – UPDATED

On August 7th I wondered aloud what kind of chaos a GOP controlled Senate would unleash on the nation. There is no longer any need to wonder. Senate Minority Leader and soon to be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is very candid about the mayhem he is going to sow.

Interviewed by Politico aboard his campaign bus, the Senate minority leader offered his vision for the Senate should he be promoted to majority leader: confrontation, manufactured crises, and the ever-present threat of a government shutdown:

In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.

“Move to the center” is a clever euphemism for “pay ransom in exchange for hostages.” And I’m not putting words in anyone’s mouth here – back in 2011, McConnell was asked what lessons he learned from threatening to put the government in default in order to extract concessions from the White House, and he said the debt limit was “a hostage that’s worth ransoming.”

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Delaware’s 1033 Program Haul

Filed in National by on August 15, 2014 2 Comments
Delaware’s 1033 Program Haul

Assault Rifles: 234
Night Vision: 67
Body Armor: 136
Pistols: 37

No Mine Resistant Vehicles, but Queen Anne’s County has one.

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DEGOP has, literally, one issue – and it isn’t a very good one

Filed in National by on August 15, 2014 25 Comments
DEGOP has, literally, one issue – and it isn’t a very good one

Copeland is really phoning it in, and why not? He doesn’t have any viable statewide candidates so why should he try to make an actual case for Republican governance? He has clearly decided to punt on this round of statewide and focus his energies on building for 2016. But he still has to make a show about caring, so while he hasn’t committed himself and the party to any coherent policies – he has chosen a campaign theme of sorts. That theme is a mild queasiness around the idea of “one-party rule” in Delaware.

This is just the latest iteration of the perfunctory messaging coming out of Greenville:

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We need to put an end to the 1033 program

Filed in National by on August 14, 2014 9 Comments
We need to put an end to the 1033 program

In addition to seeing that justice is done in Ferguson – this 1033 program has got to go. It is really possible that in 2013 alone, the 1033 program has transferred $449 million in military equipment to police forces?

Yes. They brag about it on the 1033 Program webpage.

The Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), the facilitators of 1033 program, originated from the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 (FY 97). This law allows for the office to transfer excess Department of Defense property to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories.

Since its inception, the 1033 program has transferred more than $4.3 billion worth of property. In 2013 alone, $449,309,003.71 worth of property was transferred to law enforcement.

If your law enforcement agency chooses to participate, it may become one of the more than 8,000 participating agencies to increase its capabilities, expand its patrol coverage, reduce response times, and save the American taxpayer’s investment

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My Progressive Endorsement is for Matt Denn (and I’m putting money where my mouth is)

Filed in Delaware, National by on August 14, 2014 16 Comments
My Progressive Endorsement is for Matt Denn (and I’m putting money where my mouth is)

There are some questions swirling around the PDD endorsements, but here is someone all progressives, …hell… all of DELAWARE can endorse, Matt Denn.

He is a legit Robert Kennedy Democrat seeking statewide office, so if you consider yourself a progressive, get off your ass and send him money. If you do I’ll match it up to a total of $500.

Mark your donation with 3 cents added, so the Denn team can tell me how much I owe. Hopefully that is a quick $1,000 bucks to a guy who makes me proud to call myself a Democrat.

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“Bean Feed” GOP fundraiser flyer contained a drawing of a dancing bean…wearing a sombrero

Filed in National by on August 7, 2014 4 Comments
“Bean Feed” GOP fundraiser flyer contained a drawing of a dancing bean…wearing a sombrero

Perhaps I’m wrong. Maybe the GOP hasn’t been taken over by the TeaParty. Maybe it has, in fact, been takeover by ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone?

A flyer distributed by the Republican Party of Garvin County, Oklahoma has engendered a significant amount of criticism for being incredibly racist, reports KFOR.

How incredibly racist are we talking about here? So racist that Oklahoma’s Democratic Party initially assumed the flyer was fake, because it was so patently and incredibly racist.

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M-town Seniors Angry at Possible Future Kids Who Might Tread on Their Grass

Filed in National by on August 6, 2014 19 Comments
M-town Seniors Angry at Possible Future Kids Who Might Tread on Their Grass

I can empathize with someone who bought a house having been told by a developer that they would be living next to “a mix of single family homes, townhomes, and apartments” only to find out that really that means apartments. But can’t our seniors come off a little less like a Simpson-esque sendup of old folks?

Residents of Spring Arbor, a luxury community for people over age 55, showed up at the August 4 Middletown mayor and council meeting to object to proposed apartment buildings near their neighborhood.

They were concerned with the types of people the apartments would attract, the devaluation of their properties, and the children that would allegedly “run through their yards.”

Via the Middletown Transcript

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Oh Democratic Party… is there no end to your sucking?

Filed in National by on August 5, 2014 11 Comments
Oh Democratic Party… is there no end to your sucking?

This would be comical if not voting for Democrats was anything other than a de facto vote for Republicans.

A Democratic Senate nominee had to clarify Monday that, contrary to a newly released video of her campaign chairman, she does not actually support “most” of President Barack Obama’s policies.

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Comment Rescue – “Politicians have gotten the message”

Filed in National by on August 5, 2014 18 Comments
Comment Rescue – “Politicians have gotten the message”

Geezer has posted a tidy summary of our current political situation:

“I don’t support the (cigarette) tax. The fairest way to tax people would be on wealth, not income, not sin taxes. But thanks to folks like you — the stupid ones who side with the wealthy instead of standing for the people — we’ve made that unacceptable. Politicians have gotten the message: People with money (and their broke-ass, brainwashed lackeys) will defeat you if you tax them; poor people don’t have the juice to do that.”

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Liz Cheney has no idea what the word “disgrace” means

Filed in National by on August 4, 2014 7 Comments
Liz Cheney has no idea what the word “disgrace” means

The Cheney family is a pestilence. A curse on America.

Liz Cheney bashed President Obama Friday night for the way he characterized CIA interrogation practices after Sept. 11, 2001 as “torture.”

“Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks,” Obama said during a Friday press conference. We did some things that were contrary to our values.”

Cheney said this was unacceptable.

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New Israel vs. United Nations Schools Thread

Filed in National by on August 3, 2014 2 Comments
New Israel vs. United Nations Schools Thread

62 comments is a long comments thread. Put new comments here. As for me – looking at this conflict through a purely military tactics lens – you have to give the advantage to Israel. The UN school’s missile defense systems seem to be sorely lacking.

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Flowers winning the twitter primary?

Filed in National by on August 2, 2014 23 Comments
Flowers winning the twitter primary?

From reformed GOPer, Mike Stafford’s FB Page:

Is the size of a candidate’s Twitter following a good gauge of their electability? If so, as of right now Flowers has more than 800, Barney just passed 400, and Ken Simpler, well, at 73 I’m not really feeling the whole populist groundswell thing. Meanwhile, Sher Valenzuela’s Twitter strategy is to be invisible- I guess that makes her the stealth candidate.

Obviously an incumbent is going to have a built in twitter base. So this isn’t exactly scientific, but primaries are all about turnout, so if a candidate is having trouble attracting people to their twitter account, how much harder will it be to attract them to the polls?

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USDA Approves Poultry Industry Self Inspections – Get ready for the diarrhea

Filed in National by on August 1, 2014 14 Comments
USDA Approves Poultry Industry Self Inspections – Get ready for the diarrhea

Diarrhea will actually be one of the milder outcomes, because all of the evidence provided by the history of capitalism says that this is going to fail, and fail catastrophically.

Poultry inspection, prepare to modernized. Or, if you prefer, privatized. The USDA late Thursday released its revamped poultry inspection rules, an overhaul to the 60-year-old system which, by allowing plants to self-inspect, it claims will simultaneously reduce the number of federal inspectors on site and incidences of foodborne illness.

No Tax revenue, no problem. Ultimately, you’ll pay one way or another.

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Tom Carper just made me LOL

Filed in National by on July 30, 2014 5 Comments
Tom Carper just made me LOL

When I got to the last sentence I literally LOL’ed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House’s reliance on what lawmakers called a funding “gimmick” and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes.

The House could accept the Senate’s changes or reject them and send the bill back to the Senate. Whichever outcome, a highway funding bill is still expected to clear Congress before lawmakers adjourn for the summer later this week.

The Senate took up a $10.8 billion bill the House passed last week that would have kept the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May and voted 66-31 to strip out controversial funding provisions, leaving $8.1 billion.

That’s enough to keep programs going only through Dec. 19. The amendment’s sponsors — Democrats Tom Carper of Delaware and Barbara Boxer of California and Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee — said they want Congress to reach a long-term funding solution this year and they hope that will be easier after the November election when partisan tempers will presumably have cooled.

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Joe Biden is usually funny – Not today

Filed in National by on July 24, 2014 7 Comments
Joe Biden is usually funny – Not today

Who is writing for Biden now? Because this is some creaky shit.

Vice President Joe Biden joked Thursday at the National Urban League conference that he wished he had a child who grew up to be a Republican.

“I should have one Republican kid who’d grow up to make money,” Biden said,

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DE GOP Announces Primary Election ClusterF*ck Panel

Filed in National by on July 24, 2014 4 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 24, 2014

CONTACT: John Fluharty 202-251-9094

DE GOP Announces Primary Election ClusterF*ck Panel

Newark, DE — The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party today announced that the Party is in the final stages of planning for a clusterfu*ck panel between candidates in the GOP Primary race for United States Senator and State Treasurer on August 28, 2014 in Dover.

“The 2014 Delaware GOP Primary clusterf*ck panel will offer Party faithful a unique opportunity to interact directly with the potential Republican nominees for US Senate and State Treasurer,” said Copeland.

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Sign this well researched and practical petition to call for SEPTA to increase service to Wilmington

Filed in National by on July 24, 2014 6 Comments

Thank you to tipster Alex Zorach who sent in this link a petition, organized by David Curtis, to improve SEPTA train service to Delaware.

As Alex mentioned, the petition seems well-researched, and the costs modest relative to the benefits. Apparently there is also a recent precedent of SEPTA adding significant service improvements in response to similar citizen petitions.

Help give this petition a boost (and ask the next politician who asks for your money or vote about it).

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Futures Market Hadicapping of the Statewide Races – Update July 23rd

Filed in National by on July 23, 2014 24 Comments

Not much action in the trading markets as most serious traders are summering in the Hamptons and nobody has punched a baby… yet. These are last night’s closing prices. Put your buy and sell orders in the comments section…

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If not a data center for Newark, then what?

Filed in National by on July 21, 2014 0 Comments

46 Readers thought that “a marijuana processing & distribution center” would be a good choice for the future site of The University of Delaware’s Division 1 football team. “A weedy lot” was a distant second with 21 votes. While the actual answer, “A 60,000 seat Football Stadium” had a measly 14 fans. Some dozen die […]

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