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Kiss me I’m English

Filed in National by on April 22, 2014 6 Comments
Kiss me I’m English

Happy Saint George’s Day everyone! Grab a pint glass of your favorite English beer, or fix yourself a nice gin and tonic, and enjoy your pretend Englishness today – preferably with the aid of alcohol. There will be readings from Douglas Adams and a half-assed game of cricket later.

Until today, Saint Georges Day hasn’t really be celebrated around here and I mean to fix that. We are Americans and holidays are what we do. So let the word go forth – today we are all English.

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While a wealthy rapist walks, nobody thinks of the real victims – the AG office lawyers

Filed in National by on April 2, 2014 87 Comments
While a wealthy rapist walks, nobody thinks of the real victims – the AG office lawyers

The Delaware Bar association and others will tell you – the AG office lawyers are the true victims in the “du pont heir will not fare will in prison” case. They are hamstrung when trying to convict wealthy people because the wealthy people can hire lawyers. (Lawyers from the very best firms that the AG office lawyers may hope to join in a year or so.) They also have to contend with the fact that they have a boss that leaves the trickiest decisions most fraught with huge downsides entirely to them.

How can we expect the AG office lawyers to prosecute a case they may lose? Obviously we can’t. The AG office lawyers in this case were facing a lose/lose situation. Either they prosecute the rich guy and likely lose because they are utterly outclassed by the defense lawyers and the child rapist goes free, our they cut a ludicrously lenient deal that allows the child rapist to go free. Obviously in that situation, you cut a deal.

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“Delaware Judge enshrines unequal outcomes for child rapists based on wealth” continues to be a national story

Filed in National by on April 1, 2014 14 Comments
“Delaware Judge enshrines unequal outcomes for child rapists based on wealth” continues to be a national story

Of course, this type of unequal justice has been the norm forever. However, the egregiousness of the crime has finally pulled back the curtain. The son of the Vice President of the United States is involved, and a Delaware judge laid it all out in plain language – the rich get special treatment. The botched prosecution by the AG’s office and Jurden’s resulting sentence wasn’t simply bad, it was so bad that it amounts to an attack on the courts. It spits on the idea that poor people can get a fair shake in our legal system. Resignations and firings must ensue.

They will not ensue. Nobody will be fired and everyone will go back to pretending that justice is blind in a few months (weeks?…days?). The courts will survive this, but they will be diminished in authority and legitimacy. We will have taken one step closer to the ledge. This is one step away from the ideals expounded on in the Declaration of Independence and one step toward another run of the mill plutocracy. In the end we will be another footnote. A historical curiosity that showed a possible other path to the world for a few brief centuries, then got tired of the rigorous effort required to maintain equality and justice.

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Multimillionaire du Pont family heir was spared jail for raping his three-year-old daughter because judge decided he would ‘not fare well’ behind bars

Filed in National by on March 31, 2014 57 Comments
Multimillionaire du Pont family heir was spared jail for raping his three-year-old daughter because judge decided he would ‘not fare well’ behind bars

The headline above is from the UK’s Dail Mail

The News Journal’s own headline (Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison) also does a good job laying out the brutal facts of the case. The wealthy literally have a different set of rules. They have judges like Jurden and an entire criminal justice system devoted to keeping the screws on the middle and lower classes while ensuring that the well connected 1-per-centers don’t need to feel the slightest discomfort regardless of the egregiousness of their crimes.

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Are “attracted” voters really worth more than “chased” voters?

Filed in National by on March 28, 2014 11 Comments
Are “attracted” voters really worth more than “chased” voters?

The thesis at the heart of all my recent posts has been that “attracted” voters are inherently more valuable to a campaign than “chased” voters. I look at recent history and see the lackluster performance of Democrats during midterm elections, and mentally discount a chased voter to some fraction of a voter while I mentally add a premium to attracted voters.

So, let’s say each voter that the DNC manages to frighten into thinking about voting is worth .95 eventual votes and every teabag that is inspired by the teabag nonsense is worth 1.05 future votes. On election day a vote is a vote, but over the course of a campaign the marginal difference between the chased and the attracted must add up. Right? …

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My Open Letter to ActBlue

Filed in National by on March 27, 2014 6 Comments

Following up on this observation that the DNC’s GOTV plan is bullshit and doomed to fail, I sent this to info@Actblue.com

Dear Act Blue,

I don’t know if this can get to anyone who makes content decisions for fundraising emails, but your “Nate Silver’s prediction” email left me flat.

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Obama’s desire to cut Social Security looms large in midterms

Filed in National by on March 26, 2014 0 Comments
Obama’s desire to cut Social Security looms large in midterms

Old people vote in midterms at a higher rate than young people. But until recently old people were solid Democrats. So, how did the GOP get a lock on the old people vote? Well, he is black and old people are notorious racists. (Yes, I’m looking at you Grampa Heinrich.) And the Democratic Party has recently been seen as the party of the gays, and old folks are nervous about that. But there is a much bigger reason the old folks a going R.

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With wage theft ubiquitous in the fast food business, NCC moves to support fast food workers

Filed in National by on March 26, 2014 9 Comments
With wage theft ubiquitous in the fast food business, NCC moves to support fast food workers

If you work in a restaurant, you are, have been, or probably will be the victim of wage theft. That Chickie’s & Pete’s, has been forced to pay $8.52 million in back wages and damages to employees for illegally docking a portion of their tips, not paying minimum wage, or overtime, is sadly an exception. […]

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Carney scores “centrist” money for his debt stance

Filed in National by on March 26, 2014 4 Comments
Carney scores “centrist” money for his debt stance

He has no opponent, but flaming “bipartisanship” in the pursuit failed of wingnut economic policies has its own rewards.

Bipartisan Group Backs TV Ads for 7 House Centrists

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Dems 2014 “Get Out the Vote Project” is bullshit and doomed to fail

Filed in National by on March 25, 2014 31 Comments
Dems 2014 “Get Out the Vote Project” is bullshit and doomed to fail

Without knowing anything about the project beyond this….

WASHINGTON — The Democrats’ plan to hold on to their narrow Senate majority goes by the name “Bannock Street project.” It runs through 10 states, includes a $60 million investment and requires more than 4,000 paid staff members. And the effort will need all of that — and perhaps more — to achieve its goal, which is nothing short of changing the character of the electorate in a midterm cycle.

…I can tell you that this Democratic effort is bullshit and doomed to fail. Why? Read on.

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Republicans link Ukraine aid to favorable IRS treatment for Koch Bros

Filed in National by on March 25, 2014 1 Comment
Republicans link Ukraine aid to favorable IRS treatment for Koch Bros

John Carney needs to call Jim Renacci on his super-duper bipartisan hotline and look into this, because Republicans are soooooo reasonable once you get to know them and give them every crazy-ass thing they want.

Republicans in Congress want to add language to a U.S. aid plan for Ukraine that would block a proposed IRS rule curbing political activity by tax-exempt groups, Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday.

Corker, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the proposed Internal Revenue Service measure was one of the unresolved issues facing lawmakers working to complete a Ukraine aid package in time for the panel to consider it on Wednesday.

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“I don’t have to enforce any pretended legislation.” Jeff Christopher’s nuttiness unadorned

Filed in National by on March 20, 2014 9 Comments
“I don’t have to enforce any pretended legislation.”  Jeff Christopher’s nuttiness unadorned

Because he is a fascinating crackpot, and because someone might want a handy reference at some point, I’ve taken Christopher’s quotes directly from the WND article linked to previously.

“Right now the threat to individual Americans from al-Qaida and other groups is nowhere near the threat we face from officials in our own country who are working at taking away our liberties,” Delaware Sheriff Jeff Christopher told WND.

“The battle of liberty is never over. We are attempting to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot overturning the law stripping us of our arrest authority.”

“I believe the intent of taking away the authority of the sheriff,” Christopher said, “is to set up a situation where the state police have the power to enforce unconstitutional legislation while preventing the sheriff from being able to stand against them.”

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Obama’s explicit rejection of the Coons Doctrine

Filed in National by on March 20, 2014 5 Comments
Obama’s explicit rejection of the Coons Doctrine

Grandstanding blowhard Senators and DC talking heads who think that America’s best interest are served by having under-planned, emotional, military excursion in order to constantly prove that we are manly men had a bad day yesterday.

President Obama, who has threatened Moscow with additional sanctions, said Wednesday that nobody wants to “trigger an actual war with Russia” because that would serve no one’s interests.

“We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine,” Obama told KNSD-TV. “What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we’ve got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message.”

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Jeff Christopher wants to go to war with the United States government on behalf of the residents of Sussex County

Filed in National by on March 19, 2014 9 Comments

Not Breaking – Jeff Christopher is nuts.

The office of sheriff was created to address worries exactly like the rampant militarization of police forces in America, claim two sheriffs who have challenged elected officials in their states over what they believe are unconstitutional abuses of power.

“Right now the threat to individual Americans from al-Qaida and other groups is nowhere near the threat we face from officials in our own country who are working at taking away our liberties,”
Delaware Sheriff Jeff Christopher told WND.

Christopher has firsthand knowledge of the desire of government officials to usurp authority over local law-enforcement agencies.
wnd.com

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Average Job Tenure by Country (another stat the USA sucks at)

Filed in National by on March 17, 2014 12 Comments
Average Job Tenure by Country  (another stat the USA sucks at)

A few years ago, the average American stayed with a company for about 7 years. Now it is 4. Come see how far behind the rest of the Western Industrialized world we are.

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This crazy-ass fundraiser intended for Chris Coons was sent to me in error

Filed in National by on March 14, 2014 3 Comments

I hate it when the internet tubes screw up and send me Chris Coons’ mail.

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This CNN poll on our new cold war gives me hope for the future

Filed in National by on March 14, 2014 11 Comments

I, for one, am glad we are enemies with Russia again. I grew up during the cold war, and I loved it. The cold war was peace compared to what we have now, and I’ll take it. We couldn’t elected maniacs and jack-asses like Bush and Cheney because we knew that they’d blow up the […]

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The sad truth is that John Carney is an idiot

Filed in National by on March 13, 2014 9 Comments
The sad truth is that John Carney is an idiot

That he continues to believe this austerity idiocy, that he thinks these grifters and frauds are his friends, and that he trumpets his stupidity and naivety on Facebook, shows that he is not very smart:

This morning I got together with my colleagues from the Bipartisan Working Group — a group I founded with my colleague Jim Renacci from Ohio. We sat down with Maya MacGuineas from Fix The Debt. Our goal was to find ways everyone – both Democrats and Republicans – can agree on to get deficits under control.

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Chris Christie gave gifts of wreckage from the World Trade Center to reward edorsers

Filed in National by on March 12, 2014 2 Comments
Chris Christie gave gifts of wreckage from the World Trade Center to reward edorsers

Yeah, it is true. Christie really couldn’t be any more vile or corrupt….

…the most damaging developments for Christie are closer to home. A New York Times investigation published Tuesday shows he’d turned the Port Authority “into a de facto political operation” even before Kelly declared it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie used big Port Authority projects to win endorsement from Democrats and union leaders, and in a ghoulish touch, even handed out wreckage from the World Trade Center to reward mayors who backed him.

I suppose, if it turns out he is offering Baal human sacrifices during monthly Black Mass meetings of a Satanic cult in his basement, it could get a little worse for him. But at this point, only a touch worse.

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American thru-hiker, Josh Seehorn, arrives at Cape Henelopen on March 15th

Filed in National by on March 11, 2014 5 Comments
American thru-hiker, Josh Seehorn, arrives at Cape Henelopen on March 15th

This looks cool. The guy is hiking 6,800 miles from Point Reyes, CA to Cape Henelopen along the American Discovery Trail. He’ll get to the Atlantic on March 15th. The Delaware Envirothon Planning Committee invites the public to an event welcoming Josh Seehorn, vice chair of the Georgia Envirothon, as he finishes his 6,800 mile […]

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Rand Paul Rides Clinton Blow Job to CPAC Win

Filed in National by on March 9, 2014 2 Comments

Bill Clinton’s sex life is still ratings gold for wingnuts. Rand Paul proved that yet again winning this year’s CPAC (Conference of Perpetually Angry Crazebags) straw poll in commanding fashion. One day after riveting a packed convention ballroom, tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) topped the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, his […]

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Joe Biden is running for the Democratic nomination, and why shouldn’t he?

Filed in National by on March 8, 2014 11 Comments
Joe Biden is running for the Democratic nomination, and why shouldn’t he?

It is basically official. Biden will be the straight-talking, blue collar, non-Clinton alternative to Ms. Clinton. So what if he is polling at 12% to Clinton’s 72%? He has always wanted to be the President of the United States and you have 0% chance of making the shots you don’t take.

Would he be a good President? Well, what’s your criteria? He would be better than any of the Republican alternatives, to be sure. Would he be better than Hilary Clinton? I guess we’ll be able to hear him make the case for why he would. In the process I only hope that he doesn’t load up the GOP with a lot of ammunition to use against her if (when?) he falls short.

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Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” only works for whites

Filed in National by on March 5, 2014 5 Comments
Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” only works for whites

This is total BS, and unfortunately, totally not surprising.

Florida’s State Attorney is pursuing 60 years behind bars for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman who fired a “warning shot” in the direction of her estranged husband and his two kids.

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UPDATED: Good Morning Suckers – You are paying Mike Castle’s flood insurance premiums, and you are going to keep paying them

Filed in National by on March 5, 2014 20 Comments
UPDATED:  Good Morning Suckers – You are paying Mike Castle’s flood insurance premiums, and you are going to keep paying them

Mike Castle can sleep in his beach house soundly knowing that you are on the job heavily subsidizing his choice to live next to the unpredictable Atlantic Ocean totally risk free. You feel good about yourself, right? Castle deserves his sound sleep.

Actually, I’m not crazy about the set up. I happen to think that people who decide to live in flood plains should shoulder the risk of that reckless behavior. It is the one area of common ground I had with teabags, and it was the one positive outcome from the Democratic Party’s adoption of austerity mania. We can’t afford to cover Mike Castles flood risk, nor should we have to. For a while it looked like we were going to get out from under having to pay Mike Castle’s beach house flood insurance premiums, but now it looks like that ain’t happening

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The Coons Doctrine: “The USA must constantly prove that we have the biggest dick”

Filed in National by on March 4, 2014 8 Comments
The Coons Doctrine:  “The USA must constantly prove that we have the biggest dick”

I tried to come up with a phrasing of the Coons Doctrine which captured Senator Coons’ claim that the United States must constantly demonstrate Bushian levels of breathtaking and ill-conceived belligerence on a world wide scale, or else be perceived as pussies. I think I only partially captured it.

We’ve seen this idiotic foreign policy doctrine promoted before. Usually it is territory covered by cretins like John Bolton and Dick Cheney. To hear it promoted by our blue state Democratic Senator is truly startling. Coons appears to be taking former Ct Senator Joe Lieberman as a foreign policy godfather. If it is true and Coons is guided by Lieberman on foreign policy and Carper on domestic policy – I can’t help but wonder what good he can possibly be to his Delaware constituents?

That isn’t to say that Christine O’Donnell would have been better, but at least O’Donnell would have been a one termer. Coons, being a Democrat, has a lifetime sinecure in the Senate. Let that sink in as you consider the fact that Coons laments the fact that we didn’t go to war in Syrian.

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