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What happens when the GOP takes the Senate? – UPDATED

Filed in National by on August 20, 2014 19 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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BREAKING: Richard Korn acquitted on all charges

Filed in National by on July 10, 2014 14 Comments

BREAKING Richard Korn acquitted on all child porn charges ‪#‎netde‬ ‪#‎courtsde‬. Judge found while 50 images of child porn on computer state could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt Korn knew images were there or viewed them. A tearful
Korn declined comment after saying, “I just want to go see my children”

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Conservative Thad Cochran is a Kenyan Usurper

Filed in National by on July 10, 2014 4 Comments

If you are a political party that runs on bile and deranged toxicity, attracting voters isn’t easy. It is an uphill slog. As we know when the GOP’s angry hate-filled rants couldn’t attract enough voters to beat President Obama, the hate didn’t go away after the election. It grew. It turned from trying to beat […]

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Could a low turnout primary shock Schwartzkopf ?

Filed in National by on July 9, 2014 5 Comments
Could a low turnout primary shock Schwartzkopf ?

I rather doubt Schwartzkopf will be caught with his pants down. But primaries are tricky, (just ask Mike Castle). Sure he won his last elections with 89.9% of the vote, but who has he faced? The GOP doesn’t even both to run against him, so the 89% was against a fringe party. Have the gaudy vote totals made him soft? I know Mitch Crane talks up Pete as a solid door knocker, but that door knocking seems to have been on behalf of other candidates. Has he lost touch with the district? That he is facing a primary opponent suggest he may have.

Rehoboth Beach — For the first time in Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf’s political career, he will have to face off against an opponent in a Democratic primary for the District 14 Representative seat.

Rehoboth Beach resident Nelson Warren filed his nomination paperwork with the Sussex County Department of Elections in Georgetown July 8, the day of the filing deadline. …

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An armed society is a polite society

Filed in National by on July 9, 2014 12 Comments
An armed society is a polite society

(…except, not really.)

A man shoots his son, then is subsequently shot and killed by his grandson. FREEDOM!!

Also, this…

VALDOSTA — On the first day of the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, a misunderstanding between two armed men in a convenience store Tuesday led to a drawn firearm and a man’s arrest.

“Essentially, it involved one customer with a gun on his hip when a second customer entered with a gun on his hip,” said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.

At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call regarding a customer dispute at the Enmark on the corner of Park Avenue and North Lee Street.

A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report.

The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to show any permits or identification.

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Charlie Copeland’s DEGOP now 20% more reality-based ?

Filed in National by on July 9, 2014 2 Comments
Charlie Copeland’s DEGOP now 20% more reality-based ?

After years of trying to woo Sussex County teaparty lunatics with his aw-shucks appearances at angry spittlefests, Copeland seems to have called it quits. Here is the nut-graph from Celia.

Charlie Copeland, the Republican state chair, all but conceded the party is punting on the statewide races in the hope of making gains in the future from the bottom up.

“Since 2010 the Republican Party has worked to undo the effects of a brutal and divisive primary election that wounded our party both politically and financially. At the top of the list . . . is the creation of a back bench of elected officials that can later go on to run for statewide federal and state offices,” Copeland said in a statement.

Can this mean no more waving the bloody shirt and railing against the Kenyan Usurper’s socialism from the DEGOP? I’ll believe it when I don’t see it.

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The case for Chip Flowers

Filed in National by on June 27, 2014 48 Comments

There is no case for voting for Chip Flowers. However, I think there can be a case for voting against Sean Barney. For all his merits (and his merits are many) he is still a Carper man through and through. Do we really need anther mobbed up Carper guy on a glide path to the promised land of corporate back-scratch-a-palooza?

I probably will not run against Carney. I don’t have the guts or the time. If I don’t run, I will not have any way to register my disgust with the corporatist Democrats who run Delaware. The one vanishingly small gesture I can make is to vote against Tom Carper’s pick for treasurer.

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