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UPDATED: “Coons still a no”

Filed in National by on November 18, 2014 6 Comments
UPDATED: “Coons still a no”

This from Reuters:

Senate staffers pressured Democrats including Chris Coons of Delaware to reverse their opposition to the pipeline. But Coons had used a similar line to King’s in saying Congress should not issue permits when he said last week he would vote no. “He’s still a no,” a Coons aide said Tuesday afternoon.

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Carper Changes His Reason For Voting in Favor of Keystone in the 11th Hour

Filed in National by on November 18, 2014 12 Comments
Carper Changes His Reason For Voting in Favor of Keystone in the 11th Hour

Because his prior pretext (that this show of bipartisanship will usher in a golden age of bipartisan peace and prosperity) was patently ludicrous and every bit of it was a cynical lie, Carper has updated his reason for voting in favor of the environment catastrophe known as the Keystone pipeline.

Now he says he is voting for this flaming peice of toxic shit because Mary Landreiu begged him to.

“Senator Landrieu has been cajoling, pleading with her colleagues—mostly Democrats—to provide an up or down vote on this,” Carper said in a recent interview with Bloomberg Politics. “I think the time has come.”

That’s some fucking bullshit.

As late as yesterday, we was still trying to slide by on the cynical lie that Republicans would “reciprocate” and a golden age of bipartisan work on climate change would commence.

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From the Department of Obvious Findings: More Guns = More Crime

Filed in National by on November 18, 2014 1 Comment
From the Department of Obvious Findings: More Guns = More Crime

Contrary to gun-nut dogma, “right-to-carry” laws don’t reduce crime. They increase it.

“The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates” of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder, Donohue said in an interview with the Stanford Report. The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with an 8 percent increase in the incidence of aggravated assault, according to Donohue. He says this number is likely a floor, and that some statistical methods show an increase of 33 percent in aggravated assaults involving a firearm after the passage of right-to-carry laws.

Makes sense. Guns make the weak feel strong.

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If you want to “debate” the “question” of man made climate change, this is not the web site you are looking for

Filed in National by on November 18, 2014
If you want to “debate” the “question” of man made climate change, this is not the web site you are looking for

Program Note: There is no serious “debate” about that facts of man made climate change. If you want to discuss that “question” you are either getting paid to do so, or are an idiot. Bottom line – Take it elsewhere.

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Delaware Sierra Club Protest Pic

Filed in National by on November 17, 2014 12 Comments
Delaware Sierra Club Protest Pic

If Tom Carper votes for this monstrosity tomorrow it should be tantamount to political suicide. I won’t be, but in rational world, it would be. (picture via Facebook)

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“Carper, meanwhile, is a fake.”

Filed in National by on November 17, 2014 5 Comments
“Carper, meanwhile, is a fake.”

Carper’s perplexing support for the Keystone Pipeline (because it will “clear the decks” and usher in an era of bipartisan peace and prosperity) is helping people understand what a D-bag Tom Carper is. Bill McKibben writing for Salon is the latest to call our Carper for his self-satisfied and vacuous praise of the climate agreement with China, and his outright assholery for saying that the climate deal with China is so awesome that it will “outweigh” the ecological catastrophe that is the Keystone pipeline.

I don’t have any great hope that the Democrats will be able to replace Carper, but his astonishingly tone-deaf and horrible representation of Delaware in the Senate is leading me to the belief that a non-Teabag Republican would be an upgrade. A non-Teabag Republican siding with the GOP on this would only be hurting the country. Tom Carper hurts the country by supporting the equivalent of 400 new coal burning power stations. But he is also doing long term and permanent damage to the Democratic Party.

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Saturday News Round Up

Filed in National by on November 15, 2014 7 Comments
Saturday News Round Up

It is the second Saturday after the country voted for baby Jesus, and lower taxes and so Republicans are already planning to flex their mandate and shut down the government. They say the shut down will be over the President’s claim that he is going to stop deporting so many browns. That’s the plan.

If the President trips them up by continuing to deport browns at the current rate, they’ll figure something out. Of course shutting down the government isn’t the first choice for the few remaining Republicans who still have a loose grip on reality. They’d prefer a lawsuit because threatening a lawsuit is pretty manly business that always gets results.

Tom Carper said that he’d vote with those same Republicans to overturn a Presidential veto because overriding a Presidential veto will usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity. It will also show the GOP once and for all that when Tom Carper says bipartisanship – BY GOD he means BIPARTI-FUCKING-SHIP.

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Schwartzkopf blames Christopher for Dems losses (except not really)

Filed in National by on November 14, 2014 8 Comments
Schwartzkopf blames Christopher for Dems losses (except not really)

Poor Chris Flood trying to make sense out of Schwartzkopf post election analysis.

“He said because of the race for county sheriff, the turnout in Sussex County was somewhat different than in Kent and New Castle counties.

Republicans pushed hard to get out the vote because they didn’t want to see Jeff Christopher re-elected, said Schwartzkopf, and as a result some people who wouldn’t have voted otherwise ended up voting straight down party lines.

Schwartzkopf said he doesn’t necessarily think the outcome of the races would have been any different, but the percentages would have been closer.

Republicans had a good day, he said. It’s like a sports competition, he added, and the GOP had a better outcome.”

Yep. Just like a sports competition. The kind of competitions where one team has motivated players, strategies, coaching and leadership and the other doesn’t. It was just like that.

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Keep the faith Kansas

Filed in National by on November 14, 2014 8 Comments
Keep the faith Kansas

Kansas, You need to just keep cutting services and lowering taxes for your wealthiest corporations and job creators. Things will get better. And if they don’t it only means that you haven’t waited long enough or prayed to Supply-Side Jesus hard enough.

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I can’t let it go…

Filed in National by on November 13, 2014 13 Comments
I can’t let it go…

I just can’t get over this statement by Tom Caper’s spokeswoman. Why is it tormenting me? Perhaps because every bit of it is a cynical lie.

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Carper Supports Keystone Pipeline Veto Override Vote to Help Idiotic Landrieu Ploy – also BIPARTISANSHIP! Naturally

Filed in National by on November 13, 2014 14 Comments
Carper Supports Keystone Pipeline Veto Override Vote to Help Idiotic Landrieu Ploy – also BIPARTISANSHIP!  Naturally

This is just the stupidest thing ever, and it is a great example of two things: 1) The Democrat Party is just horrible and 2) Tom Carper is absolutely an out and out fucker. Seriously, wait to you read his statement. It is a goddam doozy.

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DNC fundraising emails I’d love to Get

Filed in National by on November 12, 2014 6 Comments
DNC fundraising emails I’d love to Get

Jason330,

We screwed up. But here is the good news – starting today we aren’t taking any money from banks or finical services industries. None. Nothing. We now realize that working to protect the profits of banks doesn’t serve the interest of the working class Americans who have always been the backbone of the party. So from now on, the DNC will turn away all money from banks so that we can get back to being the party that looks out for the little guy.

That will put us in a fundraising bind, so we will need to depend on people like you to help get the message out. You are the Democratic Party’s biggest asset. Thanks for considering a donation to help return the Democratic Party to its core values.

Sincerely,

Joe Biden

More under the fold.

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A Message From Joe Biden – Nothing Has Changed

Filed in National by on November 12, 2014 19 Comments
A Message From Joe Biden – Nothing Has Changed

This is depressing:

Jason330,

I’ve been through a lot of elections, Jason330, and it’s a simple fact that you’re not going to win them all. No matter how hard you work, sometimes things don’t turn out the way you want them to.

But I hope you won’t listen to any of the people who are saying that what happened on one Tuesday night in November changed everything — because they are wrong.

Nothing changed the fact that there are millions of Americans counting on us to create good middle-class jobs, and build better schools for our children. It didn’t change that we still have a lot of work to do together, and two full years to do it.

So I want you to stay committed, keep your head up, and invest in the future of our party. If you’ve saved your payment information, your donation will go through immediately.

Thank you, Jason330 — I mean it. Folks like you have always been the Democratic Party’s biggest asset, and there’s nothing that’s going to change that either.

Joe

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5 Reasons to Get Ready for a Republican President and a Republican Supreme Court

Filed in National by on November 7, 2014 21 Comments

I know Democrats want to think that the Presidential elections are ours, but I wouldn’t be so sure. Of course we hope they’ll nominate a complete loser, but they may not. Then where will we be? The fact is, the GOP is building some huge advantages that are going unmatched by the Democrats. Five that come directly to mind are:

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Reports from Return Day

Filed in National by on November 6, 2014 6 Comments
Reports from Return Day

Because I recoil from the fake, the counterfeit, fraudulent and the pretend – I hate the stupid Delaware tradition called Return Day. Some people love it though.

Here is an update from a guy who probably doesn’t want to be associated with one of the best liberal blogs in the UNIVERSE!!

It stopped raining, the clouds parted and a great beam of light shone down on Simpler as he passed. I heard a voice from on high say “this is my investment advisor in whom I am well pleased.” Might have been a dove in the mix too. Not sure. Memory hazy. Consumed lots of 16 Mile.

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Caesar Rodney Institute Loves Jack Markell’s Schools Plan… ’nuff said

Filed in National by on November 6, 2014 12 Comments
Caesar Rodney Institute Loves Jack Markell’s Schools Plan… ’nuff said

I have to admit that I have not been paying much attention to the “priority schools” discussion, but if Delaware’s radical wing-nut “think tank” likes it, Markell must have concocted the Ebola/ISIL of school reform plans.

The Markell Administration’s reform plan could
help all Delaware students succeed

The establishment of a plan to turn six of Delaware’s lowest performing public schools into “priority schools” has provided the education establishment with an opportunity to implement reform for the entire public school system.
If the Markell Administration’s initiative succeeds the state’s public schools will have a readily-available blueprint for success for the First State.

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Election Hangover Dump

Filed in National by on November 5, 2014 26 Comments

An apology, a couple of observations and a question under the fold.

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Comment Rescue: Liberalgeek on taking over the Demcoratic Party

Filed in National by on November 4, 2014 14 Comments

I’ll offer my thoughts under the fold. Here is the comment:

I guess the plan is to win hearts and minds with an air war. Sounds reasonable.

If you are clamoring for the Democratic Party to move to the left, but are unwilling to actively participate in politics outside of election day, you will be left with exactly what you already have.

The only reason that there are any progressive voices around here is due to the Dean campaign. The beauty in his campaign was the ability to get people involved in the campaign. There were meetups, blogs were started (this one included) and people stepped up to join committees and start organizations (like PDD).

A decade has passed since then. Some of us are still involved, some have settled in for armchair bitching and some have dropped out of politics altogether. But if you don’t think that the Howard Dean message was “Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work”, you weren’t paying attention.

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My Green Votes

Filed in National by on November 4, 2014 26 Comments
My Green Votes

At the moment of truth, it was tough. I’m a Democrat and I want Democrats to win, so it took a lot for me to punch the button for the Green Party candidates for Congress. But neither John Carney or Chris Coons gave me any reason to vote for them. Since they are both going to win by miles, the old scare tactics, and the “lesser of two evils” arguments don’t seem to apply.

They are such prohibitive favorites that I doubt they will even notice this impotent protest, but I feel better. When they return to Congress and vote along with the Republicans to prove their bipartisanship bone fides on the next heinous trade agreement, or more tax cuts for “job creators” I’ll be able to say, “I didn’t vote for that.”

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It is time for Progressives and Liberals to stop pretending that the Democrats represent them

Filed in National by on November 3, 2014 20 Comments

I summarized Bill Curry’s piece in Salon in the headline above. But go ahead and read the whole thing. Or don’t. See if I care. Instead, send the DNC or Chris Coons more money because THE GOP IS OUT OF TOUCH! or STAKES HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER!, or some other hysterical bullshit.

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I’ve still got $50.00 that says Republican economics are full of shit… any takers?

Filed in National by on October 31, 2014 37 Comments
I’ve still got $50.00 that says Republican economics are full of shit… any takers?

With all the recent talk about how the Republicans want to “fix” the economy by cutting taxes, I feel the need to reintroduce everyone with my standing bet.

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The guy who wants to turn Medicare and Medicaid into a voucher system is thinking about running for President

Filed in National by on October 30, 2014 2 Comments
The guy who wants to turn Medicare and Medicaid into a voucher system is thinking about running for President

FSM does not love me enough to allow Paul Ryan to be the GOP nominee.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) indicated in an interview published Thursday that he is open to a presidential run, saying he does not see himself as a House “lifer.”

Ryan said he will make his decision next year. “I’m not in a rush,” he told The Washington Post. “My way is to do the job at hand, do it well, and not worry about strategizing how I can do better than this guy or that guy in New Hampshire. I’m not in a place where I have to scratch and claw to get my name out there. Why do I need to blow money on that? I’ll line it all up next year and do my long list of pros and cons, this and that.”

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UPDATED: No political fall out from signgate anticipated

Filed in National by on October 30, 2014 45 Comments
UPDATED: No political fall out from signgate anticipated

I haven’t spoken to anyone who thinks that this significantly changes the dynamics of the race. Here is a round-up of statements that pretty much put this thing to bed.

The Bethany Hall-Long apology:

“My husband is the man depicted in the video. The video shows him removing a handful of signs this morning. He turned them over to the Democratic Party and asked that they be returned to the Republican Party about six hours after they were taken up,” she said. “Sadly, this race has become tough and personal. My husband is my high school sweetheart and he loves me very much. I was not aware that he had allowed his frustration over the campaign attacks to get the better of him. Of course I’m disappointed and wish that it had not happened.”

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Someone took some bullshit DEGOP signs that said “Vote Republican”

Filed in National by on October 29, 2014 50 Comments
Someone took some bullshit DEGOP signs that said “Vote Republican”

Here is the press release. Two things. 1) The sign taker in the video says something about the fact that the signs don’t include a candidate’s name. I don’t know enough about sign law to know if that is exculpatory. 2) I feel like the use of “Democrat Party” was an homage to my recent uptake of that shitty usage.

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Futures Market Handicapping the Statewide Races – October 28th

Filed in National by on October 28, 2014 5 Comments

Lots of buying and selling action in the trading markets since my last update. Who has crashed and who still has a little upside potential? Let’s take a look.

Senate: Chris Coons 0.98 (0.98) – Kevin Wade 0.01 (0.02)

House: John Carney 0.95 (0.99) – Rose Izzo 0.01 (0.01) Bernie August 0.04 (n/a)

Attorney General: Matt Denn 0.95 (0.93) – Ted Kittila 0.05 (0.07)

Treasurer: Chip Flowers 0.00 (0.39) – Sean Barney 0.48 (0.37) – Ken Simpler 0.48(0.17) – Sher Valenzuela 0.00

Auditor: Brenda Mayrack 0.48(0.43) – Tom Wagner 0.48 (0.47)

You could have made some money in the Treasurers race. Shorting Flowers at 0.40 and taking a long position in Simpler at 0.15 was the winning move.

As it stands now, other than simply guessing the Treasurer and Auditors races and winning the coin flip, I don’t see any profitable moves left. Simpler, for example, appears to be at his max trading value. Smart traders will probably be taking their Simpler profits off the table. But hey, this is politics so do “smart traders” exist? For instance, somebody placed some sentimental money on Bernie August, bidding him up to 0.04.

(Okay, it was me. There is still a week to go. Carney could still Bill Roth it.)

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