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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.

Filed in National by on April 7, 2015 20 Comments
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

Filed in National by on April 2, 2015 22 Comments
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

Filed in National by on April 1, 2015 5 Comments
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

Filed in National by on April 1, 2015 9 Comments
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

Filed in National by on April 1, 2015 73 Comments

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

Filed in National by on April 1, 2015 16 Comments
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

Filed in National by on March 29, 2015 8 Comments
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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I’m not sure what Tom Carper is up to with this vote

Filed in National by on March 27, 2015 1 Comment
I’m not sure what Tom Carper is up to with this vote

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Tom Carper said Wednesday he doesn’t support every single item in President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2016. But he’s still the only senator who voted for the proposal this week. GOP Sen. John Cornyn forced Tuesday’s vote on the president’s spending plan to get Democrats on the record opposing […]

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Not Shocked – John Carney votes with the GOP…Yet Again.

Filed in National by on March 26, 2015 0 Comments
Not Shocked – John Carney votes with the GOP…Yet Again.

A majority of House Democrats voted for the People’s Budget by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Here is the executive summary of the budget that “Democrat” John Carney” could not bring himself to vote for: 8.4 million good paying jobs by 2018 $1.9 trillion investment in America’s future $820 billion infrastructure and transportation improvements The People’s […]

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“The Sodomite Suppression Act” gives everyone a glimpse of what Republican rule would look like

Filed in National by on March 26, 2015 31 Comments
“The Sodomite Suppression Act”  gives everyone a glimpse of what Republican rule would look like

The California ballot initiative system is a progressive direct democracy plebiscite. However, it allows everyday Republicans with deranged views nurtured by the GOP noise machine to propose crackpot shit such as the “The Sodomite Suppression Act”. This initiative, if enacted, would call on all Godly Californians to kill homosexuals. As such, the initiative is a tidy glimpse into the mind of the modern Republican. It also gives us a view of what complete GOP control of the government might look like.

“The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha,” it begins.

“Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method,” the proposal continues.

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“Doing a bunch of a-hole bullshit instead of governing”

Filed in National by on March 26, 2015 11 Comments
“Doing a bunch of a-hole bullshit instead of governing”

If I had to give the GOP a motto that encapsulated their mission, it would be the one above. In the latest act of, “we don’t give a shit about governing, we just want to make headlines” style governing the Indiana legislature passed, and the Republican Governor of Indiana signed a bill to protect the […]

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Coons and Carper vote in favor of cutting future social security benefits

Filed in National by on March 25, 2015 11 Comments
Coons and Carper vote in favor of cutting future social security benefits

In their most recent act of bipartisanship, “Democratic” Senators Coons and Carper voted in favor of a Republican amendment that sets the stage for Social Security benefits cuts.

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Idiot Republican Congressman Pete Sessions says Obamacare to cost $5 million per covered person

Filed in National by on March 25, 2015 14 Comments
Idiot Republican Congressman Pete Sessions says Obamacare to cost $5 million per covered person

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) claimed Tuesday that ObamaCare will cost $5 million per enrolled person. Sessions cited an overall estimate from House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) that ObamaCare will cost $108 billion. Sessions then calculate the per person cost of ObamaCare by dividing $108 billion by 12 million, and arrived […]

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Ted Cruz has a burning flag/Al Jazeera logo

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Ted Cruz has a burning flag/Al Jazeera logo

UPSO notes that “Ted Cruz’s new logo looks like a mix between the Al Jazeera logo and a burning flag. Weird.” TedCruz.org (Thanks, UPSO!)

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Clinton expertly trolls Republicans with “camps” reveal

Filed in National by on March 20, 2015 10 Comments
Clinton expertly trolls Republicans with “camps” reveal

I love how the Clintons allow their adversaries to drive themselves crazy. It is easy to predict that this discussion of “camps for adults” will cause countless aneurisms and heart attacks in GOP-world. “We really need camps for adults,” Clinton said at the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey’s Tri State CAMP Conference. […]

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How wingnut welfare is killing the GOP

Filed in National by on March 19, 2015 23 Comments
How wingnut welfare is killing the GOP

This Kim Messick piece in Salon is great. It discusses the GOP’s love letter to Iran in terms of the rise of the GOP’s congressional fanaticism. But I found this brief description of how wingnut welfare is playing into the destruction of the GOP as a legitimate national political party particularly insightful.

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Denn/Johnson/Henry bill would change what’s considered a violent felony

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Denn/Johnson/Henry bill would change what’s considered a violent felony

Unwinding our idiotic, wasteful and (lets face it) racist “war on drugs” is going to take time. This isn’t perfect, but it is a step in the right direction.

A bill that would soften the state’s treatment of drug possession felonies and harden its stance on certain violent crimes will be introduced in the Delaware Legislature this week.

Attorney General Matt Denn and a group of lawmakers unveiled Monday a bill that, if passed, would mark the first time specific crimes were taken off the state’s 19-year-old list of violent felonies.

Attorney General Matt Denn and a group of lawmakers unveiled Monday a bill that, if passed, would mark the first time specific crimes were taken off the state’s 19-year-old list of violent felonies.

“We want to make sure the penalties are appropriate for the crimes,” Denn said. “In seeking justice, we have an obligation to reduce statutory (sentences) when they do not fit the crime.”

While the bill removes drug possession from the violent crime list, it adds certain crimes against children and police officers. These add on’s feel like sops to conservatives to me. Protecting children is laudable, but with the way cops have been escalating their violence against citizens that they don’t happen to like, I’m not crazy about that one. And yet, as Prince Otto said, politics is the art of the possible.

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“Did your God come down and do it with his beard?”

Filed in National by on March 13, 2015 37 Comments
“Did your God come down and do it with his beard?”

Something interesting happened on the last episode of Survivor. A redneck’s anthropomorphic God was mocked to his face. Yes, I am the last surviving Survivor viewer, and it is for moments like this.

Mike, the classic redneck, was grousing about how much work he is doing compared to everyone else, while Lindsey the tattooed Gen-Xer thinks Mike is only aware of the work he does, and doesn’t notice when other tribe members pitch in by collecting firewood and keeping the fire going.

“Did your God come down and do it with his beard?” she asks pointing to the fire.

I loved the addition of “…with his beard.” A nice touch, as if to say, “Where is your God now, you ridiculous twit?”

As it turns out I should not be surprised by the mocking of a redneck’s shallow and stupid version of Christianity on TV or elsewhere. It is the new big thing, as Americans are opting out of religion (particularly Christianity) in droves.

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