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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


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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John Carney Primary Challenge Update

Filed in National by on June 20, 2014 13 Comments
John Carney Primary Challenge Update

The filing deadline is July 8th.
Primary day is September 9th.
The filing fee is $3,480
About $700.00 was pledged in the last thread on this topic, so I’d need to kick in $2,780. That is doable.

Beyond these little nuts and bolts items, I’ve tried to compile a candid list of what I have and what I need in order to pull this off.

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Does anyone really think that the timing of the patent office revocation the Redskins trademark was a coincidence?

Filed in National by on June 18, 2014 15 Comments
Does anyone really think that the timing of the patent office revocation the Redskins trademark was a coincidence?

I don’t have anything to add. The football team’s name is racist as all hell. Everyone knows it, so it is just a matter of time now. I only posted this because the headline made me giggle.

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What will be the ultimate price for our moral sloth in Iraq?

Filed in National by on June 18, 2014 4 Comments

In his second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln offered contemplative reflection on of the war’s larger meaning. For him, the war was God’s punishment for the abomination that was slavery.

Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.”

Speaking philosophically about our inhumanity and base willingness to mock the notion of a just God has gone out of style. If “God’s will” is invoked today it is by the charlatans and grifters. We rightfully recoil from them, the vermin who use fragments of the gospel to justify all manner of greed and brutality.

But what if Lincoln was right? What if God does want the scales of justice to come into balance? (…)

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Reid: Republican’s reaction to Libyan militant capture “shocking” “disgusting” “insulting” “pathetic”

Filed in National by on June 17, 2014 10 Comments

Reid got one thing wrong – it the Republican’s reaction isn’t shocking. For me “shocking” indicates some element of surprise.

“It doesn’t matter what your ideology is, you should feel good about this. There’s no conspiracy here, this is actual news. But the reaction of some of the Republicans, I’ve been told, is to downplay and insult the brave men and women of our special forces and the FBI. They’re trying to say, oh, it’s no big deal. I wonder if the men and women who captured the terrorist agree. But the Republicans said it’s no big deal. Even in these days of polarization, created by the obstruction, the delay, and diversion of the Republicans, even in these days of polarization, their reaction is shocking and disgusting. They’re so obsessed with criticism, criticizing anything President Obama does. They’ll go so far as to sit here and insult the men and women in uniform and in law enforcement. They should stop and think, just for a little bit, about what it’s like to put your life on the line and to do something for our country — that’s what they did. They’re insulting these good men and women who did some courageous things, heroic things, in order to criticize President Obama. I think they’ve lost touch with reality; it’s really pathetic, there’s no other word for it.”

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The Current Situation in Iraq is George Bush’s fault. Period.

Filed in National by on June 16, 2014 6 Comments

To be Republican is to loud and wrong and loudly wrong whenever possible. The noise is so wrong and so loud and kept up for so long that weak minded people (the national media for example) sometimes mistake the persistence for legitimacy. Volume for validity. So if you hear one of your liberal minded friends fall prey to to thinking that Obama “has his share of blame” for Iraq – quickly correct them.

Bush enabled the current Sunni power in Iraq by invading Iraq under false pretenses, and with no plan for the occupation.

Bush elevated Osama bin Laden and Bin Laden’s dreams to legitimacy.

Bush removed Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden’s key enemy in the region and shattered Iraq’s tenuous factional stability. And,

Bush bequeathed military and political power to radicalized Sunni’s that would have been unthinkable prior to our handing over arms by the crate load, and tens of millions of dollars for “rebuilding” that was delivered in duffel bags off the back of trucks.

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Game of Thrones Recap – Spoilers of a sort

Filed in National by on June 16, 2014 5 Comments
Game of Thrones Recap  – Spoilers of a sort

I’ve only been watching for one season, so my back story knowledge is lacking.

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John Carney Primary Challenge Imminent ?

Filed in National by on June 11, 2014 53 Comments
John Carney Primary Challenge Imminent ?

So I guess this is happening now. If I get some pledges, and Mrs. (not as) Liberal (as me), doesn’t kill me – I guess I’ll have some news to announce.

For the record – if John Carney paid a crumb’s worth of attention to the Democratic base, this wouldn’t be necessary. I actually had high hopes for Carney, but there is no more room left for hoping for the best. He is a complete and total sell out. His constant overtures to the obstructionist Republicans are hard to swallow, but you can chalk that up to a warm and open personality. Doing the Koch Brother’s bidding is the last straw, however. It isn’t an issue of style. Now he is openly working against the interests of middle class Delawareans.

This country has moved to the right over the past 20 years because the GOP has primaries which force the party to pay attention to the base. The Democrats don;t have primaries, so Democrats like John Carney are free to utterly ignore the legitimate concerns of the Democratic base.

I think I have to primary John Carney. Not because I want to be in Congress, or be a O’Donell type spoiler and risk throwing the seat to the Republicans. John Carney will easily beat me in the primary.

But I want to do it to just have a chance to tell him to his face that he is wrong to take $300k from the financial services industry. That he is wrong to enable the Tea Party like he does by giving “bipartisan” gloss to all the bullshit they are pulling. That he is wrong to use his seat to benefit billionaires like Pete Peterson at the expense of Delawareans he is supposed to be representing.

What’s the filling fee? I would surely lose – but if I could just tell him to be a Democrat to his face it might shame him into thinking twice about being the Republican’s boy on the other side of the isle. Even if is didn’t, it would make me feel better.

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Second Amendment Activists Shoot Down Tyranny in Las Vegas

Filed in National by on June 9, 2014 23 Comments
Second  Amendment Activists Shoot Down Tyranny in Las Vegas

Las Vegas couple who spread freedom and liberty by shooting to death two police officers, and a third person delivered a anti-tyranny message as they left home before the ambush with a shopping cart of weapons, a neighbor said.

“We gotta do what we gotta do,” Jerad Miller told Kelly Fielder, adding that he and his wife, Amanda, were departing for an “underground world.”

Amanda Miller then embraced the neighbor and said, “I am so sorry.”

Fielder said she had heard the husband make anti-government statements in the past — including a desire to overthrow the government and President Obama and kill police officers — but was not alarmed by them.

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Another upstanding citizen exercises his second amendment rights

Filed in National by on June 6, 2014 9 Comments
Another upstanding citizen exercises his second amendment rights

Keeping tyranny a bay, Patriot Aaron Rey Ybarra killed a student and shot three others at a Seattle college having researched other mass shootings. The second amendment scholar opened fire at Seattle Pacific University shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, walking into a lobby of the engineering and math hall, and then fired multiple rounds of freedom and liberty.

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Obama Praises Moms, America and Apple Pie; Republicans Furious – “Moms are actually huge c*nts” Counters McCain

Filed in National by on June 6, 2014 77 Comments
Obama Praises Moms, America and Apple Pie; Republicans Furious – “Moms are actually huge c*nts” Counters  McCain

This Bowe Bergdahl story is actually the tipping point right? We have finally reached “peak wingnut.”

The ludicrousness of the Republican talking points on this issue reveal the game once and for all. To be a Republican now means that you believe…

- President Obama secretly and treacherously invented the idea of prisoner exchange,
- the Taliban prisoners being exchanged personally blew up the twin towers on 9-11,
- Bergdahl’s Mother and Father are enemies of democracy, and
- (insert crackpot conspiracy theory of the day here).

It is all such transparent nonsense that the American family can finally consign our wingnut uncle to an institution. You will like it in the country Uncle. The good people will take care of you. You need a long rest. It will be good for you.

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