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Calling all gluttons for punishment…

Filed in National by on February 17, 2015 5 Comments
Calling all gluttons for punishment…

Join Carney’s tele-town hall….if you think you have the guts. Seven questions will get through screening. Two will be from people thanking Congressman Carney for what a great job he is doing. Three will be from people who are equally worried about the budget deficit and their taxes being raised. One will be from someone […]

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Joe Biden getting creepy

Filed in National by on February 17, 2015 2 Comments
Joe Biden getting creepy

Hands off Joe. We don’t touch women like this in 2015.

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Dems part with “Senator for Life” Tom Carper on Social Security benefit cuts

Filed in National by on February 17, 2015 38 Comments
Dems part with “Senator for Life” Tom Carper on Social Security benefit cuts

While Tom Carper favors cutting social security benefits, (because jobs…(?)) he probably will not bother opposing this common sense proposal to eliminate the cap on taxable social security income. It isn’t going anywhere in a GOP controlled congress, so Carper can sit back and let Mitch McConnell do his dirty work.

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Democrats deserve to lose every election from now on

Filed in National by on February 16, 2015 6 Comments
Democrats deserve to lose every election from now on

This could be anywhere in the United States of No Tax Increases Ever for any Reason. It happens to be from from Detroit via former Delawarean Chad Livengood.

Detroit — There’s a statewide election less than 80 days away on a plan to boost funding for roads, schools and municipalities, but you wouldn’t have known it at the Michigan Democratic Party’s state convention over the weekend.

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The “Just cut everything by 1% and meet me at Wild Quail by noon” plan

Filed in Delaware by on February 13, 2015 12 Comments
The “Just cut everything by 1% and meet me at Wild Quail by noon” plan

What to cut? What to cut? That is the question. In these days of bipartisanship, we can all agree the government is bloated. A huge festering blob of puss. It is disgusting really. Governments…yuck! All full of losers who couldn’t hack it in the private sector, sponging up all our tax dollars. Lazy shitbag bus drivers, and stupid park rangers with their dumb hats. Christamighty, get a real job! And teachers, ugh…don’t get me started. How can we pick “winners” out of this sad sack collection of losers?

And yet, we need a balanced budget. What’s that you say? Raise taxes? Oh please. How much can we really ask of smokers before they start leaving for Pennsylvania? It is a quandary. Enter Brian Pettyjohn. He is the man with the plan. And it is a plan you can fit on a Wawa receipt, even if you have large childish handwriting.

1) A 1% across the board cut to everything (but not jobs or state payroll).
2) A “right-to-work” law.

I’m not sure how a right-to-work law that would allow non-union members to enjoy the benefits of being in a union, would help balance the budget, but Republicans seem to view “right-to-work” as some kind of economic development miracle cure.

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DEGOP to call out Dems failure or something…?

Filed in Delaware by on February 12, 2015 7 Comments
DEGOP to call out Dems failure or something…?

According to John Fluharty Democrats lie. They are contemptible shitbags. Liars. Failures. Etc. If you are a Delaware Republican this news will move you to send money to the DEGOP. Or that seems to be the plan anyway. Substance doesn’t seem to be Fluharty’s strong suit.

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Common Core and Uncommon Profits

Filed in National by on February 11, 2015 9 Comments
Common Core and Uncommon Profits

The US education market has always been huge, but it has also always been highly fragmented. That fragmentation made it largely unprofitable and not worth the attention of huge multinational corporations. When you consider trying to sell to 50 idiosyncratic states, each of which contains (on average) 300 school districts, and each of those mostly autonomous districts contains (on average) 380 schools broken up by student ages between elementary, middle and high schools, further divided by the demographics of various communities, you can see that it is not a coordinated market that can make billions for someone with a “one size fits all” product line.

“Education reform” has changed that. Pearson has been able to change that. “Common Core” has brought some predictability and uniformity to a chaotic marketplace. If you doubt that Common Core was wired for Pearson, this Politico investigation should disabuse you of that notion.

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What does being a “Democrat” in 2015 actually mean anyway?

Filed in National by on February 5, 2015 56 Comments
What does being a “Democrat” in 2015 actually mean anyway?

I think the root of my problem with the Democratic Party arises from the fact that “Democrat” mean something to me that it doesn’t mean to mainstream Democrats. In fact it is starting to dawn on me that I may be the one with a faulty, archaic, definition of Democrat. And so I have to […]

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$46 million for DE Casinos? Yeah, that checks out.

Filed in National by on February 4, 2015 21 Comments
$46 million for DE Casinos?  Yeah, that checks out.

Horse racing must not die, so we need slot machines that must not die, so we need table games that must not die, so we need sports betting that must not die so we need….$46 million to bail out casinos. It all makes perfect sense. Dover — A $46 million proposal to assist Delaware casinos […]

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I commend the 200,000 Delaware Democrats who sat out the last election

Filed in National by on February 4, 2015 10 Comments
I commend the 200,000 Delaware Democrats who sat out the last election

The “I abstain” vote currently doesn’t hurt the right people (Tom Carper and John Carney) but sooner or later it will. We Democrats just have to keep shunning the politics of GOP-lite.

Here is what Celia Cohen wrote on her blog:

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First climate change, now vaccine – what established science will the GOP reject next?

Filed in National by on February 3, 2015 51 Comments
First climate change, now vaccine – what established science will the GOP reject next?

Both Chris Christie and Rand Paul have come down on the side of the lunatics by questioning the science behind vaccinations. What could possibly be the next so-called established scientific fact to be debunked by conservative conventional wisdom?

How do fish breath? Does anyone really know? Is the moon really 238,900 miles away, or could we build a tall ladder and catch it in a net? People deserve to have some choice on these issues. This is America after all.

If Wyle E Coyote can defy gravity by not looking down, why should anyone look down? Does looking down trigger the effects of gravity? We simply don’t know, so the prudent thing to do is to teach the controversy. Anything else would be discrimination against parents who have made the anti-gravity choice for their children.

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Proof – Salon’s Bill Curry reads DL

Filed in National by on February 2, 2015 7 Comments
Proof – Salon’s Bill Curry reads DL

This is me on Jan 28th at 1:04pm:

I’m not voting for Democrats who can’t make a case for why they should win. Anyone who does is guilty of propping up the dead husk of the Democratic Party and pretending it is alive.

This is Salon on Sunday, Feb 1, 2015 07:00 AM EST:

We need our own Tea Party: The fight is much more than Hillary v. Warren. The Democratic Party’s a corrupt, empty husk. But it offers a way forward if, like Maddow, we have the right debate

Bill Curry

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Romney was the right man for the wrong time

Filed in National by on January 30, 2015 4 Comments
Romney was the right man for the wrong time

I can say it now. I liked Romney. He seemed like a decent guy. A family man – sober and risk averse. A results oriented CEO. He reminded me of the kind of Republican Eisenhower might have hung out with. Sure, I have to overlook the vulture capital, company destroying parts of his biography, but […]

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Copeland’s murky response to Gov’s budget stops short of calling for tax hikes

Filed in National by on January 30, 2015 4 Comments
Copeland’s murky response to Gov’s budget stops short of calling for tax hikes

Read the confusing response to Markell’s budget proposal from the out of touch billionaire running the DEGOP below the fold.

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The Matt Denn Dividend

Filed in National by on January 29, 2015 32 Comments

By leaving the LT Gov’s office empty, the state is saving $610,000. Pretty sweet.

Lt. Governor’s Office -$610,3000

Knowing this cost $610,000 it is going to be pretty hard going forward for anyone to make the case that we need a Lt. Governor.

Other than that, I don’t see anything surprising in this Markell budget power-point. Unless I’m missing it, no tax increases. Only cuts to balance the budget. Elderly property tax subsidy cut -$12 million. (Suck it old fart New Jersey losers!), lower debt service -$11.7 million (thanks low interest rates), and presumably nobody is going to get sued this year, -$2 in legal fees.

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Simpson (Guilelessly) Proposes Repealing Delaware Estate Tax

Filed in Delaware by on January 29, 2015 43 Comments
Simpson (Guilelessly) Proposes Repealing Delaware Estate Tax

The most interesting thing about this proposal to abolish the estate tax is that it is so transparent and honest. All the malarkey about this benefiting “farmers” and “small businesses” has been mercifully dropped, and the ranking Republican in the Senate simply states the truth – this is to help rich people.

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Kowalko called Markell and his peeps Shylocks

Filed in National by on January 28, 2015 75 Comments
Kowalko called Markell and his peeps Shylocks

Kowalko is his own worst enemy. (And considering the depth of his enemies enmity, that’s saying something. )

“There’s a palpable sense of fear. I see it in the eyes of the governor. I see it in the eyes of Murphy, and Schwinn, and the rest of them shylocks that they have down there…”

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Out spent and out witted Democrats better come up with a kick-ass message

Filed in National by on January 28, 2015 4 Comments
Out spent and out witted Democrats better come up with a kick-ass message

The Democratic Party, especially the top leadership responsible for messaging, sucks ass. The Party is a directionless clusterf*ck, attempting to woo voters by being a slightly less vile version of the GOP. I think we can all agree on that much. Now they are going up against the Koch Bros and their $1 billion in attack ads. The bottom line is the beltway consultants who have wrecked the party are shitting themselves, and for good reason.

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Delaware’s “Charles Darwin Day” the first in the US

Filed in National by on January 27, 2015 10 Comments
Delaware’s “Charles Darwin Day” the first in the US

Kudos to Jack Markell. This is exactly the kind of crumb Markell is a master of tossing out to starving liberals. Nice work Gov! Now get back to the real work of governing and privatize public education, reduce the minimum wage, or figure out how to exempt millionaires from paying taxes.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) has declared Feb. 12 as “Charles Darwin Day” in the state.

Praising Darwin’s theory of evolution as “the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the development of life on earth,” Markell’s proclamation says Feb. 12 — Darwin’s birthday — “is a time to reflect and celebrate the importance of his scientific achievements.”

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Alleged Plot to Kill Matt Denn Disclosed

Filed in Delaware by on January 23, 2015 0 Comments
Alleged Plot to Kill Matt Denn Disclosed

Wild stuff via Celia Cohen’s blog:

Matt Denn and Ted Kittila, opponents in the race for attorney general, had another bizarre connection that had nothing to do with the election.

Kittila was the lawyer for a jailed insurance executive accused of plotting to kill Denn.

h/t Nancy Willing for linking

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Are voters in the 20th represented by a certified whackjob?

Filed in National by on January 22, 2015 53 Comments
Are voters in the 20th represented by a certified whackjob?

The evidence points to – yes. The Cape Gazette Reports that at his latest January constituent coffee meeting,Rep. Smyk expressed concerns that the State Police and Delaware National Guard are not up to the task of ensuring order in the event of some “major occurrence.” And that these agencies are in need of reinforcement from a whackjob militia composed of local whackjobs.

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Picking the 2015 Super Bowl winner using my never fail “which mascot would win in a fight method”

Filed in National by on January 22, 2015 2 Comments
Picking the 2015 Super Bowl winner using my never fail “which mascot would win in a fight method”

After six years, the science of “which mascot would win in a fight” continues to confound the experts with a 100% success rate. That’s right,  6 for 6 Bitches!  Suck it Terry Bradshaw!

Anyhoo…let’s take a look at Super Bowl XLIX (official pronunciation – “Super Bowl Ex-licks”).

This could be a tough one.  A minute man style colonial militia “Patriot” vs. Bird.  Frankly I was rooting for Packers vs Colts because that would have been dead easy.  But as Dick Cheney once said, “You may pray for defenseless victims and the easy snuff out of a bewildered child or an enfeebled old lady, but in the end you get what you get.”

Here is what I said about the Seahawks last year….

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A: I can’t believe I lost to that dumbf*ck

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 16, 2015 41 Comments
A: I can’t believe I lost to that dumbf*ck

Q: What is Brenda Mayrack thinking right now?

I hope she runs again. I chalk the loss up to Tom Carper and John Carney undermining the Democratic brand and thereby giving no support to down-ticket Dem challengers with less name recognition.

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John Carney on why he voted to weaken Dodd-Frank (annotated)

Filed in National by on January 15, 2015 13 Comments
John Carney on why he voted to weaken Dodd-Frank (annotated)

I found this early draft of Carney’s HR 37 statement on line.

“Many of you have asked me why I voted for H.R. 37, featured in the News Journal this morning. Dodd-Frank was passed before I came to Congress, but I support its goal of reining in Wall Street and protecting taxpayers.[Please note that "support" should be enclosed in quotation marks]

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Kowalko v Schwartzkopf continues

Filed in National by on January 15, 2015 18 Comments
Kowalko v Schwartzkopf continues

John Kowalko isn’t shutting up, and for good reason. It isn’t Pete Schwartzkopf’s business to decide if someone can be an activist and a legislator. That’s Kowalko’s constituent’s job, and Kowalko’s constituents expressly hired him to be an activist and a legislator.

Schwartzkopf may not remember, but John Kowalko sat in an Leg Hall energy committee meeting with a gag in his mouth in protest, and that was prior to being hired by his constituents. They knew what they were getting into.

Which raises the question – does Schwartzkopf know what he is getting into by elevating Kowlako’s status to that of a martyr for a transparent democracy? I sort of doubt it.

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