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One of the things I value about Delaware Liberal is our community. This isn’t the first time I’ve reached out, and I doubt it will be the last. As I type this I am awaiting a call back from my father-in-law’s senior living apartment’s service coordinator. It’s decision time, which means I’m scrambling for information.
My father-in-law took a fall about a month ago. He seemed okay, and we were fortunate he was given a visiting nurse. I LOVE Medicare! Then yesterday, my phone rang. It was the EMTs calling. My FIL had fallen and was completely disoriented. He was refusing treatment and the EMT called me before they had to call the police – because my FIL HAD to go to the hospital. Of course, he did. I spoke to my FIL on the phone – Luckily, he recognized me – but he still refused to go to the hospital. I told him I was on my way over, then called my husband. By the time we got there the EMTs had finally gotten him on the stretcher. He’s now at the hospital and we’re awaiting test results. Those that have come back have indicated he has shingles, a UTI, occasional cardiac atrial fibrillation and has suffered a series of mini strokes. The hospital expects to keep him for three days.
So, here’s where I’m at, and where I turn to DL for advice.
Let’s see how things are going with the Republican wooing of gays, minorities and women.
First up, the LGTB Republican love letter – that the Arizona legislature has passed (and sealed with a kiss) and the only thing that may stop Jan Brewer from signing it into law is the threat of losing the super bowl. Priorities, people. Anderson Cooper delivered the ultimate smack-down to Arizona state Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Al Melvin. Seriously, watch the video. Melvin isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but it seems Arizona is full of tools.
Fact: You cannot teach biology without evolution.
Several years ago, my 10th grade son was taking AP Bio. My Bio major (and quite successful immunologist today) brother asked to see his textbook. When I (art major sister) asked why, my brother said, “Just wanted to make sure the textbook started off with evolution. It does, so all is fine.”
Which brings us to this nonsense:
Here we go again! As of now, Brandywine, Christina and Red Clay Schools are closed tomorrow. Nothing on Appo’s site yet, and I can’t make sense of Colonial’s (horrible site) but it looks like they haven’t called it yet. Use this thread to keep us updated. And, no, I’m not looking up 19 flippin’ districts.
Everyone ready? Milk, bread, eggs? Alcohol?
I’m sure Reince Priebus will be demanding apologies any minute!.
Have at it! I’ll be here all night! (Am I the only one that loves these things? Is that wrong? Or really weird?)
[Update from Delaware Dem]: Some excerpts of the speech are starting to leak, as they always do. The White House, all White Houses, do this to prep the ground and give the pundits something to talk about in the run up to the speech. Here is one such excerpt…
They haven’t. Here’s who the GOP has responding to the President’s State Of The Union address:
1. The official GOP response is to be delivered immediately after the SOTU by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
2. Americans will also get a rebuttal from Tea Party Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
3. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will give a pre-recorded address (because he’s psychic?)
4. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) announced Monday she will deliver her own State of the Union response in Spanish
That’s four – count ‘em, FOUR! – different Republican responses.
Here’s Joe Scarborough pretending to think out loud over whether “invoking Monica Lewinsky against Hillary Clinton could be an appropriate tactic.”
“If Hillary Clinton attacks the Republican Party’s handling of women, and treatment of women and disrespect for women, and suggests they’re misogynists et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, it does seem to be a fair question to ask right now, a few years out, does the media have a responsibility to say, ‘Well, let’s see what happened when you were in the White House, and how women were treated when you were in the governor’s mansion and the White House?’ Is that fair?” the ‘Morning Joe’ host asked Monday morning, as quoted by Mediaite. [...] “Does this not compromise Hillary Clinton’s ability to bash Republicans as being terrible toward women, misogynist, et cetera?” he asked.
How exactly would Republicans use Bill Clinton’s infidelity against Hillary Clinton? How does that look? Would they say she was a-okay with infidelity because, if she wasn’t then she would have divorced him? Would they say she’s sexist and misogynist because she’s married to a man who had an affair? Most likely they would do what they love to do and tell Hillary to sit down and shut up… maybe they could even tell her to go make them a sandwich. But whatever route they choose they will end up putting forth this message: Ladies, you are merely an extension of your husbands. Your opinions will only be considered if they align with your husband’s opinion and behavior. If they don’t, well… then you may not speak on certain subjects.
After the 2012 election, Republicans announced that they would be changing their ways. Call it outreach, sensitivity training, whatever, they knew they had female problems. They also have minority problems, immigration problems, LGBT problems, 47% problems, but I’m going to focus on their female problems for this post. Let’s start with their latest example. Mike Huckabee.
Here’s a story that makes me hate people. Just go read the post. Calling a dying woman’s tweets about her, you know, dying, “deathbed selfies” is vile. Seriously, what is wrong with these people? If you have other feelings about how people should live or die, you can keep them to yourself, Keller family and mouth-breathers at Fishbowl DC. No one asked you, and no one ever will.
I really don’t understand why things like this keep happening.
Acclaimed molecular gastronomy chef Grant Achatz caused a stir over the weekend when he took to his Twitter account to ask his followers if a ban on babies was in order at his three-Michelin-starred Chicago eatery Alinea.
The clearly ruffled Achatz paused his dinner service to complain about a couple at his restaurant who brought in an eight-month-old, who promptly started to wail.
“Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad,” Achatz tweeted. “Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no,but..”
Alinea obviously doesn’t encourage diners to bring their babies — there are no high chairs on site; the baby sat on its mother’s lap — but it doesn’t have a written policy prohibiting their presence.
The establishment uses a ticketing system which requires would-be patrons to reserve, and pay for, their entire meal (minus the drinks) weeks in advance. If something comes up at the last minute, Alinea allows customers to sell their reservations or hand them off to someone else.
Personally, I found Achatz’s tweet extremely reasonable. I would have kicked the couple out, but I’m mean and this has always been one of my pet peeves. Yes, Virginia, there are places you shouldn’t take your children.
Health insurance only works if it covers your health care needs and mine. It only works if the pool is big enough. It really isn’t a case of priorities, because, if it were, then that numbers game would result in orphan diseases (very rare diseases that only affect a few) not being covered.
And, I sincerely doubt that those advocating for not covering birth control and maternity coverage would be fighting against coverage for Adrenoleukodystrophy and Landau Kleffner syndrome – let alone Viagra. Know why? Because the debate now raging isn’t about the ACA. It’s, once again, about women and sex. It’s just another branch of the war against women, and the men who love them.
Yep, it’s possible.
Belief in evolution among Republicans has dropped more than 10 percentage points since 2009, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
Pew found that 43 percent of Republicans said they believed humans and other living beings had evolved over time, down from 54 percent in 2009. More (48 percent) said they believed all living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.
Oh my, that’s embarrassing. Guess all this talk of the importance of STEM classes doesn’t resonate with the GOP. Science, technology, engineering and math are obviously not Jesus approved. Good luck with that.
Tennessee Walker is touted as one of the “reasonable” voices of DelawarePolitics.net and the GOP, but he’s not reasonable. He’s exactly like Rush and co. when it comes to women. Seems like if you scratch the surface of a proclaimed “reasonable” Republican and you’ll find this garbage.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m really far behind this holiday season! Today I took my daughter out of school for a cookie hooky day. Chocolate chips, peanut butter, sugar cookies and chocolate-orange- coffee truffles are on the agenda. Guess I’ll start shopping tomorrow! If you’re done all this stuff… that makes me […]
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I have things to get done – a lot of things! But… a snow day brings out the kid in me. Most schools are closed. The forecast is calling for 4-6 inches of snow, but given that they called for an inch on Sunday… I’m expecting several feet! Enjoy and drive safely.
hen incidents like this happen a chill runs up my spine.
A Michigan woman who suffered a dangerous, painful and prolonged miscarriage when she was 18 weeks pregnant is at the center of a lawsuit that claims she was denied appropriate treatment by a Catholic hospital guided by religious, not medical, concerns.
Yeah, I know. The new Pope is saying awesome stuff… perhaps he can back those words up with deeds?
What happened to this woman is 100% unacceptable. They knew the pregnancy wasn’t viable. They knew the safest treatment option. They knew they were endangering her health. And I’m sure they knew she had two children at home, because, as a mother, I can’t imagine not worrying (aloud) about my children when I’m in the emergency room. But, I’m beginning to think that these Catholic bishops, and other “pro-lifers”, only consider pregnant women mothers because they seem a-okay with creating motherless children.
It’s as if losing a child is only okay if a woman suffers maximum pain and risks her health and life. I can’t wrap my head around that, but these incidents keep happening so that’s the drill.
First, let me say, that no one in this story comes off looking good, but if you had to pick the biggest jerk it would be Olympic skier, Bode Miller. Here’s a rough timeline: Early 2012: Miller and McKenna meet through a matchmaking service. They fall into a relationship, occasionally hanging out on the yacht […]
This is alarming: The number of children being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And families increasingly are opting for medications to treat kids. Two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from […]
Can we please stop pretending that “business” owners are smart. They aren’t – just ask Komen. So this happened:
Like many consumers who have had a bad experience, Jen Palmer wrote a review online in 2008 after the Christmas presents her husband ordered from Kleargear.com never arrived. Years later, thanks to her online review, the couple is facing a damaged credit score and a $3,500 fine.
$3,500 fine? How could that happen?
Hope those jurors who let Zimmerman walk sleep well at night.
WESH-TV reported that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend in the unincorporated area of Apopka.
So this happened:
Parents and educators have fought for years to keep class sizes small. But as school populations grow, those efforts run into physical and financial barriers. Sometimes schools run out of space and face difficult decisions. In most cases, there are two solutions: Build more classroom space and hire more teachers (which usually means raising taxes or moving money from other priorities) or approve a waiver allowing more students in classes than the law says is ideal. In the past few years, most Delaware districts have asked their school boards to approve waivers – and boards have always agreed. That changed last week when the Red Clay School Board rejected its district’s request, deadlocking in a 3-3 vote.
Color me surprised. And while I completely understand the difficulties districts face following this law, it is a law. An unfunded, feel good law, but a law nonetheless. That said… I like what the RCCD board did.
Seriously? At least we know her mind won’t be preoccupied with haute couture. Here’s the black-on-black ensemble she sported last month when President Barack Obama officially nominated her: (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) And her battle gear of choice for today’s nomination hearing on Capitol Hill: (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Mind you, nobody has ever accused HOH […]