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Not All Accidents Are Created Equal

Filed in National by on July 28, 2014 7 Comments

Josh Marshall, TPM, has a post up about gun shootings and language clarity.  While I see where he’s coming from, I think he misses the point with these “accidental” gun shootings.  Here’s how he explains it: Over the last 18 months, we’ve made an on-going effort to highlight various cases of accidental shootings – sometimes […]

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Cape Henlopen School Board: Banning Books And Emails

Filed in Delaware by on July 14, 2014 15 Comments
Cape Henlopen School Board: Banning Books And Emails

I’m sure everyone is familiar with latest book banning drama from the Cape Henlopen School Board.  If not, here’s the recap:

Cape Henlopen School District’s decision to take a book off a summer reading list for incoming high school freshmen has drawn protests from librarians, some parents and teachers.

The young-adult book, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” which features a main character who is gay, was removed from the list by the school board in late June. The board majority cited foul language, not sexual orientation, as the reason for their action.

Which was followed by this:

Several Cape Henlopen School Board members indicated a willingness to reconsider their vote last month to remove a young adult novel from a freshman summer reading list at a Thursday meeting where librarians and a parent criticized them for it.

Now, this isn’t the first time the Cape Henlopen School Board went after a book.  It’s obviously a “thing” for this school board.

But today’s article in the Cape Gazzette brings a new tactic to the the table.

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The Hobby Lobby Ruling Is A Slippery Slope That Will Affect More Than Contraceptives

Filed in National by on July 1, 2014 63 Comments
The Hobby Lobby Ruling Is A Slippery Slope That Will Affect More Than Contraceptives

If you haven’t read Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in the Hobby Lobby case you really should.  She makes excellent points – points that demonstrate how this ruling will extend beyond contraceptives.

In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.

She’s correct, of course.  No matter how the majority opinion tried to limit this ruling to controlling women (and Alito didn’t even bother to explain why this ruling was limited) it opens the door to every company’s “sincerely held religious beliefs”.  How could it not?

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BREAKING: Hobby Lobby Ruling Today In

Filed in National by on June 30, 2014 69 Comments

I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m leaning towards the Supreme Court, yet again, not doing their job.  My guess, and I could very well be wrong, is that they rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, but pull a Bush v Gore cop out – meaning that the enforcers of the law of the […]

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Hey! Don’t Forget the DL Get-Together This Saturday!

Filed in Delaware by on June 27, 2014 0 Comments

Well… in case you’ve forgotten… Saturday, June 28th 7:00pm Firestone’s (Wilmington Riverfront) If you haven’t RSVP’d in the comments (not that it’s necessary!)… have at it!

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Massachusetts Buffer Zone From Inside Their Own Buffer Zone

Filed in National by on June 27, 2014 43 Comments
Supreme Court Strikes Down Massachusetts Buffer Zone From Inside Their Own Buffer Zone

Can we start making Supreme Court Justices go on field trips?  Because it’s obvious they have never witnessed what goes on outside of an abortion clinic.  Perhaps we can simply demand that they look in a mirror, since the buffer zone around the Supreme Court (one of the most publicly owned areas in the country) is massive.  Why does that buffer zone exist?  Why do they afford themselves and the people who work in that building protection from sidewalk counselors?  Why shouldn’t they be counseled when they arrive at work?  For that matter, why can’t we have sidewalk counselors at polling sites?  At military funerals?  Why are these petitioners/sidewalk counselors considered harassers and a threat when “pro-lifers” – who have a history of harassment and violence are not?  Consistency, please.

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Don’t Forget! Come Hang Out With Delaware Liberal

Filed in Delaware by on June 23, 2014 11 Comments
Don’t Forget!  Come Hang Out With Delaware Liberal

Can we get a head count?  Let us know in the comments.  Hoping for a good turnout!

Saturday, June 28th

7:00pm

Firestone’s (Wilmington Riverfront)

We’ll meet on the outside patio.  In case of rain, we’ll meet in the bar area.  There will be a DL sign!

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Delaware Liberal Liberally Drinking

Filed in Delaware by on June 18, 2014 2 Comments
Delaware Liberal Liberally Drinking

Come out and join us for an evening!

Saturday, June 28th

7:00pm

Firestone’s (Riverfront)

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these.  Hope to see everyone!

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Whoa! Cantor Stepping Down As House Majority Leader

Filed in National by on June 11, 2014 8 Comments
Whoa!  Cantor Stepping Down As House Majority Leader

What a roller coaster ride. Here’s a tweet from Chris Cillizza:

Eric Cantor will announce today he is stepping down as House Majority Leader effective July 31.

So, Eric Cantor says… ‘eff you?  Any theories on why he’s stepping down?  Other than… ‘eff you – which is my deep, political insight.

Meanwhile, David Brat can’t answer basic policy questions.

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AP: Eric Cantor Loses Primary To Tea Partier

Filed in National by on June 10, 2014 17 Comments
AP:  Eric Cantor Loses Primary To Tea Partier

This is stunning.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his primary?  (83% reporting: 56% Brat,  44% Cantor)  That’s not even close!  I feel like I’m being punked!

So much for all that “Moderates are back in charge of the Republican Party” and “The Tea Party has lost its power” talk.

Did anyone see this coming?  Not me.  Oh wow.

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Breaking: Reports Of Gunfire, Possible Active Shooter At Oregon High School

Filed in National by on June 10, 2014 8 Comments
Breaking: Reports Of Gunfire, Possible Active Shooter At Oregon High School

I’ve got nothing to add.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Filed in National by on June 6, 2014 29 Comments
Can You Hear Me Now?

Last week Cassandra put up a post entitled #YesAllWomen and things got interesting.  The entire thread (and its evolution or… reduction?) is worth your time to read, but, for this post, I’m going to deal with my interactions with individual commenters – which means I’ll be taking the comments out of order to highlight the individual conversations.

I’ve debated on how to do this and decided to post comments in their entirety – which means this post will be ridiculously long, but quotes will not be taken out of context.  (FYI: I’ve placed the comments in blockquotes, so they can be easily identified.  Anything in blockquotes is a direct comment from the #YesAllWomen thread.  Everyone with me?)  Hey, look at this as your weekend reading!

Basically, I’m going to dissect these conversations.  I am also writing this post from my point of view (and only my point of view) – how I interpreted these responses as a women.

I was actually surprised by how frustrated I became writing this post, and I shudder when I think of the forthcoming comments.  Mainly because I’m not sure if we can have this discussion without getting defensive.  I’ll also point out that while I am calling out certain people’s comments I am doing so in a attempt to see if people can relate to my reactions to certain words, phrases, tone, etc.  Again, this post is about how I interpreted comments… and I didn’t always interpret them nicely, so feel free to call me out.  But once you do that… do you think you could comment on my point; do you think there’s a conversation to be had?  If you do, then after you call me out, could you address that?

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Republicans Cut Urban Kids Out Of Food Program

Filed in National by on May 21, 2014 4 Comments
Republicans Cut Urban Kids Out Of Food Program

I keep thinking this can’t be true. And in a surprising twist, the bill language specifies that only rural areas are to benefit in the future from funding requested by the administration this year to continue a modest summer demonstration program to help children from low-income households — both urban and rural — during those […]

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Girls Rationalize Sexual Assault As… Normal?

Filed in National by on April 15, 2014 21 Comments
Girls Rationalize Sexual Assault As… Normal?

First, let me start off by saying that I’ve witnessed the normalization of sexual assault first hand – through my experience and now through my 16 year old daughter.  It feels like an uphill battle.  My small victory?  Everyone at the Pandora household has stopped using gender specific words in a negative, and a positive, fashion.

But take a look at this study.  I doubt you’ll be surprised.

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Courtship Republican Style

Filed in National by on April 9, 2014 18 Comments
Courtship Republican Style

I don’t get it.  Seriously, I just don’t get it.  Republicans openly acknowledge that they have women issues.  They don’t pretend they don’t exist, so why in the world is their new “wooing women” strategy based on insulting women?  And the Republican statements over the gender pay gap give a stunning insight into how the GOP sees women.

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Charter School Cherry Picking Was Predicted

Filed in Delaware by on March 28, 2014 37 Comments
Charter School Cherry Picking Was Predicted

Mike O., The Seventh Type blog, found an interesting document in his inbox.  Go over to his place and read the whole thing – the link to the entire document is at Mike O’s place.  I’ll post some of the highlights from this 1995 Delaware Senate debate on SB 200 (DE Charter School Law).  This document pretty much puts an end to the but, but… whocouldhaveknown debate.

Here’s part of the question and answer segment with Bill Manning (Red Clay’s School Board President at the time)

SENATOR MARSHALL: Understanding that the harshest critics of charter schools around the nation where they’ve been in place and operating, is the issue of the schools skimming off the top and creating an elitist academy with public money.
My concern is looking at the focus of the charter schools by attracting the best at times for a specific educational discipline offered by that charter school; and the concern of recruitment.

I looked at children throughout New Castle County in moderate low income neighborhoods, I looked at the City, the west side, the east side, hilltop, I need to understand how your board and how you will guarantee fairness and equal access to every student from every unit.

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If You Believe Corporations Have Religious Beliefs…

Filed in National by on March 25, 2014 18 Comments
If You Believe Corporations Have Religious Beliefs…

… then would you be okay with your employer paying you with a debit card that didn’t work at liquor stores, casinos, etc.?

I’m asking because the Supreme Court begins hearing the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases today.

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End Of Life Decisions

Filed in Delaware by on March 7, 2014 30 Comments
End Of Life Decisions

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. 

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This Week In Republican Outreach And Re-Branding

Filed in National by on February 25, 2014 45 Comments
This Week In Republican Outreach And Re-Branding

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.

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Missouri Lawmaker Wants To Make Biology Class An Elective

Filed in National, Science and Health by on February 14, 2014 7 Comments
Missouri Lawmaker Wants To Make Biology Class An Elective

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:

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Snow Day Tomorrow

Filed in Delaware by on February 12, 2014 3 Comments
Snow Day Tomorrow

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?

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Oh Look! Conservative Freak Out Over Coca-Cola Ad!

Filed in National by on February 3, 2014 44 Comments
Oh Look!  Conservative Freak Out Over Coca-Cola Ad!

I’m sure Reince Priebus will be demanding apologies any minute!.

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Breaking: Oh no! Phillip Seymour Hoffman Dead

Filed in National by on February 2, 2014 13 Comments
Breaking: Oh no!  Phillip Seymour Hoffman Dead

This makes me really sad.  I loved his work.

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.

He was 46.  Such a loss.

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The Difference Between Being Broke And Being Poor

Filed in National by on January 30, 2014 2 Comments
The Difference Between Being Broke And Being Poor

Re-posted, in its entirety, with permission by the author, Richard Mayhew of Balloon Juice.  There is a big difference between being broke and being poor.  Keep reading.

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State Of The Union Open Thread

Filed in National by on January 28, 2014 61 Comments
State Of The Union Open Thread

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

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