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Democratic Convention – July 27, 2016

Filed in National by on July 27, 2016 10 Comments
Democratic Convention – July 27, 2016

Are you ready for another convention thread? Have at it!

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Bill Clinton’s Speech

Filed in Featured, National by on July 27, 2016 12 Comments
Bill Clinton’s Speech

This started out as a comment, but morphed into a post. Last night I was asked a question on the DNC Convention post, “Was Bill Clinton’s speech sexist?”

No.

Oh, you want more? Ok.

Here are my thoughts on Bill’s speech. I disagree with Maddow. It wasn’t sexist, but it was a fascinating gender role reversal. Bill Clinton was the first man to give the traditional First Lady speech.

The role of the First Lady speech is to share personal stories of her and the candidate’s life together, to show what a good and loving parent the candidate is, to remind everyone of their spouses accomplishments, their strengths, etc.. Basically, the First Lady speech is an reminder and introduction to the candidate by the person who knows them best.

Bill did just that.

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Democratic Convention – July 26, 2016

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Democratic Convention – July 26, 2016

Here’s your convention thread!

4:56 – Beginning nominating speeches and then onto Roll call votes.

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Democratic Convention – July 25, 2016

Filed in National by on July 25, 2016 64 Comments

If you’re watching, this thread’s for you!

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Trump Can’t Help Himself

Filed in National by on July 22, 2016 6 Comments
Trump Can’t Help Himself

Trump goes after Cruz because… well… we knew he would. Via TPM (go read the whole thing!): “Somebody got booed the hell out of a place by thousands and thousands of people,” Trump said. “There wasn’t one person in the room — not one. And then they said there may not be unity. Unity? There […]

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Holy &#*$!

Filed in National by on July 21, 2016 14 Comments
Holy &#*$!

Via Slate: “Conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham closed her Republican National Convention speech this way.”  I have no words.

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Warren And Clinton Meet Today

Filed in National by on June 10, 2016 17 Comments
Warren And Clinton Meet Today

Via The Hill: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will meet privately with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday, the Washington Post reported. The meeting comes one day after Warren formally endorsed Clinton, and amid rampant speculation that Warren is being considered as a possible running mate for Clinton. The two women have spoken several […]

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A Victim Speaks Out

Filed in National by on June 6, 2016 81 Comments
A Victim Speaks Out

This is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever read. I’m going to highlight some passages, but you should read the whole thing.

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Trump Rally Turns Violent – We Are Becoming Trump

Filed in National by on June 3, 2016 82 Comments
Trump Rally Turns Violent – We Are Becoming Trump

Congratulations! We’ve finally succeeded in making the “Both sides do it” claim a reality. Via TPM (Be sure to watch the videos): At the end of a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California, on Thursday night, protesters began throwing eggs and punches at Trump supporters leaving the event, according to several news reports. [...] […]

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Candidate Fair Tonight – Delaware Americans for Democratic Action (DADA)

Filed in Delaware by on May 23, 2016 1 Comment
Candidate Fair Tonight – Delaware Americans for Democratic Action (DADA)

Via FaceBook:

Want to get involved in a political campaign for economic, social, and racial justice? Were you supporting one of the Presidential Candidates in Delaware and want to continue that push for progressive social change?

Then come to this Political Candidate Fair for Economic, Social, and Racial Justice where we’ll have campaign teams from those running for Congress, Lt. Gov., and Mayor of the City of Wilmington.

Co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals and Delaware Americans for Democratic Action.

If you’ve never been part of a political campaign, but have been curious to what it’s like then this is your chance!

When: Tonight! May 23, 2016

Where: Woodlawn Library (2020 West 9th St., Wilm, DE 19805)

Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm

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A Self-Respecting Feminist?

Filed in National by on May 13, 2016 51 Comments
A Self-Respecting Feminist?

Yesterday’s comment section was, indeed, nuts, but when I went back and reread it several things jumped out at me. First, the incorrect use and expectation of feminism. Let’s start with the definition of feminism: 1 :  the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 :  organized activity on behalf […]

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What Is Bernie Sanders’ End Game?

Filed in National by on May 9, 2016 42 Comments
What Is Bernie Sanders’ End Game?

Here are my questions: 1. What is Bernie Sanders’ end game? 2. How does he unite his supporters behind Hillary? I really don’t have an answer for these questions.

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The “Pull” Of Trump

Filed in National by on April 22, 2016 13 Comments
The “Pull” Of Trump

Before I get into this post let me say that I know anything can happen in a general election. That rule applies to every candidate. Everybody got that? Good. Moving on… I have a terrible fear of heights. It’s not a fear of being so far off the ground; it’s a fear of jumping. Let […]

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Policy Discussion: College Tuition

Filed in National by on April 18, 2016 49 Comments
Policy Discussion: College Tuition

I’m starting with this one because I’m most familiar with both candidates platforms. There are pros and cons to both. Before we get into the actual policy, here are both candidates positions from their Issues page:

Bernie Sanders Issues - College Tuition

Hillary Clinton Issues – College Tuition

FYI: I am sticking with the candidates’ issue page, because these are their policies in their own words and not from a biased source or publication. Fair?

First, I’ll point out that both candidates only address tuition, not room and board which can cost close to the actual tuition. The schools we looked into, the cost for room and board ran from 18,000.00 – 28,000.00 a year. Yikes!

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Some Things Can’t Be Unsaid

Filed in National by on April 7, 2016 54 Comments
Some Things Can’t Be Unsaid

And this is one of them:

“She has been saying lately that she thinks I am quote unquote unqualified to be president. Well let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton, I don’t believe that she is qualified if she is through her super PAC taking tens of million of dollars in special interest funds. I don’t think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC. I don’t think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq. I don’t think you are qualified if you have supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement that has cost us millions of decent-paying jobs. I don’t think you are qualified if you supported the Panama Free Trade Agreement, something I very strongly opposed and which all of you know has allowed corporations and wealthy people all over the world to avoid paying their taxes to their countries.”

I spent last night and this morning trying to find where Hillary Clinton said Bernie Sanders wasn’t qualified to be President. I came up empty, but if anyone can show me where she actually said this…

I’m really not sure what to say about Bernie’s statement. I’m disappointed and concerned. There’s no doubt Bernie had his first bad week on the campaign. It was also the first week he was actually treated like a serious candidate whose issues and words come under scrutiny. That’s the way it works. Yeah, this outburst does have me questioning how he’d handle the general election. Sorry, but it does.

I’m also worried. Is #FeeltheBern turning into #BernitDown?

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Outing People Is NOT Okay

Filed in Delaware by on April 5, 2016 41 Comments
Outing People Is NOT Okay

Kevin Ohlandt, of Exceptional Delaware, has crossed a line. He has outed an anonymous commenter – and one that doesn’t post on his blog. Publius posts on Kilroy’s. I disagree with Publius almost 100% of the time. His comments read like a high school burn book, but that is no excuse for what Kevin has done. There might not be many rules in blogging, but this one is carved in stone.

I hesitate to link to the post because giving this sort of behavior more hits is wrong.  I have emailed Kevin asking him to pull the post. I’ll update with his decision.

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This Is How It’s Done – More Of This Please

Filed in National by on April 5, 2016 2 Comments
This Is How It’s Done – More Of This Please

For years I’ve been saying that sexism and misogyny is a men’s issue. Hats off to Jordan Gleason, owner of Black Acre Brewing Company, for telling “a 60-year-old man to never return to his Indianapolis bar because the customer harassed and ogled his staff.”

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Donald Trump Speaks On Abortion – And It’s Just As Bad As You Imagine

Filed in National by on March 30, 2016 46 Comments
Donald Trump Speaks On Abortion – And It’s Just As Bad As You Imagine

Via The Daily Beast: There must be “some form of punishment” for women who have abortions, Donald Trump said Wednesday afternoon Adding… “you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places, but we have to ban it.” and the exact punishment would “have to be determined.” And […]

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If I Could Have A Moment Of Your Time…

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on March 24, 2016 69 Comments
If I Could Have A Moment Of Your Time…

I canvassed with Eugene this past fall and was impressed with his grasp of the issues and his solutions. I’m impressed by the broad coalition of volunteers and staff he has been surrounded himself with — people who are energizing their networks and creating one of the most professionally run campaigns I’ve ever seen in the city. It is gratifying to see (and work with!) younger people energized by stepping up to do the work of making sure that Wilmington is a great place for them to live in and work in.

The diversity and outreach in this campaign is awe-inspiring. Eugene is campaigning across the entire city, in every community. That’s refreshing and smart. Far too often candidates for mayor focus solely on certain communities. Even worse, a few pit communities against each other by employing fear and the familiar “tough on crime” stance, dividing the city into “us and them”.

It’s also no secret that campaigns need contributions. It’s also also no secret that our city needs a new direction and vision. I believe the person capable of setting us on a new path is Eugene Young. So I’m calling on (really, asking) the DL statewide community (because you guys are awesome!) to contribute to Eugene’s campaign. In order to keep track of our awesomeness please add .16 to your contribution. (You know… 25.16)

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No.

Filed in National by on March 21, 2016 29 Comments
No.

I had to read this article twice, and it still didn’t make sense. Wooing “pro-lifers” to the Democratic Party by implementing more laws restricting abortion? No. Just no. Many pro-lifers were already frustrated with a party that merely goes through the motions and lacks a coherent plan when it comes to protecting prenatal children from violence. After […]

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Josh Marshall: Someone Will Die

Filed in National by on March 13, 2016 26 Comments
Josh Marshall: Someone Will Die

Go read the entire thing. Today we appear to be going further and further into uncharted territory. After the cancellation of Trump’s event yesterday in Chicago, we had the incident at the rally in Dayton, Ohio in which a protestor, Thomas Dimassimo, jumped the security perimeter surrounding Trump and tried to rush the speaking platform. […]

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The Republican Debate – Heaven Help Us

Filed in National by on February 26, 2016 15 Comments
The Republican Debate – Heaven Help Us

I’m not even sure what to say. When you don’t have one substantive candidate there will be no substantive discussion? Know why none of them can call out the others plans for health care, the economy, etc.? Because all of their plans are nonsense. That is the #1 reason none of them can take Trump out. In order to attack his policies, which amount to “It’s (fill in whatever position/plan you want) going to be great!”, they’d have to defend and explain their own policies. Watch the segment on health care last night. Not one of them had a policy. Not one.

Mr. Pandora and I were stunned by the end of the “debate” last night. If Dems need something to rally behind, here it is.

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It’s Time I Got Off The Fence – My Presidential Endorsement

Filed in National by on February 24, 2016 84 Comments
It’s Time I Got Off The Fence – My Presidential Endorsement

Here’s where I began. Before Bernie Sanders entered the primary I was fine with Hillary Clinton. Basically, I knew what I would be voting for (warts and all). Nothing anyone says about her is new to me. That doesn’t mean I agree with her on everything. It just means that I was open to supporting a Sanders’ nomination. I even wrote a post about it and commented on it extensively.

I’m going to be really honest here. Many of the comments from Bernie supporters on this site concerned me.  I heard a lot about why social issues weren’t important and would have to wait – suddenly incrementalism was A-okay.  That surprised me, and concerned me, since Dems are going to desperately (and I mean desperately) need the votes of black and brown people, women, non-Christians, the LGTB community, and other minority groups in November. Not to mention that every time I asked for reasons to support Bernie I received a host of reasons to not support Hillary. Basically, I wasn’t comfortable with the strategy of “My candidate doesn’t suck as much as your candidate” comments. And boy, there were a ton of those. To me, that shows a weakness of your candidate.

Guess you’ve already figured out who I’m going with. I’d already admitted weeks ago I was leaning towards Hillary. The time since has merely strengthened my stance.

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Let’s Lighten Things Up – I Saw Deadpool Last Night

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 23, 2016 0 Comments
Let’s Lighten Things Up – I Saw Deadpool Last Night

We aren’t a big “go out to the movies” couple. Normally, we prefer to stream – so we can rewind when we miss lines, grab a drink/snack and take bathroom breaks. That makes me feel old.

But last night we went to the IMAX theater on the Riverfront and watched Deadpool. I had some reservations – I didn’t like The Hangover, much to my son’s dismay – but ten minutes in I loved this movie. It hit the perfect note in sarcasm, silliness, and action. Yep, Mr. Pandora and I laughed out loud. It was clever and fun.

FYI: This is not a children’s movie. Not. One. Bit.

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Can We Learn From This?

Filed in Delaware by on February 17, 2016 27 Comments
Can We Learn From This?

There’s been an interesting evolution in the DL comment section. I wanted to give my take on it.

Whenever the subjects of race, women’s issues, religion (mostly concerning Muslims), LGBT, etc. come up and white privilege is pointed out we hear white people quickly saying “not all white people” and then sharing their reasons as to why they are the exceptions to whatever is being discussed. This derails the conversation, moving it away from whatever social issue is being discussed and putting the focus on white people’s concerns. I have lost count on the number of posts on DL where this has happened, and I’d like to figure out how we can stop doing this.

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