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Red Clay’s Latest Idea Will Create More Hardship For City Parents, Or… Red Clay Demonstrates, once again, how Clueless They Are

Filed in Delaware by on December 14, 2014 7 Comments
Red Clay’s Latest Idea Will Create More Hardship For City Parents, Or… Red Clay Demonstrates, once again, how Clueless They Are

I had heard whispers about this for months.  Kilroy spells it out: Red Clay’s (RCCD) plan for two of its Priority Schools is to turn one (Shortlidge) into a K – 2 and the other one (Warner) into a 3 – 5 school.  And while I’m no fan of the Neighborhood Schools Act (NSA), Kilroy points out that this move violates the NSA.

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Ninth Street Book Shop: Bryan Stevenson To Speak At The Queen

Filed in Delaware by on December 9, 2014 3 Comments
Ninth Street Book Shop: Bryan Stevenson To Speak At The Queen

Via ninth street book shop – which you should totally shop at.

Bryan Stevenson, who was born in Milford, DE, will speak at a free public event at the Queen Theatre (500 N Market St) on Monday, Dec. 15th from 5:00–7:00 pm.  His memoir, “Just Mercy,” is a powerful indictement of the inequities of our justice system and a call for action.  Following his presentation, he will be autographing copies of his book ($28) that will be available for purchase either there or at our store.

500 N Market St
in the Olympia Room at the Queen Theatre
Wilmington, Delaware

The Pandora household is trying to clear our calendar to attend. Hope to see everyone!

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The Darren Wilson Interview

Filed in National by on November 26, 2014 107 Comments
The Darren Wilson Interview

I’ve watched the interview with Darren Wilson and George Stephanopoulos and all I got out of it was anger.  During the interview all I kept thinking was… Liar.  And while I get why he lied (Hello?  Ongoing Federal Investigation), what I don’t understand is why he gave the interview so soon.  Why not wait?  Did ABC pay him?  Payment is the only excuse I can think of for doing this interview so quickly.

Here’s why I think he’s lying in the interview.  I also think he lied to the Grand Jury, and I’ll get to that later.  Okay, here’s the big lie….

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New Blog In Town – Steve Newton Whiskey

Filed in Delaware by on November 20, 2014 0 Comments
New Blog In Town – Steve Newton Whiskey

Steve Newton has started a new blog.  Go read!

What’s interesting is this:

I’d rather have a system of ethics than an ideology.

So I’m starting over here, in a sense.  As a historian I know that all phenomena involve both continuity and change.  I’m still the same person, with the same background, the same interests, the same flaws, and the same leanings, that I was about seven years ago when I first started publishing The Delaware Libertarian.  I’m just unwilling to confine my ideas, my observations, or my potential solutions to that framework any more.

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“Concerned Neighbors Of Cooke Elementary School” VS The Red Clay School Board

Filed in Delaware by on November 18, 2014 92 Comments
“Concerned Neighbors Of Cooke Elementary School” VS The Red Clay School Board

I plan on attending the RCCD school board meeting tomorrow night (7pm at Brandywine Springs Elementary School).  This is going to be interesting, mainly because the Concerned Neighbors of Cooke Elementary School’s stated concerns regarding the addition of Lancaster Court Apartments to Cooke’s feeder don’t hold water – they also keep changing.  If you haven’t […]

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State Of Emergency Declared – Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Coming Soon

Filed in National by on November 18, 2014 14 Comments
State Of Emergency Declared – Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Coming Soon

Via TPM: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency Monday, preempting a grand jury decision in the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown that is expected to be delivered any day. The order establishes that the St. Louis County police will be in charge of law enforcement in Ferguson in response to any […]

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Attendance Zone Decision for Cooke Elementary School Results In A Protest

Filed in Delaware by on November 10, 2014 98 Comments
Attendance Zone Decision for Cooke Elementary School Results In A Protest

An ipetition landed in my email.  Here’s what it says:

Protest of Red Clay School Board’s Attendance Zone Decision for Cooke Elementary School

We demand that the Red Clay Consolidated School District School Board reverse their October 15 decision to deviate from the Attendance Zone feeder pattern that had been presented by the Attendance Zone Committee and accepted by the community. This last-minute decision undermined six months of work by the Attendance Zone Committee and did not give the community an opportunity to voice concerns. The students of Lancaster Court Apartments will not benefit from this decision, and the decision contradicts the Neighborhood Schools Act. The Board’s action was not ethical and the decision is not acceptable.

So… I made some calls to try and figure out what happened.  I’m piecing this together from various conversations, so if anyone has additional insight please let me know.  Here’s what I heard….

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About Last Night…

Filed in National by on November 5, 2014 52 Comments
About Last Night…

I haven’t blogged about the 2014 election… until now.  Am I disappointed Republicans now control the House and the Senate.  Yes.  Am I devastated?  No.  And here’s why.

Since 2010 the Republican battle cry has been that the House can’t get its crazy past the D controlled Senate.  This worked for them – it was like a constant campaign commercial.  It worked for the so-called “sane” Republicans as well.  Vote to repeal the ACA for the gazillionth time?  Sure.  Why not.  The D controlled Senate would block it and the Rs would get to keep their Conservative street cred while doing nothing.  It’s why there were so many votes taken to repeal the ACA – every Republican wanted a chance (or two, or forty) to go on the record with that meaningless vote.

But now that vote isn’t meaningless, and I’m seeing problems on the horizon.

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YWCA Delaware: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Filed in Delaware by on October 11, 2014 0 Comments

FYI… Important info below.  Please spread the word.     YWCA Delaware Promotes Domestic Violence Awareness Month WILMINGTON, DE – YWCA Delaware commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month with free workshops and additional support group meetings during the month of October. YWCA will host workshops at high schools and community based organizations throughout Delaware to teach […]

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Wilmington City Council’s Meeting On Priority Schools

Filed in Delaware by on October 10, 2014 35 Comments
Wilmington City Council’s Meeting On Priority Schools

Last night I attended the City Council Meeting on Priority Schools.

I’ve stared at the above sentence for quite a while, not sure how to proceed.  Mainly because I think last night was simply window dressing, a box checked off… the deal is done.  These schools, imo, are headed for charter conversion, privatization or closure.  The only question is when this will happen.  Shortly after the December 31, 2014 Plan deadline? Or after the specified four year, approximately 6 million Plan doesn’t meet the standardized test bar?

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Wilmington City Council To Hold Meeting On Priority Schools “Plan”

Filed in Delaware by on October 8, 2014 8 Comments
Wilmington City Council To Hold Meeting On Priority Schools “Plan”

If you’re free on Thursday, you may want to attend this: WILMINGTON CITY COUNCIL NEWS AND INFORMATION News Release Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Wilmington City Council’s Education, Youth and Families Committee to Focus on the State’s Priority Schools Plan     Public is Invited to the Thursday, October 9 at 6 p.m. Meeting Featuring a Priority […]

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Red Clay Super’s Message Regarding The Priority Schools’ MOU

Filed in Delaware by on September 30, 2014 8 Comments
Red Clay Super’s Message Regarding The Priority Schools’ MOU

“Please be aware that the MOU and the planning process are not the same. The MOU is an agreement to collaborate during the planning process.”

So… is Merv saying that the MOU is simply an invitation to get-together and chat?  That nothing in it is binding?  It’s just a “Hey, could you RSVP so we can set up a time to come up with a plan that doesn’t exist – just ignore all that talk in the MOU about the school leaders’ salaries and teachers having to reapply for their jobs, etc. because none of that means anything.”

Question… the 9/30 due date is today – there’s a workshop scheduled tonight. Can the board vote at a workshop? If not, what happens if the deadline isn’t met?

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What The… This Is Not Okay

Filed in Delaware by on September 19, 2014 107 Comments

I was just listening to Al Mascitti on WDEL and this happened. A song was playing in the background and Al asked if the song was by Nicki Minaj and Gary Mullinax said something along the line that she wasn’t the only one who “slutted” it up this week. WTF? He then went on to […]

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Joe Biden Shows How To Speak About The Ray Rice Abuse/Assault

Filed in Delaware, National by on September 9, 2014 5 Comments
Joe Biden Shows How To Speak About The Ray Rice Abuse/Assault

I love Joe! Here are his comments regarding the Ray Rice “incident” or – as it’s known when it happens outside of a relationship – assault. It’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman. No means no. [...] The one regret I have is […]

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Governor And Department of Ed: “Announcing New Education Initiative” Event

Filed in Delaware by on September 4, 2014 25 Comments
Governor And Department of Ed: “Announcing New Education Initiative” Event

I just returned from attending this:  Announcing New Education Initiative What: Governor Markell and the Department of Education will announce a new initiative to support many of the state’s most disadvantaged students–Joined by state legislators and education and community leaders, the Governor will provide details of the state’s plan. Who: Governor Markell Secretary Mark Murphy, […]

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HB 424 – Eliminating The “Special Interest” In Charter And VoTech

Filed in Delaware by on September 3, 2014 35 Comments
HB 424 – Eliminating The “Special Interest” In Charter And VoTech

On July, 1,2014, Rep. Darryl Scott introduced HB 424: Primary Sponsor: Scott CoSponsors: { NONE…} Introduced on : 07/01/2014 Long Title: AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Synopsis of Orginal Bill: (without Amendments) This bill eliminates the ability of charter schools to give an enrollment preference to […]

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Are You Ready For A Labor Day Weekend Foodie Post?

Filed in Delaware by on August 31, 2014 5 Comments
Are You Ready For A Labor Day Weekend Foodie Post?

It’s been a while since we had a foodie thread.  As usual, please share your recipes in the comment section.

Have you ever made pizza on the grill?  No?  Well, you’re missing out.  This pizza is amazing.  Do not be daunted by dough making.  The olive oil in the dough makes for easy kneading – or if you have a KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook even better.

Perfecting this pizza took several tries (it was delicious every time) due to the speed at which it cooks.  Below the recipe I’ll include some helpful hints!

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California’s “Yes Means Yes” Bill

Filed in National by on August 29, 2014 135 Comments
California’s “Yes Means Yes” Bill

The California state senate unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that defines when “yes” means “yes” to sex. Instead of “no means no” – the phrase commonly associated with sexual assault prevention – the law would require “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” by each party to engage in sexual activity. If Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the bill into law – he has until the end of September – colleges and universities would have to adopt the so-called affirmative consent standard to continue receiving state funds for student financial aid.

Under the proposed standard, the fact that a person didn’t say “no” is no defense in a campus sexual assault investigation.

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Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges

Filed in National by on August 20, 2014 25 Comments

Matthew Yglesias at Vox brings up an important question. Above you’ll see a picture of Scott Olson, the Getty photographer who’s brought us many of the most striking images of protests and police crackdown that followed the shooting of Michael Brown. [Click on the link in my first sentence to see the picture] The other two men in the […]

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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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