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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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Last Night’s Democratic Debate & Ezra Temko’s complete play by play

Filed in National by on February 12, 2016 6 Comments
Last Night’s Democratic Debate & Ezra Temko’s complete play by play

Did you watch? I did, and I thought both candidates did well. There wasn’t a knock out punch on either side, but there were some hits.

Who do you think won?

Here is Ezra’s complete play by play:

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Attention All Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives

Filed in National by on February 10, 2016 40 Comments
Attention All Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives

It’s no secret that I can’t get 100% behind a candidate. Whatever. I’m a mess. Yep, it’s me, not you. Here’s what we can do… Given the fact (yes, fact) that neither one of our candidates will get their agenda through Congress, we will need to stay focused and supportive. Some (some, not all) of […]

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An Attempt To Figure Out Why I’m Still Not Feeling The Bern

Filed in National by on February 9, 2016 74 Comments
An Attempt To Figure Out Why I’m Still Not Feeling The Bern

I’m going to just put everything out there – which means this post will probably be all over the place. Forgive me for repeating myself, but one of my biggest issues with Bernie Sanders is his limited platform and the way all, and I do mean all, roads lead to income equality. That just isn’t […]

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We’re Going To Have To Talk About Sexism Because It’s Surrounding Us

Filed in National by on February 8, 2016 50 Comments
We’re Going To Have To Talk About Sexism Because It’s Surrounding Us

Basically, everyone needs to stop the sexist behavior, whether it is in the form of BernieBros or the Women on Women Crime that Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright engaged in. If we did, perhaps, we could discuss issues like Climate Change, reproductive rights, immigration, Police brutality, improving our education system, Foreign Policy (altho this was touched on in the last debate) our crumbling infrastructure – you know, things that our candidates aren’t discussing. Personally, I’d like to hear about these issues, as well as income inequality. Hopefully I get my wish because these things matter, too.

Income inequality is an important issue, but it isn’t the only one, and right now I’m not sure where the candidates stand on other issues that matter to me. That’s a problem for me. A BIG one. It’s probably the reason I can’t pick a candidate. I need more, because the office of President is about more, but you wouldn’t know that by listening to the debates. Guess I’m saying, I completely understand where each candidates stand on income inequality… can we start to include other things? There actually are other things.

Meanwhile, can we step up our game and drop the sexism on both sides?

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This One’s For You, Kevin

Filed in Delaware by on January 29, 2016 23 Comments
This One’s For You, Kevin

Earlier today I asked Kevin O. to stop turning Delaware Dem’s death penalty post into an abortion post. My comment was brief, but I should have taken the time to explain that his comments were off topic and that he was free to post his thoughts on an open thread. For that, I apologize. Kevin […]

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Oregon Militia Leader (And Several Others) Arrested. One Dead

Filed in National by on January 27, 2016 7 Comments
Oregon Militia Leader (And Several Others) Arrested. One Dead

The arrested are facing Federal felony charges of “conspiracy to impede officers through the use of force, intimidation or threats”.

I’m not sure what these arrests will lead to. Will the remaining militia members surrender and/or go home, or will they hunker down and prepare to retaliate? I have a bad feeling about this, and I do think law enforcement allowed this situation to go on far too long. I have trouble envisioning a scenario where the militia packs up and leaves peacefully without achieving any of their goals. They came armed for a fight and over the past few weeks have pushed the envelope toward confrontation – removing fences, threatening citizens, convening their own court, etc..

Yeah, I have a really bad feeling. I hope I’m wrong about where this is headed.

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A Learning Experience – College Roomies

Filed in National by on January 14, 2016 32 Comments

My daughter started college last fall and within the first two weeks her roommate dropped out. That meant she had the dorm room to herself, which she loved at first, but then grew to feel she was missing out on an important part of the college experience. I agreed. That changed over the holidays. My […]

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Virginia GOP Bill Would Result In School Children Having To Show Their Genitals – Not. Kidding.

Filed in National by on January 13, 2016 5 Comments
Virginia GOP Bill Would Result In School Children Having To Show Their Genitals – Not. Kidding.

Yesterday I wrote about a North Carolina A state law requiring that doctors who perform an abortion after the 16th week of pregnancy supply an ultrasound to state officials. If you thought that was creepy, take a look at Virginia.

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Fetus Pictures Being Sent To Government Officials

Filed in National by on January 12, 2016 2 Comments
Fetus Pictures Being Sent To Government Officials

Of all the slippery slope arguments this one actually has merit. RALEIGH, N.C. — A state law requiring that doctors who perform an abortion after the 16th week of pregnancy supply an ultrasound to state officials has sparked a new and bitter front in the war over abortion here, with stakes that are both personal […]

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We Can Be Heroes

Filed in National by on January 11, 2016 11 Comments

David Bowie has died. Out of all the musicians I listened to, Bowie was my first and lasting love. I’ll leave you with my favorite Bowie song.

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The General Assembly Needs To Override The Governor’s Veto Of Opt-Out Bill

Filed in National by on January 7, 2016 35 Comments
The General Assembly Needs To Override The Governor’s Veto Of Opt-Out Bill

It’s interesting how the biggest proponents of Choice! are the ones now against it. Then again, anyone who understands how Choice came to be and the reasons behind it knows it never had anything to do with giving parents options. Choice was simply the stepping stone to privatizing our public schools. Choice is what has hurt our public schools; it’s what opened the door to charters and privatization (as well as magnet schools). What we’re dealing with now in education wouldn’t be possible if we hadn’t implemented a system designed to create high poverty schools – schools no one has seriously tried to help.

But the point has never been to help high poverty, struggling schools. The point, and one I’ve been making for over a decade, is to privatize/charterize our public schools. It’s no coincidence that the privateers started with the poorest among us – the ones with the least influence and voice. It’s how they got their foot in the door. Take a good long look at the city of Wilmington. That’s the plan for everyone. Yep, all this will spread outward (and is spreading) to suburbia. No one actually thinks that Ed Reformers are going to let all that education money slip through their hands, do they? Of course not. What they’ve done/are doing to our struggling schools sets the precedent. And once that precedent is set it will spread like wildfire.

Which brings me to the point of this post and Mike Matthews’ Delaware Voice column. The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is the tool to implement this agenda. This test isn’t about helping children learn; it’s about labeling schools and teachers as failing so the next step in the Ed reformer’s agenda can be implemented. Remember Priority Schools? Remember how ALL roads in that plan led to privatization and charterizatiion? Out of everything in that plan only private/charter conversion was carved in stone. The reason it was carved in stone was because it was the end game.

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No Indictment In The Tamir Rice Killing

Filed in National by on January 2, 2016 6 Comments
No Indictment In The Tamir Rice Killing

I’m a little late with this post, but this story needs to be heard. Of all the police shootings the case of Tamir Rice – a twelve year old boy playing with a toy gun only to be shot dead by police in less than two seconds of their arrival on the scene – stands out. This incident was so straightforward that not indicting the officers sets an extremely dangerous precedent. Obviously, there’s no line to cross if you’re a police officer. Fire away.

But what really bothers me is how the police always seem to lie about what happened. Then the video tape is released. Let’s look at what the police claimed happened before the Tamir Rice video was released…..

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