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Open Thread Dec. 15: Public Opinion Be Damned

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When it comes to the tax bill, the Republican Party is damned if it does, even its members think they’re damned if they don’t. Michael Tomasky goes to the research, which shows that the GOP’s two big priorities — killing Obamacare and giving an enormous tax cut to the rich — are the two least […]

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Is Carper’s statement enough to defuse the slap?

Filed in National by on December 15, 2017 18 Comments
Is Carper’s statement enough to defuse the slap?

Under normal conditions, probably. Carper’s account, now in the Washington Post, would probably put this to rest. I certainly don’t think Delaware voters would hold the slap against him, particularly if the alternative is electing a Republican. But we are not living in normal times. When Kirsten Gillibrand is asked about the apology what will […]

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It begins… The Law of unintended consequences to bring down Tom Carper

Filed in National by on December 14, 2017 13 Comments
It begins… The Law of unintended consequences to bring down Tom Carper

I always thought that it would be Father Time, but it will be the fact that he admitted to hitting his wife. Drudge Report links to Carper story. I’m not linking because I don’t want to give Drudge hits. The story he links to is here. Freebeacon.com MediaBiasFactCheck.com says this about The Washington Free Beacon, […]

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Tom Carper Rolled By Republicans As Usual

Filed in National by on December 14, 2017 11 Comments
Tom Carper Rolled By Republicans As Usual

What did Tom Carper get for all his prodigious “bipartisanship bridge building” and what how have his Republican friends across the aisle reciprocated all of his overtures of friendship?

I’m seriously asking because the reconciled House and Senate tax bill is even MORE rapaciously Republican than the original version.

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Open Thread Dec. 14: Revenge of the Rich

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 14, 2017 5 Comments

To the horror of a nation still celebrating Roy Moore’s defeat, House and Senate Republicans reached a compromise on their noxious tax plan, putting it on schedule for a vote next week. Liberals might be pleasantly surprised by how liberal Alabama’s senator-elect Doug Jones is for a deep-South Democrat. National Democrats seem particularly impressed that […]

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The startling ignorance of Republicans

Filed in National by on December 13, 2017 8 Comments

This clip is amazing.

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It is time to fight

Filed in National by on December 13, 2017 3 Comments

Any Democratic elected’s that don’t get it, don’t get my vote. Period. This fight is for all of us. This Delawareonline Oped by RE Vanella, lays it down:

I was arrested for protesting the tax bill. Here’s why I’m fighting it: Dialogue Delaware

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a vile, monstrous sack of human feces

Filed in National by on December 13, 2017 10 Comments
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a vile, monstrous sack of human feces

Trump degrades the office of the Presidency by making a creepy, sexist statement about a sitting Senator, a statement that would make even the most socially inept Republican loser uncomfortable, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders lies her ass of defending him. She has no shame. She is, perhaps the most vile and disgusting human alive on […]

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Open Thread Dec. 13: Night of the Long Forks

Filed in National by on December 13, 2017 16 Comments

And you thought Democrats were good at circular firing squads. The results weren’t all in before every Republican who ever thought this was a bad idea — which means most of them — started apportioning blame for screwing the unscrewable pooch. Their prime target was disheveled svengali Steve Bannon, who just 24 hours earlier was […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 13, 2017

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Two great roots songs top what was quite the eclectic list of Best Songs of 2013. Both of them chill-inducing. First, here are the countdown articles: http://www.delawareliberal.net/2013/12/24/el-somnambulos-25-favorite-songs-of-2013/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2013/12/26/el-somnambulos-favorite-songs-of-2013-the-top-ten/ I’m gonna post both #’s 1 and 2 b/c, depending on the day, I went back and forth on which would wind up on top. I still […]

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The Reckoning

Filed in National by on December 12, 2017 6 Comments

Trump is toxic. The Virginia results could be waved off. Wingnut Pundits will try to wave the Doug Jones win off, noting that Roy Moore was a flawed candidate. But by that measure every Republican supporting Trump (or supported by Trump) is a flawed candidate.

No. The tide has turned. Candidates that tie themselves to Trump are tying a anvil around their necks.

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The Polling Numbers Democrats Keep Ignoring

Filed in National by on December 12, 2017 8 Comments

I was reading a Frank Rich essay in New York magazine about Trump voters and how their “movement” existed before him and will continue once he’s gone. In passing, he points out that Democrats still have no coherent message to counter with, and cites these numbers, which ought to scare Democrats into change but probably […]

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Open Thread Dec. 12: The Devil Fools With the Best Laid Plan

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 12, 2017 8 Comments

All eyes are on Alabama for the special election, and the polls are all over the place — some have Jones up by several points, others have Moore up by double digits. That’s a sign that pollsters don’t know how to calculate the “probable” voters, not unusual for a special election. Those who specialize in […]

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Who Are Your Choices For MVP (Most Valuable to the Progressive Cause) And LVP?

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on December 12, 2017 6 Comments

I just don’t have the heart to try and cobble together an MVP list this year.  The year sucked, locally and nationally. Worst year ever.  I believe our democracy is imperiled, and I have abandoned any hope that those who pass for state leaders will lead. So, it’s up to you.  Who provided you with […]

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Open Thread Dec. 11: The Women Are Coming for Trump

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 11, 2017 17 Comments

Denying reality is trending, as the kidz say. Republicans have been doing it for decades, but lots of Democrats are giving them competition. Consider this essay by Sean McElwee, who declares “the Democratic Party is fine,” and argues it is “the most united American party in modern political history.” Given that his head shot makes […]

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Open Thread Dec. 10: Feminists Dance on Franken’s Grave

Filed in National by on December 10, 2017 56 Comments

The Democratic Party civil war is in full swing, with the feminist contingent dancing on Al Franken’s grave because — well, let’s face it, because they’re ruled by their emotions (I’m not talking about just the women; this includes their male enablers as well). They have no argument at all about why this should not […]

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Killed by Police

Filed in National by on December 9, 2017 5 Comments

How many people do you think were killed by police this year (so far) in the United States? Killedbypolice.net

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Open Thread Dec. 9: Another Killer Cop Walks, Trump Mental Breakdown Continues

Filed in National by on December 9, 2017 4 Comments

Wanna kill people without punishment? Become a cop and do it in uniform. Though Michael Slater, the South Carolina cop who gunned down a middle-aged man running away from him and then tried to frame him, got 20 years in prison for it, it took two trials to convict him. Even with videotape clearly showing […]

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HELLO, I AM THE MYTHICAL MIDDLE-CLASS PERSON WHO REPUBLICANS SAY WILL BENEFIT FROM THEIR NEW TAX BILL

Filed in National by on December 8, 2017 4 Comments

Salutations. Greetings, old sport. I humbly greet you with a wave of my white-gloved hand. Is this how middle-class people greet one another? I’m only asking because I want to make sure you’re a middle-class American just like I am. I, of course, know how common citizens of this country say hello, for you see, […]

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Open Thread Dec. 8: Safe Injection Sites for Addicts?

Filed in National by on December 8, 2017 28 Comments

A couple of statistics for your consideration: Delaware had 63 murders in 2016. It had 306 deaths by overdose. You don’t need me to tell you which one got more coverage. Virtually all those deaths were the result of people not knowing what they were injecting. One idea for reducing that death rate is safe […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life? It could be.

Filed in National by on December 8, 2017 0 Comments
It’s a Wonderful Life?   It could be.

In It’s a Wonderful Life when George Bailey is shown the version of Bedford Falls that would have come to pass if he had never existed, it is a bewildering experience for him. The faces are the same, though worn and weary from their tough life under Potter’s greedy and callous misrule. Mary, George’s Bedford Falls wife, is a Pottersville librarian barely scraping by living in a dreary and dilapidated house. In Pottersville, Nick own’s Martini’s bar where he “serve(s) hard drinks… for men who want to get drunk fast.” But in the original Bedford Falls, Martini’s is a happy place where honest working men content with their lives stop in for a chance to relax in a convivial atmosphere.

The most unsettling thing about George’s interactions with residents of Potterville is their blindness to the possibility of a less shitty life. Unlike George, they are prisoners of their daily grind. They have no overhead view, so Pottersville has always been Pottersville as far as they are concerned. They don’t know that a slightly less rapacious capitalism, and a community oriented savings and loan might have made a big difference in their lives.

Similarly, the country’s better vision of itself is dimming. We are sliding into a time in Americans don’t recall what life used to be like before hatred, greedy and self-serving overthrew the more tradition values of charity, peace and cooperation. You can see it in Democrats like John Carney who thoughtlessly parrot the GOP’s mean-spirited talking points on Government spending, treating any outlay to ameliorate suffering as waste and any investment is the future as folly. You can see it on the evening news that doesn’t even bother to mention that Trump was elected on his promises to protect medicare, medicaid and social security. Worn down and weary from the daily litany of lies.

I don’t know how we turn it around. George Bailey had his kindly Clarence who set the world back on its correct axis. Maybe that’s a hint? Maybe the answer is for all of us to to serve as each other’s Clarence and remind each other that there is a Bedford Falls underneath the ugly skin of Pottersville? That’s what I’ll be trying to do. Even if our Pottersville is the reality and the Bedford Falls America of my youth was the dream. The dream is worth the effort.

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Carper to slap his famous “bipartisanship” stamp on budget scam

Filed in National by on December 7, 2017 2 Comments

The GOP has a mole on the minority side of the committee. Tom Carper is on Tax Reconsiliation Committee (Tax Conference Committee) They will merge the House and Senate bills: Senate Tax Conference Committee Roster: Majority Members Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Sen. John […]

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I was a good blogger once

Filed in National by on December 7, 2017 0 Comments
I was a good blogger once

This old interview with Tom Noyes made me laugh.. Of course I was all hyped up for the Obama convention. Too bad he (Obama, not Noyes) turned out to be such a piss poor party builder. Oh well… we’ll always have Denver.

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It’s Official, Franken Resigns

Filed in National by on December 7, 2017 10 Comments

He’s stepping down in the coming months, according to his speech. He also noted that some of the allegations are “not true,” and others have been described in ways he doesn’t remember the incidents. But remember, we must believe the women, because no woman has ever lied for political or financial gain. Ever. Well done, […]

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Hartley-Nagle Stripped of Supervisory Powers

Filed in National by on December 7, 2017 4 Comments

WDEL has a big scoop on New Castle County Council’s war with its president, political tyro Karen Hartley-Nagle, who has cost the taxpayers $142,000 by creating a “hostile work environment” for her (female) aide. Let this serve as a reminder than not all harassment is sexual in nature.

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