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Open Thread For October 16, 2017

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How Big Pharma Rolled Congress On Opioid Epidemic. Brilliant reporting, depressing reading. Oh, and the legislator who pushed the bill? He’s Trump’s drug czar nominee. Austria Elects 31-Year-Old Right Winger As Their New Leader. Likely to form coalition government with another right-wing party. Yep, opposition to immigration and Islam were his calling cards. AG Sessions […]

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Open Thread October 15 2017

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Open Thread October 15 2017

On this day in 1965 the first draft card was burned to protest the Viet Nam War. Somehow we still managed to win the Cold War. (..then lose it 50 years later by electing an agent of Russia to the presidency.

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Obama staying out of politics because it might “arouse” Trump’s base

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Obama staying out of politics because it might “arouse” Trump’s base

I just heard David Axlerod say something close to the above headline on CNN. It reveals a sickness in the bones of the dying Democratic Party. The strategic calculus of “not getting involved” with issue “Z” because it “might” excite the passions of the excitable lunatics on the right, is just stupid. The excitable lunatics […]

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Open Thread For October 14, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 14, 2017 2 Comments

Manafort Had Serious Russian Money Behind Him.  At least $60 mill from one Russian oligarch. Explain to me how Donald Trump identified this Russian operative as the person to run his campaign? Anybody? Roy Moore: Lyin’ For The Lord.  More like ‘lyin’ for the loot’. How this man who did not take a ‘regular’ salary […]

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Delaware joins nearly 20 states in health-care subsidy suit

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DOVER, Del. — Democratic Gov. John Carney says President Donald Trump’s decision to end federal cost-share subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will hurt thousands of low-income Delaware residents.

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New Jersey to Join Nevada, Delaware in Online Poker Pact

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New Jersey to Join Nevada, Delaware in Online Poker Pact

Poker is a skill game, so a bigger pool of “dead money” is not bad news for Delaware’s professional online poker players. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Online poker fans in New Jersey will soon be able to play against people in Nevada and Delaware, expanding a growing portion of the state’s gambling industry. Players […]

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I simply don’t get why ‘Morning Joe’ Loves Coons

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I simply don’t get why ‘Morning Joe’ Loves Coons

Coons appears regularly on ‘Morning Joe’ and I just don’t get why.  All he ever does is restate  whatever conventional wisdom the panel has already gathered around.  He puts on the aires of someone getting ready to say something important, which always gets me to lean in, and listen up.

… then nothing.

 

It is weird.  Consistent and weird.

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Open Thread For October 13, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 13, 2017 13 Comments

Trump Aims To Kill Obamacare.  He might as well be Putin, the way he’s sowing chaos in this country. What he did yesterday defines the term ‘sowing chaos’. Oh, and finding a way to pay for his tax cuts for the filthy rich: President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay […]

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Why aren’t markets tanking?

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Why aren’t markets tanking?

I’m seriously asking. Why isn’t the DJIA in the toilet right now? I’ve always heard that markets value stability and predictably above all. That bit of CW seems to have gone by the wayside.

What the fuck are investors thinking?

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Comment Rescue: Word of the day is “malleable”

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Comment Rescue: Word of the day is “malleable”

When my esteemed co-counsel said this in the comments:

One more reason why the Democratic Party sucks. They WANT people with no (relevant) skills of their own as long as they are malleable Third Way types.

…I thought of Ken Simpler’s Simple plan. The one for the state government to act as a kind of federal reserve bank, letting money out into the world to keep the economy from getting too cold or too hot. As Alby observed, that idea is DOA being illegal.

However, what if the point wasn’t the idea but the tone? What if Simpler is auditioning to be the next acceptable Republican? …a GOP candidate acceptable to Tom Carper and Chris Coons?

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Open Thread For October 12, 2017

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BREAKING: Trump Threatens To Abandon Puerto Rico Relief Effort.  ““We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”  I have no words. Velda Jones-Potter At It Again. How the fuck does the City hand this serial feeder at the public trough her […]

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Is it time for Canada to annex Blue America?

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Is it time for Canada to annex Blue America?

When I lived in DC and people talked about “statehood” I’d always put in a plug for “provicehood.” It seems my idea is catching on.

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Open Thread For October 11, 2017

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BREAKING: Here’s Why Tillerson Called Trump A Bleeping Moron. Here’s another version.  He called for a, wait for it, ‘tenfold’ increase in our nuclear weapons arsenal at a July meeting.  That’s, um, ten times what we have now.  It was literally right after this meeting that Tillerson called Trump a moron. Wilmington Trust ‘Too Big […]

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Open Thread For October 10, 2017

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Another Reason To Hate The Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones delivers marching orders direct from Trump to players. Stand for the anthem, or else. There’s also this.  I’m with Trump 100% on that one. How Chicago Gets Its Guns. It’s not from huge cartels. Trump To Repeal Clean Power Plan Today.  By putting Scott Pruitt’s thumb […]

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Occasional Words from the Resistance

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Occasional Words from the Resistance

Last month I received as a birthday gift the Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, first edition in four volumes.  I reacted like little kid under the Christmas tree.  It’s incredibly satisfying when people close to you know you well enough to give the perfect gift.  Something’s functioning properly.  Feels good.

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CZA Regs Meetings to be Shrouded in Secrecy – Part 1

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CZA Regs Meetings to be Shrouded in Secrecy – Part 1

John Carney has a real penchant for secret meetings. We are currently developing a story based on a (DNREC) invitation to “stakeholders” regarding Coastal Zone Conversion Permits. The meeting invitation promises participants that their participation in the Regs writing process will shrouded in secrecy and cloaked in confidentiality.

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Open Thread For October 9, 2017

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Pence Went To Colts’ Game So He Could Leave When Players Knelt. Oh, and because Trump told him to. Stunt cost taxpayers about $250K. What a tool. Corker Vs. Trump. Finally, an R who has had it and won’t mince words any more:  “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care […]

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Open Thread For October 8, 2017

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How Rethugs Used Algorithms To Make Wisconsin Legislature D-Proof.   Only thing that matters is what kind of a mood Justice Kennedy is in on the day the decision is rendered. Hugh Hefner–A Creep Even In Death? Yes, he’s buried next to Marilyn Monroe, an arrangement he made back in 1992. Trump Filling Courts With Anti-Abortion, […]

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Open Thread For October 7, 2017

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Trump Rolls Back Protections For Contraceptive Coverage Because He Can. Or thinks he can.  It’s headed to court. If the Rethugs ever get control of the courts, this country’s done. Really Good Progressive To Retire. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire.  BTW, here’s why the national party sucks: She’d never been a favorite of national […]

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Open Thread For October 6, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 6, 2017 13 Comments

Obamacare Rates To Rise 25% In Delaware. Less than Highmark had requested.  This is what Trump’s sabotaging of Obamacare looks like. Here’s one example.  Here’s another.  I mean, Iowa and Oklahoma. Not exactly D strongholds. Wilmington Eastside Project Seeks To Create Arts Habitat.  I’m cautiously optimistic. Anything Tina Betz takes on has a chance of […]

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Open Thread For October 5, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on October 5, 2017 3 Comments

‘Thoughts And Prayers’ From Top Congressional Recipients Of NRA Contributions.  All, of course, are Rethugs. Hypocrites all.  Delaware Pastors Call Out The Delaware Way.  They’re right, of course. Why is Carney slow-walking the Gilliam Johnson nomination?  That entire mess stinks so much of the Delaware Way. Primary stench coming from Tony DeLuca and Nicole Poore, […]

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A closer look at Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore

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A closer look at Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore

Two-time former Chief Justice of the Alabama State Supreme Court Roy Moore, the confirmed “birther” and believer of inane right-wing conspiracies, is running to become the Alabama’s next senator despite his lawless actions that twice forced him from his elected offices.  And he very well may win.  He won the GOP primary and is favored in the general election.  But let’s be clear: It is insane for any American (Republican, Democrat, Other) to support Roy Moore, a man whose derelictions of judicial duty due to his refusal to accept the Constitution – and not the Bible – as the supreme law of the land twice resulted in his vacating a position entrusted to him by the people of Alabama, for the United States Senate.

Moore’s disdain for man-made law is not a quirk.  He is running on his contempt for man made law.

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The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calls on Congress to pass a law requiring armed Music Festival Patrons

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The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calls on Congress to pass a law requiring armed Music Festival Patrons

Note: These are the actual words of LaPierre on December 15th, the day after the Newtown Connecticut shootings where 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. I’ve lightly edited the original sickening statement, and changed references from schools to music festivals, and changed an “us” reference (meaning the NRA) to Second Amendment enthusiasts.

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Open Thread For October 4, 2017

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Most Deranged Trump Performance Ever.  That Puerto Rican appearance was terrifying. All he cared about was claiming that he got ‘high marks’ for the great job he’s done.  Gives out flashlights that he claims people won’t need b/c the power is back on, which it’s not. Throws out paper towels as if they’re Mardi Gras […]

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Open Thread For October 3, 2017

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477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. No Action From Congress. NY Times must-read editorial. Speaking Of Which…House Seeks To Pass Gun Silencer Bill. Because preserving the hearing of mass murderers is more important than stopping killings by mass murderers. They might delay the vote for a couple of days…out of respect. The Report That Puts The […]

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