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Guns everywhere, all the time

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Guns everywhere, all the time

This sad situation in Middletown could have been even sadder if the young man in question followed his bad decsion to bring a gun into the school with a worse decsion to pull the trigger.

Delaware State Police have identified 18-year-old-Tymere Moore as the student that allegedly brandished a handgun during an altercation on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Moore is believed to have thrown a bottle striking another female student at the end of a verbal altercation before another male student confronted him, said state police.

Police said a second altercation ensued in the bathroom, where Moore allegedly removed a 9mm handgun from his backpack and aimed it at the other student before both exited the restroom without incident.

State police have determined that Moore stole the gun from a vehicle on that day, prior to his arrival at school.

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May 18 Open Thread: Sports Betting Won’t Help Casinos, Says Casino CEO Begging State for Cash

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Delaware’s casinos like to cry poormouth. The ink is barely dry on the Supreme Court’s ruling that states can legalize sports betting and the racinos have already announced plans to begin taking bets next month. Lest anyone think this alleviates the gambling barons’ begging for tax relief from the General Assembly, Denis McGlynn of Dover […]

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Why was Trump sucking up to Putin from day one?

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Why was Trump sucking up to Putin from day one?

“Trump’s primary interest in running for president was not originally to actually win either the nomination or the the presidency. He spent his campaign basically auditioning for Vladimir Putin in the hope that he’d be able to put his name on the tallest tower in Europe.” I’ve only grabbed a couple of sentences, because you […]

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Late in life, Tillerson discovers the value of truth

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Late in life, Tillerson discovers the value of truth

After years of promoting climate change denialism, Rex Tillerson gave a commencement address: “A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is not, what a fact is and is not, and begin by holding ourselves accountable to truthfulness and demand our […]

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Justice Democrats endorsement of Kerri Harris is a big deal

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Justice Democrats endorsement of Kerri Harris is a big deal

Founded in 2017 by Cenk Uygur of ‘The Young Turks’, and former leadership from the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, Justice Democrats has a stated goal of reforming the Democratic Party by running “a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member of Congress and rebuild the Democratic Party from scratch.”

You can’t get anymore corporate-backed than Carper.

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Record US fertility rate decline confuses the easily confused

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Record US fertility rate decline confuses the easily confused

Note to Confused Demographers: A handful of wealthy people getting even weathier does not mean that “the economy” has “rebounded.”

WASHINGTON — The fertility rate in the United States fell to a record low for a second straight year, federal officials reported Thursday, extending a deep decline that began in 2008 with the Great Recession.

The fertility rate fell to 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, down 3 percent from 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It was the largest single-year decline since 2010, when families were still feeling the effects of a weak economy….

The country has been living through one of the longest declines in fertility in decades and demographers are trying to figure out what is driving it. Rates tend to drop during difficult economic times as people put off having babies, and then rise once the economy rebounds. But the rate has not recovered since the Great Recession. A brief uptick in 2014 did not last. The number of births has also declined, and last year was its lowest level since 1987. The fertility rate is the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44.

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Democrats should run on shutting down ICE

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The word fascism gets thrown around cavalierly – but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) paramilitary arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is just like what you’d expect a fascist government to set up.

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May 17 Open Thread: How Big Is It, Rudy?

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Short stack this morning because I have another engagement and haven’t had time to digest yesterday’s events. This caught my eye, though, considering that Team Trump signaled its intent to conduct a “war” against the Russia probe, which is totally something an innocent person would do: Rudy Giuliani told Laura Ingraham that Mueller doesn’t realize […]

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Maryland is now the 11th state to ban “gay conversion therapy” for minors

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Delaware will get around to this eventually. ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law on Tuesday to prohibit health professionals from practicing “gay conversion therapy” on minors, as a growing number of states and municipalities are banning it. Maryland is the 11th state to enact legislation against the practice of […]

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See How Coons and Carper Vote on Net Neutrality

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See How Coons and Carper Vote on Net Neutrality

The DE Senate delegation has another chance today to stick up for poor, abused multinational corporations. Today, Senate Democrats will force a vote on whether to rescue Net Neutrality from the depredations of Vichy nerd Ajit Pai; the debate is streaming now and will continue until 3PM Eastern/12PM Pacific, when the Senate will vote. … […]

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May 16 Open Thread: Democratic Voters, Like NASCAR Drivers, Turn Left

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The Pennsylvania primaries saw many left-leaning Democrats defeat the mainstream party’s preferred candidates. Four of them were also backed by the Democratic Socialists of America. All four were women, and all won their Democratic primaries over men, including a couple of incumbents. The reason economic populism still resonates in despite record-low unemployment is that many […]

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Primary Results Favor The #Resistance

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Primary Results Favor The #Resistance

Get ready for professional Democrats like Chris Coons and scores of TV talking heads to tut, tut these results and go on a concern-troll marathon. I say – fuck those guys. If you are so smart and “the middle” is such an electoral goldmine – why have you LOST WITH THAT STRATEGY SO FUCKING MUCH OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS?

The Democratic Party woke up this morning with a clear signal from Tuesday’s primary elections: The #Resistance means business. The more progressive candidate won in Democratic primaries around the country. The question, however, is whether those more liberal candidates will hurt the party’s chances in November.

The biggest — and most surprising — news of the night was nonprofit executive Kara Eastman’s nomination in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. Although former U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford had both the money and the backing of national Democrats, Eastman defeated him 51 percent to 49 percent. Like many of yesterday’s victorious Democrats, Eastman won by throwing red (blue?) meat to the liberal base: Where Ashford touted his ability to build consensus in Congress, Eastman promised confrontation and, well, resistance to President Trump.

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What audiobook should I get for a 16 hour drive?

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What audiobook should I get for a 16 hour drive?

Help me out my erudite, literary,DL family. One rule – no politics.

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