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Proof? I’m Still an Impeachment Skeptic

Filed in National by on July 11, 2017 23 Comments
Proof?  I’m Still an Impeachment Skeptic

I’m a “Trump will be impeached” skeptic. for the following reasons:

1) The entire federal Government including the Supreme Court is in the hands of ideological Republican zealots,

2) At least half of the country is firmly in the “so what?” camp,

3) The Democrats, as ever, are fractured, weak-willed and pusillanimous, and

4) The 4th estate is a joke.

That said, these new revelations about Donny Jr. turn the knob in the direction of something (not impeachment, but something) happening.

Per Josh Marshall:

Donald Trump Jr. began this engagement with Rob Goldstone on the basis of this message. “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

At a minimum Don Jr. and likely (though this is as yet unproven) all high level members of the Trump team knew about this more than a year ago. Ergo, all the total and aggressive denials about Russia’s role supporting Trump, law-breaking for Trump, etc. etc were all the most total and abject lies.

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Mo’ Better Democrats: RD 4

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 11, 2017 6 Comments

The Incumbent: Gerald Brady. District Registration: 9024 D; 4548 R; 4347 I. The District:  RD 4 runs from western Wilmington, including Trolley Square and the Flats west through Westover Hills, out past Chestnut Run and almost to Hockessin, with Barley Mill Road and Lancaster Pike as the northernmost boundaries and Faulkland Road as the southernmost […]

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Open Thread For July 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 11, 2017 14 Comments

Donnie Jr. Lied Again.  A big lie. He’s not as skilled a liar as his pop. Yet. They’re all going down. Firing of Mueller in 3-2-1? Kushner Pushed For Huge Loan From Qatar. Could this be why Trump is putting the screws to Qatar? Blatant conflicts-of-interests everywhere. 666 y’all. Rare Good News For Consumers. Federal […]

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Open Thread For July 10, 2017

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Trump ‘Brain Trust’  Met With Russian Lawyer To Get Dirt On Hillary Clinton. Trump, Jr., Manafort and Kushner. And Donnie Jr. lied about the purpose of the meeting.  Sounds like collusion to me. RussiaRussiaRussia.  They’re all going down. A Law Professor Explains It All For You. Read the entire thing. Yes, it’s wonky, but the […]

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Help Laura Sturgeon Take On Greg Lavelle

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Help Laura Sturgeon Take On Greg Lavelle

Sturgeon has launched a polished, professional campaign that I’m sure is already giving Lavelle a panic attack. That is worthy of support all on its own, but as a DEMOCRAT, I also like reading…

All strong economies have a large, vibrant middle class. Unions help the middle class, progressive taxation helps the middle class, affordable health care helps the middle class, women’s access to reproductive choices helps the middle class, and excellent public education helps the middle class. I do not support the failed trickle-down economic policies of the past, and will fight to make sure the working people of Delaware are not over-burdened by shouldering the bulk of the cost of state programs.

This was El Somanbulo’s take on Lavelle back in March:

I think Lavelle could well be vulnerable based both on anti-Trump sentiment and b/c he’s such a shill for the least desirable aspects of Rethuggery. District’s about 50-50, and there are a lot of moderate R’s. A D appeal to R women could prove effective.

It only takes a $1.00 to show you are onboard.

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Reince Priebus’ Flop Sweat

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Reince Priebus’ Flop Sweat

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has accused Democratic operatives of arranging a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer last summer, two weeks after Donald Trump won the Republican nomination for president. The meeting, which included Jared Kushner and Trump’s then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and took place at Trump Tower in […]

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Open Thread For July 9, 2017: Plain Ol’ Bulo Edition

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Chinese Chicken Coming To US Thanks To Trump. Yes, it could make you sick. One More Meeting They Didn’t Tell Us About.  RussiaRussiaRussia. Could Brits Never Brexit? Getting more possible every day. Janet Yellen:Unsung Labor Hero? Fed policies designed to get people back in labor force. Looks like it’s working. Why You Shouldn’t Let The […]

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G20: Does Donald Trump’s awkward performance indicate America’s decline as world power?

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So, what did we learn this week?

We learned Mr Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the US as a global leader. He managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies.

He will cede that power to China and Russia — two authoritarian states that will forge a very different set of rules for the 21st century.

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Open Thread for July 9th – Fox and Friends

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Open Thread for July 9th – Fox and Friends

Has anybody else watched Fox and Friends, the AM “news” show on the Fox News Channel? I just watched that idiocy for about two minutes, and a painful two minutes it was.

The doltish hosts are very aware that they are talking to the Republican President who is almost surly watching. Moreover, they are very aware that they need to flatter their doltish baby-man viewer on topics such as:

  • How great the President is.
  • How smart the President is to conclude a cyber-security agreement with Putin
  • How great the cyber-security agreement is.
  • How angry Democrats will be at being bested by the genius President, yet again.
  • How great America is thanks to the greatness of the great Republican President.
  • I’m not exaggerating. That all happened in the two minutes I had it on. North Korean state media has nothing on Fox News.

    In totally not surprising news, The Republican President doesn’t know the difference between China and Taiwan.

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    Open Thread For July 8, 2017

    Filed in National by on July 8, 2017 5 Comments

    The Cheeto Stands Alone. US isolated at G-20 summit. Richard Engel: Putin Got Everything He Could Possibly Want From Trump Meeting.   Anyone surprised? Yes, Trump Got Played. Another version. AG Routinely Slow-Walks FOIA Requests. Been going on for decades. One reason why it’s hard to have confidence in Delaware government. Gotta go. In Chi-town […]

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    Clintonite Dems, Stop killing America

    Filed in National by on July 8, 2017 38 Comments
    Clintonite Dems, Stop killing America

    I don’t dislike Clinton zealots and “centrist” Dems personally. Some of them are very nice people. Tom Carper one on one? Class guy. First rate. Mat Marshall? The best.

    What I don’t like are people wedded to a political philosophy that has such a long track record of abject failure. By luck and design we live in a two party system, and the radical modern Republican Party in America needs a legitimate counterweight. The Party of John Carney and Hillary Clinton is not that acting as that counterweight.

    If mushy, “third way”, middle of the road, compromise first and bi-partiisanship above all actually WORKED, I’d love it. Other than for the election of Bill Cinton, WHEN HAS IT EVER WORKED? Your endless appetite for appeasement is leaving Republicans to run roughshod over American norms and values that have served us well for over 240 years. Just stop it. Stop killing America.

    Dustyn Thompson and Eric Morrison wrote a guest post at Blue Delaware which deals with this topic more diplomatically than I could have.

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    WHYY’s FIRST State of Play: Delaware’s budget

    Filed in National by on July 7, 2017 16 Comments
    WHYY’s FIRST State of Play: Delaware’s budget

    El Somnambulo lands on Gov. Carney and Acting Gov Swchartzkopf from the top rope.

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    Open Thread For July 7, 2017

    Filed in Delaware, National by on July 7, 2017 2 Comments

    Could It Be…Sater?  Trump’s Russia money man is cooperating with the Feds. Sad. Astra Zeneca Selling Campus.  All the better to head for the exits, my dear. The Cuomo For President Boomlet Has Begun. Just what we need. A neo-Clintonesque presidency. Denn Joins Robocall Opponents. For all the good it will do. Whatever happened to […]

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    Open Thread for July 7th – The Ennui Edition

    Filed in National by on July 7, 2017 6 Comments
    Open Thread for July 7th – The Ennui Edition

    This budget “past” by the Democrats and signed by a “Democratic” Governor sure was a kick in the balls wasn’t it? On an implementation level it is 100% morally bankrupt. But on a strategic level it is a disaster, giving the GOP all of its malevolent cuts while leaving Democrats holding the bloody knife. There […]

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    Open Thread For July 6, 2017

    Filed in Delaware, National by on July 6, 2017 7 Comments

    Hobby Lobby Busted! For smuggling Iraqi artifacts into America. You may remember Hobby Lobby for refusing to provide contraceptive coverage b/c of the devout religious beliefs of its owners. We now know that said beliefs don’t apply to “Thou Shalt Not Steal”. Here’s Where The Artifacts Were Headed. A ‘Bible Museum’ that Hobby Lobby is […]

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    Delaware finally has a budget. Now let’s consolidate the schools

    Filed in Delaware, Education by on July 5, 2017 5 Comments

    Saving money isn’t the only reason consolidating Delaware’s 19 school districts makes sense.

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    Can Delaware Liberals theoretically raise $50,000 for a primary challenger to John Carney?

    Filed in National by on July 5, 2017 18 Comments
    Can Delaware Liberals theoretically raise  $50,000 for a primary challenger to John Carney?

    It is a simple question. Based his track record so far, can we get 100 Delaware liberals and progressives to pledge $500.00 each? Money talks.

    I’m in, so the goal is now 99 Delaware liberals and progressives on the record pledging $500.00 each to signal their disgust with this travesty of a budget and the terrible “leadership” that foisted it on this state.

    Say yes or no in the comments, and if we get to $50,000 in pledges we’ll go on to phase 2 – setting up a fundraising page and start turning those pledges into real money thereby giving some qualified candidate a running start at challenging Carney.

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    Open Thread For July 5, 2017

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    Obamacare ‘Working As Intended’. The source? Department of Health & Human Services. Neither Trump nor Tom Price will be pleased. Head Of Phony Voter Fraud Commission Sued For Hatch Act Violation.  This Kris Kobach guy thinks he can get away with it.  Once Trump packs the courts, he likely will. Blatant Conflict-of-Interest Between Rethugs and […]

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    Nicole Poore Rides The Gravy Train At Public’s Expense

    Filed in Delaware by on July 4, 2017 11 Comments

    Been poring through the Budget and Grants-In-Aid bills.  My, uh, patriotic duty. There’s a category under Grants-In-Aid entitled ‘Disabled/Health/Labor’.  Total appropriations under this line are $2,890,641.  That’s for 40 agencies, if my count is correct. One agency’s take dwarfed what any other agency got.  Wanna guess? That’s right. Direct from the Grants-In-Aid bill: Jobs For […]

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    Open Thread For July 4, 2017

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    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Likely To Retire. Say goodbye to the courts.  One more spike through the heart of democracy. Turns Out That Sanders ‘Scandal’ Was Bullshit.  Toensing? Toensing? Where have I heard that name before? Oh, yes, Clinton haters Victoria Toensing is his mother and Joe DiGenova is his stepfather. A scum family. […]

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    White House Poised to Really Fuck Shit Up

    Filed in National by on July 3, 2017 13 Comments
    White House Poised to Really Fuck Shit Up

    Kellyanne Conway has confirmed that the White House is willing to repeal the ACA without a replacement in place. I’m no economist, but I am a dyed in the wool capitalist, and this plan smells like a recipie for economic disaster.

    And yet, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. Remember that fucking shit up is what Republicans believe they were elected to do.

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    Tim Dukes is an idiot

    Filed in National by on July 3, 2017 7 Comments
    Tim Dukes is an idiot

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    Far be it for me to crap on someone who doesn’t know the difference between “past” and “passed” they probably don’t spend too much time on book learnin’ where Dukes went to school. And lord knows I’ve made my fair share of typos.

    Just read past beyond that and drink in the stupidity and see how happy Gov Carney has made the “all taxes (other than taxes on poor people) are evil crowd”.

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    BREAKING: Delaware Will Not Turn Over Voter Information…

    Filed in Delaware, National by on July 3, 2017 20 Comments

    …to Donald Trump’s phony voter fraud commission, which is itself the only fraud being perpetrated here: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/07/03/delaware-wont-hand-over-voter-roll-data-white-house-commission/447656001/ I really liked Jeff Bullock’s response: “Delaware has a long history of running fair and efficient elections open to all qualified voters. We should not be a part of any effort to turn back the clock on the progress […]

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    Bennett Screwed Up – Carney Set the Table

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    Bennett Screwed Up – Carney Set the Table

    I was wrong about Bennett. Her excuse for voting against the budget on Friday was so lame that I thought is was cover for something. Turns out, she was simply rolled by some conservatives. (Well played defenders of the 1%. You found the weak link.) But Bennett is a symptom, not the disease. A: “Government […]

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    Open Thread For July 3, 2017

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    Christie Shuts Down Jersey Beaches, Enjoys Beach All By Himself.  Happy 4th of July, Jerseyites! Reminds me of a joke that Pat Williams made when the 76’ers drafted Charles Barkley: ‘Daddy, can I go into the ocean?’  ‘I’m sorry, son, Charles is using it.’ Trump’s Latest.  This guy is the President of the United States. […]

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