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Saturday Daily Delawhere [2.21.15]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [2.21.15]

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Round up of the most wingnutty defenses of Opalinski from the NJ’s FB

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Round up of the most wingnutty defenses of Opalinski from the NJ’s FB

The wingnut consensus is that breaking laws related to guns is not a crime, and even if it was a crime, Democrats do crimes too, so…

“And Hunter Biden gets a job with a Ukrainian gas company and we hear nothing about that.”

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Friday Open Thread [2.20.15]

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Friday Open Thread [2.20.15]

Amy Walter: “One of the biggest assets for Democrats – especially for Hillary Clinton – going into this next election is the fact that they are much more ideologically united than the GOP. From social issues to economic ones, the overwhelming majority of Democrats are on the same page. This, of course, leaves little room for a primary challenger to Hillary Clinton to expose a gap or drive a wedge.”

“Not so much for Republicans who are divided on almost everything other than foreign policy and a desire to repeal Obamacare. This is will not only make it difficult for a Republican to become a ‘consensus’ candidate in the primary, but could make it difficult to unite the party post-primary as well.”

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Matt Opaliski Indicted for Illegal Gun Dealing

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Matt Opaliski Indicted for Illegal Gun Dealing

Republican Party official and former state Senate candidate in Delaware with illegally dealing in firearms.

If these charges are true, and if Mr. Opaliski is convicted, then he is now the perfect symbol of the kind of criminal who get guns to people who do massive harm, such as murder and massacres. He would also be the kind of criminal who thinks he is supporting the Second Amendment when in fact he is directly harming it. Mr. Opaliski should stand trial, and if the facts are proven beyond a reasonable doubt, he should be convicted and he should serve time behind bars. Then these federal prosecutors need to check all the illegal weapons he sold, ever, because we know it is more than what is in the indictment. If any one of them were used in violent crimes, Mr. Opaliski should be charged with those crimes as well. In other words, throw the fucking book at him, and every single Second Amendment supporter in this small state and nationwide should agree, and they must agree.

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Closing School for the Cold: The Debate Redux

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Closing School for the Cold: The Debate Redux

This post from last year is getting massing nationwide traffic, so I am linking to it here and recopying it here for a rediscussion, since all of Delaware is closed today, which of course also gives us the opportunity to repost this:

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Friday Daily Delawhere [2.20.15]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [2.20.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [2.19.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [2.19.15]

Hillary Clinton held a private, one-on-one meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in December at Mrs. Clinton’s Washington home, “a move by the Democrats’ leading contender in 2016 to cultivate the increasingly influential senator and leader of the party’s economic populist movement,” the New York Times reports.

“The get-together represented a step toward relationship-building for two women who do not know each other well. And for Mrs. Clinton, it was a signal that she would prefer Ms. Warren’s counsel delivered in person, as a friendly insider, rather than on national television or in opinion articles. And for Ms. Warren, the meeting offered the opportunity to make clear what she believes are the most pressing national issues.”

To me, it sounds like that first step in the dance we usually see when a candidate for a party nomination has just more or less locked it up and is exploring an endorsement from the principal rival without demanding an acknowledgment of defeat, not unlike the meeting in a Washington townhouse in 2008 between then Senators Obama and Clinton. But Bloomberg Politics’ Emily Greenhouse, thinks it might represent more, not Clinton vanquishing Warren, but the other way around:

Some might have interpreted the report as a sign that Clinton was taking Warren under her wing. But for Warren’s most vocal supporters, the self-appointed army raging for economic populism, the tête-à-tête meant just about the opposite. Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, which with Democracy for America launched the project Run Warren Run, sounded emboldened. “It’s more evidence that Sen. Warren and progressives are driving the conversation within the Democratic Party,” he said, through a spokesman. “That’s why we’re eager for Elizabeth Warren to run for President, and any candidate would do well to speak to the issues she’s led on — like tackling income inequality, student debt, and taking on the big banks.”

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I Really Didn’t Want To Write About 50 Shades Of Grey

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I Really Didn’t Want To Write About 50 Shades Of Grey

In May of 2012 I wrote a post about 50 Shades of Grey called 50 Shades of Agony. I admit to not finishing the book because, well, I couldn’t stand it. It was, without a doubt, the worst thing I’ve ever read. But I was clear that if the book “worked” for you, then enjoy. That’s the thing about fantasies, they’re personal and usually private.

I haven’t seen the movie, but will probably “hate watch” it once it lands on HBO. There’s simply too much talk for me not to watch it. My curiosity is probably due to the million or so articles written about movie – and I don’t think that number is too far off the mark.

So what prompted me to finally write about 50 Shades of Grey? It began with a post over at Delaware Politics (Yes. I know.) by David Anderson titled: 50 Shades A Failure of Modern Feminism.

50 Shades just brought to light what in form or another is normal behavior for millions. What is more interesting to me is that it tears to shreds the emasculation of relationships by modern feminism. 50 Shades is not what I would call the road map to healthy relationships, yet it is popular to near record levels not scene since (ironically) the Passion of the Christ.

I found intriguing this article by frequent guest author, Jon Moseley. His premise is that 50 Shades are a perversion of the natural yearning of many women for real men. It speaks to the void in our society created in the last 70 years of the attempt to cleanse society of “a man’s strength and leadership”. He contends that it is a perversion of the healthy original filling the void left by remake of society by the left.

That’s quite a leap, and one not based in reality.

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What’s the best restaurant in Delaware?

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What’s the best restaurant in Delaware?

I’m an absolute sucker for click bait like this.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.19.15]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.19.15]

The lovely downtown Bellefonte. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.18.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.18.15]

In his article, “How Democratic Progressives Survived a Landslide: They ran against Wall Street and carried the white working class. The Democrats who shunned populism got clobbered,” Bob Moser echos Jason330 that “mushy moderation has failed to convert many Republicans or Republican-leaning independents, even as it gives Democratic-leaners nothing special to get excited about.”

In short, either embrace your inner progressive, fight for Democratic ideals, or retire.

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Poll Results: Eaby Edges Townsend in LG Race

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Poll Results: Eaby Edges Townsend in LG Race

Well, we had some new visitors at Delaware Liberal last night, and they were here voting for Levy Court Commissioner Brad Eaby, who is so far the only announced candidate for Lt. Governor. It was an small thing in the grand scheme of things, but it is impressive that Eaby has his supporters out talking […]

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Game of Thrones, Episode Four: A Short Challenge?

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Game of Thrones, Episode Four:  A Short Challenge?

I know Representative Bryon Short wants to run for higher office. He told us so back in December, and then his focus was on the office of Insurance Commissioner:

State Rep. Bryon Short (D-Highland Woods) today told Delaware Liberal that he is considering a run for State Insurance Commissioner.

While he has not made a decision on the race, he told me that it’s important that the IC’s office does an effective job of ‘setting the marketplace’ to ensure competition and consumer choices, and to ‘effectively address the concerns and problems facing consumers’. He also said that the work of the office ‘is very important, but unfortunately people aren’t made aware as to just how important it is, and how it impacts them’.

Short has attended the last two NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) meetings in order to extend his knowledge for both his House committee work and to possibly prepare for a statewide run.

In his capacity as chair of the House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee, Short has been particularly active in addressing problems with Delaware’s Workmen’s Comp laws.

Since then, he has expanded his scope beyond the Insurance Commissioner’s office to that of Congress or Lt. Governor. Such an expansion of focus most likely is the result being threatened by higher up party powers-that-be to lay off Karen Weldin Stewart, the incumbent Insurance Commissioner and luckiest office holder in the mid-Atlantic. To which I say, fuck them, Bryon. Run anyway!

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Guess Who Pocketed ALL Of Delaware’s Income Growth During the Recovery?

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Guess Who Pocketed ALL Of Delaware’s Income Growth During the Recovery?

Inexplicably buried at the bottom of page A-3 of the News-Journal’s dead tree edition is one of the most important stories of the year. This Jonathan Starkey story tells us the following:

Delaware’s wealthiest residents hoarded all of the income gains as the state recovered from the recession, according to a study from the Economic Policy Institute that provided yet more evidence of an imbalanced economic recovery.

From 2009 to 2012, the top 1 percent of Delaware earners saw income growth of 15 percent.

The bottom 99 percent? Their incomes fell 1.6 percent. The study was based on Internal Revenue Service data of adjusted gross income.

Got that? Yet Jack Markell opposes a decent living wage and opposes restoring progressivity to the tax code. The policies he put into effect during the so-called ‘recovery’ led to more, not less, inequity in income growth. Actually, you can’t call it income growth for the 99% who saw their income shrink by 1.6%. This is obscene.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.18.15]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.18.15]

The Wilmington skyline, from Brandywine Mills Park in the Brandywine Village neighborhood. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Calling all gluttons for punishment…

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Calling all gluttons for punishment…

Join Carney’s tele-town hall….if you think you have the guts. Seven questions will get through screening. Two will be from people thanking Congressman Carney for what a great job he is doing. Three will be from people who are equally worried about the budget deficit and their taxes being raised. One will be from someone […]

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Game of Thrones, Episode Three: The Understudies for the Role of Understudy

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Game of Thrones, Episode Three: The Understudies for the Role of Understudy

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right, New Castle County Council President Chris Bullock (D), 2014 Democratic Treasurer Nominee Sean Barney (D), Senator Brian Pettyjohn (R-19th SD), former Sussex County Register of Wills Greg Fuller, Sr. (D), Senator Bryan Townsend (D-11th SD), Senator Bethany Hall Long (D-10th SD), Senator Ernesto Lopez (R-6th SD); Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Brad Eady (D), Senator Gerald Hocker (R-20th SD), Senator Nicole Poore (D-12th SD), Representative Quinn Johnson (D-8th RD), and Representative Jeff Spiegelman (R-11th RD).

The office of Lt. Governor is so unimportant, with no imperative and necessary duties assigned to it, that it can, and will, remain vacant until January 20, 2017. When former Lt. Governor Matt Denn resigned to be sworn in as Attorney General, there was some talk about passing a new law to address the vacancy (to allow the Governor to appoint a replacement or to allow a special election), but that talk has died down, and the likely scenario is that Secretary of State Jeff Bullock will remain next in line to the Governorship until one of the people above is sworn in.

Yet, this office is a platform is for future ambition. You don’t run for Lt. Governor so you can just preside over the Senate and cast tie breaking votes. You run to advance issues and make a name for yourself, usually for a future race for Governor.

Come inside to find out whom I think is running.

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Joe Biden getting creepy

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Joe Biden getting creepy

Hands off Joe. We don’t touch women like this in 2015.

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Three-Peat Joe?

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Three-Peat Joe?

Imagine Joe Biden becoming Vice President for Life? Okay, not for life, but how about a third term?

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Dems part with “Senator for Life” Tom Carper on Social Security benefit cuts

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Dems part with “Senator for Life” Tom Carper on Social Security benefit cuts

While Tom Carper favors cutting social security benefits, (because jobs…(?)) he probably will not bother opposing this common sense proposal to eliminate the cap on taxable social security income. It isn’t going anywhere in a GOP controlled congress, so Carper can sit back and let Mitch McConnell do his dirty work.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [2.17.15]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [2.17.15]

Daugherty Hall, on Main Street in Newark, or as normal people call it, the First Presbyterian Church. The Church was built in 1871. UD bought the specific-Church-looking building in 1967 when the congregation moved into Newark’s suburbs, for use as a study center and dining facility. I just find it out whenever Churches are used […]

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President’s Day Open Thread [2.16.16]

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President’s Day Open Thread [2.16.16]

The conservative Wall Street Journal is less than pleased with the GOP Majority in Congress:

Republicans in Congress are off to a less than flying start after a month in power, dividing their own conference more than Democrats. Take the response to President Obama ’s immigration order, which seems headed for failure if not a more spectacular crack-up…

If Homeland Security funding lapses on Feb. 27, the agency will be pushed into a partial shutdown even as the terrorist threat is at the forefront of public attention with the Charlie Hebdo and Islamic State murders. Imagine if the Transportation Security Administration, a unit of DHS, fails to intercept an Islamic State agent en route to Detroit.

So Republicans are facing what is likely to be another embarrassing political retreat and more intra-party recriminations. The GOP’s restrictionist wing will blame the leadership for a failure they share responsibility for, and the rest of America will wonder anew about the gang that couldn’t shoot straight… It’s not too soon to say that the fate of the GOP majority is on the line…This is no way to run a Congressional majority, and the only winners of GOP dysfunction will be Mr. Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

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Democrats deserve to lose every election from now on

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Democrats deserve to lose every election from now on

This could be anywhere in the United States of No Tax Increases Ever for any Reason. It happens to be from from Detroit via former Delawarean Chad Livengood.

Detroit — There’s a statewide election less than 80 days away on a plan to boost funding for roads, schools and municipalities, but you wouldn’t have known it at the Michigan Democratic Party’s state convention over the weekend.

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Dem Primary for Congress: Townsend Vanquishes All

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Dem Primary for Congress: Townsend Vanquishes All

Bryan Townsend is the run-away preferred choice of Delaware Liberal readers to be the next Congressman from Delaware should John Carney seek the Governorship. Drew Fennell came in a strong second. I still prefer Bryan seek state statewide office, but the voters cannot be denied. We will be resuming the Game of Thrones tomorrow with […]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [2.16.16]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [2.16.16]

Sunset on Broadkill Beach, by Katie Yaeger Rotramel on Flickr.

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