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FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

Filed in National by on January 18, 2018 1 Comment
FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

If the Mueller probe also takes down that bloodthirsty traitor, Wayne LaPierre, what a bonus.

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 18, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 18, 2018 0 Comments

Shoulda known that, once I took that detour to Muscle Shoals, I’d want to spend some more musical time there.  The Swampers ( Barry Beckett, keys; Roger Hawkins, drums; David Hood, bass; and Jimmy Johnson, guitar) could make anything sound soulful.  Real soulful. Like this:  

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Open Thread Jan. 17: No Tacos For You!

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on January 17, 2018 29 Comments

The folks who run the city of Dover have made a successful stand against the 21st century, killing plans to allow food trucks to park on downtown streets at lunchtime. Because nothing works to attract customers like the phrase, “You have no other choice.” From the Self-Fulfilling Prophecies file, psychiatrists had to cancel a panel […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 17, 2018 6 Comments

That was a pretty good day–bail reform passed and was sent to the Governor. And Earl Jaques’ Impenetrable Fortresses bill proved not to be bullet-proof. Off the Agenda, back on the Ready List. Perhaps because it has a Fiscal Note? So, I went to scope out the Fiscal Note.  Fiscal projections are the same for […]

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Anyone running against Ken Simpler?

Filed in National by on January 17, 2018 24 Comments
Anyone running against Ken Simpler?

He seems very beatable. While he is the DEGOP’s golden child, he is a Republican and as I mentioned below, I don’t think Republicans are going to do very well in November.

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Voters Continue to Oust Republicans Whenever Presented the Opportunity

Filed in National by on January 17, 2018 14 Comments
Voters Continue to Oust Republicans Whenever Presented the Opportunity

Voters have three words for the radicalized, Trumpified GOP. Those words are: FUCK, THIS, & SHIT.

Wisconsin Dems Flip GOP Held State Senate Seat

In an upset victory, Democrats flipped a reliably Republican state senate seat in Wisconsin tonight. Barack Obama lost Wisconsin’s 10th senate district by 6 points in 2012 and Hillary Clinton lost it by 17 in 2016. But Democrat Patty Schachtner defeated Republican state Rep. Adam Jarchow. Late returns showed Schachtner ahead by roughly 1600 votes out of more than 20,000 cast.

I’m beginning to think that if the Delaware Democrats run against every Republican in every race, they have a good shot at beating every Delaware Republican in every race.

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 17, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 17, 2018 0 Comments

When a perfect song comes into your head, why overthink it? Just put it up on the blog.  Written by Fenton Robinson (His ‘I Hear Some Blues Downstairs’ is a must-own blues album),  otherworldly guitar from Duane Allman, keyboards from Barry Beckett, backed by some of Muscle Shoals’ greatest (The Swampers), Boz Scaggs takes leave […]

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AG Denn Joins Suit To Block Rollback Of Net Neutrality

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 16, 2018 10 Comments

Here is the statement in full from the AG’s office: Attorney General Denn Joins Suit To Stop Rollback of Net Neutrality Coalition of 22 Attorneys General Files Petition for Review, Formally Commencing Lawsuit Attorney General Matt Denn on Tuesday joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal […]

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Open Thread Jan. 16: Would You Rather Live in a Hole or a House?

Filed in National by on January 16, 2018 2 Comments

Turns out the guys who say Trump didn’t say “shithole” really meant that he said “shithouse” instead. Well, that’s much different. Never mind, then. The whole incident proves nothing beyond the fact that the Republican Party is now a cult of personality. Notice how similar this is to the “I/I’d have a good relationship” with […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., Jan. 16, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 16, 2018 15 Comments

Bail Reform is today’s big deal in Dover. Why is it a big deal? Because the ability or inability to make bail for non-violent offenses is often the difference between being able to work and care for a family or sinking into an economic black hole. While a well-heeled drug dealer pays bail and moves […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 16, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 16, 2018 5 Comments

I admit I didn’t follow the Cranberries. However, when we learned yesterday that lead singer Dolores O’Riordan had passed away, I checked ‘em out. Turns out that I was missing out:

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Coons and Carper Join With Republicans to Hasten Another Financial Meltdown

Filed in National by on January 16, 2018 13 Comments
Coons and Carper Join With Republicans to Hasten Another Financial Meltdown

Coons and Carper sure love a good financial crisis. How else can they explain teaming up with the GOP to weaken key reforms enacted by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act? The bill they have co-sponsored is S.2155. This is the take of an actual Democrat (Maxine Waters) on it: Today, Congresswoman […]

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Lies, Liars and the Lying Liars Who Lie About Them Open Thread

Filed in National by on January 15, 2018 2 Comments

As last Thursday recedes into the mists of time, what happened in that infamous immigration meeting gets murkier and murkier. Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue went from not remembering hearing it to being certain they didn’t hear it. Sen Lindsay Graham, credited by Durbin with confronting the tirade, says his memory has not evolved. […]

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E! A! G! L! E! S! EAGLES !!

Filed in National by on January 15, 2018 3 Comments
E! A! G! L! E! S!  EAGLES !!

I’ve noticed that there is a general consensus here that the NFL is dying from multiple self inflicted wounds. While it goes, at least we can enjoy the Eagles underdog run at the Super Bowl… right?

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 15, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 15, 2018 0 Comments

By pure unadulterated coincidence, I just happen to be the producer for the upcoming (and almost sold-out) Tinsley Ellis show at the Arden Gild Hall. His combination of blues, soul and rock have won him awards and plaudits throughout his career.  His new album, ‘Winning Hand’, is a serious guitar album.  Here’s one scorching example: […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 14, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 14, 2018 4 Comments

We all know that, at their height, the Temptations featured two great lead singers–Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. However, on this Smokey Robinson composition/production from 1963, Paul Williams does the honors. Agent Double O Soul loves the groove, and I don’t see how anyone can disagree:  

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Open Thread Jan. 13: Tighty-Whitie Nationalist

Filed in National by on January 13, 2018 17 Comments

I think Donald Trump wasted $130,000 if he really did pay off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a relationship they had, according to the Wall Street Journal. Somebody pointed out on Twitter that bedding a porn star will boost Trump with his base even more than calling African countries shitholes will. Probably […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 13, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 13, 2018 0 Comments

While Van McCoy is perhaps best (or worst) remembered for ‘The Hustle’, he was a prolific producer and songwriter during the sweet soul era.  Agent Double O Soul is particularly partial to the drums on this ‘medium tempo ballad’ by ‘Eddie Kendricks sound-alike Chris Bartley‘:

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Trump certainly has diminished mental capacity

Filed in National by on January 12, 2018 35 Comments
Trump certainly has diminished mental capacity

This interaction with a professional, career intelligence analyst in the Oval Office is fucked up five ways to Sunday. I have no lingering doubt that Trump is unfit to serve and that the United States of America has become a shithole thanks to him.

A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances.

It was her first time meeting the president, and when she was done briefing, he had a question for her.

“Where are you from?” the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange.

New York, she replied.

Trump was unsatisfied and asked again, the officials said. Referring to the president’s hometown, she offered that she, too, was from Manhattan. But that’s not what the president was after.

He wanted to know where “your people” are from, according to the officials, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the nature of the internal discussions.

After the analyst revealed that her parents are Korean, Trump turned to an adviser in the room and seemed to suggest her ethnicity should determine her career path, asking why the “pretty Korean lady” isn’t negotiating with North Korea on his administration’s behalf, the officials said.

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Will the real Joe Biden please shut the fuck up

Filed in National by on January 12, 2018 8 Comments
Will the real Joe Biden please shut the fuck up

Enough already Joe. The grumpy/genial Grandpa act stopped being funny long ago. Exit, stage left.

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Open Thread Jan. 12: Shithole Fallout

Filed in National by on January 12, 2018 20 Comments

Maybe the mind is so shot that Donald Trump truly believes he didn’t call countries full of dark-skinned people “shitholes” yesterday. That’s certainly how he tried to play it today, claiming he has a “wonderful relationship with Haitians.” I’m guessing he employs some at his Florida properties — they work cheap. Sen. Dick Durbin put […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Jan. 5-11, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 12, 2018 10 Comments

1. Well, That’s Quite The AG Race We Have Now. While I’m sure that there were insiders who might have known about this, I don’t know of anybody who was predicting a Kathleen Jennings-LaKresha Roberts Democratic primary even a week ago. And, yes, I think it will be a two-person race.  What longtime political observers […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 12, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 12, 2018 0 Comments

Agent Double O Soul: “The Five Stairsteps aren’t everyone’s cup of meat, but I love their harmonies, especially the way they stagger the backup vocals during the verse on this one”:  

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Leaving the Rails Far Behind

Filed in National by on January 11, 2018 23 Comments
Leaving the Rails Far Behind

The Trump train jumped the tracks today, as an immigration meeting at the White House prompted him to ask the gathered senators, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He was referring to Haiti and Africa. It did not go unnoticed. The Washington Post included the word “shithole” in its […]

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Patrice Gilliam-Johnson: Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 11, 2018 17 Comments

The incumbent Secretary of Labor, who has been acting Secretary Of Labor under John Carney largely b/c one state senator has held up her nomination, has taken a new gig at Delaware State University as Dean of Graduate, Adult And Continuing Studies, according to this WDEL report. While it’s possible that Patrice Gilliam-Johnson would have […]

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