It’s that time of year again! Time to nominate those who were Most Valuable to the Progressive Cause in Delaware in 2015. Here is the main rule: You must submit your rationale along with your nomination. The nominee doesn’t even have to be a progressive, Christine O’Donnell won one year for the sh*tstorm she unleashed on the Rethuglican Party.
In the last two years, the winners ended up coming from your nominations. While I have a few names, including a tentative #1, your suggestions will, to a large extent, determine the names on the list.
Nominations close on Friday, December 11, with the list being published sometime around Christmas.
Have at it!
Donald Trump “was repeatedly asked to explain the difference between requiring Muslims to enter their information into a database and making Jewish people register in Nazi Germany,” MSNBC reports.
He responded four times by saying, “You tell me.”
Alright, Herr Trump, I’ll tell you. There is no difference.
I presume Marco Rubio means to close down places like the Westboro Baptist Church, Redstate.com and the NRA with his plans to close down places where “radicals are begin inspired.”
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Asked Rubio about Trump’s statement that the U.S. may need to close mosques.
“Well I think we need to target radicalism — a lot of it is actually happening online, not simply in mosques,” Rubio said in response. “The vast majority of mosques in America are not…”
“But the mosque piece of it is the controversial piece, so where do you stand on that?” Kelly jumped in to ask.
“Well, I think it’s not about closing down mosques. It’s about closing down any place, whether it’s a cafe, a diner, an internet site, any place where radicals are being inspired,” the senator said.
I don’t know who John Carney was trying to impress with his vote to give the GOP a veto proof majority. It seems to have filled Charlie Copeland with contempt. Newark, DE — The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party, Charlie Copeland, released the following statement this morning in reaction to Congressman John Carney’s vote […]
Joe Biden: “The only way terror wins is if they cause you to change your values.”
John Carney: “Fuck that, It’s pants pissing time!!!”
Vote in the poll and mention ideas below. Here are mine:
Bethany Hall Long (already running for Lt. Governor, perhaps she can be convinced to remove the Lt.)
Bryan Townsend (yeah, he is already running for Congress, but perhaps he is more valuable in Dover?)
He just disqualified himself from future political office with his vote today. He must be defeated at all costs in the coming Democratic Primary. Too bad there are no Democrats willing to step up and challenge him at the moment.
When I took the oath of office, I swore to do everything I could to protect the citizens of this state from harm. There is nothing more important to me than ensuring that we are safe and can gather in our public places without fear of mass, indiscriminate violence. The nightmare scenario — the one that keeps me up at night — is the one where some individual could easily and legally obtain a firearm and use that firearm to kill innocent American citizens and also that the individual doing the killing is Syrian.
That’s why, as long as I’m your governor, I vow to do everything in my power to prevent Syrians from shooting you while you are at the mall.
Donald Trump told Yahoo News that he would increase surveillance of Muslims and consider a series of drastic measures to keep Americans safe.
Said Trump: “We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule. And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
He wouldn’t rule out requiring Muslims to carry a form of special identification: “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”
Donald Trump. An Actual Nazi.
What a f*cking profile in courage we have running for Governor.
Congressman John Carney, D-Delaware, believes the U.S. should suspend the intake of military-aged single men fleeing war-torn Syria, but keep allowing women, children and families into the country as federal officials review the vetting process that sees refugees placed across the nation.
Combat-aged single men not attached to families make up about 2 percent of the almost 1,800 refugees admitted into the country, according to the U.S. State Department. But it is those 2 percent who Carney said on Wednesday he’s most concerned with following a terrorist attack on Paris that killed at least 129 people on Friday.
I’m dating myself, but this is so Mike Castle. Trying to be on both sides of something and coming off looking like a bowl of chicken broth.
Often times when discussing education in Delaware, the conversation quickly turns to funding and resources which evokes a bristly response from residents and tax payers. We spend a LOT of money on our schools yet stories like the one Diane Ravitch shares here are every day occurrences up and down Delaware and all across the country.
I have seen some liberals say that they are worried about the refugee situation and the Paris Attacks and about how the media is creating a narrative where, naturally, liberals will lose and the nation will march to war again. And because of that, they say, we should preemptively capitulate and give into the narrative. Kevin Drum is an example. I have a couple more in my Facebook feed.
That is what I did in 2002. I was one of those bedwetting liberals who went along to get along in 2002. I will not do it again. I, and we, have learned our lesson. Booman tells us what we must do:
I know damn well that the Republicans have the winning political argument when they say that they’ll protect the country at all costs, even down to denying three year-old orphans a sanctuary, [and] that they’re going to do even better if they can keep that pulse [of America] raised to just short of panic-level.
So, what’s the counter to that? Do we agree with them? Do we also try to make people more afraid?
The problem is that we disagree substantively, not politically. And if we’re compelled to take the losing political argument because it’s the right thing to do, then we should at least point out that our opponents are bedwetters who become incontinent every time they think of a Muslim terrorist- even when that Muslim terrorist is shackled in Guantanamo and being fed orange-glazed chicken, rice pilaf and two kinds of fruit.
Frankly, it’s not mockery that I am going for, but shame. I want to shame grown men into being embarrassed to admit that they pee themselves in fear. If nothing else, it keeps me sane when I’m surrounded by the worst kind of charlatans and demagogues.
Exactly right. I will not stop mocking them. I will not stop shaming them. I will call them cowards. Bedwetters. Even traitors. And if we lose the political battle, so be it. But at least this time I keep my integrity. And I am not entirely sure we will lose that political battle. A new poll out of New Hampshire shows only 38% of GOP voters support sending new troops to Syria or the Middle East. Maybe, finally, people have discovered their memories.
It is about freaking time someone dropped.
Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal suspended his bid for the presidency Tuesday night.
“It’s been a great honor for me to run for President of the United States. To put it in perspective, my parents came to this country 45 years ago. They came here for freedom and opportunity,” Jindal said on Fox News. “I don’t think in a million years they would have ever imagined that I would be governor or one day I would be running for President of the United States.
Infact Jindal’s parents were right, because let’s face it – Bobby was never really running for President, was he?
Here are the revised standings:
Newton: Paul (250), Rubio (245),Carson (223), Santorum (187) | 905
Jason330: Huckabee (222), Christie (141), Cruz (266),Carson (223) | 852
Pandora: Walker (70), Paul (250), Rubio (245), Santorum(187) | 752
Del Dem: Bush (160), Christie (141), Huckabee (222), Graham (174)| 697
AQC: Jindal (151), Bush (160), Fiorina (223), Ehrlich (0) | 534
Prop Joe: Cruz (266), Jindahl (151), Walker (70), Perry (102) | 589
Here are the Candidates with points:
Cruz – 266 points (March 23rd)
Paul – 250 points (April 7th)
Rubio – 245 points (April 13)
Carson – 223 points (May 4th)
Fiorina – 223 points (May 4th)
Huckbee – 222 points (May 5th)
Santorum – 187 points (May27th)
Graham – 174 Points (June 1)
Christie – 141 points (June 30th)
Bush – 160 points (June 15th)
Jindahl – 151 points (June 24th-Nov 17)
Perry – 102 point (June 4th- Sept 12th)
Walker – 70 points(July 13th-Sept 21)
Ehrlich (never) 0 points
A reader has contacted us with a question about whether former State Senator and Senate President Pro Tem Thurman Adams ever considered or launched a congressional campaign, because he found a button recently saying “Adams for Congress.”
I think I vaguely recall seeing an Adams for Congress button at one point, on the Internet somewhere. But I told our reader that it was most likely from a Return Day celebration in Georgetown, since candidates and official holders “test the waters,” either seriously or as a joke, in “announcing” campaigns for higher office by having supporters wear buttons during the parade and celebration. For example, in 2008, Carney supporters were wearing buttons saying Carney for Congress. So it could be that Thurman Adams did the same thing, as a joke or seriously.
But I will ask you all, the vast hive mind of Delaware political knowledge: did Thurman Adams ever try to run for Congress?
Once again, you can always count on the GOP to overreact to the extreme, so much so that their overreaction becomes the story rather than the original concern over national security and terrorism. Their cowardice and bedwetting when it comes to the Syrian refugees is but our latest example. You take an issue where, historically yet bizarrely, Republicans do better than Democrats, and you have a terrorist attack that highlights that issue. And instead of pressing the advantage, Republicans have decided to let their bigotry rule the day, and turn the issue of terrorism and national security into just another immigration issue where one can sound xenophoic as they want. It really is amazing to watch. Seriously, if you are a registered Republican at this very moment, you are a confirmed cowardly bigot. And you have allowed your bigotry to overrule your sense of political strategy.
And given that ISIS wants us to reject the Syrian refugees, you are also a traitor, since you are aiding the enemy.
The last time I saw this much bedwetting I was three years old. A number of Republicans in our state legislature, as well as Republicans in our state, are quite distressed at the potential prospect of our state accepting placement of thoroughly vetted Syrian refugees.
State GOP officials and one gubernatorial candidate, Delaware state Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover, said Markell should follow [the example of certain Republican Governors across the country who also happen to be cowards].
Charlie Copeland, Delaware GOP chairman, said in a letter to Markell that the United States has to protect its borders, and that includes not allowing Syrian refugees into the state or country. Copeland also asked Markell to, “demand that the Obama administration halt all efforts to allow these individuals to cross American borders.” [...]
Bonini, who is running for governor in 2016, said that the state needs to, “hold off until we have a much greater comfort level with the security background checks.”
This, despite the fact that French and Belgium citizens were the ones responsible for the Paris Attacks, not Syrian refugees. So in addition to being betwetting cowards, Mr. Copeland, Mr. Bonini, and any Republican who agrees with them are also mindbogglingly racist.
I hereby invite Mr. Copeland, Mr. Bonini, and any other coward currently serving in the legislature or identifying as a Republican to accept delivery of case of Depends for Men.
Let me know if you want your bottle of milk warmed up Charlie.
Ten governors have decided they don’t want to accept refugees in their states. Not because they are tending to their own needy and are thus unable provide food, clothing, or shelter for them. Or that their states are strained for space for even their own citizens. But because the refugees are Syrian and some of them might be terrorists. You may have already read their remarks explaining why they steadfastly refuse to help victims of war, but if not I want you to read them all now:
Delaware GOP officials are asking Gov. Jack Markell to block any attempts by the federal government to place Syrian refugees in Delaware,
Pissing his pants as a result of the attacks in Paris, GOP chairman Charlie Copeland said that the United States needs to play into the hands of terrorists, by pushing ISIS resistors into the arms of the terrorists out of fear.
Copeland…asked Markell to, “demand that the Obama administration halt all efforts allow these individuals to cross American borders.”
ISIS, meanwhile, is thrilled with Copeland’s idiotic and short-sighted reaction to the attacks:
ISIS has ratcheted up its propaganda against anyone fleeing the conflict in Iraq and Syria of late — calling those who leave traitors and imploring others to stay and help to build their so-called caliphate. At the same time, it has vowed to make it impossible for Muslims to live peacefully in the West, threatening to destroy what it calls a “gray zone” of coexistence.