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Open Thread for May 9, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on May 9, 2017

TransPerfect’s Campaign Imperfect. Did any of you see that commercial sponsored by some PAC called something like Pro-Business Delaware? Basically the ad says that, thanks to the Court of Chancery’s decision in the TransPerfect case, a decision necessitated b/c the two key TransPerfect officials just couldn’t get along, Delaware will lose its pre-eminent status for […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 9, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 9, 2017 6 Comments

Tuesday’s Tale of Two Bills: Bringing back the death penalty in the House, and codifying the protections of Roe v. Wade in the Senate. The Extreme Crimes Prevention Act will, of course, prevent no such thing.  But it’s a great opportunity to satisfy the bloodlust of both legislators and Angry White Men as well.  Oh, […]

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Occasional Words from the Resistance

Filed in National by on May 9, 2017 0 Comments

…from the desk of R.E. Vanella.   “Tim, when they good low, we go high…   …yeah, aim for the face.”  — Tim Faust, Chapo Trap House I noticed a lot less traffic here in the last month to six weeks.  My wife and I did some traveling and when we returned I caught a […]

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Carper Announces – He is in for another 6 Years

Filed in National by on May 8, 2017 9 Comments
Carper Announces – He is in for another 6 Years

This is sad. Carper will not be beaten in a primary, and unless he pulls a Bill Roth and passes out while door knocking, he will be inflicting his third-way, corporatist bullshit on us while helping out Trump and the Republicans with bi-partsan cover for another 6 years, according to a “Join the 2017 Carper […]

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Open Thread For May 7, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on May 7, 2017 37 Comments

Will Rehoboth Dump Wastewater Into the Ocean? Maybe Yes, Maybe No.  Check out how Park Slope Kathy plants herself firmly on both side of the fence. ‘I voted for it, but…’. Trump’s Solution to Opioid Crisis: Gut the Drug Czar’s Office.  Some things I just cannot make up. At What Point Will Someone Do Something […]

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After screwing around, Dover picks police chief

Filed in National by on May 5, 2017 9 Comments

Via Delaware State News- DOVER — In a historic hiring, Deputy Chief Maj. Marvin Mailey was selected as the city’s first African-American police chief by unanimous vote on Thursday. All eight city council members approved of Mayor Robin R. Christiansen’s recommendation to become Dover’s 14th police chief. Chief Mailey, 50, topped a list of 34 […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: April, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on May 5, 2017 0 Comments

Stuff that broke through the white noise for me this month: Best Robyn Hitchcock song I’ve heard in years: Philly’s indy scene is amazing.  Love this song by Palm, a band I’d never heard of until last week.  Math rock meets Gentle Giant:

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Open Thread For May 5, 2017

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24 Vulnerable Rethugs Who Voted to Kill Obamacare. Take names. Make donations. Anti-Vaxers Cause Measles Outbreak.  Anti-science triumphs again. Internet Company Gives Hate Groups Names of Those Who Protest Them.  It’s one thing to house websites of hate groups.  It’s quite another to give them the names of those who write to protest them.  But […]

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The reality of what the GOP voted for

Filed in National by on May 4, 2017 8 Comments
The reality of what the GOP voted for

…doesn’t matter. The house Republicans could have voted for everyone in the country to get a service monkey. Who knows? Nobody has read the bill, but reality doesn’t matter. The bill hasn’t passed the Senate. That only matters to egg-heads and losers. Speaking of losers, people will lose their insurance and probably die, but before […]

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Delaware House Rushes to Restore Death Penalty

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 4, 2017 16 Comments

Forget about a Post-Game/Pre-Game today. The only important story is that the Delaware House of Representatives, led by ex-cop Pete Schwartzkopf, will vote on restoring Delaware’s death penalty today.  It will almost certainly pass. You will recall that it was Schwartzkopf who delayed a vote on death penalty repeal for months before his police pals […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., May 3, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 3, 2017 4 Comments

When it comes to legislators being courageous vs. fear of being demagogued, fear wins every time.  Which is why HB 122 (Smyk) unanimously, unanimously, passed the House yesterday.  Just use your critical thinking skills and parse every syllable of its synopsis: This bill provides greater protection to correctional officers and other state employees who are […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 2, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 2, 2017 7 Comments

First, a wrap-up of last week’s highlights: *The second leg of a constitutional amendment requiring expenditures from the Transportation Trust Fund to be limited to transportation infrastructure-related expenses passed the Senate. One Not Voting: Sen. McDowell.  Bill now goes to the House. *Sen. McDowell introduced legislation barring the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ in Delaware. *Here’s […]

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Open Thread for May 2, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on May 2, 2017 10 Comments

The Real Reason Why Hillary Lost.  Spoiler Alert: It’s exactly what we thought: Indeed, the voters who flipped from Obama to Trump in just four years have amassed 70 percent of the reason why Clinton lost the election.  (In other words, it wasn’t just racism.)  The real reason?: Clinton lost was unable to persuade working […]

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John Carney’s First 100 Days

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 1, 2017 13 Comments

Yes, he thinks he accomplished some stuff. Or at least his press secretary thought that they needed to release a list of his so-called accomplishments. Really, they did.  Here is the result: Governor Carney’s First 100 Days WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor Carney released the following statement on his first 100 days in office: “During my […]

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What Do Charlie Copeland and Mike Harrington Have In Common?

Filed in Delaware by on May 1, 2017 12 Comments

Glad you asked.  Both have held the title of Republican State Chairman. Both are former legislators. Here’s the thing, though.  While Copeland’s short and relatively recent legislative reign ended when he chose to pursue…well, whatever he chose to pursue, Dissolute Recrimination and the like, Mike Harrington lost his reelection bid by 23 votes…back in 1982.  […]

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100 Days of Trump: An Alternate Perspective

Filed in National by on April 30, 2017 4 Comments
100 Days of Trump: An Alternate Perspective

This week, I found myself, as I occasionally do, wandering Reno, Nevada. Reno is an odd little city, rank with the cigarette-infused sweat of benighted men and women gambling away their days, yet with development going on all over that is veering the town away from solely being Las Vegas’s trashy sister. It is a mongrel town, fitting for this mongrel age we are enduring.

At a giant warehouse filled with artists and craftspeople (“makers,” as we call them now), where metallurgists and carvers make giant sculptures meant for Burning Man, I met a young man in a wheelchair, almost quadriplegic – he had some small use of one hand, who painted portraits and landscapes with a brush affixed to a contraption he wore on his head, like a multi-hued unicorn’s horn. They were delicate, small pieces, slightly askew in perspective but precise enough to be stunningly accurate, even if you weren’t considering the artist and considering his technique.

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Happy “Go Punch a Jew Day”

Filed in National by on April 29, 2017 17 Comments
Happy “Go Punch a Jew Day”

This Un-American craziness speaks for itself. President Donald Trump on Friday proclaimed May 1 as ‘Loyalty Day’ as a way to “recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles” upon which America was built and express pride in those ideals, according to a release of the proclamation from the White House. “The United States stands […]

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Middletown’s Chris Godwin Picked By Tampa Bay Bucs

Filed in National by on April 29, 2017 2 Comments
Middletown’s Chris Godwin Picked By Tampa Bay Bucs

Godwin, a great kid, was a thrill to watch for four years at Middletown. He graduated as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country. During his senior season he caught 18 touchdown passes, ran for three touchdowns and returned four kicks for scores. Tampa Bay picked him in the 3rd round of […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 25, 2017 8 Comments

Back from its  latest vacation,  the General Assembly may, or may not, tackle the big issues before its next, and final break (Memorial Day) before the end of session.  I HAVE to think that we will see some revenue-generating initiatives from the D’s being considered.  I would love to see if the House, at least, could pass […]

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Delaware’s stupid, no-good, unfair tax code

Filed in Delaware by on April 24, 2017 22 Comments

John Carney is right to want to spread the pain of Delaware’s massive budget around. But he could do more if he actually wanted to fix the state’s terrible tax code.

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Democrats cruisin’ for another bruisin’

Filed in National by on April 24, 2017 13 Comments

A lot of talk about the old Dem circular firing squad forming up. Good times. Here is what professional DC Democrats and Clintonites, and frauds like John Carney still don’t get. No progressive (or “Bernie Bro” if you want to try and be disparaging) is going to be scolded back into the Democratic Party as […]

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Carney’s “Shared Sacrifice” is a transparent sham

Filed in National by on April 23, 2017 8 Comments
Carney’s “Shared Sacrifice” is a transparent sham

Delaware United breaks down the utter fraudulence of Carney’s claims that any “sacrifice” in his proposes budget is going to be “shared”. . Our Governor is proposing a budget that is a matter of, and I quote, “shared sacrifice.” He says that to deal with our $395 million state deficit, we all must sacrifice more […]

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Is someone paying off Lumpy Carson?

Filed in National by on April 23, 2017 4 Comments
Is someone paying off Lumpy Carson?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like Carson’s HB115 and 116 are entirely about bailing out a dying business that isn’t even in his district. Nobody (other than Carson, Ennis, Bushweller, Lawson, Bennett, Outten, Spiegelman and Yearick) wants to invest in retail right now. But they want to invest your tax money so […]

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April 21, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 21, 2017 4 Comments

Another Shuttered Golf Course, More NIMBY.  I’ve been around so long that I know both sides’ arguments by heart. Wilmington Riverfront Part Deux?:  I’m pretty encouraged by this–as long as it doesn’t lead to further gentrification, which it could well do. Trump Stumps for Le Pen: I worry that he could be right. So Does […]

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April 20, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 20, 2017 14 Comments

Bill-o Gone-o: An In-Depth Analysis from the Atlantic.  BTW, kids, and think this through.  Isn’t replacing Sean Spicer with Bill O’Reilly the ultimate Trumpian move? I think it’s gonna happen. Whaddayathink? Carney’s Marijuana Forum.  Reading between the lines, I think Carney is doing this just for show.  Prove me wrong, John. Exxon Seeks Waiver for […]

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