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Wednesday Open Thread [11.19.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [11.19.14]

From Politico:

“Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding showdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama’s expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster. Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and their top aides and deputies are mulling several options that would give Capitol Hill Republicans the opportunity to vent their frustration with what they view as an unconstitutional power grab by the White House — without jeopardizing the government financing bill.”

These people sound like insane sociopaths. A need to vent? Really? Jonathan Chait: “That a shutdown gives Republicans any actual leverage, as opposed to imagined leverage, is another right-wing fantasy. It is now fairly well-established that the sole impact of a government shutdown is to make the public hate the party that controls Congress. The gun the conservatives are holding is pointed at their own head.”

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Americans now defer to Republicans over Democrats on the economy – Tom Carper is a total disaster

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Americans now defer to Republicans over Democrats on the economy – Tom Carper is a total disaster

I know it seems like I’m harping on Tom Carper’s unholy sucki-tude, but when Democratic economic polices LOSE OUT to Republican policies that have done nothing but fail for the past twenty years, you have to realize that Democratic turncoats and traitors to the middle class like Tom Carper are having a pretty big impact.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [11.19.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [11.19.14]

Houses on Green Street in Middletown. I don’t usually post pictures of random un-famous houses, but I loved the color of the tree. Does anyone else think that the fall colors this year have been especially … .well… colorful and longlasting. Prior years recently the peak color was short and sweet with more brown and […]

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Tom Carper Supports GOP Protest Over Executive Action on Immigration

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Tom Carper Supports GOP Protest Over Executive Action on Immigration

I should never be surprised. I should just assume that Carper agrees with the Republicans on any given issue. And yet, he continues to surprise me.

(Tom Carper), said Obama should wait until next year.

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UPDATED: “Coons still a no”

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UPDATED: “Coons still a no”

This from Reuters:

Senate staffers pressured Democrats including Chris Coons of Delaware to reverse their opposition to the pipeline. But Coons had used a similar line to King’s in saying Congress should not issue permits when he said last week he would vote no. “He’s still a no,” a Coons aide said Tuesday afternoon.

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Who ‘Killed’ Sean Matthews?

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Who ‘Killed’ Sean Matthews?

No, this is not one of those comic book ‘dream’ issues. Somebody ‘killed’ Sean Matthews. And apparently 200 or more of his supporters.

The ‘deceased’ did not know of their demise until someone from the Democratic Party caught wind of the massive tragedy.  And subsequently raised them from the dead.

Here’s the unbelievable story: Both Sean Matthews and Dennis E. Williams had access to the Democratic Party Voter File…until the 10th R. D. officially endorsed Dennis Williams. At that point, only the endorsed candidate had access to the file.  Until after the primary, that is.  You will recall that Matthews defeated the incumbent D Williams.  Which meant that, as of September 10, Matthews was able to access the file.

Only, something had happened in the interim. Someone had gone into the Voter File and marked over 200 voters as ‘deceased’, including Sean Matthews. Only the Williams people had access to the file, and someone or some someones had to actively go in and change the status of these voters to deceased.  It wasn’t the Party. They were the ones who spotted the mischief-making and alerted Matthews right away. BTW, virtually none of the alleged deceased were in fact deceased, if any.

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Carper Changes His Reason For Voting in Favor of Keystone in the 11th Hour

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Carper Changes His Reason For Voting in Favor of Keystone in the 11th Hour

Because his prior pretext (that this show of bipartisanship will usher in a golden age of bipartisan peace and prosperity) was patently ludicrous and every bit of it was a cynical lie, Carper has updated his reason for voting in favor of the environment catastrophe known as the Keystone pipeline.

Now he says he is voting for this flaming peice of toxic shit because Mary Landreiu begged him to.

“Senator Landrieu has been cajoling, pleading with her colleagues—mostly Democrats—to provide an up or down vote on this,” Carper said in a recent interview with Bloomberg Politics. “I think the time has come.”

That’s some fucking bullshit.

As late as yesterday, we was still trying to slide by on the cynical lie that Republicans would “reciprocate” and a golden age of bipartisan work on climate change would commence.

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“Concerned Neighbors Of Cooke Elementary School” VS The Red Clay School Board

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“Concerned Neighbors Of Cooke Elementary School” VS The Red Clay School Board

I plan on attending the RCCD school board meeting tomorrow night (7pm at Brandywine Springs Elementary School).  This is going to be interesting, mainly because the Concerned Neighbors of Cooke Elementary School’s stated concerns regarding the addition of Lancaster Court Apartments to Cooke’s feeder don’t hold water – they also keep changing.  If you haven’t […]

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Should Atlantic City trust Chris Christie?

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“Chris Christie Atlantic City cartoon TornoeA funny thing happened while Chris Christie was galavanting around the country securing support for his inevitable Presidential run – Atlantic City imploded.

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Tuesday Open Thread [11.18.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [11.18.14]

David Roberts, a writer for Grist, has succinctly encapsulates what has been and is wrong with our politics over the last thirty years. And to be clear, it is something that is wrong with our current brand of post-modern conservatives, and not something that is wrong with anyone else.

You must read them all….

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From the Department of Obvious Findings: More Guns = More Crime

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From the Department of Obvious Findings: More Guns = More Crime

Contrary to gun-nut dogma, “right-to-carry” laws don’t reduce crime. They increase it.

“The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates” of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder, Donohue said in an interview with the Stanford Report. The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with an 8 percent increase in the incidence of aggravated assault, according to Donohue. He says this number is likely a floor, and that some statistical methods show an increase of 33 percent in aggravated assaults involving a firearm after the passage of right-to-carry laws.

Makes sense. Guns make the weak feel strong.

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State Of Emergency Declared – Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Coming Soon

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State Of Emergency Declared – Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Coming Soon

Via TPM: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency Monday, preempting a grand jury decision in the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown that is expected to be delivered any day. The order establishes that the St. Louis County police will be in charge of law enforcement in Ferguson in response to any […]

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If you want to “debate” the “question” of man made climate change, this is not the web site you are looking for

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If you want to “debate” the “question” of man made climate change, this is not the web site you are looking for

Program Note: There is no serious “debate” about that facts of man made climate change. If you want to discuss that “question” you are either getting paid to do so, or are an idiot. Bottom line – Take it elsewhere.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [11.18.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [11.18.14]

The Brandywine River. From xzmattzx on Flickr.

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Delaware Sierra Club Protest Pic

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Delaware Sierra Club Protest Pic

If Tom Carper votes for this monstrosity tomorrow it should be tantamount to political suicide. I won’t be, but in rational world, it would be. (picture via Facebook)

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Monday Open Thread [11.17.14]

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Democrats: Look What Two Parties By And For The Rich Got Us.

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Democrats: Look What Two Parties By And For The Rich Got Us.

Hey DNC and State Party Chairs: Look at our reality. We’ve got the Presidency for two more years; the Repugnant party has both houses and the Supreme Court. What’s more, they’ve got 68 out of 98 partisan state legislatures and 31 governorships. We, the party “of the people” came up just a bit short but your reaction seems just a bit muted given these dire circumstances.

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Jobs For Delaware Graduates = Jobs For Political Hacks

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Jobs For Delaware Graduates = Jobs For Political Hacks

Does anybody here remember the inception of Jobs For Delaware Graduates?

I do. Pete duPont created this repository for some of his less-qualified lackeys back in 1978. It was basically modeled after other Federal jobs programs, but with the bar set so low that it could claim success even when said success was dubious at best, and would never have been accepted under federal requirements:

It was designed in 1978 by five working groups in Delaware, drawn from business, educational, workforce, labor union, and community leadership. The purpose of the organization was to address simultaneously with Delaware’s unemployment rate and the dropout rate (?).

So, you’re saying to yourself, well, Steve, this is all well and good, but, so far your headline is false advertising.

Ladeez & Gentlemen, meet the new President of Jobs For Delaware Graduates…STATE SENATOR NICOLE POORE. major conflict: Didja know that this ostensibly ‘private non-profit’ gets about $1.4 million annually from the Grant-In-Aid bill? Taxpayer money appropriated by the same General Assembly to which Sen. Poore belongs? And now she’s drawing a salary from them. From the same $1.4 million?

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“Carper, meanwhile, is a fake.”

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“Carper, meanwhile, is a fake.”

Carper’s perplexing support for the Keystone Pipeline (because it will “clear the decks” and usher in an era of bipartisan peace and prosperity) is helping people understand what a D-bag Tom Carper is. Bill McKibben writing for Salon is the latest to call our Carper for his self-satisfied and vacuous praise of the climate agreement with China, and his outright assholery for saying that the climate deal with China is so awesome that it will “outweigh” the ecological catastrophe that is the Keystone pipeline.

I don’t have any great hope that the Democrats will be able to replace Carper, but his astonishingly tone-deaf and horrible representation of Delaware in the Senate is leading me to the belief that a non-Teabag Republican would be an upgrade. A non-Teabag Republican siding with the GOP on this would only be hurting the country. Tom Carper hurts the country by supporting the equivalent of 400 new coal burning power stations. But he is also doing long term and permanent damage to the Democratic Party.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [11.17.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [11.17.14]

Walking across The Green at the University of Delaware in Newark. From xzmattzx on Flickr.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [11.16.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [11.16.14]

Stone walls in Brandywine Creek State Park in Chateau Country. The walls were built in the late 19th century by Italian masons for Henry duPont, who used them to surround his massive estate. From xzmattzx from Flickr.

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday News Round Up

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Saturday News Round Up

It is the second Saturday after the country voted for baby Jesus, and lower taxes and so Republicans are already planning to flex their mandate and shut down the government. They say the shut down will be over the President’s claim that he is going to stop deporting so many browns. That’s the plan.

If the President trips them up by continuing to deport browns at the current rate, they’ll figure something out. Of course shutting down the government isn’t the first choice for the few remaining Republicans who still have a loose grip on reality. They’d prefer a lawsuit because threatening a lawsuit is pretty manly business that always gets results.

Tom Carper said that he’d vote with those same Republicans to overturn a Presidential veto because overriding a Presidential veto will usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity. It will also show the GOP once and for all that when Tom Carper says bipartisanship – BY GOD he means BIPARTI-FUCKING-SHIP.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [11.15.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [11.15.14]

The rolling hills of Ashland, from Ashland Clinton School Road. From xzmattzx on Flickr.

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Schwartzkopf blames Christopher for Dems losses (except not really)

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Schwartzkopf blames Christopher for Dems losses (except not really)

Poor Chris Flood trying to make sense out of Schwartzkopf post election analysis.

“He said because of the race for county sheriff, the turnout in Sussex County was somewhat different than in Kent and New Castle counties.

Republicans pushed hard to get out the vote because they didn’t want to see Jeff Christopher re-elected, said Schwartzkopf, and as a result some people who wouldn’t have voted otherwise ended up voting straight down party lines.

Schwartzkopf said he doesn’t necessarily think the outcome of the races would have been any different, but the percentages would have been closer.

Republicans had a good day, he said. It’s like a sports competition, he added, and the GOP had a better outcome.”

Yep. Just like a sports competition. The kind of competitions where one team has motivated players, strategies, coaching and leadership and the other doesn’t. It was just like that.

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