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Thursday Open Thread [2.26.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [2.26.15]

The Senate is moving forward on a clean bill funding DHS until September, and though it’s not clear when that vote will happen, we know that House Republican leadership plans, at the very least, to let things go down to the wire. For some House Republicans, after all, a DHS shutdown is not such a big deal.

First Read: “With the Senate easily advancing a ‘clean’ bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, the ball is now in House Speaker Boehner’s court. And the timing couldn’t be more problematic for him: The conservatives assembling at CPAC probably aren’t going to appreciate House Republicans caving in their fight against the Obama administration. It’s déjà vu for Boehner: He’s caught between trying to help his caucus out of tricky situations, and looking over his shoulder for conservatives who want his head on a platter if he caves to Democrats. What we haven’t been able to understand: Why haven’t Boehner and Republicans been able to make their success (so far) in the courts against Obama’s executive action an asset here?”

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Science Takes On A Zombie Outbreak

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Science Takes On A Zombie Outbreak

Given my and DelawareDem’s love of The Walking Dead, I had to post this. This is for you, DD!

A team of Cornell University researchers has determined the best place to hide during a zombie apocalypse.

A graduate statistical mechanics class was inspired by a reading of “World War Z,” a fictional oral history of a zombie war, and decided to explore what might happen in an actual zombie outbreak, reported Phys.org.

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He said most films or books assume that a zombie outbreak would affect all areas at the same time, leaving a small pocket of survivors after a few months.

“But in our attempt to model zombies somewhat realistically, it doesn’t seem like this is how it would actually go down,” Alemi said.

Cities would fall quickly, the researchers found, but it would take weeks or even months for zombies to penetrate less densely populated areas.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.26.15]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.26.15]

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk in black and white, by Bob Mical on Flickr.

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.25.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.25.15]

Nevada State Assemblywoman and Cliven Bundy supporter Michele Fiore (R) said:

If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium cardonate ([sic] through that line and flushing out the fungus. These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.

Who knew that cancer is like athlete’s foot? Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) thinks the throat and stomach are connected to the vagina and uterus. Wrong hole, sir. But there is a sign of hope. In Wyoming, state Rep. Harlan Edmonds (R) was kicked out of a House Labor, Health and Social Services meeting after proposing an amendment to a bill protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination that would make it effective when “hell freezes over,” instead of the date of July 1.

“Many longtime observers said that while some members of the public have been tossed from committees, this was the first time they’d seen a lawmaker removed from a meeting.”

Good for the Republicans in Wyoming for showing a bigot the door.

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Constitutional Absolutists

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Constitutional Absolutists

Only 30% of Republicans oppose making Christianity the national religion. Let that sink in for a second.

The poll found that 57 percent of Republicans “support establishing Christianity as the national religion” while 30 percent are opposed. Another 13 percent said they were not sure.

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Even with Tom Carper, Keystone backers fall short for veto override

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Even with Tom Carper, Keystone backers fall short for veto override

Carper’s office has not yet released a statement, but his ardor for the Keystone tar-sands oil pipeline is well known, making his a target for Republicans seeking to override yesterday’s presidential veto.

Andy yet, there is does not appear to be much upside for Carper if he votes, once again, for this ecological cluster-fuck.

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Yes Red Clay. No Christina. So What’s Next?

Filed in Delaware by on February 25, 2015 34 Comments
Yes Red Clay.  No Christina.   So What’s Next?

Residents in the Red Clay School District approved a measure that would raise taxes .35 cents per $100 of assessed property value over three years to cover increased operating expenses in their budget and provide for improvements in technology, curriculum and student services (the actual cost to the average homeowner in Red Clay once the measure is fully phased in would be $280 per year).

Residents in the Christina School District had two options to chose from, and they said no to both. The first option was a bare bones measure to just “keep the lights on,” and it would have raised taxes .65 cents per $100 of assessed property value phased in over three years. Only 26% of Christina residents voted yes to that. The second option would have raised taxes an additional .40 cents per $100 of assessed property value phased in over four years (so a total of $1.05 per $100), with the additional funds to pay for improvements in technology, arts, and early childhood learning. Only 22% voted yes.

So what’s next?

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.25.15]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.25.15]

Dover Air Force Base, in snow, by Stuart Rankin on Flickr.

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Why does Christine O’Donnell Still have Campaign Aides?

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Why does Christine O’Donnell Still have Campaign Aides?

Is she running for something? Or is she just keeping up appearances so she can continue to mooch off donations? Either way, one of the aides resigned last month, probably because he was being sued as a result of his service to the deity that is O’Donnell.

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Tuesday Open Thread [2.24.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [2.24.15]

A CNN/ORC poll finds that only Hillary Clinton is viewed as a candidate of the future rather than the past, and I bet you it is because people view her as a potential first woman President, which of course is something that has not happened yet, and thus would be the future. This is why a “She’s part of the past” argument will not work against Hillary.

Asked in a new CNN/ORC poll whether seven possible candidates better represent the future or the past, 50% said Clinton evoked the future, more than said so of any other candidate. By contrast, Joe Biden and Jeb Bush, whose names have been in the political conversation even longer than Clinton’s, were each seen as representing the past by 64% of Americans.

43% say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie represents the future, while 41% says its Rand Paul, while 39% says its Scott Walker.

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Markell’s Supreme Court, and a Missed Opportunity.

Filed in Delaware by on February 24, 2015 3 Comments
Markell’s Supreme Court, and a Missed Opportunity.

Nothing explains the Delaware Way more than the recent nomination to the Supreme Court by Gov. Jack Markell (D) of corporate attorney and the son of a former Supreme Court Justice, Collins J. “C.J.” Seitz, Jr., Esquire. Seitz, when confirmed (because there is no if about it in this state), will replace retiring Justice Henry duPont Ridgely.

The Judicial Nominating Commission, in addition to Seitz, also recommended to Governor Markell Superior Court Judge Calvin Scott, who would have been the first African American Supreme Court Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court; and a former Superior Court judge and now an attorney in private practice, Joseph Sleights III.

I think the Delaware Supreme Court could have used a little color, and something more diverse than another corporate attorney.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [2.24.15]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [2.24.15]

Mixed messages in a time of crisis, by Curtis Perry on Flickr.

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Lavelle Will Not Run for Governor in 2016

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Lavelle Will Not Run for Governor in 2016

Breaking news from Jonathan Starkey at the News Journal:

Republican Sen. Greg Lavelle will not seek the governor’s office next year, according to a letter the lawmaker sent to political supporters. [...] Lavelle told supporters this week he “had given a lot of thought” to a run for governor, but said personal commitments prevented him from launching a campaign.

“I have decided that now is not the time for me to take on this challenge,” Lavelle wrote. “At this time, the personal bandwidth just doesn’t exist to create and sustain the time needed to run for Governor, while maintaining and addressing my current and varied responsibilities.”

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This slide explains everything

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This slide explains everything

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Carly Forina to Speak at State GOP Convention

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Carly Forina to Speak at State GOP Convention

The Delaware Republican Party is holding their annual convention gathering at the DoubleTree Hotel on Concord Pike in Wilmington in May of this year. And after a wonderous election year in which a whole bunch of new Republicans were elected, and with a wide open field of prospective Republican Presidential candidates like Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson, the state GOP has invited

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and failed U.S. Senate candidate from California, will speak at the annual gathering of party faithful on May 30[.]

To their credit, Ms. Fiorina is, for reasons passing human understanding, considering a presidential run of her own in 2016. I don’t know, I just feel our local GOP could have done better.

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Time for a Revolution

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Time for a Revolution

Last night, Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris noted that the gift bags that nominees and other special attendees and guests received had items in them that totaled over $100,000.00, and one of the items was a gift card for a Brinks security van to come pick the bearer up and to take him or her to safety once the Revolution comes.

Well, it is time for the Revolution to come. And by revolution, I do not mean the automatic beheadings of the wealthy by us were regular Americans (although that may be the next step if the wealthy prevent, in any way, what I am about to prescribe). No, by revolution, I mean adjusting the tax code such that this country and state can function once again. David Sirota calculates that, if we just tax the wealthy at the same relative rates as we tax the middle and lower classes, we would be able to raise hundreds of billions of dollars:

Roads are crumbling, bridges require repairs, schools need upgrades and public pension systems remain underfunded. How can states and cities find the money to address any of these problems? One way could be through their tax codes.

According to a new report, if the rich paid the same state and local tax rate as the middle class, states and cities would have hundreds of billions of dollars more a year in public revenue.

Last month, the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that the poorest 20 percent of households pay on average more than twice the effective state and local tax rate (10.9 percent) as the richest 1 percent of taxpayers (5.4 percent).

Enter the Kavipsian Progressive Tax Fairness Plan of 2015, which I demand be enacted by the General Assembly forthwith!

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“The DHS shutdown was caused by Democrats not voting for the Keystone XL pipeline.”

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“The DHS shutdown was caused by Democrats not voting for the Keystone XL pipeline.”

I can’t wait to hear Tom Carper explain the DHS shutdown. It is bound to be some crazy ass shit.

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Congress returns to town Monday with no viable plan to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security less than five days away on Friday.

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Monday Open Thread [2.23.15]

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“I don’t question his motives. And I try not to question the president’s motives as being a good American or a bad American.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), on whether President Obama loves America.

Which is it? Either you try not to question the motives, or you don’t question his motives. Do or do not. There is no try.

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Barack Obama has been President for over 6 years now….

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Barack Obama has been President for over 6 years now….

….he started running for President about 8 years ago. He burst onto the national scene nearly 11 years ago. Barack Obama, the President of the United States, is a known quantity. We know him. He is not a mystery. Thus the mere fact that promiment conservatives and Republicans are still… STILL… questioning “who is this Barack Obama?”….”Does he love America?” …. “Is he a Christian?” has everything… EVERYTHING… to do with his race, and everything… EVERYTHING…. to do with their racism.

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If John Carney is a Democrat, here is a good way to prove it

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If John Carney is a Democrat, here is a good way to prove it

The concept of “shareholder primacy” is a cancer that is not only undermining our democracy but is eating away at capitalism itself. While other countries like the UK have passed laws to attempt to address the pernicious effects of shareholder primacy, (requiring company directors to consider the interests of a broad range of stakeholder such as employees, customers, the environment and the community), the US has done nothing.

If John Carney is looking for a way to assert his democratic credentials (and I doubt he is) he couldn’t find a better issue.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [2.23.15]

Filed in Delaware by on February 23, 2015 0 Comments
Monday Daily Delawhere [2.23.15]

The Delaware Memorial Bridge, on El, on Flickr.

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If critics wrote about ‘The Imitation Game’ the way they write about ‘Selma’

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If critics wrote about ‘The Imitation Game’ the way they write about ‘Selma’

“Many historians have taken issue with how Morten Tyldum, the first Norwegian man to be nominated for Best Director, chose to portray mathematical genius Alan Turing in the film The Imitation Game. Those decrying the film’s depiction of events note that the script completely rewrites history, tossing out the literally thousands of people who worked alongside Turing in breaking the Nazi code so that the Allies could win the war, and replacing them with Keira Knightley. They also point out that the efforts of the American, French and British military forces, among others, have may have had an even larger role than Turing in ending World War II. Finally, some take issue with how Turing is never shown having actual sex with another man, despite the film being entirely set in buildings where no one has ever had sex. Tyldum has been quoted as saying that ‘sometimes liberties are needed to make truer art’ but this has not satisfied the rabid nay-sayers who cannot countenance this film.”

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [2.22.15]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [2.22.15]

Old New Castle, by Kristopher Arnold on Flickr.

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Saturday Open Thread [2.21.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on February 21, 2015 9 Comments
Saturday Open Thread [2.21.15]

Jake Miller at CBS examines how Common Core may become a primary issue for Republican presidential candidates. Eventually, I think it will become an issue in Democratic politics as well. If Kavips has his way, it already has:

Common Core federal education standards are riling the conservative base, and as the 2016 Republican presidential field takes shape, the standards — seen by right wing activists as a federal overreach and a threat to parental rights — are poised to play a big role in the GOP nominating process. That’s doubly true in Iowa, where the kinds of Republican voters most vehemently opposed to Common Core — evangelical Christians, home-schooling advocates, states-rights conservatives — exert considerable influence over the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus.

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on February 21, 2015 5 Comments

In his Weekly Address, President Obama underscored the importance of continuing to grow our economy and support good-paying jobs for our workers by opening up new markets for American goods and services.

In an effort that will surely please education advocates throughout the state, Governor Markell shares his weekly message with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Boy, is Markell’s legacy going to be completely destroyed by his positions on education.

Here is Senator Harris McDowell on Larry Mendte’s Delaware Way’s program, where they discuss crime in Wilmington and the Sustainable Energy Utility Program, as well as Harris’ thoughts on Beau Biden, John Carney and the Delaware’s Game of Thrones.

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