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Sorry, But We Have to Talk About Bill Clinton

Filed in National by on November 16, 2017 7 Comments

There’s been one name conspicuously absent from the current anti-sexual-predator uprisings in Hollywood, Washington and state capitals around the country. And no, I’m not talking about Trump. One-time “liberal” icon Bill Clinton, we all recall, was accused of actions much like those of Harvey Weinstein (and Trump, for that matter), and was defended by lots […]

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Open Thread Nov. 16: County Council Clown Show

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on November 16, 2017 11 Comments

The News Journal is too busy dredging up the Capano case (it’s an anniversary thing) to bother covering New Castle County Council, but WDEL was there for an epic meltdown by council President Karen Hartley-Nagle when she was stripped of her last committee assignment by a vote of council. The back-and-forth with Councilman George Smiley […]

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US embassy hires security firm of former Russian spy who worked with Putin

Filed in National by on November 16, 2017 3 Comments
US embassy hires security firm of former Russian spy who worked with Putin

Trump & Tillerson gave a no-bid Moscow embassy security contract to a close ally of Putin. All of this is impeachment worthy. If is was President Hillary Clinton it would be death penalty worthy, and yet it barely gets a mention in the maelstrom of fucked up shit that is the Trump administration.

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 16, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 16, 2017 4 Comments

Cut 1, Side 1, Album 1. Some artists say ‘Here I am’ right out of the gate.  Like this guy:

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Execution or Euthanasia?

Filed in National by on November 15, 2017 3 Comments

See if you can tell the difference, because I can’t: Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, 69, will be executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, on Wednesday for the 1997 murder of a Columbus teen. According to the Associated Press, Campbell suffers from severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of […]

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‘Bernie Bernstein’ Robocall Backfires

Filed in National by on November 15, 2017 10 Comments

The laughably anti-Semitic robocall* from “Washington Post reporter Bernie Bernstein” offering “$5,000 to $7,000″ for stories about Roy Moore that would not be checked for legitimacy might seem like an incredibly stupid maneuver. The truth is it happens in every close election, and not just when Republicans are involved. Every political aide and operative you […]

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Open Thread Nov. 15: Creeps, Tweets and Balance Sheets

Filed in National by on November 15, 2017 14 Comments

When You’ve Lost Hannity…: Sean Hannity has seen the light, in the form of a yearbook signature. He gave Roy Moore 24 hours to get his story straight or he’s dropping his support. Elf Abuse: Jeff Sessions made lots of headlines for his testimony on Russia-related matters, but for sheer schadenfreude you can’t top the 5-minute flaying […]

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 15, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 15, 2017 0 Comments

Did someone mention Dave Alvin? I did. After he left the Blasters b/c he and his brother Phil just couldn’t get along, Dave joined X for one album. This great song first appeared there. It’s one of Dave’s best. Here’s a real cool version of that song, performed with, among others, David Hidalgo of Los […]

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Will Trump Survive Tell-All ‘Fire and Fury’?

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 0 Comments

Consider this an early New Year’s present: On Jan. 9, Henry Holt will publish Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which Axios says has set off a frenzy among White House players wanting to know what it says about them. Wolff is a polarizing figure and not the world’s most accurate […]

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Moore’s fate in the hands of scared shitless Alabama GOP central steering committee

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 27 Comments
Moore’s fate in the hands of scared shitless Alabama GOP central steering committee

I have to say, the Schadenfreude is awesome. As national Republicans ramp up the pressure to force Roy Moore to drop his Alabama Senate campaign, the small group of local GOP power players who will ultimately determine Moore’s political fate are taking reluctant steps towards deciding whether to cut him loose. The 21 members of […]

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Rethugs Call For Investigation Of Clinton

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 8 Comments

So, I’m watching this so-called questioning of AG Sessions during a House committee hearing. Slimy chair Bob Goodlatte says that he has no choice but to call for a joint House committee investigation into all things Clinton. As if all things Clinton haven’t been investigated to death.   He also calls for Sessions to appoint […]

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Open Thread Nov. 14: Trump, Moore and the Keurig War

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 8 Comments

The news bombs are dropping fast and furious on both the Roy Moore and Russian collusion fronts. The Atlantic rocked the Russian collusion story by printing the secret email correspondence between Fredo Don Jr.and Johnny Ola Wikileaks. Trump is fighting back by, um, trumping up some charges, any charges, against Hillary Clinton, and Jeff Sessions […]

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NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING REGARDING THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FOR THE GM WILMINGTON ASSEMBLY PLANT SITE (DE-1149)

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 5 Comments

The Public Comment period closed on 11/1/2017. Someone, prior to that, was head’s up enough to formally request a public meeting.

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Dems looking out for the little guy (by hooking them up with payday loans at 380% interest)

Filed in National by on November 14, 2017 2 Comments
Dems looking out for the little guy (by hooking them up with payday loans at 380% interest)

Democrats are at it again. This time they are determined to help the predatory loan industry by allowing payday lenders sidestep basic consumer protection laws.

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 14, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 14, 2017 3 Comments

Glad to see a couple of other Tom Russell fans on the board.  Here is my fave song of his, this time performed by one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Dave Alvin. Dave wrote all the songs for the Blasters, and he has written dozens of songs I love. But he’s also a great interpreter, and […]

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Tea and Clickbait: Kompromat, Corruption and Owl Orgasms

Filed in National by on November 13, 2017 2 Comments

Jonathan Chait analyzes why Trump talks about Putin as if Putin’s his boss. The upshot: kompromat. He makes an unprovable but decent case. California passed a law forcing “crisis pregnancy centers” to disclose that abortion is an option. Opponents have taken their objections to the Supreme Court, but as Dahlia Lithwick explains, if that law […]

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Will Joe Give It a Go? I Say No

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 13, 2017 2 Comments

A lot of people think Joe Biden is going to gird his loins for presidential battle one last time in 2020. He’s out peddling his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” and dropping lots of hints that he wishes he had run in 2016. As I noted this morning, […]

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Police Thwart Rally Violence With TSA Tactic

Filed in National by on November 13, 2017 0 Comments

Remember those White Lives Matter rallies in Tennessee a couple of weeks ago, the ones that notably lacked the violence of the Charlottesville fiasco? There was a reason for that, and hats off to police forces who understand psychology and not just ballistics: Police slow-walked both protesters and counter-protesters through TSA-style security checkpoints. I saw […]

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Open Thread Nov. 13: Joe, the Port and Smash That Keurig

Filed in National by on November 13, 2017 11 Comments

Joe Fever is sweeping the nation — well, the part of the nation where Delaware is situated — as everyone speculates on whether he will run for president again in 2020. The signals so far are mixed, which is exactly the right tone to set on his book tour, because the speculation equals publicity. So […]

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Moore’s defense is no defense

Filed in National by on November 13, 2017 15 Comments
Moore’s defense is no defense

If you are a thirty year old man and need to ask a girl’s mother if it is okay to date her daughter – you are officially a creep and unequivocally too old for that girl. Case closed.

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Song Of The Day, Nov. 13, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 13, 2017 14 Comments

So I’m watching this film noir on Turner Classic Movies.  It’s called ‘The Window’, it’s really suspenseful and it features this child actor named Bobby Driscoll, who was on loan from Disney. Turns out he was a huge child star at Disney and was the voice of the animated Peter Pan. He was big.  By […]

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Sunday Breakfast Links: Open Thread, Nov. 12

Filed in National, Open Thread by on November 12, 2017 5 Comments

Question of the day comes from Lucian Truscott, who asks “WTF is wrong with rich people?” I have to say, I don’t have a clue what’s up with rich people. I mean, I’ve got friends here in Sag Harbor who do stuff like building teak decks and painting houses and plumbing and electrical work, and […]

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Song Of The Day For Nov. 12, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 12, 2017 0 Comments

We close out a week of early 70’s soul goodness with this Grammy Award-winning slice of what made Philly the Soul Center Of the Universe at the time:   Don’t fret, folks.  We haven’t exhausted this treasure trove of sweet soul. Not by a long shot.

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GOP: Grabby Old Perverts

Filed in National by on November 11, 2017 1 Comment

In blackjack, doubling down is what you do when you’re holding a 10 or 11 and the dealer shows a bust card. In politics, it’s just what Republicans do. Every. Single. Time. Is Roy Moore chastened by revelations that he liked to rock the cradle of love? He is not. In fact, he assured people […]

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Open Thread, Nov. 11: Saturday Scrapple

Filed in National, Open Thread by on November 11, 2017 4 Comments

When it comes to judges, I like ‘em well-seasoned. Republicans like ‘em raw. Yesterday every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a 36-year-old twerp who has only practiced law for three years and never tried a case. Real raw. Bellyache raw. Louis C.K.’s apology got a mixed reception from critics and the public […]

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