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Why Would Anyone Shoot Down a Malaysian Airline Plane over Ukraine?

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Why Would Anyone Shoot Down a Malaysian Airline Plane over Ukraine?

Seriously, I was astonished and sick when I heard that this plane disappeared from radar, then heard it was shot down. The pictures are horrific and while the Ukrainians and the Russians have rushed to say they were not responsible, someone shot down that plane. There’s not much anyone knows at this point, but why would anyone shoot down this plane? Tell me what you think in the comments.

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RIP: Johnny Winter & Elaine Stritch

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on July 17, 2014 2 Comments
RIP: Johnny Winter & Elaine Stritch

Two serious soulful performers gone. A guitar god who sometimes placed speed (in both ways) ahead of pitch or accuracy, and one of the most galvanizing stage performers (for whom pitch was thankfully never the point) I’ve ever seen with a particular penchant for the music of Stephen Sondheim….

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [7.17.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [7.17.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.16.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.16.14]

Anne Marie Cox thinks the GOP is now destroyed as an option for the Millennial Generation.

Late last week, the Reason Foundation released the results of a poll about that generation, the millennials; its signature finding was the confirmation of a mass abandonment of social conservatism and the GOP. This comes at a time when the conservative movement is increasingly synonymous with mean-spirited, prank-like and combative activism and self-important grand gestures. The millennial generation has repeatedly defined itself as the most socially tolerant of the modern era, but one thing it really can’t stand is drama.

Which probably explains why Millennial approve of No Drama Obama.

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Funding Highways by Underfunding Pensions

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Funding Highways by Underfunding Pensions

This is the latest from the Congressional brain rust — this time trying to find money for the Transportation Trust Fund. This time, it is Hoouse Republicans who are looking to use this trick to look like they are paying for the extension to the Transportation Trust fund. Instead of looking at rational ways of raising revenue (taxes, closing tax loopholes), they’ve decided that undermining America’s already hemorrhaging pension system is the right place to get money to pay for our roads. But this is apparently not the first time this accounting gimmick has been floated to actually fund something. The Democrats tried using this mess into a bill to extend unemployment insurance and it was part of the funding mechanism for the last temporary Transportation Bill. Which means that this bit of business is available for some appalling bit of bipartisanship. (Even though the GOP looked at the pension smoothing plan to pay for unemployment benefits and said that it paid for nothing. Now they are all for it.) So what is Pension Smoothing?

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [7.16.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 16, 2014 1 Comment
Wednesday Daily Delawhere [7.16.14]

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Late Night Video — Jon Oliver Explains Income Inequality

Filed in Open Thread by on July 15, 2014 0 Comments

Very good — one more rant by Oliver showing how a nation of strivers are too busy striving to make sure that rich people aren’t paying taxes:

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Markell to Children: Drop Dead

Filed in Delaware by on July 15, 2014 94 Comments
Markell to Children: Drop Dead

Don’t look for gimlet-eyed Jack Markell to lift a finger to assist in the humanitarian crisis at the nation’s borders.  Delaware Gov. Markell turned down a request from The US Department of Health & Social Services to even consider making any state resources available to stem the humanitarian crisis. He blames congressional ‘dithering’. As if the kids placed in the middle of this crisis can do anything to overcome congressional dithering.

From today’s News-Journal story:

Markell, who is among a number of the nation’s governors who fielded federal requests for help, said there are no state facilities available that could properly accommodate the children while they await immigration hearings. But he said some Delaware faith-based organizations might be in a position to offer assistance.

“I don’t really see the possibility of any state facilities housing these kids,” Markell said Monday. “I don’t think that exists. If private organizations choose to do so, that’ll be up to them.”

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [7.15.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 15, 2014 2 Comments
Tuesday Daily Delawhere [7.15.14]

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Cape Henlopen School Board: Banning Books And Emails

Filed in Delaware by on July 14, 2014 15 Comments
Cape Henlopen School Board: Banning Books And Emails

I’m sure everyone is familiar with latest book banning drama from the Cape Henlopen School Board.  If not, here’s the recap:

Cape Henlopen School District’s decision to take a book off a summer reading list for incoming high school freshmen has drawn protests from librarians, some parents and teachers.

The young-adult book, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” which features a main character who is gay, was removed from the list by the school board in late June. The board majority cited foul language, not sexual orientation, as the reason for their action.

Which was followed by this:

Several Cape Henlopen School Board members indicated a willingness to reconsider their vote last month to remove a young adult novel from a freshman summer reading list at a Thursday meeting where librarians and a parent criticized them for it.

Now, this isn’t the first time the Cape Henlopen School Board went after a book.  It’s obviously a “thing” for this school board.

But today’s article in the Cape Gazzette brings a new tactic to the the table.

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In Wilmington, bullets and violence

Filed in Delaware by on July 14, 2014 13 Comments

Wilmington gun violence

Wednesday night, 27-year-old Otis Saunders was gunned down in Wilmington, the city’s 15th homicide victim this year.

While police seek answers behind this latest death, the answer to this question continues to elude everyone: how to reduce the violence?

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Expanding the Port of Wilmington

Filed in Delaware by on July 14, 2014 16 Comments
Expanding the Port of Wilmington

You’ve probably seen this article in Sunday’s NJ that spins out a vision by Tom Gordon to expand on the Port of Wilmington by building a new facility directly on the Delaware River capable of handling the larger ships coming through the world’s seaways. This new facility would be south of the current port, just south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I give Tom Gordon some credit for thinking about capitalizing on the current Port asset. I wrote about this alot when I was writing about Kinder Morgan and I’m still surprised that this isn’t higher up on the economic development agenda.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [7.14.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [7.14.14]

From Tom Dressel on Flickr.

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So, Corporations Think They’re People?

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So, Corporations Think They’re People?

The Hobby Lobby case gave us yet another reminder that corporations are pushing for full recognition as people; in this case a person with a particular religious belief. The Supremes seem totally hell bent on actualizing this fiction which historically started with a very mistaken decision based on an event decades ago in a area where I went to college, Santa Clara, California.

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Contact the FCC NOW On Net Neutrality

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Contact the FCC NOW On Net Neutrality

July 15 is the closing date for comments on the FCC’s proposal to let ISP’s create fast lanes to the internet — charging people for faster service, while likely deteriorating the service of those who can’t or won’t pay more. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Unfortunately, the FCC is considering a plan that would allow some Internet providers to provide better access to some websites that pay a fee to reach users faster. This kind of “pay-to-play” Internet stifles innovation. New websites that can’t afford expensive fees for better service will face new barriers to success, leaving users with ever fewer options and a less diverse Internet.

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Wilmington City Council Steps Up to Try to Control the City’s Costs

Filed in Delaware by on July 13, 2014 24 Comments
Wilmington City Council Steps Up to Try to Control the City’s Costs

The last city budget process highlighted once again the difficulty of using that fast-track process to start implementing some budget discipline within the city’s operations. Indeed, that budget not only raised the property taxes of city residents, but also left the city with a surplus – a surplus that no one understands its purpose. There were multiple problems brought up during the hearings – the number of vacant but budgeted positions, the fact that the city isn’t paying its portion of the water and sewer bill, and the fact that the budget largely ignored the WEFAC finding that the city’s financial difficulty can’t be resolved by taxing its way out of it. On top of that, city residents really pushed back on city council people over the passage of that tax increase.  To respond to this, City Council is finally exercising its prerogatives as the body that approves spending, to start pulling spending back. This week they started with the staffing at the Fire Department, and they promise to look at all City Departments with an eye to reduce funding for vacant positions and look for better efficiencies.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [7.13.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 13, 2014 0 Comments
Sunday Daily Delawhere [7.13.14]

From the Funsters from last week’s July 4th festivities in Rehoboth

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Late Night Video — Bill Maher Shooting the Zombie Lies in the Head

Filed in National by on July 12, 2014 1 Comment

Zombie Lies. Perfect description of the perpetual GOP talking points — the ones they keep repeating even though they’ve been definitively proven to be a lie. But those lies/talking points never go away and the usual GOP suspects can pick up where they were 6 years ago, get in front of a TV camera and it is as though the past 6 years never happened. The lies keep coming back as do the liars that tell them. Maher here wants to know why they can keep saying them over and over again — my opinion is that the journalists who will tell you that their job is holding people accountable are also telling you a Zombie Lie. Bill Maher and his New Rules:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [7.12.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 12, 2014 0 Comments
Saturday Daily Delawhere [7.12.14]

The Arden outdoor public theater.

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Late Night Video — “I’m the Guy Doin’ My Job, You Must Be the Other Guy!”

Filed in National by on July 11, 2014 0 Comments

This is President Obama earlier today in Texas talking about the complete uselessness of GOP obstruction (and lawsuits). I like him when he’s not really worried about reaching out to the GOP, and yet he always does. This is definitely dripping in well-deserved ridicule for the GOP and their no-show job ways, but he still invites them to work with him. Still — I REALLY wish that there was more of this from Democrats across the board. The GOP is absolutely vulnerable on the do-nothing charge and that should be part of the narrative from now until election day:

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The Delaware Test

Filed in Open Thread by on July 11, 2014 22 Comments

This is a good weekend, I’m putting off the house work activity (or I’m going to save this for some office timewasting on Monday) — The Delaware Test was created by some Delaware denizens of Reddit. It’s a bunch of questions, including a fair number of political ones. Take it and tell us: 1) your score; 2) what you think of these questions and 3) what question is missing.

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Delaware Political Weekly: July 5-11, 2014

Filed in Delaware by on July 11, 2014 3 Comments

There’s no sense recapping what we’ve already recapped, so I won’t. However, there is at least a possibility that Rebecca Walker will not be the only person to withdraw from the ballot. 1. Today marks another election deadline: July 11, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. DEADLINE for filed candidates to withdraw or file for a different […]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [7.11.14]

Filed in Delaware by on July 11, 2014 2 Comments
Friday Daily Delawhere [7.11.14]

The Bancroft Parkway.

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Breaking: State Rep. Rebecca Walker Will Not Seek Reelection

Filed in Delaware by on July 10, 2014 25 Comments

I first got a heads-up on this from a reader, and then I went to the Delaware Elections website and discovered that she is no longer listed among the ballot-qualified candidates. In other words, Rebecca Walker has withdrawn for reelection in the 9th RD. And, by waiting until after the filing deadline to remove her […]

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BREAKING: Richard Korn acquitted on all charges

Filed in National by on July 10, 2014 14 Comments

BREAKING Richard Korn acquitted on all child porn charges ‪#‎netde‬ ‪#‎courtsde‬. Judge found while 50 images of child porn on computer state could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt Korn knew images were there or viewed them. A tearful
Korn declined comment after saying, “I just want to go see my children”

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