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Middle East Bloodbath: DeJavu All Over Again

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Middle East Bloodbath: DeJavu All Over Again

Overrunning towns, pillaging, plundering, setting fire, torture, burning at the stake, rape, burning children alive, enslaving, beheadings, sacking places of worship, taking body parts for trophies, destroying libraries, cannibalism, crucifixions, opening bodies for swallowed treasure. A special place in paradise for warriors. Justice for infidels. Slaughter of their own. Robbing and keeping the riches.

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Thursday Open Thread [10.9.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [10.9.14]

The chart / graph tells us which states are angels on the street yet devils… well, on their computers. The chart finds that the more religious a state is, the higher the number of Google searches for porn. The states with 80% religiousity and that are over 60 in their interest in porn (and I cannot tell how that is measured (i.e. 60 on a scale of what? as a percentage?)) are Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Utah and Texas. I wonder what all these states have in common, other than hypocrisy.

Delaware is on the opposite end of the spectrum: We are less religious and our searches for internet sex is low.

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The NJ Newsroom of the Future Begins

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The NJ Newsroom of the Future Begins

A memo from David Ledford to NJ reporters, editors and other staff went out with a list of the new job descriptions that NJ employees need to fit into (see below). You’ll recall that NJ employees are going to be required to re-apply for their jobs, re-interview I suppose, and convince whoever is in charge of this business that they should still be around. After reading the memo and the Job Descriptions (see below), this is just an odd thing. It certainly looks like they are using this exercise to orient themselves to the web and it looks like they are going to reduce positions. It isn’t immediately clear that some of the folks on the editorial page would fit into this order. Which (even though they make me mad sometimes) seems like a waste of knowledge. I understand that some of the NJ folks have already decided that they will not re-apply and are walking away. Over the past year, that’s quite the exodus of local knowledge.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.9.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.9.14]

UD’s Sharp Hall lit in blue and gold, by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Wilmington City Council To Hold Meeting On Priority Schools “Plan”

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Wilmington City Council To Hold Meeting On Priority Schools “Plan”

If you’re free on Thursday, you may want to attend this: WILMINGTON CITY COUNCIL NEWS AND INFORMATION News Release Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Wilmington City Council’s Education, Youth and Families Committee to Focus on the State’s Priority Schools Plan     Public is Invited to the Thursday, October 9 at 6 p.m. Meeting Featuring a Priority […]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.8.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.8.14]

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), or rather, his staff, prepared a tweet that was supposed to both briefly describe in bullet point form the GOP Jobs Plan (because after being in power for four years in the House, NOW is as good a time as any to get started on that) and then link for a more detailed description, presumably. Now, you might think that Twitter, what with the 140 character limitation, might be the wrong place to even briefly describe a Five Point Congressional Jobs Plan. But not the GOP! Their entire economic theory does boil down to four words: Cut Taxes, End Regulations.

Still, this was embarrassing. It seems the Speaker and/or his underpaid intern didn’t complete their homework before sending this out:

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Or maybe it is a rare moment of honesty from the highest ranking Republican in the land: The GOP has no jobs plan.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.8.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.8.14]

The Stone Walled Hills of Brandywine, by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Why Not Invest A Few Shekels in These Candidates?

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Why Not Invest A Few Shekels in These Candidates?

1. Sean Matthews, 11th RD: Even if you backed Dennis E. Williams in the primary, you’d have to admit that Matthews is infinitely preferable to R candidate Judy Travis, whose support comes from far out of the political mainstream. As opposed to your traditional Brandywine Hundred R, Travis is one of only two House candidates to get the support of the Delaware chapter of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

2. John Mackenzie, 22nd RD: A rarity. Campaign stuff that’s worth reading. Click on this and on this.  Not only is it clear that he wrote his own copy, but he comes across as someone who will be a serious legislator and quite the progressive. He perhaps reminds me most of Michael Barbieri, who is one of the most outstanding legislators we have.  We could use several more legislators like him, and Mackenzie is in that mold.

3. Marie Mayor, 20th RD: Well, let’s see. She’s right on the issues, she’s running a great campaign, she never really stopped running after the 2012 election, she almost won last time, and she, too, would immediately take her place as one of the best legislators in Dover. The political stars could also be aligned, as the anti-Obama folks won’t overrun the Sussex County results like in 2012.  I also believe that, once she’s elected, her constituent work will enable her to get reelected several times over. Let’s help her win!

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Can We Talk About Pedophilia?

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Can We Talk About Pedophilia?

No, not the act of abusing children and/or engaging in inappropriate behavior with them.  Such activities are criminal and should be subject to the strongest enforcement the justice system can bring.

I’m talking about adult attraction to children which never rises to the level of physical contact, but which may include viewing images that we find abhorrent, and may cause acute mental anguish for those with this condition.

A thought-provoking piece in Sunday’s New York Times argues that pedophilia is a mental illness and makes an effective argument that we’re treating it improperly. Read the whole thing before reacting reflexively. Here are some salient excerpts from Prof. Margo Kaplan‘s op-ed:

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.7.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.7.14]

It is going to be very ironic if the GOP pulls off winning the six seats they need to gain the majority in the Senate (i.e. Montana, West Virginia, South Dakota, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alaska) only to lose three seats that put the Democrats back in control (i.e. Kansas, Georgia, and Kentucky). But right now, that is the state of play…

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.7.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.7.14]

Lighthouse at Cape Henlopen, Delaware, by Bluebird87 on Flickr. Yes, I am having difficulty letting go of summer.

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Anti-Gay group calls out SCOTUS for attacking their religious freedom

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Anti-Gay group calls out SCOTUS for attacking their religious freedom

If your religion calls on you to be an insufferable prick to everyone (especially gays), you’ve got to be pretty chagrined by the Supreme Court’s decision to not smite the evildoers. The National Organizations for Marriage isn’t turning the other cheek. They are pissed, and calling for action (and donations). …

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Monday Open Thread [10.6.14]

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Monday Open Thread [10.6.14]

Megan Thee-Brenan compares Americans’ views on the economy to Obama’s approval ratings:

The economy outpaced all other issues in importance to voters in a New York Times/CBS News poll in mid-September, and 44 percent of Americans rated the economy as good. This marked the highest positive reading since 2007. Even as Americans are feeling better about the economy, they decline to credit the president with its improvement. The Times/CBS News poll found 53 percent of Americans disapproved of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, and his overall job approval rating was under water, with 40 percent approving and 50 percent disapproving.

How Paul Waldman explains this disconnect:

[D]espite the healthy job growth, incomes aren’t rising.

A good economy isn’t just one where you’ve got a job, it’s one where you’ve got a job and you’re being paid what you’re worth. The income benefits of the recovery have all gone to the top. Millions of people are also still digging themselves out of the holes they got into during the Great Recession, whether it was foreclosure, credit card debt, or what have you. Even if you now have a reasonably good job, if you lost your home and cashed out your 401K on the way, it isn’t like things are looking spectacular.

And so they blame Obama, who saved the country from Depression, and are going to install the Republican Party, who promises to give even more of their money to the wealthy, and whose policies make another Depression likely.

No one ever said the American voter was particularly smart.

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The “Voluntary” End of Slavery

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The “Voluntary” End of Slavery

a conservative member of the state Board of Education in Colorado, which has attempted to reject the AP History Framework and force a “patriotic” revisionist history that glorifies America at all times and ignores ugly blemishes in our past, has said in recent debates that America deserves credit, and praise, for voluntarily ending slavery.

From Talking Points Memo, this is what she said:

[Businesswoman Pam Mazanec] then wrote that her concern for the course “is an overly negative view of our history and many of our historical figures (if mentioned)” and cited history professors with “impressive credentials” who told her that the AP History curriculum is designed to “downplay our noble history.”

She used slavery to illustrate the point:

As an example, I note our slavery history. Yes, we practiced slavery. But we also ended it voluntarily, at great sacrifice, while the practice continues in many countries still today! Shouldn’t our students be provided that viewpoint? This is part of the argument that America is exceptional. Does our APUSH Framework support or denigrate that position?

This is a perfect example of the conservative oversimplification of history.

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Tom Gordon Calls Take Backs on Secrecy for Denmark Trips

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Tom Gordon Calls Take Backs on Secrecy for  Denmark Trips

Over the weekend, the Gordon Administration started releasing some details in the planned trip to Denmark for a library tour by the Community Services Manager and an Administrative Librarian. The NJ article now has some estimates of the cost of the trip for two people and the planned dates of travel. There’s also some estimates of the costs of previous trips. The NJ is still pursuing its FOIA request for this data. Still — it’s all so much bull:

Some council members said they had never been briefed on the project. When they were finally given details last week, the Denmark trip was left out of the presentation. One council member happened to ask about it because he had heard a rumor.

“They all knew the principle behind this, which was to design the best library in the country,” Gordon said of council. “To attack that, it looks like we’re fighting and hurts our ability to attract more partners.”

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.6.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.6.14]

Rehoboth Beach, by James Cook on Flickr.

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I’m Tired Of People Like Panetta

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I’m Tired Of People Like Panetta

Apparently he’s got another tell all book about to come out. Timely, Leon, given that we’ve got a hugely important election next month with your “fellow” Democrats in the cross hairs of the party of hate.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.5.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.5.14]

Alapocas Bounce, a sculpture by Jerome Meadows in 2007, picture by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Saturday Open Thread [10.3.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [10.3.14]

We have tons of polls in Senator and Governor races across the country, including some races that have been off our radar.

ARKANSAS–GOVERNOR–Rasmussen: Asa Hutchinson (R) 46, Mike Ross (D) 42
COLORADO–SENATOR–Rasmussen: Cory Gardner (R) 48, Sen. Mark Udall (D) 47
COLORADO–GOVERNOR–Rasmussen: Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) 50, Bob Beauprez (R) 46

More inside…

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on October 4, 2014 0 Comments

President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.4.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.4.14]

Wetland Forest at Lums Pond, by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Friday Open Thread [10.3.14]

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Friday Open Thread  [10.3.14]

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released September’s employment figures on Friday and it was almost entirely good news. The economy added 248,000 new jobs during the month and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9%. This is the lowest level the jobless rate has been since July 2008. The BLS also revised jobs numbers upwards for the months of August and July, revealing that we actually added 61,000 more jobs than previously estimated during those two months.

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Punkin Chunkin Sunken

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Punkin Chunkin Sunken

I just posted this so I could claim that headline.

The marquee Delaware event since 1986 won’t be held this year.

The pumpkins will not be flying this year after logistical problems in moving the annual Punkin Chunkin event to Dover International Speedway.

Earlier this summer, World Championship Punkin Chunkin leaders announced a deal to move the event from its traditional home in Bridgeville to Dover. Organizers were forced to find a new home after the property it had been held on was unable to host it anymore.

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I am getting spoiled with these new and frequent Delaware polls…

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I am getting spoiled with these new and frequent Delaware polls…

Here is the latest:

ATTORNEY GENERAL BEAU BIDEN (D)

Sixty percent [66%] of respondents to the poll, conducted Sept. 10-22 by phone, viewed [Beau Biden,] the second-term attorney general[,] favorably. Just 24 percent of the 902 Delaware adults surveyed held an unfavorable view.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN (D)

Joe Biden’s numbers are at least as good, and maybe better. Sixty-four [64%] percent of adults surveyed held a favorable view, while 30 percent said they viewed the vice president, and Delaware’s longtime U.S. senator, unfavorably.

GOV. JACK MARKELL (D)

Gov. Jack Markell’s popularity slipped slightly in the past year, but his numbers remain strong. In last month’s poll, 55 percent viewed the governor favorably, while 25 percent viewed Markell unfavorably. That’s down from a 62 percent favorability rating in a University of Delaware poll a year ago.

We also have favorability numbers on our Congressional delegation (the three C’s), Lt. Governor Denn, and we even have 2016 Presidential horse race numbers for Hillary Clinton and some possible Republican opponents.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.3.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.3.14]

Brandywine Creek Park, by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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