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They Are, Quite Simply, Criminals

Filed in National by on November 30, 2017 4 Comments

James O’Keefe appears to have gotten both his nuts in a wringer by trying to sting the Washington Post, which is schooling this little schmuck on how real journalism is done. Not only did they release audio and visual tape of the phony victim squirming like a minnow on a hook when confronted with her […]

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Open Thread Nov. 30: Lies and Lunacy

Filed in National by on November 30, 2017 7 Comments

No, it’s not just you. Trump has been especially loony the past several days. Evidence of bad news on the way, according to pal-turned-critic Joe Scarborough. Evidence of a deteriorating mental state, says ghostwriter Tony Schwartz. Evidence that Trump is not doing this strategically, that he really is this fucked up, says David Graham. It’s […]

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 30, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 30, 2017 4 Comments

Underground Motown Week brings you the very sad story of Rodger Penzabene. The Motown songwriter found out that his wife had cheated on him, became inconsolable, wrote the lyric for this melancholy classic based on his own experience, and then committed suicide on New Year’s Eve, 1967, a week after the song was released: An […]

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Hey, Feminist Democrats — What About Carper?

Filed in National by on November 29, 2017 39 Comments
Hey, Feminist Democrats — What About Carper?

I awoke this morning to my wife’s triumphant claim of “I told you so.” She predicted about a couple of weeks ago that Matt Lauer would fall in the sexual-harassment purge. But my gosh, Garrison Keillor? Really? Despite my misogyny, I have no complaints about media companies and Hollywood people firing those accused of such […]

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Open Thread Nov. 29: Matt Lauer, Closing Schools and Police Behaving Badly

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on November 29, 2017 22 Comments

Whoever had the Today Show’s Matt Lauer as the next media heavyweight to fall in the sexual harassment pandemic, contact management to claim your prize. The ax fell just this morning, so no details have emerged yet — that’s all people really care about, isn’t it, the dirty details? — which should keep reporters on […]

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 29, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 29, 2017 0 Comments

Underground Motown Week continues. Written by Ivy (not Ivory) Joe Hunter and a very young Stevie Wonder, this 4 Tops song was adopted by The Band, who I saw do it as an encore back in 1971 at the Syracuse War Memorial. The concerts I saw back then were what I loved most about college. […]

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Delawareans Among Protesters Removed From Capitol Ahead Of Vote On Tax Bill

Filed in National by on November 28, 2017 3 Comments

Our Senators seem like solid No votes on the Tax Scam currently working its way through congress. Nevertheless, it is important to keep the heat on the entire Senate. Props to the Delawareans who got involved and ended up wearing the zip tie bracelets. More on this as it comes in.

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No Illusions

Filed in National by on November 28, 2017 4 Comments

A number of commenters have forecast a Roy Moore victory in the Alabama special election, and the first post-Thanksgiving poll, released today, shows Moore with a 5-point lead. It’s a turnaround from polls taken in the aftermath of his purity-search scandal, and ought to serve to convince people — if November’s results didn’t do the […]

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The Chuck and Nancy Show

Filed in National by on November 28, 2017 72 Comments

A lot of progressive Democrats want younger, more liberal leaders in Congress. I say let’s give the geezers a chance. I’d like more young, liberal members of Congress, but I want wily, experienced people in leadership. Case in point: Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi just yanked Trump’s chain by canceling a meeting with him in […]

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Transgendered Student Policy: Threat or Menace?

Filed in National by on November 28, 2017 8 Comments

I’ve been warning for weeks now that Delaware’s Republicans — the party so stupid it loses to Delaware Democrats — intend to make the Department of Education’s transgendered student policy, known as Regulation 225, the centerpiece of next year’s elections. That tub is being thumped especially hard in Sussex County, where, this Delmarva Now story […]

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Rehoboth Beach Mayor And Park City Kathy: LLC’s Are People, Too

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on November 28, 2017 22 Comments

This is why we have the Tip Line. I can’t make this up. Rehoboth Beach’s shiny new mayor Paul Kuhns and Rehoboth Beach Commissioner/would-be State Auditor Kathy McGuiness want to give LLC’s, wait for it, the right to vote. From the Cape-Gazette: “Voting rights for limited liability companies are on the agenda at a town […]

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Open Thread Nov. 28: Coastal Zone and Taxes

Filed in National by on November 28, 2017 7 Comments

The Delaware Audubon Society has called bullshit on the Coastal Zone Gutting Act, refusing to participate in the “workshops” at which the state intends to collect comments before ignoring them. This is a perfect illustration of liberalism/progressivism vs. the Democratic Party. Scott Goss’ story points out that this is backed not only by the state […]

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Occasional Words From the Resistance

Filed in National by on November 28, 2017 1 Comment
Occasional Words From the Resistance

“And that brings me to the second mode of civil disobedience. There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

—-Mario Savio, Sproul Hall, Berkeley, December 2, 1964

Godspeed and good luck to today’s resistors.

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 28, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 28, 2017 1 Comment

Relegated to Motown’s lowest priority imprint, the VIP label, this group consistently outperformed their second-class status.  Perhaps the fact that they were not from Detroit, but Kalamazoo, hindered their notoriety.  But there’s no denying what a great song this is.  Later turned into a hit by Bananarama.  I much prefer this version:      

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The Scorpion Stings Itself

Filed in National by on November 27, 2017 4 Comments

In today’s media world, it’s not enough to publish stories. News organizations must be prepared to defend them, and themselves, as well. The Washington Post showed how to do it this afternoon, turning the tables on James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. A woman approached reporters the day after its original Roy Moore blockbuster ran, purporting to […]

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Doofus Donald Does It Again

Filed in National by on November 27, 2017 8 Comments

My face spends so much time in my palms I’m forgetting what the sky looks like, and I long for the days when we could mock a politician for months for misspelling “potato.” Trump was holding a ceremony today to honor Native American Code Talkers, whose language constituted a “code” enemies could not break in […]

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Let’s Talk About How We Want the Media to Talk About Nazis

Filed in National by on November 27, 2017 7 Comments

The New York Times infuriated many of its readers this weekend by profiling a white nationalist — otherwise known as a “Nazi,” certainly by liberals — in a manner that struck those readers as accommodating, even supportive, of what the paper termed this “Nazi next door.” Maybe it’s my years in the media, but I […]

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Open Thread Nov. 27: Pressure Gonna Drop on You, GOP

Filed in National, Open Thread by on November 27, 2017 10 Comments

Democrats have one thing saving them in Washington: Their opponents are Republicans, and hence not very bright. Politico says the White House screwed up again by having billionaires like Steve “I Can’t Write” Mnuchin and Gary Cohn try to sell this as a cut for the middle class. One more thing Democrats have in their […]

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 27, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 27, 2017 0 Comments

We’re gonna do a week of what I call ‘Underground Motown’. I’ll highlight songs that you may not have known were from Motown, and I will also feature under-rated gems.  Today we start with a song that didn’t even chart back in 1964, but was later turned into a monster hit by Mitch Ryder and […]

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Holiday Weekend Wrapup

Filed in National by on November 26, 2017 0 Comments

The ever-worsening GOP tax bill has nothing to recommend it, but that doesn’t stop the GOP vandals in the Washington from trying. Now it’s a jobs bill, albeit the worst jobs bill in history. So how do they keep suckering non-rich people into voting for them? As you’d expect, it’s mostly a sales job, using […]

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 26, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 26, 2017 1 Comment

Yo, Mikey D: It is Sunday now.  For Richard Julian, it’s Sunday Morning In Saturday’s Shoes:

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Open Thread Nov. 25: Trump Golfs as Mueller Closes In

Filed in National, Open Thread by on November 25, 2017 2 Comments

Long read for a long weekend: Bill Moyers and retired lawyer Steven Harper put together a timeline of known Trump campaign contacts with Russians, resulting in a (relatively) easy-to-follow version of what we know so far. Short version: It’s a three-pronged pincer movement. Sen. Al Franken’s hand problems continue, with Franken issuing an apology on […]

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Early front runner for best Saturnalia song ever.

Filed in National by on November 25, 2017 0 Comments

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 25, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 25, 2017 1 Comment

Lazy and languid:

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The Mighty Flynn

Filed in National by on November 24, 2017 0 Comments

A big development in the Trump-Russia story came to light on Thanksgiving: Lawyers for Mike Flynn stopped sharing information with lawyers for others under investigation, widely taken as a sign that Flynn could be cooperating with Robert Mueller. The media turned to former federal prosecutors for analysis. This one explains how that could make Trump […]

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