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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.13.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.13.14]

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What Creeping Sharia Law Looks Like

Filed in Delaware by on October 12, 2014 32 Comments
What Creeping Sharia Law Looks Like

And this is right here in Millsboro and the Indian River School District, where one Shaun Fink is trying to impose his religious bigotries (beliefs masquerading as bigotry) on the high school students in the District. You can read the details of Mr. Fink’s attempt to impose this atrocious bit of Christian Sharia law in this NJ article. Mr. Fink is hiding behind his so-called Christianity to try to demonize and ostracize LGBT people, objecting to the teaching of differences in sexual orientation as against his beliefs. Unfortunately, Mr. Fink still thinks he is living in the last century where not only could you get away with that kind of bigotry, but there was little price to be paid for it. In this century, this kind of bigotry is simply not a survial skill or a leadership skill — two things you want your kids to have. An official demonization of LGBT people — objecting to making them normal (as if they aren’t already) not only does not serve these kids, but also tries to use the government to impose your bigotry on others. Even more, what Mr. Fink knows is that kids are more tolerant of differences among them, including LGBT differences. Trying to curb a basic course on sexuality to impart Mr. Fink’s message that LGBT people are not “normal” is about him imposing his beliefs on these kids — because he knows that they don’t prioritize these differences. And trying to control other people — their behavior and their beliefs is what Sharia Law is all about, right?

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Sunday Open Thread [10.12.14]

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Sunday Open Thread [10.12.14]

The affect of Obamacare in Delaware:

DHHS says that taken together, premiums for Medicare Part B and D will be more than $125 lower in 2015 than initially projected in 2009. That translates into a total of $2.9 million in savings in the First State.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell attributed the savings to a slower rise in healthcare costs since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. In a statement, Burwell said the ACA is “working to improve affordability and access to quality care for seniors and people with disabilities.”

Meanwhile, remember that Libertarian Propaganda Institute that gave Governor Markell an “F” for fiscal responsibility?

Moody’s Investor Services, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Rating Services all gave Delaware a AAA credit rating this week. The agencies noted the state’s significant financial reserves and the strength of its labor market in their analysis.

I may disagree with Governor Markell’s PRIORITIES when it comes to economic policy, and his tax policy, but you can’t say he has been irresponsible fiscally. If he was, then the credit ratings agencies would have downgraded Delaware long ago, which is what the Libertarian hit piece was pure bullshit.

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Campaign mailers graded – Coons gets an A, Carney an F

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Campaign mailers graded – Coons gets an A, Carney an F

Facing off against nitwits who have been abandoned by their own party’s leadership, Carney or Coons could have passed on sending out campaign mailers this season, but they sent them so I’m here to grade them. The bottom line: Great job Coons. Carney, what the fuck are you running for? What office and why? I thought I knew prior to reading this piece of shit, but now I’m not sure.

First Coons – his piece is strong. On one side he is talking to hard hat wearing blue collar types which fits in with his laudable campaign theme of “Bringing manufacturing jobs back to Delaware.” In a stacked headline about the picture Coons provides the voters with basic facts: “Working hard for Delaware” is above “Democrat Chris Coons US Senator for Delaware.” Seeing the word “Democrat” gives me hope that Coons is aware of the fact that Republicans ARE the root problem in DC. That feeling is validated when I turn the piece over and read… “Chris is standing up to the Tea Party Republicans to put Delaware families first.”

I mean holy shit…right?

What’s up with Carney? Well his mailing is as slutty a mish-mash of mincing qualifications as Coons’ is direct and honorable.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.12.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.12.14]

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‪#prioritizethat

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‪#prioritizethat

Care about Wilmington schools and are on Twitter? This is the hashtag to help take back the conversation and talk about your ideas for making Wilmington schools actually work for city kids. Here’s the current Twitter feed. Started by Mike Matthews:

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Saturday Open Thread [10.11.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [10.11.14]

South Dakota Independent Larry Pressler told The Hill that he won’t say who he’d caucus with if he wins his independent U.S. Senate race in South Dakota but said that if elected, he’d be a “friend of Obama.” He also confirmed voting for Obama twice: “I don’t regret those votes, ’cause on that day, that’s how I felt.”

I kinda hope he doesn’t win, and in fact, I predict in the map that he will not. Yes, that’s right. I think, when all is said and done, the Democrats will hope onto Arkansas, Iowa, North Carolina and Colorado, while losing Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Alaska and Louisiana. That would leave the GOP one seat short of the majority, but then I believe the Dems will win Georgia and Kentucky from the GOP, and the Independent Orman will win Kansas, and then caucus with the Dems.

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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YWCA Delaware: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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FYI… Important info below.  Please spread the word.     YWCA Delaware Promotes Domestic Violence Awareness Month WILMINGTON, DE – YWCA Delaware commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month with free workshops and additional support group meetings during the month of October. YWCA will host workshops at high schools and community based organizations throughout Delaware to teach […]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.11.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.11.14]

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Wilmington City Council’s Meeting On Priority Schools

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Wilmington City Council’s Meeting On Priority Schools

Last night I attended the City Council Meeting on Priority Schools.

I’ve stared at the above sentence for quite a while, not sure how to proceed.  Mainly because I think last night was simply window dressing, a box checked off… the deal is done.  These schools, imo, are headed for charter conversion, privatization or closure.  The only question is when this will happen.  Shortly after the December 31, 2014 Plan deadline? Or after the specified four year, approximately 6 million Plan doesn’t meet the standardized test bar?

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Friday Open Thread [10.10.14]

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Friday Open Thread [10.10.14]

Paul Krugman pens a defense of the President against his critics, and also lists his accomplishments. It is a lengthy piece, and you should read the whole thing, but here are some excerpts:

Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history. His health reform is imperfect but still a huge step forward – and it’s working better than anyone expected. Financial reform fell far short of what should have happened, but it’s much more effective than you’d think. Economic management has been half-crippled by Republican obstruction, but has nonetheless been much better than in other advanced countries. And environmental policy is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.

[...] [T]here’s a theme running through each of the areas of domestic policy I’ve covered. In each case, Obama delivered less than his supporters wanted, less than the country arguably deserved, but more than his current detractors acknowledge. The extent of his partial success ranges from the pretty good to the not-so-bad to the ugly. …

Am I damning with faint praise? Not at all. This is what a successful presidency looks like. No president gets to do everything his supporters expected him to. FDR left behind a reformed nation, but one in which the wealthy retained a lot of power and privilege. On the other side, for all his anti-government rhetoric, Reagan left the core institutions of the New Deal and the Great Society in place. I don’t care about the fact that Obama hasn’t lived up to the golden dreams of 2008, and I care even less about his approval rating. I do care that he has, when all is said and done, achieved a lot. That is, as Joe Biden didn’t quite say, a big deal.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.10.14]

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Friday  Daily Delawhere [10.10.14]

Fall Begins on the Green, by Mike Mahaffie, on Flickr.

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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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