Judge Orders Temporary Restraining Order Prohibiting the Release Of More Anti-Abortion Videos

Los Angeles Superior Court issued and order Tuesday Prohibiting The Release Of Any Anti-abortion Video By Pro-Life Advocates

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/29/restraining-order-issued-against-anti-abortion-group-video/

It appears, Los Angeles doesn’t want the truth of America’s disgust with Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby parts to grow in support with the American public. The US Senate will offer legislation in August to defund Planned Parenthood and use the money currently given to the organization to fund other women’s health services that don’t deal in trafficking of aborted human fetuses.

The Center for Medical Progress has released three secretly recorded videos to date that have infuriated anti-abortion activists, according to Foxnews. The videos were recorded of three high-ranking StemExpress officials at restaurants in May. The legal action taken by Los Angeles appears to be the first action taken to stifle these videos from public consumption.

“The Center for Medical Progress, follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work,” said the group’s leader David Daleiden. In a statement Wednesday, Daleiden said StemExpress was using, “meritless litigation” to cover up and “illegal baby parts trade.”

StemExpress is a Placerville-based company started in 2010 that provides human tissue, blood and other specimens to researchers. Planned Parent is one the company’s providers of fetal tissue, according to Foxnews reports.

The temporary restraining order issued Tuesday will remain in place until a hearing on August 19.

Meet Eileen O’Shaughnessy-Coleman

18th candidate

“There have been times in my life when the financial burdens of raising two children with autism, along with three other children, has nearly cost us our home. With the help of our family and the community around us, we worked hard and overcame those challenges. I’ve had to stand-up to bureaucrats to fight for the resources that my kids, and others like them, have needed to deal with what life has thrown them. Over the nearly 25 years I’ve lived here I’ve learned that most of my neighbors have had to confront their own unique challenges. I’m running for office to speak out for those that have too often not had a voice. I’m running because I want to help.”

– Eileen O’Shaughnessy-Coleman Republican Candidate 18th district Representative _________________________________________________________________

Lifelong resident of Newark area (24 year resident of district) John Coleman, husband of 29 years Mother of 5 (2 affected by autism) Graduate of John Dickinson High School Graduate of University of Delaware – 1986, BAS Communications Progressive Pool Management, Manager 1980-1986 Citicorp (Delaware), Overseas Investment, 1987-1992 Autism Advocate (two children affected by autism) Mancus Foundation, Board Member Wedgewood Swim Club – Board President St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Volunteer St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Volunteer Padua Academy, Volunteer Brandywine High School, Volunteer Salesianum School, Volunteer Office of Congressman Mike Castle, Intern Honorable Terry Spence, Campaign Volunteer Honorable Mike Ramone, Campaign Volunteer

18th District Special Election Lining up

Democrats Pick a Candidate?

Representative Michael Barbieri resigned to head up the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health for the Department of Health and Social Services. This has set in motion a special election for sometime in September.

Progress is being made regarding finding a replacement. If you are a Democrat, you may be out of luck if you wanted consideration. Democrats had an emergency special meeting last night to look over hand selected candidates and are rumored to have made a decision. David Bentz, who is a legislative aide for the Democratic House Caucus. He is a University of Delaware graduate who previously worked for Pennsylvania House Democrats. Republicans, who are conducting a more open interview process according to GOP Executive Director John Fluharty, plan to have a decision next week “that everyone can support”.

According to state law, the parties pick special election candidates for a special election which must be held 30 to 45 days from the vacancy. Rep. Barbieri was to resign effective August 3, 3015 though rumors are that he may move it up if Democrats have settled on a candidate which would force an earlier election. Expect his last day to be July 31th which allows a pre-labor day special election if Democrats want it. This maneuver would give Republicans who held the heavily Democratic seat for decades less time to mount a special election challenge where they have been most successful. The Democrats have a super majority on the line for the House in this election. A loss here would mean Democrats lose leverage to raise fees and taxes in both houses of the General Assembly without negotiating with Republicans. Such negotiations this year resulted in some reforms to the bidding and prevailing wage process which will result in state and local taxpayer savings.

NJ Democrats Run Silly Gambit

NJ Democrats think that they are trying to show up Chris Christie when in reality they are trying to grandstand. They have introduced a resign to run bill that seems to apply to no other office but governor. If somehow Democrats passed this bill into law, it is more likely to hurt them in the long run.

Most states are proud that they have respected leaders on the national or even global stage. Some states are parochial. New Jersey has not had a President in almost 100 years. Some people with small minds would like to do everything they can to keep it that way. The nation doesn’t matter.

Why the Iranian Deal Makes Us Less Safe

The World in 2022; Consider this scenario.

The nuclear deal with Iran 7 years ago made us less safe because it lifted the Arms Embargo on Iran two years ago. This allowed Iran to undermine the Arab countries in the Middle East will turn the Middle East into a war zone between radical Sunni extremists and radical Shiite extremists. It enslaved 300 million people across Southern and Eastern Asia and Northern Africa in a radical reign of terror. It will not stay there. They will enflame Africa and Europe. The Americas will see more terrorism the more isolated they become. The West could see the end of its 500 year cycle and our experiment of liberty is under its greatest challenge since Hitler and Stalin aligned in 1939-40. Now Iran has had 7 years to enrich and consolidate its power over a quarter of the world’s oil, it withdrew from the framework. It used the 150 billion dollars freed up by withdrawing the sanctions to buy nukes from cash strapped Pakistan which fell to Iranian funded Taliban radicals as well as fissionable material. It used the research reactor, Fordo, to refine its techniques. It acquired ballistic missiles as now allowed by the agreement and sent up satellites that spy on Israel and its few remaining opponents in the region such as Kurdistan and Saudi Arabia. It mapped out their military and civilian assets.

Iran bought the plans to not only develop the atom bomb but secretly went straight to the neutron bomb after skillful espionage of old French designs. Instead of bombing its opponents traditionally, suicide bombers smuggled tactical neutron bombs into key locations in Western Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh. The support of the Ahrar al Najran movement in 2015 with Iran’s new wealth split the royal kingdom in 2020 and led to the defeat of the Saudi military in Yemen. That defeat toppled a half a dozen moderate Arab states in the region and is now threatening to bring back the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt which has joined with Hamas and taken over The Sinai and threatens the Suez Canal.

Israel has lost Palestine which is under Hamas and is bunkered behind walls and a state of military occupation. Schools are bombed, tourism is down, and fear is rampant. 300,000 Jews have left Israel along with a greater number of Arab Christians who have immigrated to America which passed as the last bastion of a new normalcy in the free world.

Today, Iran announced that it has 10 missiles aimed at Ankara, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, and key bases in each country. It demands that the 3 nations negotiate their surrender by converting to Shiite Islam or paying Jizya tribute. The Labor Prime Minister who succeeded Netanyahu after he was assassinated by agents of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard who masqueraded as Hezbollah, put forth a tribute bill to the Knesset. His government fell and elections are in two weeks. President Hillary Clinton tried to snap back the sanctions but by then Iran and its agents had an economic stranglehold on the economies of Europe and China.

Clinton is in an untenable political situation. She endorsed the Obama deal in 2015 and now the world is coming apart because of it. She barely won reelection and is now the weakest President since James Buchanan. Former Governor Scott Walker, the Republican nominee was killed a week before the 2020 election in a bombing by an IED that looked strangely similar to those developed by Iranian intelligence in the Iraq War. The FBI suspected Iranian involvement but could never prove it. As it zeroed in on the cell, they committed mass suicide rather than be interrogated. They left traps which killed 10 law enforcement agents and 2 firefighters as the abandoned Muslim Community Center burned to the ground. The explosions, which set off dirty bombs, contaminated a city block in suburban Richmond, Virginia. An elementary school had to abandoned. 50 children were sickened and 5 died with others suffering long term. 3 mosques were burned during rioting in Richmond and a dozen others across America. 30 Christian Churches and 12 Jewish Synagogues were burned or bombed in retaliation. President Clinton declared a state of emergency and martial law. She rode the disorganization of the GOP losing its standard barrier and controls on crowds meeting to a narrow reelection. Now she is facing plunging polls and unrest from the militia movement who claims that she stole the election when she required federal marshals to count disputed ballots in Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. She won the narrowest victory since 2000 by 2 electoral votes. With militia on the right and ISIS and Iranian terrorists on the other flank, America seems uneasy and ready to explode. 15 states have called for a Constitutional Convention to allow succession.

Her options are limited. She continued the Obama/Ryan defense budgets. In the words of former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the U. S. was no longer on a war footing, the Navy has only 8 operational carrier groups, the Army is at its smallest level since before World War 2 and eliminated the Ground Combat Vehicle program, and the Air Force eliminated the A-10 and reduced the C-5 Galaxy fleet. Meanwhile the IMF replaced the Dollar with SDR’s backed by gold, and a market basket of currency dominated by the Yuan and the dollar. No longer able to print money with impunity and export its inflation, America’s credit card has been cut off. Interests have soared to 20% after foreigners began to pull 6 trillion dollars from the American economy. The rising interest rates on the 20 trillion dollar federal debt and combined government and private debt which total 65 trillion dollars have sent the nation into a depressionary spiral. Cities rioted when food stamps were cut by 30% and people ran out of food 10 days before the month ended. 10 cities have been under martial law since 2021. While she was preoccupied, she did not snap back the sanctions when Iran made seemingly minor violations of the agreement.

Our New Leader,Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Smiling in Triumph

Our New Leader,Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Smiling in Triumph

While all of this is happening, neutron bombs unleash waves of gamma radiation in Western Jerusalem, Riyadh, and London. Those governments are made inoperable. Pending Israeli elections are on the verge of suspension. Iranian troops take over the land of Mecca 4 days later along with the wealth and oil fields left undamaged and free of hundreds of thousands of infidels who died from the blast which killed people but left infrastructure. The bombs also left the holy sites of Jerusalem undefiled while freeing it of 200,000 Jewish and Christian infidels with as many sickened. Khamenei declared the 50,000 Muslim dead in Jerusalem, who were collateral damage are Shaheed or martyrs because they died Istishhad–in a holy sacrifice to Allah. Turkey, Egypt, France, England, Bosnia, Albania, the stans of the old Soviet Union, and much of Africa, reel from coordinated riots. Governments sued for peace When terror cells in Brussels unveil Red Mercury suitcase Neutron bombs outside of the European parliament. 7 years ago they sat across from Iranian diplomats issuing terms, but now they beg for peace on the Supreme Leader’s terms. Europe is on the verge of agreeing to give 100 Billion Euros a year for the next 10 years as Jizya–tax on the pain of death. Mohammad Javad Zarif, who they once saw as a smiling moderate foreign minister, is now the new Caliph of Córdoba. Senator Rand Paul revived the Jeffersonian rally cry, with a new twist, trillions for defense, but not one cent for Jizya tribute. Millions demonstrate in the streets in defiance of Executive Order 12656 revised in 2019 under the War and Emergency Powers Act but the military refuses to recognize the suspension of the Constitution.

President Barack Obama and his 5 allies did indeed make a legacy agreement with Iran. Unfortunately, the world will curse them for the next 3 generations because 500 years of Western advance has fallen to the Islamic Caliphate and a new Holocaust has been unleashed.

Trump Enters Firestorm with Counter Attack on McCain

I disagree with Senator John McCain and his attacks on those with whom he disagrees. Paul supporters are crazies. Rand Paul is endangering Americans by standing up for liberty. 15,000 people who came to a Trump Rally in Phoenix are crazies. He called Fox News “schizophrenic” on immigration. He is waging an all out war against the “negative” force of the Tea Party. His Superpac spent $300,000 to run allies in party races and displace precinct committee people who supported his censor by the state party. He is wrong.

Mr. Donald Trump’s off hand insult against Senator McCain however was insulting to those who served in harm’s way by one who never served. Trump is in a catch 22. He is afraid to apologize because he thinks it will make him look weak. He needs to find a way to walk back the remarks in a way that is consistent with his support of the troops and veterans. How do you do that. You say I am sorry. “I was upset with the outrageous insults that McCain levels against great Americans and I lashed out, but I should never have uttered a word about his service to this great country because I honor the service of everyone who served or serves honorably”. While he is at it, he can clarify that he doesn’t just assume that many illegal immigrants are good people just trying to make a better life for their families, but he knows many are. His remarks were aimed at the ones who are hurting them and American citizens.

Why does Trump have a problem apologizing? It is because he has yet to say I am sorry, forgive me to GOD. When asked if he asked forgiveness for his sins, he said that he goes to Church and takes communion, but he doesn’t ask forgiveness instead he tries to move forward and do better next time.

I like and admire Donald Trump. I reject the idea that he is a clown or not legitimate. The voters decide that. I disagree with him on immigration, on the relevance of the Obama birth certificate (regardless of where he was born, he was an American citizen by blood and has lived in America 14 years which fulfills the Constitution. It never required a person to be born here; it is either born here or one parent be a citizen). I think that he is great titan of commerce who cares enough to teach people how to achieve their dreams. He is a great example of American success. His father came from average means and made a fortune in New York real estate. Trump learned well and went global. He survived at the top once he reached it in recessions, market collapses, currency fluctuations, and tax changes. His children have turned out to be solid citizens as well. He speaks about important issues that affect real people that are at the core of America’s problems. Issues like illegal immigration, bad trade deals, currency manipulation, the destruction of our manufacturing base, our weakness in diplomacy. Trump has taken front runner status not because he is a clown but because Washington has been run too long by a clown show of big government, big media, big labor, and big transnational corporations to the detriment of the silent majority. He has stood up and spoken for the quiet people who are suffering.

If Trump does not find a better way of expressing his concerns, he will harm the movement of those who are concerned and marginalize for another 2 to 4 years the issues that should have been addressed 10 years ago. He should not backtrack and waiver, but he should remember the Proverb that “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”. The right words at the right time are beautiful, powerful, and precious. Any fool can say what is on his mind, but a wise man knows how to keep it until he says it at the right time in the right way. That is a skill not well respected in many parts of our conservative movement. People who see traps and avoid letting people put words in their mouths to discredit them, are said to be giving political answers. That is what our Lord did and He was a straight shooter. He would not let other people dictate his agenda or discredit him through clever set ups. That is what we need in these times. Words matter. Trump can soar or he can flame out. He can also fade to being a force like Ron Paul. I expect the latter. He is too popular and has too much money to go away if he hires smart people to run his campaign and gives them the resources to achieve it. We all know that is Trump’s wheelhouse. The question is will he be able to keep the essence of who he is, outspoken and bigger than life while fine tuning his style to political reality?

He can start by apologizing not to McCain but to those who served.

Khamenei Says Iranian Foreign Policy Towards the US Won’t Change

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Speaking officially earlier on Saturday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that “A landmark nuclear deal with world powers won’t change Iran’s stance toward the arrogant United States government.

While proponents of the recent nuclear accord may speculate that the statement was intended for domestic consumption, opponents will use the comment to strengthen their case.

No word as yet on White House or State Department reaction.

First State Animal Shelter Terminates Public Animal Control Contracts

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Board of Directors of the First State Animal Shelter and SPCA (formerly known as the Kent County SPCA) has voted (14-1) on Monday, July 13 to terminate all public animal control enforcement contracts in Delaware, effective 15 September 2015. Instead, the organization (based in Camden, DE) will switch to an “animal rescue and no-kill shelter” operation.

The board’s decision potentially leaves a gap in related services in the event that various state, county and local officials do not formulate an alternative operational strategy. This includes setting up an animal shelter, training and outfitting of personnel, implementation of legal framework, administrative operations and soliciting bids.

The Delaware Office of Animal Welfare recently announced that it would assume direct responsibility for animal control enforcement operations at an estimated annual budget of 3.5 million dollars.

Details of the FSAS/SPCA’s decision and its ramifications are available at:

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/07/14/first-state-end-animal-control-delaware/30144573/

http://delawarestatenews.net/news/first-state-to-end-animal-control-contracts-early/ and

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/first-state-to-terminate-animal-control-contracts-throughout-delaware/1375396

Critics of the First State Animal Shelter’s outgoing animal control operation have speculated that the change may have something to do with a pattern of questionable actions of its animal control officers, including but not limited to: intimidation, excessive use of force, warrantless searches of residences and false or exaggerated charges.

There is no word as yet as to how the board’s action will affect the case of Jake Smith, a southern Delaware radio personality, who constitutionally challenged the SPCA’s search of his residence to impound his dog, “Millie” without a duly executed search warrant, properly served by certified police officers.

Currently, under Delaware law, SPCA animal control officers are not certified as police officers by the Delaware Council on Police Training (COPT).

**** UPDATE ****

Further information is available at: https://hopefordelawaredogs.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/crisis-meeting-regarding-dog-control-in-delaware-schedule in a well-researched article by Tacia Mc Illvaine.

Delaware Congressman John Carney Comments on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Delaware’s sole U.S. Representative, John Carney, has issued the following statement on the nuclear agreement with Iran:

Congressman Carney Statement on Nuclear Agreement with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman John Carney (D-DE) today released the following statement on the nuclear agreement with Iran:

“I’m pleased to hear that an agreement has been reached — I look forward to studying the details of it with skeptical and clear eyes. The central question is whether we are indeed better off with the deal than without it.

“As I’ve said all along, a good deal must curtail Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons program and put in place a tough regime of inspections that will ensure that Iran is playing by the rules. International inspectors need complete access to Iran’s known nuclear facilities and to other secret facilities that might be used to get around the terms of the agreement.

“I look forward to classified briefings on the specifics of the deal so that I can better assess its merits. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to determine whether this agreement is, in fact, in the best interest of the U.S. and our allies in the region, especially Israel.”

Markell Issues Tone Deaf Veto of Parental Opt Out Bill

Governor Markell issued a veto message with his veto of HB 50 in spite of the fact it passed with veto proof majorities. Part of which is below.

“HB 50 would undermine the only objective tool we have to understand whether our children are learning and our schools are improving. It has the potential to marginalize our highest need students, threaten tens of millions of dollars of federal funding, and undermine our state’s economic competitiveness – all without adequately addressing the issues that motivated many to support the legislation. That is why educators and school leaders have joined the civil rights community and business leaders in opposing the legislation, and why I am returning the bill unsigned,” wrote the Governor in a statement delivered to the House of Representatives.

“I have heard the concerns of some parents and teachers that our students are experiencing too much testing. I agree… And that is why I have signed Senate Joint Resolution 2, which will bring together teachers, parents, civil rights leaders, and legislators to help us review our required assessments and eliminate those that are unnecessary, ineffective, or redundant.”

Senator Dave Lawson said this to the Delaware State News in response, “This action by Gov. Markell proves, without a doubt, that he and the ‘We know best’ bunch have NO regard for what parents and the legislature approve. It is sad that the Governor decided to veto a piece of legislation supporting parents’ rights.”

Dr. Terri Hodges of the Delaware PTA had this call to action.

We are deeply disappointed in the Governor’s decision to veto HB 50. Even more so, we are disappointed with the reasoning outlined in his letter to the General Assembly. His statements clearly demonstrate a lack of understanding of not only HB 50, but also of the motivations behind parent support of this Bill. We are deeply saddened that the Governor has chosen to defend his right to exercise his veto power on the backs of our minority and at risk student populations. Many national civil rights organizations have clearly shown that these types of high stakes tests only serve to widen the achievement gap. As such, Delaware PTA denounces the Governor’s arguments. Furthermore, the argument that this assessment is the “only objective” tool we have to measure student growth and school performance is categorically false.

As we have stated before, this Bill is very straight forward, in that it codifies a parent’s right to opt their child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. However, opponents of the bill and subsequent amendments took the argument down a very convoluted and confusing path. Even those that are well versed on the subject and familiar with the bill were confused at times. To help alleviate any confusion or misconceptions with regard to parent motivation and interest in HB 50, Delaware PTA attempted to meet with the Governor on numerous occasions, but he did not acknowledge our requests or attempt to meet with us. In fairness, his Education Policy Advisor did agree to speak with me for about 10 minutes via phone towards the end of the legislative session. Out of fairness to the thousands of members we represent and given the enormity of what was at stake, we felt a more genuine conversation was warranted.

HB 50 passed both the chambers with more than a 3/5 majority. Your legislators worked very hard and fought for your rights as parents. They listened to you. For that they should be commended.

Although the Governor has vetoed this bill, it is not dead. Our legislators still have the right to override his veto when the general assembly resumes in January 2016. This is an election year and we know the legislators will continue to work hard to represent their constituents.

During the last 24 hours, we have heard from many of you asking “what’s next?”, and many more have taken to social media to express their discontent with the Governor’s decision. We came together before to get the bill this far, and we are asking for your support once again.

1. We need each and every one of you to contact the legislators and thank them for their support on HB 50. Ask them to stand firm in their convictions, support their constituents and honor their first vote by overriding the Governor’s veto of HB 50.

2.Sign this petition to override the Governor’s veto of HB 50

Here you will find the HB 50 Roll Call listing all the legislators and how they voted. In addition, here is the contact information for the Delaware Legislators 2015.

I agree with the Delaware PTA. This test is the wrong test. It is unproven and worse, it forces people to methods not standards. Knowing the right answer can be wrong if you don’t follow their convoluted techniques, but knowing the “right” method can get you points even with the wrong answer. This test will hurt students by forcing them into methods that parents don’t know. It will force teachers to go back to school themselves. Yet the result will be no better in terms of actual skills. This movement has united Delawareans of all incomes, ethnicities, male and female, and all political parties. This is a face off between the people and the establishment lobby that has spent big time on defeating this bill. It will be heard or their will be changes next year.

Senator Bryan Townsend Responds to me about SB60–DE Sanctuary State Bill

Thank you David. Here is additional information I have provided to people who have reached out to me:

“Although in June I had already decided not to pursue SB 60 even as we moved forward with SB 59, I want to respond to your message with more details and explanation.

SB 60 is, along with SB 59, the product of a task force that met in 2014 and issued recommendations. We passed SB 59 this year. I currently do not plan on bringing SB 60 to a Senate vote next year, and I had made that decision more than a month ago once it became clear that SB 60 codifies the current practice of most (if not all) law enforcement agencies in Delaware.

That practice is as follows: if someone has been processed for any criminal-related activity and is entitled to release (e.g., turns out they picked up the wrong person; or the person made bail; or there is no bail and the person is entitled to release, etc.), then typically he/she is released notwithstanding immigration status. Another way of putting this is: Delaware law enforcement agencies are focused on preventing crime and apprehending criminals that threaten public safety, and the agencies are not an extension of federal immigration officials. Being an extension of immigration officials would cost Delaware law enforcement agencies (and the Delaware public) monies and resources that could be put to better use addressing threats to the Delaware community. I’ll note, though, that under SB 60, if there is a criminal immigration warrant/etc. for the person, then he/she would NOT be released by Delaware law enforcement agencies.

I have spoken with DE law enforcement officials at length, and the major reason they already practice the general framework of SB 60 is because federal immigration officials almost always fail to respond to a request of the DE agency if the undocumented person is not already wanted for (or has not committed) a serious crime. A reason for this: typically, federal immigration officials also are focused on the highest threats to public safety, and they are not going to expend resources on coming to Delaware and taking into custody a single individual who otherwise is not believed to be a threat to public safety. To be clear, I believe our federal immigration laws need to be reformed significantly, and that we do need to secure the border. Here on the ground level in Delaware, however, the focus needs to be on deterring criminal activity and apprehending criminals. DE agencies already do this (for the most part), and that is what SB 60 would codify.

There is a very important consideration that would support the passage of SB 60: a real concern within communities of undocumented Delawareans is that undocumented individuals may hesitate to report crimes for fear of police detaining them simply for being undocumented. This means that victims of domestic abuse might not come forward, and witnesses of child abuse might not come forward. As an entire Delaware community, we should not want these crimes to go unreported, the abusers to go unpunished, and the victims to go unprotected.

So long as the reasonable balance that has already been struck in Delaware continues, and unless we hear more or growing concerns from people who opt not to report crimes out of the fear I mention above, I do not intend to move forward with SB 60.”

Administrator’s note. This post is in multiple formats. In fairness to Senator Townsend, I wanted his response to be available across the board. Obviously, I wish he would strike the bill. At least he does not currently intend to work it. It is the exact opposite approach that we need Serious offenses both felony and misdemeanor should be run through the immigration data base as well as the FBI data base to ensure that whomever it is, is not wanted for other crimes elsewhere. I thank him for being kind enough to respond in a thoughtful fashion. I am all for treating immigrants right. I am not for protecting criminals. See my original commentary here.

Toll Wars MD v. DE

As someone who travels to the People’s Republic of Maryland, I am not excited about the latest round in the toll wars. Last year, Delaware went up on its tolls for weekends on popular tourist roads. This July, Maryland is waging its own war on out of staters by charging a new cash rate including to out of state EZ Pass users. Maryland EZ Pass users get a discounted rate.

The ultimate revenge is that Marylanders still get to use their resident discount when they leave to come shop in Delaware. Maybe Delaware should implement sanctions against Maryland firms that apply for state contracts and send that money to the highway trust fund until Delaware EZ Pass holders are no longer penalized.

Senator Chris Coons Comments on Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted by: Wolf von Baumgart

Delaware U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has released the following statement regarding the multinational nuclear deal with Iran:

“The United States must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capability.  A nuclear-armed Iran would threaten our national security, the security of Israel, and the stability of the entire Middle East.

“I will review the details of this agreement promptly, and I will only support it if this deal prevents every Iranian pathway to develop a nuclear weapons capability.  In conversations with senior Administration officials, I have been clear about the specifics of what I want to see from this nuclear agreement.  The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must have timely and effective access to military and sensitive facilities in Iran, and be able to fully assess Iran’s past illicit nuclear weapons efforts.  The agreement must include strict limits on advanced centrifuge research and development to prevent a rapid upgrade of Iran’s future capacity to enrich uranium.  Any sanctions relief must be based on Iran first meeting its obligations under this deal.  Finally, the international community must maintain its ability to re-impose sanctions should Iran violate the agreement.

“As Congress plays its rightful role in fully reviewing the specifics of this agreement, I urge the Obama Administration to continue to reach out to Congress to discuss the details of this deal.  Administration officials should participate fully in hearings and classified briefings to ensure members of Congress understand the parameters and consequences of this important agreement.”

Responses to Midlantic Dispatch requests to U.S. Senator Tom Carper’s and Congressman John Carney’s offices for public comments on the Iran nuclear agreement are pending and will be posted in their entirety.

President Will Veto Any Congressional Opposition to Iran Nuclear Proliferation Agreement

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

President Obama has vowed that he will veto any congressional legislation that would run contrary to the nuclear accord reached with Iran. He flatly stated that he was confident that the deal will meet the national security interests of the United States and its allies. He also advised members of Congress to tone down their rhetoric regarding Iran.

Under the terms of the agreement reached earlier Tuesday morning in Vienna between the US, Russia, Germany, China, France, UK and the Islamic Republic of Iran, most UN-imposed economic sanctions against Iran will be lifted under the following terms:

⁰ A 15-year delay on advanced nuclear research and production.

⁰ Lengthening of nuclear device breakout time from 2-3 month to 1 year.

⁰ Elimination of 2/3 of Iranian centrifuges.

⁰ IAEA inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.

⁰ Prevention of weapons-grade Plutonium production.

⁰ Reduction of Iranian stockpiles of enriched Uranium to 300 Kg with a cap of a 3.67% enrichment level.

⁰ Uranium enrichment to be limited to the existing Natanz facility.

⁰ No enrichment at the Fordow facility.

⁰ No acquisition of heavy water reactors or accumulation of heavy water stockpiles.

⁰ Redesign of the Arak reactor facility and export of spent fuel.

⁰ Re-imposition of UN, US and EU economic sanctions in the event of Iranian violation of the agreement.

The Administration and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, claim that the agreement is a victory as it will virtually eliminate the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons production.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called the agreement “a stunning historical mistake” and stated that it is not binding on Israel. “ The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday”, he said. Isreal has opened a Farsi Twitter account to further communicate its concerns to the Iranian public.

House Majority Leader, John Boehner, stated that the agreement would provoke a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Former US UN Ambassador, John Bolton, stated that Iran would not keep its word and he alluded to Iranian/North Korean nuclear weapons development cooperation and the possibility of unknown nuclear facilities in the Zagros Mountains that are very difficult to monitor.

Other critics have pointed out that 24 days notice to the Iranian government is effectively required for IAEA inspections of known Iranian nuclear facilities, the influx of money into the Iranian economy will enable expansion of its external operations KUDZ Force (linked to state-sponsored terrorism) and the difficulty of reimposing sanctions.

The UN arms embargo is scheduled to be lifted over a 5-8 year period.

The Administration’s position can be read at https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/iran-deal

Secretary of State, John Kerry’s comments are available at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2015/07/244885.htmlPresident Will Veto Any Congressional Opposition to Iran Nuclear Proliferation Agreement

The text of the entire agreement is available at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/271540181/Nuclear-Deal-Text

The agreement is subject to congressional approval. Concerned citizens should contact their congressional delegations.

How Soon We forget: 3 Del State Students Killed in 2007 by Illegal Alien with child rape charges pending

Senator Bryan Townsend is prime sponsor to Senate Bill 60 which is The TRUST bill. He thinks that people here illegally should be able to trust that we will hide them even when arrested for crimes. I thought that law enforcement had a public trust to enforce the law for the betterment of the community.

My own state representative is a cosponsor. I really don’t understand how my honorable friend, Rep. Sean Lynn can co-sponsor SB 60 which would make Delaware a Sanctuary state. It would over rule local control of cities like Dover that choose to cooperate with federal authorities. If they want to instruct State Police to release back into the community potential felons, at least don’t force the cities to do so. We have enough problems keeping law and order.

We didn’t choose to cooperate in a vacuum. In 2007, 4 Delaware State University Students were shot and 3 died. A Peruvian who was here illegally was responsible. Sadly, he should have never had a chance. He was previously in custody for allegedly raping a 5 year old. Newark, NJ is a sanctuary city. He was released on bond. While free, he participated in the killing of 3 promising young people who were ready to escape the slums and build a better life.

I have to think that if he has the facts that he will abandon this wrong headed policy. President Obama had it right when he said he would focus on felons not families when he set deportation priorities. We deported 3/4 of a million criminals and our crime rate nationally went down. Americans became safer. There are a third of million known criminal illegal aliens still here. Many are protected by Sanctuary polices. Governments should be protecting its own citizens not the feelings of those who violate our laws and cause injury to our people.

I am not asking a lot of my Democratic friends in the General Assembly. I am just asking them to have as much common sense as the leader of their party. They are anxious to run Americans exercising their 2nd Amendment rights through federal data bases for background checks. They are anxious to run our teachers and volunteers through background checks. Why are they afraid to check one more database to see if there is a federal detainer for immigration? If background checks make sense everywhere else, why not in this area?

We can differ on immigration policy, but can’t we all agree that our society is too violent and crime too high to protect criminals from justice so they can continue make our roads less safe, keep our families at risk, and leave an unnecessary trail of tears and pain?

Sanctuary Cities, Federal Law And The Value Of Human Life

Sanctuary Cities Give Illegal Aliens Advantages, Even American Criminals Wish They Had.

Although sanctuary cities and states violate federal law, it hasn’t been until July 1st, 2015 that serious outrage has been expressed. Although it has been discussed a length about Illegals being deported for committing crimes, only to return to sanctuary cities and states to commit more serious felonies, it wasn’t until a young woman was murdered in San Fransisco on July 1st, that total outrage is being expressed by the American Public.

On July 1st, in San Francisco a blatant sanctuary city, in full knowledge of federal law prohibiting such cities failed to take responsibility for the murder of Kathryn Steinle by Francisco Lopez-Sanchez,a five-time deported illegal alien, convicted of seven felonies. Seemingly, some of the only people in the country not outraged by this action are the city government officials of San Francisco, who refused any comment when confronted by a reporter from Foxnews. The San Francisco sheriff, defends his actions in releasing this convicted felon, a known illegal alien on the streets of SF to shoot and kill an innocent young woman walking on a pier with her father.

These actions, although outrageous to a majority are not outrageous to the liberal left, who consider the victims of these crimes as collateral damage to a much greater cause. That would be the cause of opening our borders to any who would come in and commit such crimes. San Francisco passed and law in 1989 called the “City and County of Refuge ordinance,” which prohibits city employees from helping federal immigration enforcement efforts unless compelled by court order or state law. (What about federal law?)

More than 200 state and local jurisdictions have policies that call for not honoring U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement detention requests, the agency’s director, Sarah Saldana told Congress in March. Should Americans be alarmed that city and states disregard federal law, while citizens are imprisoned for violating it.

Foxnews Anchor Megyn Kelly took President Obama to task for using the deaths of young black men to make political points, while ignoring Kathryn Steinle’s murder by a five-time deported convicted felon, because her death wasn’t deemed worthy. “There’s no excuse for it! He picks and chooses the victims he wants to highlight,” Kelly said.”

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest declined to speak about it after being repeatedly asked to weigh in on the topic and referred the matter to Homeland Security.

The argument for sanctuary status seem to be short sighted. Proponents say that by encouraging members of immigrant communities to work with police without fear of deportation, such policies help authorities improve public safety by helping authorities identify and arrest dangerous criminals who might otherwise go undetected.

The question that remains: are the city of San Francisco and the Sheriff of that county criminally liable in the case of the murder of Kathryn Steinle and should her family sue the city of San Francisco and the County Sheriff’s Office for violating federal law and releasing a five-times deported and seven-time convicted felon on the streets. any attorney would take that case on contingency. Both the City and the County Sheriff are criminally liable and should be charged.

Markell Signs “Stand By Me” Bill Into Law At Dover Downs Diamond Room

House Bill 10, A Bill That Will Lend a Helping Hand To Many Trying To Get A Start In Life Became Law At About 6pm Thursday Evening

HB 10, officially called, “An act to amend title 29 of the Delaware code relating to Office of Financial Empowerment,” officially became law, as Gov. Markell’s pen signed this beneficial bill into law. The bill’s primary sponsors Rep. Barbieri and Sen. Hall-Long were in attendance.

Gov. Markell waving signed bill to the cheering crowd.

Gov. Markell waving signed bill to the cheering crowd.

http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis148.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+10/$file/legis.html?open

A synopsis states: Stand By Me is an innovative financial empowerment program that has been operating within DHSS for the past two years. Stand By Me is designed as a partnership model, integrated into the culture and operations of businesses, educational institutions, , state agencies and non-profit organizations funded almost exclusively by the private sector and is a robust program based on collaboration and best practices. In just two years since start up, the program has made great strides and has helped many individuals and organizations. Codifying a state office of Financial Empowerment, housed within DHSS, will ensure the sustainability of the Stand By Me program and other financial empowerment programs.

Markell stated in an interview after the ceremony that this bill gives people the ability to help themselves, the help they need to get started. “I’m proud of this bill,” he stated. ” When I think about the profound impact Stand By Me is having in our state, I’m proud of it.”

Gov. Markell awarding Mary DuPont the Innovative Leadership Award

Gov. Markell awarding Mary DuPont the Innovative Leadership Award

Mary DuPont and her coaches worked with 34 high schools helping 3700 people by recruiting and training volunteers.

The Stand By Me group of coaches

The Stand By Me group of coaches

60 fighters, Is ISIS afraid yet?

The so called “administration” has only 60 Syrian fighters in training after more than a year and $500,000,000. Talk about mixed results. The administration has 7000 in waiting, but they can’t find people who are clear of terrorist ties. It goes back to my contention that we need American forces to defeat ISIS and let the others occupy. At this rate, we don’t need patience. ISIS will fail because they all die of old age.

Trump — Cruz Ticket 2016, How About It?

Trump, Leading the GOP Charge In North Carolina

According to several news sources, Donald Trump leads the field of republican candidates and has the support of 16 percent of primary voters in North Carolina. Despite continuous and recent attacks from not only the GOP and democratic party, Trump appears to float on the surface above the numerous GOP candidates.

“The Donald” has become popular with the conservative crowd and is said to be garnering support from the middle of the road and left of center republicans. Despite statements that some have construed as racist, Trump repeatedly defends his statements about Mexico and says he likes Mexico and denies he is a racist, but we need to defend our borders.

Trump’s “tell it like it is” attitude and lack of rhetoric has become a powerful campaign tool and he is being attacked by other GOP candidates who see him as a serious threat. Will the GOP self destruct again or will they gain some modicum of intelligence and support common sense?

If the national GOP wants to win in 2016, they better smell the roses and get behind the best candidate available or they’ll be eating Clinton’s dust for the next eight years. Trump has become a moving train that is gaining speed and popularity regardless of meaningless organizations that remove their business support.

Carney fights for Affordable Housing

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2015

Congressman Carney announces legislation to expand affordable housing options

Housing Assistance Reform Act would increase housing options for low-income Americans, raise capital for affordable housing projects

DOVER, Del. — This morning, Congressman John Carney (D-DE) visited Liberty Court Apartments in Dover to announce new legislation to improve affordable housing options. The Housing Assistance Reform Act would increase housing options for low-income Americans and help housing authorities raise capital for affordable housing projects. The legislation would expand access to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moving to Work program from 39 local housing authorities to 60, and eliminate the current unit cap for the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, allowing any eligible housing authority to participate.

“Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Congressman Carney. “We don’t have as many affordable options for low-income Americans as we need, and much of what we have has fallen into disrepair. My proposed legislation builds on two successful HUD programs that increase access to quality, affordable housing, while helping low-income Americans get the tools they need to rent or buy a home on their own. The Housing Assistance Reform Act will help more Americans pursue better opportunities and improve their quality of life. I am working closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get it passed.” IMG_9283

Congressman Carney announcing his Housing Assistance Reform Act to affordable housing residents and advocates at Liberty Court Apartments in Dover.

The Moving to Work (MTW) program was created by Congress in 1996 to give local housing authorities the flexibility to create successful programs that meet the needs of low-income families while promoting self-sufficiency and increasing available housing options. Currently, 39 housing authorities nationwide are eligible to participate in the program.

The Delaware State Housing Authority was one of the first agencies to participate in HUD’s Moving to Work pilot program in 1999. Since then, DSHA’s Moving to Work program has helped more than 800 Delaware families increase their financial stability and move from subsidized housing to market rate rentals or homeownership. The program has disbursed more than $2.4 million back to MTW residents in savings for successfully completing the program. For more information on DSHA’s Moving to Work program, click here.

“Moving to Work has given DSHA the flexibility to efficiently manage our resources while also allowing us to provide our clients a comprehensive set of services that is not limited to just housing assistance, but also includes financial literacy and case management to help them set and reach their goals,” said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi.

Rhianna Turner, a single mother and MTW graduate, shared her experience with the program. After losing her job, Rhianna entered DSHA’s Moving to Work program in 2007. “The Delaware State Housing Authority’s assistance allowed me to save money, learn to budget, and improve my credit, all of which helped me move toward my dream of homeownership,” said Turner. “Today, I have been in my home for a year and four months, and I am incredibly thankful for the help I received that allowed me to work towards this goal. There are many stresses in my life as a single mother to three children, but where we live is no longer one of them.” IMG_9299-300x135

(l to r): Rhianna Turner, an MTW graduate, and her DSHA caseworker, Lori Fretz, greet Congressman Carney at today’s press conference.

“I’m here to give my unbridled support to this national legislation,” added Fred Purnell, Executive Director of the Wilmington Housing Authority. “The critical piece for us is the flexibility that Moving to Work would bring to WHA. It would allow us to take resources that we have going in other directions and concentrate them on people.”

The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program gives local housing authorities a powerful tool to begin tackling the backlog of at least $25 billion in unmet capital needs and deferred maintenance for public housing. Specifically, RAD allows housing authorities to mortgage land and buildings, providing access to much needed private capital to make repairs to the existing housing stock. The mortgaged properties remain subject to the same use restrictions, ensuring that it will remain affordable for low-income families.

If You Want New Ideas, Bring in New Voices

The Dover Youth Advisory Council is a training ground for future leaders. We had a kickoff for the first wave of the teens.

Dover is ready for action. We need all hands on deck. If we are going to reach the new generation, we need input from that generation to do it. We need relevant programs for the youth and young adults. We need opportunities for all.

WBOC did a fine job explaining the committee. Yes, that intelligent, well spoken teen is my daughter. I think it is easy to tell why she was selected in a blind selection process that concealed identities, but considered their ideas and resume. I abstained from that batch and was so pleased that Rebecca sailed through without anyone knowing who was selected until I told them at the end. Now Delmarva knows what the committee saw. WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 –

Should George Takei’s Thomas is a clown in black face comment be condemned?

Gay right’s activist and actor George Takei was incensed at Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent in the Same Sex Marriage case. In his interview, he made an outrageous and racially charged remark that Justice Thomas was a clown in black face and a disgrace to America who does not belong on the Court. Naturally, I disagree and condemn the remarks especially in the wake of Charleston and the church burnings. Am I outraged and calling for action against him? No, but I am fascinated by the double standard in the media. Look at the feeding frenzy with Robinson of Duck Dynasty or even the mild statement by Chick-fil-a President Cathy that he supports Biblical Marriage. Let alone the two weeks of fanatical outrage against Donald Trump for his admittedly outrageous characterization of illegal Mexican immigrants.

George Takei's take on Clarence Thomas

STRONG WORDS: “A clown in blackface” and “a disgrace to America” — Gay activist George Takei’s take on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after Same-Sex Marriage ruling.In his dissent Justice Thomas wrote: "Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them."READ MORE: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/29447447/2015/06/30/george-and-brad-takei-speak-out-about-gay-rights-marriage

Posted by FOX 10 Phoenix on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Should TV Land now drop Star Trek reruns? Should every gay activist be asked their view on what he says? Should not every Democrat candidate for President have to answer were they stand on the “Clown in Black Face” controversy? Secretary Clinton says every Republican Presidential candidate needs to answer for Donald Trump’s remarks. I say everyone is responsible for their own views. Let every Republican answer for Trump if every Democrat has to answer for Takei or DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz.

We live in a society of bold colors. People break through the constant deluge of information by making outrageous statements to make a point and spur discussion. I believe overall that is good. The impulse by many to shutdown discussion by boycotts and intimidation is un-American. Let people rise and fall and their ideas rise and fall on their merits or lack of merits. We will never deal with the big issues like crime, immigration, jobs, education, and debt if we cannot even talk with one another. Free conversations are messy sometimes, but it is after the mess when all the ingredients are mixed and the heat of the oven applied that we have a delicious dish. This obsession with keeping the appearance of unity undermines any real means of achieving it.

Rosedale Pier Repairs Completed

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has announced completion of scheduled repairs of Rosedale Pier, a popular public boat ramp adjacent to Gull Point near Millsboro, in time for the Fourth of July weekend. The repairs included replacement of deteriorating wooden floating docks with aluminum floating docks and fill-in of a major hole at the end of the concrete ramp that made boat retrieval difficult at times.

DNREC Notice of Rosedale Pier Repairs (2)

BEFORE: Rosedale Pier in Need of Repair

[photo: Wolf von Baumgart]

Rosedale-Beach-Boat-Ramp-upgraded

AFTER: Rosedale Pier Upgraded [Photo: DNREC]

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, in a public effort to prolong the integrity of the facility, urges boaters not to engage in the practice of power loading boats on trailers, as large holes in the bottom are readily created in this manner, necessitating further maintenance at public expense.

For further information,call DNREC Fish and Wildlife at (302) 739-9914 or visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov

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