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

Senate Bill 59 Driving Privileges for Illegals

Driving permits for illegal aliens passed the General Assembly. Governor Markell is reported to have signed the bill. The bill was not that controversial in the Senate where it passed 17 to 1 with 3 not voting. Only Senator Colin Bonini voted no. The House vote was much closer with only 22 votes (1 more than needed) Republicans Boulden, Miro, and Ramone joined Democrats in support while Democrats Bennett, Paradee, and Johnson joined Republicans in opposition.

Delaware Compromise Saves Transportation Funds

Delaware Republicans forced Democrats to compromise and begin reforms to address the prevailing wage anomaly and remove some administrative costs from the transportation trust fund. Senate Republicans used their new status to block the fee hikes which required a super majority that Democrats no longer had. Democrats used to being able to pass whatever they wanted with their own numbers on budgetary matters played a game of chicken until the last minute. To their credit, they came to the table and negotiated a compromise opposed by the unions to link the prevailing wage more to the federal survey not one made up by local unions. Local governments were relieved that the cuts threatened by the JFC eliminating road maintenance did not materialize because of the deal.

The state will now have a minimum amount to continue approved road projects and maintenance and begin to address the longer term problems. Democrats got almost $25 million in higher fees effective October 1st. More when we find legislators awake after the 5 am marathon.

Delaware opens its first Medical Weed Dispensary

Is it a weed or medical miracle? It is likely somewhere in between. The Congress compromised between the Dr. Rand Paul position of state’s rights and medical compassion and the Dr. Andy Harris position of hard line prohibition of marijuana last December. It decided to forbid enforcing the law against medical dispensaries of marijuana but did not overturn the current designation as a schedule 1 drug. That was enough for Delaware to finally allow its law to take effect.

Now Delaware is celebrating its first medical cannabis dispensary. The rules are already out of date, but at least it allows patients to know what type of medicine they are getting. Forcing people with medical needs into the illegal market serves no one but the drug dealers. Hopefully, the other 2 will open this year.

Letter to the Editor – Good Money after Bad

Guest Post By: Ken Abraham

I read with interest the article on page A9 of the Wilmington News Journal of 6/20/15: Wilmington Police seek $1M for facility. The Police Department seeks a million dollars for “a real time crime center for monitoring surveillance video and police actions.” No doubt such a project should be helpful. However, I can only say “Here we go again, law enforcement is missing the bullseye, throwing good money after bad, and failing to see the big picture!”

We shall never significantly reduce the horrendous outbreak of violent crime until we address the underlying cause of it: the “war on drugs”! We have tried all manner of “tough on crime” strategies, for 45 years now, with NO success! Drugs are more plentiful than ever. Just as it is the root cause of ALL problems with our criminal justice system, the “war on drugs” is the cause of our children being killed in the streets in record numbers. Cameras won’t cure it.

Alcohol did not create Al Capone, prohibition created Al Capone; and so it is with the war on drugs. Google some facts: google Portugal drug policy/results! After 14 years of legalizing and regulating all drugs, that country is a model of the inevitable future – addiction (treated as a health issue, not a crime) is way down, crime is dramatically reduced, and the entire country is saving millions of dollars!

Get to the heart of the problem. “Eat healthy (end the war on drugs), and avoid heart attack after heart attack (murders on the street corners!).”

Ken Abraham, former Deputy Attorney General, President, Citizens for Criminal Justice, Dover, DE 302-423-4067

Open Letter re: HB 204

Guest Opinion

By: Doug Beatty

Dear Representative Lynn,

This citizen must take umbrage with your sponsorship of H.B. 204. On what planet is this a sound idea? The animal control officers at KCSPCA/FSAC have racked up an impressive history of unanswered complaints. At this very moment one Jacqueline Dyer of Hartly has publicy stated that Lt. David L. Hulse is retaliating against her for a drug test Hulse failed in 2006 administered by Dyer. After Dyer went public, she was criminally charged for dog at large on very shaky probable cause. In fact, in spite of evidence to the contrary according to Ms. Dyer and video from her home surveillance that she has made public.

Anywhere I’ve lived except this place would call that retaliating against a whistle blower. Here, nobody cares how many officials know about this event it seems to always fall outside their responsibility. Giving these people more power in any fashion is beyond irresponsible and this legislation circumvents the Attorney General’s discretion on which cases to take and which to pass on. Which was it’s stated intent at board meetings I attended. Disgraceful, Sir.

I will not waste my time or yours trying to dissuade you, I am simply making a record here. I find it most inappropriate although acknowledge no apparent criminality due to our weak public integrity codes that you sponsor this legislation given your relationship to the beneficiary.

Here are some salient points taken from a letter penned by Catherine Samardza, one of the activists along with myself that your good friend Steve Schwartz Esquire accused of ‘spreading really bad and false information” and seemed to threaten with a libel suit but has failed to show cause repeatedly when challenged. Maybe he doesn’t know what show cause means or maybe he can’t. Neither speaks well of your sponsoring his legislation Sir. To wit:

Representative Sean Lynn has introduced HB 204. This legislation was originally written by attorney Steve Schwartz, the Vice President of the board of FSAC-SPCA (formerly the Kent County SPCA). Depending on the situation, Mr. Schwartz is the FSAC’s attorney, except when he says he isn’t.

The original legislation has been amended based on feedback from the Office of Animal Welfare, but the Office has not endorsed this bill. Senator Blevins, who is a leader on animal welfare and control issues, is not in favor of this bill.

Why? So many reasons. The proposed legislation falls under Titles 3 & 11. It references animal cruelty enforcement, FSAC/KCSPCA and the Delaware SPCA. Both organizations have legislative authority to investigate animal cruelty – but on a voluntary basis, there is no mandate. In fact, DESPCA opted OUT of animal cruelty enforcement late in 2014.

The standing law states that the SPCAs are not paid for their investigations, but any penalties assessed to a pet owner accrue to the organization. They also receive the shelter fees from pet owners who do not relinquish their animals. The General Assembly allocated $100,000 recently to reimburse the SPCA for investigations, to be disbursed through the OAW.

The proposed legislation would allow FSAC employees to impound animals for misdemeanor cruelty cases based on their own determination, completely bypass the Attorney General’s Office review, and take pet owners to civil court. In board meetings, the board and executive director have complained that the AG’s office does not take their cases seriously or plea bargains the cases down to minor charges.

The current cruelty laws require the animal to stay with the SPCA until the case is settled in court, and allows FSAC to bill immediately for shelter charges. If a pet owner doesn’t pay the shelter fees within 5 days of billing, the animal is forfeit. THIS proposed legislation states that if the pet owner wins the case, he doesn’t have to pay for the shelter care. But this is a catch-22 – because if you are paying all along to keep your pet, how are you going to get your money back?

The ONLY benefit of this law is a financial one to FSAC/KCSPCA.

Delaware has no show-cause hearing before an animal is impounded by the SPCA. They are the sole arbiter as to whether or not alleged cruelty has taken place. The courts do not question their authority to apply for search or arrest warrants. The FSAC employees claim animal control constable status via Title 10 Chapter 29, but the Board of Examiners for Constables does not agree, saying the authority to empower animal control constables belongs to the counties.

Representative Lynn’s bio will tell you he is a volunteer with FSAC. It doesn’t tell you that an FSAC board member is his mother-in-law.

The Office of Animal Welfare has just promulgated Title 16 regulations regarding animal control officer and animal cruelty officer training. Current training via the organization is three months of ride-alongs – as noted in public venues by the former ACO chief, the current executive director and an ACO that was questioned in Jake’s case at Millie’s hearing. In addition, OAW has proposed that the State form its own enforcement unit for animal control and welfare. At this time, the General Assembly has not moved forward on that recommendation – although one of the co-sponsors of the bill has stated that this could happen soon, saying that this proposed bill would be a moot point. That legislator also thinks that the animal control officers are being moved from FSAC to OAW now. If so, why is this legislation needed at all? Why is it being pushed through?

Thank You for Your Attention,

Doug Beatty Magnolia, Delaware

P.S. on a personal note I am deeply disappointed in you for being involved in this.

— It is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner so that our citizens shall have the opportunity to observe the performance of public officials and to monitor the decisions that are made by such officials in formulating and executing public policy; and further, it is vital that citizens have easy access to public records in order that the society remain free and democratic.

Finnish Defense Minister Attends NATO Brussels Conference

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Finland’s Minister of Defense, Jussi Niinistö, participated in a major NATO ministerial meeting held in Brussels on Thursday, 25 June 2015. He took an active part in the Resolute Support (RS) discussions, focused on facilitating training and advice for the Afghan security forces and agencies and the future of the operation.

The meeting also discussed the general security situation in Afghanistan and assessed the progress of Resolute Support from an operational perspective. Finland currently has 80 peacekeepers and advisors stationed in Afghanistan.

SCOTUS Makes Abominable Ruling

It is an affront to Democracy. The Court has decided to overturn the will of the people that they enshrined in both Federal law and State Constitutions, in 30 plus cases by popular votes. The Judicial activists have once again shredded the Constitution to impose a radical and ill fated agenda in a preposterous attempt to redefine morality. This ruling is an abomination that will be overturned when common sense prevails.

Congress should impeach some justices to send a message that we will not be subjected to judicial tyranny. The Senate will fall short of the 2/3’s needed to convict and remove for political reasons, but it would send a message that would restore the balance of power. People need to wake up and speak up.

Crazy Anti Confederate Flag Purge

I am not a fan of the Confederate Battle Flag. The stars and bars represent an old era of oppression, disunity, racism, and rebellion to me. I do not think that it should be celebrated by the government that belongs to all of us by flying it with the great American flag at a capitol building or part of a state flag that belongs to all of the people. Now if the majority in an area disagrees, it is a small issue. A 150 year old flag doesn’t threaten or hurt me. It reminds me that we won.

Other people see a different aspect to the flag. The Civil War was started because of slavery, but it was not the only issue. Tariffs were a huge issue. The South was being impoverished by the North with unreasonably high protective tariffs. These very taxes encouraged slave labor as a means of keeping costs low. It kept the South as a resource based economy. The North was not right about everything. To many people, the Rebel flag represents the valor of their ancestors most of whom did not have slaves. It represents defiance to an overbearing and oppressive federal government. It is about heritage not hate. Stories have been passed down from generation to generation over 150 years. There is a mystique that exceeds the history. In other words, most people who like the Stars and Bars are not making a statement about anything except regional pride and heritage.

In college, I discovered this first hand. One of my best friends was from Northern Florida. He had a huge wall size stars and bars. When I first walked into his room next to mine after he settled in, I was shocked. Who is this? I had to ask him what’s up with the flag? He gave a generic answer. Then I asked Scottie, what does it mean to you? As we talked, then went to dinner, I discovered that there is a Southern mystic and mythology that is embodied in the flag that exceeds its history. A symbol can have many meanings. The Cross is a symbol of God loving and redeeming man. The cross used to be a symbol of terror and oppression. An act of love transformed it. The Cross is to those of us who believe the most beautiful symbol on the planet. It is the bridge to salvation, eternal life, and unbridled love. To some Jewish family that the KKK burned a cross in their yard 50 years ago, it would be viewed differently.

We became close friends. I spent many hours talking, praying, worshiping, studying the Bible, singing, and laughing in the shadow of the Confederate flag. It never became an issue again. It became a source of positive memories where before it was a symbol of hatred.

This is why I oppose the purge of private speech. Why shouldn’t someone be able to buy the Stars and Bars? Why should a police officer be fired in Charleston for posting himself in Stars and Bars shorts? (If I liked the Rebel flag, I would be more offended that someone would wear it as boxers than someone should be who opposes it.) Why should the State of Maryland want to remove the flag from the Sons of the Confederacy license plates? It is an important part of our history and people should be allowed to remember their family members who died for a mistaken and ill fated cause.

Most people know very well that this flag is not meant to be a threat to anyone. Therefore in private possession, it is protected speech. The idea of persecuting people for having a symbol that means many different things to different people is oppression. Governments do that when they are afraid of an idea. The aparthied regime in South Africa banned the ANC flag. The Israeli’s banned the Palestinian flag (not comparing the two morally). The Soviet puppet regime banned flags that reminded people of the sovereignty they lost in the states that they gobbled. Some of us don’t like the Stars and Bars. If it disappeared tomorrow, I would not be one bit sorry to see it go. I am not afraid of it. Banning it drives people who value it out of mainstream culture into a subculture. That is not good. We spent 50 years mainstreaming the South with success.

The precedent it sets is worse. If you can just start firing people for having a private symbol that is valued by a third of the people in a state, what can you do next? Could you start purging people with Greenpeace bumper stickers? Could you start persecuting people with Crucifixes because you think they may have a traditional view of marriage? Should we overturn the recent ruling that protected the young lady from job discrimination for wearing a head scarf?

22 years ago, when pro-life was 1/3 of the population not the half it is today, I had an abortion stops a beating heart bumper sticker. I was in sales. I was one of the most successful people in the entire region. One day my regional manager approached me and asked me if I could remove my bumper sticker because it could offend someone. I told him to provide me a company car and it could have anything they wanted on it, but it was my car. They offered me a car allowance, I refused it. It is who I am and at that time I choose to express it on a bumper sticker.

You see, I am not afraid of a guy with a rebel flag on his pickup truck. I do fear a government and a culture that can’t tolerate him. Why? I am a minority. History shows me that it is easy for me to be next. Tolerance and liberty are more valuable than whether or not I feel good about someone else’s speech, fashion, or symbols. If we truly want to be a diverse and tolerant country, then it has to be for everyone who wants to live at peace.

SCOUS REWRITES LAW TO save OBMCARE

In a torturous ruling Roberts and Kennedy joined the liberals in upholding the Obamacare subsides for federal exchange participants in site of the clear reading of the law.

State of Delaware officials reacted with predictable glee.

“I support today’s decision by the Supreme Court that tax subsidies on the Health Insurance Marketplaces are legal in every state, including Delaware,” Gov. Jack Markell said in response to the 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell. “For the more than 19,000 Delawareans who qualify, the federal subsidies are critical in helping to make health insurance more affordable. And we know that coverage is an important component in connecting Delawareans to care.”

Those who are suffering, including local governments, will have to hope Republicans keep the Senate and win the White House next November.

I Just Could Not Vote for the Tax Hike

I apologize to the citizens of Dover that we could not manage to get the votes to submit further budget cuts. We got stuck at the level that we accomplished in the budget hearings. In the end, I could not prevail in further cuts to spending and voted no on the tax hike and budget. It passed 6 to 3.

I think the budget is thoughtful and defensible. There is no waste or fraud in it. I did think that it could be more austere and efficient. This is why I had several proposals to lower spending. Some were accepted, but others were not. Once we got to the point where even deferring pay increases for those making above 75k failed, it was time to quit.

I voted against the budget and tax increase not because I did not favor the addition of more police and the spending to help the fire department take care of crucial needs. I had other concerns that were not being addressed.

I do not believe that we have properly researched cost drivers such as health care. I do not believe that the street funds are addressing the worst streets such as eastern Lincoln park even though we increased spending. While we are spending 100k to look at Public safety efficiency, we haven’t given 5k to look at all the rest of government with internal resources. We have not decided the direction that we want to take our power utility. Yet, we seem poised to enter a 3 to 5 year contract for between 23 and 40 million dollars to manage it. It seems prudent to me that we give a one year extension then decide our strategic vision. I wanted department heads to earn bonuses by finding efficiencies. It seemed absurd to give $2000 bonuses or more when we are raising taxes to people earning over 100k while seniors struggle to pay the tax.

I also had other issues with some spending increases that were not public safety related. They were not unreasonable, but I felt some could be phased in and others were not crucial.

Overall, the tax increase that we settled upon will cost the average taxpayer $100 a year. The value that you get from a better infrastructure and public safety will exceed $10 to 12 a month that most will pay. I wish that I could have gotten it lower, but the structural changes that we are pushing that I will discuss in another post will keep us from having to ask for another significant tax hike.

The reason that I fought so hard was for the people who needed someone to fight for them. Public safety is a must, but there were other things I did not think was on the same level. I am very concerned about the seniors on the edge who only got a $12 a month raise. I am concerned about Kraft and Dover Downs which are on the edge. I am concerned about the small businesses who are struggling to make their first year. It is why I fight so hard to keep costs down. It is why I voted against the tax hike. It is why I questioned the electric rates. I want to fight for jobs, for seniors, and our families.

Will the Rebel Flag finally move In South Carolina?

America’s most diverse statewide leadership is in South Carolina. The Senators are two men, one black and one white. The governor is a woman of Asian Indian descent. Incidentally, all of them are Republicans. Yet some try to paint the state as some Bastian of racism because of its history and the fact that it still takes pride in valor of its Southern past. It was the fire eater state that spread flames of disunity which almost split the nation forever and plunged us into civil war. Racism has been a stain upon the state. Roof tried to tap into that to start a new race war. Instead, everyone sees the new South Carolina. It is imperfect, but we see thousands of people of all ethnicities standing together in love and unity.

Governor Nikki Haley kicked off the movement when she gathered leaders all across the state to join her in this statement. Leave it to a woman to show the strength that men haven’t been able to muster.

“The murderer, now locked up in Charleston, said he hoped his actions would start a race war. We have an opportunity to show him not only was he wrong, but just the opposite is happening,” she said. “My hope is that by removing a symbol that divides us we can move forward as a state in harmony and we can honor the nine blessed souls who are now in heaven.”

I hope the state legislature agrees. Regardless of whether or not the flag takes up different residence, we can all see that the state is different in more important ways. Look at how the state reacted to vicious shooting by the police officer of a fleeing unarmed man. It was unequivocal and an example to other jurisdictions. It may have a way to go, but has any state come so far so quickly? Now that this little symbolic distraction is headed for resolution, maybe we can deal with real problems that affect people’s lives. I admit symbols matter, but we often use them to avoid real issues. Governor Haley has enabled us to have a real discussion and look at the reality on the ground.

Will We get a Del Tech Property Tax?

Del Tech thinks they should be able to charge residents a property tax like the VoTech schools for bonds, but they neglect to recognize that they charge tuition and fees unlike the Vocational and Technical High schools in addition to their state subsidies.

Senate Bill 137 synopsis says the following:

Delaware’s Community College System plays a critical role in the State’s economy by providing workforce development and transfer education that connects Delawareans with good paying jobs within the State and region. This Act gives the College’s Board of Trustees the authority to issue bonds to finance the cost of major and minor capital improvements, deferred maintenance, and the acquisition of related equipment and educational technology associated therewith and establishes the Community College Infrastructure Fund to pay the principal and interest on such bonds. This Act adopts the county vo-tech structure to finance the Fund by authorizing the College’s Board of Trustees to collect a local property tax subject to a cap.

It is on today’s senate agenda. Make your voice heard.

UPDATE: Del Tech sent the following response to my email. Please feel free to get the other side. They point out the tax will be only used for capital purposes.

In just five short years, the capital needs referenced above will grow to over $200 million and 50% of our facilities will be more than 40 years old. This issue has been raised in every Bond Bill Budget Hearing during the past ten years and Delaware simply cannot afford to delay action on the State’s community college system any longer. In our external presentations, we have stated that the College’s reputation remains stellar and “everyone values Delaware Tech’s role in providing a high quality workforce during difficult economic times.”

I still don’t like it. I believe there are other ways to address the need. A new property tax hurts seniors and makes us less competitive in our economic development.

Delaware General Assembly Passing Social Media Privacy for Employees

Apparently some employers have tried to bully applicants into giving social media passwords. I guess some applicants were too weak kneed to stand up for themselves in something clearly unreasonable so they demand government does it for them. House Bill 109 remedies this situation by enshrining into law your right to control your social media login information. Your social media account is your private property not your employers. If your employer wants to see your public profiles to see the image of the people they are hiring to the public, that is fine. Trying to pry into private lives and those of a prospects friends and family is not. Would you give your online banking passwords? Of course you would not. I cannot imagine this being a big problem. I have never once heard of an employer or employee complaining, but someone has or it would not be on its way to becoming law. In these times of economic fear, we have to set standards of behavior to prevent the unscrupulous from taking advantage of the weak minded.

The law actually concerns me to a degree because I am concerned that one may have fewer rights than exist. Currently, you can tell someone go fly a kite if they ask for it. The law gives this exception “Nothing in this section shall affect an employer’s rights and obligations under the employer’s personnel policies, federal or state law, case law, or other rules or regulations to require or request an employee to disclose a username, password, or social media reasonably believed to be relevant to an investigation of allegations of employee misconduct or employee violation of applicable laws and regulations, provided that the social media is used solely for purposes of that investigation or a related proceeding.” Sorry, but if you want that, you need to go to court and get it as part of discovery. Does this give the right to an employer to put in their handbook that they have a right to review your private accounts and non public posts by demanding your private login information?

Sometimes when we rush to pass a law, we forget details. In truth, a better law would be to apply this to everyone. A much bigger problem are “friends” or “lovers” stealing or coaxing this information then misusing it. You then get stalkers and identity theft. A broader law would take care of the 5 employers doing this and protect tens of thousands who have the broader problem. Establish the right to privacy of your passwords in general and you protect everyone. Sure add a section that deals specifically with employment, but deal with the bigger problems of cyber theft, cyber stalking, and cyber identity theft. It appears our General Assembly is slightly out of touch with the real issues facing Delawareans.

Delaware Decriminalizes Weed

Republicans Pan The New Law in the Following Statement from Senate Republicans

DOVER – Despite opposition from all nine Senate Republicans, a bill decriminalizing the private use of marijuana passed in the Senate Thursday and was immediately signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell.

The Democrat-driven measure allows people to possess up to an ounce of pot and use it privately without facing criminal charges.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Sen. Colin Bonini (R-Dover South) said it was a bill “we’re going to regret.”

“We have a huge drug problem in this country,” he said. “Regardless of what the popular opinion is, this is absolutely a gateway into much worse behavior. … And I think the impact and the message we’re sending, especially to young people, is one we simply should not send.”

Sen. Brian Pettyjohn (R-Georgetown) used a sandwich-sized bag filled about halfway with oregano to illustrate what an ounce of marijuana looks like. Pettyjohn disputed language in the bill calling an ounce of marijuana “personal use quantity.” Based on the amount of tobacco in a regular-sized cigarette, he said an ounce of marijuana would produce more than 40 joints.

“And you’re saying that’s personal use? If you baggie those up individually, that’s distribution,” he said. … “That’s a lot of marijuana. You could do a lot with it. You could have a big party with it if you wanted to. In my opinion this is not personal use, this is much more than what personal use would be.”

Sen. Dave Lawson (R-Marydel) raised another concern during the floor debate. Since there is no simple roadside test for marijuana similar to the breath test used to determine blood alcohol content, Sen. Lawson, a former State Police officer, said there would be more dangerous drivers on our roadways.

“We’re going to turn them loose with a 4,000-pound projectile down the road and intoxicated,” he said. … “In the courts it’s very hard to prove physical impairment without the chemical test. This bill doesn’t give us that and I’m really concerned with it.”

The new law goes into effect in six months. Delaware becomes the 18th state to officially decriminalize the private use of marijuana. –

Americans for Limited Government Urge Senate to Reject TPA

3 reasons for the Senate to change its mind on trade authority

June 22, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to reconsider its support of granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“Americans for Limited Government strongly urges the Senate to vote against the cloture motion on legislation that would provide President Obama fast track trade authority. Three things have occurred since the Senate last voted on fast track which should cause any thinking Senator to change from a yes to no vote.

“First there is a great deal information that has come out about the Trans-Pacific Partnership that makes it clear that this agreement needs full and thorough Senate scrutiny. The TPP is a living agreement subject to change after ratification, additional partners can be added to the TPP without Senate approval, and the TPP sets up a governing structure much like the Common Market — the predecessor to the European Union. It would be extremely unwise to allow an agreement with such massive national implications to be fast tracked.

“Second, the upcoming Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) that will be fast tracked has explicit immigration language that has been leaked through Wikileaks. Under fast track, Congress cannot amend any agreement and once fast tracked, no submitted agreement has ever been defeated. A vote for fast track is a vote for the immigration language in TISA.

“Third, formerly supportive conservative leaders like Senator Jim DeMint, of the Heritage Foundation, have become convinced that the agreements are “Free Trade in Name Only” and have come out against fast track in the past few weeks.

“Just last week, the Australian Finance Minister reports is one week of negotiation away from completion. The illusion that the negotiating objectives contained in fast track language somehow bind Obama when he’s already pretty much done negotiating can no longer be sustained.

“With the concerns over the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there simply is no reason not to tell President Obama to sign and submit it under constitutional rules for treaty ratification, before the Senate grants fast track, and then only by the requisite two-thirds majority.”

To view online: http://getliberty.org/3-reasons-for-the-senate-to-change-its-mind-on-trade-authority/

Ibn Warraq Comes to Delaware: Guest Post by Kevin Wade

Kevin Wade

Please join me in a celebrating Western Civilization’s freedoms of thought, speech, faith and action by welcoming the world-renowned Ibn Warraq on June 24th in Wilmington.

Ibn Warraq …. is a famous defender of Western Civilization, a former Muslim and renowned Islamic Scholar.

He will make a rare public appearance. On Wednesday June 24 at 5:30 pm he’ll to address the Rail Splitters’ monthly meeting in Wilmington, Delaware.

Rail Splitter Society of Delaware

Wednesday June 24 at 5:30 pm

Ed “Porky” Oliver Golf Club Restaurant

800 N Dupont Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807

Ibn Warraq is a scholar whose writings change the way Western Civilization sees the world of Islam. Equally important his writings change the way Western Civilization sees itself.

As a former Muslim who once dedicated his time to study of the Koran and later received an honors degree in Philosophy at the University of London, Ibn Warraq has a unique perspective based on personal experience and intellectual honesty. His collective writings have been praised gaining him recognition as a “great Islamic scholar …. one of the great heroes of our time.”

Ibn Warraq’s op-ed commentaries have been published in the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He has addressed the United Nations in Switzerland. In debate in the UK, he presented a now famous 8-minute classic defense of the West and its irreplaceable role in shaping the world.

IBN WARRAQ, was born in India, in 1946, into a Muslim family. The entire family moved to newly created Pakistan in 1947. At the age of nine, he was sent to a series of boarding schools in England. Ibn Warraq studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Edinburgh under Professors Montgomery Watt and L.P. Elwell-Sutton respectively. After an honours degree in Philosophy from the University of London, Warraq taught for five years in primary schools in London, and then at the University of Toulouse in S.W.France.

Ibn Warraq is at present Senior Research Fellow at the Westminister Institute, in Virginia, and working on a new book, Islamic Terrorism and the War of Ideas. A New Marshall Plan.

Responding to the Charleston Massacre

The face of evil changes, but its heart does not. The hatred of Dylann Roof exceeded his humanity. It is said that he stated he almost did not go through with the killing because the people were too nice to him. They welcomed him with open arms, but he did not even treat them with the dignity that one would give to a stray dog as he gunned down people as they closed their eyes to pray. Dylann Roof says that he did not grow up in a racist family, judging from the reaction of his family, I believe it. I can barely imagine the shock, shame and disgrace they must feel. In his manifesto, Roof explains his transformation. It may provide some insight into heading off future Roofs. Cicero, he is not. In fact, he is not even up to the level of the Turner Diaries, which spawned a small but new generation of White Supremacy race warriors in waiting. There is not likely to be scores of warriors heeding his call to arms. The story now shifts from his action to our reactions.

I think the Southern Baptist Convention had exactly the right tone. In part President Russell Moore stated, “We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ….There is hardly a more vivid picture of unmasked evil than the murder of people in prayer.” He continued, “Virtually every week we see another incident of the sin of racism in American Society, from unarmed African-American men and children killed in the streets to worshipers gunned down in their pews. This must end, and the Church of Jesus Christ must lead the way.”

At least a dozen Presidential candidates have issued statements. The best statement from a Presidential candidate comes from the rookie, Dr. Ben Carson. Others grapple with how to unite us and characterize this evil. The current President goes off on a gun control diatribe. Cotton, an NRA board member counters that if state senator/pastor didn’t oppose concealed carry in churches, 8 or 9 people may still be alive. While those maybe appropriate discussions for future policy, they both miss the heart of the matter. Hillary Clinton, as usual, issued a placeholder statement of condolence not one of substance and healing. Senator Bernie Sanders had a powerful statement but seemed to step on it when his rally held 30 feet from a prayer vigil for the victims was so loud that it overwhelmed those in prayer. Many Republicans also missed the opportunity to show leadership.

The left wants to focus on racism and gun control, the right on religious liberty and self protection. It seems as if the political class in America treats this tragic massacre like every other issue in today’s politics. It is part of a partisan struggle for capturing the narrative that benefits their side. Dr. Ben Carson and Senator Rand Paul seemed to rise above either platitudes or partisanship. This tragedy was about racism and evidence for the disrespect for faith that many have. We can unite in pushing back on both fronts. This is not an issue we need to debate. It is one that left and right can join together in fighting provided that we can see beyond our own noses.

Open Thread on the Issue of Race in America

An old issue has been at the forefront of public discussion the past few months. Racial inequity has been called America’s original sin. People who wanted liberty for themselves did not always rush to protect the liberty of those may look a little different or speak a different language than they do. In the 1800’s the doctrine of white supremacy took hold in large swaths of America. It almost tore us apart. We struggled through a Civil War, Reconstruction, a counter reconstruction called Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement which was the successful heir to Reconstruction.

I believe that Institutional racism is dead. We won the war after 350 years. There is no doubt that legacy racism exists and is like a scab that keeps being picked at by the race baiters on all sides.

I believe that we need to deal with the legacy issues in a straight forward manner. First, let me admit that I do believe in the silly notion of race. It truly is a social construct as that silly woman from Washington proved. The fact that someone finally found it beneficial to pass as black instead of white shows that we have made some progress just like in a weird way Bruce/”Caitlin Jenner shows that we made progress in the way that we treat women. An hundred years ago, some women pretended to be men to get more opportunity. Scientifically, race does not exist in humans. Why do we insist on perpetuating it with state sanctioned forms?

One thing that Johnson was right about was that we need to act affirmatively to correct the wrongs of the past. That is a Biblical principle. The Apostle Paul wrote in the Epistle to the Ephesians “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” (Eph. 4:28 ESV). The principle is that when you change, you replace negative action with positive ones. Bless instead of curse. Go the extra mile. Give instead of stealing.

The first step is to just stop it. Do not be a respecter of persons or one who plays favorites. Judge everyone by their own character. Walk in love. Encourage others to do the same.

The second step is to act justly. Do not pervert justice based upon one’s resources or connections. Ensure that the government treats everyone with respect due a human being. Due process of law is a must.

The third step is to provide equal opportunity. Ensure the education system works for everyone who will use it. End the disparity of resources on the public side. State and federal education money should follow the child. Children with disabilities should get the tools they need to succeed. We need discipline back in the schools not criminal prosecution for children behaving like children. We need to teach children that they can achieve not that they are hopelessly oppressed. We then need to give them the practical tools of financial literacy, relationship skills, leadership, reading, writing professionally, logic, and mathematical thinking.

The fourth step is that we need to celebrate each other’s achievements and traditions. Diversity is good. We can have diversity and not divisiveness. We can respect and learn from one another.

Remake the $20 not the $10

The $20 bill is graced by a low class racist who initiated the ethnic cleansing of the American Indians yet the proposal is to remove the iconic founder of the Dollar from the $10 bill in order to honor a woman on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.

Once again the administration shows that it has no sense of history. Hamilton was not only crucial to setting up the dollar, but winning the War of Independence as an indispensable man to George Washington, helped give us the two party system, and was a critical voice in the ratification of the Constitution as one of three writers of The Federalist Papers. He was shot by traitor Aaron Burr. The war on the founders continues.

My vote for the woman to be honored (on the $20) is Carrie Chapman Catt who was critical to the passage of the 19th amendment and the previous passage in several states.

Delaware Senate Passes Opt-out Bill With Amendments

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Delaware State Senate, yesterday, has passed HB 50, legislation that legally codifies the existing rights of parents to have their children opt out of standardized state educational testing, by a margin of 14 to 7 with two amendments.

SA 1 to HB 50 (passed 11 to 9 with 1 absent) would also allow parents to opt out of district-wide assessments was sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman, David Sokola (D-Dist.8, Newark). Additionally, SA 2 to HB 50 (passed 13 to 3 with 5 not voting) that would enable high school juniors to opt out of state testing, was sponsored by Senator Bryan Townsend (D-Dist.11, Newark).

The amendments drew criticisms from HB 50’s primary sponsor, State Representative, John A. Kowalko (D-Dist. 25, Newark South) who stated that the amendments, in his opinion, were designed to kill the bill. For the record, Senator Sokola voted against the bill after proposing his amendment.

The senate amended bill now heads back to the House for a final vote.

Concerned citizens should contact their State Representaives.

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