Looking ahead to 2018

Time to look ahead to the trends which will shape the New Year and beyond. Between now and 2020 these trends will change our lives. The price of 3D printing will drop and cottage industries will become a new trend. It may not be the Star Trek replicator, but we will start producing a surprising amount at home. In medicine, we will see a real and effective "universal" flu vaccine go to trials and soon replace the barely effective strain based vaccine. Gene Editing will emerge sometime between 2018 and 2020. Quiet trials have produced intriguing results. Someone will use it to eliminate a genetic disease and someone else will experiment in using it in pigs to produce donor organs for people. The GMO crowd will go into full freak out mode. We will start an ethical debate about the lines of designer people. Why not turn off the aging gene? Why not make us smarter and not just healthier? The Read more

Christmas Matters–A 2011 reprise

In today’s world, we often forget why Christmas matters. I believe that by secular standards, He is one of the ten most influential people to ever live (many would argue the first, but I am not looking for an argument). His teaching completely revamped human culture. His movement has grown century after century. His devotees have had as great an impact for good in the history of the world as anyone ever born. Consider the state of the world before Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. The world was a very dark place where violence and the dark side of power were revered. The voices of people who advocated living by the better side of our nature never quite gained traction. After him, there was a philosophical, societal framework for a Kingdom based upon love, mutual respect, and justice which could spread across cultures and unite people of all kinds of heritages. Before Jesus there would be Read more

Education in the First State not First Rate?

In 2014, only 2 states that spent in the top 10 in education were below average in NEAP results. Guess what one of them was? The problem is not the teachers. Look at the priorities of our DOE. Quoting the USA Today. High education spending often pays off, at least as measured by standardized tests. Based on a recent Education Week report, four of the top spending states were among the top five states in K-12 achievement. Among the states spending the least per pupil, only Florida earned a higher grade than the U.S. overall on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). However, pouring money into school systems by no means guarantees success. Students in Delaware and Alaska, two of the top spenders, had below-average NAEP scores. Questions, what is the justification for not consolidating back office functions of the school districts by county such as accounting, Read more

It is okay to be a man

Christmas gift for men:

It is okay to be comfortable with your masculinity. Join me in saying, I am a man and happy to be one. That takes nothing away from women or anyone else who should be comfortable with themselves. Contrary to popular culture, I say the world needs strong, confident men and boys. We need to mentor boys into being men. We need to value manhood, fatherhood and masculinity. This is not exclusive, but we need to be part of inclusion.

Fathers are invaluable. Mothers are irreplaceable. The world is better for men being here. The world is better for women being here. There is no contradiction in those statements. It is the intent of our Creator.

What should unite Delawareans

We love to debate issues. It is the American way. We also like to solve the problems that are common to us together. That too is the American way. I am on the conservative side of the spectrum. That is not a shock to anyone who has spent a couple of weeks around me or reads my social media. I do not change my values for anyone nor do I expect others to do so. I respect others and expect to receive it back. I have found it intriguing that in spite of different approaches that we may have, there is much more common ground between us than most people realize. Do we care that drug addiction is killed approximately 3 times more Delawareans than auto accidents? I believe it is now the leading cause of death for Delawareans under 40, but current statistics are so hard to obtain that I cannot be sure. The number of overdose deaths last year is equal to the 5 years from 2004 to 2008. Do Read more

10 Ways to Protect Your Identity

A Cyber Security Month Special 5 years ago, a major Consumer Magazine contained a review of identity theft protection services, which dismissed the threat. It did not take a year to know the author was wildly mistaken. We know that even credit bureaus and the Government Office of Personnel Management are not exempt from being compromised. The good news is that while much of your information may be exposed, there are ways to keep them from closing the loop easily. Become a harden target. The headlines often focus on online identity theft, but most theft which produces monetary loss still includes old fashion offline contact so a combination of physical and online common sense precautions. 1. Use common sense physical security procedures. Do not normally store your Social Security Card and driver’s license in the same wallet. If you lose it your date of birth, address, social Read more

The Cyber Threat Environment

A Cyber Security Month Special This year’s unreported story is the surge of organized crime hacking from Russia, The Ukraine, Bangladesh, and China. Over the past 3 years, Russian organized crime cybercrime attacks have multiplied 10 times. The modern threat appears to encompass 3 areas, financial theft, ransomware, and identity data mining. Attackers are beginning to change tactics to match new internet habits. Instead of the old-line email schemes, the sophisticate malware such as Svpeng are targeting mobile devices and social media. They are also exploiting software vulnerabilities. Sofacy is a syndicate closely associated with the Russian Republic and it attacks governments’ cyber systems and people like us who are connected to the government. There are some threats which use the internet to attack the internet, such as Mirai botnet, which caused widespread outages in October Read more

Open Letter to the POTUS 10/25/2017

Dear Mr. President:

I respectfully submit that your comparsion of the Hillary Clinton inspired Russian Uranium Deal (a.k.a. Uranium 1) to Watergate is not entirely accurate. From a purely physics standpoint, it is more appropriately classified as HEAVY Watergate.

I wholeheartedly agree, however, that selling American Uranium to Russia is like selling crack to Marion Berry or porn to Kim Jung Un.

Have a nice day.

Sincerely,

Wolf von Baumgart,

VP Operations,

Midlantic Dispatch

Dover, DE

Delaware moves for Gender Identity “Equality” in Schools

Delaware has struggles in education, but Democratic leaders seem to believe social issues are the big issues. In late June, when most of us were focused on the budget, the General Assembly's House of Representatives passed a little noted, non binding resolution HJR 6, which called upon the administration to develop regulations on this issue. (see roll call) WHEREAS, State employment policies and guidelines mandate that State employees not be discriminated against based on their gender identity or expression, including the right to be called by their preferred names and pronouns, treated with dignity and respect, and allowed to use the bathroom facilities that correspond to their gender identity, but no such policies or guidelines exist with respect to public schools; and Now the Carney administration is moving to push through new regulations that are beyond the scope of even this Read more

U. S. Tax Cuts Are Coming

The U. S. Senate managed to pass something this month. It was big. The Senate passed a budget with language allowing tax cuts for the American people and business tax reform to allow sustained economic growth. This is a big step forward for America. The U. S. House of Representatives and the President finally have a partner.

PR Relief Effort

Many of you know that I have been working to help Puerto Rican relief efforts locally. Some of you have seen the conflicting reports from the ground including from Mayor Cruz of San Juan which is in the best shape of getting supplies, while the Governor and other Mayors have been praising the efforts. Here is what I have found out from all sources including citizens, local government, military, FEMA, and news. The Puerto Rican/Virgin Island Relief effort has been the most complex relief effort in American history. It has been pretty successful so far. Compared to Katrina, Maria hit as a CAT 5 Katrina it the Gulf Coast as a CAT 4, NO as a CAT 3. Katrina resulted in 1800 Americans dead. So far we have 16 people dead out of 3.5 million. Both had ports and airports damaged hampering efforts. Power was down and communications out. In Katrina, we trucked supplies in, National Guard and military Read more

Support Graham Cassidy Petition

Please review and sign this petition for Graham-Cassidy. The Unaffordable Care Healthcare Deform has been devastating to family, friends and many across the nation. Job growth for full-time work has been harmed by the employer mandate. Premiums have increased while coverage has declined. Co-payments have become unaffordable, many times deductibles and copays are in the 5 figures. Premium increases are directly related to Obamacare including excise taxes on health insurance, taxes on medical devices, commercial underwriting restrictions, and new benefit mandates. Working class people are being priced out of the market. State governments are suffering because people in the working class are being dumped from private plans into Medicaid. https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2014/04/07/health-plan-premiums-are-skyrocketing-according-to-new-survey-of-148-insurance-brokers-analysts-blame-obamacare/#46471695e190 Graham-Cassidy Read more

Trump at the UN

Brilliant!

President Trump laid down a marker. If you threaten the well being of America and its allies, you are on a suicide mission. This is important because he laid down the law in a way that says our allies matter equally. Iran was put on notice that it needs to abide by the agreement and stop crossing the line.

The most brilliant line was this truth.

“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.”

Author Meet And Greet ~ Book Signing

The Brick Hotel Restaurant and Tavern ~ 18 The Circle, Georgetown DE 19947 - 302-856-1836 Thursday, October 12 ~ 11:30am - 1:30pm Tickets ~ $18 includes lunch, desert non-alcoholic beverages, and gratuity. Join Donald Raleigh Ayotte, author of "Horizon of Fear," for lunch at The Brick Hotel Restaurant and Tavern. Donald is a passionate novelist who enjoys adventure and traveling, which shines through in his storytelling. Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from this acclaimed author firsthand about his views and inspirations for Horizon of Fear. Horizon of Fear is a fiction adventure novel that describes global Islamic terrorism. The novel starts in Delaware, and the story quickly moves to Europe and the Middle-east. Lunch tickets include choice of entrée, non-alcoholic beverages, dessert and gratuity. Lunch options include: Turkey BLT, Chicken Salad Sandwich Read more

The Meaning of the Bushweller Retirement

Last week Senator Brian Bushweller of Dover D-17 announced his retirement from the General Assembly by not seeking reelection. Three Republicans were already considering the seat and now three Democrats, Levy Court Commissioner Alan Angel, Councilman Roy Sudler Jr., and State Representative Trey Paradee D-29 are looking hard at the seat. Some have taken their names out of play. Representative Sean Lynn D-31 of Dover and Dover Mayor Robin Christensen both posted on their Facebook pages their lack of interest. Representative Lynn is reported to be deciding between reelection and the Attorney General slot which is also under consideration by Senator Bryan Townsend D-11. Republicans under consideration include Businesswoman, Air Force veteran, wife and mother Donyale Hall of the NAACP Central Delaware Branch and Young Republican of the year, Army War Veteran, husband and father Jason Stewart. Read more

Trump Rally in Georgetown 9-9-17

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer About 250 people gathered at a Sussex GOP-sponsored rally in support of President Donald Trump, held at North Bedford Park Georgetown, earlier today. WGMD 92.7 FM radio talk show host, Bob Steele, served as master of ceremonies. Sussex County Councilman and Delaware State Trump 2016 Campaign Chairman, Rob Arlett, officially began the rally, with Reverend Jim Dundas, leading the opening prayer. A few silent sign carrying protesters also attended the rally. Councilman Arlett made reference to one of the signs by saying that both President Trump and the people at the rally also denounce racism and antisemitism. “No statewide GOP candidate has ever received more votes in Delaware than Donald Trump”, he stated. He said that the Democratic Party's hold on Delaware politics is slipping and that the First State Read more

Attorney General Denn Not Running for Reelection

UPDATED WITH an exclusive interview with GOP State Chairman Michael Harrington Sr. Attorney General Matthew Denn announced his decision not to run for reelection to the office of Attorney General. He discussed his reasons, which can be read here. They are basically that he is burnt out from 5 statewide campaigns in 12 years and wants to spend more time with his family. He also seems to believe the administrative duties of the AG office keep him from focusing on the big issues. He is planning to find a private sector position which will allow him to contribute. Updated below. State Republican Chairman Michael Harrington Sr. responded to the announcement by congratulating AG General Denn on the decision to value his family. He is assembling a recruitment committee of 6 attorneys from the 3 counties. He hopes that the recommendation of the attorneys will give the party a highly respected Read more

Delaware AG to Crackdown on “Hate Crimes” in Schools

Department of Justice Reissues Guidances to Law Enforcement and Schools on Hate Crimes  Friday, August 25th, 2017 Categories:  Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases New Anti-Bullying Video Directed To Students Also Released for New School Year Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn reiterated Friday the Delaware Department of Justice’s position that “Threats and intimidation against our neighbors based on who they are will not be accepted here in Delaware,” and reissued enforcement guidelines from last November to schools and law enforcement on responses to hate speech. Attorney General Denn also released a new video aimed at returning school students about bullying and mutual respect. Attorney General Denn’s legal guidance to Delaware law enforcement agencies focuses on criminal statutes that may relate to charges involving “threats and epithets directed at minority groups.” Read more

Making Dover Prosper Initiative Passes Council

The effort to provide a sound economic strategy for Dover has passed. Since Dover abandoned its Economic Development Department, unemployment has stagnated at over 7% while the national rate has fallen and more than a dozen downtown storefronts have become empty. This initiative is a collaborative effort with the business community. It combines the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2020 with efforts to simplify and make permitting more customer friendly. Councilman David Anderson of the 4th district was the primary sponsor. The Initiative was adopted unanimously on August 14, 2017, without discussion as part of the consent agenda.

Bipartisan Statement by Delaware Statewide Officials and Legislative Leaders on Charlottesville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 14, 2017 A Joint Statement By Elected Leaders of Delaware We join together to denounce the intimidation and violence perpetrated by white supremacists and Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, and to make clear that such conduct will not be tolerated here in Delaware. We come from different backgrounds, different parties, and different parts of the state. Some of our colleagues have relatives who served and died fighting the Nazis in World War II. Some of our colleagues have ancestors who were imprisoned and killed in Nazi-run concentration camps. Some of our colleagues have ancestors who were enslaved and oppressed when white supremacy was permitted by law here in the United States. All of us, together, reject the white supremacist and Nazi views espoused last weekend in Charlottesville, and condemn the behavior and violence that accompanied Read more

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