Whatever happened to the LEAD Report?

Whatever happened to this concept?  It looks like the senate is not the only place which has a desk drawer. Governor Minner would you please dust off the Lead Report? The BCG team reviewed potential efficiency opportunities within the state’s $1.65 billion education budget, and identified opportunities with an annual value of $86-158 million once fully and successfully implemented. This potential includes $55-110 million in operating savings and $31-48 million in capital savings. The operating savings is split between savings that would be realized at the state level and savings that would be captured by individual districts and schools. (For each opportunity listed below, the corresponding estimated potential annual savings is provided in parentheses.) BCG leveraged past experience, interviews, and prior data and reports to develop an initial set of hypotheses on potential efficiency Read more

Thank You, John Still!

Dover – The Delaware Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator John C. Still (R-Dover) to protect military personnel deployed overseas from facing higher auto insurance premiums upon their return as a result of their military service.   Senator Still introduced Senate Bill 23 after learning first-hand about the experience of a Delaware citizen who was deployed in Iraq for more than a year and had cancelled his car insurance policy while he was away.  When the soldier returned home, he found that he faced much higher car insurance premiums simply because his military service created a gap in his insurance coverage history and placed him in a higher rate classification as if he were a first-time applicant.   Senator Still said “it is wrong for our military personnel to lose the benefit of their insurance history, years of safe driving and other discounts they may Read more

Foreclosure Prevention

Hey Friends, please pass this on especially to anyone you know who needs to get out of a financial mess. Statewide Foreclosure Prevention Seminars May, June 2008 Understanding the Foreclosure Process Learning about Adjustable Rate Mortgages/Refinancing Updates on Federal Programs and State Resources Help is available.  Anyone seeking information on foreclosure and services should attend! Georgetown: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Delaware Technical & Community College Routes 113 and 18 Georgetown, DE 19947 Monday, May 19, 2008 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. NCALL Research 110 S. Bedford Street Georgetown, DE 19947 Call for Reservations: (302) 678-9400 Dover: Monday, May 5, 2008 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. NCALL Research 363 Saulsbury Road Dover, DE 19904 Call for Reservations: (302) 678-9400 Wednesday, May 28, 2008 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Dover Library 45 South State Street Dover, DE 19901 Bear: Monday, Read more

Will this Ad be Senator Obama’s Willie Horton Moment?

A new ad is just waiting in the wings if Senator Obama is the nominee of the Democrats. In 1988, cultural issues came into their own. They defeated Governor Mike Dukakis. They were powerful factors in the elections since 1968, but they were the election of 1988. Now a new effort merges national security concerns with cultural concerns. Senator Obama is shown to be weak on the war on gangs, according to the ad, and is therefore questioned on whether he will be weak on the war on terrorists. If the weak issues of Pastor Jeremiah Wright and Ayers give him trouble, how will he deal with his own record? Remember, don’t shoot the messenger when you comment.

Democrats doubt Obama

How else can one explain it? Hillary was outspent three to one, out organized and asked to step aside by many insiders, yet she emerged victorious by DOUBLE DIGITS in the sixth most populous state. She was carried to victory by seniors, women, unions, and households who make under $50k.  Democrats have had a number of opportunities to wrap this thing up for Obama and begin to take the fight to McCain, but as we have seen repeatedly, Obama can't close, and they know it. Hillary has dominated the last minute voters and with good reason. Obama is arrogant and aloof, and those traits are starting to have many question the strength of his closing ability. The fact he was in Indiana tonight as opposed to PA, spoke volumes. He thinks he can just say hello and move on instead of work for his votes. Doesn't he need these people in November? Wouldn't it be worthwhile to say, "It's okay...I Read more

The Ultimate Gift

Once in a while a movie inspires me.  I am particularly reminded of this fact with the recent passing of the modern conservative icon, Charlton Heston.  A recent movie which did not get a lot of media hype but should have is The Ultimate Gift. It was one to added to my favorites for sure. It speaks to what is truly important in life. The greatest gifts are not financial. They are the gifts of love, caring, and character. They are the gift to dream, the gift of friendship, the gift of family, the gift of work, and the gift of gratitude. This was a story about one young man given the ultimate gift by his grandfather. I encourage you to watch this one. It is a great story which goes beyond a tried and true story line.  It speaks to the greatness within each person.  That greatness is so often lost in pettiness of day to day temptations.  We have to remind ourselves about the gifts which Read more

How about an apology for this?

 While we are in the mood for asking prominent figures to apologize for their associations, how about asking our Congressional delegation and Presidential Candidates to apologize for giving our tax money to this group founded by a social Darwinist.  This should go in the anything for money catagory. Planned Parenthood which is the recepient of hundreds of millions of are tax dollars, apparently needs donations so badly that they took designated gifts. Gifts designated to pay to abort black babies only. http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/308723.html   This is even more outrageous when you hear it.

How about apologizing for the tax code?

In a year when political leaders are expected to apologize for not only their bland, void, unimaginative statements, but for those of supporters who dare to have their own mind. I have something that we really should demand an apology for--the tax code. Is time for us to recommit to ending the insanity of the American tax code.  It inhibits our freedom, manipulates our lives, muzzles our churches, drains hundreds of billions from us just to figure out how to comply, inspires fear and loathing over inspiration, subsidies the export of our jobs, and siphons the life out of our corporations.  If the British would have proposed our tax code on the founders, they wouldn't have even bothered to send envoys to negotiate.  They would have just declared the King and Parliament mad. The tax code is corrupt.  It is not based upon sound economics.  It is based upon the sound made by the chatter Read more

I am still a Sarah Palin Fan.

Gov. Sarah Palin cut Alaska’s requested eamarks in the federal budget down from 550M to under 200M and from 54 to 31 projects. How many governors are saying they want less federal money? She is providing leadership which could restore the state’s reputation after the bridge to no where.  This is one more illustration why this Governor is an example for a revived, reformed GOP.

What do you know? You’re just from a small town

Obama knows best, the following is Obama’s view of small town voters: “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” he said. (Obama) Opponents counter: 1. Democrat Hillary Clinton criticized presidential rival Barack Obama on Friday for describing small-town Pennsylvania residents as bitter and said she would help economically struggling communities, not look down on them.” 2. A McCain aide, Steve Schmidt, also criticized Obama for the comments, telling Politico newspaper “it shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking.” Full story

Thoughts?

TNJ Delawareonline post: SNOW HILL, Md. – A Worcester County judge has ruled that a Salisbury area Web blog publisher is not protected by a state law shielding news reporters from defamation lawsuits. The ruling means blogger Joseph Albero must explain the steps he took to verify blog postings that prompted a defamation suit filed by Salisbury Police Chief Allan Webster. Albero, however, will not have to disclose the source of a letter on his blog which allegedly defamed Webster. Webster is seeking nearly $10,000 from Albero for publishing information Webster says is harmful to his character. A trial is scheduled for July 30.

Billed For a Tax on Verizon?

Verizon's billing office is closed at this fine hour of 9PM, so I am asking my blogosphere friends and non-friends if this line item in my FiOS bill seems, oh, a wee-bit odd: DE Gross Receipts Tax for Cable* $1.40 Maybe I am naive (and I admit I am on many things), but a Gross Receipts tax is what a business pays on its....gross receipts!  Am I wrong?  If I am right, and they are forcing me to pay their tax, then doesn't this actually make their gross receipts go even higher? By the way, that cheesy little asterisk on the line-item...yeah, can't find the detail info that goes with it.  Maybe it was embedded within their tax bill. Read more

Another reason to vote for McCain

I've always been a believer in the following phrase "Meet the children and you know the parents" NY Times: "Mr. McCain, now the presumptive Republican nominee, has staked his candidacy on the promise that American troops can bring stability to Iraq. What he almost never says is that one of them is his own son, who spent seven months patrolling Anbar Province and learned of his father’s New Hampshire victory in January while he was digging a stuck military vehicle out of the mud." Full story John McCain looks more appealing as our next leader every day. Then again, some people are voting for Obama because he will do the following (Video) Update: Since Hillary won't go away, let me also point out she is doing her best to remind us what it will be like to relive the administration of Jimmy Carter...Hillary calls for Olympic "Opening" Boycott Read more

So how will this plan work?

Senator Obama is a very intelligent man so how does he justify adding costs to domestic oil consumption by forcing 150 billion dollars of their money to be invested in his chosen energy programs (not drilling or building new refineries that we desperately need )and robbing them of profits as a means to control gas prices. When we tried this in the 70's it was a disaster. At least we can get gas when we want not wait in lines and decide for ourselves how to control our budgets. The problem with the Democrat party and energy is that they have no realistic plan.  There policies would increase the cost of energy not decrease it.  You can not magically mandate affordable energy. I am a big believer in alternative energy. I now see it as a national security issue not just an economic one. On that basis, I favor a more aggressive approach of tax credits and other breaks and even government seed Read more

Watch John Adams

If you missed any episodes of HBO’s John Adams, you will want to catch up on the ones you missed this weekend.  This is compelling, informative, quality television.  I can hardly wait for Hamilton to become a mini-series. Out of curiosity, any Battlestar Galactia fans out there?  The new season starts tonight.  Have a great weekend. 

Tom Gordon, 33.75 ERA and Double-Secret Candidate For NCCo Executive

Tom “Flash” Gordon brutalized the Phillies in the first game (5ER in 1/3 inning…) Tom “Stash” Gordon brutalized a perceived media event in his first campaign kickoff into a double-secret-probation announcement.  WDEL’s Chris Carl posted a blog on this. Seriously, Mr. Coons, with all this hoopla Gordo’s strategically generating, I think you may be in trouble.

“Cowboys” launch global controversy–Human/Cow embryos developed

Emerging out of the shadows, mad scientists reveled in their latest creation Human genes cloned in cow eggs. The resultant embryo is mostly human with random cow material.  The purpose is to have subjects for experimentation who have no legal rights.   The British Parliament is engaged in a debate which we need to have in our country.  Unfortunately, extremist Democrats, including the two Presidential candidates, have been blocking a strong anti-cloning bill from coming to a vote. The excuse for blocking legislation favored by 80% of the public was that it might be used to block embryonic stem cell research.  That issue is now made moot by new advances .  We are now faced with a clear issue.  What type of future do we want?  Do we want one based upon the dignity of humanity or one based upon the gall of humanity?  Read more

“We’ll be there a century, hopefully. If it works right.”

Question: Who made the above statement and the next one? Answer below “We’ve been in Europe now since 1945. We’ve been in Japan since 1945, been in Korea since 1950,” said ______ one of the United States’ most outspoken retired generals. “We haven’t had a Middle East occupation force, so this is a start of that. This is the way great powers operate; it’s the way Rome operated.” Full Interview with the Oregonian – here Answer: Retired Gen. Merrill A. “Tony” McPeak – Co-Chair Barack Obama’s presidential campaign

Hillary H-Bomb Clinton is the Real War Hero

Take a look, I have never been so impressed by her. She is a great American. It is the reason that I switched parties before the deadline. I wanted to vote for Hill and Jack. If you really believed that, April fools’ day is going to be a long one for you. I am still a Republican, of course.  I still want Senator Obama to win the Democratic nomination for the sake of history and to see more of the Obama Girl.