Will you recognize Delaware after this election?

Delaware Democrats have been a more or less sensible lot. They nearly bankrupted this state 30 years ago, and that lesson seemed to be seared in the minds of a generation of Democrat leaders--who are castigated over on Delaware Liberal. They decided to be business friendly and avoid high taxes. This has led to a bipartisan atmosphere in Legislative Hall. The problem is that a new generation of Democrats want to turn us into New Jersey. We would become a high spending, high tax, union dominated, socially liberal northeast state if they had control. Look at some of the proposals in the legislature. Single payer health care, expanding prevailing wage, raising tolls and business taxes, and rolling back school choice are just some of what could be in store. A break on the insanity is found in the Republican led House of Representatives. That break is more in danger than anytime since 1986. When Read more

Foreign Press worries about Riots if McCain wins

There are predictions that America will burn if Senator Obama wins Tuesday especially in the foreign press. Let's all take a breath. I am sure some hooligans will do what they always do regardless of the outcome. Look at the Phillies celebration. It was peaceful and joyous, but the press made sure to hype the few hooligans. I won't venture to predict an election where McCain has momentum and Obama has money and historic trends (such as the slumping economy and a less than popular war.) I will say that if VA goes early for one candidate or another that will be a bell weather. I will predict that whom ever wins, Americans will accept it. The foreign press may have lost faith in America's strength of character, but I have not. For the record, I think it may show a European view of minorities which thinks that we can't handle disappointment. I say that we weathered 250 years of slavery, Read more

Make Delaware first in transportation transformation in the U.S.

Please take the time to read the below article and/or watch the video.  Delaware’s size allows for this “Grid” to be implemeted.  In addition it could potentially employ the Chrysler and GM workers for the long haul and create thousands of new jobs as well. Delaware can invest in and build the “Recharge Points”, the infrastructure would allow everyone to purchase their car/plan together like a cell phone. Come on folks, let’s be first! Delaware can be a “Better Place” –  Watch a “Better Place” – Click Here Article – “Shai Agassi wants to sell electric cars like cell phones” Full story

Will a cell phone save John McCain?

How many of you have a cell phone?  How many of you ONLY have a cell phone?  I recently viewed the results of a poll in the Minnesota Senate race, which I've been closely following, and it seemed quite odd that the results were drastically different than other numbers I'd been tracking.  As I delved deeper into the make up of the poll, one item jumped out at me...cell phones. You see, this was the first time cell phones were also included.  I began to do my own unscientific research and asked many friends, co-workers and relatives who had cell phones if they were their primary phone communication, and most responded it was also their ONLY phone "line."  Living in a more rural part of Delaware, I have no choice but to also have a land line in order to get television service, for most people though, it is not the case.  It had not occurred to me previously the impact of not polling cell Read more

A Significant Endorsement in a local race

Audio radio ad of Anderson endorsement-by Ray Clatworthy A prominent Republican, who I respect, requested that I post this. This may seem a little self serving, but since I would do it for any other Republican.... David, below is the letter that I sent to both the DSN and to the Dover Post. You are going to win! RC Dear editor: I enthusiastically endorse David Anderson to be the 3rd Levy Court district commissioner. I have known David Anderson for a many years and he has one of the sharpest public policy minds in our state . He has been featured as an analyst on local news. He was one of the advocates who helped keep the wind farm issue alive when it appeared dead in the Senate. He has been a leading voice for common sense values and taxpayer's rights. Just as importantly, David Anderson is a good person. He is a man of deep faith, patriotism, and love for his family. His qualifications Read more

Reality Check – WFH Trivia (Bill Bell and You)

Please remember to visit and learn at stayoutofmypocket.com. This important PDF addresses the misconception about the state's role, as is falsely misrepresented by the blame-deflectors known as a couple of County Councilmen and their whisper posse. Q: What has more housing inventory as of tonight, October 25, 2008, the proposed units from WFH or the total available inventory of existing homes in New Castle County at $250,000 or less? A: The total available inventory of existing homes in New Castle County at $250,000 or less!!! I ran a query on Patterson-Schwartz for New Castle County with a max amount of $250,000. Total number of available houses: 2,914. Q: Why would Bill Bell be so adamant about WFH in his area without taking proactive measures to alert his very own constituency of the impending crush on existing infrastructure and on his very own, local school district, Appoquinimink Read more

If Obama is elected, you better get used to this.

If elected, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will cut off and punish all those who do not fall in line.  Watch what you ask for comrades, these guys are dangerous and you all know it. Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden "Biden so disliked West's line of questioning that the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate's wife. "This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election," wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign. McGinnis said the Biden cancellation was "a result of her husband's experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West. "" Full Story Read more

This is outrageous

Post is pending review (I have saved the post and comments) – I want to make sure I do not perpetuate a potential hoax – JF Update: This has been proved a hoax (sorry for the tardiness, but I did not have time to post in the last 24hrs).  Note – I initially took the original post down, once I read the alleged victim stated the perpetrator sat on her chest.  I could not imagine someone carving a backwards “B” while sitting on her chest. This person is obviously very disturbed to have done something like this.  I say let’s close this ugly chapter and move on.

Who do these people think they are?

Add Michael Bloomberg to the list of saviors we can't live without. I'm not sure where to rank him, other than he is above Chavez on the list. Who the hell do these people think they are? Somehow they want us to buy into their message that we all can't live and prosper, without them in charge. NYC said no to Giuliani, let's hope they do the same here. Full Story Here Update: The City Council voted, 29 to 22, to extend term limits, which will allow Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to seek re-election next year. Full Story Here I would love it if whomever runs against him wins; talk about the ultimate poetic justice. I feel so strongly about this I would even donate to Rev Wright if he was Bloomberg's opponent. Read more

New McCain Ad – Sweat Equity

McCain finally stops the stupid “spread the wealth” message in isolation, and states it in language we all understand “sweat.” I’m not saying I’m responsible, but I was so sick of hearing the word “wealth” repeated over and over again, I called his campaign press office and told them to stop it. They said “spread the wealth” were Obama’s words so they had to repeat them. I said you better connect it to “hard earned money” or it’s going to backfire. Nobody gives a hoot about “spreading the wealth” they care about spreading “hard earned money!” Here’s the new Ad – Click here for Video

My Case for Change

I believe that local government is a vital but often overlooked factor in our daily lives. It will be even more important in the troubled times we now face. I don’t believe our county government is serving our needs today. It has failed us in managing our money, emergency/disaster management, providing a positive business environment, and even failed in following its own procedures.   Unemployment has soared even faster than the national average, up by a third. We have lost 40% of our manufacturing jobs over the last decade. The banks are suffering, yet we have slashed the economic development outlays from $1.6 million to $73,000 in the last two years since Mr. Angel and company have taken over Levy Court.   I propose an entire agenda laid out on these websites, which include tax credits to new and expanding businesses. I want to use the unique position of the county to allow local businesses Read more

Come Clean on the Budget says Lee

REHOBOTH - Bill Lee, candidate for governor, called yesterday’s announcement by the Delaware Office of Management and Budget’s for agency leaders to limit budgetary requests to current levels plus a 1 per cent increase for discretionary funds, “a day late and about $160 million short of the real economic crisis facing Delaware.”   The budget shortfall of $140 million claimed by the Delaware OMB is closer to $300 million, according to informed sources in Dover.   “Instead of warning of possible cuts to the current budget as the director did,  the OMB and the governor should be directing agency heads to take a scalpel to their budgets now” said Lee.   “The very first order of business for the next governor has to be a long, hard look at the budget” stated Lee, adding “We cannot further damage what makes Delaware attractive for businesses, both small and large.”   Repeating Read more

I wish I could claim credit for this one.

Suppose that every day ten friends go out for beer and fodder and that the tab for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes it would go something like this: The first four (the poorest among them) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth (the wealthiest among them) would pay $59. So, that's what they decided to do. The ten friends drank in the bar every day trading fodder and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner of the establishment threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good customers,' he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily tab by $20.' Drinks for the ten would now cost just $80.The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four were unaffected. They would still Read more

Reality Check – We (GOP) Were For It, Before We Were…

...bought out by either eight nine moronic boobs or eight nine world-through-dollar-sign-glasses Senators. So...the GOP-then-controlled Senate actually wanted to regulate Fredde Mac until (excerpted from well within the linked article)... Eight of the targeted senators did sign it: Sens. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Jim Bunning of Kentucky, Larry Craig of Idaho, John Ensign of Nevada, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, George Voinovich of Ohio and David Vitter of Louisiana. Santorum, Crapo and Bunning were on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and had voted in favor of sending the bill to the full Senate. Nine of the 17 targeted Republican senators did not sign Hagel's letter: Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Christopher "Kit" Bond and Jim Talent of Missouri, Conrad Burns of Montana, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Olympia Read more

Reality Check – President

If anyone was ever unclear, let's settle this right now. I am not a Kool-Aid drinker. I prefer to know the reality of any situation, not what I wish it is or want it to be. Reality Check - if the election were tomorrow, McCain loses. Tonight was his best showing of the three debates and possibly the least of Obama's debates; but objectively speaking, Obama again came across as much more in command of his points, beliefs, and most of all, delivery. In possibly his worst showing, this REPUBLICAN thinks Obama still beat McCain in his best showing. Sorry friends (if any of you will still call this realist a friend - some of you have already stopped), but McCain only hurt himself in the debate series. The way this campaign has gone in the last few weeks, of the new TV ads, I am expecting only negative ads the rest of the way, as well. Sad thing is, I will no longer be shocked if some of Read more

!@#$ starting a small business, this is a much better deal.

Look the other way and you deserve what you get.  The Conflict of Interest 101course must have been full when Joe went to sign up for it.

Biden routes campaign cash to family, their firms

Discloses $2 million in business arrangements

“Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. has paid more than $2 million in campaign cash to his family members, their businesses and employers over the years, a practice that watchdogs criticize as rife with potential conflicts of interest.” Full story

15 People the next President should listen to – #2 Ellen Miller

This is my second choice on the list of 15 in Wired Magazine - Ellen Miller: Make Washington More Like the Web "The next president could do the pulling — if he adopts the Internet's values of openness. Miller shares some of her current projects along with grander ideas she hopes the next president will support." Full Story Miller's Political To-Do List Ongoing · Earmarkwatch.org - When politicians makes sausage, they don't skimp on pork. More than 500 volunteers have pored through federal spending bills to create this database of kickbacks and boondoggles. · OpenCongress.org - This site summarizes bills in everyday language and monitors related news and blog coverage. Users can also follow a legislator's voting record and submit comments on proposed laws. ·Punch Clock Map - The next best thing to putting a bell on your senator, this Google map tracks the schedules of participating Read more

I’m A So-Called RINO…BITE ME!

I'm fed-up with the purists that have stolen my party. I'm fed-up with those in MY party accusing people like me of being morally bankrupt. I am indeed fiscally-conservative, hence I am a Republican. I am very much socially-CONSCIOUS, making me, in my mind, centered. That last sentence above makes me the bane of existence for the purists that want people like me expunged. YOU use the term RINO in a derogatory way in a BLATANT attempt to discourage our participation. NO, I will NOT become an independent. NO, I will NOT leave. I grew up in this party and I know what this party used to be! I was a part of it. I am a part of it. I WILL be a part of it! If you are so rigid that you can't accept people like me, then no matter. The pressure coming soon, going up against your rigidity will cause you to crack and crumble into a pile of dust. The winds of change are coming and your pile Read more

Senator Biden showing his patriotism

Biden Voted Against The Tax Cuts That Have Saved Delawareans $2.7 Billion Between 2001 And 2005. 1   Biden Is Sponsoring A Bill That Would Subject The  U.S To A United Nations Tax, Estimated At 0.7% Of Our Gross National Product, Or Over $100 billion A Year. 2   Biden Has Voted Against Recent Attempts To Provide Alternative Minimum Tax(AMT) Relief. 3   Biden Has Opposed Providing Estate Tax Relief. 4 1."Tax Relief Kit," U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Tax Policy, http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/tax-policy/library/tax_relief_kit.pdf , Accessed February 15, 2007. 2. http://www.heritage.org/research/foreignaid/wm1878.cfm 3."Alternative Minimum Taxpayers By State," Report RS22083, Congressional Research Service, http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs//data/2005/upl-meta-crs-6775/RS22083_2005Mar17.pdf , March 17, 2005 4. HR 5970, CQ Vote #229, Aug. 3, 2006 Read more

What? No Government assistance? How can that work?

NEW YORK (AP) — In an abrupt change, Wachovia said Friday it agreed to be acquired by Wells Fargo & Co. in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal that trumps Citigroup’s plan to acquire Wachovia’s banking operations and avoids government assistance. The Citigroup deal would have been done with the help of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., but the Wachovia deal will be done without it. “This deal enables us to keep Wachovia intact and preserve the value of an integrated company, without government support,” Robert Steel, Wachovia’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. Full Story

Hope everybody enjoys the show; I’ll be watching the debate

I always find it quite comical when so called “professionals” so easily dismiss the real professionals, aka the participants. The mainstream media is so dysfunctional at this point that it is clearly not interested  in reporting the news as much as it is in creating it.  The debate hasn’t even begun, yet false parameters for doom or excellence are being projected by a body that has no qualifications to do so. I suggest we try something a little more old fashioned, like actually watching the debate, before we comment, rather than drive the commentary to fit the preset outcome the media so desperately desires.

BREAKING: Senate’s Financial Markets Bill

First, I can't believe I have watched CSPAN-2 for one hour so far...I've now gone 60 times my annual quota! As of 9:14PM - 45Y 18N. Looking like it's going to PASS...of course, you never know until it's over. 9:16PM - 58Y 18N. PASS, except voting still open...flip-flopping still a possibility. 9:18PM - 65Y 19N. It's all but final now. There won't be enough flip-flopping to turn it. Damn it! That was the Dodd Amendment?! You bastards! Is that what tonight was all about? I'm sooo confused. OK, so I THINK this was the intent of all the hullabaloo for the Senate today. Final vote: 74Y 25N. Who didn't vote??? (update: It was Kennedy that didn't vote...I should have know that with his recent health downturn) Sorry for the confusion. See what happens when you make me watch CSPAN-2 more than one minute per year?! I hate you Senate (for making me watch CSPAN-2)!!! BOOOO!!!! Read more

Dealing With Grief – Everyone Is Different

This is one of those stories on dealing with grief that is immensely sad and completely hard to comprehend if you have not experienced it (which I have not).  I know not a thing of Matt Bryant other than the sporting world, but I want to hug him like he's my brother. Matt Bryant may not be different from any other parent who loses a child, but Matt Bryant is very much living this out in the public eye, given his job, which actually makes him a little different from many.  I feel crushed whenever I learn of the death of a child, but statistics lead me to believe far more children pass away than I will ever know.  That thought alone is deeply saddening and makes me want to allow the kids to snuggle up between mom and dad tonight. Since I read this story last night, I have been taking those extra breaths before those stern moments with my children, but I have also given them extra dad Read more