NY Congressional District 20 (special election). Looks like absentee ballot time. D 77,344 R 77,279 We are truly a divided nation and there isn’t a party out there that can claim otherwise. BTW, Chairman Steele gets the credit for this, doesn’t matter what anybody else says. He identified this as his top priority. Good job!
...and I was late. Pictures from the event (after the jump, but please look them over): Above, this action shot was taken when Liberalgeek asked the question about Why Vince Meconi? ...check this out...arrived via secret carrier pigeon to my car when I was departing... Here, (above) we have the spurned Sussex County Righty Bloggers Alliance. They aren't happy. ..more action... This one above was an early shot of the event before all arrived (way before my 20 minute late arrival). As you can see, the attendance was very diverse. Seriously, though, one thing I must say is that Governor Markell's predecessor would not have so much have been caught dead at something like this. Friendly group or otherwise, she would not have done this. I absolutely would like to see this repeated for other bloggers in the state, Kent and Sussex Counties, specifically. Given Read more
Governor Jack Markell held a “roundtable” in Newark this morning with “Delaware Bloggers.” Strangely missing from the “roundtable” were bloggers from Sussex County,
the majority all of Kent County, and any blogger anywhere in Delaware that even slightly smacked of conservatism.
Have you heard the the tall tale told by the left that we have economic issues because of tax cuts and deregulation? People in the know say that this recession was as much caused by wrong headed regulation as anything else. The mark to market rules are exacerbated a normal healthy correction and caused a financial panic. The government pushed banks into interesting mortgage deals which had to be sold to allow for the new risk. They were packaged into new instruments that no one understood, but they were sold by government sponsored enterprises like Freddie Mac which encouraged an uncritical eye. The government has a role in the recovery, but it starts by correcting itself before it corrects everyone else. It certainly doesn't include making more government run enterprises. We are still paying for the mess made by the last ones. We should review and correct our regulatory regime not Read more
The police can't protect you like you can protect yourself. Home invasions have been increasing dramatically in this state. One homeowner was able to take one of these home invaders out of action and protect the homeowner's family because that homeowner exercised the right to self defense. Keeping and bearing arms by law abiding citizens is not a substitute for law and order, but it is an important part of it. My own family experienced this truth first hand. My Uncle was victimized by a gun crime while running his Wilmington based small business. When they came back, he wasn't willing to be a victim. He had purchased and learned to use a firearm. After that, there were no more robberies. To put it simply, gun control means they are armed and we are victims. Remember that when you read the screeds against your rights elsewhere. Read more
There are two bills stirring some measure of controversy in the General Assembly right now. One shouldn't be controversial at all, Senate Bill 27 which is the Marriage Protection Act. The other is House Bill 5 which is the non discrimination based on Sexual Orientation. Both bills seem to be on the fast track for votes today in their respective house. Both bills seem to have majority support. The Marriage Protection Act has been an amendment attached which will clarifies the language so that no confusion would exist regarding civil unions (which don't exist). The true intentions of the sponsors and supporters like myself are clear with the amendment--it is about marriage. There is now no excuse for those who say that they oppose same sex marriage. I say to those Senators you either support the bill or you are disconnected from your words and the reality of your actions. Now your Read more
Enjoy… Stan learns the importance of saving money: Stan learns how the Treasury Department works:
Fear Mongering And Loathing In Las Vegas Delaware Once upon a time, I worked for a wise candidate who told me that when budget cuts are on the horizon, an administration will threaten teachers' jobs or pay to scare and anger the masses. That way, when a teacher's 8% pay cut ends up being a 4% pay cut, the masses are relieved, the teachers end up being grateful that it was only a 4% pay cut, and the administration looks like the compassionate hero. Governor Jack Markell's new budget proposal with an 8% across the board cut in state employee's pay and a massive expansion of gambling in the state is a far cry from what we heard during the days of Candidate Jack Markell, a sure sign that at the end of this story, there will be a dearth of heroes... Candidate Markell, had a plan. It was over 70 pages long and he called it his "Blueprint for a Better Delaware" Maybe you heard about it Read more
Delaware Rules and that's a fact. You have to love New Jersey crying foul over not having the ability to participate in sports betting, when in fact had the opportunity to, at the time The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed. Specifically - "Consequently, the sports lotteries conducted in Oregon and Delaware were exempt, as well as the licensed sports pools in Nevada. In addition, Congress provided a one-year window of opportunity from the effective date of PASPA (January 1, 1993) for states, which operated licensed casino gaming for the previous ten-year period to pass laws permitting sports wagering. The latter exception was clearly crafted with New Jersey in mind. However, New Jersey failed to take advantage of this opportunity and carve out an exception for itself. Full article Extracted from: Internet Gambling in Nevada: Overview of Federal Read more
UPDATE: Marriage Protection Act wins support in committee. Victory in Phase 1. Phase 2 Thursday. All right thinking individuals are invited to Legislative Hall at 1 pm Thursday for a rally. I supported the current law in Delaware which clarified that marriages recognized in our state are exclusively between a man and a woman. Now I support SB 27 which will make that age old principle constitutional law. Court decisions in few states have shown that the social engineers do not respect the laws of every state and the federal government. The only way to protect the collective wisdom of the ages is constitutional law. 30 states have done this regarding marriage. It is time for Delaware to begin the process of a Constitutional amendment. The Delaware process is slow and cumbersome. This means we can't wait until a crisis is on our door step. Some are making the wild argument Read more
Republicans (RNC) are outraising the Democrats (DNC) in spite of being out of power. The RNC raised nearly 2 million more than the Democrats. The Democrats should close the gap because they have a sitting President. The RNC has been benefiting from a full time chairman who works more than one day a week. The DNC may have to wait until their chairman loses his job to have the same benefit. The first test of the season was won by Michael Steele. Chairman Steele is going to get a lot of criticism because he cleared the decks of the people who did not get us results at headquarters. They have mounted a movement to get rid of him. They claim that he is on TV too much and not raising enough money. The truth is that he is restaffing and by the accounts that I heard has done a thoughtful job. He took his time but now has key people in place. He has given the GOP a consistent message. Read more
Trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see is an unsustainable proposition. The CBO said the really bad news that the administration plans to run 7 trillion dollar deficits is worse. The projected deficit is 9.3 trillion dollars over the next 10 years with the highest non-war deficit to GDP (national production) ever. They had numbers which were even worse but the administration convinced them to take its growth projections of over 4.1% for 2010 and 2011 based upon the stimulus package heating up the economy. Senator Jud Gregg, R-NH called the numbers unsustainable. He was not alone. The President's own OMB director said the same thing. The President's reaction was it will work out. We have 4 priorities. They are health care, education, energy efficiency, and deficit reduction. My question is which of these 4 does not belong. Friends, in 2010 don't let friends vote Democrat Read more
When public officials are in trouble for corruption, if the party label is hard to find, they are likely to be Democrats. There is a Clay County Kentucky vote stealing scandal orchestrated by evil Democrats. Yet the MSNBC version doesn't even mention their party. They had no such problem with Republican Ted Stevens at the network. The New York Times did not mention Congressman William Jefferson's party until the next to last paragraph and then it was designed to be favorable to his fellow Democrats. I thought the media bias is all on talk radio and Fox News. Don't we need the government to straighten those guys out with new ownership requirements? This is just one more reason that a free market of ideas with a variety of sources is important. Just say no to censorship and keep your eyes open to more than one source of information. The media has a definite filter. Read more
After President Barack Obama’s unenlightened crack on the Tonight Show about his bowling game being “like Special Olympics or something,” and the President’s subsequent apology, Special Olympian bowlers have released a statement:
After we learned of the President’s gaffe, and later of his heartfelt apology, we felt the need to offer the President an apology of our own. Up until this point, when one of our fellow Special Olympians bowled a horrifically bad game, we would tease them by saying “You’re bowling like you’re the President of the United States or something.” We deeply regret our insensitivity.
Three new casinos for Delaware? That's our new Governor's vision for our beloved state. Think about it...Delaware is 96 miles long...3 new casinos will give us a casino every 16 miles! Oh yeah, and apparently we might need sports betting (even though professional sports is opposed to it), and table games, too. Well, I have an idea for Governor Markell, put the first new casino in Greenville, where you live. Just take a look at Greenville, there's lots of space for a nice, big, full blown casino with table games and slot machines and sports betting.... View Larger Map Afterall, you did say this: ...we will spread our sacrifices so no one citizen or group bears a disproportionate burden of this challenge." That means you and your neighbors, too, right, Governor? Read more
Critics who do nothing but whine and complain bash the President for going on the Leno show. If they want to complain, it should be that the President does not get tougher questions than Leno's from the regular media. What about the potential dumping of the dollar as the world's reserve currency? It is rumored that the administration may even be sending signals of support for the move because "it (being the world's reserve currency) makes policy difficult". The implications for American businesses and farms could be significant. It could be very significant for our future debt funding. Is the Administration considering an inflation option? This is the most disturbing economic and foreign policy development to date in the Administration. Why not just support Russia's global currency? Is that next on the agenda? Will someone even ask this in next week's press conference? What Read more
The federal reserve is printing money and monetarizing the debt. It is a smart way to get money circulating into the economy and keep the recent huge government deficits from eating up all of the private capital or forcing up interest rates. The problem is that it devalues the dollar and if not pulled back at the right time, will doom us to a serious spat of inflation. It is a dangerous game. It is a good thing the guys in the Fed are smarter than the rest of the world. Though given the Congressionally mandated debt, what choice do they have? Someone has to address housing. The Congress spent a trillion and barely looked at it. It even stripped the few provisions which tried to address it from the stimulus package. Someone has to get keep the ship of state afloat. I guess it is time to crank up the presses. The U. S. suffered the worst of both worlds in the 1970's. Read more
Picking basketball games on ESPN and going on Jay Leno tonight (first sitting President ever). That’s all I have to say.
The GOP has taken the lead in the Generic ballot for the first time in a few years. Something is going right for the GOP. Democrats are arguing about who the GOP leader is, but at this rate it won’t matter because they will be following the leader. It is way too early to get confident. The numbers over the last month also show it is foolish to despair. I have a message for the Loony Left. “We are back”.
Warning: What you are about to read is not PC. It could result in exploding suppositions. Yes, there are pants of panic from a new UN study which says that the global population will soar to 9 billion by 2050. I say great. That's more people we can teach the Gospel to. (I had to toss that in so a couple of liberal heads would explode.) I welcome the change. We have become more prosperous globally with fewer incidents of starvation and famine since our population has increased. Why, we have developed new technology especially in medicine and food production. Population is not a problem, it is just a challenge. Still there is way too much poverty in the world. A billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day and may never take a shower in their life times. There is too much suffering in the world which is needless. Why is it needless? We have the ability Read more
Yesterday, El Som put up a post about SB27, a marriage-protection act over on Delaware Liberal. Interestingly enough, on a side note, Rep John Atkins, the very one that Rep Schwarzkopf propped and elevated himself this past cycle is a co-sponsor of this bill. Interesting in that Rep Atkins is a staunch opponent of one of the bigger platforms of Rep Schwarzkopf, virtually guaranteeing Rep Schwarzkopf of a cancellation of his very own vote each time on these issues important to his platform. It's an interesting quandry. I've always found political masochism an interesting study. Anyway, back to the point of the post... I concede that I don't know all of the arguments opponents to gay marriage stand on. I am, however, familiar with one of the more common and vocal arguments, that being how the church will be forced into honoring and/or performing gay marriages. This argument Read more
"Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., won passage of a provision earlier this year that they said would have prevented the type of payments now at the center of a storm. It was dropped without explanation in the final compromise on the economic stimulus measure, replaced by a less restrictive set of conditions backed by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and accepted by the White House. "The president goes out and says this is not acceptable and then some backroom deal gets cut to let these things get paid out anyway," said Wyden." - Full Story Also "In an interview with the Huffington Post, the Oregon Democrat noted that during the crafting of the stimulus package, he and his Republican colleague from Maine introduced a provision that would have forced bailout recipients to cap their bonuses at $100,000. Any amount paid above that would have been taxed at 35 percent. Read more
...Congress warned AIG execs to return their millions in bonuses - or face a possible new law taxing those payouts at up to 100%. "They should voluntarily return them. If they don't, we plan to tax virtually all of it," New York Sen. Chuck Schumer declared on the Senate floor. The idea that our government may be passing "new laws" in a fit of rage that can wipe out "virtually all" of someone's paycheck scares me. We all need to hope that the Great Eye of Schumer doesn't turn on our source of income someday. Read more