The Choice is Kovach on January 13

Tom Kovach's desire to become NCCo's new voice for county residents will be decided on January 13th when the county's special election decides who will be the next New Castle County Council President. Kovach is a graduate of Brandywine High School and lives in Eastern Brandywine with his wife Sandi and three children.  "The people are best served when there are adequate checks in place in our system and the appropriate balance of power.  More than ever, residents of New Castle County need a strong voice on County Council to provide the necessary checks and balances with the executive branch," said Kovach. Kovach's stand against more ill-conceived development and higher taxes, along with more transparency in the county's decision making process, should attract NCCo Republicans, Independents and even a few Democrats.  "I look forward to a positive campaign on the issues, and the opportunities Read more

Year in Review

First, our items of  business.  It is time for your Person of the Year Nominations for the Nation and the State.  Who affected our politics,economics, or culture for good or ill?  Leave a comment. I would have to nominate Christine O'Donnell at the state level.  She made more news around the world than any Delawarean this year.  She upset the political establishment, drew the attention of a nation, and has set ablaze the poltical discussion. You have to put her in the top 5 in a generation at this rate.   Biden, Du Pont, Roth and Capano are others that come to mind.  It has been a pretty amazing ride for good or ill depending upon your perspective.   Who else?  Behind the scences, I think 9/12's Russ Murphy, the Garcia's, and our local Freedom Works Rep Lynn Brandon all changed the dynamic in Delaware for a long time.  What are your thoughts? How about the Nation?  Read more

Show Trials

From 1929-1937, Stalin conducted a series of show trials in which his enemies were pilloried and then executed for offenses against the communist regime. The first of the trials, like those which followed, was carefully scripted to include angry crowd scenes in which thousands shouted, “Death, death death!” By the time the later trials were organized, the methods employed to destroy Stalin’s opponents had been refined to the point confessions were first extracted from supposed “wreckers” of the Soviet economy by torture and by threats to family members, including wives and infant children. The singling out of certain individuals and groups for elimination, however, was only part of Stalin’s script, as the broader purpose behind the trials and executions was the complete purging of opposition as well as the provision of a diversion which would keep attention focused on the Read more

It’s All About The Accusation

   Well by now everyone is up to speed on the latest attempt by the Wilmington News Journal and those who hold their leash, to once again cast doubt and suspicion on the campaign of Christine O'Donnell.   The latest tactic is to put out a story that is full of nothing more than claims by un-named sources. Well if you can't trust an un-named source, who can you trust?    The article claims that there is currently a FBI investigation of the campaign finances of the former candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Delaware. Of course the FBI won't confirm nor deny such an investigation is on going. How convenient for the WNJ.   Ms. O'Donnell has responded by saying that if there is an investigation into her campaign finances, that it is very likely being driven by her former political opponents. This would include our current Vice President Joe Biden, who Ms. O'Donnell ran against Read more

Wearing Pink to the Party

GOProud is a gay conservative organization.  It had a booth last year at C-PAC.   This year it became a participating organization involved with planning.  The result has been boycotts by several organizations.  It appears it is not just the GOP which has internal struggle.  The movement itself does.   I am not sure of the motivation of C-PAC sponsors.  They have not answered questions.  If C-PAC thinks shifting to supporting a gay agenda is wise, they are wrong.  If they are merely accomodating various people who are along the spectrum of the movement, the question has to be asked of social conservatives why the reaction?  If a gay person is pro-life and favors constitutional government, I welcome them.   I may have a disagreement with them on some gay issues.  That does not invalidate everything about them to the point that I can't be in the room with them.  The fact Read more

Guest Opinion on Levy Court Spending Spree

Commissioner Eaby;   I believe that your vote to hand out over $83,000 to county employees as a Christmas bonus was irresponsible in these hard times.  Please recall your vote to raise taxes 24% last year as well at the Levy Court’s decision not to roll back that increase (as envisioned) this year.  Each and every one of you should be working to get personnel costs under control, particularly since the County’s benefits package for employees is lavish by most standards.  I understand that County employees are doing their part in this hard economy, but I am also certain that I am not the only person to consider this irresponsible give-away as a slap in the face to every hardworking taxpayer in Kent County. If the County is on “sound financial ground” as some Commissioners believe, then please work to reduce the burden you impose on county taxpayers….that should be a higher Read more

Feds Investigate O’Donnell

Federal Officials have opened a new investigation into the campaign of Christine O’Donnell. This Investigation is not related to the current problems O’Donnell has with the Federal Elections Commission which were the result of two separate complaints. The Particulars of this development are in today’s News Journal. http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20101229/NEWS02/101229017/Feds-launch-criminal-probe-of-O-Donnell-campaign-money-use

Divorce

Nationally and statewide, conservatives have been like spurned lovers. Like the wife who once proved useful in maintaining a home base for a disinterested spouse whose true passions lay elsewhere, restive conservatives who demanded more love and attention have been turned out of the house and in some case issued a divorce decree. Michael Filozof documents the repudiation of the conservatives and their agenda in his excellent article (found in the American Thinker) entitled, “Is the Republican Party Finished?” Filozof points out the lame-duck session proved the Republican Party once again does not represent the interests and passionate concerns of conservatives--even after the conservative tsunami of the 2010 elections. For conservatives, the results of the lame-duck session are stomach turning. He writes: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spectacularly failed to hold Read more

A Time for Prayer

Media Advisory Contact: Denise 302-629-0111 For Immediate Release Pre-Inaugural Prayer Breakfast with a focus on state and county officials. Crossroad  Community  Church is  hosting  a prayer breakfast focusing on a time of prayer for state and county elected officials on January 4, 2011 at 7:00am.   The event will feature special music by The Reminders and the Master of Ceremonies will be WGMD Radio host, Dan Gaffney.  The breakfast will be catered by the Georgia House Restaurant.  The church address is  20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown, DE  19947.  Admission is $10.00 and children under 12 are free.   Tickets may be purchased online at crossroadcommunitychurch.net or call 302-629-0111 for more information.  The public is cordially invited. “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed Read more

Is America Getting Wimpy?

Governor Ed Rendell decried the postponement of the Eagles game from Sunday to last night as the wussification of America. First, to call off this game because of snow is further evidence of the "wussification" of America. We seem to have lost our boldness, our courage, our sense of adventure and that frontier spirit that made this country the greatest nation in the world. A little snow, a potential traffic tie-up, a long trip home caused us to cancel a football game? Will Bunch, a writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, said that if football were played in China, 60,000 Chinese would have walked through the snow to the stadium doing advanced calculus as they did so. He's probably right, and it's no secret why the Chinese are dominating on the world stage. Read more

Gaza Weapons Intercepted

Look at what our media missed.
Egyptian security forces in Sinai recently seized a large store of weapons and explosives that were to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported on Tuesday. The cache included dozens of anti-aircraft artillery shells and several anti-aircraft missiles, according to the report. The weapons and ammunition were discovered in a hole inside an isolated desert storage facility.

Pete duPont WSJ

Former governor Pete duPont has some sensible suggestions for the incoming congressional Republicans, including suggestions on how to stop the further erosion of states’ rights the implementation of Obamacare will inevitably bring. He’s also apparently an advocate of the flat tax, as are some who contribute to and/or read this blog. Here’s the link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204336704576041952435898470.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_BelowLEFTSecond

Low Taxes Attract People

The Census revealed an interesting fact. People like lower taxes. Read this article. The census has been with us for more than 2,000 years, and is so important that the founding fathers wrote it into the U.S. Constitution as one of the duties of the federal government. While the process has changed from the time of Christ, where the people came to the census takers, to a more modern system of counting, the effect is the same — the government knows how many people reside within its borders at one fixed point in time. In the U.S., this decennial census has the impact of deciding how many congressional districts each state gets, and the eligibility of the state for various federal government tax distribution programs. One unintended consequence of the 2010 census is that it reveals a simple truth. People move to states which have lower taxes, and away from high tax states. This is reflected Read more

The Faithful Still Come and Adore Him

It has been more than 2000 years since that one solitary life stood as a witness to challenge our assumptions, culture, and spirituality. He challenged us to look at life beyond the prism of our own experience. If someone needs you to go with him a mile, go two. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Care for the sick. Regard the poor. Don't strike back out of pride. Give and it shall be given you. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Have faith in GOD and all things are possible. Love GOD with all of your heart. GOD is a personal, loving, father not an impersonal force or angry ruler. GOD is good. Live with an eternal perspective. He changed the way we viewed GOD, each other, and our own circumstances. He changed the way we relate to the world. Hospitals did not exist for thousands of years, but developed with Christianity's influence. The poor are not objects for exploitation but people Read more

One Solitary Life: The Classic Revisited

He was born in an obscure village, the son of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter's shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he became a wandering preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn't go to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of those things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through a mockery of a trial. He was executed by the state. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity Read more

Republicans Won a Major Victory

The continuing resolution passed by both the House and Senate is a major GOP victory in that it begins defunding so called health care reform.  Two weeks before taking over control of the House of Representatives, Republicans have already succeeded in starting to defund Obamacare. As Ezra Klein, a zealous Obamacare supporter, writes in the Washington Post, "The Senate passed the Continuing Resolution [by a vote of] 79-16.... Another way of saying that: The Senate voted to defund the implementation of both health-care reform and financial-regulation reform." Shortly thereafter, the House followed suit, by a vote of 193 to 165. This result was achieved because, in Klein's words, "The omnibus spending bill collapsed," preparing the way for the continuing resolution.  Klein frankly says:  "[T]his is bad news for the health-care bill."  It is indeed, and it's a good first step leading Read more

The 411 on the 211

Don't let friends suffer in silence. My friend, Rep. Darryl Scott sent this out to his constituents. It reminds people of the Delaware Helpline. Pass it on. People shouldn't suffer when there is help. Merry Christmas. I wanted to bring an important service to your attention as the weather gets colder and many families may be placed in difficult situations. The Delaware Helpline provides information and referral services through the easy to remember three-digit phone number: 2-1-1. Here, you can speak confidentially to a specialist who can help you assess your problems and situation and connect you with resources that may be able to help you. The Delaware Help Line is made possible by United Way of Delaware, the State of Delaware, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act administered by First State Community Action. Their calling hours are 8 A.M. until 8 P.M. Monday through Friday. Read more

The War Against Christianity: Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al Qaeda insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier. A council representing Christian denominations across Iraq advised its followers to cancel public Christmas celebrations out of concern over new terror attacks and as a show of mourning for the victims of the church siege and other violence. Church officials in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul, the southern city of Basra and in the capital confirmed they will not put up Christmas decorations or hold evening Mass and have urged worshippers to refrain from decorating their homes. Even an appearance by Santa Claus was called off. "Nobody can ignore the threats of al Qaeda against Iraqi Christians," said Chaldean Archbishop Read more

Don’t Mess With Rasmussen

The left wing critics of Rasmussen polling are just out to lunch.  Rasmussen captured the trends of 2010 earlier than most other pollsters.  When he did the same in 2006, the left wing critics did not find fault with him.  The final results are out.  Compare Rasmussen to the results.  Rasmussen correctly predicted the outcome of 33 of 36 senate races and every house race it followed.   The other 3 races show the limits of polling which should be instructive. It wasn't a poll problem.  No matter how much I point out that polls are snap shots and not destinations, people --even some media-- want to conflate them into elections.   2 of the Senate races were too close to call.  When a race is in the margin of error a week out, it is likely to be determined by turnout operations and late momentum.  Alaska is a great example.  Joe Miller got exactly what he polled in the last Read more

A Top 10 Scandal?

Well, it looks as if Christine’s troubles are nowhere near ending. There seem to be a lot of people determined she’ll never participate in politics again. According to the Wilmington News Journal’s online site, Christine O’Donnell’s campaign has been labeled as one of the top 10 scandals of 2010. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) claim O’Donnell misused campaign funds for personal expenses. The group is calling for an investigation. Matthew Moran, a spokesman for the O’Donnell campaign, has responded, saying “”It’s a frivolous court action by an ultra-liberal, George Soros-financed, former [Joe] Biden-staffer run organization with their own agenda.” The full story can be found here: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20101222/NEWS02/12220330/1007/O-Donnell-campaign-labeled-a–scandal-

Census Change

Republicans caught a break. They didn't just catch one in the states  which gained like Texas (4), Florida (2), Nevada, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah, and Arizona, but in the ones that lost. Republicans gained in all of the states losing a voice, except Illinois where they narrowly loss in the Governor's race, have given the Republicans at least veto power over every map. In Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan they won complete control. Losing seats is more precarious than maintaining or even gaining. If Republicans lost then the gains in those states would have been precarious. Now they can make sure Democrats at least share in the losses or take the brunt of them in the post reapportionment blood bath. A visual representation was designed by the AP as an interactive map. In all, the census figures show a shift affecting 18 states taking effect when the 113th Congress takes office in 2013. Texas Read more