An Interesting Twist

Update: Journal report I will be the Ball Countdown Person for the New Year in Dover at the People's 1st Night. The event is put on by a wide range of business, community, and even religious groups, but it has gathered the most attention because the main orgainzing group is Occupy Dover. The Dover group is an interesting group of hardworking people, most of whom have jobs and the rest looking. The Delaware groups are as they said the only groups in the country that has gone the normal way of gaining permits. I remember the first night of protest that I happen to run into them. I gave them a number so they could stay legal and out of trouble. I fully support the right to protest. I just did not want to see any trouble in my town. I gave them my card in case they had any questions. As you know, they showed up to the 9/12 meeting to open a dialog. That has continued with me. The Read more

Top Ten Bills in 2011 That Energized We the People

POPVOX releases list of bills that provoked the most messages from constituents to Congress in 2011. Robocalls to cell phones, consumption tax proposals, abortion restrictions, health reform repeal, and online intellectual property bills topped the list. Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 28, 2011 POPVOX, the award-winning online advocacy platform that delivers individuals' messages to Congress, today released a list of the top 50 bills of 2011 -- those that provoked the most messages from constituents to Congress through the site. Topping the list of legislation was H.R. 3035, the Mobile Information Call Act, with over 10,000 people weighing in against the proposal. Given the large-scale opposition, the sponsor, Representative Lee Terry, pronounced the bill "dead" on December 17. The "Fair Tax Act" took two spots in the top ten list, with the House version, H.R. 25, ranked second in Read more

Iran And The Strait Of Hormuz, War Drums Or A Game Of Threats?

The 21 miles of water that separates Oman from Iran at its narrowest point, leading into the Persian Gulf is known as the Strait of Hormuz, controls a shipping lane that exports one-sixth of the world's oil. If Iran were able to shut down this shipping lane, how would it affect America. Is Iran once again beating their "war drums," to gain world attention? Despite bragging by the commander of Iran's Navy that they had control over the "moves" by foreign forces after footage of a US aircraft carrier was shown on Iranian television, a US Navy Spokesman would not comment on the Iranian footage but confirmed that the USS John C Stennis was on a "routine transit" through the Strait to provide support to Nato forces in Afghanistan, according to reports by The Telegraph. China is one of the largest buyers of oil being shipped through this valuable four mile stretch of sea. If this valuable Read more

John Whitehead Gives Year End Review of Civil Liberties

Civl Liberties are in decline according to top Constitutional, Christian Attorney John Whitehead, who founded the Rutherford Institute. Read this chilling summary of the year. http://original.antiwar.com/jwhitehead/2011/12/28/2011-the-year-in-civil-liberties/ Welcome to the new total security state. The U.S. government now has at its disposal a technological arsenal so sophisticated and invasive as to render any constitutional protections null and void. And these technologies are being used by the government to invade the privacy of the American people. Several years ago, government officials acknowledged that the nefarious intelligence-gathering entity known as the National Security Agency (NSA) had exceeded its legal authority by eavesdropping on Americans’ private email messages and phone calls. However, these reports barely scratch the surface of what we are coming to recognize as Read more

Good Times Roll Away

After a Christmas bounce, unemployment claims edged up. The President’s approval numbers edged back down. Republicans in Congress took a hit when they seemed to oppose extending the payroll tax holiday. Even Republicans are less excited about their performance. It didn’t take long for the Christmas good feelings to go back to our 4 year funk.

Smith and Wesson, the ultimate in Feminine Protection

Popular State Senator David Lawson of Suburban Marydel does not have to be told about the above headline.  He sees it everyday.  A stroll through Shooter's Choice located on Route 13 north of Dover, or Suburban Cheswold if you prefer, will show a display of pink handled hand guns that sell quite well.  There are also some pink stocked .22 rifles on hand to get your own little girl on her way to target plinking.  In addition Shooter's Choice and other shooting ranges are extremely successful at sponsoring Ladies Nights which includes very discounted rates for a night of instruction and time on the shooting range.    CBS News has finally learned something and to their credit they are reporting it.    Women are buying guns and participating in firearm sports.  The number of women participating in competitive target shooting has doubled in the last dedade.  The gun industry Read more

Talks, Intrigues and Chats

I think Erick von Kuehnelt-Leddihn makes some good points in this quote: “In a democracy, the manifold efforts—the talks, intrigues and chats, the incessant rubbing of shoulders—necessary to attain a leading position consume so much time and energy that the factual knowledge absolutely essential for statesmanship (as opposed to the qualifications of a mere politician), is seldom acquired.” When I think of all the intrigues, infighting and personal attacks which have consumed this blog at times, I cannot help but think lack of statemanship is a real problem in the Delaware GOP. I’m not making a blanket statement, as there are some who have had the time and energy to study issues thoughtfully and thoroughly; but it surely seems to me “the talks, intrigues and chats” have dominated the discussion and process far too often. But back to Kuehnelt-Leddihn’s main and larger point: Read more

Newt Gingrich believes voters “shouldn’t be restricted to two people.”

I doubt Newt Gingrich even realizes what he said here! He's upset as he is not going to be on the primary ballot in Virginia. We're getting an amazing number of people who … believe Virginians ought to have the right to choose and shouldn't be restricted to two people." Oh, of course! He wants people to vote for him, to choose him as one of the only two people they are supposed to get to choose from for President of the United States of America (using his two-party system), but when he is not one of the two people, it's not fair. The system has failed. "Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates," Interesting... I guess what he should be saying is any top contender who plays by the rules of the Republicans vs. Democrats... That being said, it's also quite telling that Newt Gingrich wants the law in Virginia changed before the March 6 Read more

Welcome to the New Iraq

News Release from Persecution.com  Analysis by me at the end Recent attacks on Christian-owned businesses in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region have put believers on edge in an area that was formerly considered safe for Christians. In a sermon on Dec. 2, 2011, Mullah Mala Ismail Osman Sindi complained of moral corruption in the northern town of Zakho. Incited by the sermon, a Muslim man stood up afterward and called out the names of Christian-owned businesses. A group of young men then marched to Zakho carrying banners declaring “There is no God but Allah.” They attacked and burned about 30 businesses, most owned by Christians. The men also tried to attack a Christian neighborhood in Zakho, but they were stopped by authorities. A VOM team in the region had to evacuate quickly. Violence erupted again the following morning, Dec. 3, in two Christian neighborhoods on the outskirts Read more

U. N. Turns Blind Eye to Genocide?

The United Nations is refusing to recognize Christians in some Muslim Countries as human rights refugees in spite of the fact that they are having to flee for their lives.  It is reminiscent of the West refusing to recognize the refugees fleeing from the coming Holocaust before WW2.   Naturally, the Jewish persecution by constant shelling, terrorism, and plots by Iran to get a nuke to complete the final solution even if it costs them half of their own country gets no recognition either so they are not any better at there either.  The link shows why this is happening.  The internal politics of the UN favors a coherent block of member states.  Just like it did not recognize the human rights problems of the communists because a huge block of its members were communists, now the Organization of the Islamic Conference (56 nations) is a very powerful block holding administrative positions Read more

New Castle Conservatives Mind Your Own Business

It turns out Frank Knotts and I keep agreeing with each other.  This could become dangerous but I think we can get past this.  I am more than annoyed that the current Vice Chairman of the New Castle County Republican Party has decided to use his Party title to inject himself into a race in Sussex County.  It is not as if there is not significant work to be done in New Castle County.   Everyone knows that we need to upgrade our organization in New Castle.  We also need to recruit credible local candidates.  But so far the current Vice Chairman has decided to inject himself in the race for a State Senate Race in Sussex County.  One of the complaints of Christine O'Donnell Supporters in 2010 was that certain GOP officeholders came out against her.  Can someone explain to me how the most recent communication from John Radell does not fit this exact pattern??? From my vantage Read more

A look back 2011 pt 1

2011 was a fine year.  2011 was a challenging year.  The Challenges have made way for new leadership.  I love being part of the Dover City Council especially with like minded people being a part of the council.  It is a joy not a battle.  We work for the betterment of the city though sometimes we disagree on the specifics, I never doubt the fact that we are heading in the same direction. Some of my highlights for this year have included the changing of the guard in Dover from City Council to City Manager as you would expect.  Another had to be the Senate passage of SB 15.  The passage of the Civil Unions bill will change us for a generation.  I am sure the debate of whether it is for better or worse will continue. The recent murder of Quamere Brown in Dover gives me a person of the year nominee-- his mother.  Catrina Bonet stood in front of a crowd with a couple of disgruntled Read more

The Bland Leading the Bland

Thomas Sowell explains why a focus on Speaker Gingrich's past is bad for our future. He makes a compelling case that it is better to take a man of accomplishment in office like Gingrich than the bland leading the bland like Mitt Romney. While the televised debates are what gave Newt Gingrich’s candidacy a big boost, concrete accomplishments when in office are the real test. Gingrich engineered the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 40 years — followed by the first balanced budget in 40 years. The media called it “the Clinton surplus” but all spending bills start in the House of Representatives, and Gingrich was speaker of the House. Speaker Gingrich also produced some long-overdue welfare reforms, despite howls from liberals that the poor would be devastated. But nobody now claims that they were. Did Gingrich ruffle some feathers when he was speaker Read more

Delmar Wastewater Plant–House GOP Perspective

DE House Republicans Statement Millions-of-dollars' worth of upgrades at a Maryland wastewater plant may portend changes for Delaware as The First State tries to meet federal water pollution control mandates. The significance of the Delmar Wastewater Treatment Plant project was underscored by the list of dignitaries that turned out for Tuesday's ribbon-cutting. Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del), U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del), Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary (DNREC) Collin O'Mara, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin highlighted the list of local, state and federal officials at the event. The Delmar plant serves 2,900 Maryland residents and about half that number living in the Delaware side of the border town. Taking more than a year to construct, the upgrade and Read more

DENREC Release: Delmar’s new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility unveiled

It is interesting to note that the MD side had grants to help the town build critical infrastructure. Delaware just had the federally funded revolving loan fund. Of course MD localites have other expenses that Delaware picks up which are more properly state functions. Still when some advocates claim that the state needs to push more mandates and spending to the localities, we are already unsupported in our expensive infrastructure. Release Plant provides significant clean water benefits, protecting public health and the Chesapeake Bay DELMAR, Del./Md. (Dec. 20, 2011) – Delmar’s new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility was unveiled today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included dignitaries from Delaware, Maryland, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They were joined by representatives from local construction and engineering companies who worked for more Read more

His Holiness Benedict XVI’s Christmas Message 2011

The reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to Titus that we have just heard begins solemnly with the word “apparuit”, which then comes back again in the reading at the Dawn Mass: apparuit – “there has appeared”. This is a programmatic word, by which the Church seeks to express synthetically the essence of Christmas. Formerly, people had spoken of God and formed human images of him in all sorts of different ways. God himself had spoken in many and various ways to mankind (cf. Heb 1:1 – Mass during the Day). But now something new has happened: he has appeared. He has revealed himself. He has emerged from the inaccessible light in which he dwells. He himself has come into our midst. This was the great joy of Christmas for the early Church: God has appeared. No longer is he merely an idea, no longer do we have to form a picture of him on the basis of mere words. He has “appeared”. Read more

Christmas is still Important

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

Upstate Influence ?

REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS     Dear Republican Friends,   I believe that a party serves its constituents best, when we respect and support the will of the people who select our candidates.    It is time to rally around those individuals who give their total support for the conservative values that are the core or our party’s beliefs.  To that end, I understand and support the will of those Republicans in the new 6th Senate District and the Sussex GOP RD Chairs, and whole heartedly join them in their support of Glen Urquhart for the 6th Senate Seat.   The most important task before us is to win the Delaware House and Senate Chambers so that we can preserve the strength of the values that guide us and shape our future.  Jobs are the number one influence on our thoughts these days, and we need someone like Glen who understands the dynamics of job retention Read more

Christmas: A Cosmic Revolution

“--Christians believe the redemptive moral order displayed in the life work of Jesus Christ is also written into the fabric of our world and its political orders as well as into the individual human conscience.” CHRISTMAS: A COSMIC REVOLUTION The nativity of Christ is the most profound example of humility known to humanity. As the author of Philippians writes when exhorting his fellow Christians to humbly consider others better than themselves, the example they should follow is that of Jesus Christ. He quotes the lines of an ancient Christian hymn or creed--ancient to us, but fresh and revolutionary to first century Christians. Your attitude, he says, should be the same as that of Christ:"Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness and being found Read more

Children Of Abraham

  I would like to take this time to wish all a happy holiday season. I know that the fact that I have said a holiday season will offend some.  Those who see their faith as a team sport mostly. I would however ask all who worship the one God, to remember that we are all children of Abraham.   This includes the Muslim, the Jewish and the Christian faiths. And even many of the other faiths around the world that have grown out of the one God belief.  We should try to remember that the belief in a God should unite us, not separate us. In the three major religions we all come from the same family tree, whether we want to admit it or not. When we seek to show some sort of superiority of faith above another, we are actually attempting to belittle our brothers and sisters.  As a Christian I am moved, especially at this time of year, to remember that this is a season of love. It was Read more

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the fabulous Wanamaker organ and singers from the Philadelphia Opera Company as they perform Handel’s Hallelujah chorus for surprised and delighted shoppers. (Be sure to turn up the volume!)

I wish a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of Delaware Politics’ writers and posters, whom I think for taking the time and trouble to express their views on this site.

God bless us all, every one.