Can Rational Government Come To Iran?

An Iranian American Professor at Rutgers University believes he can run against Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and win, in Iran's upcoming elections. Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, 65 is a Public Policy Professor with dual American-Iranian citizenship. He has lived in the US for 40 years, married and raised a family in America but feels overwhelmingly compelled to run for Iran's Presidency against current two-term President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Other sources claim that Amirahmadi's Candidacy in not a serious one at all and say that his American citizenship will easily disqualify him with Iran's Guardian Council headed by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, despite his claim of dual citizenship. All candidates must be approved by the Guardian Council to be eligible to run for office, however Amirahmadi is confident he will be approved. Amirahmadi has stated that he doesn't believe Read more

HB 35

HB 35, the background check for gun purchases is on the way to the state Senate, but you do not see any protests from us.  Why not?  The 10 amendments addressed most of our problems.  I call upon the Senate to exempt current military personnel. Background checks help us enforce existing laws.  If they are not used as a backdoor registration, I do not have a problem.  Having background checks available for private sales protects the innocent party from liability and it will give an avenue to prosecute people who are transferring weapons to criminals. If the proponents expect this to be a great solution, remember most gun sales are already background checked and gun runners are not all of a sudden going to start background checking before they sale the overseas smuggled weapon they pulled out of the trunk of their car.  This will not stop the drug dealers and gangs from getting Read more

Global Warming Not Happening

The earth warms and cools, but some tried to make those trends a crisis. In the 1990's the temperature warmed rapidly, it had to be a crisis caused by evil man. Now we all know that the past 2 decades show no significant global warming. We saw fraud in IPCC reports and suppression of evidence, and now they still tell us don't lose faith, the end is coming if we don't destroy our economies and subject ourselves to global dictatorship. Now even believers are puzzled.  Don't make policy based upon fads. Those of us who always believed that we should hedge our bets take a measured, conservative approach and encourage alternative fuels but not panic are now the new mainstream. We were always right, welcome to the party.  Can Delaware now get out of RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) and RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standards)?  When are we going to stop punishing our citizens and driving Read more

Breaking News: North Korea Beats War Drum

North Korea says it has entered a ‘state of war’ with South Korea North Korea has rounded off a week of bellicose rhetoric by warning that it has entered a “state of war” with South Korea, causing a further deterioration of relations on the Korean peninsula. http://link.ft.com/r/EB8122/EKRB3A/TP7UPU/8Z6ESN/LS0SF2/OS/h?a1=2013&a2=3&a3=30 Reuters has this take . "From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly," a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency said. KCNA said the statement was issued jointly by the North's government, ruling party and other organizations. There was no sign of unusual activity in the North's military to suggest an imminent aggression, a South Korean defense ministry official said. The North has Read more

Happy and Reflective Holy Week

For those of us who are traditional Christians, this is holy week. I pray that you take time to reflect on the love of GOD in a special way this weekend. GOD loves you and has a good plan for your life, if you choose to participate. Our Lord Jesus Christ, has paid a terrible price for you to be free of the junk that would destroy your life so that your account can be 100% clear, past present and future. Your sins are forgiven and you have a new life ready to start. This week, talk to the living savior who did not just die for you, but defeated death so that you may live the life your Creator intended. This world is not the end, there is life after life. Mankind has within him a yearning for permanence. We build monuments, talk about legacy, hate death, why? We have built in our DNA the notion of eternity because we are made in the image of an eternal GOD. That yearning to be is not a sick Read more

Picturing A Future Socialistic America

A socialistic America would have restrictive implications that even progressive liberals would take serious exception to. This may sound a little like "Big Brother" to you, but the groundwork is now being laid for the scenario I am about to unfold before your eyes. Surveillance would be the "rule of the day" with cameras on every street light and drones monitoring traffic on interstates and major highways. Imagine receiving an "insta-ticket" from you car's dashboard printer for entering an intersection as the light was changing to red and the funds being instantly and automatically debited from your account by the state. Imagine applying for a permit to travel from state to state and being told when you apply for your permit that you and your family have not earned enough "Good Citizen Credits" to earn this travel vacation. That can't happen Think again. Think about earning Read more

The Foolish So Called Elite Spark Reaction

The Christian Post calls for the Resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Reince Priebus and other Republicans should step aside and let a leader emerge who understands that the base of the Republican Party (GOP) and the majority of Americans are conservative. His approach to spend $10 million on a marketing campaign to reach women, minorities, and gays is foolhardy. Here's why. First, he wrongly assumes that the GOP excludes women and minorities. It doesn't. The problem with the Republican Party is leadership and message-not race or gender. The ideals that the GOP has always embraced-free market principles and constitutional government-are not exclusive to white men. Free enterprise benefits everyone.Republicans lost because they failed to appeal to their base. They did not focus on electing conservative candidates, did not have a consistent conservative message, and did not have Read more

Democrats Compromise on Background Checks

Delaware Liberal reports on this great victory for the citizens and common sense. Of course they are in shock that instead of blindly grabbing power, that some in the Majority would actually listen to the legitimate complaints and concerns of citizens. I still am sadden that military people do not have the same status as concealed carry and law enforcement even though they may go through a more thorough background check for clearances. This is a huge stride in the right direction. Yesterday afternoon, I get this press release from them: DOVER – After months of meetings and hours of public testimony, House Democratic leaders announced several amendments Tuesday that they will add to legislation requiring background checks for virtually all gun sales. The amendments to House Bill 35 are a direct result of lead sponsor House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst meeting with officials Read more

House Republicans Tout Reform Package

HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS PROPOSE A PUBLIC POLICY PLAN TO CREATE GREATER TRANSPARENCY WITHIN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY Delivering on a promise made last fall, House and Senate Republicans today announced they will be introducing a package of bills that will help reform the Delaware General Assembly to provide greater transparency and efficiency for the public at large. The five reform measures that will be introduced are the following: · REMOVING A REPORTING REQUIREMENT LOOPHOLE ON GIFTS TO LEGISLATORS – This House bill will require members of the General Assembly to report all gifts with a value in excess of $50. Currently, legislators are required to report gifts that are over $100, while lobbyists are required to report gifts above $50. This loophole has resulted in confusion for the general public and the bill is aimed at ensuring Read more

DE Senate Vote on Death Penalty Repeal

After giving up on changing the sentences for current death row murderers, the Senate passed over bipartisan and law enforcement opposition to repeal the state death penalty. The bill goes on the House. 3 Republicans crossed over to support the bill, led by the Minority Leader.
Yes: 11 No: 10 Not Voting: 0 Absent: 0 Blevins Y Hocker N Peterson Y Bonini N Lavelle N Pettyjohn N Bushweller Y Lawson N Poore N Cloutier Y Lopez Y Simpson Y Ennis N Marshall Y Sokola Y Hall-Long N McBride N Townsend Y Henry Y McDowell Y Venables N

Apologetic no more: A defense of Social Conservatism

Those of us who believe in traditional American values are facing the challenge of a generation. The High Court has to decide such a basic issue as what is marriage. A CNN Poll shows that for the first time that a majority of Americans surveyed do not think the job of government is to defend traditional values. We are told that we are out to impose our morality on everyone else. We have no respect for liberty. We are religious zealots who need "to keep our rosaries off other people's ovaries" and other such nonsense. We are expected to stay silent when our tax money is used for things which are anathema to us while some working families among us go with out basic needs, children lack health care, and homelessness is a growing problem. We have a choice, stay silent, act apologetic for holding our views and let the land we know fade into the past or mount a defense. I choose to stand up Read more

MULTIPLE NAMES

7. You are only allowed two identities on a thread. More are subject to deletion. I discovered an IP address with 25 user names associated with it. Every post  was targeting a specific commenter in this forum.  I have taken action every post made with the IP number has been unapproved.  Any further attempts to make posts from this IP address will result in it becoming part of the spam filter which will permanently block the IP address.  The rules are very basic for posting in here, if anyone disagrees with the rules or can’t follow the rules they are more than welcome to find another forum. To the other users of this forum I commend and thank you for your diligent efforts to stay focused and on topic.  

Rand Paul’s Drone Position Supported by Overwhelming Numbers

Only 13% of the American people surveyed by Gallup recently, support drone strikes on against American citizens on American soil while 79% oppose. 65% support them as a weapon of war on enemy soil against terrorists or enemy forces. Significant majorities do not want them used on American soil even against terrorists. In other words, we stand with Rand. So much for the dummies who pretend to be political analysts and John McCain who thought the American people could not distinguish between the two concepts.Most intriguing is the fact that a similar survey in February, gave 50% to 45% opposition. Now with a month of debate, it is 79 to 13%. Leadership matters. Engagement matters. It is why our side has to stop ducking issues and engage them intelligently.

US Senate Votes 53-46 To Halt US From entering UN Arms Trade Treaty

President Obama’s decision to consider the UN Arms Trade Treaty has been heavily criticized by Republicans and Saturday, Sen. James Inhofe R-Okla, introduced an amendment that would prevent the US from entering into the UN Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. The Amendment passed the Senate with a 53-46 vote. Within hours of President Obama’s re-election, the UN was notified to re-start talks on the UN Arms Trade treaty that had stalled in July of 2012, because the White House feared attacks from the Romney Campaign, if his administration was seen as supporting the treaty, a charge that the White House has denied.

Colorado’s Weld County Sheriff John Cooke Will Not Enforce Tough Gun Laws

Colorado’s Weld County Sheriff John Cooke appeared on Foxnews, “The Mike Huckabee Show,” this evening stating that he would not enforce Colorado’s tough new gun laws. He stated that the new laws were, a knee-jerk reaction and the legislators knew the laws wouldn’t work but wanted to show the people they were doing something. Other sources report, Cooke says the bills are “feel-good, knee-jerk” reactions to recent tragedies like the Aurora shooting. So he “won’t bother enforcing” them, he added, noting he and other sheriffs are considering a lawsuit. “A nation can only be disgraced by the failure of its citizenry to take action in the face of tyranny.” Donald Raleigh Ayotte, August 2010

Delaware Legislators Are Our Masters, We Must Bow Before Their Brilliance

Now we do have some pro gun-control goofballs showing up at hearings on those ridiculous and totally un-needed gun control bills now being bandied about, on command from the current White House regime no doubt. The vast majority of this country does NOT want any more gun control, citizens are not clamoring for yet more gubmint laws to control our behavior and restrict our rights. But they flip us the bird, this elected elite, and get busy exactly what we do NOT want them to do. Let's have a look at those five gun control bills the misguided Markell wants to enact in Delaware. -Background checks for gun sales between private parties. So okay I got a gun I want to sell to my neighbor. Neighbor gives me a hundred bucks, I give him gun. Delaware, insert smile here, expects ME to file a background check on my neighbor. I would have to pay a licensed dealer $50 to conduct Read more

New Writers

As you may be aware I will soon be deploying to Afghanistan. Please feel free to come to the 198th send off ceremony at Delaware State University on April 6 at 1100hrs. I will still contribute, but less frequently. I have been screening some new writers as mentioned in January. First we are delighted to have Tim and Pat return. We are welcoming George Ball to try out as stint. George is a well recognized political analyist, activist and humorist. I expect to bring on a couple of young people for a different perspective as well and maybe a faith corresponent. Enjoy. As always, the writer’s views are their own.

Rail Splitters At New Location

Rail Splitter March 27 meeting announcement New location: Porky Oliver's Bloom Energy: All thorns and no flowers for DE energy consumers Special guest: John Nichols, Delaware's extraordinary energy activist Wednesday, March 27 5:30pm doors open, 6pm meeting begins New Location--Porky Oliver's 800 North Dupont Street Wilmington, DE As the United States is entering a revolution in lower cost and cleaner natural gas energy, DE has decided that higher cost, dirtier energy is better. Through crony capitalism and misguided science, Governor Jack Markell, Delmarva Power, and Bloom Energy have united in a potentially unconstitutional energy subsidy scheme that harms consumers and businesses. Two lawsuits with national implications are trying to stop this program. John Nichols, with his encyclopedic knowledge and a party to both law suits will explain the Bloom story Read more

Gunmaker packs up after Colo. control bill signed

DENVER | No sooner had Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three gun-control bills into law Wednesday than the economic backlash began. Officials at gun equipment manufacturer Magpul Industries confirmed that the company would make good on its vow to leave Colorado if the governor signed the bill to limit ammunition-magazine capacity. The Erie-based manufacturer confirmed on its Facebook page that it will start its transition “almost immediately.” “We will likely become a multi-state operation as a result of this move, and not all locations have been selected,” said the company in a statement, adding that it expects to begin manufacturing its PMAG-brand magazines within 30 days of the bill-signing . Magpul may be the first firearms-related business to relocate as a result of state gun-control laws, but it probably won’t be the last. Companies in Connecticut, Maryland Read more

Democrat Polling Group Finds Support for Markell Gun Measures

Naturally the two with the most support are the background checks and reporting of lost or stolen weapons. One would expect some form of those to pass when the bugs are worked out. Right now the bills are not worth passing. The others have softer support. What is interesting with this is that no breakdown of the demographics of the poll nor party breakdown was provided. It may be valid, it may not be, we cannot know without a little information. Take it for what it is worth, but it is important information because some legislators will be voting based upon it unless they hear differently from their voters, especially in New Castle County where support is the strongest in this poll.

Democrats in House Vote For Permanent Tax Hike

With the exception of Representative John Atkins, State House Democrats voted for HB 50 and passed a 6.6% tax rate for taxable incomes over $60,000 annually. The rate is a slight drop from the current temporary rate of 6.75% due to sunset this July. Instead of going back to the 5.9% rate as scheduled or even extending the higher rate another couple of years, they made it permanent and turned down amendments to sunset the bill.

Keeping Our Children Safe

Delaware's Republican Legislators have a plan to keep your children safe. Delaware House and Senate Republicans have unveiled a package of legislative proposals aimed at improving overall public safety in Delaware. Our reforms are simple, make sense and have the safety of all of our children at heart. Our legislation has 4 parts. 1.A House bill creating the Delaware School Safety and Security Fund for emergency expenditures to improve school safety 2.A Senate Concurrent Resolution that will examine implementing a system to allow emergency text messages to be sent to Delaware 9-1-1 call centers 3.A House bill requiring the installation of a “crisis button” in each Delaware public school to alert law enforcement when there is an emergency 4.A package that will be introduced includes the following firearms-related bills •A House bill increasing the penalties that relate Read more

State House of Reps Sends Draconian Gun Background Check Bill to Floor

Over the objections of many citizens, the State House Judiciary Committee passed HB 35 which requires criminal background checks on all firearms transfers even within families such as step parents and cousins or others not considered immediate and among people in the military who already have background checks. Violation would be a class A misdemeanor. On the bright side HB 13 by Rep. Kowalko was released from the House Administration Committee. It would require a one year waiting period for members of the General Assembly to become lobbyists. One question that I have is why does this not apply to all political appointees and elected officials? Why single out members of the General Assembly when a cabinet secretary could have more influence on certain policies? HB 14 helping Farmers by not taxing the money given them to lock their land into Agricultural Preservation program is stalled Read more