Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_4/29/14___Edition-

Live Blogging the Sussex county council meeting on 4/29/14. Where was George Cole? The state of Delaware wants Sussex county's money, so what else is new? More on animal control, now the cats are an issue! Freeman Stage-My Most Embarrassing Incident =========================== So the Sussex county council donated $200 bucks to the Freeman Stage and a representative of that group gave a presentation at the county council meeting, hoping for future money I suspect. I do quite like the Freeman Stage and have been there twice, both times with my granddaughter. 8-year old granddaughter once sat through an entire performance of a "Midsummer Night's Dream"….and loved it! Thus I share my most embarrassing incident and it happened at the Freeman stage. This is an outside venue, understand, a beautiful locale with summer breezes blowing the audience cool. The setup is, thus, chairs Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The__4/28/14__Edition-

Chris Coons responds to my query as to why he wants to turn our guns over to the UN. Lots of news on the primaries, new contenders and George Parish tries to return contributors' money BUT HE CAN'T! Find out why. Lots more. Beau Biden for Governor? ====================== First, it's bad enough Beau Biden is Attorney General for Delaware and he wins no prizes for that position. Now he's decided that Delaware needs him for Governor, excuse me while I retch. Come on! Beau Biden is not worthy of his current position, what with him letting DuPonts off free, his late action regarding the pervert Pediatrician in Lewes a few years ago, and in general his below average performance . And let us whisper softly that Biden has some health issues that are quite serious. He's had what? Two strokes? Finally, he's a Biden! It's not Delaware should be proud of the VP is what I'm saying here and Read more

Playing Chicken with Sussex County Poultry Industry?

As a kid growing up in Sussex County, I remember well the rows of chicken houses near the rented farmhouse where I and my six siblings lived.  Two things about the chicken residences stand out in my mind.  One was seeing the pecking order among the chickens.  One poor bird had all her feathers picked off.  She was the sorriest bird I’d ever seen.  The other was the malodorous, acidly pungent smell of chicken manure.  Exacerbated by the extremely hot Sussex summer weather, the odor permeated the entire area. Though I didn’t realize it at age eight or so, Sussex County and the surrounding area of the Delmarva Peninsula was and is home to the broiler chicken industry.  Millions of chickens were and are raised in Sussex. According to www.sussexcountyonline.com , the county still   produces more chickens than any other county in the United States.  It is home to the headquarters Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The__4/23/14__Edition-

Billy Carroll and George Parish….step aside and know your places. Correction on Downtown Development Districts though they're still silly. The most valuable three feet of land on the planet, right here in Sussex county. Much more. So George Cole Decides to Run Again? Billy Carroll Can Go to Hell. ============================== Billy Carroll filed for a run at the 4th district seat in Sussex county, the seat currently filled by George Cole. Let me state right now that while I still have umbrage for Cole given his second of Joan Deaver's resolution for a new ordinance re dog barking even though one was already on the books in the state code….even with this I do consider Cole a fine man with a dignity about him that is very obvious. And he's served his district well, having been first elected in the mid-80's and with a family whose roots in public service go deep. But he's been Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_4/22/14___Edition-

With tempers calmed and blame properly placed, let us re-visit the debacle of throwing Councilman Vance Phillips under the bus and discuss events as they really happened. So okay I've spoken to Duke Brooks, spokesperson for the Sussex GOP. I've talked to Vance Phillips and got his version of events. I've talked, emailed or Facebooked many of the folks involved with the awful way the rejection of elected councilman Vance Phillips was thrown under the bus by the Delaware GOP. I've got a calm, broad perspective of the turn of events and read between the lines of all email to understand the entire story. "It's the media, Pat," Duke Brooks told me, Brooks' soothing voice assuring me that the actions taken by the Sussex GOP made sense. The same voice I'd heard for so many hours broadcasting over the air waves from WGMD didn't soothe my troubled ears. It was the same old, same old. First, Read more

And the Next Governor of Delaware Will be? The News Journal May Decide!

Guest Post by: Dr. Jahi Issa I couldn't help being startled at the lack of journalistic integrity displayed by Jonathan Starkey who writes for the News Journal. His “Beau Biden alters usual political path” that appeared at 10:39 P.M. on April 19, 2014 indicates the obvious appearance, the editors at the News Journal are in the pocket of certain Democrats in the state and are trying their best curb the damage that has been done to Attorney General Beau Biden. On April 18, 2014 the News Journal conducted a poll asking its readers if they would vote for Beau Biden during the 2016 Governor’s race. Of the more than 4,400 readers who participated in the poll, 84% voted against the Attorney General, while less than 10% voted in favor of him. The poll was so damaging that it was quickly removed and archived. It was obvious from the poll that Beau’s popularity was quickly diminishing. Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_4.16.14_Edition-

Cleaning up leftover business. Vance Phillips files for another term, the Sussex Council argument AGAINST the Sherriff, Ruth King wants women paid equally….much more. Silly Suggestion that DNREC take over Delaware voted down ============================ Though I've been following this drama of DNREC and the so-called Wetland Advisory Committee I really do not know where this committee came from or why on earth Markell thought the committee would return singing and dancing with the news that Sussex county desperately wants DNREC to take over half its land, that the farmers and property owners are delighted to be relieved of the boredom of land care. Whatever, this Wetland Advisory Committee, which my muddle mind recalls consists of all kinds of folk to include Sussex county representatives, farmers, the vaunted bureaucracies, of course. Heh. Well the majority of them said no on Read more

Did the Sussex GOP Over Step Its Bounds?

It is no question that the Sussex Regional GOP Advisory Committee decided to throw one of its most effective elected officials under the bus. Why? Some members believe that we should have standards beyond competence, intelligence, effectiveness, and leadership. They believe character matters and they have come to doubt the character of one of their star players. They have been roundly condemned, including on our cousin blog, Delaware Right and questioned here. Understandably, this is so. The person in question is a long time friend so it is hard for me to make a judgment, but if I do not, my silence will be assumed to be an endorsement of position laid out on this page. For the record, I personally can not support the 5th district councilman in his reelection bid unless he makes a credible case to me otherwise. I do agree that a resolution asking the chairman, especially without Read more

Chick Kickoff a Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014 Sam Chick, Republican candidate for state representative in the 31st District, held a campaign kick-off April 13th at Fraizer's Restaurant in Dover that was attended by scores of community members and leaders. Chick, an Iraq War veteran and small businessman, filed for the open House seat in March. Addressing the crowd of supporters, he said, "I’m running because I believe in open, responsible government that works for 'We the people.'” Chick outlined four key areas of importance: Economic prosperity, education, liberty and justice, and responsible government. "Looking at today’s government, we are all aware of areas of shortcomings," he said. "We’re reminded daily through reports of corruption and mismanagement, education woes, violations of rights, unemployment and a weak economy, among other things. Instead of real solutions, we’re Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_4/14/14___Edition-

So Master Tires on Route 113 has Sussex county all atwitter? What about the poor property owner forced to live next door to a slob flipping the finger at the county? Cry not no more, my friend, for PAUL REIGER'S NEIGHBOR HAS TIRES ON HIS PROPERTY TOO! Paul Reiger is a nice man. He lives on a "farmette" sort of property, less than 5 acres . His property, and those of his neighbors were carved from a 62 acre farm into 28 lots. I visited Reiger's property and got a few pics myself, not to mention an eye full. Reiger' lives next door to a fellow that simply does not care about Sussex county laws as he flips them the bird and laughs at the Rubes on the county council who would cause him grief. Let me list the "crimes" of this neighbor. He slaughtered over 20 hogs on his property and come on, how many of us want to lives next to someone slaughtering livestock on property less than 5 acres Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_4/11/2014__Edition-

Carper responds to my question. Downtown Development Districts-a way to launder money and redistribute wealth. HB115-the law I claim is against ME, changed. I don't know what the heck the new one means. Much more. HB115 Given New Name, Same Rules This Act creates a statute of repose for actions based on alleged negligence in the preparation of a land survey or survey product. Currently, more than 30 states, including Pennsylvania and Maryland, have statutes of repose protecting land surveyors. Similar to the statute of repose applicable to architects, engineers and other design professionals (Delaware’s Builder’s Statute - 10 Del. C. §8127), this Act requires any action against a land surveyor for an alleged error or omission in the preparation of a survey to be brought within 10 years of the preparation of the survey. The Act also requires the party bringing the action to have had Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The__4/10/14__Edition-

Vance Phillips thrown under the bus by the Sussex/Delaware GOP. Here's the inside skinny, here's why they're all hypocrites. Let us make it very clear here that I understand the importance of winning elections and good candidates tend to win elections. I understand that unless a candidate wins an election that party's idealology does not get implemented. Just letting yon reading masses know that I am not unaware of the logistics of the thing. I also know that there is a Democrat candidate that filed for the Sussex county council 5th district seat and he is a formidable political challenger. Bob Wheatley was on the Sussex Planning and Zoning Commission and his wife was, until now, a county employee. Vance is also challenged by a member of the Republican party, one Orvin Strickler, Interview here It's almost a sin how the local Sussex GOP is handling Vance and that orchestration is Read more

Sam Chick’s Campaign Kickoff

Please join us and show your support at my official campaign kick-off this Sunday. Your presence will help show that Delawareans are ready for real change in our government. The event is free and open to friends, family, and community members supporting my campaign for 31st District State Representative. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, with drinks available for purchase. Pick Chick Campaign Kick-off Sunday, April 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. Frazier’s Restaurant, 9 E. Loockerman St, Dover, DE 19901 We want to start the campaign off with a bang, so please come out and bring your friends & family-- the more the merrier! Help get Sam elected! To volunteer for the campaign, visit my website at www.samchick.org/getinvolved call 302-265-3605 or email info@samchick.org Please send your most generous donation to: Friends for Chick, 40 Maple Lane, Dover, DE 19901 Or donate Read more

Delaware Strong Families Wins a Huge Initial Victory for Free Speech

For Release: April 8, 2014 Contact: Joe Trotter Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Wilmington, DE – A federal court today issued an order barring enforcement of a recently adopted Delaware law that would have forced a group that publishes non-partisan voter guides to violate its members’ privacy. Judge Sue L. Robinson of the United States District Court in Wilmington granted Delaware Strong Families (DSF)’s motion for a preliminary injunction, writing that Delaware’s compulsory disclosure law “is so broadly worded as to include within the scope of its disclosure requirements virtually every communication made during the critical time period, no matter how indirect and unrelated it is to the electoral process.” The Delaware statute, passed with the claim that it is necessary to inform voters about political spending, would force Delaware Strong Families to disclose personal Read more

The Sexual Revolution: The Last Domino is Falling

(Below, text from my piece on today's American Thinker blog): The sexual revolution begun in the 1960’s was initially supposedly about consenting adults doing whatever they wished to do in the bedroom. At the time, few suspected the movement would morph from Hugh Hefner’s and Helen Gurley (Cosmo Girl) Brown’s advocacy for free sexual encounters between men and women.  Few believed sexual “freedom” would mean more than a rapid increase in a playboy and playgirl mentality. But morph it did, with one domino after another falling in rapid succession.  Sexual freedom began to be redefined in ways formerly not contemplated at the beginning of the sexual revolution, with the LGBT movement leading the way for decriminalizing homosexual behavior. The last domino to fall has been the prohibition against sexual encounters with the very young. Try as they may, organizations such as NAMBLA, Read more

Persons of Interest

One of my favorite TV shows is Persons of Interest on CBS. It is a series about a computer program that is constantly spying on us, so it really plays into the concern that many people have with the surveillance state. Of course the program was installed for a good reason, to track down terrorists and prevent them from carrying out attacks, but since the program tracks everyone it could also be used to prevent murder and crimes on a smaller scale, but that was outside the scope of the governments interest so the programs designer created a backdoor to give him access to the more personal crimes so he could do something about them. He gets a former military/government operative to help him do the heavy lifting and BAM you have a really intense and engaging story. Well, rather than science fiction, I think people will look back on this series as a thriller, but also as a historical fiction. Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_4/8/14___Edition-

Live Blogging the Sussex County Council….SOMEBODY TELL JOAN DEAVER SHE REPRESENTS ME!  She represents a whole bunch of other people and they don't want DNREC taking over private property either.  Let's put HER on the Wall of Shame! There was some talk on Markell's newest piece of crap called "downtown development district", another turd gubmint offering that sounds good but Delaware shouldn't be embarking on this kind of stuff until it gets its own financial house in order.• It's senate bill 191. The cost for this absurd notion is listed as 7 million dollars and the entire council, EXCEPT George Cole, is not favoring the concept, particularly with Markell wanting to increase the gas tax and all. George Cole, the John McCain of Sussex county…..he reaches across the aisle until I want to rip off his arm, expressed an interest in this silly concept. Here's the biggest problem Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The__4/4/14__Edition-

Summary of DuPont Heir Case and the fun of watching the Ruling Class Explain.  A Lacey Lafferty fashion update. Beau Biden Defending Court Stand on Du Pont Heir. I'll Help Him. ==================================================== So I have read all about the case of Robert H. Richards IV, whose great-grandfather is du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont, and his father is Robert H. Richards III, a retired partner in the Richards Layton & Finger law firm. This fine abuser of children got charged with something called "4th degree rape" and was exempted from prison by a judge who offered the excuse that Richards "will not fare well" in prison. You think? A rich wuss living on a family trust and owner of two mansions, a fellow who raped both his young son and daughter, admitting it-you think his fellow prisoners might give him a hard time? For the record I think the judge's Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_4.3.14___Edition-

Delaware legislators approve the UN confiscation of our guns! Why? Same day voter registration and tuition for illegals, what else can the Ruling Class possibly do to us? What the hell is this with "Biden Way"? Did Biden pay for it? Lots more….. Delaware Senators vote for the UN to take our guns! ============================================= The debate on gun control is one thing. But to vote to have member nations of the United Nations to confiscate our guns? Do Carper and Coons really think that this is something Delawareans want? The U.N. Resolution 2117 lists 21 points dealing with firearms control, but perhaps of most interest is point number 11: “CALLS FOR MEMBER STATES TO SUPPORT WEAPONS COLLECTION and DISARMAMENT ” How can those two men live with themselves? Argue all you want about gun control, the rules, the regulations, the limits…. So long as it is debated in America Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_4.1.14___Edition-

Sussex County Council Takes on DNREC and Wilson/Phillips (not the singing group) become Marlboro Men. The best of all, George Cole comes out swinging and I loved it. It's not exactly live blogging but I paid a visit to the weekly Sussex county council meeting because sometimes folks, you gotta show your face and look at those governing you in the eye. As a side note, there was almost triple the amount of folks in attendance as has been my experience. I like it. The Ruling Class is timid about passing too many laws to control us when we are there looking them in the eye. Let's forget the tires for now...we'll talk about them in the next tidbits. And I have no idea what a consent agenda is. Which is no mind because the best show of all was put on by DNREC as they relentlessly tried to convince the Sussex county council that turning over a whole bunch of land to them, including PRIVATE Read more

The Loyal Opposition looks at HB 187

Welcome to a new column.  I will be analyzing bills and initiatives in a new column called the loyal opposition.  Under this column, we will also have guest opinions.  The first bill we scrutinize is Delaware House Bill 187 which is purported to safeguard charitable donors. The synopsis of the bill is as follows:"This Act will require, among other things: (1) the registration of all charitable organizations soliciting in this State or engaging in solicitation activities directed to Delaware citizens and the annual disclosure of certain financial information relating to these entities; and (2) the registration of professional fund-raising counsel and professional solicitors soliciting in this State or engaging in solicitation activities directed to Delaware citizens and the annual reporting of certain financial information relating to these entities. The purpose of these regulations Read more

The IRS Digs in its Heels [will take “YEARS” to disclose all the IRS scandal documents] Guest post

By Jonathon Moseley   It could take years for Congressional committees to get all the documents demanded about the IRS scandal under mandatory subpoenas, IRS’ new Commissioner John Koskinen testified. The new IRS Commissioner displayed the slippery style of a snake-oil salesman while testifying March 26 before Congressman Darrell Issa’s Committee on Oversight and Government.  Koskinen’s excuses were especially surprising because similar demands for documents are imposed upon private companies all the time by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.  Your author has worked as a lawyer on teams responding to such massive governmental document requests.  Any time there is a merger that raises questions or controversy, a “Second Request” is issued demanding often millions of pages of emails and documents to be delivered to the U.S. Government.  Read more