Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_10/30/14___Edition-

Voting machine shenanigans-nothing new under the sun-read my story. Also, HOW ABOUT THAT SIGN THIEF! Details and brickbats here! Much more! Voting Machine Drama STORY So the electronic voting machines are registering Democrat when the voter pulled the lever for Republicans? What is new under the sun? Here's my story….when I was around ten, eleven years old, my father was President of the Baltimore's Carpenter's union. Every election, count on it, on Mayor D'Alesandro-Nancy Pelosie's father- opened up all the voting precincts as soon as they closed. My father was very involved in this and upon command, the electricians would come in and zap all the votes to the chosen candidate for Baltimore. Understand that this was over fifty years ago! Proving there is nothing new under the sun. And the Republicans, Karl Rove factions all of them, do not push voter ID programs Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_10/29/14__Edition-

Sheriff candidate Bob Lee wants our guns, don't tell me not. Words fell out of his mouth and he couldn't catch them before they hit the floor. Read what we need to do about this man who so generously told us his intentions. Here's the Podcast And here are two previous posts of mine with two different takes on the current Sheriff flap and what the voter should do: HERE andHERE. I admit to being all over the place as regards this Sheriff flap in Sussex county though never once have I wavered with my support and admiration for current Sheriff Jeff Christopher. This is one crazy election year and the local Republican party in Sussex county Delaware makes rules, then breaks rules, tha\en remakes the rules. It began with Danny Short telling everyone at a Sussex county GOP meeting to NOT run against an incumbent, go to hell. Next we had Rob Arlett sitting on some committee or another Read more

The National Scene-Sunday Political Talk Shows 10/26/14

Worst moderator of a debate on CNN as Wasserman-Schulz refuses to answer the question and Crowley lets her. Lots of Ebola talk and come on, who the hell is is this George "P." Bush person? FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; George P. Bush, candidate for Texas Land Commissioner. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Dr. Rick Sacra, the American doctor successfully treated for Ebola he contracted while working in Liberia. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. THIS WEEK (ABC): Fauci; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; George P. Bush, candidate for Texas Land Commissioner. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; Reince Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_10/24/14___Edition-

Row office candidate Cindy Green's Radio Interview, the down and dirty and most of all WHY SHE IS RIGHT! Warning, the wording of this post is brutal. Complete interview here Okay, in the interest of truth I must mention that I consider Cindy Green a friend though we're hardly BFF's. I've always liked Cindy's politics , and  my recently widowed self had to deal with Cindy's office so I know of whence I speak. First, let's establish the issue. State Representative Dave Wilson of the 35th Delaware representative district, a former mentor of Cindy's coincidentally, threw the primarily elected Republican candidate for the position of Head of the Office of Wills and Probate-Cindy Green- under the bus. I listened to the interview, by WXDE's Dan Gaffney, and first, know that Cindy did a wonderful, wonderful job on that interview. Let's discuss appraisal fees. NO WAIT! Before Read more

How Kevin Wade Can Win

Other conservative, Republican candidates can win, too--of course.  But a large bloc of Delaware's non-voters must decide to vote. According to Belief.net.com, Evangelical Christians are the largest voting bloc in America.  They could create momentous changes in Washington and Delaware—IF they actually voted. There are approximately 60 million bible believing, born again evangelical Christians who are eligible to vote, but only 33 million of them voted in the 2004 and 2008 general election. Only 30 million voted in the 2012 general election. Here in Delaware, evangelicals comprise 26% of population. 9% of Delawareans are Catholic and 16% are black Protestants.  The statistics do not include those of the reformed faith or those belonging to charismatic churches. If the above groups voted according to their churches’ principles, conservative candidates would win in a landslide, Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_10/22/14___Edition-

The Sussex county council struggles to define "children" and freeboarding continues to make no sense. Plus….y'all heard about Joe Biden's son, right? Joe Biden's son Hunter Kicked out of Navy =================================== Hunter Biden was tested for cocaine in mid-2013 and was officially tossed out of the navy reserve in February 2014. Somehow this little tidbit was kept a secret until now so you got to wonder who spilled the beans. I never met Hunter Biden though I often like to tell the story of a cigarette I shared with Beau Biden at the Delaware State Fair. Sounds like Hunter would have shred more than tobacco. Heh. The Sussex County Council Meeting 10/21/14 ========================= I generally do an entire post on the Sussex County Council meeting but of late there's been not much but sewer projects and how boring is this? I might remind George Cole Read more

The National Scene-Sunday Political Talk Shows 10/19/14

CNN Host Candy Crowley walks into setting up Ted Cruz for perfect response. Liberalism explained in one truth-revealing sentence. Dem and Pub Chairs debate, Wasserman-Schulz loses, as usual FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., head of the Democratic National Committee; Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Fauci; Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association; Dr. Robert Wah, president of the American Medical Association; Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United. THIS WEEK (ABC): Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The10/17/14__Edition-

Cindy Green Betrayed by Dave Wilson and my own source tells me more! It's the October surprise and it's a big one. Many issues with Sheriff Christopher and we still like the guy. Apologies to Bob Lee and Chris Coons soothes us about Ebola. Our Beloved Senator Coons Assures About Ebola ========================== This past week our Senator and spokesnoid for the Obama administration assured us that there's only been one Ebola outbreak so we should stop getting all scared. “In the U.S., there’s just one confirmed case—that of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who passed away in Dallas on Wednesday.” Above is Chris Coons' recent quote, tweeted out, no doubt on urging by the Obama spin machine. Coons is not a particularly smart man….he follows the commands of his leaders. Since two more people showed up sick despite Coons' reprimand to us boobs who worry, we've not heard Read more

A Few Reflections on the Wade/Coons Debate

When I was a child, my parents went over the Westminster catechism and had us memorize the tenets of orthodox Presbyterianism. The idea was to provide a spiritual platform from which we would branch out spiritually and intellectually.  We weren’t supposed to stay frozen in the bare bones of orthodoxy. Chris Coons struck me as an adult who has never gotten out of the orthodoxy of the Left. He has spent too much time in the sheltered environment of the bastions of the Left and wound up as a boxed in fundamentalist. He gave canned, unemotional, memorized responses that never veered from the Left’s catechism. No matter what the issue, be it rising sea levels, global warming ObamaCare, big government, Common Core, Ebola, the economy, sequestration, balancing the budget, Hobby Lobby or immigration, Coons recited the Leftist catechism by rote.  I happen to know that Leftist catechism Read more

Senate Debate Night

It's debate night.  Here is a link to a live-stream.  At least on my connection the live stream is a little jumpy so if you prefer you can watch it on C-SPAN 2 or listen on these radio channels WDDE 91.1 FM,  and WMPH 91.7 FM Congressman Carney was on first for an interview due to Rose Izzo backing out and 3rd Party candidates not being invited.  He didn't really do much to impress, but he did show up so that's something. The real show starts at 8 when Keven Wade goes head-to -head against Senator Coons.  Once again there will be no third party candidates, for better or worse.  However, I expect to see the two candidates that are on stage to bring their A-game. I'll be watching the debate so this post may be updated.  If you have an opinion or a post-mortem on the debate it is welcome here. Updates: Syria and ISIS are the topic of the first question... followed Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The__10/14/14__Edition-

The Sussex GOP Introduces the primary winners...except Ernie Lopez….he's not good enough for us peons? What's the latest on the Sherriff flap? First, let me say that the evening of 10/13/14 was a most pleasant evening. Sure there were some sore feelings and folks were a bit testy. Quite a few of the elected folk were present and they were great. Amongst the attendees of the elected group we had George Cole, Bill Lee, Rose Izzo, Steve Smyk, Cindy Green, Brian Pettyjohn, Ruth briggs-King and Rob Arlett. Some comments...Rose Izzo has to go. She brings nothing to the table and word is she refused a debate at the U of Del….Rose….go away!     Bill Lee has never been a man of many words but he was humble and self-effacing. Lee won the Republican primary for the Sussex county Sherriff against Jeff Christopher, the current incumbent and a man of some controversy. He Read more

Coons: Americans Should “Stop Freaking Out” about Ebola in US

Senator Coons recently tweeted that Americans should stop freaking out about a single case of Ebola in the US and pay attention to West Africa.  Kevin Wade responded via radio, suggesting that American lives are the ones that should be paid attention to first. (Of course, there is now more than one case.) The full Tweet story, including Wade’s response, is linked below: http://wgmd.com/u-s-sen-candidate-kevin-wade-reacts-to-sen-coons-tweet-about-ebola/    

Where is the recovery?

Delaware's unemployment rate has been going up even as the national numbers have been falling the last few months. The latest U. S. jobs numbers are encouraging, but it is still noteworthy that we still have not recovered the income or jobs that we lost in spite of massive stimulus from both the fiscal and monetary side. The U-6 which measures the real employment situation of full time workers shows 11.8% unemployment rate. A large number of workers are working part time or temporarily when they want full time work. Women have been negatively impacted. The labor participation rate of white women is still dropping and is at its lowest point in years. The unemployment rate for black women has been at 11% until this last month when it dropped to 9.6%, but unemployment for black men went up over 11% leaving the black unemployment rate close to 11%. Nearly 19% of white youth are unemployed Read more

Kent GOP Candidate Video

The Kent County GOP has put together a video of several of their candidates so that you can hear from them in their own words.  The video could use a some fine tuning but this shows some initiative that I have not seen out of the Republican Party since I have been involved in Delaware Politics.   It is well worth a look if you live in Kent, and since it is on YouTube it is easy to skip ahead to find the candidates in your district.

The National Scene-Sunday Political Talk Shows 10/12/14

Ebola strikes again but we are not to worry. ISIS beating the hell out of everyone but we are not to worry. Krugman rates President Obama above Reagan in effectiveness but we are not to worry. FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Theodore Olson, who helped lead the legal team that challenged Virginia's gay marriage ban; Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): White House national security adviser Susan Rice; former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and James Baker.. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta. THIS WEEK (ABC): Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_12/8/14___Edition-

  We will have NO shopping centers in Sussex county, we will have NO punkin' chunkin', we will remain a rube berg in Sussex county Delaware. Finally, my position on Sheriff Christopher's write-in run. =========================== Meet the 20th RD Candidates ======================= Came across this notice about a chance for us in the 20th RD of Delaware to meet our candidates. Date is Friday 10/24 at the New Zion A.M.E. at 28594 Lewes-Georgetown Highway. ALL candidates, regardless of party affiliation will be present. The Wise I shall be there. There will also be BBQ. What the Hell Happened to Punkin' chunkin'? ============================ First I heard mine own State senator Brian Pettyjohn promising that this year's Punkin' Chunkin' would be in Sussex county. Next thing I know I hear it's going to be in Dover, at the speedway. Now I hear it will not return until Read more

Department of Health and Social Services Discovers Its News Feed

After 3 days and being publicly called out here and elsewhere, DHSS and Public Health have finally decided to use their official news release website. There is no Ebola in Delaware. Let's hope that being days late and a dollar for a test short is in the past. Citizens will be safer and feel more confident in their government. The Division of Public Health does yeoman's work everyday. They have a number of professionals who work with our best interests at heart. Their public relations effort needs to be at the same level. Public health has to be public. Enough happens that their news webpage should not go several months between articles. Just like a doctor is responsible to communicate with the patient he/she serves, so is our public health service responsible to the people as a whole to help us have the knowledge to be healthy and informed. Read more

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

We are dedicated to ending domestic violence where ever it is found. You cannot judge how a man treats a woman by how he treats his fellow men. I know a man who was generally well respected. Served his country, his church, and his community. He had a problem. He had unresolved issues with his mother. He took out anger on his wife. One left him. He married again in a quick courtship. He told her that he didn't have a lot of friends in the area, he really did not want anyone warning her. They got in a fight, she fell down the stairs. Her arm got broken. He threatened her that worse would happen if she reported it. She waited until the pain got so bad that she had to go to the doctor with the typical initial cover story. Her arm did not heal right and she suffered multiple surgeries and two years of pain. She could be verbally abusive. The idea that verbal abuse justified Read more

National Scene-the Sunday Talk Shows 10/5/14

Some good gossip on the Sunday Talk Shows this week, one Communist crows about how Ebola brings us closer to his form of government...much more. FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee; former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. THIS WEEK (ABC): Frieden. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Frieden; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jack Reed, D-R.I. ====================== I'm a little late with my Sunday talk show compilation but not to worry, The Wise I did watch them all and found them Read more

Chicken Court

It is despicable cowardice and an affront to people governing themselves. It has allowed conflict between the districts. It is the worst tolerance of judicial activism in recent years. The High Court should be ashamed that it did not take the same sex marriage cases before it. Same sex marriage is a fad that needs to be banned because it harms the family which is the foundation of civilization. As predicted, marriage rates have fallen. Every prediction of the consequence of same sex marriage seems to be presenting. The Supreme Court has a duty to allow the people and the states to govern themselves. Instead of doing that, it ducked the issue surprising almost every expert. Liberals on the court don't want it brought before the SCOUS because they may lose. Conservatives on the court likewise have the same fear. It only takes 4 Justices to take the case. Everyone seems afraid Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_10/7/14___Edition-

Book review by a local author....always want to encourage the local folk.  "Sandy Shorts" is the title and it's all about women and life in Delmarva. HERE Nothing stands in the way of revenge, romance, and rediscovery for the women in these stories, who make the most of second chances.  Whether coming to terms with lost love, or facing real and imagined demons on an amusement park ride, these women do what it takes to survive...and then some.  Stick with them through sunny days, shifting sands, stormy skies, and starry nights as they learn about life and love at the beach. Let us get all of my personal prejudices out of the way here before I go into the many reasons why I love, love, love this book. And I have one big word of advice for the author and know now that I do KNOW the author, personal prejudice one now stated. Nancy Powichroski Sherman is in my church choir. So I am Read more

Media Media Frenzy Moves to Next Rumor, but Public Health Needs to Take Note

As quickly as the media scare about Ebola in Dover started, it is ending. Public health officials are putting out more information bit by bit and the media is now looking elsewhere. I am disappointed that the public health service did not use its website to put up its public statements. In this day of instant communication, it is essential that public health officials stay in the game. People need official channels that are dependable. Local government officials deserve to know the official story. Public health is just that public. They work for us and need to communicate with us. We do not need Personally identifiable information. We do need dependable information to keep the public safe, informed, and rationally secure. Media reports have different ages. They have differing times in the country. They have differing school districts. We need somewhere to get the basic Read more