Ferguson, The New Beirut: Dispatch Notes From War Torn Ground Zero

Guest Post By: Jahi Issa Ph.D The ideas in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Delaware Politics. Delaware Politics strives to present new and unique articles from those on the ground in newsworthy areas. Martin Luther King: I’m absolutely convinced that a riot merely intensifies the fears of the white community while relieving the guilt. And I feel that we must always work with an effective, powerful weapon and method that brings about tangible results. But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. Read more

The National Scene-Sunday Political Talk Shows 11/30/14

It all Ferguson, Missouri all of the time. I've got some thoughts on where this is going. Apologies The Wise I Must Make to Rudy Giuliani. FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Neil Bruntrager, attorney for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson; Daryl Parks, attorney for the family of Michael Brown; Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League; former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; Ayrshire Farm owner Sandy Lerner. MEET THE PRESS (NBC):Deval Patrick ,Tom Cotton, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund FACE THE NATION (CBS): Benjamin Crump, attorney for Michael Brown’s family; Sens.-elect Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Gary Peters, D-Mich.; Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago. THIS WEEK (ABC): St. Louis alderman Antonio French; former New York police commissioner Ray Kelly; Jelani Cobb, writer and University of Connecticut Read more

Weekend Open Thread

What’s on your mind? Politics and policy seem in short supply this weekend. The Eagles dominated the Cowboys in the Thanksgiving classic. The pundit class wants to focus on the 2016 Presidential Sweepstakes. The only real news on that front is that Rick Perry is making a major push this month for donors and talent. He has to show the donor crowd that he has learned from his collapse in the 2012 debates.

Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2014

[Happy Thanksgiving from Delawarepolitics.net] THANKSGIVING DAY, 2014 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Thanksgiving Day invites us to reflect on the blessings we enjoy and the freedoms we cherish. As we gather with family and friends to take part in this uniquely American celebration, we give thanks for the extraordinary opportunities we have in a Nation of limitless possibilities, and we pay tribute to all those who defend our Union as members of our Armed Forces. This holiday reminds us to show compassion and concern for people we have never met and deep gratitude toward those who have sacrificed to help build the most prosperous Nation on earth. These traditions honor the rich history of our country and hold us together as one American family, no matter who we are or where we come from. Nearly 400 years ago, a group of Read more

225th Anniversary of a National Thanksgiving

It was only the second proclamation issued by the first President of a fledgling government in 1789, but Congress resolved to inquire if President Washington would issue a proclamation of Thanksgiving to GOD for the advances of our new government and our nation. He did so enthusiastically. The tradition continued through Madison then fell away until a grateful Lincoln revived it in 1863. It has been going strong ever after. As I have for the last 10 years except for last year's deployment when the President's Proclamation did not post until late Wednesday EST after I embarked on a flight to an outsite, I will publish the current Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. I also publish an historic one. This year is the 225th Anniversary of the first one by George Washington so I believed it is appropriate to revisit it. THANKSGIVING DAY 1789 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Read more

The Michael Brown Homicide

The idea that a man would twice attack an armed police officer is worthy of skepticism. I don't fault people for not jumping to that conclusion, but as I review the evidence that is exactly what happened. I find it incredible and almost unbelievable. How many people would attack a police officer in his car, grab for his weapon, get shot in the struggle, be escaping, then turn around and charge at the pursuing officer? Apparently, one--the one who ended up dead. If you attack an armed person and make him/her fear that you are going to do it again, you will have a low chance of survival, which is why that is not normal behavior. Apparently, the 6'5", 285 lbs. Brown high on pot, had the conceit that he was indestructible. The reports including the autopsy commissioned by Brown's family is consistent with the Officer's story not those of his detractors. After you disqualify every other Read more

Markell Cheered by 6 years of no growth

Delaware has finally recovered the number of jobs that existed in 2008. Of course with higher population, we are at a higher unemployment rate. Still for the first time in more than 6 years, we have as many Delawareans working as we did in 2008. We can officially say that we recovered from the Great Recession. The Governor's statement State surpasses pre-recession jobs level Wilmington, DE – Delaware has set an all-time jobs record according to the Monthly Labor Review released today by the Delaware Department of Labor. The 443,700 jobs reported in this month’s review top the previous high mark of 442,300 in February, 2008, prior to the Great Recession. “After nearly two years of job growth that has surpassed the national average, today’s news shows that we have made significant progress in growing our economy, but we cannot ever be satisfied when our ultimate mission Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The__11/25/14__Edition-

Suspicious Stuff, Local Politico Gossip and Idle Thoughts. Nothing major but super cool tidbits...including Gary Simpson's "Kumbaya" moment. WGMD WINS DEAD AIR AWARD! ============================ Actually this is my very own personal award and it took me a while to decide to give it to WGMD. Now we here on Delmarva are lucky, of a fashion, to have TWO radio stations serving this area, both of them fairly conservative as is Sussex county and the eastern shore of Maryland. WGMD has Rush Limbaugh on every day and for that reason I listen to this station more than its Sussex alternative, WXDE. WGMD wins the dead air award because at least once, often more, every day, the station goes dead….total dead air. Lord I hate this. Seems that WGMD can't get the Rush commercials and their own features aligned. The dead air doesn't last too awful long though I remember one night when Read more

The National Scene-He’s baaaack. The Fly-on-the-Wall Takes on Jonathan Gruber Gruber did the WORST thing a spinmeister can do.

Suppose you were a fly on the wall when political discussions were taking place and the TRUTH was being told. No fear of bugs in these sessions, the electronics have been swept and removed if necessary. Except that bug the fly, which has the ability to Blog, intriguingly ============================ The students of SPIN, or the Science Portrayed Instantly Nice Institute, learned about their worst fear springing to existence during a session on "beguiling law/red tape names". That fear being, of course, Jonathan Gruber, Ivory Tower Professor at MIT, and his very public revelations of all things SPIN. The WORST thing a student of making all the world a stage, as I paraphrase Shakespeare. Good morning! How rude of me not to introduce myself. I am the fly, trained and owned, if a fly can be owned, by this Blogger. She found out where these special SPIN meetings were held, got together Read more

NO INDICTMENT, MAYHEM IN FERGUSON IS RAMPANT

https://news.yahoo.com/no-indictment-chaos-fills-ferguson-streets-083434303.html Mayhem filled the streets of Ferguson, soon after a decision was handed down not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown, a black teenager. Enraged protesters and activists set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses. Officers used tear gas from inside armored vehicles, in an attempt to quell the violence. Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said the jury of nine whites and three blacks met on 25 separate days over three months, hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood toxicology and firearms, according to AP Reporters Jim Salter and David A, Lieb. Speaking for nearly 45 minutes, a defensive McCulloch repeatedly cited what he said were inconsistencies Read more

The National Scene-The Sunday Political Talk Shows 11/23/14

Two things, Executive Orders Destroy the Constitution...or Not...depending on who you talk to. Also Ferguson unrest discussed, even by President Obama.   FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Governor-elect Greg Abbott, R-Texas. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Anthony Gray, attorney for the Michael Brown family; John Hofmeister, former CEO of Shell Oil; author Daniel Yergin. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Raul Labrador, R-Idaho; Cornell William Brooks, president of the NAACP. THIS WEEK (ABC): President Barack Obama. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; former Read more

Consequences, Elections have them and so does Legislation by: Larry Mayo–Guest Post

As we look forward to the new legislative session in Dover, to see if the newly elected and also the re-elected Representatives and Senators fulfill the promises they made during the campaigns. I have to wonder to myself, what will change? My best guess is, next to nothing! Why? Well I’m glad you asked. You see, during the election, nothing changed. We, the voters, continued to ask our politicians to solve problems our government has neither the ability nor the authority to solve, and they continued to promise to do just that. After all, the purpose of civil government is what? To do for us what we can’t do for ourselves? No. To level the playing field? No. To spread the wealth around? No! The purpose of OUR government is simply, to secure our rights, those rights which were given to all of us by our Creator. Period! I know this because the men who created our government Read more

Delaware N.A.A.C.P. Takes Action on LaMar Gunn’s Stolen Election

Guest Post By: Jahi Issa Ph.D On November 17th, 2014, the Delaware N.A.A.C.P Sent this letter to: Governor Jack Markell Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. Biden III U.S. Justice Department, Voting Rights Acts &Civil Rights Division Ms. Elaine Manlove, State Election Commissioner Please consider this a formal complaint and request for an investigation into the November 4, 2014 election for the position of Recorder of Deeds in Kent County Delaware. The Delaware State Conference of Branches of the NAACP is making this request because a candidate who was declared the winner of the Election on November 4, 2014 has had his rights denied. This was brought about as the election results were over turned in a so-called recount performed by the Kent County board of Canvass. The NAACP has been informed by the candidate that there were several recounts of the absentee ballots performed Read more

The Lawless Presidency

Congress shall have power "To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization", Article 1 Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution. It is not a Presidential power nor merely a federal power. It is a Congressional power and only a Congressional power. Any attempt by the Executive to rewrite the law is lawless. Surely the President has the power to set aside prosecutions or deportations to focus resources on the most dangerous and disruptive of those here illegally. If the President stopped at the next two years we will focus on felons not families, I would support him. We have no hope of deporting everyone here illegally if we wanted to do so. We pretty much decriminalized unlawful entry long before President Obama. He is stuck with making the best of the situation. He has deported more people than anyone else and he is sick of the broken families and multitude of complaints from immigrant Read more

Thank you to everyone

I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Anderson for having his confidence that I could remain unbiased in moderating his blog.  To the contributing authors who were supportive I say thank you, you truly are all professionals.  Lastly to the many people who comment past and present, thank you for making my job easy. The majority of you refrained from violating the simple rules that we were expected respect and follow. Due to differences of what my role entails, including the prevention of comments  posted from known black listed IP numbers that are used for spamming, malicious attacks, and phishing, I will no longer be moderating this site. William Christy

Why Isn’t ObamaCare more popular?

The Unaffordable Heath Care Deform Act, as we call the ACA here, has its ups and downs. Supporters do not understand why the law doesn't get more credit. Pluses The hated denial for preexisting conditions is supposedly gone. Young people can be covered under their parent's plan until 26. 9 million more people have health coverage than before and the number of uninsured has dropped for the first time by double digit percentage points in many years. So why doesn't the public rally behind the scheme? For every winner, there seems to be two losers. Minuses The plan is so complex that 4 years, close to 5 years later the regulations are still evolving. The plan was projected to bring insurance to 36 million uninsured, it has done so to around 1/4 of the goal for a cost that exceeds initial projections. Similar results could have been achieved quicker for a fraction of the cost Read more

Latino Summit

The last 45 days have seen some firsts in the Latino communities in Delaware. The First Hispanic Festival in Dover, first local GOP political ads in a Hispanic paper, and the first Delaware Latino Leaders Summit are among them. The Summit occurred at the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical and Community College. The issues raised by many participants included health care access, domestic violence, self defense for women, mental health access, and expanding language access. The group expects to present solutions to legislative leaders in January.

Identity Justice

The killing of an unarmed Michael Brown, who was black, in one-sided shoot out with a police officer who was white in Ferguson, Missouri set off a national firestorm. At the epicenter were protests by many and even riots by a criminal subset , then came the rest of the story. It appeared the unarmed man attacked an armed Policeman in his own squad car. He attempted to take his weapon, injuring the officer. When he came back toward the officer, the officer naturally would not allow him another attempt. He shot and killed him. That is one incredible turn of events. Not so said some witnesses. The gentle giant was gunned down for failing to walk on the sidewalk. Others seem to give a different tale. Who is right? I am not sure anyone knows outside of those who have the secret grand jury evidence and testimony. I cannot make a judgment or take sides without the information needed Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The_11/18/14___Edition-

The Sussex county council meets and some tongue-in-cheek observations and a bit of a rant. Some other tidbits and the debate whether to serve cow at the cow ice cream place. Much more…. The Sussex County Council Meeting 11.18.14-a Rant First the grant requests. On that matter, the Sussex county financial guru compiled an amazing graph of council-matic grants that no one could complain is opaque. Check the Sussex county council web site-the media packet. Grant Requests 1. Town of Georgetown for sponsorship of the Mayor’s Return Day Celebration. 2. Laurel Farmers Auction Market to promote Sussex agriculture. 3. Good Samaritan Aid Organization for the Christmas Basket Program. 4. Town of Blades for the Kids Christmas Bazaar. 5. Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce for Christmas parade expenses. 6. Rehoboth Art League for new art studio facility. 7. Sussex County Foster Parent Read more

Dover’s Renaissance

Restoring Central Dover Releases Plan Dover, Delaware. The Steering Committee for Restoring Central Dover, "Our Vision for Vitality" is proud to release its comprehensive neighborhood plan hot off the press which establishes a blueprint and path forward for the revitalization of the Central Dover area. The Restoring Central Dover neighborhood plan is the culmination of twelve months of community surveying, public comments, open houses, interviews, focus groups, interactive exercises, and mapping. It lists a multitude of strategies for A Strong Community, Positive Development, and An Integrated Public Realm and Infrastructure. These focus on neighborhood building and safety, affordable housing, commercial development, and social services and transportation with many strategies under each. You will see that strategies are timed as short-term, intermediate-term or long-term Read more

The Beauty of Politics

The real problem with our current political system is the people. No, it is not that they are stupid as one professor claims. It is not that they are selfish as others claim. It is not that they are ignorant. It is that culturally, we have lost sight of the beauty and value of politics. All life boils down to 6 simple things. They are love, honor, influence, respect, spirituality, and perspective. 7 if you add self development/self actualization. Religion teaches us how to achieve these 7 things. Politics is the art of practicing them and economics is the science of how we practice them. I love politics because it is the wonderful art of influence, respect, and the perspective of empathy. No person can be successful at politics without thinking beyond their own nose. The most successful people at politics make people they believe are mistaken feel loved, respected, and honored Read more

Americans for Limited Government Blasts Obama for Dismissing Blue Collar Workers

Blue collar Keystone jobs not good enough for Obama? Nov. 18, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement disputing President Barack Obama's November 14 claim that the Keystone pipeline is not a "massive jobs bill" for the United States: "President Obama has consistently discounted his own State Department's finding that 42,100 jobs will be created by the Keystone XL pipeline rationalizing that they are mostly only temporary construction jobs. This elitist argument is an affront to every man and woman who earns their pay in work gloves and boots, devaluing the work of those who build things in America because of the temporary nature of construction projects. "Obama, the man who sold a stimulus package based upon the false notion that it was going to be used to provide "shovel ready" jobs, now finds himself Read more

The National Scene-The Sunday Political Talk Shows 11/16/14

Meet the Press' Chuck Todd utters one oops statement that tells viewers all they need to know about his ideology...on the Sunday Political Talk Shows of 11/16/14. And goodness, Al Franken has a cause! FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Sens.-elect Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and James Lankford, R-Okla. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Mitt Romney; Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Al Franken, D-Minn.; Rep, Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. On Fox News Sunday my only significant item of note is Brit Hume's obsession on Read more

Who’s Gruber? Don’t Know Him, move on! Oh, that Gruber

You have to love Nancy Pelosi. For one who looks so young, her memory is obviously failing. She denied Professor Jonathan Gruber as having any significant role in “writing our bill” and acted as if she never heard of him. Unfortunately, in a televised press conference in 2009, his brilliant analysis was a reason to dismiss Republican alternatives. She apparently thinks that voters really are too stupid to get it. Maybe in the Bay area, they are. Today 2009 Money quote is about a minute in.