A program allowing the Dover Police to recruit part time "cadets" to join the community police program and add patrols to the downtown business district is likely to pass Dover City Council in the January 12, 2015 meeting. Background information is here. Bernat is proposing that the city hire at least six cadets, with an emphasis on bringing in local college students who are majoring in criminal justice. The cadets would be given up to three weeks of training from Dover police instructors, as well as additional, supervised on-the-beat experience. Bernat said each cadet would patrol downtown, including the city library, for about 20 hours per week, including weekends. The cadets would be uniformed and carry all necessary police equipment, with the exception of firearms, he said. Read more: http://www.doverpost.com/article/20141203/News/141209924#ixzz3NRfIfhEs With its emphasis Read more
The Unaffordable Health Deform Act has served fewer than 9000 Delawareans through the Delaware Marketplace. Normally, that would hardly be counted as a success especially since some of the people were forced on from other plans which were discontinued or changed to be more expensive. Advocates are celebrating it as a success, however, due to last year's dismal kickoff with approximately 800 Delawareans enrolled. A tenfold increase looks sensational in comparison. We need take control of our own destiny in Delaware regarding health care. The answer is not single payer like the Democrats propose, it is a more vibrant market place. Delaware should press for a wavier to expand medical savings accounts. Singapore shows what can happen with a market based system which actually has fewer restrictions than our HMO’s and Medicare. It is based upon health savings accounts and has a basic level Read more
Update: An example of one of the 4 disputed McKenna ballots.Click for ballot The Kent County Recorder of Deeds race came out a tie after nearly 38,500 votes were counted in the recount held today. Judge Robert Young, said that "our one job was to insure that the community is heard". Consistent with that mandate, the Kent County Department of Elections insured the ballots were competently counted and both sides had the chance to review the disputed ballots. 5 were questionable, 4 were for Democrat incumbent Betty Lou McKenna and one was for Republican Challenger La Mar Gunn. One ballot in particular had every Democratic name x'd out. That ballot was counted for McKenna after the Judge ruled with McKenna and her attorney John Paradee and could become the centerpiece of an appeal to the State Supreme Court. One Republican volunteer, who missed the registration deadline, said"Now Read more
At 68, I've lived to view and differentiate the vast change in America that has caused a chasm and paradigm shift in the way the police force is trained and taught. There exists a shift is the way police view the public. The slogan, "To Protect and Serve" has disappeared from the cars of most municipal police forces. Why, you might ask; because that is not longer their objective. I'll start my remembered journey of police and their mindset in the middle 1950's when I was about nine years old. I was taught by my parents to respect the authority of "Peace Officers." In the 1950's, things were different in America, there was a real sense of country and patriotism. One must understand that WWII had just been won less than a decade earlier and the Korean War was just ending. In my memory, the local police and Sheriffs were there to protect and serve and for the most part, they did. Read more
The IRS is saying it ‘mistakenly’ penalized Christine O’Donnell a second time. Right. And Lois Lerner's dog ate her emails. Warner Todd Huston reports on the IRS’ second attack on Christine O’Donnell’s finances. This time Miss O’Donnell’s bank account was frozen and the monies removed. “ ‘The day before I was heading out of town for the Thanksgiving weekend, my bank told me the IRS had frozen my accounts. They didn’t give me a reason why, just a phone number to call,’ Ms. O’Donnell said in an interview this week. She said she called the Internal Revenue Service and was told the agency had concluded she owed $30,000 in taxes from a 2008 house transaction, which was long ago accounted for on her federal returns. She said she implored the agency to check her tax records and eventually was told the levy was generated in error and her accounts would be Read more
Only a nut would think this is good.
It was mostly a "year in review" type of thing but I've got the five top events of 2014 my own self. There were some surprises this news-dead week. Tune in and see. FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): The year in review. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Bratton; Ron Klain, United States Ebola Response Coordinator. THIS WEEK (ABC): Game changers who made their mark in 2014. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. Correction ============ On last week's National Scene Sunday Political Talk Show Post I suggested that prominent guest of the week, Mark Rubio, threw down the gauntlet against Jeb Bush. While all the other pundits suggested that Rubio was arguing to the non-present Rand Paul. Indeed Rubio did suggest that Rand Paul wants to run his foreign policy, Read more
Governor Rick Snyder has signed two bills which set up a one year pilot program in 3 counties to drug test adultstate aid recipients who are suspected of drug use. If they test positive, they will be offered rehabilitation and treatment. If they refuse, they lose benefits for 6 months and may regain them with a negative test. Governor Snyder said the program is about helping people remove barriers which prevent them from getting jobs and advancing. Critics of this program site Florida's dubious program which required drug testing to get welfare in their analysis of why this will not work. I disagree with the Florida program on several grounds but like this one. This is a suspicion base program not a random one or worse a Florida style universal one. People do not have a right to other people's money. If you are breaking the rules connected with money given to you, you no longer have Read more
UPDATE: Public Recount for the Kent County Recorder of Deeds Race is to be held on Monday 12/29 at 1PM. Location is the Kent County Courthouse, Courtroom #1. Your attendance and support are greatly appreciated!
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, Read more
Republican candidate for Kent County Recorder of Deeds, La Mar Gunn had a great week and it is only Tuesday. Lil Mar, his newborn baby boy and he won the court ruling. He wanted a recount conducted by the Kent County Department of Elections, the professionals, not the board of Canvass dominated by bankers and attorneys who are not shall we say, his best audience. Gunn- Order
Celtic Woman is a great way to relax for Christmas! Merry Christmas, may the blessings of Christ our Redeemer be upon your life for now and through eternity. He conquered death so we could enjoy life. He took on poverty so we could have the riches of heaven. He defeated sin so we could be partakers in His righteousness. He shared the suffering of humanity so we could know the goodness of GOD. I love my Lord and I hope if you don’t know what I mean that you will give me a call 302-734-0366 and discuss it. There is more to Christianity than mere religion. There is a deep and personal friendship with a true and living GOD who loves you. That is the meaning of life, the reuniting of GOD and man. Anyway, the sermonette is over, enjoy the music.
Mark Rubio challenges Jeb Bush. Talks of that recent double cop shooting as the Dems scramble to defend NY Mayor DeBlasio, Cuba and much more. FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Rubio; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. THIS WEEK (ABC): Rubio. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): President Barack Obama; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. ======================== Couple of early observations...first, TWO Merryland Democrats on as well as an NAACP guy and, oddly, the President of NY's Brooklyn Borough, all busy backtracking and asserting that the recent rhetoric defending the "protesters" was not violent. Even though The Wise I heard with mine own ears those same protestors shouting "What do we want?" "DEAD COPS". I should not believe Read more
Some tidbits of this and that. New date for Bodenweiser trial, Bethany Long's husband up on charges of campaign sign stealing, how the Delaware GOP should be handling this. Much more. Hunting Picture Contest Came across this and thought it interesting. Sponsored by DNREC of all things! You'd think they hate hunters. The Division of Fish & Wildlife is soliciting entries for the 2014 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured as part of the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Photos will be selected based on those best capturing this year's contest theme: "Hunters in Action." Judges will also consider technical criteria. The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware. Portrait orientation is preferred. Entries may be mailed Read more
I wish everyone who celebrates the festival of lights a happy Hanukkah. I also wish our readers who celebrate it, a happy Winter Solstice.
Senator Bethany Hall-Long’s husband is to be arraigned today for signnapping on October 27 this year. Readers of previous posts about Mr. Long’s transgressions will recall the James Bond of Republican politics, Eric Boye, along with other co-conspirators, filmed Long kidnapping Republican signs, catching him red-handed. According to the Middletown Transcript: “Dana Long, Sen. Bethany Hall-Long’s husband is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow, Dec. 19, in the Court of Common Pleas in Wilmington on a charge of stealing Republican Party campaign signs in October. However, a court clerk noted that mediation may be ongoing in the case. When asked for comment on the case, Bethany Hall-Long and the Democratic Caucus had no comment, citing the ongoing nature of the case. At press time on Wednesday, Delaware Republican Party Executive Director John Fluharty had not responded Read more
It's an all picture post. Some pics are amusing, some not so much. It's about Sussex county and Delaware as life moves along. Some snark added for increased interest. We've got Wade's party, a chick-filet and HarrisTeeter surprise, much more. Kevin Wade's Party We see Duke Brooks-Sussex GOP PR guru, and his lady love Linda Creasy. Also, of course, Kevin Wade. I must have lost my invite to this victory party. ============================== Ernie Lopez Is Sworn In Well he's already the state Senator from the 6th senatorial district. But he got re-elected, God Bless, and in this pic he's being sworn in. Good on ya Ernie, keep up the good work and they'll keep electing you. ============================ Vance Phillips Last Day at Sussex County Council Maybe Joan Deaver didn't treat him nice but here Vance Phillips, Sussex county councilman for Sussex county's 5th Read more
Senator Carper was quoted in the state's largest newspaper criticizing the timing of the President's grant of temporary amnesty to 5 million undocumented immigrants. It is as if the administration wanted a fight turning down the advice of its party Homeland Security Committee Chair. The $1.1 trillion spending bill awaiting Obama’s signature funds all other federal agencies through Sept. 30. The deal that produced the bill gives Republicans a chance next year, when they will take control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House, to block Obama’s immigration order, using the Homeland Security Department’s finances as leverage. “No one told me this, I just think the president was hell-bent to do it,” Carper said of the executive order. “(He) thought it was the right thing to do, and went ahead. We’re turning out to have a productive lame duck, at least with Read more
Charles Deprisco (Sonny) an alleged victim and main witness in a trial involving Georgetown Businessman and one-time Senatorial Candidate Eric Bodenweiser was arrested and these are some of the details that lead up to Deprisco's arrest. According to a letter from Bodenweiser's Defense Attorney Joe Hurley to the Dept of Justice and Kathleen M. Jennings, Esq. on December 5, 2014, Mr. Hurley writes: Charles DePrisco, during the course of the trial resulting in a mistrial vocalized a threat to the police, indicating a desire or intention or willingness to "Murder Hurley!" Notwithstanding how my appearance may project, I don't feel invincible and I have learned not to take too lightly threats that anyone makes. Hurley goes on to state that, "I specifically asked that a prosecution be commenced lest Mr. DePrisco think that he has immunity with regard to acting out against me." Hurley Read more
Governor Markell’s controversial Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden was confirmed as President Superior Court judge by a vote of 19 to 2 with Senators Colin Bonini and Harris McDowell voting no. Jurden took heat for a controversial sentencing of a child molester with DuPont Family ties to probation. Senators criticized the sentencing but apparently found her entire record worthy.
The Alleged victim in the Bodenweiser Trial Charles N. DePrisco III (Sonny) was arrested on weapons charges on 9/02/14. In a strange turn of events Sonny DePrisco was found to be possession of a Mossberg 12 guage shotgun, which he claimed was for protection, while his wife, who bought the shotgun claimed she bought it for hunting. Sonny DePrisco is a convicted felon, with a conviction for Domestic Battery by stragulation, a felony in Florida. The first trial ended in a hung jury and a change of venue was granted to move the trial from Sussex County to Kent County. The trial is set for April 13, 2015. Below in blockquotes, I have added the arrest report of DSP Officer Rodriques, Troop-3. 1. I have been employed by the Delaware State Police since April 2011 and am currently assigned to Troop-3 that: 2. On 8/31/14 I responded to 948 Hartly Road for a report of a shotgun located Read more