Is it a weed or medical miracle? It is likely somewhere in between. The Congress compromised between the Dr. Rand Paul position of state's rights and medical compassion and the Dr. Andy Harris position of hard line prohibition of marijuana last December. It decided to forbid enforcing the law against medical dispensaries of marijuana but did not overturn the current designation as a schedule 1 drug. That was enough for Delaware to finally allow its law to take effect.
Now Delaware is celebrating its first medical cannabis dispensary. The rules are already out of date, but at least it allows patients to know what type of medicine they are getting. Forcing people with medical needs into the illegal market serves no one but the drug dealers. Hopefully, the other 2 will open this year. Read more
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I read with interest the article on page A9 of the Wilmington News Journal of 6/20/15: Wilmington Police seek $1M for facility. The Police Department seeks a million dollars for "a real time crime center for monitoring surveillance video and police actions." No doubt such a project should be helpful. However, I can only say "Here we go again, law enforcement is missing the bullseye, throwing good money after bad, and failing to see the big picture!"
We shall never significantly reduce the horrendous outbreak of violent crime until we address the underlying cause of it: the "war on drugs"! We have tried all manner of "tough on crime" strategies, for 45 years now, with NO success! Drugs are more plentiful than ever. Just as it is the root cause of ALL problems with our criminal justice system, the "war on drugs" is the cause of our children being killed Read more
By: Doug Beatty
Dear Representative Lynn,
This citizen must take umbrage with your sponsorship of H.B. 204. On what planet is this a sound idea? The animal control officers at KCSPCA/FSAC have racked up an impressive history of unanswered complaints. At this very moment one Jacqueline Dyer of Hartly has publicy stated that Lt. David L. Hulse is retaliating against her for a drug test Hulse failed in 2006 administered by Dyer. After Dyer went public, she was criminally charged for dog at large on very shaky probable cause. In fact, in spite of evidence to the contrary according to Ms. Dyer and video from her home surveillance that she has made public.
Anywhere I've lived except this place would call that retaliating against a whistle blower. Here, nobody cares how many officials know about this event it seems to always fall outside their responsibility. Giving Read more
Finland’s Minister of Defense, Jussi Niinistö, participated in a major NATO ministerial meeting held in Brussels on Thursday, 25 June 2015. He took an active part in the Resolute Support (RS) discussions, focused on facilitating training and advice for the Afghan security forces and agencies and the future of the operation.
The meeting also discussed the general security situation in Afghanistan and assessed the progress of Resolute Support from an operational perspective. Finland currently has 80 peacekeepers and advisors stationed in Afghanistan.
It is an affront to Democracy. The Court has decided to overturn the will of the people that they enshrined in both Federal law and State Constitutions, in 30 plus cases by popular votes. The Judicial activists have once again shredded the Constitution to impose a radical and ill fated agenda in a preposterous attempt to redefine morality. This ruling is an abomination that will be overturned when common sense prevails.
Congress should impeach some justices to send a message that we will not be subjected to judicial tyranny. The Senate will fall short of the 2/3’s needed to convict and remove for political reasons, but it would send a message that would restore the balance of power. People need to wake up and speak up.
I am not a fan of the Confederate Battle Flag. The stars and bars represent an old era of oppression, disunity, racism, and rebellion to me. I do not think that it should be celebrated by the government that belongs to all of us by flying it with the great American flag at a capitol building or part of a state flag that belongs to all of the people. Now if the majority in an area disagrees, it is a small issue. A 150 year old flag doesn't threaten or hurt me. It reminds me that we won.
Other people see a different aspect to the flag. The Civil War was started because of slavery, but it was not the only issue. Tariffs were a huge issue. The South was being impoverished by the North with unreasonably high protective tariffs. These very taxes encouraged slave labor as a means of keeping costs low. It kept the South as a resource based economy. The North was not right about everything. Read more
In a torturous ruling Roberts and Kennedy joined the liberals in upholding the Obamacare subsides for federal exchange participants in site of the clear reading of the law.
State of Delaware officials reacted with predictable glee.
“I support today’s decision by the Supreme Court that tax subsidies on the Health Insurance Marketplaces are legal in every state, including Delaware,” Gov. Jack Markell said in response to the 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell. “For the more than 19,000 Delawareans who qualify, the federal subsidies are critical in helping to make health insurance more affordable. And we know that coverage is an important component in connecting Delawareans to care.”
Those who are suffering, including local governments, will have to hope Republicans keep the Senate and win the White House next November. Read more
I apologize to the citizens of Dover that we could not manage to get the votes to submit further budget cuts. We got stuck at the level that we accomplished in the budget hearings. In the end, I could not prevail in further cuts to spending and voted no on the tax hike and budget. It passed 6 to 3.
I think the budget is thoughtful and defensible. There is no waste or fraud in it. I did think that it could be more austere and efficient. This is why I had several proposals to lower spending. Some were accepted, but others were not. Once we got to the point where even deferring pay increases for those making above 75k failed, it was time to quit.
I voted against the budget and tax increase not because I did not favor the addition of more police and the spending to help the fire department take care of crucial needs. I had other concerns that were not being addressed.
I do not believe Read more
America's most diverse statewide leadership is in South Carolina. The Senators are two men, one black and one white. The governor is a woman of Asian Indian descent. Incidentally, all of them are Republicans. Yet some try to paint the state as some Bastian of racism because of its history and the fact that it still takes pride in valor of its Southern past. It was the fire eater state that spread flames of disunity which almost split the nation forever and plunged us into civil war. Racism has been a stain upon the state. Roof tried to tap into that to start a new race war. Instead, everyone sees the new South Carolina. It is imperfect, but we see thousands of people of all ethnicities standing together in love and unity.
Governor Nikki Haley kicked off the movement when she gathered leaders all across the state to join her in this statement. Leave it to a woman to show the strength Read more
Del Tech thinks they should be able to charge residents a property tax like the VoTech schools for bonds, but they neglect to recognize that they charge tuition and fees unlike the Vocational and Technical High schools in addition to their state subsidies.
Senate Bill 137 synopsis says the following:
Delaware’s Community College System plays a critical role in the State’s economy by providing workforce development and transfer education that connects Delawareans with good paying jobs within the State and region. This Act gives the College’s Board of Trustees the authority to issue bonds to finance the cost of major and minor capital improvements, deferred maintenance, and the acquisition of related equipment and educational technology associated therewith and establishes the Community College Infrastructure Fund to pay the principal and interest on such bonds. This Act adopts the Read more
Apparently some employers have tried to bully applicants into giving social media passwords. I guess some applicants were too weak kneed to stand up for themselves in something clearly unreasonable so they demand government does it for them. House Bill 109 remedies this situation by enshrining into law your right to control your social media login information. Your social media account is your private property not your employers. If your employer wants to see your public profiles to see the image of the people they are hiring to the public, that is fine. Trying to pry into private lives and those of a prospects friends and family is not. Would you give your online banking passwords? Of course you would not. I cannot imagine this being a big problem. I have never once heard of an employer or employee complaining, but someone has or it would not be on its way to becoming law. In these Read more
Republicans Pan The New Law in the Following Statement from Senate Republicans
DOVER - Despite opposition from all nine Senate Republicans, a bill decriminalizing the private use of marijuana passed in the Senate Thursday and was immediately signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell.
The Democrat-driven measure allows people to possess
up to an ounce of pot and use it privately without facing criminal charges.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Sen. Colin Bonini (R-Dover South) said it was a bill "we're going to regret."
"We have a huge drug problem in this country," he said. "Regardless of what the popular opinion is, this is absolutely a gateway into much worse behavior. ... And I think the impact and the message we're sending, especially to young people, is one we simply should not send."
Sen. Brian Pettyjohn (R-Georgetown) used a sandwich-sized bag filled about halfway with Read more
3 reasons for the Senate to change its mind on trade authority
June 22, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to reconsider its support of granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:
"Americans for Limited Government strongly urges the Senate to vote against the cloture motion on legislation that would provide President Obama fast track trade authority. Three things have occurred since the Senate last voted on fast track which should cause any thinking Senator to change from a yes to no vote.
"First there is a great deal information that has come out about the Trans-Pacific Partnership that makes it clear that this agreement needs full and thorough Senate scrutiny. The TPP is a living agreement subject to change after ratification, additional Read more
Please join me in a celebrating Western Civilization's freedoms of thought, speech, faith and action by welcoming the world-renowned Ibn Warraq on June 24th in Wilmington.
Ibn Warraq .... is a famous defender of Western Civilization, a former Muslim and renowned Islamic Scholar.
He will make a rare public appearance. On Wednesday June 24 at 5:30 pm he'll to address the Rail Splitters' monthly meeting in Wilmington, Delaware.
Rail Splitter Society of Delaware
Wednesday June 24 at 5:30 pm
Ed "Porky" Oliver Golf Club Restaurant
800 N Dupont Rd,
Wilmington, DE 19807
Ibn Warraq is a scholar whose writings change the way Western Civilization sees the world of Islam. Equally important his writings change the way Western Civilization sees itself.
As a former Muslim who once dedicated his time to study of the Koran and later received an honors degree in Philosophy Read more
The face of evil changes, but its heart does not. The hatred of Dylann Roof exceeded his humanity. It is said that he stated he almost did not go through with the killing because the people were too nice to him. They welcomed him with open arms, but he did not even treat them with the dignity that one would give to a stray dog as he gunned down people as they closed their eyes to pray. Dylann Roof says that he did not grow up in a racist family, judging from the reaction of his family, I believe it. I can barely imagine the shock, shame and disgrace they must feel. In his manifesto, Roof explains his transformation. It may provide some insight into heading off future Roofs. Cicero, he is not. In fact, he is not even up to the level of the Turner Diaries, which spawned a small but new generation of White Supremacy race warriors in waiting. There is not likely to be scores of warriors Read more
An old issue has been at the forefront of public discussion the past few months. Racial inequity has been called America's original sin. People who wanted liberty for themselves did not always rush to protect the liberty of those may look a little different or speak a different language than they do. In the 1800's the doctrine of white supremacy took hold in large swaths of America. It almost tore us apart. We struggled through a Civil War, Reconstruction, a counter reconstruction called Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement which was the successful heir to Reconstruction.
I believe that Institutional racism is dead. We won the war after 350 years. There is no doubt that legacy racism exists and is like a scab that keeps being picked at by the race baiters on all sides.
I believe that we need to deal with the legacy issues in a straight forward manner. First, let me Read more
The $20 bill is graced by a low class racist who initiated the ethnic cleansing of the American Indians yet the proposal is to remove the iconic founder of the Dollar from the $10 bill in order to honor a woman on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.
Once again the administration shows that it has no sense of history. Hamilton was not only crucial to setting up the dollar, but winning the War of Independence as an indispensable man to George Washington, helped give us the two party system, and was a critical voice in the ratification of the Constitution as one of three writers of The Federalist Papers. He was shot by traitor Aaron Burr. The war on the founders continues.
My vote for the woman to be honored (on the $20) is Carrie Chapman Catt who was critical to the passage of the 19th amendment and the previous passage in several states.
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
The Delaware State Senate, yesterday, has passed HB 50, legislation that legally codifies the existing rights of parents to have their children opt out of standardized state educational testing, by a margin of 14 to 7 with two amendments.
SA 1 to HB 50 (passed 11 to 9 with 1 absent) would also allow parents to opt out of district-wide assessments was sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman, David Sokola (D-Dist.8, Newark). Additionally, SA 2 to HB 50 (passed 13 to 3 with 5 not voting) that would enable high school juniors to opt out of state testing, was sponsored by Senator Bryan Townsend (D-Dist.11, Newark).
The amendments drew criticisms from HB 50’s primary sponsor, State Representative, John A. Kowalko (D-Dist. 25, Newark South) who stated that the amendments, in his opinion, were designed to kill the bill. For the record, Senator Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
Speaking at the Tuesday, June 16 opening of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2015 in the newly-created military-patriotic recreation park in Kubinka, Moscow Region, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that forty new advanced ICBMs will be added to Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal in 2015.“This year, our nuclear forces are going to get more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of penetrating all existing, even the most advanced missile defenses.", he said. He further elaborated that “The state would persist in paying specific attention to realization of a massive military rearmament program and modernization of the defense industry”.
Vladimir Putin opening the IMTF ARMY-2015 Exposition [Photo:RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf]
This announcement comes in the context of significant Russian weapons systems development Read more
No one knew that a group of barons sickened by a corrupt King, who many would say usurped the throne, would change the world. Some feared it immediately. The Pope recognizing that it would challenge both absolute control of the Roman Catholic and the notion of the Divine Right of Kings by recognizing the right of the realm of Englishmen to important civil liberties, repudiated it. While the barons spoke of representing the rights of all Englishmen, they focused on getting the rights for themselves. 400 years passed before Chief Justice Edward Coke expanded the interpretation to apply to all Englishmen in the 1600's. This gave rise to a revolution of thought that birthed the Declaration of Independence. It was no longer rich nobles who could raise an army who were guaranteed rights, but all men and later women. The Magna Carta also had some powerful provisions giving legal status to Read more
According to the Washington Times, President Obama is breaking his campaign promise to crack down on employers of illegal immigrants, which extends his attempted executive amnesty beyond immigrants to their employers.
Through the first five months of this fiscal year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted just 181 workplace audits and brought charges against only 27 employers, putting it on pace for fewer than 500 audits and just 65 arrests this year. That’s less than 15 percent of the total audits conducted in 2013.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/16/obama-amnesty-extends-businesses-hire-illegals/#ixzz3dI9QQuFt
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Trump's Common Sense Business Savvy Can Win The Day And Save The Country
Real estate mogul and global business icon, 69 year-old, Donald Trump announced his candidacy today for president of the United States in a press conference from Trump Tower in New York City Today just before noon.
Trump, who has $9.2 billion in assets and a net worth of more than $8.7 billion said that he would file his federally required statements on time, while waving the figures from his accountants in a prepared sheet in his hand for the crowd to see. "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created," he said, "I'll bring back our jobs and I will bring back our money."
While talking about his astute business acumen, Trump said, "Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians, who are all talk and no action." Trump went on to say, "I have built a great company, created Read more
Speaking from the Trump Tower in Manhattan, enterpreneur Donald Trump has announced that he will run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Promising to restore America to a major position of leadership, restore the economy by bringing back jobs to the US and restore a strong international trade and defense posture through firm negotiations, and repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and dump Common Core, he declared that our contry needs new and effective leadership beyond the current choice of politicians.
“This election will mainly be based on competence.”, he said.