Dover – The Delaware Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator John C. Still (R-Dover) to protect military personnel deployed overseas from facing higher auto insurance premiums upon their return as a result of their military service. Senator Still introduced Senate Bill 23 after learning first-hand about the experience of a Delaware citizen who was deployed in Iraq for more than a year and had cancelled his car insurance policy while he was away. When the soldier returned home, he found that he faced much higher car insurance premiums simply because his military service created a gap in his insurance coverage history and placed him in a higher rate classification as if he were a first-time applicant. Senator Still said “it is wrong for our military personnel to lose the benefit of their insurance history, years of safe driving and other discounts they may Read more
Hey Friends, please pass this on especially to anyone you know who needs to get out of a financial mess. Statewide Foreclosure Prevention Seminars May, June 2008 Understanding the Foreclosure Process Learning about Adjustable Rate Mortgages/Refinancing Updates on Federal Programs and State Resources Help is available. Anyone seeking information on foreclosure and services should attend! Georgetown: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Delaware Technical & Community College Routes 113 and 18 Georgetown, DE 19947 Monday, May 19, 2008 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. NCALL Research 110 S. Bedford Street Georgetown, DE 19947 Call for Reservations: (302) 678-9400 Dover: Monday, May 5, 2008 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. NCALL Research 363 Saulsbury Road Dover, DE 19904 Call for Reservations: (302) 678-9400 Wednesday, May 28, 2008 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Dover Library 45 South State Street Dover, DE 19901 Bear: Monday, Read more
A new ad is just waiting in the wings if Senator Obama is the nominee of the Democrats. In 1988, cultural issues came into their own. They defeated Governor Mike Dukakis. They were powerful factors in the elections since 1968, but they were the election of 1988. Now a new effort merges national security concerns with cultural concerns. Senator Obama is shown to be weak on the war on gangs, according to the ad, and is therefore questioned on whether he will be weak on the war on terrorists. If the weak issues of Pastor Jeremiah Wright and Ayers give him trouble, how will he deal with his own record? Remember, don’t shoot the messenger when you comment.
Once in a while a movie inspires me. I am particularly reminded of this fact with the recent passing of the modern conservative icon, Charlton Heston. A recent movie which did not get a lot of media hype but should have is The Ultimate Gift. It was one to added to my favorites for sure. It speaks to what is truly important in life. The greatest gifts are not financial. They are the gifts of love, caring, and character. They are the gift to dream, the gift of friendship, the gift of family, the gift of work, and the gift of gratitude. This was a story about one young man given the ultimate gift by his grandfather. I encourage you to watch this one. It is a great story which goes beyond a tried and true story line. It speaks to the greatness within each person. That greatness is so often lost in pettiness of day to day temptations. We have to remind ourselves about the gifts which Read more
While we are in the mood for asking prominent figures to apologize for their associations, how about asking our Congressional delegation and Presidential Candidates to apologize for giving our tax money to this group founded by a social Darwinist. This should go in the anything for money catagory. Planned Parenthood which is the recepient of hundreds of millions of are tax dollars, apparently needs donations so badly that they took designated gifts. Gifts designated to pay to abort black babies only. http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/308723.html This is even more outrageous when you hear it.
In a year when political leaders are expected to apologize for not only their bland, void, unimaginative statements, but for those of supporters who dare to have their own mind. I have something that we really should demand an apology for--the tax code. Is time for us to recommit to ending the insanity of the American tax code. It inhibits our freedom, manipulates our lives, muzzles our churches, drains hundreds of billions from us just to figure out how to comply, inspires fear and loathing over inspiration, subsidies the export of our jobs, and siphons the life out of our corporations. If the British would have proposed our tax code on the founders, they wouldn't have even bothered to send envoys to negotiate. They would have just declared the King and Parliament mad. The tax code is corrupt. It is not based upon sound economics. It is based upon the sound made by the chatter Read more
Gov. Sarah Palin cut Alaska’s requested eamarks in the federal budget down from 550M to under 200M and from 54 to 31 projects. How many governors are saying they want less federal money? She is providing leadership which could restore the state’s reputation after the bridge to no where. This is one more illustration why this Governor is an example for a revived, reformed GOP.
Senator Obama is a very intelligent man so how does he justify adding costs to domestic oil consumption by forcing 150 billion dollars of their money to be invested in his chosen energy programs (not drilling or building new refineries that we desperately need )and robbing them of profits as a means to control gas prices. When we tried this in the 70's it was a disaster. At least we can get gas when we want not wait in lines and decide for ourselves how to control our budgets. The problem with the Democrat party and energy is that they have no realistic plan. There policies would increase the cost of energy not decrease it. You can not magically mandate affordable energy. I am a big believer in alternative energy. I now see it as a national security issue not just an economic one. On that basis, I favor a more aggressive approach of tax credits and other breaks and even government seed Read more
If you missed any episodes of HBO’s John Adams, you will want to catch up on the ones you missed this weekend. This is compelling, informative, quality television. I can hardly wait for Hamilton to become a mini-series. Out of curiosity, any Battlestar Galactia fans out there? The new season starts tonight. Have a great weekend.
Emerging out of the shadows, mad scientists reveled in their latest creation Human genes cloned in cow eggs. The resultant embryo is mostly human with random cow material. The purpose is to have subjects for experimentation who have no legal rights. The British Parliament is engaged in a debate which we need to have in our country. Unfortunately, extremist Democrats, including the two Presidential candidates, have been blocking a strong anti-cloning bill from coming to a vote. The excuse for blocking legislation favored by 80% of the public was that it might be used to block embryonic stem cell research. That issue is now made moot by new advances . We are now faced with a clear issue. What type of future do we want? Do we want one based upon the dignity of humanity or one based upon the gall of humanity? Read more
Take a look, I have never been so impressed by her. She is a great American. It is the reason that I switched parties before the deadline. I wanted to vote for Hill and Jack. If you really believed that, April fools’ day is going to be a long one for you. I am still a Republican, of course. I still want Senator Obama to win the Democratic nomination for the sake of history and to see more of the Obama Girl.
40 years ago this week Dr. King was brutally murdered. I am please that this nation has been transformed in that time. The nation is not the same one in which my parents grew up. My mother was in the first high school class to be integrated. My father grew up during the depression and served in World War 2. He was disabled before Truman fully desegregated the military. My parents however never said one negative word about a person because of race or whatever. Well okay, they weren't big fans of communists, but they even prayed for them. They always had people of all backgrounds around. My father was as comfortable being a chaplain for the local Republican Party as he was helping people at a migrant camp. The changes my parents saw filled them with optimism. The world is so different from the one my parents grew up in. It is so different from the one which existed when Read more
New Jersey v. Delaware was settled today in our favor. The court ruled properly when it said that BP could not use a pier which starts on the Jersey side but encroaches on to Delaware river bed (land) to off load 1.2 billion cubic feet of liquified natural gas without Delaware's permission. We in Delaware should not be cheering. We should be telling our own government to get with the 21st century. The nation needs more clean burning fuel from friendly sources. The proposal is not environmentally damaging nor is it unsafe. We are killing jobs, making our nation more dependent upon middle eastern oil, and undermining our good will with our neighbors when we need them to protect our corporate franchise. Some wins are not cause for celebration. It seems like the NIMBY ghost of Russel Peterson may haunt us for years to come. (I am speaking of his passage from power not the world.) Read more
Our leaders in state government are grappling for ways to keep government afloat. I think the revenue shortfall will not be as bad as now projected any more than it was as good as projected 3 months ago. Nonetheless, they are the best numbers we have and we have to make tough decisions. Our leaders could use fresh ideas. Let's play cut that budget. Here are my top ten in no order of priority. Repeal the new prevailing wage law because it is not the real prevailing wage. I am all for a decent living wage in government contracts, but it makes no sense to cancel projects and have no wages. Balance is a good thing. Allow more competition in the state supplier list by opening it up to new suppliers every quarter for mundane items and simplify the process. Many times it is cheaper to go to Sam's or Staples than buy from the state's approved list. If a company can come up with Read more
There is a lot of good news coming from Iraq, but it seems just when we are getting hopeful that we are reminded just how fluid the situation is. 4000 American military deaths was a sad milestone. The good news is the rate has slowed dramatically. The bad news is the cease fire is beginning to fall apart between the Shia factions. Iraq seems like a bad tire. You plug one leak and another springs up, then you plug that one and the old plug comes undone. Discouragement would be an easy course to take. I refuse to take it. I am praying for peace in that land. Those wonderful people have been through so much over the past 40 years. We all want better for them than so called leaders hiding in Iran and trying to break up the normalcy which is beginning to return. We can expect more bumps in the road between now and October (target date for the Iraqi elections). Read more
I hope you all had an Happy Easter/ Resurrection Day. Holy Week is my favorite time of the year. It is, for me, a time for reflection and rededication to God and Faith. I find there is nothing more precious than knowing God. That is why it is annoying to hear pundits say that the "Black" Church is represented by Pastor Jeremiah Wright, and "You would be surprised what you hear in 'Black' churches". Yes, I would be if the apologists where correct. It is interesting that these statements are coming from journalists who don't attend "Black" churches. I am a lot more than a little put off that these radical Afro-Centric Churches are made to represent the majority. I don't deny that they exist. I deny as someone whose father was an evangelist during my earlier years and has been in score upon score of "Black" churches and who as a coordinator for a National Day of Prayer Read more
Children believe what their schools teach them. I have found that to be a scary thought over the years. We wonder why our children fall behind the world. They are not dumb. They work hard, we spend a lot educating them, and our teachers, as a group, are dedicated beyond just doing their job. The teachers are still not paid well enough, but we have made great strides to ensure teacher compensation is now competitive to many other fields when adjusted for hours spent. We are reducing class size and adding technology. What's wrong? I think there are many things wrong, but let's start with the most basic of all tools--textbooks. One of the nation's top text book company is Houghton Mifflin. A recent audit in Texas (The Dallas Morning News Nov. 16, 2007)found 86,000 textbook errors in the Math series. I haven't found the history texts much better in my personal experience. The Read more
Our state has a relatively low unemployment rate. This is good news. The bad news is that according to the State's economic report written in 2007, our job growth has been weakening consistently over the last decade and a half. We are in the bottom 1/3 of the nation in job creation. This is evidence that we are running on the fumes of the Republican reforms 30 years ago. It is time to refuel the tank. Here is the money quote from the report. Looking at the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), the resident employment data for the state, Delaware’s economy looks rather healthy. The annual average unemployment rate dropped from 4.0 percent in 2005 to 3.6 percent in 2006, and it has been even lower in 4 out of the first 5 months of 2007. All of these rates are substantially below the national unemployment rate. As measured by this data series, employment growth has averaged 1.89 Read more
UPDATE: A LINK ON Los Angeles success with Singapore Math. Those meeting the standard went from 45% to 76% in one year! I am grateful some people in this state are fighting to improve education. They have an ambitious and thoughtful agenda. This is not a post criticizing 2015. To the contrary, I am glad to say that we don't need to wait for improvement. I believe that one of the best cases for charter schools is that it doesn't take 5 years to make a change and 5 years to get rid of something that doesn't work. There are a few schools who already meet much of what is being proposed by the experts. The Academy of Dover is one. It offers more instructional time. It has more computers for the children than any district by far. It is accredited which is a rare feat for an elementary school. It is contracted with Innovative schools, which is supported by the same people who proposed Read more
Just in on the wires, the Fed is poised to cut the Fed Funds rate a full point Tuesday. The stock market has rebounded and is up 3 points at this post. This aggressive action on top of reevaluations of handling the mortgage mess and the bail out of the brokerage debt show the Fed has a commitment to keeping the economy strong by quick and decisive action. If the credit run had spread to the banks, we could have been seeing the beginning of our first depression in 70 years. The American Enterprise Institute has now endorsed a Democratic plan to bail out the mortgage mess. Something is going on. I think it is time to put everything on the table. No Doc refinances to fixed rates is a must. We have to stop the bleeding. Checks won’t cut it.
It is time for my bi-weekly Presidential campaign update. I am biased to Rasmussen because of its unique nature of daily tracking and historic accuracy. I also like the Cook Report, Zogby, Pew, and for a semi-monthly trend the Real Clear Politics composite. Rev. Wright is ridiculous. Remember my post on American Exceptionalism? Some said I was exaggerating the hate America contingent's influence. They said it was a straw dog. Now all America sees it on display. Unfortunately, he is just part of the blame America, self-hating left. He is not alone. Mrs. Obama seems to have been surprised by how wonderful the American people are. She had likely bought into some of this attitude. The Senator doesn't seem to. The numbers are showing that if this keeps up, he will take on water. He built his campaign on building a post racial era and bridging our divisions. He needs Read more
There is a great post on another blog about Windpower and the controversy over whether or not we should purchase the power elsewhere or invest in Blue Water Wind's proposal. It is worth reading. Don't get lost at Kavips site now. This one is better. 🙂 I find it facsinating that according to his source, the lower cost DP&L claims the on-shore windfarm from a nearby state, would not save us money. By refusing to lock in prices, DP&L compounds the problem. Other states and the federal energy bill are putting in new mandates for a growing percentage of power generation to be renewable. This means the price for renewable may well rise independent of other factors. The only hedge would be bringing on line new sources. Whether you like windpower or not in the abstract, the new federal energy bill may make the BWW deal a deal of generation. It would put us ahead of the Read more
An Iranian police chief was arrested while in bed with 6 prostitutes. Defense attorneys said that he was seeking a down payment on the 70 virgins (sarcasm). The result of this breech in the capitol city has caused protests. Chief Reza Zarei was on a campaign of moralizing the city by enforcing an Islamic dress code on the women. The rank hypocrisy is undermining the regime already roiled by economic pressures when the country should be prospering from record oil prices. The regime has been more focused on an ambitious and disruptive foreign agenda than keeping up the home front. Now its moral authority is now in question. Without it, they have nothing. This reminds us that problematic behavior of leaders is not an American problem. It seems to be a human problem. Of course in countries like France, they like to pretend it is not a problem just a lifestyle choice. I Read more
Several years ago, I was visiting family and attending a conference in D. C. and while we were sitting at a light we heard gunfire and saw everyone running. We were sitting at a light which had a no turn on red sign. I said let's go. My friend who was driving said but the sign says no turn on red. I said the red blood on the sidewalk says turn! We sped away and we called the situation in from relative safety. I never forgot the terror of a drive by shooting. Recently someone I know had his picture put up as a suspect for the Wild Quail robbery even though the state police release said he was a person of interest only. It turned out that he was a victim of bad timing. The suspects happen to pass by him when he was coming out of the restroom at Wal Mart. His job was threatened. His life was shaken. He was a media drive by victim. It appears my friend Nancy Wagner Read more
The generic Congressional numbers have the Democrats up by only 4 points. Control of the Congress is up for grabs. Historically, when Republicans have been this close at this stage, they win. John McCain is in a dead heat with an insignificant lead over the Democrats and the electoral numbers are shifting his way. He leads in Michigan and Florida. A significant portion of Democrat voters rather have McCain than the Democrat other than the one they support. I think a unity ticket is inevitable for the Democrats. It may be the only way they win just like in 1960. One area of difficulty for Democrats is the fact that people now believe the war is going well. This is good news for America, but is bad news for Democrats. John McCain is now almost equal to the Democrats on who can better handle the economy thanks to the Democrats bashing him for supporting tax cuts. It almost Read more