All posts by thatsElbert

Delaware native. Enjoys music, technology, faith, and politics.

Delaware Doesn’t Need A “National Park”

This subject of Delaware's lack of a national park has come up numerous times. I did comment on this subject two years ago, and said this: One time the Cypress Swamp in Gumboro was suggested. Other times it’s been some of the beaches currently under the state’s control. Quite honestly I don’t see the point. Forty-nine other states have national parks, so what if Delaware doesn’t have one? One can only imagine the pain and suffering the federal government would impose on property owners bordering the national park, like how much fertilizer they could put on their lawn or what type of septic system they could have. The possibilities could be endless. With regard to this matter, Delaware doesn’t need to be a “me too!” state. I really don't know if much more needs to be said. This time through it seems that Delaware's congressional delegation is hell-bent on making it Read more

The Pre-Morning After

Twenty-four hours from now we should all know the winners in these hard-fought races for US Senate & US Congress for the GOP. I have had this thought rattling around in my head for months now, and this has been posed in so many words on DelawarePolitics.net already. The GOP leadership has supported the candidates endorsed at the convention, but they went too far by attacking the other candidates in the race. What will happen with the Delaware GOP leadership if the party-endorsed candidates fail to get a victory in the primary election today? What if they find themselves with the candidate they attacked as the GOP-endorsed candidate for the general election?

Christine O’Donnell challenges Mike Castle to debate in U.S. Senate race

Press release from the O'Donnell campaign: WILMINGTON, DE - On Thursday, July 29, Christine O'Donnell for U.S. Senate Campaign Spokesman Yates Walker called the Mike Castle for U.S. Senate campaign headquarters to arrange two Delaware GOP debates in August between Christine O'Donnell and Mike Castle. "The Castle camp wouldn't commit to a debate," said O'Donnell's Campaign Spokesman Yates Walker. "I think the people of Delaware deserve to see a side by side comparison between Christine and Mike. Voters might appreciate the opportunity to see for themselves the difference between Christine's platform of common sense, fiscal responsibility and Mike Castle's record of spending Delaware and our nation into financial ruin." A previous July 9th debate sponsored by the Bear, DE-based group Founders' Values was scheduled to be held at a seniors' center, but Mike Castle declined at the last Read more

Cell Phone Bill Is A “Feel Good” Bill, Restricts Freedom

Yesterday morning, Governor Markell held a big ceremony at AAA Mid-Atlantic’s corporate headquarters in Wilmington, showing off his signing of the freedom-restricting bill, banning cell phone use while driving. Quoting from the Delaware House of Representatives House Majority Caucus press release: Sponsored by Rep. Darryl M. Scott, House Substitute 1 for House Bill 229 goes into effect 180 days from signature – January 2, 2011. The comprehensive statewide restriction requires drivers to use a hands-free device to talk while driving and also prohibits text messaging, sending or reading e-mails or browsing websites while the vehicle is in motion. Delaware also becomes the 30th state to prohibit texting while driving with the signing of this law. We already have laws that deal with distractions while driving. These laws are redundant. Another quote from the press Read more

Kevin Wade Withdraws From Congressional Race

Kevin Wade withdraws from Congressional race. The official press release is below: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, June 13, 2010 Wade Withdraws from Congressional Race At a Staff Appreciation buffet reception dinner at Old New Castle's, Arsenal on the Green, Conservative Republican Congressional Candidate, Kevin Wade, from Delaware’s 17th District, officially withdrew from the state's congressional race, Saturday evening. "You have to judge a candidacy by its results.  We are withdrawing from this race not retreating from our conservative values," said Wade, addressing a group of friends, volunteers and supporters.  Wade asked his supporters to carry on the fight by supporting conservative candidates running for seats in the State Senate and House of Representatives throughout Delaware.  Wade praised his volunteers for the hard work and loyalty and vowed that the fight to Read more

First They Came For Our Salt, Then For Our Toys

It wasn't but a week ago when it was proposed that the amounts of salt in food should be regulated. Now in Santa Clara County, California you won't be getting toys in your Happy Meals anymore. The San Jose Mercury News reports: "This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes," said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the initiative. Yeager said it is unfair to parents and children to use toys to capture the tastes of children when they're young and "to get them hooked on eating high-sugar, high-fat foods early in life." When my kids were young, my wife and I would occasionally visit the Golden Arches with the kids in tow. We'd order the Happy Meals for them. They would play with the toys and many times leave the food alone. This activity didn't happen often. We ate at home foods we prepared ourselves. These were our choices. Toys didn't make them. Governments didn't Read more

420

Last year I did a post on a counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana, occurring every year on April 20th. The "holiday" might get more attention this year due to the current push to legalize marijuana for "medical" purposes in many states. It's worth noting that a recent Pew Research Center poll reveals that, "three-quarters of Americans (73%) say they favor their state allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes if it is prescribed by a doctor, while 23% are opposed." Momentum appears to be on the side of those who support marijuana for "medical" purposes. Let's face it folks. There is no way that some who obtain marijuana for "medical" purposes actually need it for "medical" purposes. In fact, I would venture a guess that as many as 30-40% don't have some sort of a medical reason to have it. Here's a funny observation from that same Pew poll. According to the Read more

Companies Boycotting Fox News

Twitter user "jpconnorjr" posted a tweet about Apple boycotting Fox News because of Glen Beck's show. I'm not sure if this was a recent development or if this is old news. The far left has pressured several advertisers to avoid Beck's opinion show and with some even avoiding the whole network. If Apple has wussed out and jumped ship, it looks like Jon Scott and Jane Skinner, hosts of the network's 11AM show "Happening Now" need to start covering those Apple logos on the back of their MacBooks. It's understandable that companies pick where they want their ads placed. If a company didn't want ads placed on a news opinion show, they certainly have the right to act on that. It does seem stupid to avoid a ratings goldmine, considering Fox leaves their news rivals CNN and MSNBC in the dust. If these boycotters leave their ads at the opinion/news networks CNN and MSNBC, I sure hope there are Read more

Sussex Should Oppose Gambling

A recent article on the Cape Gazette points out the difficultly several find getting the Sussex County Council to pass a resolution condemning gambling in the county. From the article: Eric Bodenweiser has appealed to council twice, and at the Feb. 16 meeting he was joined by four others. There is no indication council will place the matter on a future agenda, but at least one member, Sam Wilson, R-Georgetown, voiced support for a resolution. Councilman Wilson's comments from the same article: “It’s a rarity to find people to stand for morals today,” he said. State officials are putting proceeds from gambling first without considering any possible ramifications, he said. The Cape Gazette reports Councilman George Cole (R-Ocean View) opinions: ...the council is not involved with social issues but land-use matters. In that regard, he has asked county staff to explore a zoning designation Read more

Oliver North at Kent County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

The Kent County Republican Party held their annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday. The keynote speaker was Lt. Col. Oliver North. Col. North gave a stirring speech, reminding the listener of our country's foundation and issued a call to its preservation for the future. Some selections from his speech are posted below. At Fox News… my job is to keep company with heroes… my heroes wear flak jackets and combat boots and flight suits and they put themselves at risk every single day. No one should ever say “my war was tougher than yours” for all war is terrible. I see the future of my children and grandchildren being squandered by those people like Arlen Spector, who are in a headlong rush into socialism that was never intended for this country. [Those children] are threatened by a mountain of debt, unrestrained spending, and ever higher taxes, by promises that government can solve Read more

Fighting Childhood Obesity

The White House has set up a task force to combat childhood obesity. The First Lady is going to be the face of the campaign. Certainly encouraging Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles is a good cause. No one would question that. In light of the far left's desire and attempt to takeover our health care system it gets me a little uneasy. Take note of this statement in the memorandum: Without effective intervention, many more children will endure serious illnesses that will put a strain on our health-care system. We must act now to improve the health of our Nation's children and avoid spending billions of dollars treating preventable disease. One could only imagine our government waging this campaign in a government-run health care system. How would The White House handle something they say has "reached epidemic rates"? Would it translate as high taxes imposed on foods they say might be contributors Read more

Book Review: Tim Irvin’s Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership

Rather than a feel-good look at leadership, Tim Irvin's Derailed draws your attention to the flaws and failures of leaders. Drawing from articles from various well known news sources, Irvin uses profiles of six CEOs to point out real life examples of these deficiencies. Using this information, Irvin explains how you can avoid the character issues that tripped them up during their tenure at various large companies. Derailed is great for self examination of your leadership skills. The CEO profiles slowed my progress through the book, providing too much information. Shorter examinations would have served the book well. Regardless, the reader could scan through the profiles, slowing down for the meatier parts of the book afterward. The reader will find the most valuable information in Derailed is in the latter part of the book, covering lessons learned and helpful habits, things you will find Read more

Spencer to Announce Healthcare Security Initiative

*press release* Spencer for the People P.O. Box 484 Wilmington, Delaware 19899 302-299-7210 www.SpencerforthePeople.com Congressional Candidate Proposes Healthcare Security Initiative 11:00am Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Angelo’s Luncheonette Gilpin Avenue and N. Scott Streets (1 block north of Delaware Avenue in Trolley Square) Wilmington, DE As the President prepares to deliver the State of the Union address this week, the state of providing healthcare coverage for small businesses, seniors, the unemployed and millions of other Americans is in critical condition with the uncertain future of congressional healthcare reform legislation due to the election of a Massachusetts Republican to the United States Senate last week. Democratic Congressional Candidate Scott R. Spencer will announce a Healthcare Security Initiative to provide an innovative, clear path forward for Read more

Rep. John Atkins Takes A Tough Stand On Sex Offenders

This is a reprint of a letter from State Representative John Atkins (D-41st) sent to Judson Bennett. Rep. Atkins proposes making Delaware the toughest state on sexual offenders. This is reprinted as it was received. Proposed Legislation for Sexual Offenders Background a.. Recently, there has been a lot in the news about child sex offenders and their victims. a.. Dr. Earl Bradley at BayBees in Lewes may have molested up to 100 children in a 10 year period. b.. Dover sex offender charged with molesting a 7 year old. c.. Sarah Foxwell's body was found Christmas Day not far from the Delaware border. b.. These stories are very tragic, and as a State Representative, I want to ensure that all children in Delaware are safe from sex offenders. c.. Ultimately, I would like Delaware to be the toughest state in the nation on high-risk, repeat sex offenders. d.. I am currently drafting several Read more

Snow Removal: Getting Your Money’s Worth

The recent east coast snow storm brought out a need for some government services, mostly the removal of snow and ice from our roads. Apparently someone complained about snow removal. On Twitter user delawareliberal posted this: Why is it that Teabaggers are the first to complain about the lack of gov't services, i.e. snow plowing.(link) To which I replied: If they complain it's probably because they pay good money (taxes) for those services. Duh.(link) In the free market, a price is paid for a service. If I pay a high price for that service then I expect an high level of service. Most of us Tea Party supporters feel we pay a lot of money into our government but do not receive services equal to the price. We are more than justified to complain. I didn't get a reply. When the left runs out of defense for their arguments, the left resorts to name-calling. Apparently delawareliberal ran Read more

School District Consolidation: Some Thoughts

I'd like to cover some of my thoughts regarding the discussion of school consolidation. Let's look at the money. The possibility of saving $45,469,422 is slim to none. There's a number of things that should be considered. We will need to pay a hefty salary to a superintendent for the large districts like we would have. Of course, you could pay less and scare away talented leaders. In addition, the school board members would probably demand or need a salary for their services. After all, we pay our county council members, so why not county-wide school board members? The new consolidated district will need a new centralized building to house all those district offices. To do this, a building will be leased until one is built. That is more cash going out. The moving and merging of services and data will cost us. Guaranteed, that operation won't be small change. I am certain that Read more

A Proposal For Term Limits in Delaware

There are a number of reasons why I support term limits. First, it forces a change in leadership periodically, thus bringing fresh blood to the legislative bodies. It creates a large pool of leaders needed in any party, if that party wishes to easily find candidates to run for the many elected positions in the state, counties, cities, and towns. There are some negatives to term limits. It may not eliminate the career politician, as it wouldn’t restrict those that wished to run for another office after their term in their current position expires. It may also force out those elected officials who do a good job, but in balance it would force out those that aren’t doing the job well. Here is a proposal I have for term limits for state offices. There are some compromises built in that may make it appealing to a larger audience. Across the board there would be a limit of three consecutive Read more

Awards Galore!

First Barack Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Then rumors start flying about Barack Obama getting the Heisman Trophy. Now Saturday Night Live tells us the President has won the Powerball. Next? Will he win an award for the best music video of the year? Will Kanye West offer his opinion? Will the President respond? The best thing I've heard on the whole matter: "Genuinely great men don't need awards..." - Mark Steyn (link) Read more

There Are Not Enough Hate Crime Laws

Last Thursday, the US House passed HR2647, a bill authorizing appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for the Department of Defense. Stuffed away in this bill are some controversial expansions of so-called "hate crimes". If passed in the US Senate and signed by the President, it will add "sexual orientation" to a list of federally protected classes. These extremist measures threaten First Amendment rights of free speech and the freedom of religion. Charisma News reports: Several Christian leaders have decried the hate crimes law, saying it could criminalize preaching against homosexuality. They point to cases in Canada and Sweden, where Christians have faced criminal prosecution for preaching that homosexual practice is a sin. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins states additional injustices of the bill: Congress should protect all Americans equally and not provide special protections Read more

Gaddafi Actually Has A Great Idea

Lybian dictator Muammar Gaddafi made a speech before the United Nations today. The speech lasted for 1 hour and 36 minutes, well over the 15 minutes normally allotted for speeches. According to news reports, he rambled on and on covering his opinions on world events for the last forty years, but the best thing the man said is reported by CNN: Citing tough U.S. security, Gadhafi also broached the idea of moving the U.N. headquarters out of the United States and suggested putting it in another location, like China or India. That is a great idea! Certainly we could raise a large group of volunteers that would gladly help get that festering boil off of US soil. The day the last U.N. bureaucrat hops on the jet out of here could become a national day of celebration. It couldn't come sooner. Read more

9/11 Thoughts Revisited

Here is part of a post from my blog from back in September 11, 2007. I thought I'd share it with a larger audience. I’m almost ashamed to talk about what was running through my mind that morning. At the time, we were homeschooling all of our kids. We would get started in the morning with the radio tuned to The Light FM (anyone remember WXPZ in Milford?). Around the 9:00 hour, they’d have a segment of prayer. As I was turning off the radio, I heard the morning announcer Andy Lynch say something about an airplane hitting one of the towers. It caught my attention, but we had to get down to school business that morning because we were behind schedule, as well as the kids had a dentist appointment that morning. I thought it was probably a small plane that had hit it, and it wasn’t a big deal to me. We left the house around 10:30 for the dentist. The radio in the van wasn’t working Read more

Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, Still Alive?

There's a theory about many mysterious celebrity deaths which I would like to share. Some might say it's a government conspiracy. Some might say this is the dream of some lunatic. Let me brief you on what I know and let you, the reader, decide. There is a secret yet unnamed group of powerful men and women which formed a program for popular artists, such as actors and singers, to pull them out the public eye. Referred to as "The Program", this provided a means for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, counseling, and a return to private life. The Program is available at the choice of the artist due the overwhelming pressures of the spotlight. There are two theories regarding the first celebrity to be placed in The Program. One small camp believes that big band star Glenn Miller was the first to be taken in. His suspicious disappearance over the English Channel made for an easy exit from the Read more