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Trump Rally in Georgetown 9-9-17

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer About 250 people gathered at a Sussex GOP-sponsored rally in support of President Donald Trump, held at North Bedford Park Georgetown, earlier today. WGMD 92.7 FM radio talk show host, Bob Steele, served as master of ceremonies. Sussex County Councilman and Delaware State Trump 2016 Campaign Chairman, Rob Arlett, officially began the rally, with Reverend Jim Dundas, leading the opening prayer. A few silent sign carrying protesters also attended the rally. Councilman Arlett made reference to one of the signs by saying that both President Trump and the people at the rally also denounce racism and antisemitism. “No statewide GOP candidate has ever received more votes in Delaware than Donald Trump”, he stated. He said that the Democratic Party's hold on Delaware politics is slipping and that the First State Read more

“Horizon of Fear” Hits Bookstores

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer “Horizon of Fear”, a gripping action/adventure novel written by Donald Raleigh Ayotte, is now available on Kindle and in paperback. The plot centers on a Jihadi terrorist plot to re-establish an Islamic Caliphate by detonating tactical nuclear weapons in Europe and the efforts of an international journalist, Nate Adams to uncover and thwart their nefarious scheme. Nate teams up with “Jenny”, a highly trained Arab-American CIA agent and a romance gradually develops between them in a deadly atmosphere of danger, intrigue and deception. An elite American spec-ops unit aids them, as they pursue fanatical Al-Qaeda operatives throughout Europe and Saudi Arabia in a final showdown to defend Western Civilization. Copies are available at the CreateSpace e-store: https://www.createspace.com/7330757 and will be available from Amazon.com Read more

March for Science in Lewes, DE 4/22/2017

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Science, Government and Society: From cosmology, ecology, biology and chemistry through elementary particle physics, science influences our lives in a myriad of ways. However, in an increasingly special interest driven and politically polarized atmosphere in what claims to be the most advanced technological nation in the world, science and its influence on public policy has more frequently come under fire from many sources. Rally in Lewes: Earlier today, approximately 180 people rallied in Canalfront Park in Lewes , Delaware in support of the national March for Science before boarding buses for the main march in Washington, DC. Mayor Tom Becker, on behalf of the City of Lewes, welcomed the participants. “Here in Lewes, we strive to improve our efforts to maintain respect for the environment. We are indeed very fortunate to have Read more

March for Science Scheduled for Earth Day in DC and DE

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The first national March for Science will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC and 609 satellite cities throughout the United States. The non-partisan march is designed to call attention to various issues relating to science and its critical role in modern global society , including but not limited to: research funding, climate change, environmental quality, sustainability, science policy, integrity of data and science in the public interest. The fundamental role of science in relation to politics and government is a key question in an increasingly politically polarized atmosphere, as their respective methodologies and moudus operandi appear to be antithetical i.e.: science as an independent and experimentally-verifiable investigation of physical and natural phenomena vs. partisan political ideology in a bureaucratic/legal regulatory Read more

Open Thread 4/14/2017

According to FOX News, President Trump during the 2016 campaign, was quoted as saying that he could conceivably share a hamburger with Kim Jung Un and resolve differences. Given the North Korean leader’s determination to develop strategic nuclear weapons and ICBM’s while ruthlessly killing his relatives, shouldn’t a HOT DOG be more appropriate???? —————————————————————————————————– When dining with Syrian President, Bashir al-Assad, it may be useful to remember that “Please pass the Mustard” has a whole new meaning…. —————————————————————————————————–

BEST BUYS is a Bust

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Consumer Affairs Editor Consumers Beware! Good looking storefronts, neatly arranged shelves of trendy merchandise and low prices can be very deceptive if the store does not have a fair and honorable way of dealing with defective merchandise. On January 27, 2017 this reporter purchased a Hewlett-Packard Notebook 15-AY009DX Model X7T50UA laptop computer with 1 TB of storage for $379.99 from BEST BUYS ( on 1165 N. DuPont Highway ) in Dover, DE. It seemed to work well enough for two weeks until a weird feather-shaped distortion appeared in the upper left hand corner of the screen after normal use. The unit was not dropped nor was excessive impact or pressure applied to the touchscreen. Three days later, after gently touching the screen , I heard a faint cracking sound and the screen totally distorted. Apparently, there was a preexisting hairline crack in Read more

COAD Cites “Lack of Action” in Delaware’s Prison Crisis

[ Photo: DE General Assembly ] By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Speaking at a press conference in the cafeteria of Legislative Hall last Thursday, Correctional Officers Association of Delaware President, Geoff Klopp stated that Delaware’s correctional officers are in a crisis situation. He cited a “lack of action” on the part of state officials in dealing with major problems in Delaware’s prison system. In the wake of the February 1 hostage incident at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Facility in Smyrna, during which Lt. Steven Floyd was killed, the staffing situation has been aggravated by dozens of early retirements and resignations of prison staff members. President Klopp also stated that unless action was forthcoming, another catastrophic incident would likely occur in the state prison system before the end of the summer. He made this prediction during a live Read more

Photo Feature: Anti-Trump RESISTANCE Rally in Georgetown, DE 2/12/2017

Article by: Don Ayotte, Managing Editor Photos by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer/ Photographer A “RESISTANCE” rally organized by Sussex County Democratic Party activists took place at 2:30 pm on Sunday February 12th to protest newly elected President Trump’s immigration policy and crackdown of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. Signs critical of the President , his policies and against hate and racism in general were numerous among the crowd of approximately 300 people. Passing motorists occasionally shouted "TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP!" in response. “NO Hate NO Fear, Immigrants are Welcome Here!” was the major chant in protest of the President’s recent executive order, temporarily suspending immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries until more thorough background check policies can be implemented. The rally was mainly in opposition to the Read more

Anti-TRUMP Resistance Breaks out in Georgetown,DE

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Approximately  300 people gathered on the Circle in Georgetown DE, earlier this afternoon in protest of President Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for US Attorney General, his executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries and the proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.

After the rally, many people packed Sussex County Democratic Headquarters on nearby Pine Street, where a resistance strategy session is ongoing.

[ A photo feature and in-depth article will follow this transmission. ]

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

DOC Sgt. Floyd’s Funeral Lines RT 1

Hundreds of people gathered at various points along DE RT 1 from Milford to Smyrna in honor of slain Delaware Corrections Officer, Sgt. Steven Floyd, earlier this afternoon. Various local fire companies displayed large American Flags, suspended from ladder trucks stationed on overpasses as their members stood at attention State agencies and local police departments, including the Department of Corrections, State Police, DELDOT as well as the Delaware National Guard actively participated. Police delegations from surrounding states were also present as we're some Delaware citizens groups. Sgt. Floyd ( a sixteen-year veteran of the DOC) was killed during the February 2 Building C hostage incident in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Throughout last week, flags in Delaware were lowered to half staff in his honor. He was buried with full honors in Barrett's Chapel Cemetery. Read more

Former DE DAG Comments on Delaware’s Prisons

By: Ken Abraham, former DE Deputy Attorney General The death of Officer Floyd is a tragedy, whether or not he was one of the abusive guards who is a disgrace to the hundreds who go in there and try to do their jobs properly ( and I hear that he was ).  However, it does not surprise me. Having SEEN what goes on in our prisons, as I posted recently on our website, two words can account for most of the prison problems: NO ACCOUNTABILITY. Unless and until guards and others, like medical staffers,  who commit crimes from property theft, serious neglect of medical problems, to filing false reports, to outright uncalled for brutal beatings of inmates, are PROSECUTED, we will see the same problems. See our website, on "Prison Abuse" articles for much more. What is needed is not some "Commission or Task Force", and not a federal investigation as a colleague suggested. With such an investigation Read more

Delaware NAACP Comments on Smyrna Prison Incident

By: C. Linwood Jackson, President NAACP Delaware State Conference MOVING FROM REVOLT TO RESOLUTION Finding a Path Forward Through Collaboration First and foremost, our condolences and prayers go out to Sgt. Steven Floyd's family. Loss of life under any circumstances is unconscionable. I believe we all prayed for an outcome where there would be no loss of life and again we mourn along with everyone affected by this. We have spoken briefly with the warden at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and expressed our interest in working with him in particular and the DOC in general, in partnership with our NAACP prison branch to resolve any persistent issues highlighted by the demands made by the prisoners involved with this unfortunate turn of events. We hope that as the investigation moves on to identify Read more

Doomsday Clock Set to 2.5 Minutes to Midnight

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has announced its decision to move its Doomsday Clock forward to two and one half minutes to Midnight, last Friday at 10 AM (EST). Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC, BAS Executive Director and Publisher, Dr. Rachel Bronson announced that " This year’s Clock deliberations felt more urgent than usual. On the big topics that concern the board, world leaders made too little progress in the face of continuing turbulence. In addition to the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, new global realities emerged, as trusted sources of information came under attack, fake news was on the rise, and words were used in cavalier and often reckless ways. " The eighteen-page companion report, "It is two and a half minutes to midnight" (edited Read more

President Trump’s Inaugural Address

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another -- but we are Read more

Post-Inaugural Challenges

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer There is an art to the peaceful, orderly and effective transition of power. The problems of partisan politics should (at least in theory) be supplanted with the problems of governance, as political ideology has its stark limitations when applied to complex economic, social, environmental and technological problems. Accordingly, the time for rhetoric and slogans is over as the time for creativity, innovation, insight, effective management and common sense dawns across the nation. In essence, we need less noise and more signal – less distraction and more focus. Personalities aside, the incoming President and the entire nation face massive challenges on an unprecedented scale, as the exponential function applies both graphically and psychologically. The President and the nation collectively face the following adverse scenario: 1) Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/18/2016

Improving Public Safety by Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism By: Delaware Commissioner of Corrections, Rob Coupe Hello, I’m Rob Coupe, Commissioner for the Delaware Department of Correction. At the Department of Correction, we’re focused on keeping the public safe by providing effective supervision to individuals whose behavior has brought them into contact with our criminal justice system. And we’re taking new steps to give these individuals a better chance of turning the page on their past and building new, productive, and law abiding lives. It’s a fact that more than 95% of inmates will be released from incarceration and return to the community. Historically, after release many of these individuals commit new crimes and return to prison. Many factors can influence criminal behavior, and even those who are determined to chart a new course must overcome significant barriers Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/9/2016

Expanding Pathways to Career Success for Delaware Students By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Delawareans and all Americans face a changing global economy, one where employers can increasingly move anywhere in the world to find talent and, because of technology, they produce more with fewer employees. The most effective thing that our state can do to increase opportunity and prosperity is to ensure everyone has the skills to compete for good jobs. That requires bringing together our K-12 schools, our colleges and universities, and our business community to create a pipeline for success. It’s the reason I was so excited about our announcement at A.I. du Pont High School this past week, when we awarded nearly half a million dollars in grants to 16 high schools to expand our Pathways to Prosperity initiative. The program provides hands-on training to students in growing fields like manufacturing, Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/02/2016

Reducing Home Utility Expenses While Protecting the Environment By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell As temperatures drop, some Delawareans worry about utility bills that spike this time every year and their ability to keep their families warm during the winter season. Many households spend a large portion of their monthly income to heat poorly insulated homes, while drafty doors and windows allow heat to escape. That’s where Delaware’s Weatherization Assistance Program steps in to insulate and weather-proof homes at no cost to reduce the financial burden for low-income households, especially families with children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The Weatherization Assistance Program benefits Delawareans in several ways. First, home weatherization creates safer and healthier homes. While determining the weatherization that’s needed in each home, trained and certified Read more