Category Archives: Ethics

Open Letter re: HB 204

Guest Opinion 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

Sam Wilson Cleared

Bogus anonymous complaints against Conservative Sussex County Councilman Sam Wilson have been dismissed by the State Board of Public Integrity. Like or dislike Mr. Wilson, the ruling is important for keeping the system of public integrity fair and just. The complaints were based upon rumors such as he got a special rate to buy feed and should recuse himself when it turned out that he had only shopped at the business twice in 20 years (at least once before he was a councilman) and yes paid regular rates. The other was based upon the allegation that he was overheard saying that he would love to help someone out. Not that he would help someone out for something in return (that would be a real issue). Not that he actually helped someone out (which wouldn't be bad). If Wilson would have been put through the ringer to justify an offhanded innocuous comment, like I would love to help someone Read more

Hucked Up!

I have always liked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.  He's easy on the ears and has the calming effect of a erudite psychologist; his Southern Baptist charm and sensibilities reveal Huckabee's small-town cache. Music stars, Hollywood moguls, John Q. Public and of course - politicos of every persuasion - open up to him. However, the 2008 Republican presidential  primary candidate, and presumably 2012 presidential GOP candidate has a new public relations problem. It's actually turning into a nightmare. Huckabee, while being interviewed via radio by WOR's Steve Malzberg on March 1, 2011, had this to say regarding president Barack Obama: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZSRwDTNAOw After news of Huckabee’s Freudian slip about Barack Obama spread, Huckabee went silent himself. He dispatched a spokesman, J. Hogan Gidley, to assert that Huckabee “merely misspoke” and that Read more

Rangel Guilty of Ethical Violations

So said a House Ethics Panel today. Rangel was not at the verdict today. He protested that he needed more time than the two years granted and new attorneys. They did him a favor. The current majority is not talking expulsion as a punishment. They delayed the hearing until after the election and have taken the most severe sanction off of the table. The man should recognize favors when given him. I guess this is Pelosi's draining the swamp. The congressional panel, sitting as a jury, found that Rangel had used House stationery and staff to solicit money for a New York college center named after him. It also concluded he solicited donors for the center with interests before the Ways and Means Committee, leaving the impression the money could influence official actions.He also was found guilty of failing to disclose at least $600,000 in assets and income in a series of inaccurate Read more

Have Conservatives Lost Their Freaking Minds?

I was out of the loop last week and had access to very little news.  I heard that the ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee apologized to BP for their being shaken down to pay for the mess they created.  Never mind that the criminal corporation, that killed around a dozen hard working Americans, loves this because it shields them from bankruptcy and lets them pay out the damages over a time of their choosing.  It limits the liability before the damage is even complete let alone calculated.  Governor Haley Barbour was right.  It is letting them off the hook.  I guess BP got its money's worth last election when they backed the Democrats.  Republican leaders flipped.  They demanded Barton retract that apology so far so good. Redstate has a commentary that calls for Boehner and Cantor to resign their leadership for not backing Barton in his desire to commit the party Read more

Culture: Class v. Lack of Class

Beyonce is an artist that I respect greatly. I have a respect for her musical ability, but more importantly I believe that she is a positive influence in the culture. She proved that once again when she gave the stage to another wonderful role model and talented artist, Taylor Swift. The talented but apparently classless Kanye West took the microphone from Taylor Swift while she was video accepting a well deserved award for best female video and declared that fellow nominee Beyonce should have gotten the award. Swift, who is the best selling artist of the year at 19, obviously has millions of fans who like her work. Being the classy person she is, she refused to engage in a this for that battle with Mr. West. Enter Beyonce, when she later won video of the year she stepped aside and allowed space for Taylor to have her moment. This showed enormous class and proved that old time Read more

Doubting Robert

37th District candidate Rob Robinson was on WGMD yesterday afternoon and I took the time to tune in a check it out. Bill Colley came right out of the gate with questions about the candidate's relationship to "Working Families For Delaware's Future." a group that was canvassing the 37th with "hit" literature about Robinson's opponent, Ruth Briggs King. Robinson indicated he had a "disclaimer" on his website, asking the group to basically lay off. It wasn't the first time questions were asked about the candidate's relationship to the group, there had been a flyer circulated, and stories floating around. He said his campaign tried to contact the group but they were unsuccessful. A "listener" sent in an e-mail. It took the listener "30 seconds" to find the group's contact number with an Internet search, it was the third listing. The listing is for the canvassing job on craigslist, Read more

Obama Grabs More Power And A Lebanese Man

The White House is appointing itself "The Interrogation Czar" in yet another move that makes me wonder if Congress is ever going to step in and do some of the stuff we elected them to do: President Barack Obama has approved creation of a new, special terrorism-era interrogation unit to be supervised by the White House, a top aide said Monday, further distancing his administration from President George W. Bush's detainee policies. The administration has also decided that all U.S. interrogators will follow the rules for detainees laid out by the Army Field Manual, according to senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision. That decision aims to end years of fierce debate over how rough U.S. personnel can get with terror suspects in custody. President Barack Obama has approved the creation of a new interrogation Read more

The Death Book

Your tax money went to develop an end of life choices book for Veterans written by an advocate of physician assisted suicide. Watch Fox News Sunday and or read Chris' blog. As of July 2nd, the VA is referring veterans to the book. That's interesting in itself, because the Bush Administration ended use of the book in 2007. And it has now been reinstated. What makes the book controversial is that--according to critics--it seems to push veterans in the direction of "pulling the plug." For instance--page 21 is a worksheet in which the veteran is asked to consider various situations and then check--whether in each case, life would be "difficult, but acceptable"--"worth living, but just barely"--or "not worth living." You might think that the scenarios would involve irreversible comas and the like. But no--they include: "I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair"--"I live Read more

UPDATED: OBAMA’S ASTROTURF

Yes, "astroturf" has finally been located at a town hall meeting about health care. I'm going to give you the Cliff's Notes version, and urge you to read the original blog post by Matt Bramandi at LoneStarTimes.com with a big ole HAT TIP to him for knowing when to use Google. Here's apparently how it went down: At the Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee health care town hall meeting where this happened: During a question from Tracy Miller, self-identified as both a constituent and a cancer survivor, Rep. Jackson Lee picked up her cell phone from the podium and took a call. The entire room was abuzz, with both those for and against recognizing the rudeness of such behavior. It didn’t faze Rep. Jackson Lee at all, she continued talking and finished her conversation. (*cough cough* Reps. Pelosi and Hoyer? is that an "un-American" etiquette faux pas, too?) Rep. Lee takes a question, Read more

Just Proves they aren’t all corrupt

In the final days of the Coleman Franken Barkley campaign someone brought up a supposed scandal about a donor for Coleman funneling 75K through Coleman's wife's insurance company. Eight months later it has been declared a blatant lie and a smear by the investigative panel. Unfortunately, some of the public is so jaundiced that they will automatically believe this type of smear. Evil people can sometimes get rid of good ones by claiming the good ones are evil right before the decision. Yes, I said it. You are evil if you are making up a lie to steal someone's job and giving them no time to rebut it. This was not some closing argument. It was intended to smear Coleman and even his wife's business reputation was not beyond their conscience. Remember that when you hear something attacking someone's character in a campaign. A pattern of sleaze shows lack of character. If someone Read more

Harry Reid’s Selective Memory Kicks In

According to a report in The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming the media for setting the August deadline to pass healthcare legislation: Reid said reporters created a fictitious deadline of a successful vote by the August recess, and downplayed the fact that the chamber won’t meet that mark. “That is a deadline that you created,” Reid told a group of about 75 reporters. “It’s not like we don’t have a product. Significant progress has been made … The mere fact that this wasn't done by last Friday or by five o’clock doesn't mean we’re not going to get a quality product." So, I've gotta ask, where was Senator Reid when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was sure she'd meet Obama's deadline in an article from this past May: Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Obama today that the Democratic-led House will have a health care bill on the floor before Read more

WNJ Smears Venables

"The head of Fry Manufacturing, the Laurel french-fry vending machine firm that got a $50,000 allocation from this year's bond bill, is married to a niece of Sen. Robert L. Venables -- head of the Bond Bill Committee and the legislator who added the money to the bill" screamed the News Journal. Much later in the story you find that the allocation came at the request of the DEDO (Delaware Economic Development Office) not the senator. What do you call it when an article tries to give the casual reader an impression that is the exact opposite of the truth? I call it a smear. The News Journal is better than this. The headline is outrageous. It is a smear pure and simple. The article tells us that this project was not a Venables project. It came in a package from DEDO. This is why we have an economic development office. If you don't think they should help create jobs, then abolish Read more

READ THE BILL

Rep. John Conyers finally admitted what we already knew, that our elected officials on Capital Hill don't read those pesky pieces of paper that turn into laws and taxes and even wars because it's just too darn hard: “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” I say enough is enough, you people (yes, I said, "you people" and I mean it) wanted to be in Congress and the Senate, well, it's time for you to know what you're voting on. It's time that you start doing your homework instead of having lackeys and lobbyists do it for you.... That's why I'm proposing that all Representatives and Senators attend a mandatory, Study Hall from 9am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so they Read more

The Process of Independence

For a nation, to gain independence is a process.  For America, the beginning of that process was signified by the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776.  Yet, Frederick Douglass reminded America that its independence was not yet complete on July 4th 1854, when he was asked to speak at the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence in New York.  He said:          "Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today?  What have I, or those I represent to do with your national independence?  Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?        Read more

Fly Away Mr. Congressman

Fly away with me-- I mean for me. Congressional trips are up big time. Tax payer funded trips nearly doubled since the 2005 ban on funding by outside groups. Both parties do it. Many of the trips are legitimate. Congressman Chris Smith went to Brazil and helped get a high court ruling in favor of an American father whose child was kidnapped. There have been 113 trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. Some are high dollar wining and dining at the Paris air show. Whatever the case, there are a lot more of them. When Republicans took control, they eventually increased trips 6 fold. When Democrats took over they radically increased them in only two years. Trips are 10 times 1995 levels. They now have a fleet of 16 aircraft just for Congressional trips overseas. The issue is complicated and I won't demagogue it. Some of it is a useless waste of money while some is valuable. What I will do is Read more

The Waterboy

Today I found out that my state representative thinks his job is to be the Governor's waterboy: "Part of my job is to carry the water for the governor and it's just that simple." ~ Rep. Pete "The Waterboy" Schwartzkopf We just got out of an election season where John Carney, the former Lt. Governor, and Jack Markell, the State Treasurer at the time, took great pains to articulate that as separately elected officials they were NOT there to "carry the water" for Governor Ruth Ann Minner...yet somehow my separately elected 14th District Representative thinks being Governor Markell's waterboy is HIS job? Are you kidding me? The people of the 14th District deserve to be represented by someone who doesn't think their job is to be the Governor's lackey, "it's just that simple." Read more

$328,835

$328,835 is the pricetag for the White House's tragically stupid New York City photo-op according to the Air Force. Check it out: The flight by the VC-25, a modified Boeing Co. 747, and two F-16 fighter jets cost $328,835, Air Force spokeswoman Vicki Stein said. $328,835 for a picture at a time when many Americans are struggling financially, losing their jobs, and being kicked out of their homes. But, as they say in infomercials, that's not all.... It's being reported that the Feds were totally aware that the moronic stunt would send New Yorkers straight for the Prozac, but they demanded that the public be kept in the dark and "threatened" to punish the city if there was a leak: Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret Read more

Madame Speaker, Your Private Jet Awaits

According to Judicial Watch, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her "extended family" are enjoying the benefits of travel via Gulfstream jet on the taxpayer's dime. Here's a little preview: The documents also detail correspondence from intermediaries for Speaker Pelosi issuing demands for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when requested military planes were not available. "It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable...The speaker will want to know where the planes are..." wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. In a separate email, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King writes, "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset [s]peaker.".... During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay Read more

Nominations for most creative use of state tax money in 2008

My Nomination for best use of Delawarean's taxpayer money in 2008 is in.  I don't attack taxpayer funded business trips, here. They are usually useful and legitimate expenses, but once in a while some people try to game the system. According to the Dec. 17 2008 Delaware State News, Governor Minner went to the Virgin Islands for a review of a Governor's conference held in Philadelphia just 25 to 30 miles to our north. The problem is that she didn't even attend the event in Philly.  The oversight was so devistating to good order and her ability to run the state that she did not trust the internet to update her.  She had to go to the Virgin Islands for the make up session.  What a relief!  What would we do without such a self sacrificing public servant. Let's get this straight. She is a month out and decides that a summary of an event not important enough to attend is worth more to Read more

Christmas Matters Pt. 1

UPDATE: A breaking poll says 66% of Americans regard Christmas as one of the most important holidays. I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our readers. No ,this will not be a post bashing people who celebrate some other holiday or wish people Happy Holidays though according to Rasmussen Happy Holidays is falling in to displeasure. 23% of people find the term offensive and only 19% use it. Personally, I am a name that holiday type of guy. Our church just helped sponsor a tribute to Hanukah for a senior facility and also a Christmas celebration. I was involved with both. I fully support tolerance and even embracing our varied traditions. I think that should include my own and that of 85% of Americans. To me, tolerance is a two way street. I think some in this country are forgetting that concept. I do wonder though if when it comes to celebrating the birth of arguably the greatest Read more

NCCo’s WFH Ordinance and Local Vs State Roles

Due to the recent and wholly exaggerated and inaccurate attacks from Bill Powers against Dick Cathcart, Mr. Cathcart provided a response that again clarifies the responsibilities in regard to land use and how they are applying to the developers dream known as NCCo's WFH Ordinance. PLEASE read it objectively, thoroughly, and carefully. If you live in NCCo, especially in areas under the gun from this dibacle, you must be educated on what is happening and also to avoid being deceived into inaccuracies from those who left their fingerprints all over this handout to friends. NO CONFIDENCE TO THESE COUNCIL MEMBERS!!! I have pasted it here: LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE - THE COUNTIES AND LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES IN DELAWARE ARE THE ONLY ENTITIES THAT VOTE TO ALLOW DEVELOPMENT. NO STATE AGENCY CAN STOP DEVELOPMENT - THEY CAN ADVISE, BUT THE ULTIMATE DECISION TO ALLOW DEVELOPMENT IS ALWAYS WITH THE LOCAL Read more

What Is the Deal?

The Fed has decided to avoid allowing the uncertainty in the market to devolve into a financial panic. It is has fired the executives of the federal mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac. Their failure would have pulled the entire world into recession and the U. S. into economic turmoil. The executives who lost their jobs didn't fare too poorly. One had the board insert into his contract last July after it was known they would need a government bailout, a nice departure clause. The bottom line is while taxpayers are at risk, pensioners have lost, and banks are undermined directly as a result of his mismanagement, he gets an extra bonus. What a deal! Here a quote the NYTimes aticle. But even after the government seized the mortgage finance companies on Sunday and dismissed their chief executives, the companies’ outgoing leaders could see big paydays — a prospect that Read more

Adult Stem Cells Win Again

Most of us favor stem cell research.  The debate has raged over where to obtain those stem cells.  As embryonic stem cells started to show complications, private money started flowing to so called adult stem cells and core blood stem cells.  The advocates of embryonic stem cells decided to take their case to the body politic and shake down an unsuspecting public of  tax money with their great new cure for everything under the sun.  What should have made people suspicious is how strongly they argued against stem cells obtained through moral/ethical means.  Japan didn't ignore adult stem cells in its funding and now they have found that wisdom teeth may be among the most stable non-blood source of  usable cells yet.  You can freeze them for years and they still work.  It is now a simple issue, wait 50 years and tens of billions of dollars to work out the kinks with the uncontrolable Read more