Category Archives: Stuff

The difference

Reaction to Crisis - According to Obama, Gov Jindal could have gone to the Republican Convention and had others take care of things. Update:CNN- Lawmakers from both parties in House, Senate say they have bailout deal; will take it to Treasury Secretary Paulson Note: I believe only one of the candidates for President was in DC while this got done Read more

Delaware businesses should take the lead

Home Sweet Office:  Good for Business, Employees and Planet  By Brendan I. Koerner "Ever since OPEC vexed Jimmy Carter into wearing a cardigan, telecommuting has been touted as a fix for what ails the US office worker — the agony and expense of commuting, the drudgery of cubicles, the shortage of family time. Two decades later, however, most workers still trudge to the office. Though a third of the more than 150 million working Americans telecommute at least occasionally, most do so just a few days each month. Only 40 percent of companies permit any sort of work-at-home arrangement, which means most insist on full-time attendance. According to a 2006 survey by the Telework Exchange, the top fear among resisters is that they'll lose control of their employees, whom they doubtlessly envision frittering away the hours between 9 and 5 playing Minesweeper and munching Cheetos. Telecommuting's Read more

15 People the next President should listen to

Great article in Wired Magazine; I will post at least 5 of these folks between now and the election. # 1. Parag Khanna: Embrace the Post-American Age - Full profile here Highlights:  In his book The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, Khanna, 31, describes a planet dominated by a trio of superpowers: the US, China, and Europe. In this tripolar era, America's fate depends on tough national choices, not lame historical analogies. If the US wises up — by tightening trade and energy ties to the rest of the hemisphere, pursuing economic innovation at home, and establishing a "diplomatic-industrial complex" — it can grow stronger even as the globe becomes less red, white, and blue. 8 Regions to Watch Mexico and Canada Integrate, don't isolate America's oil comes from a volatile region half a world away. That's lunacy, Khanna says. "An energy partnership with Read more

Former President Bill Clinton says it like it is

You have to admire his rational and honest answers – “Voting is a complicated process,” the former president said. “We give our allegiances to candidates and parties and issues for all kinds of reasons. We vote for some people because we like them even though we disagree with them. We vote for some people because we identify with them on race or gender.” “It’s not an entirely rational process and it is different for everybody.” Watch video of Clinton Interview

Obama’s message is resonating

You can choose to ignore the obvious, I choose to confront it.  The following is a result of the Rev Wright rants, and Obama's disregard for all things patriotic. NBA star disrespects national anthem - "When the national anthem is being sung, various participants are shown mugging for the camera. When the camera gets to Howard, he says: " 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black." Howard goes on to make a difficult-to-discern comment that includes a reference to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama." Full Story Note:  ESPN displayed the Barack Obama reference as "Barack Obama '08, Barack Obama '08" Obama during National Anthem Video Read more

David Petraeus: Hard isn’t hopeless

If you have forgotten what leadership is, look at General Petraeus. Hard isn’t hopeless. With that he stuffed his ears to the voices of defeat and went to work. He restored the morale of our military and won a chance for Iraqi’s to fight for themselves. The Washington Post calls it the Petraeus Miracle. He deserves credit, but so do all of the Americans (including leaders like Bush and McCain) who put their shoulder to the burden, prayed for a breakthrough of peace, and supported our troops when it didn’t look good. Victory doesn’t come to the weak minded. It goes to the determined. Thank you General for reminding us of the strength of America. May God give you continued grace in your new command.

Happy Constitution Day

221 years and we are still going strong.  I encourage everyone to read the Constitution today.  (http://www.constitutionday.cc) One encouraging note is that according to Rasmussen, most Americans want judges to base their rulings on the written Constitution, not their own view of justice.  If we could get our legislative and executive following it more closely, we would be golden.

Thank You Elliot Spitzer–You Caused the AIG Crisis

Remember when grand standing NY Attorney General Elliot Spitzer forced out AIG CEO Hank Greenberg over a case most analysts thought lacked merit?  He couldn't even build a criminal case because the evidence wasn't there.  He didn't care.  He just needed an enemy to show he was doing something when he ran for governor.  The result is the once premier company is now run into the ground.  Remember that lesson when you call for government to criminalize business decisions.  The bill will come due. In a sign of the tensions at AIG, former chief executive Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg -- whose 11 percent ownership of AIG has lost billions of dollars in recent weeks -- sent a scathing letter to Willumstad. "Despite repeated assurances from management and the company that everything was under control, it is now clear that nothing was under control," he wrote. "Since you became Chairman of AIG, Read more

Wow local guy on Leno!

The National Barack Company (NBC) is scheduled to have one of my favorite Democrats, Beau Biden on tonight–Sept. 16.   I always love to see local people get positive attention.  I wish AG Biden well, but not too well on his appearance.

Biden v. Palin Who’s Better Regarded at Home?

Rasmussen polling has given us a tale of two states. It appears that the vocal 12% of Palin haters are completely unrepresentative of Alaskans while it appears that even Senator Biden can't make Delaware a run-away. Both Senator Biden and Governor Palin are well regarded in their home states. Alaska was actually in play this year for the first time in a generation. The choice of Gov. Palin has moved it to as safe as can be. A 5 point race is now well over 30 points in favor of McCain and Palin. There is also similar but less dramatic movement all over the west, WA, ND, SD, MT, NM, and CO have all trended to McCain-Palin. ND, SD, and MT are now off the table. There is an undeniable regional appeal with Gov. Palin. Next time you get emails from a concerned Alaskan, remember the vast majority of people who know the candidate are behind her in a big way. Senator Biden's Delaware is Read more

For those who think the danger is past

Dr. David Kaye, the former UN Weapons Inspector said this about Iran. “We should be worried about it for two reasons. A, they’re on a course that will in fact finally at some point produce nuclear weapons, and secondly, they have a regime which does not appear to play by the normal rules of stable international behavior. They speak of destruction. They speak of chaos, wiping Israel off the face of the earth. They also are the leading state sponsor of terrorism…not exactly what I view as a secure holder of the nuclear genie.” It is still a dangerous world.

This time Joe said it

I've taken quite a tongue lashing for my consistent analysis and commentary suggesting Obama should have picked Senator Hillary Clinton, as his running mate. I'll skip the numerous reasons why and focus on the one reason that mattered most, if you're going to pick your VP from the primary litter, then you pick the one that came in second. It's just common sense, though it has also historically been the case. But you see, Obama is different, problem is too different. He's cool, some say and I certainly agree, too cool. Too cool to have set aside his ego and let Hillary carry him to victory. Instead he gave McCain a slight opening, and McCain showed the world he didn't have to be cool, he just had to be smart. McCain picked Palin, and now it's a race. Oh yeah, one more thing, someone other than myself agrees about the Hillary choice. Biden: Hillary a Better Pick Than Me Click Here Read more

It is Time to Move Forward

The primaries are over. It is time to move forward. Republicans in Delaware need to unite this election year. At stake is whether or not we have a two party state. We need to keep the Delaware House of Representatives and add to the state row offices. After 2010 is reapportionment. If we don't start rebuilding now, we will have a serious problem. We also face the largest proposed expansion of government in the history of the state at a time when our finances are the second worst since the Depression. A Democrat house, senate, and governorship would be a blank check to big government. I look forward to seeing the uniting of the party in the Senate races. I call upon Mr. Protack to suspend his active campaign because continuing it hinders the reforms he seeks rather than advances them. The Independent Party line is useless without fusion this year unless a candidate has substantial Read more

Watch WHYY for Election Analysis Tonight

Get the best in Primary analysis on channel 12 or WHYY.org. You also can get a familiar blogger’s perspective in the deal between 8 and 9:30. Don’t turn off your computer though or you will miss the live blogging. It doesn’t get any better. UPDATE from DAVE B: What DA the Humble should say is check out the keen insights and wise observations of the media star otherwise known as David L. Anderson tonight on WHYY channel 12 between 8 and 9:30pm. I’ll be watching. You should too.

Sliming Palin

The following from Newsweek by Brooks Jackson, Jess Henig, Emi Kolawole, Joe Miller and Lori Robertson | factcheck.org False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain's running mate. "We've been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain's running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading. Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn't cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years. She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term. She was never a member of the Alaskan Read more

Discussion point

Should registered Independents be allowed to vote in Delaware Primaries or should we just allow people to change registration a couple of months out instead of shutting down party changes most of the election year?

Another GOPer Outed!

Yes, I am greatly humbled by this.  I watch American Idol.  I am sorry for the shame I have befallen upon you all for my own trangression, and that is to all of my earthly human siblings. Look, when I hear someone (Jason Castro) cover Jeff Buckley's cover (#6 on linked list) of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (#5 on linked list) and do it spot-on to that point of getting the same chills I get when hearing Buckley's CD, it is worth a major shout!  When I hear Randy (not me), Paula, and Simon all crow in agreement how that is their favorite cover of all time, then I realize I have sinned greatly and am indeed on a path straight to hell. You have my confession. Read more

The Story of Stuff–The Latest Gambit to Sucker You Out of Prosperity

You have to see this video.  It is called "The Story of Stuff".  It blasts our wasteful and materialistic society.  On a lot of the points I have to agree, we need to implement better ways of production, cut waste, and return to caring about people more than stuff.  It's author, Annie Leonard is well informed and articulate, but she seems to think government should run everything and corporations are evil.  She seems to think American prosperity impoverishes everyone else.  She seems like a nice lady, but listening to her, I would think that Americans are a thuggish, thieving, trashy people destroying the planet and ravishing the third world. I respectfully disagree.  If the world were more prosperous before our economic advancement, then a case could be made.  The truth is the world is more prosperous because of us.  100 years ago the world could not sustain 1 billion people Read more