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The correlation is obvious. As more of those bags get sold in liquor stores across America, you know, the ones made by Daily’s, Captain Morgans, and Arbor Mist, and imbibed… Mitt Romney’s favorably ratings go up.
Either he his driving America to drink, or drinks are driving America to like Mitt Romney. But the correlation is unmistakable….
There is another factor too. As the popularity of these drinks rises, and more get sold, $200 million worth so far, private small donor funding has all but dried up in Mitt Romney’s campaign.
“I’m starting to think we really ticked off Mother Nature somehow, because we’ve been getting spanked by her for about a year now,” he said while grabbing some coffee at a convenience store…..
OF COURSE YOU DID, DUMMY. YOU VOTED FOR REPUBLICANS!
The story goes that Warren Buffet, rather worried about his investments early 2008, wanted to talk to God… God told him to use his phone and he’d send him the bill… He got and paid the $333 million dollar charge. His investments flourished, too… That would be the end of the story, except he was down in Sussex County recently, following up first hand on a corporate case being processed out of Georgetown… once again, he asked God for the right to call, and agreed to accept the charges… When he got his bill, he was fuming… He was only charged 25 cents… “God”, he said, “you ripped me off on that first call, big time!”… God said, “Warren, don’t you get it? In Sussex County, that’s a local call…”
As someone who grew up where prayers were always said before football games and county meetings, it isn’t a big deal…… That is, as long as everyone agrees it isn’t a big deal. You don’t see prayers before meetings conducted in New York.
Not because New Yorkers are heathens, but because in New York, you have a multiplicity of religions, so praying a prayer from one of them, is a slap in the face for all others…
Why it’s even an issue in Sussex County is because the Positive Growth Alliance, has been building condo’s like ants, and lots of people who did not grow up in Sussex County, now live there. Many have different ideas of religion than those who’ve always been there all their lives…
If everyone believe in the same version of God as does David Anderson, then of course, duh, why are we even arguing about it… Of course we’re going to pray to God to guide us through this meeting.. That’s what He’s for!
Suddenly, thanks to Rich Collins and the Positive Growth Alliance, we have tons of people who do object to having David Anderson’s version of God, one who dislikes Homosexuals, and one who casts pox on Democrats, one who believes married people should have sex only when they have children, one who believes sex between animals is immoral, one who believes taxes are caused by the devil, one who believes that nature was made to bulldoze and pave with a combination of petroleum and gravel. … one who believes that oil companies have the divine right to pollute oceans, one who believes that animals were made for us to kill. … one who believes a national religious holiday should fall on the first day of deer season.. one who believes pick up trucks and baseball caps are proof that homosexuality is a sin,… on who believes killing someone with a gun is not a sin, but taking that gun away for the safety of others is…
(yes, I’m having fun and talking tongue in cheek)…
The point I’m making is that Sussex County is changing; and it is changing mostly thanks to Rich Collins and the Positive Growth Alliance.
Can you make new citizens join the current religion? If so, then by all means, just like the days of old, they will see no qualms in having a tiny prayer before the meeting.
But if they don’t want to join that religion, then, to force one group of religious people to impose their prayers on others, is not American…In fact, it’s kinda creepy…
If in an effort to show fairness, the Sussex County decided they would do prayers from all religions in alphabetical order, when they came to “B” and hit Buddahism, giving an Buddahist prayer before the session, most of those in the audience would be saying WTF! This is our nation, why do we have to listen to such crap…
Which is… exactly what those Buddahists think, who have opened a business in Millsboro, and have come before the county to ask for a variance on something or other that is in their antiqued code….
So… If it is unnatural for a Baptist to suffer a Buddahist prayer, it is equally unnatural for a Buddahist to sit through a Baptist prayer…
It’s not about one religion being right and the other wrong. It’s about who the citizens are that make up Sussex County. If you want to blame anyone over this controversy, the blame solely lies with those who built up Sussex County and brought in all these new people to begin with… Now that they are here, we have to make Sussex County as fair to them as New York, is fair to us, when we take our business up there……
Positive Growth, huh? Depends on your version of positive I guess………….
….. and now Steve Newton of Delaware Libertarian is bowing out….
Forgive me for getting some out of order, but his name now goes up on the wall next to those of Dana Garrett, Mike Matthews, Jason Scott, Shirley Vandever, Dave Burris.
All gone, leaving only these few greats are still left: Nancy, Tommywonk, Kilroy, LiberalGeek, Pandora, David Anderson, & Hube.
The era over which these giants roamed was between the elections of 06 and 08. Some started earlier, but these few individuals were the only source of information during that time stamp.
Today, the News Journal has lost its paternalistic viewpoint touting the union of construction labor and developers formerly known as the Delaware Way, and is actually reporting news ahead of bloggers for a change. Likewise today, WDEL has both on its morning show with Al Mascitti and afternoon show with Rick Jensen, steered discussion away from the likes of (who?) Sean Hannity… and Al Loudell has kept us abreast of local politics in ways unheard of before bloggers began typing in their briefs…
So in a way, since these bloggers were successful back then, today they are not as vital as they once were… Many saw their blogs as the only way to get the truth past the News Journal censors, those higher ups who would not publish any truth that showed an elected official in bad light….
Those studying this phenomena will see that there was much agreement between bloggers on both sides of the aisle… It was very rare for this group to be divisive over the prime issues of this state’s business.. All of them were for Atkins removal. All of them were for beginning offshore wind in Delaware, … All of them were for the slowdown of work force housing… all of them were for the betterment of Delaware’s educational opportunities…
Of course we quibbled on who would become the next president, but that is to be expected… No family lives without arguing at least once…
There were rises and falls among each giant’s influence… But at the core of each individual was the feeling that each had a unique insight into the current problem staring us down, and wrote about it with an urgency that turned out usually to be correct… And usually, if agreement was not forthcoming by the first comment, by the end of the comment thread, some form of agreement among the blogger’s roundtable, was visible…
As politicians came to realize the News Journal wasn’t changing, they began contributing to these giant’s pages, giving substance in ways unheard of among those writing for the Community Board of the News Journal… Reading the blogs gave us a real time insight into the workings of our state government in Dover……
But it was the wind controversy that elevated the giants to their current stature… Only the blogs could get the message out that Delmarva was incredibly concerned about losing control of their monopoly, and that wind power for Delaware would by offering competition, lower our energy prices. And they did, so well, that the entire legislature at the end of their 2007 session, voted unanimously to approve of the landmark agreement between Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power….
Some of us think that they, shaking in their boots, didn’t dare vote otherwise… For bloggers have long memories as well as does the public….
But these giants among men, did more than just push wind. They publicized the eminent domain controversy. They scoured local politics. They broke the work force housing pact apart. They clamored against Atkins, forcing him to resign. They dogged the SEU. They picked apart candidates so much that those who had flaws, couldn’t win. Dana Garrett could be heard almost weekly on WVUD.. Tommy Noyes, for a while was a weekly guest on Al Loudell’s award winning newscast. They OOGAcised the fight for open government, forcing one flustered legislator to call out for a prayer dedicated to just for the bloggers, asking for their salvation of their souls… Apparently those prayers were answered; for by their souls we have open government today….
But amongst the best, the very concept of government was debated back and forth, no doubt as it once was during the beginning of this nation during its infancy… Torture, domestic spying, gun ownership, thieving Vice Presidents, all had their day in court upon these pages….
And today, there are new names who in the years ahead might be considered to be the giants of this contemporary time zone..
Deldem, RSmitty, El “S”, Donviti, Cassandra, all came into prominence after the defining moment of passing the wind act…. As well as Sussex Green, Red Water Lily, Mourning Constitution,… all of which became big as the 2008 election season came upon us….
And from the ranks of commentators came a Sussex County Councilwomen, a candidate for a House seat, as well as a last minute candidate who took on Mr. Pam Scott, and began nailing his shoes to the floor…. Miro had a contender for once; that commentator speaks up often…
Steve Newton will be missed.
With his passing is the last of the great thinkers… Today, we have bullets fed to us… But Steve took on all other blogs, all other commentators and wrote posts about them… Steve looked at everything with fresh eyes…. Giants can do that, since they see things from way up…….
I won’t go in to praising Steve… for I’m here to call attention to the passing of a era. Perhaps those times when benevolent giants roamed our state, will be considered by us dying men and women, to be the glory times we hark back to, the second we close our eyes for their last time…..
For when you look back as what we’ve done, the word “giants” is not really a bad moniker….
Sussex Green drops a bombshell…
Despite what Meatball says, there is something sick in Sussex County and it rhymes with taker….
Here in essence is the argument for open government… This type of stuff goes on all the time and those of us jaded by its constant misuse, forget that is really antithetic to representative government… Which is why we need citizen watchdogs… and Sussex County has one now….
This must be read… Not only by residents of Sussex County who have to put up with the antics of a family who thinks they can rule with impunity, but by every man, women, and child of the future, so they know exactly how these things are done, and can intercept their implementation before similar actions are finalized.
Here are several examples of the travesty those communists who represent the fine folks of Sussex County have levied against their own kind….
Instead, the list of parcels and areas being considered for inclusion on the future land use map were presented to the P&Z Commission as Old Business at a meeting on April 30, 2008. The parcels and areas were discussed by the P&Z Commission, approved or rejected, and that was that. There was no public hearing on any of them. Then, when the Comp Plan was finally approved (June 24, 2008) all those amendments, which had been approved at the April 30, 2008 meeting were incorporated into the land use map and became part of the ordinance that authorized the Comp Plan.
The Wilson Baker parcels case illustrates this. Baker got a conditional use (c/u) for the smaller parcel in 2005. He either owned or quickly acquired the larger adjoining parcel of AR-1 soon after being granted the c/u on the smaller parcel. He established a propane, kerosene, and diesel fuel business on the smaller parcel under the c/u requirements. However, he wanted to sell both parcels and that proved a bit too complicated because of the c/u, or so his representative testified at the recent change of zoning hearings before the P&Z Commission and County Council. As a result, he apparently decided that getting both parcels rezoned to heavy industry (HI-1) from their current AR-1 would be the most profitable option.
The P&Z Commission scheduled the Wilson Baker parcels for the June 18, 2008 meeting under the agenda heading “Additional Old Business”. The one item under that heading is “Comprehensive Land Use Plan”. The minutes state that Mr. Lank “advised the Commission that a request had been received for inclusion into the Town Center Area around the Town of Milton; that the request came from Baker Petroleum of Wilson Baker, Inc. for the inclusion of their properties; that they are intending to apply for industrial zoning and to create a railroad spur for access to rail service; that the site has been reviewed through the PLUS process” (P&Z Commission Minutes, June 18, 2008, Page 8). The P&Z Commission decided to incorporate the request of Baker Petroleum into the Future Land Use Map by consensus. There was no public hearing
On June 24, 2008, the County Council voted to adopt the ordinance establishing the 2007 Comp Plan Update, with amendments. There was no public hearing
The entire sketch of how this parcel was rezoned was not done in secret.. It is available on reruns of the Dukes of Hazard television series that was shot during the 1980s.. The faces may look a little different, but the characters who play them are the same…….
I knew I never should have run… It was stupid but I did it anyway… I had fun, and it didn’t cost me any money, but my reputation now is a laughing stock… They tell me now it might be UNDER 20%. I wish Charlie had never begged me …
The only good part of the whole deal, was that I got to work with Maria Evans… Those eyes.
But yeah, I was suckered… I looked at the Minner administration and thought I could at least put up a fight… but…they are all gone… Instead most Republicans prefer Jack Markell to me! Really, who could blame them?
That tax pledge thing did me in… what was I thinking… That’s what the guys at FLS said I should do…
FLS…That was a disaster. Stands for fuckin’ little shit if you ask me… They should stick their heads up their own asses…
I was all set to pick out who would be in my cabinet… Johnny Walker, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels… It would have been a comfortable four years… Boy could I use a beer right now….
Well, at least after it is over I can stay in Florida, and not have to sit in that Ruth Ann Minner swivel chair on those cold, damp, arthritic days…. I guess its true that once you retire… you can never go back… I just didn’t have the fight I once had… Life for me is too short… I can’t wait to get away to Florida….
Looks like Charlie won’t be around either… become another Ursomarso or something like that…See lieutenant governor rejects are hard to remember…. I don’t know what I was thinking.. I should have known it was going to be this bad, when no one but that Proteck guy wanted this position.. Should have let him have it…. He actually stood up to Markell and Carney better than I could…
Sign a no tax pledge… boy was I buzzing then….. This whole damn Republican line…. bullshit..They were on the wrong track all along… Just standing up in front of people like Dave Jones… rah, rah, rah, Republican; it’s enough to make one sick….. Everyone else just looks up at you with apathy…..Oh, you poor old man…..Why did I ever say “yes’…..My instincts were right all along…
I hate politics…. you can’t party in public any more……I can’t wait till its over….. Face it…. I was having much more fun wearing a stained yellow shirt…..
Bill Lee did not approve this message. lol
In laying down a comment over at Tommywonk, it suddenly occurred to me that those few candidates who were rolling out a “no new taxes policy” were all losing badly… Those few Republicans who have a chance, are running on constituent services if they were an incumbent, and on a progressive platform if they weren’t.
It takes a small mind to get hung up on taxes… Apparently most of us don’t pay them… and haven’t over the past few years, (if one can believe the McCain campaign’s dismissal of Obama’s tax plan…)
Those who bring up taxes 1) have no other platform worth mentioning, and 2) are so far removed from society that they have no clue what society is currently suffering through….
Yesterday, as well as today during his debate, with nothing else going for him, Bill Lee came out with a no tax policy which he challenged Markell to sign… Emotionally still held back in the third grade, these Republicans actually believe that voters really care who signs what…. All such an attempt shows society, is that the methodology evidenced in a school yard bully, still exists in a wizened old man and his uppity sidekick who lives in a mansion…. “I dare you… no, I double dare you.. No, I’ll triple dog dare you….”
Markell is the smart one for not sticking his tongue on a frozen pole….
Equally laughable, (I almost ran off the road when I heard it) was that Lee announced no “new” programs would be started during his first year…. Hello?…. the budget for 09 was passed in the wee hours of last July 1st…. You if elected would enter office January 2009. The earliest that Bill Lee could implement programs not already sanctioned by General Assembly, would be in fiscal 2010 anyway…
So what does Lee’s pledge of “no taxes” do to this state?
It starves it… Road Repairs… forget about it… New schools,…. forget about it….More policemen…. forget about it… Prisoner health care… forget about it… Better testing …. forget about it.. environmental protection… forget about it… cancer studies…. forget about it… Bluewater Wind… forget about it… subsidies to build wind and solar… forget about it… Lower costs for Delaware children to attend Delaware’s Colleges and Universities.. forget about it..
Do Republicans ever think before they speak?
Delawareans would be wise to look at their own households as financial example… Would you personally turn down a raise offered to you by your boss… “You’ve worked hard, time’s are tight, I’m raising your salary…” ” OH NO, SIR, DON’T DO THAT…. PLEASE, PLEASE, DON’T GIVE ME A RAISE!” Were you that foolish as Republicans are with state funding, I pity you when you sat down with your spouse to tell her the news …. lol.
Do Republicans ever think before they speak?
Bottom line, there are cash cows out there who have benefited from Delaware’s generosity.. Why they can’t be expected to pay a tiny bit of that back is a valid question… Stating flat out that our state’s wealthy can keep more of their money under Bill Lee instead of Jack Markell, goes to show that Delaware’s financial interests do not warrant any measure in a Bill Lee administration… Only the wealthy matter under a Bill Lee administration… Don’t take my word for it… Bill Lee, and Copeland on WDEL said the same… ” I pledge no new taxes..”
Cut spending they say… It has been cut too low already.. What is left? Follow the Fed’s example and cut out state pension plans?.. Use that money to fund the budget?… but then who would take care of state workers in their retirement? Stop all road construction… is that what Delaware voters want… So we allow new developments to double their occupancy, and there is no road construction to handle it…. um….ok….
Do Republicans ever think before they speak?
Most of us have heard the speech from the movie Wall Street that states “greed is good..” If one remembers at the time that went against all prevailing thought at the time….
Well the same argument could be flipped with the admonishment that from a societies benefit… taxes are good, too…
First imagine what happens if you have no taxes… You can see the results in any banana republic… where control is in the hands of a very few and they have all the money… The wealthy keep all they earn. The poor scramble for trash-pile scraps and dodge the landowner’s thugs, who scour the slums with impunity.. Consequently, there is a revolution every thirty years or so, when the ruling class changes hands and then they reap the benefit..
We have not had a revolution in this country since the Civil War, and that was over property rights, state’s rights, and our basic morality as a nation… Why? Because of our system of taking some money from those who collect it at the top, and using it to keep things running for all, has worked….
It IS the American dream.. It IS what made Ronald Reagan’s vision possible… He actually increased government spending over his predecessor by using the money collected from taxes to build our war machine, which according to Republicans, is what caused the the Soviets to economically collapse, and is why we should vote for him…
Imagine how history would have turned out had Reagan proposed ramping up the military and the Democrats… said NO.. WE CAN’T AFFORD IT…. That metaphor represents what Bill Lee is proposeing to do to our state… Limit it to history’s dustbin.. Bill Lee, and his sidekick Copeland, are limiting Delaware’s possibilities, because they are too cheap to cough up a few pennies….
Do Republicans ever think before they speak?
Markell’s proposal is to take new technology such as Bluewater Wind, and use it to drop expenses in energy costs 50% from what Delmarva will charge us.. That makes sense… No taxes, we cut expenses, we lose no services… That makes sense.. good sense…
Markell’s proposal is to take new ideas and start businesses upon them, causing more $50,000 plus jobs to enter the state, and generating tax revenue off that new business and those jobs that were not there before hand… More money, no tax increases, we lose no services… That makes sense… good sense…
Obviously someone in this state has thought things through before he opens his mouth…..
I repeated this statement because Copeland and Lee deserve it for their foolish thought processes.
Do Republicans ever think before they speak?
Republicans need to shut up about taxes. And start looking at those leading the way in providing real solutions to real problems… not stupid crap spouted by Copeland and crowd that are embarrassing to the party.
Ok, so you choose… Which party is better suited to lead our state during the next Great Depression…..
The Democratic Party Candidates
The Republican Party Candidates
Kilroy effectively breaks down Bill Lee’s message into bytes we can absorb.
For a view of the master at work……..