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The internet will be abuzz with posts shortly. The excitement was great. No one knew if it would pass. It did.
Melanie _____.______. Smith (lol) Girl you did it. Hats off to a rather well crafted bill designed to make it through. You earned your bottle of wine tonight.
Bryan Townsend is amazing.. A Patrick Henry when it comes to what is just. I kept seeing Tony Deluca in that position, knowing full well we would have an entirely different outcome had it been so.
Patty Blevins as should be, worked the background brilliantly. Knowing what must take place to do these things, she gets a shout, because the quiet ones, are the ones you have to watch… It takes a lot of structure to put on a pageant such as this…
Clothier, Marshall and Bushweiller had tough choices.. out of a thousand voices in their ear, they chose to hear the right ones. We are so small standing next to them.
Karen Peterson rocked the house. “If my happiness somehow demeans or diminishes your marriage, you need to work on your marriage” certainly seems like it would apply to Senator Venables. That dude has some work to do…..
In this hearing and vote, it becomes very clear. If you look straight into the heart of America, each and all the values we grew up under, the Democrats embody.
The evil that also lies in America, is Republican to the core… Never in my lifetime did I expect to see people use God to promote bigotry. For as the vote was failing, as the house of sticks was crumbling around them, as they worked themselves into a fever pitch to make one last gasp to undo the damage, the clear, unadulterated hatred, the pure crystal of evil burned from underneath their skin. Hatred. Hatred at all these people was their fuel.
I now know what those brave souls walking across the bridge at Selma saw in the eyes looking back. I now know what those women in children sleeping in Wounded Knee saw when their tents were slashed open. I now know what those female slaves in Alabama saw in their overseer’s eyes… I now know what every Southern black African American man saw, when he heard the phrase… Boy, better move a long now, you know you don’t belong here.”
Because I saw it staring back at me on the floor of the Delaware Senate. It was in each of those Republican’s eyes as they got up and tried to embarrass, put down, demonize an innocent group of people they deemed inferior, beneath them, slovenly, trash. It was in the eyes of every fake pastor or priest to got up to twist God’s word in such a way as to demean the very one whose words they praise on Sunday.
This is the undercurrent of America we don’t like to talk about. This is the sewage that come with building a society. This is America’s most horrible accomplishment. The underbelly of our just laws and our freedom to say or do what we please. There are people who only gain worth by putting others down, and because they are Americans, they have every right to do so. Prejudice will continue.
Seeing it in person was unnerving. Seeing it for real made one sick. We have a real problem in our country, One that must be put down like a poisonous snake… Sure we can live with it. But one day it will bite us, or even worse. Our children….
But today, we beat them. Like George Wallace in the schoolyard doorway, they showed America the stinkin oafs they truly are….
The only reason they voted no… was to fuel their hate. Delaware and America can and need to do much better…
And lastly. Bethany Hall- Long….. Oh my… it takes great courage to stand up to one’s enemies… It takes even greater courage… to stand up to one’s friends….
I have to go now. I cannot fight back the tears…
Not only was I shocked that Sublime was something of which Delaware Liberal was unaware, but I gathered they were also unaware of the problems Common Core and Obama were placing upon local educators… So I was going to sit down and write the entire history of 21st Century American Education….
But I found this, and it is a very nice beginning of the weekend, so I am instead going to default to a better writer Valerie Strauss oif the Washington Post, who does a real nice wrap up that if my progressive friends will read, will make them understand what the problem is with Obama’s, Arne Duncun’s, Jack Markell’s, and Mark Murphy’s approach to education….
Here is the link again…
Assault weapons are not normal guns, they are designed to continue going, to penetrate, and cause as much damage as possible. Compare for yourself, a normal rifle bullet against the ammo for the AR-15 of similar caliber
Some of Adam Lanza’s rounds penetrated the schools walls and were found embedded in cars outside.
No interpretation of the Constitution gives anyone the right to put other’s lives in danger. Using these, puts lives in danger. It is Natural Law that something like this needs to be banned…. Natural Law.
As someone on the right once said, “Natural law” is the organic basis of the Declaration and the foundation of our Constitution. Therefore, banning ammo for assault weapons, is certainly in line with the Constitution….
On the one month anniversary date of the Newtown shootings, Delaware steps up to take down the NRA. Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Delaware Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn, and Attorney General Beau Biden, announced the legislative agenda to take on gun violence.
“The gun safety measures we are proposing will strengthen our ability to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them,” said Governor Markell…. “This package of gun safety measures is directed at individuals who might impose violence with a gun.”
Lt. Gov. Denn. then said: “With respect to guns, our proposals focus on two important goals: keeping guns away from dangerous people, and protecting victims from the weapons most likely to be used illegally.”
I know that military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips designed for battle have no place on our streets. These proposals are a reasonable and sensible approach that will improve public safety and respect the Second Amendment.” said Attorney General Beau Biden.
The proposals are as follows:
1. Requiring Background Checks for Private Firearm Sales.
Because 40% of all firearms nationwide are acquired from unlicensed sellers, this is an enormous loophole—one in which convicted felons, minors and other prohibited purchasers can readily avoid background checks and easily acquire guns.
2. Requiring the Reporting of Lost and Stolen Firearms.
A mandatory reporting requirement provides law enforcement notice of suspicious patterns of behavior by persons who repeatedly fail to file reports yet claim that their guns were lost or stolen after the guns were recovered from a crime scene
3. Banning the Sale, Manufacture, Delivery and Unlawful Possession of Large-Capacity Magazines:..
30 mass shootings (with four or more victims killed) occurred in the United States from 1982 through 2012. Although the circumstances of such mass shootings varied, each incident had one thing in common: they all involved one or more large-capacity ammunition magazines. This bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer or delivery of large-capacity magazines.
4. Banning the Manufacture, Sale, Delivery and Unlawful Possession of Military Weapons:
The sale of military-style assault weapons – firearms that are made for the battlefield and have no place in our communities – was outlawed in 1994, but the ban expired a decade later. This bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale and delivery of these military weapons
5. Banning Possession of a Firearm Within 1,000 Feet of a School.
By outlawing possession of a firearm in close proximity to school, we will enable law enforcement to interdict those individuals who knowingly possess firearms and do so in near school buildings and school yards. The purpose of this law is to create safe school zones, where children are secure, where parents can have peace of mind that upon leaving them in the morning, they will not be subjected to gun violence, and where teachers can go about their important task of educating our youth without fear of violence.
In a fair and balanced approach, Delaware’s Democrats protect the 2nd Amendment while moving forward to combat gun violence.
The NRA could have pushed forward such legislation 30 years ago. They chose not to. Since they abrogated their duty of keeping is safe from guns, the government of the state of Delaware, now has to do their duty for them.
“We will not bury our heads in the sand and pretend that gun violence has nothing to do with guns” Matt Denn
Found this on one of Pandora’s favorite sites and just for fun thought I’d race to get it up first……
Not sure if all of you know, (the trailer is out) but Joe Biden appears on Parks and Recreation very soon.
However, I remember his surprise showing on a cameo once before, and so did Jesebel…. (FF / cameo appears at 8:00)
Anyways, it looks like I beat her to posting it… lol… Time stamp 12:34
This comment from Delaware Liberal covering the post election statement made by John Sigler, Delaware’s Chief of the the Republican Party…. who said losing the entire state’s roster of candidates had put the governor on notice…..
It is called Creative Destruction.
Here is how it works. Delaware Liberal and Wilmington Trust (now gone) make a bid to buy DelawarePolitics. Net. They get help from the News Journal, WGMD, and WDEL. Together they come up with $50 which gives them a 51% voting share of Delaware Politics.net…. Once they have voting control over DelawarePolitics.net, they fan out to banks, investment houses, and borrow money on DelawarePolitics fine name… They get $50 dollars from Hube. They get $50 dollars from Duffy. They get $50 dollars from Jack Markell. They get $50 dollars from Tony DeLuca. They get $50 from Steve Newton. They get $50 from the ShopRite manager off Marrow’s Road. They get $50 from Ernie Lopez. They get $50 from Rick Jensen. They get $50 from that guy selling papers on 11th and Market….. So, how much did they get? $450 for a company that was only worth $100.
The board then moves $450 to be paid out in dividends. $450 gets divided by the 5 entities that went in with $10 and each gets $90. Net profit $80.
Now, Delaware politics (only worth $100) must pay back on a timed schedule the $450 in loans it took out. Assuming it pays $1 per month to each entity, it needs to come up with $9 every month. Before the takeover it was a profitable firm just chugging away at earnings of $5 a month… Now, the consortium led by Delaware Liberal, is screaming at Delaware Politics to come up with $5 dollars more every month… David Anderson lays off Frank Knotts. $1 dollar saved… David lays off Tennessee Walker; another dollar saved. David Anderson lays off Pat Fish… Another dollar saved… But .. without those colorful writers, DelwarePolitics slips down in market share… No one reads Delaware Politics. What used to be a $5 a month company is now a $3 a month company… A $3 a month company which has to pay $9 a month back….
It sues for bankruptcy. As DelawarePolitics gets liquidated, the computers get sold, (worth $10 by now) . So, all nine lenders, Hube, Duffy, Jack, Tony, Steve, ShopRite man, Ernie, Rick, paper man, who put in $50, get back $1 from the first payment, and $1.10 from the sell of DelawarePolitics assets… In other words, they are short $48….
But not the 5 investors. Since they moved the money to dividends, they are protected and none of that money gets touched by the bankruptcy court. It is their property and not that of the corporation, and is therefore not acquirable…..
So Delaware Liberal, gets rich… Just like Mitt Romney….
This is how Bain Capital makes money. This is not a job grower….
Is there any fairness in a system where a group of people can borrow a bunch of money to buy a company and pay themselves millions of dollars in dividends and fees, while the company itself ends up bankrupt and its employees lose their jobs, health insurance and pensions? According to Romney in the debate, it is unAmerican…. NOT to do so….
Thank you Delaware Liberal. I don’t know where I was to have missed this. And it is rare I comment on something already out there.
This boggles the mind…. This person, beat Mike Castle? What the hell is wrong with Sussex County? David Anderson. You better explain yourself. And your beat-up, tattered party, Mr Seigler, is a disgrace. Putting your party’s well being ahead of a child’s rape is unconscionable. Mr. Seigler, this is your doing. As head of the Republican Party of Delaware, you sir, are entirely responsible. Where is your outrage over Christine’s statement? Didn’t think it was even worth commenting on….
Oh, that’s “tacky” to bring that up before election time says the woman who tried hard to smear old Mike Castle as being gay, two weeks before the 2010 primary election. … Child rape… ha ha ha.. Republicans don’t care about that…. Mr. Seigler hasn’t even apologized to Sussex County yet.. WGMD is still trying to propagandize these indictments as lies, made up and brought to bear upon an innocent man.
Let me tell you one thing, Republican Party of Delaware…. My favorite football program is under sanctions for something far, far, far, less egregious then what you, Mr. Siegler, Christine O’Donnell, and staff of WGMD, are trying to cover up…..
Anyone, anyone who votes for any Republican in Delaware this election, any Republican especially in Sussex County, will be guilty of promoting child homosexual rape by association…..
Seriously Delaware. if you dare vote for any Republican, if you dare; whether its Greg LaVelle, Cathy Cloutier, Dori Conner, Evan Queitsch, or Brian Pettyjohn, …. you are showing your support for Mr. Seigler, Jeff Christopher, and all those who knew and kept this quiet.. All should resign immediately. And every Republican who wants to run in the future, (are you listening Mr. Kovich and Mr. Craig) should immediately suspend their campaigns over this issue, toss in the towel, and say, that they cannot be apart of any organization that puts their party’s win/loss record, as a higher priority over that of the safety of a child….
Republicans: Christine O’Donnell is your voice, like it or not. She is your highest profile candidate, and like it or not, she SPEAKS FOR YOUR PARTY. The only recourse any decent human being has in the Republican Party after today, is to walk away…. Just say, “I’m not dealing with this crap; I quit….”
Tacky, my ass…
This is post number 2000.
The only real significance is it is 150 posts more than where Tommywonk stopped exactly one year and fifteen days ago…
If some future historian looks back, I can only guess they may kindly make some note of the quality of thought that underlies these efforts, but my guess, is no one will ever notice…
Irregardless, as long as the urge to put thoughts down for others continues, we will go on. As usual, with no goal, no direction, and no ulterior motive. Probably upon reflection, my biggest surprise, right here, right now … is that I still enjoy it so much, and can’t wait to jot my thoughts down, click the button, and send them off to where ever cyberspace and the vast internet ocean, lets them drift….
For each of you who have become regular over the years, … thank you friend…