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Delaware passes a common sense bill that does nothing to violate the 2nd Amendment Rights of anyone who would have easily passed a simple background check.
This bill does make it harder for a criminal to buy a gun from a gun show where no questions are asked… That is all.
The NRA and it’s yipping Pomeranian were unable to win against this good common sense bill The NRA has begun yelling and calling us all crazy. The joke is on them. We know from simply watching Wayne LaPierre and seeing Sigler shoot pigeons in boxes, that they are truly the crazy ones.
Hat’s off to all who got out of the way and let logic take its course….
Background checks. About time.
Today HB 35 is up. This will make background checks required for criminal purchases as well as for those of good citizens. Currently, if one is a good citizen, one must go through a back ground check to buy a gun.. But if one is not a good citizen, and would probably have difficulty passing a good citizen’s back ground check, the NRA has many places one could buy a gun without any type of background checks whatsoever….
Killed ten people already? We have just the gun for you….
This is not something to be taken lightly. Delaware has always been right when the nation has been wrong…. That is because unlike Georgia, Kansas, or Mississippi, we have mostly good people here. People who do what is right, not what is wrong and then scream and cry for protection from the law for the crimes they perpetuate…. We are good people…
Good people always get the bad end of the stick… The bad people cry and in the vacuum, get what they want… After all, everyone tries to calm a crying baby…..
But it is when the good people stand up, and say enough is enough, that the bad people have to take a back seat… There is no requirement that bad people always get what they want, and that good people always have to take it on the chin. They can only do so, because good people being good people, are too busy doing good in their personal lives to have time to argue….
Like the little Who who saved the civilization in Horton Hears A Who, a child’s book by Dr. Seuss, who was jerked out of her room and added to the screams of the entire population screaming for their survival, your voice may just be the one heard….
If you don’t call, it is certain failure. If you do, it is one more step towards righting a wrong that can affect us all…
Give criminals the right to walk in and buy a gun? Not on Delaware’s watch… Here are the numbers….
Colin R. J. Bonini Phone: (302) 744-4169 email@example.com
Catherine Cloutier Phone: (302) 744-4197 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerald W. Hocker Phone: (302) 539-9662 Gerald.Hocker@state.de.us
Gregory F. Lavelle Phone: (302) 577-8714 email@example.com
David G. Lawson Phone: (302) 744-4237 Dave.Lawson@state.de.us
Ernesto B. Lopez Phone: (302) 744-4136 Ernesto.Lopez@state.de.us
Brian Pettyjohn Phone: (302) 858-0694 Brian.Pettyjohn@state.de.us
F. Gary Simpson Phone: (302) 744-4134 firstname.lastname@example.org
And for good measure, add a call to the main desk and they will record your call and send it to each legislator as a tally… So you get twice the power…
Phone (302) 744-4048
Fax (302) 739-5049
Be the most important citizen in our state. Call before 1 pm today! You might want to share this line with them…
Tell them if they ever want to get their party mainstream again in this state, they must vote in favor of at least, at least, making criminals have to jump through the same hoops responsible people all have to do to get a gun; tell them you don’t give a damn what the NRA says otherwise!… Criminals should not be allowed to get guns easier than good citizens. This bill will stop that. Encourage them to vote for the Comprehensive Background Check reform bill…..if they ever want a Democrat to cast a vote that way again….
Especially that Greg Lavelle in former Senator Katz’s territory….. He should be reminded that with his very tight victory last election year, that 90% of America is solidly behind stronger background checks with zero NRA criminal loopholes embedded in….
One of the untold stories of the great Dornier escapade in Southern California, involves the tiny firm of L&L Enterprises, a winery dispensary sitting off the main drag of Big Bear Lake just north east of Los Angeles….
Someone had ID’d Dornier entering a building across from the command post, and had called the police…. As the very first sheriff’s deputies arrived,,, Ernie Lopez and Greg LaValle rush out of L&L Enterprises which was next door to the location, with vital information… Dornier had put what looked like guns into a SUV and had headed north out of town up into the wilderness….
On this tip, the entire operation shifted its focus and fanned out over the north side of town, using infrared heat scanning to try and find his hideout…..
Days later, he was discovered holed up in the house right where he’d been reported!….
The mess could have been taken care of in a timely fashion, except for the delaying action caused by Lopez and Lavelle… forever now dubbed L&L Enterprises…
By an almost uncanny coincidence, the same thing is being done here in Delaware by people with unbelievably, the exact same name… Ernie Lopez and Greg Lavelle…. both are members of the Republican Party; both are in the Delaware Senate….
What they have done is introduce two bills to throw confusion into the Senate, so the necessary bills to help curb mass murders like Alan Lanza, do not get passed…. There is a bill in Delaware’s Senate to renew mandatory background checks for everyone who buys a gun….
Any weakening of this legislation, changes that bill into one renewing mandatory background checks for everyone who is not a criminal. Criminals get to get their guns without being checked…
And that is the point of L&L Enterprises… They are pretending as did their namesakes in California, to appear to be good citizens helping to do some good, when in reality, their actions cause the exact opposite….
The idea behind background checks is that if everyone good undergoes a background check, those who don’t can be deemed as being bad… What a mandatory background check does, is absolutely nothing but identify to law enforcement in a timely fashion (before they get shot) who is safe, and who is unsafe….
Allowing holes in the system, so criminals can get weapons and not be traced, is pointless. Without it being mandatory, meaning everyone has to undergo it if they wish to purchase a gun means the whole bill is pointless…. It means criminals can get guns easier with the bill than without the bill.
We register every single car… If a car shows up in a body shop and the owner of that body shop sees it hit a person, and guesses it is the weapon of a hit and run, we can use the VIN number, and trace that car back to it’s last registered owner. From him, we can determine where the car went, interview that person, and follow the trail…There is a very good possibility we can find the hit and run driver and bring him to justice… But if we never registered cars, we’d never be able to do that….
Now registering cars is common sense. But let’s venture for a minute and speculate that say Pennsylvania under Corbett, didn’t register cars… “Forget about it,” he chimed when he took office…. Now all those cars we see with PA tags, effectively have no registered owners. The hit and run car now has PA tags stolen from somewhere, and is sitting in the body shop, obviously used in a crime, but is now a dead investigative end…..
L&L Enterprises are trying to muck up the works as did Tom Corbett. When we should be debating how awesomely mandatory background checks will give us a tool to use against crime, they are floating bills that preserve the potholes in the road to Public Safety which we need to have filled…..
Others can guess at their nefarious motives, just have those in California been guessing for a month…. All I’m saying is their bills of distraction, are very harmful to us Delawareans trying to ensure a Newtown type shooting does not occur here…….
L&L Enterprises…. Beware…..
Congress to Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association. This was just days after gun hecklers interrupted the father of one of the slain boys of Newtown, by screaming “2nd Amendment! 2nd Amendment! Gun Rights!”
It was horrible, tasteless, and crude, the work of thugs. But I’m glad they did, because it set up the perfect comeback…..
If guns are so important to you, that you will miss them so terribly when they get taken away, I’m sure you can understand the grief of those of us who also had something extremely precious taken away. Your guns (assault rifles) killed these children. When you can give us all our children back; we’ll give your assault weapons back…
I have a Constitutional right to raise my child; that got taken away. That is a billion times more of a right, than you will ever have for any weapon that has only one purpose, to kill people by throwing so many pieces of metal towards them that maybe one of them will hit.
America has every right to ban assault rifles as well as high capacity clips. It is legal. It is smart. It is Constitutional. It is inevitable.
In an effort to blunt the comparison of dead Americans by guns to say dead Japanese, dead Brits, dead Germans, the NRA has said things in America “are not that bad. Stop comparing America to civilized countries! Compare America to the “real world” it insists…
Just for the record here is why. In countries that do control guns in some way, the deaths per 100,000 are low.
In our country, which the NRA lets everyone do whatever they want, our ratio of gun deaths to 100,000 is…….
But as they teach you in beauty school, if you are ugly, hang with someone who is uglier than you. No one will notice.
The NRA wants us to compare ourselves with countries(ratios per 100.000 in parenthesis) like … El Salvador(50.36), Jamaica(47.44), Honduras(46.70), Guatemala(38.52)…. “See, these are bad countries”, says the NRA. “We don’t need to regulate guns yet in the United States.”
Question is this? Does anyone else think it is not cool we are comparing ourselves to former Banana Republics instead of the top civilized societies around the world? It’s like saying we should all be emulating Lindsey Lohan instead of Paris Hilton…..
Delaware’s most expensive race this season, has gotten catty. Meow… Republican Greg Lavelle in typical Republican fashion started and attacked Democrat Mike Katz for missing committee meetings… In typical Republican fashion, the charge went like this…. “You’re a no good, two timing, scheming, lazy, and unfit for office, because you missed a few meetings this year!!! How can you even dare run for office when you missed meetings like that!”
It was quickly pointed out on the Rick Jensen show, that Greg Lavelle has missed quite a few meetings over his career too… Since it is a longer career, he’s probably missed a lot more meetings… But charges like that are what one expects from Republicans, especially those in northern New Castle County… I can remember another one like that… I think his name was Clatworthy? Am I right? And another one who’d pull charges out of thin air…. I think the ran for Lt. Governor in 2008 and only got like 17% of the vote or something?
Delawareans don’t like bomb throwers….. Don’t take my word for it. Just ask Janet C. Rzewnicki…..
The Ms Katz takes to the airwaves and levels the Lavelle campaign. It is over. She tells of how she got the call that Mike Katz was about to die and so were his two girls, when the ski lift collapsed and they slammed into the ground. She tells how the paramedic put the phone up to his lips, so they could say the last goodbyes… And Greg Lavelle would use that, to blame Mike Katz for not showing up for meetings?
(Of course he would; how to do it is listed in page 3 of the Republican ethics manual.)
Greg, like the bully in trouble runs to Rick Jensen and says that he was talking about meetings in 2012, and the accident was in 2010. He pulls out a stolen email from the Katz campaign that says Mike has worn out a pair of sneakers going door to door, campaigning since January.
(He also admitted it was common policy to have staffers present at the meetings and that most of the work can be done a lot more efficiently from home. He does it himself quite often.)
Both were in WDEL’s studio this past Friday. Katz responded that he has ongoing medical concerns… (like a broken back) and sometimes, it is impossible to move. As any chiropractor will tell anyone who thinks to ask, often the real pain comes years later, as the cartilage settles and wears thinner… Therapy takes a long time…
For those who live in the Fourth, here is the real deal… Dr. Katz has done more for your district than anyone in recent memory. Prior to Katz, you had a prima-donna who was too busy pursuing Republican Party Rings, to take care of constituent needs. Mike has done more. Mike has fixed the Beaver Dam Road. Mike has gotten things done…
On the other hand, Greg Lavelle has done very little.. Like the predecessor before Dr. Katz, he is more concerned with pursuing Republican rings, than he is in helping Delaware grow. Although all knew there is no way it would pass, he still ( like every Republican) wastes everyone’s time with his proposals for anti-woman legislation, his proposals for anti-marriage legislation, proposals for gigantic, impossible-to-execute tax cuts for the top !% ( so he gets campaign funding from them in return); and bills meant to keep innocent people behind bars who have served their sentence, to stay even longer….. Greg Lavelle is far more concerned about what ALEC seems to think, instead of the people of Delaware.
In fact, the running joke in Dover about Lavelle, is: How do you know when Delaware’s elections season starts? ANSWER: Greg Lavelle is featured in the News Journal, screaming about something wrong with Delaware’s prison system.. LOL. I believe he wanted Danberg fired or something? Danberg? Really? Of all people? True to form, this September, just after Labor Day…. he begins screaming… first to the News Journal, then to Rick Jensen… “We gotta do something; we gotta do something; outrageous; travesty.” Yeah. yeah. yeah.
So residents in the Fourth. Do you want a doer as you have in Mike Katz? Or do you want a screamer, who has been doing it for 12 years… No track record until … Uh oh, it’s election year… Time to scream: ”Fire that guy”.. (he has no power to fire or hire the replacement, he has no responsibility so screaming is his easy way out.”…
It is time to definitely retire Greg Lavelle… Listen to his voice. Does his voice tones sound like he is lying to you too?
Delaware does not need 2000 year Dick Cheney style politics clogging up our getting things done… In fact: this democratic General Assembly has accomplished getting 900% more done than the previously two party divided General Assembly… A big part of that proficiency came from Dr. Katz… Another part or that productivity was that as a Republican, Greg Lavelle was sidelined to where he could do very little damage….
There is no reason to hire Greg Lavelle, a person who is little more than a Copeland clone. Dr. Katz has done much, much more.
In the next four years, Delaware will need to figure out where we go with Obamacare. Without a doctor like Dr. Katz in the General Assembly, we’d be making that foray into the future while.. blind….
This is one clear case of good versus bad. We need the good now more than ever.
A fourth Texas high-tech startup that received taxpayer money through Gov. Rick Perry’s signature economic development fund has filed for bankruptcy, pushing the total losses in the $194 million portfolio beyond what the state says the fund has earned.
The collapse of bioenergy producer Terrabon Inc., which was awarded $2.75 million in 2010 and was backed by large Perry political donors, raises the question of whether the state’s Emerging Technology Fund that began in 2006 is now worth less than what taxpayers have put into it.
Just like Solyndra, the culprit is Obama’s aggressive and extensive natural gas drilling occurring domestically, that has drop natural gas prices so green energy can’t compete.
Rick Perry, who accused Obama of cronyism over Solyndra, is now guilty of the exact same himself. I wonder if next we find Rick Jensen started up a green energy company using money from his beer distributor friends?
Yawn. We are so used to it by now.
Always near the last week of September before an election cycle, Republican State Auditor Thomas Wagner, releases some audit that somehow gets stretched to cover something both corrupt and Democratic, and Republican Greg LaVelle jumps all over it like a ho on coke to prove he is Delaware’s champion for righteousness and might. It’s like we get nothing of value for two years solid years, then right before an election, bam, we have a grave crisis, handcrafted for one politician: Greg LaVelle. Republican for Senate.
They tried to waltz in on the Work Release program. That fizzled. Isn’t it ironical that it was only those two Republicans who were redistricted into contentious races who were being the ones who creating the crisis, fanning the flames, leading the charge, and advertise that it was they who are calling on the US Attorney’s office to investigate what turns out to be a petty and extremely minor occurrence…. They were fortunate they had Rick Jensen to give them one day of airplay, otherwise it would have flopped dreadfully. Rick Jensen failed. It flopped dreadfully anyways.
“Oh, it’s terrible, it’s typical. It is a sacrilege”… anytime one hears that in politics it immediately sends up a red flag that someone is in trouble, that a) it is not terrible unless one has a very low threshold of what ”terrible” is; b) it is not typical, unless one has no idea of what is typical and what is not; c) it is not a sacrilege; unless something like breaking a fingernail is also considered to be a sacrilege….
And so Rick Jensen wastes an hour, the News Journal wastes a page of print, and we all waste an awful lot of time…. which could be spent doing something far better…..
You see, the Democratic Governor, the Democratic Senate, and the Democratic House have done such an exemplary job of running this state, that there are no crises to divert voters attention away from the fact that Republicans have really done nothing since being elected into their seats. Nada……
They NEED a crises to appear important…. And so they called their buddy, Tom Wagner, the only Republican in a statewide office.
“Tom, Tom, save us, save us. You gotta help us old buddy. Do something. Do something”
Instead of doing the right thing and saying….” I stick my neck out for nobody,” …. Tom says “ok, let me see what I can dust off in my files…..”
“Oh, here is one… Let’s give this a shot… (dials number)… “hello? Hello? Oh, yes. Say, is this Doug? Which Doug? Uhh, this is the News Journal, isn’t it? Doug …. Denison. Heh, heh… Yeah, I remembered his last name finally. Tell you, old age doesn’t make one as sharp as he use to be… heh, heh, heh…. Hi, Doug… this is Tom Wagner, state auditor. Hey I got something you might be interested in….. We need some help here if you could do us a favor….”
And so the story comes out…. Political Hands in Pact With Non-Profit. ” An ‘ongoing’ investigation by the state auditor questions why a Wilmington nonprofit received more than $880,000 in contracts after an earlier review determined there was no way of proving the state money was used properly and salaries paid were justified. “
Greg calls up Tom Wagner…. ” Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
But, soon the other side begins to come out. Apparently this was a secret audit done which non of the perpetrators even knew existed. Apparently no collaboration of the actual charges were ever made. Apparently this was created mysteriously in the dark of night, and none of the responsible parties were asked to provide any documentation… Apparently there was a good reason for that. If they had been asked to provide documentation and did, then there would not be a crises.
They only mileage that can be ginned from this, is simply saying “there’s trouble in River City.” When poking around, one finds there really is no trouble at all…..
If you look at the report, simplified, it states that this nonprofit was audited before, and holy crap, we are still giving money to it.
Is that bad? You tell me. If a nonprofit corrects its deficiencies and functions as it is supposed to, shouldn’t it be allowed to continue? Of course. But Republicans can’t win if that’s the case. They have no positives and can only win by saying Democrats are corrupt, and are equivalent to that abysmal boil on the underside of your rump. But, when evidence proves otherwise, that Democrats are pretty cool and certainly more trustworthy, Republicans lose big.
So Doug Denison gets slammed for faulty journalism, and so goes poking around to vindicate his name… Here is what he finds.
A) The State Auditor Tom Wagner was not comprehensive or thorough in his review. (How much are we paying him?)
B) Concerns addressed in the previous audit were fixed in 2009.
C) Tom’s report inaccurately states that the contract was terminated and reinstated. It never was terminated.
D) The services provided by this organization are vital (life and death) and abruptly terminating this contract would have a life or death impact upon the elderly clients this non profit serves.
E) Considering the gravity of such termination, Tom’s report deems the decision to continue using this service as “inappropriate”. (WTF? Inappropriate based on whose standards, Greg Lavelle’s?)
F) The auditor was unaware that a team had audited the facility and found no wrong doing. The DHSS was never asked. The evidence from that internal audit would have eliminate this issue completely.. (But… that wouldn’t have given Greg Lavelle a platform to scream from).
G) After the 2009 issue, a system was put in place of which the auditor (who simply dusted off an old report) was completely unaware, which monitored and assisted the organization in keeping their finances in good standing and compliant. It’s like if your daughter bounces a check in her first checking account, you the parent, periodically look over it, teaching her how to balance it correctly. It never happens again.
H) The report implies that the only reason this nonprofit received any funding at all, is because Tony DeLuca, Patty Blevins, and Bob Gilligan, (all Democrats) overruled official policy and said… ”they’re with me… just give them ‘da’ money…” Tom states: ”the agency had learned that a few phone calls would absolve their responsibility to comply with the state contract..” The DHSS, was dumbfounded. ”There were no threats, intimidation, suggestions of reprisals or anything that equates to “political pressure”, as the report mistakenly concludes.
I) Auditors did not interview anyone from the non profit agency about allegations of political pressure. It made them all up.
J) The head of the organization told Doug Denison, the News Journal reporter, that since 2009 the organization has never failed to meet the expectations of the DHSS. ”They always say they have everything they’ve asked for.”
K) Non profits undergo a yearly audit by outside auditors, and not one of those accountants raised any concern. Neither has anyone from the DHSS.
Overall this claim by Lavelle and Tom Wagner and all other Republicans, is outrageous. That this is even an issue, and especially that it conveniently gets trotted out to help Greg Lavelle who is already predicted to lose, and now must rely on some type of “hail mary” or something if he is to win his seat.
Now we all know that this is politics. But here is the apparent tragedy. WE, THE PEOPLE of the state of Deloaware, pay $101,600 to our State Auditor, who over two years, earns a combined total of $203,200 and issues one report or two just before election time to save one or two Republican’s seat.
That money one should think, could be better utilized. If the Republican Party wants to do a “hit” audit, they can use Party funds for it. Not the hard earned tax payer dollars just to help keep Greg Lavelle from losing so embarrassingly.
The audit appears to never have been updated. It appears that all evidence comes from the previous 2009 audit. It appears that when the Correctional Work Force didn’t generate outrage, something else had to be created quick. This was the something else. It appears that all areas are compliant with all laws….
And this is exactly why we cannot have any Republicans in office. Ever. They do absolutely nothing except cry wolf. They did in 1992. They did in 1996. They did in 2000. They did in 2004. They did in 2006. They did in 2008. They did in 2010… And yep… here we go again. It is time to throw all these imposters out of office. These people, who earn our money just being lazy, watching tv, socializing, drinking expensive scotch, and don’t do a damn productive thing for society, think they are entitled to their office…. Except at election time of course, that is when they finally stand up and point their finger and shriek at the top of their lungs…. “You, you, Monster”…
Get rid of Greg Lavelle and all Republicans. This state is too good to have even just one of them stinking up the works… They have done nothing but push us backwards. They have done not one decent thing for this state. They have stalled all progress and cost Delaware thousands of jobs. All they do is scream… it is time to vote either Democrat or third party… Someone who will actually do work for us…. Republicans? Screw them…
I’ll change my tune if anyone, anyone, anyone, can name just one thing, one thing positive, that any Republican has done that no Democrat can do better!!!!! I’ve been searching Republican blogs for years as well as listen to Rick Jensen over the same time period. And I can attest that there IS NOT ONE SINGLE BENEFIT THAT ANY REPUBLICAN HAS DONE FOR THIS STATE THAT IS DOCUMENTED ANYWHERE .
But there IS a lot of screaming. An… awful… lot… of… screaming….