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I’m calling on all readers to step up to the plate.
I have begun boycotting all Happy Harry’s. I’m using Rite- Aid.
I don’t see how anyone who loves Delaware, can stomach walking into any Happy Harry’s right now.
We are asking all to sacrifice. Many out there lost jobs and have no choice but to sacrifice. And we have a company that will not take a 2% reduction in the payment of medicaid benefits?
Well, FUCK THEM. FUCK THEM WHERE IT HURTS. They are getting 0 dollars of my money, and my money is going directly to their competitor…
Any legislator who dares walk in to a Happy Harry’s had better pray no one inside has a camera phone. Because their picture will be posted on this site for eternity.
Any political officials who dare do the same, had better think twice before venturing through those doors. We cannot afford to let some spineless or forgetful official represent our constituent’s interests.
I am calling on Jack Markell and Matt Denn to step up to the plate and issue a directive that NO STATE BUSINESS will be conducted through any Happy Harry’s establishment. All of that must now go to Rite Aid.
I’m calling upon John Kowalko and House Speaker Gilligan to demand that no business and request that no citizen of this great state, the first state of this nation to ratify the Constitution that made this awesome nation possible, walk through those doors.
I’m calling upon hero Karen Peterson, to demand that Walgreens rescind their order or that punitive legislation directed solely towards that one company, will be passed by both houses before this July 1st deadline…
I’m calling on Delaware’s Insurance Commissioner to show her critics that she indeed has spunk. I’m calling on KWS to prove her balls, to stand up to, organise, and carry this boycott forward from her bully pulpit, and not sit back and allow her critics to justify their accusations…
I’m calling on the Progressives of Delaware (PDD), to stand solidly behind those supporting this boycott. They have led on everything good for Delaware so far. They need to support this as well.
I’m calling on the mouthpieces of all three of Delaware’s political parties, to support the statewide boycott of Walgreen’s Happy Harry’s. For one, it needs to be effective, and two, the results need to be devastatingly severe to prevent any other uppity out of state corporation, from attempting similar processes.
(and as a personal FYI, if you own stock in Walgreen’s, dump it immediately, for it’s value will only go down, down, down, as word of this boycott leaks…. this is damned serious: kavips says: get out now).
Send Walgreen’s this message. You want to be petty. WELL FUCK YOU. We’re not wishy-washy Washington state. We’re far too serious and just to busy to play childish games. We have an 800 million deficit to take care of…
To step up the pressure, I am asking every citizen to consider picketing in front of every Walgreen’s owned Happy Harry’s to demand that they rescind their order.
I’m calling on all labor unions to likewise organise and set up pickets outside every Happy Harry’s in this state to demand that Walgreen’s rescind their policy which is unfair to all working people. Any company these days that is willing to blackball American citizens over a piddly 2%, deserves to go bankrupt as fast as possible. They deserve to go bankrupt. Deserve.
I ask Darlene Battle to organise all of ACORN and rapidly hand out petitions asking all of Delaware’s citizens to boycott every Happy Harry’s in this state and take their business elsewhere, Rite Aid is willing to work with this state. Give them your business!
So that’s what I’m asking. I want every Delawarean who still has some love for this state, to take their business elsewhere… Show them we will not back down. Rite Aid can take care of all our pharmaceutical and beauty needs. Screw Walgreen’s Happy Harry’s.
For every dollar spent in a Happy Harry’s from this point forward, funds the coffers of an enemy of the state of Delaware.. Every penny given to them, is a hundred dollars taken from us over time in our future…
So look Walgreens! If you want to play games, go ahead and play them. You are about to enter the marketing nightmare Delmarva Power lived in last year and about to suffer very similar consequences…
But you obviously didn’t research this state well before you came to your decision. For you left yourselves are far more open and vulnerable. Delmarva Power suffered severly even though most Delawareans did not have a choice; but with you, it’s two blocks down the road. We don’t have to give you money.
You should reconsider and fire the person accountable for the idea. Hell, it’s only 2%.. You’re paying more than twice that on the interest covering the financing you used to buy and expand the Happy Harry’s franchise… Let’s see how well you do with NO money coming in…
Delaware deserves better than anything Walgreen’s Happy Harry’s can offer. It’s time we stand together and prove it once again, that we are not called the “fighting Blue Hens” for nothing….
Desperate times demand bold actions… Yesterday Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who won the past election with the support of many from both parties, addressed the full houses of both Legislatures giving a “state of this State”, message…
The commentary across the blogs and airwaves, is all over the place.. So for those who missed it, here is the meat…
A. We’re in the middle of a Great Depression.
B. Wake Up, Old Farts! We’re short $780 million!
C.We shall share the burden fairly, and not cater to the sqeamy baby whiners…
D. (1) Cut spending by $331M; (2) Cut funding to special funds by $40M; (3) Utilize $155M in one-time federal stimulus funding; (4) Raise at least $55M by re-authorizing a sports lottery and getting a fairer deal for taxpayers; (5) Increase our revenues by $166M; and (6) raise fees and fines by $12M.
E. If you see one of our State’s Casino operators out shopping or walking down the street, do the whole state a favor and bitch slap some sense into the moron.
F. We have 10 weeks; or 70 days; or 1680 hours; 100,800 minutes…. to correctly set Delaware’s course to solubility over the next three years… Every second squandered, every breath of hot air, pushes us backwards from where we came…
G. Only complete openness and accountability can make government more efficient.
H. “We must shift our reliance on expensive institutional care for our senior population by fostering community and home based care.”
I. This state funds local governments.. We wonder what THEY are doing with that money we give them…. Hmmmm.
J. Education sucks up and wastes much money… We will consolidate our school districts as soon as we render inconsequential those legislators who have their tongues permanently stuck up their union’s ass, ….
H. We will free teachers from the impediments imposed upon them by unions and ill informed legislators, and let them teach… Let teachers teach.
I. Teaching to the DSTP — dead
J. Want more money? Then teach better… We’ll make sure you get it.
K. The only long-term answer to our problem is getting Delaware back to work
L. We propose to train 40-50 year olds how to use computers. We propose to use 5 million to leverage 50 million to start up small businesses. We propose to push green energy from the top to generate jobs and cheaper energy for Delawareans than ever Pepco or Delmarva Power could ever provide. Since the blogging world is now keeping a close eye on Harris McDowell, we can use the good parts of his plan, and even mention his name in public again in a positive way… Will wonders never cease?
M. We seek legislation that requires utilities to achieve, by 2015, a per capita electricity consumption reduction and peak demand reduction of 15%.
N. We propose to establish a statewide priority order for new electricity generation – requiring that we look first to cost-effective efficiency measures to meet new demand, followed then by cost-effective renewables. Only after those resources have been exhausted should we look to conventional fossil fuel sources.
O. Delaware must become the center for Green energy. Not China.
P. So let’s work to encourage turbine manufacturers to make the turbines and assemble the towers here in Delaware, with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. These wind turbines require thousands of parts and we should work to make sure they are made in Delaware.
Q. Nod to Gilliagan, DeLuca, and Carney… Hey… How are you?
R. Look folks, it’s this simple.. We’re dead in the water, the enemy ship is swinging around to rip us apart with a final broadside from 55 cannons…. Do we grapple, tie ourselves, board, and take the fight to them, or…. do what we always have done and quibble about who gets the credit and who carries the blame…
S. Damn it. I’m going aboard. Who is with me?
In typical kavipsian fashion no punches were pulled.. Our crisis is too big for subtle niceties… “Gee, Tony, what nice suspenders!”…. The effectiveness of the speech, lies in the answer to the last question: who is with him?
For one, I am. And I pity whoever gets in my way….
Since this conversation was overheard, I cannot vouch for its validity… I am vouching that I overheard it.. lol.
One drunk was telling another, that he had asked for constituent help from someone within the Markell administration named Josh, in dealing with some intertwining issue taking place in one of the state bureaus…
The person in the governor’s office who received the call, said something during the conversation along the lines of….” for us to move this along faster we will need your birth date… ” Dealing with the office of the governor, one whom actually the teller of this story had supported, the private information was given out tout de suite, even though that information was in no way relevant to the request..
The help this person was looking for, was actually not for him, but for another acquaintance… and Josh did not need that person’s birth-date even when prompted by the caller….
Now everyone knows, that all one needs to acquire the full police record unseen over any telephone, is a persons birth date, and their driver’s license or social security number… Birthdays need to be guarded.
So why would Josh be asking for a birthday which was irrelevant to the process, unless he was trying to phish through private records to dig up dirt?
Now if there is any truth to this tale, (there is), then it is incumbent upon those legislators who regularly visit here, to find out why this practice (if it is sanctioned) is continuing in today’s era of instant information? Or was this informational request coming from someone working on their own agenda?
Just askin…. I think it’s time we found some answers…
“However, if Delaware were to proceed in its business‐as‐usual fashion, its future would be worrisome. Delaware and Delawareans spend much more money on energy today than we need to. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, in 2006, Delaware spent just over $3.6 billion on energy, ranking us as the 20th highest energy use per capita of all the states. Delaware ranks last in the nation in renewable energy production; overall, less than .05% of our energy in 2006 came from renewable sources. We are so low, that the next lowest state, Rhode Island, with a population slightly larger than Delaware’s, generated more than 50 times the amount of electricity from renewable energy than did Delaware. Nor can we be proud of our efforts to use electricity efficiently; for many years, Delaware was tied for last in the nation with regard to money spent on energy efficient investments. We have improved slightly since then; we are now tied at 32nd with Virginia, but have a very long way to go to even become average.”
That was from the Delaware Energy Office’s new assessment of our energy needs which one can view full by going here…
And our habits need changed as well.
Delaware wastes dollars in its use of energy. We Delawareans burn almost 150,000,000
gallons more than we would if our gasoline consumption was similar to Rhode Island. At $2.00 per gallon, our driving habits cost us about $300 million dollars more each year just on gasoline than do Rhode Island’s. Even if we were to only reduce our gasoline consumption by 10%, we would save 48.5 million gallons of gasoline each year, saving nearly $100 million.
More broadly, in 2006, Delaware’s total energy use per person was 11% higher than Pennsylvania, 17% higher than New Jersey, 36% higher than Maryland, and 40% higher than Rhode Island. Given that we spent some $3.6 billion on energy in 2006, an 11% reduction would save us $400 million each year. If we used New Jersey as the standard to meet, we would see a $600 million annual savings. Matching Maryland means a $940 million savings. If Delaware wanted to be a leader with a per capita energy consumption rate equivalent to Rhode Island, we would have saved Delawareans over $1.5 billion dollars in 2006 alone!
Considering that we, and the nation, now face daunting economic challenges and need to restructure our economy to create many good new jobs, we can no longer afford to needlessly burn our money. If we continue along our current path, the state’s economic future will be held hostage to the global fossil fuel market and we will have little resilience to respond to energy price spikes or to future federal mandates to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuel. Instead, we will continue burning money that could be put to important, productive uses. On the other hand, the opportunities for improvement are dramatic if we make a full‐fledged commitment to improve our energy efficiency and shift to renewable energy. The potential to create new green energy industries and reduce our energy waste is enormous. But these changes will not occur on their own. The reason some states are efficient and have more renewable energy is primarily the result of the laws, policies and institutional frameworks that a state adopts.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we now have an official energy policy that we can get behind… Of course the devil is in the details.. We hope to keep you posted…
But we have a goal and that is to meet and beat the energy efficiency of “that other small state”.. If we can accomplish that, we will be near the top of the list in energy efficiency…
Our goal will be met by following two streams simultaneously… The first is to remarkellably reduce demand by cutting out waste, and the second is to gear up production of cost free renewable sources on our home turf…… Together, we can do this…
Today before the General Assembly on the Senate side, a bill introduced yesterday in McDowell’s Energy Committee is being laid on the desk… In essence it changes a few words…
Here is the old…
Except as herein noted, no county or municipal building or plumbing code shall contain any provision which shall be materially at variance with the International Code Council (ICC), International Energy Conservation Code, 2000 Edition (IECC 2000) jointly prepared by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). In effect, IECC 2000 shall be the referenced energy code for all new detached 1- and 2-story family dwellings and all other new residential buildings 3 stories or less in height. Energy standards for all other new buildings, to include high-rise residential, shall be established in accordance with the 2001 supplement to IECC 2000 that references the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers/Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (ASHRAE/IESNA) Standard 90.1 — 1999; provided, however, that the respective county or municipal government shall exclude agricultural structures from these provisions.
And here is the new…
Except as herein noted, no county or municipal building or plumbing code shall contain any provision which shall be materially at variance with most recent version of the International Code Council (ICC), International Energy Conservation Code, jointly prepared by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). In effect, the highest available energy conservation code as determined by the Delaware Energy Office shall be the referenced energy code for all new detached 1 and 2-story family dwellings and all other new residential buildings 3 stories or less in height. Energy standards for all other new buildings, to include high-rise residential, shall be established to meet the latest available standard of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers/Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (ASHRAE/IESNA) as determined by the Delaware Energy Office; provided, however, the respective county or municipal government may exclude agricultural structures from these provisions.
That little change is designed with this purpose, also included in tonight’s Senate Bill 59…
The Delaware Energy Office, or its successor, shall establish programs to promote the construction of zero net energy capable homes. A zero net energy capable home is defined as a commercial building or residence that annually, through the use of energy efficient construction, lighting, appliances, and on site renewable energy generation uses no more energy than is produced on site (zero net energy consumption from the utility provider). As of December 31, 2025 all new residential building construction in the state of Delaware Shall be zero net energy capable. As of December 31, 2030 all new commercial building construction must also be zero net energy capable.
These small changes are allegedly required in order to receive stimulus funding being offered to revitalize the economy… The concept is grand that every house in Delaware will be energy self sufficient, producing as much or more energy than it consumes….
Although it seem like years away, it is the equivalent of a bill passed in 1993 affecting us now… It really wasn’t that long ago that Pearl Jam was popular…..
Wind is not an “all to be all”. But those who supported Wind early, showed themselves to be visionaries, which is what this country and state will need right now… Those who opposed wind found themselves winding up on the wrong side of 90% of our citizens… If they got it so wrong once… why give them a chance to screw up again?
Many of you have asked for a comprehensive list covering each race of this state as regards to wind… Here it is… You have also asked me for advice… on who would do the better job if elected… For some of those who are running unopposed, I am recommending leaving their position blank…by not voting for them at all and skipping down to the next one.. Consider it a vote of no-confidence.,, Here we go…
President and VP – Barack Obama and Delaware’s Joe Biden
US Senator – Delaware’s Joe Biden (His opponent never got past spray-painting “VOTE” on her big signs.)
US House of Representatives — Karen Hartly-Nagle (Obama/Biden need new blood in the House)
Governor – Jack Markell (first champion of Bluewater Wind)
Lieutenant Governor – Matt Denn (early champion of wind); his opponent was one of the 4 wind killers.
Insurance Commissioner – John Brady supports wind
State Senate 2 — Margarette Rose Henry – unopposed…. vote no confidence by leaving her office blank
State Senate 3 — Bob Marshall — unopposed…. (he voted yes to release the bogus McDowell report) blank
State Senate 4 — Michael Katz – his opponent is for oil drilling off Bethany Beach
State Senate 6 — Liane Sorenson — loyal to her, because she was early pioneer for wind… .
State Senate 10 — Bethany Hall-Long — More in tune with wind than her opponent
State Senate 11 — Tony DeLuca — unopposed — vote no confidence; one of 4 wind killers
State Senate 16 — Colin Bonini — one of the first Republican wind supporters
State Senate 17 –
State Senate 18 — Gary Simpson– one who favored wind rather early
State Senate 21 — Robert Venebles — unopposed– voted to release tainted McDowell report– NC; blank
State Rep 1 — Dennis Williams — voted for HCR 38; pro-wind
State Rep 2 — Hazel Plant – Which way am I supposed to vote? Unopposed… definately leave blank.
State Rep 3 — Helene Keeley unopposed – Signed letter with Harris McDowell
State Rep 4 — Tyler Nixon — very early supporter of wind; while his opponent was behind NRG.
State Rep 5 — Melanie George Marshall — unopposed– voted “not voting” on HCR38
State Rep 6 – — unopposed, special election to follow
State Rep 7 — Bryon Short – his opponent was for NRG, Connectiv and is an XOXOXO Delmarva lover
State Rep 8 –
State Rep 9 — Richard Cathcart — early Republican wind supporter
State Rep 10 — Robert Valihura — wrote the bill HCR 38 to force-push wind through the House
State Rep 11 — Gregory Lavalle — supported Wind early
State Rep 12 — Debbie Hudson — unopposed — voted against HCR38 — leave blank for no confidence
State Rep 13 –
State Rep 14 — Pete Schwartzkoph — early (one of the few Democratic) wind supporter
State Rep 15 — Valerie Longhurst — unopposed– Absent for HCR 38 vote.. no record.
State Rep 16 — James Johnson — unopposed — wind supporter; voted yes on HCR 38
State Rep 17 — Mike Mulrooney — voted for Bluewater Wind on HCR38
State Rep 18 — Terry Spence — signed on to wind early; voted for HCR38
State Rep 19 –Robert Gilligan– voted for HCR 38
State Rep 20 — Nick Manolakos — unopposed– voted for HCR 38
State Rep 21 –Pat Creedon –
State Rep 22 — Rebecca Young — one of the first to twist Democratic arms in favor of Bluewater Wind
State Rep 23 — Theresa Schooley — voted yes to Bluewater Wind on HCR 38.
State Rep 24 — Bill Oberle — voted for Bluewater Wind on HCR 38.
State Rep 25 — John Kowalko — Bluewater Champion. His opponent is primarily sponsored by wind killers
State Rep 26 — Jeremy Filliben — His opponent was strongly NRG
State Rep 27 –Vince Lofink — was in favor of wind early
State Rep 28–”Johnny” Carson — unopposed
State Rep 29 — “Trey” Paradee — his opponent was bought and paid for by the demons of Delmarva Power.
State Rep 30– William Outten — unopposed — voted “not voting” on HCR38…
State Rep 31– Darryl Scott — his opponent was to busy with nepotism to worry about wind power
State Rep 32–Brad Bennett — his opponent was a Delmarva Stoolie; voted against Bluewater Wind
State Rep 33–Harold Peterman — his opponent voted against wind on HCR 38.
State Rep 34– Donald Blakely — voted yes to Bluewater Wind on HCR 38
State Rep 35–
State Rep 36–George Carey– unopposed– vote no confidence (leave blank) anti- wind
State Rep 37– Helan Truitt — her opponent was one of the roadblocks in the House
State Rep 38– Mary Ryan — her opponent was firmly in the pockets of Delmarva Power…
State Rep 39–Jerry Semper– his opponent voted against HCR 38 to approve Bluewater Wind
State Rep 40– Barbara Hudson– her opponent was not helpful to wind…he voted “NO”
State Rep 41– Greg Hastings– his opponent ran against wind and lost in a special election
New County Council District 12 — Laura Brown– her opponent spent the whole term at Hooters
Kent County Levy Court 3 — David Anderson — was a protagonist for wind early (was on TV!!!!)
Sussex County 3 — Joan Deaver– Early supporter of wind — her opponent wants to develop the seafloor.
Those of you who are still worried about going to hell and need to do all you can just to stay out…you especially should not vote for these people: Charlie Copeland, Tony DeLuca, Pam Thornburg, George Carey, Joe Booth, John Atkins, or Gerald Hocker….
All of these thought Delmarva’s profits mattered more than what you were paying for electricity… All of their opponents strongly deserve your support.
Cheaper power for all.