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The President ran on the promise of raising tax rates for the top 1% … and WON.
Get with the program.
John Carney, re-campaigning for US House of Representatives, says you should vote for him because he’s trudged 6 feet across the aisle for bipartisanship. If Tom can prove he’s trudged at least 7 feet or more for the same cause, he has earned your vote.
Wow, talk about a comment rescue… I was browsing around Steve’s Delaware Libertarian, and for some unknown reason clicked on a story and then hit the comments, and didn’t read the short ones but instead went right to the long one.
I got an unadulterated story of what happened that night.
Great debate tonight.
Here’s the scoop from the podium: Once again, a room full of people who already had their minds made up and the rest party minions. I opened kind of weak and scary. I made sure to tar Carney and Carper with NDAA and PA and PA2 and how they are killing the bill of rights, but I didn’t say enough about who I was so I had to find ways to work that in the rest of the night.
I definitely see me writing a position paper on Israel and Iran in my future as I got into a heated discussion over whether we should *give Israel $3.2billion in arms a year (hey, if they want to buy it, I say go for it, but we are not in a position to give free rides right now)… (that was an after-debate attender wanting to have a go with me. I told him I prefer to keep the middle east in sand, not glass).
Kevin Wade thought we imported a lot of our oil from the middle east. Some oilman he is!... we get less than 5%. Also, America is a net exporter of oil. That’s right, we ship our oil to other countries. Drill baby drill my tush.
I killed the whole jobs discussion when I told the crowd – never trust a politician who says he’s gonna create jobs and not say how; that they are full of BS. Shut it right down. Carper was reading his notes on Glass/Steagall and why it won’t work if re enacted – written by a bankster lobbyist, of course!
Wade should have just stayed at home. He just can’t get prepared enough in time to be effective. His vocal coach is messing up a good guy and turning him into….I don’t know, but he’s a decent guy and is not getting good advice.
If it was just Carper and Wade it would have been a horribly boring evening. We would have had a better time outside. Kovich and Carney were complete wastes of time tonight when it comes to debating – (guys you need to do better than faux-slick sound bites) I know Tom is better than this performance, I never met Carney before; he was an hour late and was incoherent with beltway gibberish (we’re not interested in who you had lunch with; I guess he was picking up a big check).
Pires and I diverged on a number of issues. Phew! I now know how we differ on some policy issues and his attitude about the voters is not demonstrably friendly. I don’t think he’s going to fly in NCCo. He’s got some great points but I think people forget them when he goes on a tirade on Carper. Better him than me.
I think I shocked the crowd with the material I got from the Delaware Sierra Club about our polluted aquifers. I’m told, some people were very upset about that revelation. Still it’s very hard to distill these issues down to a 60sec response. I think I closed pretty well and I had a lot of people talking to me at the end of the evening. I will need to post a lot more essays on my web site as well as here.
The best part is that many people didn’t know what to expect from me and I think I shocked/surprised and even impressed some. It kinda makes it all worthwhile. Tomorrow I can go back to being depressed about how bad things are, but tonight I’ll bask in the knowledge that at least some people listened and understood. Thanks to all who came out and those who couldn’t make it but were thinking of me.
The next debate is September 24 in the Lincoln, Ellendale-Milford area. I hope to see you there!
Awesome: some GPS directions for the next meeting would be appreciated….
Yes, I’m making the prediction. We are going to have a National Monument by the end of the year….
And Tom Carper gets the accolades. They are well deserved. Several of Delaware’s Congressional delegation, commented on Carper’s tenacity once he sets his mind… I believe it was Chris Coons who said, “Carper is like a great big dog with a bone. You either got to decide to let him have it, or put up a hell of a fight to wrestle it away.”
It’s been 235 years, since the three most important people in Delaware were together and traipsed across the property of a Dupont. That first time was Washington, Lafayette, and Greene…. They came to keep the British out of Philadelphia; they tried at least….. 235 years later, Carper, Coons, and Carney….traipsed across the property of AI Dupont… High School, that is,…. for a public discussion concerning this new development.
The new is….. that the Woodlawn trust, a large piece of the Brandywine Valley will be turned over the National Park System free of charge…. Not even a staunch Republican spokesperson like Christine O’Donnell could complain.
With that in place, the First State Park is sure to follow. The National Park Service was out this week, looked it over and approved. National Park Director Jon Jarvis got plenty of praise from constituents there who were excited about the park. One Boy Scout, who’s troop is hosted by the Grace Church which is located in an enclave of the trusteeship, made a few remarks that brought a standing ovation. Up until Joe Jarvis had to leave, there were no negative comments from the audience. Not one. Even from the two people whose properties are completely surrounded by the trusteeship…. High Point Farms and that little farmhouse halfway down on the left of Ramsey Road… That one with the hay rides who gets 30,000 visitors in October….
Due to very short notice, a light turnout was expected in the auditorium of AI Dupont High School off askew of Kennett Pike. Carper was expecting maybe 150… Over 600 showed and many had to stand, willingly through the entire 2 1/2 hour presentation. (The banging doors were loud though, someone should unlock them properly the next gathering, just saying)…
Jon Jarvis said leasing of land to farming is common on National Park Land. If the area was agriculturally sound, it would probably continue to maintain crops or cows. The practice is rather common, he said.
Probably one of the most interesting moments, came when Carper introduced the wry, one of 6 men left who first landed in Nagasaki just after the bomb, former Wilmington mayor Haskell. Haskell brought up August 1914 when the Duponts decided who we’d support in the First World War 3 years before it hit Congress. They decided we’d support France, and that, despite tremendous Germain sympathy in the United States at that time, set our sights to assist Britain and France, and with the help of the Lusitania to persuade the public to go along…..we came to war eventually on their side.
The second point he made, was that the Nagasaki Bomb, Dupont was subcontracted to delve into plutonium separation, including the construction of the Hanover Plant in Washington State… He asked how many knew that and about 14-20 only raised their hands… Really? They built it here?
The star of the Woodlawn Trust, was Bancroft. Many of you may have attended the school he had built, downtown on Pine Street. A man who accumulated a lot of wealth from cotton, and spent in not on himself, but on the city and state he loved. His vision of buying the trust, even commenting that its value would not become apparent until 100 years had passed, was prophetic. It was 103 years ago he bought it. And now, it is getting turned over to the people, as a National Park.
There are two formalities that can be taken. One, though Congress, approved in both House and Senate, and two, by having President Obama sequester it under the Antiquities Act.
RKK did a quick traffic study and determined that in one day, across the entire morning or evening, the National Park status would create 200 more cars. Ramsey road would be the heaviest traveled, with 30 extra cars an hour, and Smith Bridge and others, would only have 5 additional cars each hour… So minimal increase…
Horses would be allowed too.
Of course one schedules a big announcement at an opportune time to divert attention from everything else. Suddenly not turning in tax returns is old. “Why you bringing up that shit for, you creepy old loser?” Suddenly, Bain Capital’s fortunes made at the expense of working class heroes, is like last years Mason Jar-d green beans…..
But, did you know, (and it will get lost today for sure), did you know that NOT SINCE EISENHOWER, HAS THE STOCK MARKET EVER PERFORMED AS WELL AS IT HAS THIS PAST TERM OF PRESIDENT OBAMA?
Not during the Republican years of Richard Nixon
Not during the Republican years of Gerald Ford
Not during the Republican years of Ronald Reagan….
Not during the Republican years of George HW. Bush….
Not during the Republican years of George W. Bush……
(ok, ok, in order just to be considered fair here…)
Not during the Democratic years of John F. Kennedy…
Not during the Democratic years of Lyndon Baines Johnson….
Not during the glorious years of Jimmy Carter….
Not during the most amazing years in American History, of William Jefferson Clinton……
Not since Eisenhower…
Let that sink in….. Not since Eisenhower…..
If this were the Philadelphia Eagles and we’d had three back to back Superbowl wins…..we’d be jumping up and down for joy… These results are absolutely awesome. Obama/Biden is really the best team we have seen in our lifetimes…..
Of course, you would never know it if all you listened to, was the Dallas Cowboy’s …..
You see guys…. That’s America today…. And you are listening only to the Dallas Cowboy’s Network……
So if you want to see all the good news that got buried by today’s Ryan grabbing headlines…… and it is definately worth it, I have a link for you here……..
Look through the collection and tell me, does Romney’s choice really matter? REALLY?
The House of Representatives passed CISPA late last night. It passed 248 – 168. Delaware’s John Carney voted for it…
Most of you know it is bad, but don’t know why…
CISPA is a bill to create better collusion between giant businesses and government. The idea came about that if China staged an attack, on banks, water towers, and the Pentagon, with the sharing of information, we would be aware it was a large scale attack in real time, and not, after each department had reported they were down.
The main force behind the bill is that it protects private companies from being sued for turning over information that was so private, it could not have been turned over under previous laws, such as the National Security Act of 1947. It also removes the protections inside the Wiretap Act and Electronic Communications Privacy Act, that helped keep our private matters private.
The fear is that without lawsuits, there will be no protection with how ones privacy issues get flung around.
Companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Netflix (many of which are supporting CISPA) are facing dozens of privacy-related lawsuits — CISPA might be a way to sidestep some of these.
Furthermore, the government could utilize CISPA to remove all civil liberties.
So we have all these negatives, with no positives.
The bill, as most actions passed by Congress these days, falls short in what it is supposed to do…
Obviously if we have less threats and less vulnerabilities, we have a safer Internet. So far the system has worked where if a worm appears, a patch is created to patch that hole. The vulnerabilities continue to exist, but once a patch is created, their effectivness is over.
CISPA takes a different approach. If the current system is defensive, the CISPA takes the offensive approach. The CISPA acts like our CIA, looking through every file, trying to find out as much as it can, and thereby have the patch in advance of the problem…
CISPA allows a knucklehead like me, who thinks he knows everything, to say, you know, Dave Burris has been quiet for a while. He must be up to something. And just on that flimsy pretext alone, everything of Dave’s is captured, stored, and analyzed. In todays corrupt society, all it takes is a dollar of the correct dimension, and Dave’s secrets are now the property of someone else. Dave gets mad, sues, and finds he can’t. Because of CISPA.
Just to be fair, let’s say Jason and Deldem, are both writing less. Both has said incendary things about Republicans… Suddenly, dirt, long buried, long fogotten is getting flung around. Whisper campaigns start and pretty soon, Jason and Deldem are feeling like pariahs. They have no idea why. When they find out, turns out it was over a typo. They didn’t say what they where secretly blamed. They try to sue, and sorry, can’t… it’s CISPA.
The current insurance commissioner has bad feelings about Mitch Crane. She tells the large insurers and they pull pictures out of Mitch’s file from college. Those get published and Mitch spends all his time defending his actions, he never gets to say what a crook the current insurance commissioner is…
Furthermore, as EFF point out, CISPA doesn’t help us average Americans. If a potential threat is discovered, it’s defense, is only good as long as the enemy, doesn’t know we know how to defeat it. Therefore, a patch is made, but, it must be kept secret. Just like when we cracked the code of Hitler, a lot of security went into keeping that fact secret so the code would continue…
What CISPA does, is if it finds a potential threat, it creates a patch and gives it to only a very select few. The rest of us are hung out in the wind, our computers crash, and only those, who have the secret, are up and running.
I’m sure as I’m explaining these implications, you can begin to see why the Obama Administration says it will veto this.
It shifts more power away from us to the corporate and privileged class.
In a nutshell, the principal of this bill is this: China and Russia have been protecting their cyber security for years. The communist establishment moved seamlessly into controlling the Internet of the private sector. We just started. This bill makes us more like China and Russia….
The gut felt antagonism against this bill, …. is that WE don’t want to live like Chinese of Russians….
We’re Americans… This bill will change that….
Contact John Carney here. Let him know that he needs to update himself on cyber-security and not take what he gets told for granted…. He made a mistake. A big one. If you are a Republican reading this, here is your issue. You got him.
If this bill passes, nothing of your’s, mine, or his life, is private anymore.
Fact is the recording industry is selling less CD’s than back in 2004.
Since that time frame, pirates have been steaming music on line…
Therefore pirates have cost the recording industry lots of dollars….
But, wait, back up a minute…….
Fact is the recording industry is selling fewer cassettes than back in 1990. Since that time frame, CD’s have been selling like hotcakes. Therefore CD’s have cost the cassette industry lots of dollars…..
But, wait, back up two minutes……
Fact is, the recording industry is selling fewer 8 tracks than back in 1970. Since that time frame, cassettes, have been selling like hotcakes. Therefore cassettes have cost the 8 track industry lots of dollars……
But, wait, back up three minutes……
Fact is, the recording industry is selling fewer vinyl records than back in 1960. Since that time frame, 8 tracks, have been selling like hotcakes… Therefore 8 tracks have cost the vinyl records lots of dollars…..
But, wait, back up four minutes…..
Fact is , the vaudeville industry is having far fewer performances than back in the 1920′s…. Since that time frame, vinyl records have been selling like hotcakes… not to mention movies in movie houses, radio shows on radio… Therefore new advances in technology, have cost human being performers jobs and revenue…..
Such is life…
Fact is, (back up the time line to today) CD sales are down because most young people in America no longer own a CD player…
Music is not physical… it is digital….
Evidence to support this theory can come from comparing profits from Germany’s musical industry to America’s musical industry.
In Germany physical CDs are still very popular, with digital sales representing less than 25% of all music ‘units’ sold. In the U.S. on the other hand, digital outsells physical with 70% of all sales.
If the theory that the shift towards digital music is negatively impacting revenues holds up, then the German record labels should do much better. Indeed, between 2004 and 2008 the net revenue (in dollars) of the U.S record companies fell more than 30%, compared to less than 5% in Germany.
Incidentally, piracy if far more rampant in Germany than in the US….
Bottom line, is recording executives have to blames some boogey man.. They are blaming piracy for their own ineptness….
Let’s shut down record executives first, before shutting down the worlds free source of information……. Seriously, why should the entire world suffer for a douchebag?
Imagine if the United States in its formative years, decreed all trade in the newly formed United States of America would be hereby be done in barter, so that the Barbary Pirates off Tripoli, could not make any money? Like what would they do with confiscated knickerbockers?
Just as ridiculous, SOPA is…..
Call every Congressional person and tell them this is preposterous.
Remember the baby video maker who was sued because of the pop music playing in the background?
This is foolishness, and every Delawarean, yea, even every national, Congressperson needs to know it…
Perhaps, perhaps, if it is passed, Hollywood can sell a couple of more movies…. But if it is passed, it will be the death of the first amendment… you and me, are gone….. morte…
There can be never be censorship of the Internet… Never. and period….