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Thursday, August 11, 2011…… Tommywonk, posted his last post… number 1850.
His six years, five months, nineteen days, … started out with this……
That length of time, is a remarkable achievement. One that took, I’m sure, a big bite out of his life… as well as, offered us glimpses into the mechanizations that were constantly going on, in his…
(We always had a heads up when the Arden Fair was coming, as well as the Philadelphia Folk Festival…. )
Not to mention the giant collective gasp breathed by all of us, when a van didn’t see him bicycling across the exit ramp where 52 E crosses 141 S….
But last August when he hung his posts up for the last time, I a relative latecomer, had a little over 200 posts to go in order to catch up to him….
Today, with this post, I have reached his milestone.
Since Tommy has passed on/off Delaware’s blog scene, we have lost the scientific approach he provided, in his writing style, his WDEL on-air conversations, and any testamony he gave live, if you were ever lucky enough to hear him…. As a group, those persisting in this local blogging enterprises, tend to be more emotional spun than logically woven. Tommy provided a balance for all of us to be compared, and tended to keep the whole blog-dom neighborhood on an even keel….
Tommywonk was invaluable in providing information about what could have been Delaware’s crowning achievement: an offshore wind farm that would have dropped rural Delaware’s electrical rates below the floor.
When the flow of information became monopolized by both Delmarva Power and the “Four Horsemen” who controlled the General Assembly during the power vacuum of the Minner adminstration, Tommy dug, and provided an outlet that could not be silenced, allowing beneficial factual information to get out… and into the right hands.
Tommy style was one of “chuckling” … His sense of humor was mild but quick, and anyone who pompously had stuck out their neck to speak an energy- untruth, soon had the floor cut out from under him in such a way, the the audience or readers, were STILL chuckling everytime they saw that person in the flesh…. Instead of being forced to listen to screaming micro-brains who had no idea of what they were saying… Tommy’s readers were usually rolling on the floor, laughing hysterically, and those who were the brunt of his epistles, didn’t dare show their faces again in the General Assembly, …. for months…
Looking over Tommy’s works one can see its growth and development. The early posts were fresh items about random events, that were apolitical in nature. Sort of along the spirit of Mike’s Musing now…
Then a political bent began to surface and a community was formed… The Colossus of Rhody, First State Politics, Pencader Days, carried the message from the right. These blogs were at one time, run by real people. You knew their heartaches, their musical tastes, their huge events taken place in their lives. In the early days, there was a lot of junk… which if not important in the grand scale of things today, was a hell of a lot more interesting….
Back then, if we found something that cracked us up, we shared it. We never had a second thought. EMI’s copyright laws were not even considered back then.
In between the Dem’s and Repug’s, we had the Delaware Libertarian, featuring Steve Newton & Tyler Nixon, who used to roll us on the floor laughing. And Tyler Nixon, way back when he ran as a Republican against McDowell in 06, had ALL the support of blogdom, both the right and left… (no one liked McDowell….) Mike’s Down With Absolutes also fit in here within the political spectrum…
And then, we had Delaware Liberal, which in the beginning was run by one man, who still shows himself there (congratulations old man)… But he had moments where he left blogging forever, to return, then leave again, and return… So the Delaware Liberal of today, has gone through some metamorphisms…. Most of the little blogs melded into Delaware Liberal, before siphoning off again. (Donviti comes to mind). The old days featured daily contributions by the likes of Pandora, Cassandra, Liberal Geek, others, and Jason. It was later that Deldem and El Som moved over bringing with them some serious analytical skills; more have joined since. Also we had Dana’s Delaware Watch, and Nancy’s Delaware Way…. and from the south…. Mike’s Musing, from Lewes town…. .
Mike’s Musing gave us lots of pictures from his Flicker account. In a way, Mike was a lot like Tommywonk. Especially when it came to numbers.. We were often treated to pics of odometers at various point in his Prius’s history.
But the life that surged throught the old blog world was awesome. On final General Assembly night, all the bloggers would descend on Legislative Hall, and Dave Burris and Dana Garrett would be seen working in cahoots… It was a beautiful thing to witness, and was probably the single one thing that broke the ground and later eased FOIA’s entrance into the General Assembly. If two bloggers on opposite extremes could collaborate with inside info from each caucus, why was so much fuss being made to keep everything secret? It took the passing of some old guards to finally clear the way for open government to surface in Delaware, but eventually, the old guard parted, and that did come about.
Today, all those blogs still standing all have a tone of a more serious nature. They are less spontaneous and fun, primarily because they are a lot less personable.
But I would guess, that is to be expected over the course of a long haul…. At first the journey is fresh, but after enough time slips past, one’s focus narrows to just getting to that destination…..
Tommy fought that to the end. He never tunneled into the mountain. His posts were always a breath of fresh air, of originality, of true life in printed form…..
Alas, things are not the same without him…. He was the seed of many, many of my writings.
I hope he is doing well in his new life….. Hmmm, he must be getting up there by now… I wonder … if he still rides, bicycles?
This was uttered in response to calls from Republicans that the call for a tax on millionaires was the initiation of class warfare.
It’s like Republicans shot their own children, and when the police came with guns drawn, started taunting them as murderers.
Republicans only, only, and only Republicans are guilty of class warfare.
This is not conjecture. There is proof……
Truth is, since Republicans came to power, the rich have done better… Better at the expense of the upper middle class, the middle class, the lower middle class, and those below the middle class.
Four classes of people have had their lives go from better to worst under Republican policies….
But, during the Clinton years… every class of people got better off, as each year under a democratic administration passed by….
The bottom layer was better off at each years end, than when that year first began.
The lower middle class was better off at each years end, than when that year first began.
The middle class was better off at each years end, than when that year first began.
The upper middle class was better off at each years end, than when that year first began.
And the upper crust, the upper class, the top group of people including millionaires, billionaires, and trillionaires, were all better off at each years end, than when that year first began.
There you have it. Proof that Republicans practiced class warfare; Proof that the Democrats don’t..
You can lie, cheat, scream, scold, squeal, rant, gnash your teeth, rent your clothing, prostrate yourself before your lover, and drink lots of beer. It still won’t change the math…
Americans do much better when taxes are higher on millionaires and on capital gains…. The higher the taxes, the better off are all…….
Always have; always will. Now is the time to push tax rates up to where they were in Ronald Reagan’s era. 50%. Republicans seemed to like the math… then….
Ryan, leading Republican, said Republicans would vote against rescinding the Payroll tax credit currently in place that reduces the amount each worker pays into his Social Security Fund. That amounts to between $12 and $22 dollars a week for the average worker. Or a family savings of $1248 to $2288 for the average family of two income earners…
Republicans want to increase families taxes up to $2288… But they lined up and said that millionaires would not pay one penny more in taxes as long as Republicans have voting power in the US Congress.
Democrats on the other hand, want to keep these tax cuts in place. arguing most families right now cannot afford an extra $1248 to $2288 dollars a year…. The say increase the tax on millionaires by the amount to balance the budget these tax breaks are growing the deficit.
Question is: who do you think should pay more in taxes… You? or millionaires…..
Are you beginning to feel buyer’s remorse for that Republican donation you once made way back when?
Of course these type of stories occur…….It is the decision to use these tidbits that comes into question.