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Obviously the conventions would dominate those weeks in which they take place within our local blogosphere….

Since the Democrats began their convention, the number of posts relating to just national politics were as follows.

Delaware Liberal 77
Delaware Libertarian 6
Delaware Politics.Net 26
Delaware Watch 5
Delaware Way 5
Down With Absolutes 13
The Colossus of Rhodey 20

The number of posts relating to our state races were as follows:

Delaware Liberal 12
Delaware Libertarian 5
Delaware Politics.Net 5
Delaware Watch 2
Delaware Way 7
Down With Absolutes 13
The Colossus of Rhodey 6

Of course there were some judgment calls. Most particularly with our Senator running as Vice President, that always forced a judgment on whether the post should be considered local or national.

I say it should be no wonder that most local posts remained focused on the national fracus… For these are historic times… The first person with Afro-American blood is right now, running for the White House. The first conservative female (ever) is vying to survive the achievement of the Vice Presidency…. The first Delawarean in anyone’s lifetime, is right now on the national ticket…There was even a storm that looked like Katrina all over again…and the Republican convention downsized accordingly…. Out West, the police busted up a group of drinking conservatives who allegedly threatened to assassinate Obama… The other convention’s police, not to be outdone, were able to arrest Amy Goodman….

So I don’t want to fault those who ignored local politics in order to focus on the national agenda…

I just want to debate whether that is the most effective use of our time, irregardless of whatever party we are discussing…. The underlying question begs to be asked…. Does anything we say or picture upon our blogosphere …make even the slightest difference in the National Race?

Meanwhile we have local people desperately trying to find out about their candidates, as well as candidates trying to get their message past the WNJ’s blockade……and can’t; because we are not talking about it…And it certainly wasn’t a very quiet week in local politics.

The last week before the Primary begins today. On the Republican side, we have the hard liners fighting new blood… After 8 years of Bush, Republicans must consider whether they should stay the course, or molt into a new party still sporting the same name? Protack versus Copeland-Lee is about to determine that….Should Protack upset the regular party faithful, as his state’s highest ranked candidate, he will have considerable input on the direction his party must take, at least until a new figure emerges…. Conventional wisdom considering his win, says there is no way…. But across this nation, Republicans have lost three seats in special elections, all in reportedly safe districts…. If enough of Delaware’s Republicans want to force their party to run on issues, instead of running on slander, then Protack could just get enough bounce to go over the top…..

Stranger things have happened.

On the Democratic side, the governors race is heating up. But you would never know it if you only read the blogs for information (Unless you read Down With Absolutes)… Since a majority of bloggers consider themselves not only Democrats, but progressives, this is a tragic silence. Fortunately the News Journal stepped in, and took over the bloggers role this time, and published a great comparison of both candidates. Hats of to their editing department for their picturesque face off: that put bloggers to shame.

One would think there would be some buzz over the Democratic race to pick Mike Castle’s successor. Granted, the candidate we wanted to run is either going to win or lose the governor’s race next Tuesday, but irregardless, in a Democratic year, nothing substantial has been said about any of these candidates…

Fortunately WPVI Channel 6 stepped in and carried the bloggers role by televising their debate last Sunday morning…. But none would know by just reading the blogs…. It was actually a good chance to see who was honest and direct, who was prompted with canned answers, and who was trying to toe the center by not giving specifics and speaking in platitudes…..

And our insurance commissioners are infighting among the Democrats to see who takes on John Brady…. To be honest, the only one I know anything about is Gene Reed, and that is because of Mike Matthews. There have been three debates yet no one has mentioned them in blogworld…..

But the big, really big race. ie the one affecting us (up North) the most, is the Gordon-Coons battle. Tuesday decides it; there is no Republican challenger…. Fortunately this race has gotten some mention. Before the conventions started, cassandra m wrapped up a synopsis of their debate, that was not flattering to Gordon… But where we get our hard nuggets of info, are out of comments, as one side’s supporters bash those representing the other side…. But the real question of who will better reign in our developers ravaging our countryside, has yet to be answered…..

Equally strategic, is whether Bill Dunn can upset Paul Clark…. Clark is better funded, but previously committed official endorsements for Clark are now dropping like flies, since Bill Dunn has now entered the race….At stake is the question of whether developers should have unlimited access to our county government? Or should they have only the same rights as everyone else? Dunn is for reform… Clark is “the way we were”……

Up North, the big General Assembly race is in the fourth… the seat previously held by Copeland…. Three Republicans, and two Democrats, are battling among themselves for the right to go to Dover… All are well funded for a Primary and the fourth is covered with election signs… However very little has been said about this race within the blogosphere. What will be done when they are elected, will be anyone’s guess….

Democrats in the 6th Senate have a battle on their hands between John McKenzie and Mike Terranova. That race has not registered in our little blogosphere…. Nor has the Republican race for the 10th….between Andrea Daley and James Weldin…. Andrea is a frequent writer on Nancy’s Blog, Delaware Way…… But has any blog covered the pros and cons of either candidate? No.

County Council 8 and 12 are up for grabs on the Democrat’s side. In the 8th, John Cartier and Carl S. Colantuono go head to head for the grand prize… Carl Colantuono was previously highly recommended during a different race two years ago… In the 12th, the new guy Thomas Scherer is giving William Bell a run for his money…. Bell has all the trappings at his disposal that come with being an incumbent, but it appears that Tom is making up the discrepancy on the ground……

In town since Republicans do not exist in the city proper, the mayor, city council president, and the members of Districts 1,2,3,4,8 are all to be settled next Tuesday… But if one were reading the blogs for news, no one would ever know…. Before he left, Tommywonk featured Campbell Hay, who has the dubious distinction of being the only city candidate featured in blogland….

Kent County has a primary in the 3rd district of Levy court, just among the Democrats… and that winner goes against blogger David Anderson, I presume? Further south, Sussex County has a three way Republican race in the 2nd District, and a two way Republican race in the 3rd. In the last race, one of our states more insightful bloggers has put his hat into the ring… To find out his stance on everything, just Google Jud’s Rants Delaware... It should lead you right there……

So all that aside, during this week of conventions, what did we learn locally?

1) We learned we are more exited about the national circus than we normally let on…. It can suck up all our energy…..

2) We learned that we did not live up to our reader’s expectations; who will walk in to the booth on primary day, still in the dark, as if we didn’t exist at all.

3) We learned that candidates need to use us by sending their info to be published, and in order to distinguish ourselves from the News Journal, we need to print it…..

4) We learned we need to apply endorsements based on our values, and adequately explain to readers why our support is forthcoming…..

5) We all have favorites. But if you read the local blogs during this past week of convention coverage….. you would never know it…..

With one week to go in the primaries, we can make some inroads. However the lesson that we take for this week, is that as thoughtful bloggers, we CAN make real impacts on local races decided by the slimmest of margins. Talking mostly about national campaigns, only helps keep things running in our state, the same way as they always have been.

And none of us would agree that running in the same way…is good…..

I just received an eyewitness report I was rather late getting to, that because of the convention, most of you may have passed it by……

I will post the newsworthy portion of the comment:……

“I saw Bill Lee a week ago in Middletown at the parade. He was shaking hands on the parade route, then he hung out in town and walked around the festival and talked to people.

I checked out his site, and there are a bunch of pics of him, he’s been to every parade and festival in the state in the past 3 months and a lot of other places.

He’s even been to DNREC hearings…”

Naturally I was quite relieved. I was afraid he had suffered a serious medical emergency, and no one was saying anything.

Courtesy of Delawareonline and Mike Matthews at DWA

But according to one or our most appropriately named commenters, DUH, Bill Lee is alive and well.

Sigh of relief.

I see signs for “Bill Lee for Governor”. Is there really a candidate running under that name? Or is he just a shadow of the way Republicans wish it were?

At the governor’s debate: Protack, Carney, and Markell showed up. No Lee. At any public gathering we have the three real candidates pressing the flesh… but there is never any Lee? Never? As we that we know, comes from floated “public announcements.” Public announcements?

His absence brings up a valid question? What does Lee stand for? What type of government will befall us should we cast a single vote for him on in the primaries on September 9th?

Obviously no one knows. From FSP we get something about “health care” We are told it comes from the Lee-Copeland campaign. We are told….get it?

Here is Dave’s spin:

At the core of the Lee-Copeland health care plan is a provision allowing anyone in Delaware who purchases health care to purchase a plan from any state in America,

That doesn’t sound like Lee. That sounds like Copeland…..

Remember this?

(Copeland) Next, he advocated getting four states and the federal government to work together on wind power when three of these states already engaged in their separate procurement programs.

Gee, how similar. That out of state approach didn’t work for wind. In fact that wind proposal which was thrown out, was actually a “red herring” intended to derail the wind process altogether. Knowing how well certain corrupt Insurance Companies are bankrolling Copeland, one might ponder whether this too is another long arduous “Death March” intended to send adequate health care beyond the point of no return?

So where does one find this Bill Lee who is running for governor? Around Dewey Beach if one listens to the blogosphere: 🙂

“A couple of weeks ago, I gave my daughter a ride to Ruddertowne at about 10:00pm and on the way home I saw a girl who appeared to be in her mid-20’s passed out on the sidewalk in her pretty little black dress. Her friend was just kind of standing there staring into space. Maybe they were waiting for Judge Lee to join them. Gross. It’s just gross.”

[GOP gubernatorial candidate] “Bill Lee likes to occasionally hit a bar, have a few drinks and dance with the ladies is somehow a disqualification for the office of governor” –

And finally, this:

Courtesy of Delawareonline and Mike Matthews at DWA
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Can someone answer why state Republicans raised $300,000 for a candidate no one ever sees? Is it because they want to fund a candidate who doesn’t want to do anything to help average Delawareans?

If your are a Republican not ready to be a Democrat, and you want your party to represent you for a change, then you need to send those $300,000 Republicans a message they won’t forget. Vote for Mike Protack……

Tell that party of yours, that if they take care of you for a change, you will take care of them…. Mike Protack has stated his platform for all to see, and has adequately defended it, point by point, against the best two people that the Delaware Democrats have offered in twenty years.

Really, who needs another four years of a governor we can never find………. As we have seen over the last four, voting for a shadow is a waste of a vote. One single vote will start the process of revitalizing the Republican party in 2012.

Bill Lee is not that one single vote….

Hard as it may be, as crunch time comes up, it becomes difficult to focus on Georgia, Iran, and our long term relations with China.  Even though New Castle County primary elections have little to offer rivaling the scale of dodging nuclear missiles, we as single individuals on the other hand,  have far more effect on local politics, than could we ever impact our national policy.

Endorsements, may work for some people…….But realistically, they are a waste of time….So I’m planning on going through the election season without any endorsement.  Cop out?  Could be, but does anyone really care?  But equally viable, it could also be a stroke of genius…. again, does anyone really care?

But if one steps back and thinks large scale, what may be important and more persuasive than any endorsement, would be to publish those elements that stacked up to tip my vote one way or another….

So we start with the Clark-Dunn race for New County Council President. Basically the choice is simple.  If you are a developer wanting to take over personal property to make a profit, then Mr. Pam Scott is your man… (inside joke)…  If you think our county belongs collectively to its citizens, and should cater to their needs as opposed to developers, Dunn is the one to vote for…

Clark has up to this point done a fairly good job on excusing himself whenever his wife’s property interests are before the Council….  that is fine.  The tipping point, however, was the email going out several months ago.  That was a mistake we were told….  But the silent question, the question never asked was this.  Why does one of this state’s top retail lawyers have bedroom access to the President of New Castle’s County Council’s computer?

One does not have to be a polar bear expert (another inside joke) to figure that out. Bottom line is this:

Why should a conglomeration of Realtors have inside information, and citizens have to wait in the dark until it is vetted in order to find out about it?  Obviously if we approve of this arrangement by voting for and supporting Mr. Pam Scott for County Council President….this trend will continue.

On to Gordon and Coons.

Obviously the black shirts of county government are rebelling and looking for a Bonnie Prince Charlie to return them to their former glory.  It’s not going to happen… and Bonnie Prince Charlie will have to dress up like a women again and slip off to France…

Gordon did some great things and I don’t want to overlook that fact.  When he authorized the temporary moratorium against development, I stood up and cheered.  He ran our County Government, granted during AWESOME financial times,  in good fashion.  But, the financial weather took a turn for the worse the very same year Coons was elected….

The cutting of all beneficial Federal Programs by both Houses of a Republican Congress, dried up a lot of money which Gordan had previously put to good use.  On top of that, the bursting of the financial bubble caused by John McCain’s chief economic officer, Phil Gramm, has recently sapped that income normally flowing in from the transfer of property……  Both these sea changes must be considered when making any comparison…..

But what does not need any extenuating circumstances to compare, is the morality between the two candidates. The Freeberry-Gordon connection is just creepy.  Her romantic involvement with him during his term of office, casts a pale shadow over an otherwise good administration.  Many within the country administration are dreading the return of the “enforcer’ and her realm of terror she brought to those whose incomes depended upon her capriciousness.

In the absence of either candidate flatly coming out for a moratorium on all New Castle County development for five years, which throws everything discussed up to here out the window; the subsequent, lower level, real but oft unmentioned activities mentioned above, will need  to be considered.

If someone offers you a free berry,….. do you take it?

The following elections I won’t comment on at this time….

County Council District 8
John Cartier
Carl Colantuono

County Council District 12
William Bell
Thomas Scherer

Mayor
James M. Baker
Robert I. Bovell, Jr.

President of City Council
Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr.
Norman D. Griffiths

City Council District 1
Nnamdi Chukwuocha
Charles Potter, Jr.

City Council District 2
Ernest M. Congo II
Michele A. Griffiths
Devon L. Hynson
Lawrence C. Smith

City Council District 3
Stephanie T. Bolden
Richard L. Dyton

City Council District 4
Mack D. Cochran
Hanifa Shabazz

City Council District 8
Campbell Hay
Stephen L. Martelli
Joseph D. Zilcosky

City Council District at Large
Darius J. Brown
Dwight L. Davis
Charles M. Freel
Samuel L. Guy
Gary E. Hutt
Loretta Walsh
Vincent M. White
Justen Wright

I could,.. but doing so, at this point would truly be done out of too little information.  Anyone can begin their own research at this site here…..

(If I become persuaded to comment on some of these very interesting races, I will post later.)

Insurance Commissioner: Gene Reed had it in his hand but that was blown by Matthew’s campaign sleuthing. In his favor, if Reed was truly crooked, he would have waited to accept those questionably donations, so that the 30 day financial statement would be our first glimpse of his records. Obviously he is a neophyte to how things are done, and possibly, (stress “possibly”) just had a great idea of how to earn money and exercised it. He wouldn’t be the first politician in this state to do so….. June calls him a “Matt Denn in progress”. But anyone who touches tainted money has the dye on his hands for a long time. Most progressives among each other whisper when party leaders are not present, that Brady, a Republican (shudder), will continue Matt Denn’s approach better than any Democrat…..

Governor: Despite his flaws it is obvious that Protack is the better choice. He wanted the nomination and has worked diligently towards achieving it. If some can be believed, perhaps too diligently…. That enthusiasm has to be balanced with the lackluster attitude of his opponent. First he is not in, then he is in, then not, then in Florida, then after a draft is compiled from a few Protack haters, we get a rousing “well, I guess so… if no one else will do it…. ok….” Imagine if he were elected governor? “Wow… Look at me… I’m a governor…. Time for vacation.” If one does not have a workable agenda, how enthusiastic will be be? We have just gotten through 8 years of a chief executive hailing from Sussex County who had no plan? Why would we want another four? Protack had a plan as far back as 2007. It actually has many good points.

On the other side we have a repeat of a Danello-Shipley match… Bad blood will be spilled, giving Republicans a huge shot in the arm starting on September 10th….. Democrats have no choice but to start slugging in the next few days…. Vision is what is at stake…. Old tricks are stale…..

Jack was first on wind. Carney along with (almost) every other party Democrat lined up behind NRG’s clean coal….. That is fine at first suggestion, but as certain bloggers started turning out real facts to counter fossil fuel’s “fake” facts, Carney wisely switched. Carney seized the high ground by out-flanking Markell and winning Babcock and Brown’s promise to make Delaware a hub for a new industry. He followed that announcement with another: Del Tech would become a center for Off Shore Wind technology….. courtesy again of Babcock and Brown…. Markell was sidelined. With the final passage of a very weakened version, constructed by Tony DeLuca, Carney looked as if he had hit a home run……

Then it hit. Eminent Domain…. He backed the version that allowed developers to seize property to make a profit….. The obvious thought flashed across all Delawarean’s consciousness….. Ok, despite his words, he is really in bed with the developers. Hmmm.

So left with a choice of a Democrat in favor of wind, who is totally independent from developers, and the opposite: a Democrat who is in favor of wind, and incapable of overriding the developer’s wishes, the answer simply presents itself for those willing to see with unfettered eyes.

Delaware collectively (Burris the exception) is tired of Castle… Compromised by his party affiliation, he has lost effectiveness. Oh, he can still show up and cut ribbons, but Delaware deserves more. Oh, he can get tariff exemptions of certain chemicals, but Delaware deserves more. Mike Castle has run his course and the tired, old campaign signs of his, show the same side he first ran in 1992.

Any of you still drive a car from 1992? Any of you still have a computer from 1992? If so,,… how well does it work? There is nothing wrong with longevity, as long as it is productive. But with a Democratic leadership running both Houses of Congress, just how much positive good will a Republican moderate, shunned by his own party’s leadership, be able to provide?

Therefore to remove him, care must be taken to position someone in that other party, who does not make Castle look better in comparison.
KHN did well two years ago. But two years are a long time in the losers chair….

Mike Miller did not do well in his previous two attempts running against Castle. Even though Castle is vulnerable, it is hard to imagine him doing any better this time around. Obviously his run was orchestrated (by someone) to water down any real candidate from gaining traction, by stealing votes from one of Delaware’s minority populations away from someone who actually had a real chance.

Jerry Northington has had a local website up for a good while. He was a regular contributor on the Daily Kos before he tossed his hat into the ring. One can see where Jerry stands and his stands are admirable. No candidate in Delaware has kept the pressure on Castle as well as has Northington. Northington, a veterinarian, summed up the health care crises with the most succicnt remark I have heard on that topic:

“We have for over 100 years known in veterinary medicine that preventive health care is the way to go. If we have known and can do that for animals, why in hell’s name can’t we do it for people?”

That is a good question, and one Mike Castle would never ask.

He who fights harder, wins better.

And I need someone to fight for me for a change.

The results were Lee with 40%, Protack with 36.5% and Graham who has since dropped out, with 6%.

It is unlikely that Graham’s supporters would go for Lee. The best guess would put Protack at 42.5% versus Lee’s 40%.

WGMD is located in the heart of Bill Lee country. There, one would expect him to receive overwhelming support. New Castle County, where Mike Protack has a stronger presence, was under represented throughout the poll.

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If there is any correlating theme coming from this past week, would have to lie deep within the meaning of this word: fragments.

Whereas before, the blogging community seemed to be one amorphous blob, with all of its patrons joined together in a fight for survival against the study of the illogical (illogogy)…. it almost seems that with the passing of the Bluewater Wind controversy and the closing of Legislative Hall for another 6 months, that without a common enemy, the blogging world is running all over the place, like a week’s worth of wind-up McDonald’s toys set loose at the same time.

It was different last summer. The evil Stockbridge was the ogre of that time. (Copeland and McDowell surfaced as the insidious ones later in the fall)… During those lazy, hazy days, one could always on a slow day count on someone posting something about Mitt Romney. Others could be counted on to praise Obama, or damn Mike Castle, and many Ron Paul supporters were just beginning to get the wind beneath their wings. Giuliani even had a supporter or two, and one Sussex County person, was anticipating the great Fred Thompson’s march all the way into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…. Last summer bred some exciting times. It was a great time to be a blogger…..

This week, each blog is on its own agenda. Even one fascinated with blogs as myself sometimes skims and clicks out if nothing jumps out like a fanged dog at me….That never happened last year… Did we overwork ourselves with all of our successful endeavors?

One difference between the two summers, lies in the march of events. Events have increased their frequency this summer. Every day destiny provides us with a fait accompli before we even get a chance to comment upon it.  We will have a presidential campaign soon upon us with two conventions. We will have the Olympics starting on the ominous day of 8/8/8. We are hanging by just a thread from collapsing into the abyss of bank closures, unemployment, with a broke federal government unable to guarantee any other bailout. We will have a good Phillies’ team for once.

But for whatever reason each of us are starbursting, which is management speak for just bouncing around, making a scene, yet accomplishing little in the long term because of a lack of any follow-through…

Everyone is on their own agenda….. If you were new to Delaware’s blog scene and just happened to visit us for the first time this week, you might think Delaware Liberal was misnamed. Although they smatter their posts with some liberal content, most of their time within posts and comments was tied up on the global significance of the Thursday election of Delaware’s hottest blogger. Fortunately Donvitti provides pictorial relief from his blatant lobbying attempt to keep the title coming to himself….. This is worth the visit just to see what some rather famous names look like…..There are also some nice photo’s of some trees…..and portable chairs….. On a serious note, mark your calendars for the Thursday July 31st fundraiser for Tommy….. Voting will be done on site…..

One controversy stirring among Delaware’s elite, is over the use, or misuse of Democratic party funds to fund one candidate over its challenger.

In a detached way it almost seems like we are sifting too hard, forcing out controversies in otherwise everyday occurrences, then fanning the flames, just because we have too little to argue about… (and more like the main stream media than we would like to think)…… to draw attention to ourselves.. We are, after all, human beings too…. But when all is said and done, it still is the party’s money to spend as they see fit. But in judging it’s overall importance, after  looking over each blog’s links,  this giant controversy also covered by our main stream media,  is mentioned in only two blogs, both of which lean towards Markell.  Is it then really such a big deal if it is only being mentioned by just one side?  Just asking…

Now, moving on……..

Delaware Watch jumps around between the national political scene and controversies occurring on the home front. Taking on the fickle Lee turnabout, it appears that the sentiments of the actual Republican Gubernatorial candidate, do not fall in line completely with his handlers. We in a glimpse see that their party’s flagship candidate, who until he was restrained by his programmers, actually had a moment of courage and credibility. With his reversal, we see we are now exposed to just another hologram, a human face put on some shady backroom dealings….He is truly just following his handler’s directions…… On the national front, Delaware Watch covers the real reason McCain reversed himself and went with offshore drilling…. It wasn’t for America’s interests……it was done in the interest of his campaign treasury… With his reversal…. his campaign treasury swelled with oil man’s money. No doubt this was noticed by Christine O’Donnell who thought she could get free money as well……  Continuing…..

Delaware Way has dived down deep into New Castle County Politics. While struggling to protect The Grange’s historical significance from the Scott- aided developers who are just itching to bulldoze that remarkable historical site under….. her commentary is long and full of information…. Truly this is corruption in its highest form. It is the local equivalent of Iraqi oil. We’ll take it because we can, thank you very much….. As one nation under God, we fought against this concept of entitled royalty during our Revolution War. No wonder Clark-Scott want to remove any local traces of that rebellion from Delaware’s future collective memory…. They are establishing themselves as the nouveau caste of elitists…. it’s Capano and the Highway Radisson all over again………

On a side, this controversy reminds me that for one week in late summer of 1777, thirty thousand troops were camped in New Castle County. (To get a visual of that amount, climb to the top of St. Francis Hospital’s parking garage and look out over all of Wilmington. Half of all you see, represents the number of troops, both British and American, being bivouacked here). Even more historic, is the fact that the war could have been settled here in the British’s favor, had the British capitalized on one of Washington’s errors….. They didn’t. Clark-Scott want it covered up…. $$$$$$$ Shall we let them?

Oddly since mentioning Scott and Clark in the same sentence makes one want to throw up, the local blogosphere, perhaps in a subtle tribute to Al Mascitti, has decided to go the route of food critic. DWA’s Dominique recommends juicy hamburgers, and Jason330 issues accolades for a tuna pineapple appetizer…. And for those who salivate at visual images…….

Next, getting to the spirit of political fundraising, we are shown two opposite approaches. Delaware Politics. Net has this article of one union shaking down its members to meet an arbitrary goal. Just when unions finally have an election season going for them, one of their members pulls a stunt like this…. Down With Absolutes has a tongue in cheek posting in similar vein. Apparently to facilitat their solicitation for donations, they need a mechanism that responds to sexual favors (see comments).

Meanwhile our favorite Curmudgeon is standing guard over our rights,… (naturally including our right give and receive sexual favors).(lol) Most particularly important to her, is the right to pursue our own form of happiness. That July 4th right is under attack by two local towns. A giant controversy, covered nowhere else, has its silence broken by Shirley. Apparently they do not have sex in Middletown. or at least certain elements of that city want to pretend that they don’t…. Banishing Waters and dropping Bernhardt seems like much ado over nothing. Surprisingly this has not gotten airplay from anywhere else… But such controversies will forever haunt the human condition. It is what happens when you let stupid people into government….. Personally I’m looking forward to the response to Newark’s singling out motorcycles for their noise abatement enforcement. I’ve never seen a million motorcycles before. I wonder if they could get that many to show? They have the mailing lists, and most bikers I know would drive at least 500 miles to an event like this….

On a side, I wonder how long it would take a million bikes to pass down Newark’s Main Street? Taking the average of 5 feet per bike and going with a tight 4 bike abreast formation with twenty feet separating each row…. To pass by one point, the answer is 79 hours; from noon on a Friday until 7 pm Monday evening. Now that would be an event worth seeing. I don’t think any other locality would dare venture so far as to single out motorcycles in the future, were bikers able to pull something like this off…….

The Colossus is starbursting from the other side… Now a movie critic they cover the The Great Debaters and The Dark Knight.. The latter was more of a Ms. Manners’ commentary on the behavior of those watching with him. (No wonder boot-legs sell well on the black market.) (lol) But to test your brainpower acumen, check out the trivia question included near the bottom of The Dark Knight... I wonder whether sight unseen if you can guess the winner? If you guessed “Mr. Trivia”, Allan Loudell, you are close….. almost.

Starbursting from the other side…. the staff of Colossus has decided to rule the Isle of Lost Causes and scours the media outlets for anything to throw at Obama. Most of them don’t stick….but the theme picture is worth commenting upon. Here is pitch one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, etc…. and a couple of small arms fire, one and two, aimed at Protack. Perhaps I’m nuts, but the only thing missing in this exhaustive anti-Obama coverage, is any substantial argument as to why someone in their right mind would ever want to vote for Obama’s opponent? Darn, after such extensive reading, I forgot his name…….

Third parties often are manned by well meaning dolts. One ducks and dodges them in any public event…..or fails to return their phone calls because of their tendency to focus on one narrow issue that appears to most, to be relatively unimportant. But,…. when a third party is manned by someone of superior intelligence, they offer a view of the other political parties unseen by those confined within…. Browsing through Delaware Libertarian recently, I was pleasantly surprised to find a rather good description of the Democratic Party…..

Using Delaware Liberal as a template, Steve Newton dissects the Democratic Party with a surgeon’s precision. As his discussion evolves it becomes self-evident that perhaps Progressives of all parties need to unite and elect intelligent candidates for a change, instead of the usual ones put up by parties whose sole appeal lies in the fact that they obey orders….. His proposal for an amalgamated Progressive Party made of many parts (smart Dem’s, smart Repub’s, and smart Indi’s), is a thinking man’s proposal for finding a way out of our cardboard maze we have chosen to place ourselves inside. It is proposal worth pursuing…..For both Steve, Shirley, and myself are pulling for one Republican: Tyler Nixon. Common Sense may need a little help in this race.

In my pick for the best post of the week, we have the breakdown of our Medicare System. By breakdown, I mean totally….broken…..down….. Our medicare system is busted and in this post we actually feel a father’s anguish of a daughter caught up in a bureaucracy-gone-wild under the current Republican unfunded mandates….. Read at your own discretion… It made me angry…. Just be prepared to laugh out loud when Copeland, Lee, Castle, and McCain say their administration has trimmed costs by reducing the rolls of those on Medicare. Be prepared to laugh them all the way down below 10%…. The post is truly non- partisan, but I guarantee your anger after reading it….will be partisan…..no matter what party you hail from…..

But be careful of what you say….. not.. Obviously Delaware Libertarian has been compromised by the Fed’s searching for information on face it, this and other local deviants, who they fear more than any blah-blah propagandist. For they have no defense against facts. Facts pertaining to what they have done wrong , facts showing they care not for their constituents, facts that will anger a population so much that their power base will shift to another…. They must find those who prevent their story line from being seriously taken at face value and take them out….

Commendation must be given to the Delaware Libertarian for following the letter of the law, but posting the warning for all to see is genius. I had not yet thought of that form of civil disobedience which is perfectly legal, ( I checked) since it is a blanket warning and is not one expressly tipping off the person that their records are being culled. I encourage all others receiving such notification to follow this defiant act. At this early stage, searching through the records of one blogger (obviously not a threat to this or any other nation, but equally obviously a threat to an already very dead political movement within this nation), may be legal, but is very hard to justify politically. Now is the time to push back, and not wait until after Israel bombs Iran and we go into Emergency Powers……

But running scared is the opposite of what we bloggers do. If you have ever trained as a United States Marine, you know that when you hear enemy fire, you race hell bent towards it… So that is what we are doing…. Causalities are a cost of doing battle with evil… To this poor soul, violating the laws of the Constitution of the United States, is about as close to treason and evil as anyone can get…..

Thanks Steve for finding that solution… Of course if it was done as a “punk”, it worked well enough so that we have acquired a defense against a Department of Homeland Security staffed only by sick Republicans….. if everyone posts a similar notice we can show the world that within our own country, our freedom is under attack…..

Joe M of Merit Bound Alley comes out of his two month sabbatical, no doubt, because of the hostility given to his view posted in Delaware Liberal‘s comment section regarding the pope. He applies scientific principals to the Catholic position, and proves that the church’s stand on this issue, is, if not completely unsound, still rather controversial.

Now on a lighter note… much needed I think after that…… Ok…we had our food critics….we had a movie critic…. and now, (drumroll please) from lower Delaware, we get our automotive critic. Mike Mahaffie has left the hybrid community. “What? No more mileage posts?” Gone is the Prius. Mike’s Musing‘s author has settled on a new Scion as his next best thing…..Being familiar with anime artistry, I laughed at his quote….”The styling is sharp; a colleague described the front view today as like a Japanese anime character. I can see that.” if needing a good game of golf to relax, you can find it here…. But making vehicle changes is not the only change his blog has undergone… the blog itself has received some major housekeeping….

Last but not least, as he prepares for Thursday’s Drinking Liberally accompanied by the sideshow of choosing Delaware’s Hottest Blogger, Tommywonk is getting his writing ready for the big time of national politics in Denver…. His three posts about Obama, naturally are sandwiched between three posts about energy…… Obviously Christine’s illogogy has gotten his dander up a little, as she did mine….. To paraphrase Dusty’s admonition to Bill, the tornado chaser in the 90’s thriller...Twister…. “(She)’s gonna rue the day (she) goes up against “The Extreme.” Better give it up Christine O’Donnel, challenger to Joe Biden’s Senate seat,…. By going against Tommywonk, you are simply competing out of your league………..

So you see…. we are all fragments… our blogosphere has lost its cohesiveness…. A vast pit of randomness is what we have become, disconnected, diverse, looking away from each other and chasing our own rainbows…

Which reminds me to take off my hat and give David Anderson a deep bow of respect for deciding to make a difference by running for office... Watching David’s writing change over the last two years, has been a pleasure. It’s been a while now, since he has started writing from his own heart, instead of his party’s standard talking points. I’m thankful for the insights which his view has provided, some of which have grounded my own views with a deeper truth… I know he ran before. But based solely on his writing, this time in my heart, I believe he is ready to do what is needed for his constituents, and not follow what is asked of by his party’s higher up’s. Thumbs up, David. You represent us all. Make us proud……

So fragments we collectively are.. and you know… as I processed all this information, I realize that being fragmented so is not all that bad, as you too can now see by this rather lengthy, exhaustive post…

Unless, of course, the economy has dealt you a blow. Unless, of course, you are desperately trying to make ends meet with no steady stream of finances. Unless, of course, by this time all you have left is fragments…. and it shows up in your writing style…. because that is how your life………………… is.

  • Bill Lee for Governor (loves Bush)
  • Charlie Copeland for Lt. Governor (loves Bush)
  • John Brady for Ins. Commissioner (loves Bush)
  • Mike Castle for Congress (loves Bush)
  • Christine O’Donnell for U.S. Senate (loves Bush)

On the other hand are those rogue candidates such as:

  • Mike Protack for Governor (thinks Bush is an idiot)

who will not have the support of the “official” Republican party (loves Bush).

We are certainly encouraged by Dave‘s optimism and will be closely tracking to see if more Republicans votes are totaled this year, than ever in the history of time………..

It certainly should be so, if every voter out there loves George Bush half as much as these guys do.

David Graham just accused on the eve of the Republican State Convention, governor draftee Bill Lee,  of being an alcoholic.

Alas, like most things being said by Republicans these days, it probably isn’t true.