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Here is a list of states and the breakdowns of how much of a hit to their economies this immediate cut will cause…

Delaware small as it is, stands to lose $875,852… between last Saturday and this past one.  By next week, if benefits are not restored by Congress, it will be double that, or around $1.7 million dollars of economic activity that just disappears….

That fails to consider the multiplier effect. Because the unemployed reliably spend all the benefits they get, they create a “multiplier effect” in the economy. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics (MCO), estimates that every dollar of unemployment benefits generates about $1.55 in economic activity.

Applied to Delaware the loss of economic activity jumps to $1.35 million per week, or a total $2.7 million dollars lost by this upcoming weekend.. or the equivalent one summer week’s loss of 900 New 5 BR Bethany Beach House Rentals. with Huge Kitchen & Deck, Comm. Pool & Beaches each week!… or the geographic representation of the loss of every house in Bethany Beach, East of the Coastal Highway between the National Guard Base (north entrance to town) to the high rises of Sea Colony….

Don’t let anyone tell you unemployment benefits are insignificant…

In a suspicious home invasion down in Kenton, Delaware, the local police blotter, comes this story.

“Residents say they were awakened at 3 am when the front door was bashed in… In came a man the children described as looking like the incredible hulk who began smashing things in the house.  Damage was estimated by the insurance company at over $10,000 “It was horrible ” the mother said.  The children were screaming. I was screaming. My husband was screaming like a little girl. ” The invader was looking for a floppy disc.  “Where is it? he demanded. I want that floppy disc”.  The wife procured a floppy disc and hand it to him, He immediately left.

He was overheard on his cell phone, saying “Boss, I got the disc.  Yeah!  I used credible pressure”

Not sure if I’d want to be attached to this statement, Chris….

“Credible pressure from the United States helped draw out Russia’s proposal to work with the international community?

Delaware has 3 C’s.  Carney, Coons, and Carper all representing us in our national assembly, Congress.  As the vote for Syria gets put on hold, it becomes time for Delawareans to call up their three Congressional representatives and give them insight into what their constituents are feeling.

Simpler for all, is their email form at each representatives website, easily searched by your favorite search engine.  In cases like these, especially war and death, your opinions matter.  Each Representative has a dual obligation… One, they must do what is best for the America they serve.  Two, they must do what is best for their constituents back home who elected them.

Occasionally the official line of the American Government is at odds with the feeling of the constituents back home.  In the old days of kings one could only complain.  With the American form of democracy, one can take action..   Our Congress as would any person, only hearing only facts from one side, only hearing only opinions from one side, only hearing emotions from one side, … would have a hard time going against the only side that one hears.

Today, every congressperson who has not committed, is being lobbied hard to sign up for war by the Administration.  Phone calls, personal visits, complete with all the trappings required to sway a vote, are being sharply applied to our three people to insure they follow the wishes of the government over those of their constituents back home.

Unless you call and express YOUR view,  they will win.  It’s is inevitable.

However since YOU actually cast the vote that has given (and in the future will allow them to continue what may be called) one of the best jobs in the world,….  what “you” think… matters more then what ten employees of the Administration think…  Really!  For sure! Look within yourself!  Do you care what a coworker thinks, over what your boss thinks?  I hope not;  if so your priorities are in the wrong place.  it follows suit with them too.

We are talking about going to war.  If you don’t call on this, really… why are you even an American?

YOU have an obligation to make a call on this issue and tell them why you think, the way you do….  Every call is important, either way, in helping our Congressional delegation align themselves with their constituents.

Remember, email on their websites is better, but if calling is easier for you, here are their numbers…

Senator Tom Carper (D- DE)    iPhone:   202-224-2441   Fax:    202-228-2190

Senator Christopher Coons (D- DE)   iPhone:  202-224-5042  Fax:   202-228-3075

Representative John Carney (D – Delaware At Large)   iPhone:  202-225-4165   Fax:  202-225-2291

And before I leave, let me explain the Fourth “C” in my title… The fourth “c” stands for “credibility”…  Without you, our congressional delegates have no credibility.  You are the fourth “C” representing us in Congress…  If you ever get mad at your delegate for voting against the way you think he should, BUT YOU DID NOTHING TO LET HIM KNOW WHAT HE SHOULD OF DONE,  well, dude, it’s on you!

If one constantly hears that only one  path to take is good, and never hears the other side’s opinion…. how can anyone expect them not to vote for what they think is best?

On the other hand, If you called and they voted wrong… sure, you are allowed to be angry!  But if you did nothing. nothing!  nothing?  Then it is all on you!  What were you thinking?

Currently all three C’s are leaning towards bombing Syria.  Most Delawareans are against it at by least 80-20.   Everyone of those 20’s will be calling in to demand more war…  You can’t speak for all of the 80% not calling in,  but you can and must, speak for you…

If you don’t,  you let America and Delaware down.  You are the fourth “C”…  You are the credibility that gives the other 3 C’s the right to serve us in the halls of Congress.

I hope you see this… I wanted to document a list of the damage the Pam Scott regime had done to New Castle County, such as destroying historical buildings, brushing aside traffic studies, mitigating necessary environmental policies, .. In general, everything they did that deteriorates the quality of life for people in New Castle County for years to come..

Then I realized it really should  come from you… You have the archives in Delaware Way; you know how your archives are organized, and you with a quick email sent “To All” could rapidly receive a plethora of details your contacts had lived through and fought against…

I know it will be a labor of love, and may take some time… But I think the world should know how this erosion of resident’s rights for the accumulation of money for a few, was done.  I figure it would probably take one day to go thought your archives, cutting and pasting links to all the articles on one page…

Often local struggles are rarely documented.  However they touch our lives far more than state or national issues.  It would be nice to have the truth out first for once…  all organized in one volume.

I really feel it should come from you. 🙂

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Without Cassandra’s keeping tabs I totally would have missed this one… Both our Delaware senators voted not to require genetic labeling on food we eat. Thereby forcing even those who could medically be harmed from having a choice to avoid it.

The reason stated was its cost… So simply typing “this product may contain genetic altered ingredients” into a computer, then emailing the labeling software to the printer, makes it too costly to give Americans the right to know whether they could die from eating this or that can of beans?…

But yet a company executive can go to jail if his company fails to mark it’s product has yellow dye number five ..

We all know the real reason we can’t know and that is campaign donations coming from a contributor starting with an “m”……

In today’s News Journal there is notice that Pam Scott had influence upon the letter announcing the compromise Chris Coons and Stoltz Reality worked out regarding the Barley Mill Plaza.

I just want to point out that this is not odd.  I do it all the time.  When an agreement is going to be made public, it is common practice to have the attorney’s on both sides trouble shoot it, play devil’s advocate, fling it against the wall to see if anything loose will fall out.

There is nothing more embarrassing than rolling out a plan whose flaw is immediately picked out by the public, and the whole plan has to then be rolled up and fixed.

This is why we send drafts back and forth to each other and ask for their approval, and if they choose to make changes they send it back to us for our approval.

This is a standard protocol in business and is nothing shady at all.   Trying to make it into something sinister and heinous won’t stand.  It is what we all do.  It is how things work.

Just sayin’.

So just putz, putz, putzing around the internet, all snug in the Holiday spirit, off a click of a click, I saw a heading saying something like “Wire tap bill moves to Friday’s vote…”

Wiretap Bill? Gosh, that is so far in back of my head, I really haven’t thought of wiretaps since… Cheney left?
Of course I’ve heard Obama hasn’t done much to mitigate, in fact he has made it worse, but wasn’t that set in stone back in 2008 or something?

No. The 2008 Bill expires 12/31/2012…. After that point, Comcast, Verizon, Facebook or any other telecommunication network, can no longer turn your information over to the government without a warrant…..

But wait. There is an attempt to sneak it through now, while no one is paying attention. Extending it for 5 years… Meaning is will expire after Obama has left office.

The bill was to come up today, voice vote and pass. However watchdogs (EFF, ACLU, Judical Watch, etc) caught it and scurried to get enough people to cause it to be debated. Tomorrow, our rights are on the line. It needs a lot of calls and every citizen who has any libertarian steak inside, needs to get really excited and call their Senators.. (The House version passed a long time ago on a perfunctory voice vote with no debate.)

It must be stopped in the Senate. If the vote to extend it fails. then by January 1, 2013. It is done.

This bill was enacted over the objections of Congress by executive order of George W. Bush. It was to expire in 2008 when it passed confirmation and became law for 4 more years.

9/11 is done. We have left Iraq. We are leaving Afghanistan. We do not need the government going through our private matters unless of course it has reason to… That will be decided by a judge… He will issue a warrant.

As an example of why we need this, the Obama administration has taken a position that makes the Bush administration pro-secrecy campaign seem pale in comparison: namely, that no one can challenge warrantless surveillance unless the government tells you in advance that you’re being surveilled—which national security interests prevent it from doing…

Which means, unless this law expires. it can’t be challenged.

Your voice is needed. The EFF, Electronic Frontier Foundation is the easiest way to reach Carper and Coons. Type in your zip code and a form pops up which sends your message directly to their Senate office. Or the old fashioned way……

Sen. Tom Carper
Phone:(202) 224-2441
Fax:(202) 228-2190

Sen. Chris Coons
Phone:(202) 224-5042
Fax:(202) 228-3075

Debate begins at 11 am Eastern…. Vote is later this day….

To really understand Christmas, you need to be in the Third World, hot climate, where Christianity doesn’t exist. Life is just a normal day. Their religion’s calling out prayer, markets bustling as always, and you are working too…. Somewhere during that day, if you are an American, it hits you. Wow, its the 25th.. This is Christmas.

And so it was. No one knew who Jesus was. The Bible says that in his own way, God announced it. But if you were living in Bethlehem roughly 2000 years ago, it would be like what you see here before you today. Life as normal. Just like every other day…

And that is the beauty of Christmas. In your town, today, the child of the second coming could be born. You would never know. And that offers a clue to how God works… He works things in his own way….

And somehow, it works out…. Against all odds of the dice being thrown in multiple odds, it always lands the right way when it is needed…

After all your calls home, you report for duty in the hospital where you work, and from a room a newborn cries out. The question hits you. What if in two thousand years, everyone shall know his name? At first you scoff, he’s just another mid-eastern baby. But then, so was Jesus…..

It happened just like this… THAT is the mystery of Christmas…

The President ran on the promise of raising tax rates for the top 1% … and WON.

Get with the program.

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.