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I’m trying to put all your ideas together into one package. So, let me get this right… All you are asking is for, is a country where:

1) There is no universal healthcare.
2) Few entitlement programs.
3) Low Flat Tax System.
4) Faith based Government.
5) A deep reverence for God.
6) Extremely strict rules against abortion.
7) Marriage has already been strictly defined as between man and woman.
8) Homosexuality is a sin, and illegal.
9) Dress Codes are strictly enforced.
10) Tattoos, piercings, baggy pants, are banned.
11) Has the Death Penalty which they aren’t shy about using.
12) Strong private school system with religious focus.
13) Widespread dependency on oil and natural gas drilling.
14) Growing nuclear program
15) Nonexistent environmental nuisances
16) Culture that promotes family and stereotyped roles for men and women.

I’ve endeavored to put all your values on one page. I share your frustration because today, ever since 2008, it seems like America is moving further and further away from these values.

But you don’t have to be frustrated anymore. I have looked far and wide and have discovered a place already in existence that has those values in place, and more. If you sorely long for those values above, it is sincerely a place where you and your family would be very happy.

It is Iran.

You don’t have to pay me. I don’t need any commission. Just glad to help a fellow Delawarean out…. No problem.

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McCain won Florida. Despite the Romney campaign spitting out this.

I have chastised several Mitt supporters by telling them that this ad does a lot to elevate McCain to “hero” status. A man so beloved by both parties hasn’t happened since George Washington left office.

What the hell were they thinking by showing it?

Apparently Florida thought the same way I did, and went for McCain by 4.9%. (Only Zogby came close with a 4.0 prediction. All the other pollsters, well…. to be polite let us just say that from now on they’ve got credibility problems.)

Listening to conservative talk shows was actually fun today. first Rush Limbaugh!

“Here is the bottom line, ladies and gentlemen,” Limbaugh said. “I think this is it. There was a lot of anxiety among a lot of conservatives about Senator McCain. It’s simply indisputable. But there was no figure in our roster of candidates who rose up to challenge him or galvanize conservative support. All the candidates on our side, for various reasons, are uninspiring or worse.”

Take that Mitt Romney, Giuliani, Ron Paul, Thompson, and Huckabee? According to the self appointed king of conservatism, YOU ARE UNINSPIRING OR WORSE! Take that supporters of these candidates: “E“, David Anderson, Dave Burris, Frank Knotts, Priscilla Rakestraw! Your judgment and intellect itself has been called into question. What’s wrong with you fake conservative supporters, …..too hyped up on your painkillers to make accurate assessments anymore?

Ladies and gentlemen,……….now do you see why we say Rush Limbaugh has no idea what he is talking about? Now do you understand how we have taken him as a grain of salt since 1992?……. He just dissed 100% of the Republican Party!………Unless of course you too subscribe to the feelings he espouses……..which I doubt very highly.

But he wasn’t the only one:

Hannity’s forums are full of despondent Conservatives crying for their mother’s milk. Guess what….with Conservatives currently receiving only an 8% approval rating, they aren’t getting it. (Use Cheney’s approval rating as a base).

Even Laura Ingraham was perplexed on where to take tonights show, now that it was apparent that McCain was on his way to the White House, and the Conservative talk radio, which had done everything in it power to put McCain back to where we was just two months ago, ie. on the very bottom gasping for air from the media’s waterboarding, was on the outside looking in.

Duh.

Get this. When Bush ran in South Carolina he touted his win as the consummate proof that Conservatives were behind his candidacy. And today, as we saw ten days ago, they are behind McCain. Florida Republicans, too conservative for Giuliani, by a winning plurality of 4.9%, are also behind John McCain! Only in Michigan and Nevada, certainly centers of liberalism, has Romney carried the day.

So one can assume, that those long-time spokesmen of Conservatism, have gone the way of the Whigs and Federalist. Extinct.

And why is that? Because the Conservative policies they have put in place over the last 7 years DO NOT WORK! One can trumpet an untried philosophy and win the argument. But one cannot go against 7 years of irrefutable evidence emphatically showing that the philosophy in question, is an abject failure.

So after today, Conservatism has a new face, one that Republicans and many Democrats endorse. If Republicans wish to have any chance of winning the White House, and despite most consensus, they still have as good as chance as any if they encyst those who hijacked their party in 2000, and blaze new ground.

Conservatism is alive and well. Its only problem is that it has the wrong people espousing it. Someone who has survived sitting in a four by four cage in honor of America probably has a better grasp on what America stands for, than someone digesting up to 25 painkillers a day sitting in front of a microphone.

No….. Conservative is not the new “dirty” word. But then again, neither is “Liberal”.

Stupid” is the new dirty word. If one wants to find it on the airwaves try looking on any one of the Clear Channel stations scattered across this country.

Republicans have spoken. And they aren’t stupid.

Outside the Perimeter
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Delaware‘s blogosphere is awash in posting at this time. There are five basic themes.

Obviously the first is elections. The Primary election is gearing up for three weeks from tomorrow. Just three weeks. Rudy signs were the first to appear. Then I crossed my first Ron Paul sign last night. Obama organizer Brandon Hurlbut has contacted Delaware Liberal. The game is on. FSP is split between “Flip Flop” Romney, Fred “Flintstone” Thompson, and “Huckleberry Hound” Huckabee, depending which contributor is posting. (Anyone support Giuliani or McCain anymore?)

Ron Paul still remains the favorite of Republicans who do not go to meetings in undisclosed locations, although it looks like he has finally ticked Alan Coffey off a little. “Stop the war. Stop our nations slide. Grow our economy”. While the other Republicans jockey among themselves to determine which one of them is the cruelest when it becomes time to torture illegal aliens or terrorists more viciously, Ron Paul focuses on issues relative to most Americans. The media can say what they will…..When it comes to the effect of the media, America drowns them out as noise.

And just to prove I’m a hypocrite like everyone else……hat’s off to Shirley for leading off this mainstream media article… My take is bloggers lead. Media follows………..As Shirley says: does it really matter? Dem’s 23 out of 2025, Repub’s 18 out of 1191? While we act like good citizens, the real decisions are being made simultaneously in California, Texas, Illinois and New York. Since no candidate can meet and greet effectively in such a short time, this election will be decided by the ad gurus. Who’s ad resonates, wins the nomination.

In some of the best original analysis of the early elections, Duffy provides an interesting comparison and contrast between 4 of the leading candidates.

Take this test. What are the five things your candidate will do if he get elected. As an aside, I can tell you Ron Paul’s, Joe Biden’s, and creepy Tancredo’s, and those of “in the purse” Kucinich. But when it comes to the mainstream candidates, i am a little more fuzzy, and this was the longest lead-off time before the first caucus in history. Do the mainstream candidates even have a plan? Or are we voting for 18th Century values, preceded by a capital letters: Enthusiasm, Change, Experience, Security, Imperialism, Rusticism, Evangelism, 9/11? And in doing so making the assumption that the person behind them doesn’t really matter?

Locally breaking news of who is running this time. DWA (of course) provides titillating evidence that our state’s Vestal Virgin is taking on Joe Biden. Dave is for it, creating just enough gossip to take our minds off of what we should be concerning ourselves about.
Apparently Carney should be concerned with Jack’s 1.6 million. Soapbox Matt now on DWA has the comparison, and rebuts Carney’s reply to Markell’s huge war chest. (Ah John, you forgot about the bloggers, huh? So used to dealing with the News Journal who accepted what you said at face value?) Well done Matt.

As for the republican candidate for governor? His actions can only remind one of this line from William Blake: “The invisible worm that flies in the night.”

The second prevalent topic is our local General Assembly. It will be a week old this session on Tuesday. Happy Birthday. Starting off with a bang, the two topics that focus the heat, are the OOGA bill and the Wind controversy. Nancy tells us that this time….the Democrats are behind FOIA, at least publicly. Its a Democrat on the legislative committee who refuses the take the OOGA bill out of his drawer ….The stumbling block are those members of the Incumbent Party of Delaware affectionally known around these parts as the Adam’s Family. More concerned with their own than our welfare, they are and will continue to be that way until challenged in primaries throughout the state by real candidates not picked by party leadership. That of course applies to both Democrats and Republicans who have been returned to office without a challenge

Unrestrained Growth and Development seems to have surfaced as a Sussex issue. Of course it is too late to do anything about it in New Castle County, but Kent County, its nearest neighbor, has seen the enemy and “it is us.” Sussex has a chance to join them before it is too late. Tie developers up in knots. It works. Nancy carries two group’s attempts to teem up in a statewide effort for the support of home owner’s rights vs those of the road builders.

Education, often on the back burner of liberal blogs, has been kept alive by those on the other side. The micro analysis of Red Clay School District as seen from inside the School Board meetings, should be a wake call to all across the state. So is DSU budget process, as covered by Nancy.If hired by the current administration and you are less than competent, you get shoved over the educational field…..Mike Mathews expounds upon and tags FSP’s coverage of the Charter School Controversy, courtesy of the DSEA. Hube keeps us informed of idiocy anywhere students are given more rights, security, and sympathy than those teachers there to teach them. Discipline is indeed lacking.

And finally there seems to be some concern about our economy. Duh? For some reason things do not seem as rosy as the administrations financial reports keep touting. Oh, no……you don’t suppose they are wrong again, as they were on WMD’s, Iranian Nukes? Relax. We certainly are not being mislead intentionally…..But no matter how bright the economy appears to bloom, its seeds of enrichment never seem to fall to the ground, creating new growth and benefits for those on that level. No one it touching Republican economics this season. That issues has been proven to have been nothing more than a pipe dream. A return to the earlier Clinton economic plan is sorely wished by all: rich and poor alike…….

The one thing that has been quietly brushed aside by all the hoopla occurring simultaneously throughout the state,……is the fact that Mike Castle votes with Bush 90% of the time. He seems to have received the greatest benefit from the wealth of opportunity bloggers these days at their fingertips……Compared to the heat he was feeling earlier, looking over the blogs of the last several weeks, one might erroneously conclude that he was doing a good job …………

Complacency is not in our nature.

Outside the Perimeter
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Legislature starts tomorrow. Two progressive pushes are underway for that wonderful day. Ooga, Ooga, Ooga which is mentioned here, is a bipartisan show of support for Karen Petersen’s Open our Genereal Assembly bill. The other “push”, unofficially called “A Subtle Push for Wind Power,” will meet with legislators to bring them up to speed on where we are with wind……is covered by Nancy here.

Wind power carried the weekend. Dana carries a letter from Schwartzkoff on wind power. So does Tommywonk
Nancy has it here.

Unfortunately John Carney does not have a letter to his friends in the General Assembly. Perhaps it is because his friends Thurman Adams, Patty Blevins, Tony Deluca, Harris McDowell, Terry Spence, and acquantences Charlie Copeland, “Bill” Lee, Helene Keeley were all involved in the conspiricy to kill Bluewater wind. (I’ll take Tony DeLuca, with the candlestick, in the conservatory). Some support for windpower there John Carney. …If you can’t control your friends in the middle of the campaign, how do you expect us to trust you to do if you ever become governor?

Now Jack, on the other hand, kicked butt for Delaware. Tommy covered it here, Nancy has it here, and Delaware Liberal lays it down here.

The best synopsis, is that after the holidays, shopping sprees, time with the families, and the first salvo of election season, Delaware is waking up, rubbing their eyes, looking over what happened with wind on December 18, then going WTF!

Because if you look beyond what happened, it was killed. Not by a vetted process, but done in, as often are progressive Senate bills quietly killed for no apparent reason, being left to languish into oblivion. More than likely, saving money for each of Delaware’s citizens, is a rather low priority to these who operate in secrecy, and can never be held accountable……….

Just as the openess of the PSC gave us a deal that was hammermeshed into a win, win, win situation involving Delmarva, Bluewater Wind, and each Delawarean, it was the secrecy of the Legislative Council, that murdered it. But most amazing, is that when one asks why it was murdered, one is met with silence. They know what they did was indefensible. Is there any better example of why we need to completely Open Our General Assembly to the view of all Delawareans? Is there?

Not only did we get info that wind would have to fight harder, but as Tommy points out, gas will be higher this summer. $4 a gallon. Ditch those SUV’s today! A handy guide used by those in the energy fields, is that with every dollar increase in gasoline prices, other energy costs rise by 30%. This summer instead of $200 dollars a month to run our air conditioning, we will apparently be paying $260 dollars a month. Taking the base of 263,418 residental customers, Delmarva will, instead of having a revenue of $52,683,600 in one summer month, Delmarva will be raking in $68,488,680 out of yours and my pockets

Oh …………………Now I get it………….No wonder Delmarva has been fighting this Bluewater thing so hard……………

If Bluewater Wind was producing electricity THIS summer, our rates would stay the same. Not just this for this summer would it stay level, but it would not rise for any summer during the next 25 years, no matter how high gasoline climbs as the planet starts to run out……$5……$6…….$7……$8? Don’t laugh too early. i laughed at the prospect that gas would ever reach $3 a gallon.

Oh, did I mention Obama won Iowa? You can here Tommy’s take on it here, Dana’s take on it here, Delaware Libs take on it here, DWA’s take on it here,

You mean there was a Republican caucus as well? FSP is here, and Digital Federalist is here, and our favorite Curmudgeon is here.

Iowa has made the rest of the Democrat’s primary campaign boring. Their most vibrant and exciting candidate bowed out. Had there not been three major candidates in the race ahead of him, things may have turned out differently. He was apparently close to tracking 10% among Democrats, which is a number that Ron Paul enthusists are clinging to with both hands. Delaware Watch had several posts regarding our favorite son. He played well, he played very well. The media should be cursed when it grinds up fine people like our own, and Chris Dodd and leaves us with “Mr Inexperience, Another Clinton, and Corporate Lawyer.” Just wait for the General election. But hey, Gravell and Kucinich are still trudging……………..The Republicans still have Giulianni to kick around; half the delegates should show up at the Republican convention, decked out in blonde wigs…….And Ron Paul to get excited about…..He hit fourth,has money, and is in New Hampshire, even if he was outFox‘d out of a debate.

Other news: Mahaffie is taking a trip. Care to guess where? And Duffy has a tale about a fateful trip that will have you biting off the tips of your fingernails Hube takes on the News Journal by comparing it to WDEL……Merit Bound Alley has taken on a new spark. Regular postings of high caliber. Welcome back to the fight, Joe. This time i know our side will win…….

And win we shall. It starts with participation. If you can, be here or here tomorrow. 94% is a big number and that is who we need to keep in mind that we are doing all this for…………..

Frank Knotts, a writer for FSP, still finds some good in Fred Thompson, I believe….I hope that I do not disillusion him with this new bit of information……

Mr TV Star does not believe the NIE….Gotta love it……..

They’re still enriching uranium, and I’m very suspicious of the thing,” said Mr (I Don’t Know Dick About Science) Thompson. Hey Detective….if you investigate you will find that Iran has uranium that is 3.4% pure, and that to make a bomb, they need over 90% purity. It’s that complicated jump, from 3 to 90, that keeps the nuclear club down to a very few……Most knowledgeable estimates put the earliest possibility at 8 years if done in the open….If it is clandestine, it won’t happen…..Nevertheless, Thompson continues:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if some of that info wasn’t put out by (the Iranian government) so they can say ‘look, there’s no need to mess with us now, ” Thompson said. The former Tennessee senator also indicated that the still-classified portion of the report might tell a different tale.

Well I have got to hand it to Fred…He learned well from TV. That is exactly what you do whenever you have been proven to be wrong beyond a shadow of a doubt……….