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I think not many of you know how hard this is….

“It takes great courage to stand up against one’s enemies.  It takes even greater courage, to stand up to ones friends…”

James Spadola and Meredith Chapman really need you to back them as they not only face entrenched Democratic opponents, but also the chagrin of a majority of their own party…

A common criticism they get from the red hats, is how can you do this to your party?   When finding oneself on the receiving end of such a question, silence for them is the best answer and to leave the answers to those questions coming from someone else….

Like me…

I wonder how Charlie Copeland, Colin Bonini, Greg Lavelle, La Mar T.Gunn, and a plethora of state reps and senators, can support and work for putting a non registered sex offender in the White House…

“Locker Room talk” said the non-registered sex offender… “It’s just talk” say both Copeland and Bonini… An “unfortunate choice of words” one of them called it…

If the party is run by such people, it cannot stand.  There is nothing worse than saying you believe there is a place for all people in the Republican Party but your actions support someone who will send all Mexicans, legal and illegal to concentration camps… ghettoize and starve all Afro Americans,  shoot to kill all Muslims attempting to legally enter the country, … encourage every man to grab a women’s pussy because “HE” can get away with it because Donald is President…

How can anyone support as their leader someone who has no care, no empathy, no concern, or no feelings for anyone’s perspective but his own?

The answer can only be one thing… People who support Trump and are doing it publicly, support what he is doing or has done, regardless of all words and slogans said otherwise…

All bad people are Republicans, but not all Republicans are bad…

There are two who probably possess a higher quality of humanness than the Democrat candidates they are opposing…

Voting for either Spadola or Chapman is doing something right for this country…  Electing a higher grade of human for office is always a win-win, regardless of party affiliation.

The Delaware Republican Party needs a top down change before it can ever again be relevant in Delaware politics… Instead of appealing to our worst instincts, they need to start appealing to our best one… The best way to achieve that is to support with your votes or finances these two candidates who not only stepped up for America to run for office, but, very early one, disavowed the non registered sex offender running for our nations highest office, long before “dissing the Don” was cool…

These two are heroes and we really need both quality individuals in the Delaware General Assembly…

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The mess in WV brings this home…   Anytime you allow industry near water, at some point in the future there will be an accident…. Prevention as opposed to monitoring, is the only way to insure no such event occurs

The proposed legislation will be incremental.  It will be minor in scope.  It’s design is to pit the same groups that combined to apply political muscle to push forward both Newark’s contaminating power plant, and the Millsboro chicken processing plant, towards next applying political pressure to diminish and eventually abolish the Coastal Act.  It will be pushed along as good for jobs, taxes, and energy benefits.  However, none of those will receive benefit.  Instead it is designed in a way to open the coastal area to development. The benefits will all go to developers, Surprised?  Developers as we know are very reputable human beings and would never break a law, would never allow any facility to be built which might pollute, in order to make hundreds of millions of extra dollars.

The Coastal Act is Delaware.  If it goes, Delaware again becomes the cess-pool is was before environmental laws were ever dreamed.

As went Army Creek, so goes the entire Delaware coastline….

Time to get busy now… Stir the pot so nothing sticks to the bottom later.

The same controversy surrounding Tennessee’s equivalent of SB51, has at least that state’s Democrats fighting for those educating our children .  Not like up here where Dave Sokola and Erica Jenner joined forces and sold the teaching profession out for a couple of pieces of silver.

Think for a second.

If your boss gave you a pop quiz at work, how well do you think you’d do? … Guesses?

The correct answer is: you would do only as well as he wanted you to do.  If he wanted you do do well, he’d quiz you on things you do every day enabling you to pass with high marks.  If he wants you doing poorly, he fills the test up irrelevant questions, that you haven’t thought about in decades (because they are irrelevant); at work you are constantly being bombarded with things that truly do matter..

So we are talking about taking a teacher’s license away because her students did poorly on a standardized test, not by how good or not good the teacher is!

Does the teacher make the test?  Of course not:  the test is made many states away by people who have never stepped foot in a classroom and get paid 6 digit salaries. The tests are untried at the time of taking. They are not last year’s test remade.  No one knows how relevant or non relevant these tests are.

Does the teacher get to know the material on the test so she can teach her students the relevant data?  No, that would be cheating.  The teacher has to guess before hand what will or will not be covered, and then has to teach her best guess.  What if those think tank “specialists” have different philosophies?  Bad scores.

Does the teacher get to interpret the test, to explain the questions in a way the child might better understand?  No, that is considered leading the child.  So if a child can’t understand the question, because they haven’t a Masters or Doctorate degree in education, they fail.

Does the teacher have any control over the test taking environment?  No, if every one stays up late to watch Breaking Bad, and then texts till two in the morning about what happened on the show, and what might happen on next week’s episode.,..  they will do poorly.  To them its some dumb test that doesn’t matter anyway.  They’ll still get promoted…  456 + 789… ah, my head hearts…  let me guess… umm  “{c}”

Imagine lining up all of Delawares School Board and Rodel Foundation officers around the Governor, as he signs SB 51, and taking one photo, then firing all those who blinked, grimace, moved, or otherwise “failed” to properly enhance the photo…..

As their cleaning out their office, you can here Hefferman mutter… “they didn’t even count down. They just took the picture.  If they’d counted down, I could have been ready.”

And speaking of FAILURES.  OH!  MY!  GOODNESS!!!  Rodel’s Vision 2015 has failed to meet its objectives (GOALS) it set for itself back in 2006.  They have had 7 of the 9 years they gave themselves to make it happen. Instead of  firing itself, it announces its name is now Rodel 2020….  But a teacher who’s students blink during 3 hours one day from watching Breaking Bad the night before?  YOU’RE A LOUSY TEACHER!   WHAT A FAILURE YOU ARE!  GET OUT OF OUR SCHOOL!  EVEN BETTER!  GET YOU OUT OF OUR ENTIRE PROFESSION!

That is why this is so stupid. SB51 is so stupid. Everyone who voted for it, without reading it, is so stupid.  Every blog except those who raised awareness against it, is so stupid.  Mr. Sweeney, is so stupid….

I won’t belabor the point anymore.  But firing a teacher for a photo moment, is ridiculous.  Taking away their license for the same should in a proper universe, damn you to an eternity in Hell.

If you yourself personally choose to go to Hell, you will find the following assorted people there to keep you company.

Blevins,  Hocker,  Peterson,
Bonini,  Lavelle,  Pettyjohn,
Bushweller, Lawson,  Poore,
Cloutier,  Lopez,  Simpson,
Ennis,  Marshall, Sokola,
Hall-Long, McBride, Townsend,
Henry, McDowell, Venables,

Atkins,  J. Johnson,  Ramone,
Barbieri,  Q. Johnson,  Scott,
Bennett,  Kenton,  B. Short,
Blakey,  M. Smith, D. Short,
Bolden,  Longhurst,  Smyk,
Brady,  Miro,  Spiegelman,
Briggs-King,  Mitchell,  Viola,
Carson,  Mulrooney,  Walker,
Dukes,  D.E. Williams, Keeley,
Gray,  Outten,  K. Williams,
Heffernan,  Paradee,  Wilson,
Hudson,  Peterman,  Schwartzkopf,
Jaques  Sweeney, Markell, Murphy, Jenner.

Just looking over that list, … I would bet that if this list ever got public, and people could see the likes of the company they’d be spending their eternity with, .. our churches would be overflowing this weekend!…

By the way, can anyone out there possibly tell me when was the last time a doctor lost his license for one case of malpractice judgment decided in court against him? Or one Secretary of Education fired for in his first year statewide test results, in what even the friendly News Journal headline lambasted as: “Disappointing Results”?

GO TO CHURCH!

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.


Right click to open full image… Pictograph Courtesy of Viral..

So, can someone tell me again, why we shouldn’t tax the rich, and instead, balance the budget on the backs of everyone else?…….

I seem to be missing that little detail where that all makes sense……

I’m calling on all readers to step up to the plate.

I have begun boycotting all Happy Harry’s. I’m using Rite- Aid.

I don’t see how anyone who loves Delaware, can stomach walking into any Happy Harry’s right now.

We are asking all to sacrifice. Many out there lost jobs and have no choice but to sacrifice. And we have a company that will not take a 2% reduction in the payment of medicaid benefits?

Well, FUCK THEM. FUCK THEM WHERE IT HURTS. They are getting 0 dollars of my money, and my money is going directly to their competitor…

Any legislator who dares walk in to a Happy Harry’s had better pray no one inside has a camera phone. Because their picture will be posted on this site for eternity.

Any political officials who dare do the same, had better think twice before venturing through those doors. We cannot afford to let some spineless or forgetful official represent our constituent’s interests.

I am calling on Jack Markell and Matt Denn to step up to the plate and issue a directive that NO STATE BUSINESS will be conducted through any Happy Harry’s establishment. All of that must now go to Rite Aid.

I’m calling upon John Kowalko and House Speaker Gilligan to demand that no business and request that no citizen of this great state, the first state of this nation to ratify the Constitution that made this awesome nation possible, walk through those doors.

I’m calling upon hero Karen Peterson, to demand that Walgreens rescind their order or that punitive legislation directed solely towards that one company, will be passed by both houses before this July 1st deadline…

I’m calling on Delaware’s Insurance Commissioner to show her critics that she indeed has spunk. I’m calling on KWS to prove her balls, to stand up to, organise, and carry this boycott forward from her bully pulpit, and not sit back and allow her critics to justify their accusations…

I’m calling on the Progressives of Delaware (PDD), to stand solidly behind those supporting this boycott. They have led on everything good for Delaware so far. They need to support this as well.

I’m calling on the mouthpieces of all three of Delaware’s political parties, to support the statewide boycott of Walgreen’s Happy Harry’s. For one, it needs to be effective, and two, the results need to be devastatingly severe to prevent any other uppity out of state corporation, from attempting similar processes.

(and as a personal FYI, if you own stock in Walgreen’s, dump it immediately, for it’s value will only go down, down, down, as word of this boycott leaks…. this is damned serious: kavips says: get out now).

Send Walgreen’s this message. You want to be petty. WELL FUCK YOU. We’re not wishy-washy Washington state. We’re far too serious and just to busy to play childish games. We have an 800 million deficit to take care of…

To step up the pressure, I am asking every citizen to consider picketing in front of every Walgreen’s owned Happy Harry’s to demand that they rescind their order.

I’m calling on all labor unions to likewise organise and set up pickets outside every Happy Harry’s in this state to demand that Walgreen’s rescind their policy which is unfair to all working people. Any company these days that is willing to blackball American citizens over a piddly 2%, deserves to go bankrupt as fast as possible. They deserve to go bankrupt. Deserve.

I ask Darlene Battle to organise all of ACORN and rapidly hand out petitions asking all of Delaware’s citizens to boycott every Happy Harry’s in this state and take their business elsewhere, Rite Aid is willing to work with this state. Give them your business!

So that’s what I’m asking. I want every Delawarean who still has some love for this state, to take their business elsewhere… Show them we will not back down. Rite Aid can take care of all our pharmaceutical and beauty needs. Screw Walgreen’s Happy Harry’s.

For every dollar spent in a Happy Harry’s from this point forward, funds the coffers of an enemy of the state of Delaware.. Every penny given to them, is a hundred dollars taken from us over time in our future…

So look Walgreens! If you want to play games, go ahead and play them. You are about to enter the marketing nightmare Delmarva Power lived in last year and about to suffer very similar consequences…

But you obviously didn’t research this state well before you came to your decision. For you left yourselves are far more open and vulnerable. Delmarva Power suffered severly even though most Delawareans did not have a choice; but with you, it’s two blocks down the road. We don’t have to give you money.

You should reconsider and fire the person accountable for the idea. Hell, it’s only 2%.. You’re paying more than twice that on the interest covering the financing you used to buy and expand the Happy Harry’s franchise… Let’s see how well you do with NO money coming in…

Delaware deserves better than anything Walgreen’s Happy Harry’s can offer. It’s time we stand together and prove it once again, that we are not called the “fighting Blue Hens” for nothing….

The Forces of Good Finally Have It's Champion

Desperate times demand bold actions… Yesterday Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who won the past election with the support of many from both parties, addressed the full houses of both Legislatures giving a “state of this State”, message…

The commentary across the blogs and airwaves, is all over the place.. So for those who missed it, here is the meat…

A. We’re in the middle of a Great Depression.

B. Wake Up, Old Farts! We’re short $780 million!

C.We shall share the burden fairly, and not cater to the sqeamy baby whiners…

D. (1) Cut spending by $331M; (2) Cut funding to special funds by $40M; (3) Utilize $155M in one-time federal stimulus funding; (4) Raise at least $55M by re-authorizing a sports lottery and getting a fairer deal for taxpayers; (5) Increase our revenues by $166M; and (6) raise fees and fines by $12M.

E. If you see one of our State’s Casino operators out shopping or walking down the street, do the whole state a favor and bitch slap some sense into the moron.

F. We have 10 weeks; or 70 days; or 1680 hours; 100,800 minutes…. to correctly set Delaware’s course to solubility over the next three years… Every second squandered, every breath of hot air, pushes us backwards from where we came…

G. Only complete openness and accountability can make government more efficient.

H. “We must shift our reliance on expensive institutional care for our senior population by fostering community and home based care.”

I. This state funds local governments.. We wonder what THEY are doing with that money we give them…. Hmmmm.

J. Education sucks up and wastes much money… We will consolidate our school districts as soon as we render inconsequential those legislators who have their tongues permanently stuck up their union’s ass, ….

H. We will free teachers from the impediments imposed upon them by unions and ill informed legislators, and let them teach… Let teachers teach.

I. Teaching to the DSTP — dead

J. Want more money? Then teach better… We’ll make sure you get it.

K. The only long-term answer to our problem is getting Delaware back to work

L. We propose to train 40-50 year olds how to use computers. We propose to use 5 million to leverage 50 million to start up small businesses. We propose to push green energy from the top to generate jobs and cheaper energy for Delawareans than ever Pepco or Delmarva Power could ever provide. Since the blogging world is now keeping a close eye on Harris McDowell, we can use the good parts of his plan, and even mention his name in public again in a positive way… Will wonders never cease?

M. We seek legislation that requires utilities to achieve, by 2015, a per capita electricity consumption reduction and peak demand reduction of 15%.

N. We propose to establish a statewide priority order for new electricity generation – requiring that we look first to cost-effective efficiency measures to meet new demand, followed then by cost-effective renewables. Only after those resources have been exhausted should we look to conventional fossil fuel sources.

O. Delaware must become the center for Green energy. Not China.

P. So let’s work to encourage turbine manufacturers to make the turbines and assemble the towers here in Delaware, with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. These wind turbines require thousands of parts and we should work to make sure they are made in Delaware.

Q. Nod to Gilliagan, DeLuca, and Carney… Hey… How are you?

R. Look folks, it’s this simple.. We’re dead in the water, the enemy ship is swinging around to rip us apart with a final broadside from 55 cannons…. Do we grapple, tie ourselves, board, and take the fight to them, or…. do what we always have done and quibble about who gets the credit and who carries the blame…

S. Damn it. I’m going aboard. Who is with me?

In typical kavipsian fashion no punches were pulled.. Our crisis is too big for subtle niceties… “Gee, Tony, what nice suspenders!”…. The effectiveness of the speech, lies in the answer to the last question: who is with him?

For one, I am. And I pity whoever gets in my way….

lol.

Since this conversation was overheard, I cannot vouch for its validity… I am vouching that I overheard it.. lol.

One drunk was telling another, that he had asked for constituent help from someone within the Markell administration named Josh, in dealing with some intertwining issue taking place in one of the state bureaus…

The person in the governor’s office who received the call, said something during the conversation along the lines of….” for us to move this along faster we will need your birth date… ” Dealing with the office of the governor, one whom actually the teller of this story had supported, the private information was given out tout de suite, even though that information was in no way relevant to the request..

The help this person was looking for, was actually not for him, but for another acquaintance… and Josh did not need that person’s birth-date even when prompted by the caller….

Now everyone knows, that all one needs to acquire the full police record unseen over any telephone, is a persons birth date, and their driver’s license or social security number… Birthdays need to be guarded.

So why would Josh be asking for a birthday which was irrelevant to the process, unless he was trying to phish through private records to dig up dirt?

Now if there is any truth to this tale, (there is), then it is incumbent upon those legislators who regularly visit here, to find out why this practice (if it is sanctioned) is continuing in today’s era of instant information? Or was this informational request coming from someone working on their own agenda?

Just askin…. I think it’s time we found some answers…
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Delaware Biggest Polluters
Delaware's Power Polluters cont.
Courtesy of the Delaware Energy Office

“However, if Delaware were to proceed in its business‐as‐usual fashion, its future would be worrisome. Delaware and Delawareans spend much more money on energy today than we need to.  According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, in 2006, Delaware spent just over $3.6 billion on energy, ranking us as the 20th highest energy use per capita of all the states.  Delaware ranks last in the nation in renewable energy production; overall, less than .05% of our energy in 2006 came from renewable sources.  We are so low, that the next lowest state, Rhode Island, with a population slightly larger than Delaware’s, generated more than 50 times the amount of electricity from renewable energy than did Delaware.  Nor can we be proud of our efforts to use electricity efficiently; for many years, Delaware was tied for last in the nation with regard to money spent on energy efficient investments.  We have improved slightly since then; we are now tied at 32nd with Virginia, but have a very long way to go to even become average.”

That was from the Delaware Energy Office’s new assessment of our energy needs which one can view full by going here…

And our habits need changed as well.

Delaware wastes dollars in its use of energy. We Delawareans burn almost 150,000,000
gallons more than we would if our gasoline consumption was similar to Rhode Island. At $2.00 per gallon, our driving habits cost us about $300 million dollars more each year just on gasoline than do Rhode Island’s. Even if we were to only reduce our gasoline consumption by 10%, we would save 48.5 million gallons of gasoline each year, saving nearly $100 million.

It continues…

More broadly, in 2006, Delaware’s total energy use per person was 11% higher than Pennsylvania, 17% higher than New Jersey, 36% higher than Maryland, and 40% higher than Rhode Island. Given that we spent some $3.6 billion on energy in 2006, an 11% reduction would save us $400 million each year. If we used New Jersey as the standard to meet, we would see a $600 million annual savings. Matching Maryland means a $940 million savings. If Delaware wanted to be a leader with a per capita energy consumption rate equivalent to Rhode Island, we would have saved Delawareans over $1.5 billion dollars in 2006 alone!

Considering that we, and the nation, now face daunting economic challenges and need to restructure our economy to create many good new jobs, we can no longer afford to needlessly burn our money. If we continue along our current path, the state’s economic future will be held hostage to the global fossil fuel market and we will have little resilience to respond to energy price spikes or to future federal mandates to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuel. Instead, we will continue burning money that could be put to important, productive uses. On the other hand, the opportunities for improvement are dramatic if we make a full‐fledged commitment to improve our energy efficiency and shift to renewable energy. The potential to create new green energy industries and reduce our energy waste is enormous. But these changes will not occur on their own. The reason some states are efficient and have more renewable energy is primarily the result of the laws, policies and institutional frameworks that a state adopts.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we now have an official energy policy that we can get behind… Of course the devil is in the details.. We hope to keep you posted…

But we have a goal and that is to meet and beat the energy efficiency of “that other small state”.. If we can accomplish that, we will be near the top of the list in energy efficiency…

Our goal will be met by following two streams simultaneously… The first is to remarkellably reduce demand by cutting out waste, and the second is to gear up production of cost free renewable sources on our home turf…… Together, we can do this…