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What if McDonald’s, Wal*mart, Papa John’s, and other companies whose wealth is made off the backs of sub-standard wages, had to pay for each one of their employee’s food stamps and Medicaid costs?

It would be similar to our Unemployment tax… Essentially we ( the State of Delaware’s Employment Services) would state that you had “x” amount of employees on Medicaid and Food Stamps and therefore you must pay this higher premium so we can care for them…. To someone like Costco, they would say since you had very few employees on Medicaid and Food Stamps you get to pay a much lower rate into the pool…

As with unemployment, companies who cost the state more by firing with impunity, pay a higher rate into the fund than companies whose employees very rarely ever have to file for unemployment benefits…

Apply the same to Medicaid and Food Stamps…..  it is simply putting the cost to society into the right account.  Something accountants have to do all the time when going through a companies books….

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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!

Just reading about Nancy’s excellent piece on the trouble brewing in Pleasant Hills.  Not so pleasant these days it seems…

Methanol does explode with one spark in the presence of oxygen.  One explosion lifted a similar tank to these 40 feet into the air… That’s as tall as a four story building!  Or the tallest radio cell phone fake tree in Delaware.

Nancy points to another fact.  This was sneaked in without anyone knowledge.  How? Someone during holiday season put the wrong address on the permit… which was duly approved without being checked out….

Well that rung a bell.  “That was how Lehman Brothers used to operate…”  I guess not being diverted by Christmas trimmings makes one aware of how lax regulatory agencies are during that week of Christian merriment….

Anyways, intrigued.. I looked… Could there possibly be a connection?  Or was this simply a random duplicity?  Most likely a random duplicity.. for sure…. But curiosity would never be satiated, if one never looks…

Nancy reports the company with the permit is TwinCo-Romax.  The Business Week dossier states that they specialize in  the manufacture and distribution of automotive aftermarket products…

The company was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Medina, Minnesota. It has distribution centers in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as a production plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As of August 31, 2012, Twinco Romax, LLC operates as a subsidiary of DYK Automotive, LLC.

First of September 2012?  Not yet a year… 

So who is DYK Automotive?

Again the Business Week snapshot…. 

DYK Automotive, LLC operates as a automotive aftermarket distributor. The company offers branded and private label packaged oil, chemicals, parts, and accessories. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee….

This appears that this Memphis run automotive business recently bought out the Minnesota based automotive business.  However on their website, the acquisition of  TwinCo- Romax takes place on August 13, 2012, not August 31, 2012.  One also sees they more recently acquired another company this past February.  February 13th, incidentally.  They took control of Robert Elgart & Son, Inc., in neighboring Philadelphia.  Robert Elgart has been servicing the automotive industry since 1948 and is a wholesale distributor of automotive supplies. The company sells primarily to medium independent automotive supply stores, as well as carwash, marine, industrial and aviation customers.

So DYK has bought up two of America’s primary markets in the automotive aftercare business in less than half a year.  Certainly those are not cash transactions.  They involve leveraged financing.

A search for DYK in Newark Delaware points to their giant warehouse on Pencader Blvd, in Glasgow, (Nancy’s backyard).  This is DYK’s fourth distribution center and the first in the Northeast.  It brags upon its location as being close to 95, and being in Pencader Plaza, I’m sure it pays zero Delaware tolls for its use of that road…. It’s trucks get off at Newark exit in Maryland, and get on at the Newark exit in Delaware.  The Pencader plant, listed as a “manufacturing and distribution center”, has been operating since late 2011.

On February 21st of this year, DYK announced the opening of its Wilmington manufacturing plant.  That would be the storage tanks in Pleasant Hills.  Ernest Felici and John Birmingham of the Wilmington, Del. office of Cushman & Wakefield were principals in the arrangements.  Cushman & Wakefield specialize in surreptitious acquisitions. . “Given the product storage, it became difficult to find municipal cooperation in our initial search. Newark, Del. provided the right combination in terms of the right building and the ability to meet local code requirements.”

If one looks the corporate roster of DYK one sees its principal is Don Youngblood, CEO and President. He is listed as having no cross relationships.  However his Vice President, Chris Crosby, does have one relationship and that is with Dobbs Management Service, LLC.

Dobbs Management, just like DYK, Cushman & Wakefield, is also based in Memphis. Chris Crosby is also Vice President of Dobbs Management. This person is connected to 3 Board Members in 3 different organizations across 5 different industries.

In his brief bio, is this statement…

“Mr. Crosby joined Dobbs Management Service in August 2005. Mr. Crosby has a combination of investment banking, strategy consulting and operations experience. He worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Lehman Brothers..”

Ah ha. and there you have it… Thought so.


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……

The President, in Wilmington, stood under a rain drenched canopy, and welcomed the crown prince and princess of Sweden….

And from them, the chief executive accepted in “profound gratitude” a monument erected by the Swedish people on the spot where their countrymen first set foot upon the new world…

Rain, falling steadily through the night and day, brought a dreary note to the historic scene, at the junction of the Delaware and Christina Rivers. Decorative flags and buntings sagged.

Although the president’s speech was addressed to “your royal highness”, he paid tribute to the Finns who were represented too, in the 1638 colonization of Delaware.

“Finland, small in size, but mighty in honor, occupies an especially warm place in the American heart.” he said to Finnish foreign minister Rudolf Holsti, without specifically referring to that country’s lone practice, of all European debtor nations, of paying it’s installments to this country, regularly and on time….

Accepting the monument, the president said, “It will typify the close association and continued good will between our two nations”..

“To this spot, came the pioneers, but in succeeding centuries, tens and thousands have come to these shores and added their strength and fine qualities of citizenship to the American nation.”

Americans remember “with grateful hearts”, the chief executive declared, that Sweden was the first neutral European nation to negotiate a “treaty of amity and grace with our young and struggling nation.”

Turning to Delaware’s governor, the President remarked that that official, holds office in offical succession of those governors from New Sweden.

Which reminds me, said the chief executive of a rhyme descriptive of the doughty first governor Johann Printz, who is said to have tipped the scales at over 300 pounds…

“No governor of Del.
Before or since,
Has weighed as much
As Johann Printz.”

Worship in the historic Old Swedes Church, and an afternoon address by the Secretary of State Cordell Hull, followed Mr. Roosevelt’s address and dedication of the monument on the day’s program.

Tony DeLuca, Delaware’s other DeLuca, will again be president pro tem of the Senate.

There never was much of a challenge.

Doug Denison, one of Delaware’s better sources of information, has it all here….

Katz and his supporters needed 11 votes to deprive DeLuca of the pro tem’s seat in the coming legislative session.

That meant they’d have to get all seven senate Republicans (ha, ha, ha) plus four Democrats to vote against DeLuca.

When the vote came, the Democrats got what they needed from their side, with no votes from Katz and Peterson, plus “not voting” designations filed by Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, and Sen. David Sokola, D-Newark.

Karen Peterson was a little chatty. “Bonini told me he was going to vote against DeLuca, but he sold out!” she muttered in disapproval.

Bonini (of course) denied he had mentioned that, and responded: “I know some people are mad at Tony about things, but Tony is a strong leader and we need a strong leader in these times,” he said. “I really think with Tony as pro tem and the leadership they have and the leadership we have, I think we’re going to make progress.”

Translated into English from Delawarean…. ” Tony got to me.”

After all, that’s what an effective pro tem does….

So what now? It’s up to us. Katz, Peterson, Sokala, Bunting will be shut out… However, if we make enough of a stink so DeLuca loses credibility with the populace, the same way we did with Deskdrawer Adams,… he will have to back off a little. Look how we defined and reshaped Delmarva’s preplanned “wind debate”? Bottom line, he has to face re-election in two years. He can’t afford to NOT be a knight in shining armor this session.

Katz, Peterson, Sokala, Bunting! If you get shut out, let us know every detail. 🙂

I’ll be brief.

Two weeks ago, Christiana residents voted yes to a referendum that might fill the gap of 8.1 million dollars being shorted to that district by the state.

Tonight, Superintendent Dr. Marcia V. Lyles went before the board in Executive Session, to allegedly ask for the hiring of her special $160,000 Assistant Superintendent.

The 5:30 pm executive session was not made public. The newest elected board member, the one most beholden to the voters, will not be sworn in until the first of July.

So it was up to the lame duck outgoing board members including School Board President Mr. Evans, whose last school board meeting was today, to vote for the creation of this new position.

$160,000 could be better spent on 5 new teachers, or even 1600 laptops, or necessary infrastructure repairs.

It does not need to be spent on one person, as a favor from the departing and exiting board members.

When money is spent, this question must always be asked… How does spending this money help someone learn more than if this money is not spent?

The new position of assistant superintendent, does not pass that simple test. No one learn one iota more, if he comes.., goes, or never gets hired. Not one student will learn more from that $160,000 spent.

Bait and switch. We were told the money would be used for this…

• Local funding for Full-Day Kindergarten in all schools
• Local share of additional positions
• Student programs and services
• Art, music, physical education, and libraries
• Textbooks and technology
• Middle school sports program
• Enhancements to Talented and Gifted programs
• School instructional budgets
• Rising costs of energy, transportation, and personnel

Instead we get this…… A $160,000 Assistant Superintendent.

(The school board meeting was held at Elbert-Palmer Elementary School, hidden deep in Southside Wilmington, to make it intimidatingly difficult for parents or teachers to protest. )

There is little argument.

We need someone who has experience, but is far enough removed from the old way of doing things that they will not be trapped by the inertia from their own past…

“We’ve always done it that way” are the worst words ever uttered. The environment we live in today is one fraught with new challenges. The old school of how things went down during the Carper years, of Cordroy, Sharp, Minner, Roy, George, DeLuca have shot their wad… Now all we are left with, is their mess.

“How can we maximise this opportunity” are the best words ever uttered. Following Karen Peterson’s fight for open government over the years has shown us that she utilises her opponents for her advantage.

We need a Senate Leader like that. It’s time for her supporters to come out of the woodwork of General Assembly and begin to demand that change, the change we must have if we are to remain economically viable against our neighbours, begins today.

If you don’t say it, we’re stuck with DeLuca… His argument for continuity will have no antithesis. The counter argument must begin today. It must start with “now”..

Lobbyists, as much as we bash them here sometimes, … serve a valuable purpose… Anyone in either chamber can inform you of that…. But, they don’t elect… Real Live people do…

So to continue to put the wishes of lobbyists over real live people, can be argued as being un democratic, un Constitutional, and un American.

And the very last thing Delaware needs, is an undemocratic, unconstitutional, and un-American in charge of the Senate.

CNN is making too much over NOW’s complaint that Obama’s cabinet has too few women.

What’s made up of five women, four African-Americans, three Latinos, two Republicans and two Asians, including a Nobel Prize winner?

The answer is Obama’s cabinet, and some women are not too happy over that…..

You call this news?

Since when has a woman ever been satisfied?

(Well, I shouldn’t have said “ever”; a couple of times one can see them grinning ear to ear over nothing all day long..)

If one looks at the state ballot, there are large number of candidates with no one running against them…  These single candidates often use their high vote totals, ( they were unopposed) as clout to propel themselves into committee leadership positions…

As voters, we do not have a choice on whom we are given… If the incumbent can scare off all others, more power to him..  But if one lives in Tony DeLuca’s distict, Bob Marshall’s district, Dennis Williams’ district, Rose Margaret Henry’s district, Helene Keeley’s district, Melanie Marshall’s district, Diana McWilliams’ district, John Mitchel’s district, Valarie Longhurst’s district, James Johnson’s district, Robert Gilligan’s district, Nick Manolakos’s district, Bill Oberle’s district, and……

you are not overly thrilled with their performance…( like say they dragged their feet on Bluewater Wind….)

Then leave their vote total blank when you lock their totals in….

By all means as I went over some names on that list, if you are  thrilled with their performance, please help them get their total votes up to atmospheric levels… Get them in charge of something…

Imagine this scenario….  Senate President Pro Tempore….. Karen Petersen applies with 8500 votes…. Tony DeLuca applies with 12.  Please do not give someone unopposed, your vote of approval, unless you are positive they  deserve it……

Our state is better than that……  maybe not yet, but with your help, it will be…..