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This is a homework assignment given to one Delawarean student. I published this before, but since many are now tuning in for the first time, here it is again…. The original story began with how a student was upset they would not be covering Shakespeare this year. When a parent asked at open house, the answer was: “We’re doing common core this year. It is a very structured learning process. We won’t be reading literature this year”. This is what they read instead.

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“Inventory” was almost here. Miguel had to count all the product on his shelves. He didn’t have time. In the morning deliveries came and had to be stocked and rotated. Once he opened his doors, he had to handle customers, and never was a time that no one was in the building. Then in the evening, he had to stay to make sure his evening shift was running smoothly. His assistant came in at five, and Miguel would wait to make sure all staff was present and accounted for, that no manpower shortages would occur, and that all equipment was working properly, before he could leave. He started every day at 5 am…”

DISCUSS THOROUGHLY

ANALYZE CORRECTLY

WRITE THE NEXT SENTENCE

VOCABULARY

inventory
deliveries
customers
assistant
accounted
manpower
shortages
properly

WHAT IS THE KEY POINT OF THIS PARAGRAPH

WHAT IS THE AUTHOR TRYING TO SAY

WRITE A 5 PARAGRAPH TEXT ON HOW YOU WOULD SOLVE MIGUEL’S PROBLEMS.

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From Shakespeare to this….. Welcome to Common Core, ladies and gentlemen.

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Having recently seen the Harry Potter movie, it is scary. Ever since watching…. I now see giants everywhere. Before when I looked, I never knew they were there…

Two giants will be doing battle here in Delaware… (The recession is finally paying off for our little state.)

Papers were filed with the ITC (International Trade Commission) by the South Korean giant Samsung LED against a division of another giant this time from Germany, Siemens….. over 8 patient infringements.

Samsung LED also said it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Delaware to seek damages and a permanent injunction to bar Siemen’s subsidary, Osram’s alleged patent infringement from entering this country.

At stake is the financial future of these two companies. One will win, and the other for lack of a better word, will be vanquished.

Since Siemens actually has a plant in Delaware, next to the Glasgow Park off Route 40 and 896, I’m putting my bets on that giant…. if they get hurt, it will cost jobs.

Hotels, restaurants, transportation companies all stand to be a little busier as this gigantic fight, gets under way…. It would be helpful to practice on the Korean and German dialects now, before the event gets under way…

Sprechen sie deutsch?

니미럴 개자식 ….

It should be an interesting fight.

Thanks to Nancy for pulling this out of the News Journal.

Matt Denn, the outgoing commissioner who’s running for lieutenant governor, raised the profile of the office, changed regulations and got laws passed that affect ordinary voters.

This was not an endorsement but was offered as “background” for its piece on the Insurance Commissioners office.. Anyone who remembers Donna Lee Williams, must understand what an improvement these last four years have been…

But back to the point… One candidate who is running for Lieutenant Governor RAISED THE PROFILE OF THE OFFICE, CHANGED REGULATIONS AND GOT LAWS PASSED THAT AFFECT ORDINARY VOTERS…

The other, wasted his time trying to play politics to stop offshore wind from dropping yours and my utility costs…. The other wasted his time by blaming the teachers union for all our educational problems, even after Kilroy told him directly that was a very tiny piece of the problem.. The other wasted his time promoting Open Government Bills, knowing full well they would never get past the desk drawer of the man HE put in as the Senate President Pro Tempore…

So who is better? The one the News Journal calls out for exemplary behavior… or the one who twiddled his thumbs…..

Most of you don’t attend these…  Like LG you have other obligations, and that’s ok.

Because here is what happened…. More or less.

Castle looked good.. O’Donnell came in late so he spoke by himself, then stood by himself after the process was done…  Shortly afterward he ducked out….

Gates was speaking, or trying to.  A decent looking guy, he should have been a Bollywood star, but public speaking was not his forte…  He is running against the Delaware Favorite: John Kowalko.  His campaign signs are lapis and lime green.  If you live in Newark you’ve seen them… Since I wasn’t planning to write anything, I didn’t take notes.. But he came across as a typical Republican with typical Republican answers, at a time when we know Republican answers don’t work…  When asked by a petitioner of his views on taxing pension benefits (I think), his answer was to leave it to the market place… (Huh?)  His time ran out and no one bothered a follow up, as we were all anxious for Kowalko to speak…

Kowalko, gosh darn I love him, but he needs someone to help him with his public speaking… I sympathize.  He and I share the same affliction of big ideas rushing out through a small hole, unfortunately making as much sense as jet engine….  Having bragged about him highly, my partner turned to me with a quizzical eye, and raising the left eyebrow, said “really”?  ” I was left to repeating the old adage, one uses anytime events don’t correlate with ones expectations… Bush uses the phrase a lot….  “Trust me,” I said. “He’s a saint…”  It’s obvious John cares about those who are victims… But I should volunteer my speech writing skills to him; even one of his constituents with whom John worked to remove a crack house in a neighborhood, required some clarification by John….

Of course John was most proud of his efforts to bring Bluewater Wind to Delaware… as well he should be…and that is where John, gosh darn I love him, is at his finest….and the reason why his constituents as well as those from the rest of the state, should be praying that John is returned to office.  Gates just does not have the capacity to decipher a thick folder thrown down by someone like Delmarva power, full of nothing really.  John on the other hand, can read throught their gobbly-gook, absorb that it is garbage, and tell them so… “sir, your facts make no sense!”  And what paid consultants who made stuff up thought would sail right past the legislature…… never got past the House Committee on Energy etc.  And so six years from now then all of our out of state friends read about our low electric bills, and turn green with envy, we can thank John.  We can thank him now, if living in the 25th, by voting for the better man…

Stephanie Ulbrich was ironically sitting across the aisle from him…  It must have been uncomfortable for her to be so close to the one who beat her down two years ago…  She is probably a much better person than she appeared to be tonight…with all that emotional baggage she was carrying around… But her snippety question (I forgot what it was about, but will forever remember the tone of her voice) sent a chill throughout the room… John was gracious and answered it…  The other note of interest was that upon returning to his seat, John gave Gates somewhat of an ackward hug…(maybe just a misplaced pat on the back)  Gate’s face turned radish.

Next up was Amick’s old seat… the tenth.  Weldin went first… a gracious man, schooled in emergency technicalities, he did not embarrass himself… In a rather likable presentation he slowly laid out his candidacy and why he was running… If I could put a theme on it, I would say he was running on Law and Order, based on his experience… But on other issues, he would follow the Republican line all the way… yawn…zzzz

The next speaker was like jumping from the complacent eye of a hurricane through the eyewall into peak winds.  Bethany Hall-Long suddenly brought the room to life..  Excitement in her voice, interesting modulations of her voice, zapped the room back to attention… In the short time she had to speak, she covered a lot of ground… so much that I can’t remember anything she said…  but if it was good, she said it… Now some may call me partisan because I whitewashed her speech, describing style and no substance.. But that friends, is just the way it stuck.. others who were there could fill in those details…  All I can remember is that there was a lot of substance there, but none of it sank in…..  I do remember being puzzled by one thing that took place during the Q & A session…  When answering a question on open government, she danced around quite a lot; too much…. Enough to make me who of course knows nothing about HB4, SB4, or any other open government bills, go hmmm…….  The dancing was like that of a marionette,… one where Thurman Adams was pulling the strings… It was as if she was afraid to step on his toes.  In what was a golden public opportunity to say that bills should not be locked in drawers  but voted on up or down…. she hedged….. Why I wonder?   Hmm…..

The announcer (timekeeper) mentioned a scheduled change as someone with a Brady sticker on his lapel edged along the side of the far wall.   That doesn’t look like  John Brady I thought… it wasn’t… Dave Jones, Republican spokesperson for Pencader High (charter school) showed up to speak in John’s behalf… His message was this… John is a lawyer, John is not rich, John does pro bono work for those who cannot get legal help and therefore are victimized, John will work the same vein as insurance commissioner..  John wants to make Delaware the insurance capital of the world, just as Wilmington became the credit card capital of the world…. As old manufacturing jobs leave, insurance jobs come in….

Sounded good, but without John’s charisma to sell it, I began to wonder where Delaware would  be as banking consolidation begins worldwide because of the current financial crises… And since the liberal credit laws were passed in Delaware, the amounts owed by citizens here and out of state, has soared…  So if we were to make Delaware an Insurance very-very friendly state…. what kind of protections would we have covering ourselves? Weak?  I will need more information.  On the other hand, if as with banking we could get a twenty year ride out of it before the floor caves in…..( and being smarter now, were we to elect in our future, Democratic internet inventors over Republican cowboy oil strikers, our floor may just stay intact…)  As I said, I wasn’t sold.

Biden spokeperson, Meg Stapleton??, next took the mike and read Joe’s message to us…  A reverent silence came over the room… I’ve had that feeling just once before.  It was after 9/11 when we were ready to do anything, anything for our country.. And back then it was Bush who was talking…  Some belittle what was said, but the emotion of that Bush televised conference, was suddenly resurrected in that room.  I am sure a copy of this letter will turn up, so I don’t want to massacre Biden’s words here, but instead discuss the emotion I felt as it resonated through me…  I would almost say it was similar to what a Revolutionary battle captain would read to his men on the field, as penned by the Commander George Washington..  I am not good with words, but I got the feeling that our country was fighting for its survival in this banking war; and as of yet, the outcome is not decided; it could still fail; and that our efforts were needed, and only through them, could we prevent that from happening…  It was a beautiful moment.  Biden has moved on from just being a Senator.. He has become a part of the history of this great country…  And I decided then, that this election is not about the little things… it is about who can better lead this country….

Christine O’Donnell grabbed the mike, and began touting that Biden wasn’t there… How COULD he care, if he was not there?  And if he is elected Vice President, Ruth Ann Minner will appoint the next Senator… herself?  Why not?  In her best Fox talking heads voice, with energy and excitement, she tried to pull the room back into the present.  Unfortunately a good reporter I am not… for while she was talking I turned to look at Mike Matthews who was sitting three rows behind me.  His face went from light rose, to red, to crimson, to scarlet, and held for a couple of minutes before it gradually returned to its natural color.   Delaware Talk Radio should have more about that tomorrow afternoon when he is on.  Please call and tease him…  it was my highlight of the meeting.  Oh my goodness, even I felt somewhat embarrassed for him…  When he stood up and asked her a question, and the rest of you turned around, his facial color was back to normal by then… but yep, it was scarlet.  lol

Being an expert of the bailout, I was surprised that she beat the bailout drum…. we shouldn’t be doing it… Apparently she as many others who do not understand the consequences of NOT doing it, insisted on calling bailing out banks worldwide, a slide towards socialism… “Sorry Honey, but we are already there… In case you didn’t know, the Fed’s today bought a majority of preferred shares of the top 9 banks…guaranteeing they will not fail… and at a 900 Dow Jones stock points rise in one day, investors worldwide cheered the advent of socialism…  In truth, if it weren’t for socialism, every bank would be broke today, every stock market would be stalled near the bottom ..  So during uncertain times, socialism is not a bad thing… it occasionally saves our ass.  Christine, bless her, is still not on top of her financial facts.  Constituent concerns… maybe; but facts… no.  To be honest, as rapidly as things moved forward this past week, it would be a reasonable assumption that very few people are economically up to speed….

But most of what she said was covered up by her make up… By that I mean I kept thinking about her makeup, and lost focus of what she said… Too much dark around the eyes honey.  Girl to girl, you look better with lighter shadow.  I looked at your on line images and nowhere, nowhere do you use the dark like you did this night…  Maybe it was the position of the overhead light, which accented the shadows of your eye sockets, hiding your eyes entirely,  maybe it was the black Gothic outfit you wore… maybe being late, you didn’t primp as much as you could have… but just between us, lose the dark?… But even despite that…girl… you can still light up a room…

But honestly, you are not yet the stature of Biden yet.  But I was able to figure out where you could be most effective…  After this election, start gearing up for a primary run against Castle…. Don’t worry about party hierarchy… pull a Markell.. If you run against Castle you will get every Democratic male pulling for you in the primary, maybe recapturing those who left your party to side with Markell,  and with that buzz pulling in your direction,  you will win among Republicans, and then ride that wave of good fortune over the next two months through the election…  That is your niche.

Matt Denn stepped up to the microphone… He mentioned four things he wished for in that room four years ago in 2004.. All four were accomplished… Insurance rates are not tied to credit scoring. Your housing insurance could not be dropped from a claim caused by a freak storm.  Retired doctors could work around malpractice clauses and assist at the Veterans Hospital in Elsmere…Foster children could get car insurance after all.  On education, Matt says we need to keep focused. Graduation rates are the statistic that is truly important.  Equally important, although not politically expedient, helping those with disabilities to achieve a better life, is just something that Matt Denn likes to do…  As Lieutenant Governor he will work with Markell to improve governments role in our daily lives.. Things are changing rapidly, making it hard to deal in specifics, but keeping Delaware’s options open, would be a primary focus in the Markell/Denn administration.  But, Matt… you need to wear a lighter suit.. With your red hair and light skin, a stiff dark suit takes away way too much from you… You are at your best in a pair of khaki’s and blue chambray shirt…  if you have to wear a suit, go with a double breasted navy, left open, undercut by a blue oxford and colonial buff tie… But despite that small distraction, you are a man who fights for little people.  Which in corporate coded Delaware, makes you a hero…

I should mention that Stephanie Ulbrich stood up during Matt’s Q & A to comment that all schools were public, both charter and public schools, since they all relied on the state stipend per student… The difference was in who paid the capital costs…  private or taxpayers…  The rest of us exchanged knowing glances, like “yeah…ok… so just why are you bringing that up?”  She might as well have stood up and stated that “the moon is 240,000 miles from earth..”  The fact checks out, but the relevancy does not….  umm… ok… Afraid people had forgotten who you were, Steph?

Next was Charlie Copeland, and wow, did the negative energy level go up… Not by Copeland himself, but from the room in front of him.  He gave a generic speech worthy mostly for its unworthiness.. His approach was biographical.  Duke, physics, computers, family business, AGS, from 10 to 80 people, won a software award in Germany…. can grow jobs, only person running who’s run a business and made a payroll.  When done he took a question on his view of charter schools… He spoke of cutting spending.  I couldn’t help but think of Red Clay’s students, using the facilities and afterward just rinsing their hands under plain water then going back to class, putting their hands all over their desk…bell rings, class changes, and a new person sits down.. How much more can we cut?  He spoke of need for new jobs, new sources of energy, and not once, not one single time, did he mention Bluewater Wind building an offshore wind farm off Rehoboth, bringing 500 start-up jobs, with 100 remaining over the twenty five year period.. I wonder why… Then John Kowalko, slowly stands up to ask a question…and I think “oh, boy.. here it comes… History will be made…” but John asked about Copeland’s vote on an insurance bill instead… Lastly someone asked how he stood on minimum wage bills… ” I’m one for three” Copeland responded back.. “when the economy is good, I voted for one, when it is bad, I didn’t vote for two.. Most likely you are referring to my “no” vote on the tipped wage minimum upgrade.”

And that’s the difference, ladies and gentlemen, between these two candidates.. “When times were bad”  Matt Denn sided with the people… Charlie Copeland sided with big businesses.  That… Is… The…  Difference.  In a nutshell…  It is only when times are good according to Charlie that we should say, ” Oh darn it, let the people have something… throw them a bone…”

Wow.  Just curious as to how you feel;  since we have bad times coming… who do you want to be in charge”…( ok, ok, yeah I know it’s an office that does nothing).  But that doesn’t mean you still can’t vote your conscious now, does it?

Markell couldn’t make it, another engagement previously arranged. But Bill Lee could….. almost… He staggered up to the podium, after putting a hand on Matt Denn’s sturdy shoulder to keep from falling in his lap.  ( no, no, it wasn’t THAT… he tripped on the carpet! ) lol  Lee is no Jack Markell.  I got the impression Lee was like a prom date that said yes,  knowing the outcome wasn’t going to be pretty.  He’s a nice guy, but is not up to running a state.. We’ve had eight years of that.. (nice guy not up to running a state).  He got some flack from one member of the audience for when he said “he didn’t care if he was running for governor” implying win or lose, it didn’t matter to him…”How can anyone take your run for office seriously, after hearing a statement like that?”  Bill laughed it off..  :”it’s good for Delaware if I don’t care”  he said… huh?  (what he was trying to say was that someone who cared deeply would try dirty tricks to make sure they one, but not he, since he didn’t care, dirty tricks were not in his agenda… just bringing up Markell’s Nextel Lawsuit…)  Bottom line, Republicans should have left both the governors and Lieutenant Governors spots blank this year, considering the damage those two candidate may do to their party…  But watching it made me realize that in politics everyone is a nice guy… our job is to elect the smarter nice guy, or the nice guys who are selfless, instead of selfish….

Tom Savage for Insurance Commissioner.  He is a one issue candidate running on a bill drawn up 11 years ago hat has not yet been passed… or perhaps even voted upon…  Tom lost the Democratic primary and is running as an independent.. After listening to him, there is a reason he runs as an Independent.  No one else can stand to be around him…  He started out with a populist approach against Thurmond Adams that was refreshing, but quickly turned into a rambling attack on all those against him… Sometimes loud, too loud, and sometimes extremely too loud, as one who has not been prevalent in the public eye, it was obvious that he had some misconceptions on how to win friends and influence people…  I guess if I were nice, I would say he just self destructed…. accusing Karen Weldin Stewart of taking money from insurers… Like an old character in a black and white movie, he refused to yield the podium when his time was up… perhaps figuring it was his only moment to publicize his cause and he was not giving an inch of it away..  Unfortunately by this time i was watching the spectacle and to be honest, I have forgotten what he was talking about….  I hope he writes in and chews my ear off so i can at least get it in writing and remember what he said…  My take away was that perhaps his cause was good, but unfortunately it was carried by the wrong messenger..  As he sat down next to his poor wife, (in a lovely green dress by the way, it really pulled out her eyes, she started the critique.)

Karen Weldin Stewart spoke about herself..  She has a hard time pronouncing her S’s… almost using the Georgian form of pronouncing it with as a “ts”.  I began to wonder if she hailed from the Caucuses themselves.  She spoke of her business expertise, but to be honest it was in vague terms, not in plain talk.  She was an interim CEO, but not a CEO..  She apparently during her reign grew whatever she was doing…  But since she was last, I didn’t pay attention as much as I would have liked… I remember thinking to myself… oh dear,… this insurance thing is going to take a lot of work, isn’t it…. But I do remember what she wore… An unnaturally bright teal blazer over a white blouse, with matching black skirt and hair…  I didn’t think of it at the time, but she was wearing Estonia’s national colors…   Maybe she was from Estonia… Unfortunately I don’t know too much about their language…. (alas, perhaps I’ll learn if they get invaded).

After taking one question from the audience, Tom Savage put up his hand… The time keeper said “he’s a candidate, he’s had his time, you don’t have to take his question if you don’t want to..”   But to Karen Weldin Stewart’s credit… she took it..  (To myself I said, “damn girl. You take it on”.  Tom savagely said, (like that?) “you took insurance money! You’re a liar!”; i think was a direct quote.  Karen responded, ” Actually it’s illegal to take insurance money when you are the insurance commissioner.  I have not taken any money from them..”  “Times up,” stated the moderator…”thank the candidates for coming, thank those of you for coming, time to go…By the way, the other candidate for Congress, Karen Hartley-Nagle has just arrived and will not speak, but will take your questions in the lobby”.

As everyone was getting up KHN trapsed in wearing the same dress she used on the televised primary debate, which she got pinged for, and I guess she had something wrong with her shoes, for her gait was rather odd.. Maybe someone will enlighten me (and everyone else) if there is something i should know, but it reminded me of walking on Acme spring shoes.. like that of the coyote on old Roadrunner cartoons…

But the event was not yet over…. as Tom passed by Karen Weldin Stewart on his way out,  “you lied, you took money from the insurance firms. It’s in your report”… pointing to a blue binder he was carrying.  Karen, gosh darn it, held her composure, saying she had not..  Keep in mind this guy is yelling at her. (What was he thinking?… Oh that’s right… he was an independant… they don’t have people skills…That’s why they are always independant.)  ” I’m going to report you; you can’t get away with this..”  To which Karen said “call the Election Board and file a complaint…  Let them look at it.”   Mr. Savage’s wife had enough.  Sliding her arm under Tom’s, she pressed his arm hard against her and pulled him off balance out the double doors…  She left him in the Embassy lobby briefly to return to Karen, and with those beautiful green eyes, I think a couple of tears were starting to well, she told Karen, “I told him..I told him… I’m so sorry….”  The guy can’t be all bad if he has a good women like that sticking to him…..

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The most notable event that took place in our recent blogosphere, was the unceremonious “fuck you, assholes” sent by the Delaware House of Representatives (25 to 11) to those turds in the Senate, who are, and have been for too long,….. clogging up the plumbing of good government. By now, all should know that Charlie Copeland, Harris McDowell, Tony DeLuca, and Thurman Adams, are impersonating the Four Whoresmen (sp?) of the Apocalypse, responsible for keeping Delaware from becoming anything more modern than…………a feudal government.

Gloom and Doom opened the morning of the tenth. The News Journal and WDEL both took the fake, went chasing after a foul ball, and ran squarely into the right field fence. Anyone reading past the headlines would have instantly realized that something was wrong, There was nothing lurking in the background to back the headlines. It was a rumor gone wild. Someone had whispered that the wind farm was in mortal danger.

“What?” “The wind farm is in danger?” “Oh, No!”……..

But no report was out, said both news sources, but fortunately for us, four senators were squealing to the press about the issue.

What? Four Senators? Could it be?……Were we about to see the New Age reincarnation of the four Whoresmen of the Apocalypse? Was Armageddon just around the corner?

The News Journal named no names but gave background quotes from 4 sources…..Can we guess? “Desk Drawer” Adams? Harris McDowell? Tony DeLuca? Charlie Copeland? My………………………..how did you know? What amazing powers of prognostication you all possess! (That could, in part, be why you are bloggers).

So as we listened to Karen Petersen stammer from having been aroused too early in the morning (session went late the night before), things didn’t sound so good, Especially everywhere one turned, something was being said about the end of the windfarm……..

But those of us in the know, saw it as a concerted effort by four people. A quick look at the math, leaves 783,596 Delawareans still unaccounted for.

Any basketball team losing 4 to 783,596, would never be considered, even by its most ardent believers, as sitting on the edge of an upset!…………Some of us are wondering why those within the media, who should be immune to this type of fake out, were so gullibly sucked in……..

Tommywonk set them straight on Loudell’s Noontime broadcast, notable for being the first guest in recent memory, that Loudell has allowed to go over his time limit, during an interview without pulling the plug…….. Meanwhile, down south, Maria Evans was filtering through the News Journal story as well.

This flap had occurred just on the toes of Delmarva releasing their on shore prices for renewable wind energy. Or lets say they issues a perspective…..a rosy perspective…..an almost too rosy of a perspective to be taken with a grain of salt………This was quickly debunked by several of Delawares bloggers as purporting to buy wind energy from windmills whose building rights on the tops of mountains, were not even proposed?

And then, HCR 38 went to a vote. Tommy has the scoop on how it happened. as well as does John Kowalko. It came out………… in favor of Bluewater Wind by a vote 25 to 11. Almost all of the 11 came from Sussex County, and were Republican……..Looks like no help will be forthcoming from Dave for these notorious bashers of Dave Burris and backers of John Atkins. Sussex County is wind country. Don’t believe me? Just ask Lynn Bullock?

There is no doubt that Harris McDowell is tearing up all of the fabric of compromise within the second smallest state, in his all out scorched earth attempt to kick out Bluewater Wind.

Dana at Delaware Watch, sings the praise of one committed Legislator, intent on working for the people of his district, unlike his compatriots in the Senate, who have sold their people “out”. That’s the problem with keeping politicians in office too long. It is only inevitable that they eventually, they spoil like a ripe papaya

There has been a surge of spirit among those willing to take on the sad state of affairs known normally as Delaware Politics. Strange events are occurring. People are not willing to sit back and just take it anymore. Many will wonder where this spirit is coming from, and why it suddenly manifests itself among us……..But some of us know exactly from where it comes ….and will fight to keep that free spirit alive.

Delaware Politics.Net has absolutely nothing on Bluewater Wind this past week. Too occupied with “being bitter” and like the rest of us, they are nostalgic for 1999. When Republicans start fondly reminiscing about 8th year of a Democratic president, during the middle of the 8th year of a Republican one, you know something has broken down somewhere in their philosophy.

However all friendly kidding aside, they, along with JTTR, and Rick Jensen, are taking on the 10% cuts being forced upon our educational departments. This is an issue. Schools are being asked to give back money as well as every other state government entity. Dave asks if that is fair? Is it the best option on the table? Dana shows us where that money is going to. Take it from the schools and give it to………….Kilroy has a better answer…..Translate that feeling into action……Steve Newton takes the message directly to the source. Obviously our soon-to-be-retired Governor, having heard Allan Loudell who seems to be the only one mentioning the catastrophic food shortages, (that quite possibly has the potential to change our global political landscapes relatively soon), is worried that in her retirement, she will run out of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Stay tuned for a photochop of Minner enjoying her retirement dinner, with a twenty years stash stored behind her. Those of you who are parents, get yourselves ready for conversations such as this: “Dad,” “Yes, son,” “Why did you let the governor eat up all our school’s money?” If you are prepared, your answer should go like this……”Well, once upon a time…..It all started off when four people got together, and all of them had funny names. Their names were Tony “On The Take” DeLuca, Charlie “No Wind Here” Copeland, Harris “I love Delmarva” McDowell, and “Desk Drawer Adams”…………………” (more to come later)

From the Libertarian side of things, Shirley shows us that there are other people in this world who also have brains, balls, and the know-how to use both, other than Tyler Nixon. Figures this link would come from the “Live Free or Die” State. What is it with small states having the most vocal Libertarian contingents?

Thank heavens some one is finally getting wise.What a beautiful day

Bet it wasn’t a beautiful day for these people in Berks County, PA. (There is a highly recommended YouTube clip in this post’s comment section.) Obviously some laws are still subjective when it comes time to met out their punishments……

Alan Coffey lays the Republican hypocrisy right on the line with this post. Don’t forget, up until just last November, we were going to bomb them…….

Delaware Libertarian has a short post (Yes Duffy! It’s true……Check it out… 🙂 ) about how an above mentioned controversy will impact our local politics. Try as you may to simplify and reduce it further, it can’t be done……..

Along the same lines…..Duffy has some similar advice about finding simple solutions to big problems: always check the registry, and then, check it again………………..Duffy’s stories always make me feel human again; its nice to know I am not the only one upon who life is not always smiling….

On a more serious note, Duffy brings home just exactly what America is all about. Honor, Duty, and the willingness to sacrifice for a greater cause. Irregardless on how you feel about the war, you can feel nothing but pride after reading this tribute…….It infuriates me that back home, in Dover, we are forced to deal with those pursuing a narrow,specific, personal agenda, focused only on themselves and the accumulation of their own wealth, with not even a smidgen of responsibility to those who will suffer because of their actions.

What a huge difference between our military heroes, and those politicians who stay at home……………..

People ask me if I am worried…….I tell them no, I had an omen that in this week something great would happen……I was right. It did. Blue bug eyed aliens were discovered in and around Sussex County (must see picture). And after some trouble with a blood clot, Mahaffie is now in New Orleans, giving us a first hand look at the aftermath of Katrina. I was relieved to see the Cafe du Monde was still around with their awesome beignets. I hope he gets a chance to ferry over to Algiers, but his schedule may be a little too tight…….I’m still waiting for him to show up at the South Pole, to check out the accuracy of his GPS device. 🙂

And we need to keep Joe M. close to our hearts and in our prayers. Anytime one of us goes silent, I start to worry.

But a real event spinning off one of JTTR’s posts had be worried even more. Although I am fond of his analysis covering his taste in music, he did exceptionally well in reviewing this product. I was able to fight the power of suggestion for twenty one minutes before heading out to the nearest 24 hour location…………only to find, that because of the slowness of the economy, it had cut back its hours…….stranding me unfulfilled with JTTR‘s words echoing though my head….(By the way, his review is on target, and the purchase is worth the effort…) His mirror image, has finished his four years and like everyone who has traveled that path, looks backwards and says ………………..”ok”.

Matt Marshall is on TV. No not like water on Mars, this is the real thing. Those who follow DWA can also get a glimpse of the always articulate, and eloquent Dominique…..
But even bigger news it how Gene Reed, insurance commissioner gets his money……..and how the News Journal tried to hide it and cover it up……Just imagine the Pottersville this state would be in if it weren’t for us bloggers?

The Colossus of Rhodey points out that not all stupidity lies with our administration. The University of Delaware is getting ready for another national firestorm, especially during an election year, by putting this up for all to see….”The University of Delaware has revised a speech code that used to classify “[a]ny instance that is perceived by those involved as being racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, or otherwise oppressive” as an emergency equal to fire, suicide attempts, and alcohol overdose.” Hmmm…a little hyperbole we have there, perhaps? Perhaps the University of Delaware’s officials should watch Battlestar Galactica to learn how one deals with those having different viewpoints, even if that person is yourself. I’m telling you. It’s the best show on television.

Finally full circle back to Bluewater Wind. Jason at Delaware Liberal shows us that as we squabble away valuable time arguing with, instead of simply bypassing one Harris McDowell, the rest of the world is moving forward with Offshore wind very quickly. We have just days before the announcement that the East Coast Hub of Offshore Wind development, will no longer be in Delaware. Because we (1st Senatoral District, Wilmington) elect stupid asses to our Legislature.

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My friends on the right are prone to argue the Minner administration has been a failure. But looking at the big picture, I see many problems suffered quietly during the last twenty years, are receiving solutions.

Everyone always wants more. But……according to the Pew Foundation compilations, Delaware ranked fourth as the best run state in the Union.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Pew organization, they are the ones who usually issue the reports we hear about how much money is wasted in government, and calculate when we reach Tax Free Day.

So despite the financial hardships trouncing Delaware the last eight years, compared to everyone else……we have done alright.

The Federal Government, however, has fared less well during the same timeframe.

Since it is election time, it would only be fair to point out that Delaware is almost all Democrat and is run according to Democratic principals.

The Federal Government has been run by Republican principal. For during the time frame that all the damage was done……all three branches were Republican controlled. They made their bed on this one…..There is no one else to blame but their own philosophy.

So when voting, try to remember the disparity between the fourth best state in the union, and the worst run Federal Government…..ever.

Then make your choice.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
144th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 41

RECOMMENDING THAT THE DELAWARE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION APPROVE THE PRICE FOR ALL POWER PURCHASED BY DELMARVA , IRREGARDLESS OF SOURCE, TO BE PEGGED FOR THE NEXT TWENTY FIVE YEARS AT 9.89 CENTS PER KILOWATT/HOUR SHOULD THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY NOT INSTRUCT RUSS LARSON TO CAST AN “AYE” VOTE FOR BLUEWATER WIND’S OFFSHORE WIND FARM. THIS IS THE SAME PRICE WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN GUARANTEED PER KILOWATT FOR THE ENTIRE SPAN OF TWENTY FIVE YEARS, HAD BLUEWATER WIND BEEN ALLOWED TO BUILD 11.5 MILES OFF REHOBOTH BEACH, DELAWARE AND BEGUN OPERATIONS IN 2014 SUPPLYING ELECTRICITY TO DELMARVA’S SOS CUSTOMERS. DELMARVA IS CONFIDENT THEY WILL CONSISTENTLY PROVIDE A PRICE MUCH LOWER THAN 9.89 CENTS PER KILOWATT/ HOUR. THIS GUARANTEE TO CUSTOMERS OF DELMARVA, WHO PERHAPS MIGHT OTHERWISE PAY HIGHER ENERGY PRICES OFF THE PJM GRID, IS NECESSARY BECAUSE DELMARVA IS WORRIED ABOUT THE HIGH COST ITS CUSTOMERS MIGHT PAY WITH BLUEWATER WIND’S POWER. THE RECOMMENDATION TO THE COMMISSION IS THAT ALL FUTURE INCREASED COSTS OVER 9.89 CENTS PER KILOWATT/HOUR SHOULD BE BOURNE BY AND AMONG DELMARVA ITSELF. EFFECTIVE AFTER 12/31/2008 UPON PASSAGE OF THIS RECOMMENDATION, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT APPROVAL BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, ALL STANDARD OPERATING SERVICE CUSTOMERS OF DELMARVA WILL BE GUARANTEED A STABLE PRICE OF 9.89 CENTS TIMES A PROFIT OF 4%, BRINGING THE BILLABLE AMOUNT ON EVERY CUSTOMERS BILL TO 10.286 CENTS PER KILOWATT/ HOUR IRREGARDLESS OF ENERGY PRICES ON THE GRID.. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL DELMARVA BE ALLOWED TO CHARGE ANY SOS CUSTOMER BY MORE THAN THAT AMOUNT WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN GUARANTEED THROUGH AN CONTRACT WITH BLUEWATER WIND.

WHEREAS, House Bill 6 of the 143rd General Assembly (the Electric Utility Retail Customer Supply Act of 2006), signed into law by the Governor on April 6, 2006, establishes a process for procuring a new energy source based in Delaware; and

WHEREAS, House Bill 6 set forth the criteria for selecting a new energy generating source, including the cost-effectiveness of the project in producing energy price stability, reduced environmental impact, the benefits of adopting new and emerging technology, siting feasibility and the terms and conditions concerning the sale of energy output from such facilities; and

WHEREAS, the Public Service Commission, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Energy Office and the Controller General were given authority under House Bill 6 to select a bidder; and

WHEREAS, the Request for Proposal issued under House Bill 6 established a competitive process in which three proposals for power were submitted, an IGCC coal power facility, a new natural gas facility and an offshore wind power facility, all of which were reviewed and evaluated; and

WHEREAS, on May 22, 2007, the Public Service Commission, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Energy Office and the Controller General directed that Delmarva Power enter into negotiations with Bluewater Wind to build an offshore wind power facility in Delaware, and to submit a term sheet outlining the major provisions of an agreement; and

WHEREAS, on November 20, 2007, the Public Service Commission, Office of Management and Budget, the Energy Office and the Office of the Controller General held a hearing on the Bluewater Wind term sheet and directed Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind to submit a Power Purchase Agreement for consideration on December 18, 2007; and

WHEREAS, the negotiations that were held between November 20, 2007, and December 10, 2007, resulted in a more favorable agreement from the perspective of Delmarva residential ratepayers than was embodied in the term sheet; and

WHEREAS, the negotiations have produced a Power Purchase Agreement to build and operate in Delaware the nation’s first offshore wind power facility; and

WHEREAS, the Public Service Commission staff report finds that the Power Purchase Agreement meets the criteria established by House Bill 6, including price stability, reduced environmental impact, and the use of new technology; and

WHEREAS, operation of the proposed offshore wind farm would provide jobs for Delawareans and make Delaware a leader in a new industry at a time when manufacturing jobs are disappearing; and

WHEREAS, construction of the proposed offshore wind power facility would make a significant contribution to a reduction in greenhouse gas and toxic pollution emissions; and

WHEREAS, citizens of Delaware have offered thousands of comments and letters in favor of the proposed wind power facility; and


WHEREAS, the Public Service Commission, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Energy Office and the Controller General did not act on the Power Purchase Agreement because of the lack of a consensus among the four entities; and

WHEREAS, approval of the Power Purchase Agreement would endow Delmarva Power’s customers with protection against future price increases and price volatility due to the rising cost of electricity produced from fossil fuels and international political uncertainties.

NOW THEREFORE:
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the 144th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Senate concurring therein, that it is the recommendation of the General Assembly that the Public Service Commission freeze Delmarva Power’s rate to 10.286 cents per kilowatt hour for the duration of twenty five years that the Bluewater contract would have covered. and any cost from power purchased over 9.89 cents per kilowatt hour, would not be passed on to Delmarva’s SOS customers, but absorbed by Delmarva itself and its parent company Pepco Holdings. Those currently purchasing Delmarva’s power will never pay more than 10.286 per kilowatt hour. Even though the proposed wind power facility met the criteria established by House Bill 6 of the 143rd General Assembly and was deemed to be in the best interest of the citizens of this State; the PSC will regulate Delmarva’s pricing to remain in line with what Delmarva customers would have saved with an active windfarm.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Public Service Commission is hereby requested to determine if it is in the public interest to freeze Delmarva’s price to 9.89 cents per kilowatt hour.over the remaining span of twenty five years concurrent with Bluewater Wind’s contract. Since Delmarva is confident that even with a national shortage of natural gas, coupled with a shortage of coal, excessive Carbon Taxes, stronger and expensive enforcements of Clean Air mandates, and the high price caused by excessive demand for renewable credits, they will still be capable of providing energy cheaper than that contracted by Bluewater Wind, they should be happy to set the billable price at 10.286 cents per kilowatt hours as constant over the next twenty five years. This is within the authority set forth in House Bill 6 of the 143rd General Assembly.

SYNOPSIS
This Concurrent Resolution recommends that should the Controller General fail to vote to approve the Agreement between Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power; because, in the opinion of the majority of the General Assembly, the proposed Bluewater Wind Agreement meets the criteria set forth in House Bill 6 of the 143rd General Assembly and is in the best interests of the citizens of this State, that the Public Service Commission will set Delmarva’s price at 10.286. cents per kilowatt hour. This Concurrent Resolution further requests that any power purchased over 9.89 cents per kilowatt, be absorbed by Delmarva and its parent, Pepco Holdings; under no circumstances, market or otherwise, can the billable price to any Delmarva SOS customer ever rise above 10.286 cents per kilowatt hour until twenty-five years have passed.

The battle for wind in the state of Delaware is really a proxy for a larger conflict.

John Carney has immediately with one touchdown put himself in the lead at least to those who follow the topic. This contest in September may be solely decided by which candidate over the next 7 months, has done more to bring wind power to its fruition.

It also gives us notice as to who will run this state. Is this candidate serving notice to his party’s leadership, that their unwillingness to play his way on issues, will seriously put them at a disadvantage when it comes time for the “Bang-up Four” to court public opinion.

McDowell, DeLuca, Copeland, and “Desk Drawer” Adams, will forever be bad guys responsible for stopping offshore wind power’s equivalent of Silicon Valley from setting up camp in lower Delaware.

Not only will those four corrupt panderers have collectively cost Delaware 1.3 Billion in extra energy costs, but they will also have doomed Delaware to economic oblivion, at a worth of 25 Billion in lost investment and lost wages.

Carney has taken a step to let us all know that he, if elected, WILL BE in charge.

With this metaphoric kick being good, the extra point added, and the kickoff ball flying fast through the air, it is now Markell’s turn to make something happen with the ball.

Thoughts:

Can Bullock beat Castle? Or is he destined to go the way of Miller in 00 an 04? A really nice guy, but…..

What needs to happen for the future good of Delaware is for John Carney to switch races and apply his millions towards regaining the House Seat for the Democrats.

Many of us feel John is too good of a guy to be squandered this season.  Minner will do for Carney, what Clinton did for Gore. For his own growth and development, most of us feel he needs some distance from Minner before taking over the Governors mansion.

A powerful switch like this needs to happen. If Carney runs, Jason and I will get him in.

John Carney hit the news. He wants to eliminate the high density transmission lines from crossing our state.

He means well. His reasoning for arguing against this use of public domain, is that such transmission lines will make it easier for Midwestern energy, most of it from coal fired power plants, to migrate to the East Coast. Fortunately we have had no brownouts. One brownout lasting too long, can quickly change public opinion towards favoring immediate access to additional energy, when and where it is most needed.

Normally I would agree with John on this issue. He is actually severing himself in a small way from the Minner administration which as his critics point out to whom he is closely tied. Minner gave her solid support for building these high density lines.

But while batting down Harris McDowell’s letter to the General Assembly, created while on some R & R time spent in Amsterdam square, I learned that the primary inefficiency caused by wind power in Europe, was that continent’s lack of high density transmission lines needed to move power from where it is generated, to where it is consumed. In Denmark, more high density lines connect the wind turbines to outside of the country, then connect to their own population centers. In Germany, to send power to the southern half of that country, it must be routed through the Benelux countries, since those nations have the high density lines, and Germany does not……..

Bluewater will not live up to its potential if it cannot send its excess to the hungry DC energy market… During peak generation times, without these lines in place, many of the turbines will have to be taken off line. Meaning somewhere……coal will have to be burned to replace the power lost because someone opposed the placement of high density transmission lines across Delaware.

Furthermore, there is great possibility that sooner than anticipated, much more of this nation’s energy will be derived from wind blowing through the Midwest. The entire world’s current electrical needs could be furnished by three Midwestern states,… if we had enough turbines to capture the wind capacity that exists there………Meanwhile, back in Delaware, on a slow day we will need that “far away” green energy to run our globally warmed air conditioners, back here, straining to capacity…….

Denying these transmission lines in order to slow the burning of fossil fuels, is admirable. On this point Carney should be commended. (Golf clap). But to deny electricity produced by wind power from reaching those most needing it, and causing an increase of fossil fuel burning to make up that very difference…..is unconscionable.

So what looked like a safe stick to drive some support into ones growing political camp, turns out to be a sleeping copperhead that can fatally fang one if one fails to let go and hangs on one second too long.

What is interesting is that Carney’s primary opponent, and early supporter of Bluewater’s wind power’s bid, supported the same argument, which ironically harms the efficiency of the Bluewater wind farm once it is built.

From the News Journal: “State Treasurer Jack Markell, who is vying with Carney for the nomination, said he has “not met a single Delawarean who wants a high-transmission corridor running through our state.”

As more Delawareans learn how Delaware will uniquely benefit from selling what was once molecules of air passing over Rehoboth Beach, to a power hungry public in the gigantic metropolitan areas to our west, this misinterpretation of whether we suffer or benefit from high density transmission lines, will be resolved………

Just a heads up John and Jack…..I’m sure you didn’t know………..