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Usually this is an after thought…” Oh, wow, year’s over, let’s get a person of the year”…  And then once we elect one,  we go… “holy crap… we totally forgot so and so….”

So to try to stir up some old simmering coals of memory, both mine and others, and perhaps even to (heaven forbid) get some debate going in the blog sphere, I thought I’d make an initial run on Thanksgiving Week, and then add people into the nominating category as others mention various ones I should kick myself for forgetting.

It will also force me to review the year which is something I rarely do… because face it, as a human being, I am slave of the moment….  If I did this last year, come December 14th the entire world would have been turned upside down and all the old priorities of 2012,  would in one day become trivial….

And so starting early gives me the chance to make the argument for each of those I decide to enroll with your kind recommendations included….

Julius Cephus:  Particularly this one man organized and stopped an end run around the Port of Wilmington.  The Kinder Morgan deal did not go through, and the Wilmington Port is bustling like never before…   Kinder Morgan was to strip the union of power, and drop the rates of pay, further dampening the economy of Wilmington proper.  It was also the first defeat of a Lavine-Markell development project, .. Fisker and Bloom had gone forward without a hitch.  Julius and other’s push back resulted in a General Assembly motion that stated they, not the governor, had final approval. It was the first time we were exposed to the current Governor’s manipulations.  They were to play a significant part across this year’s tapestry.

Steve Newton:  A blogger who has written infrequently, but effectively. His piece on SB 51  is what alerted us to the end run being performed by Dave Sokola on lowering the current standards being used for educating teachers.  It is brilliant.  It took an evening of reading the legislation line by line and cross referencing  it with Steve’s analysis, to understand the huge negative impact this bill would cause.  By the time this was done, the Bill had already passed the Senate unanimously without comment, and with an friendly amendment added that was voted upon without even being read.  Some public outcry was mustered within the House, both in committee and on the floor, but under the Governor’s direction, the Speaker of the House, pushed the bill to the floor before significant outcry could be mustered.  Only 4 House members were not on record for it’s passing.  Our educational schools now have to water down their teaching standards to meet the new law.  Steve also has brought the Highmark story to Delaware.  His research in the increase of medical costs in Western PA as a result of knocking out competition by unfair practices, leads one with a cold chill of what to expect in Delaware’s future.  We are already there.  As an insurer, Highmark is only paying medical claims in its own affiliated clinics.  As the new Blue Cross/Blue Shield owner, that is a huge percentage of Delaware’s residents.  None can go to any other hospital.  He has properly fingered Karen Weldham Stuart for not catching this prior to implementation.  Without Steve, this would have passed unnoticed.  The News Journal still has not once mentioned the takeover of Delaware’s health field under one owner.

Ernest Lopez.  If Kennedy were still writing Profiles of Courage, he should include this man.  Ernest Lopez is a conservative, and voted with Libertarian values to pass the gun legislation recommended by Markell and Biden.  Reflecting the views of his district, instead of taking the threatening message sent to him down from the NRA, he voted for his district.  A very vocal minority, who is always vocal, and always in the minority, swore they would unseat him.  He disregarded their idle threat, and voted both his and his constituents conscious.  A major billboard was put up to call him out.   His vote caused the passage of us now requiring background checks at public gun sales.  Now a certifiably insane person cannot slap cash and get a gun.  It is a no-brainer, and Ernie was the only Republican with brain enough to even know what a no-brainer is….

Cathy Cloutier:  her vote allowed gays to marry.  Again, she is a Republican who said enough is enough… Tired of voting against her conscious just so Sussex County would not flip over to the Democrats, she finally did not toe the line and voted along the lines of her own constituents, all overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage.  In doing so, she went against the entire grain of her party, who firmly feel that gays are second class citizens, even though most Republicans in office are closeted gays.

Bethany Hall Long:  on the same vote, made a viable personal decision, and also voted for the legalization of gay marriage. Unlike Cathy’s vote, this was accomplished at great personal sacrifice, for all of those in her personal life, were solidly against this policy from taking effect.  In voting for what was morally right, she had to contend against those whose influence she could not escape.  She went with the correct vote, over the easy one.   As a result, Gay marriage is now legal in Delaware.

Paul Baumbach:  gave great ammunition against the fight for SB51, and later against HB 165. Both bills which will damage Delaware’s education for years to come.  He was one of the four who put up a fight on the House floor.  Paul also arranged for the meetings in Newark to discuss the new Power plant that figured in this past week’s election.

John Kowalko:  also was against SB51, HB 165, as well, being against the power plant.  In fact, John was the first person to sound the alarm over how big the power plant would be.  Without his big voice, it may have slid through unnoticed.  The power plant has defined northern Delaware politics since September.

Kim Williams;  responsible for HB 40 which investigates Charter School’s meddling into our educational systems.  She was as an acting state representative, allegedly refused entrance into a committee hearing on education, for fear she might say something damaging to the bill being rushed through….  She brought to the public’s knowledge, that the Charter School bill was drafted illegally without public input, and the charter group constructing it, was also under FOIA, to which the private group denied.  The Attorney General backed up her assertion, that the bill was formulated illegally but their decision was moot, because the bill was passed both houses anyways.  Kim Williams also in the HB 40 task force, led the group to realize that charter schools unlike public schools, do indeed filter those entering charters to weed out those who might lower their test scores….

Mark Murphy, Rodel, Sweeney, Hefferman, and the Fake Educational Reform Establishment:  I almost purposefully did not post this.  Although the first person’s name is usually followed by explicatives whenever mentioned, it is unlike Voldermort’s, still getting mentioned.  Mark Murphy was not put in his position based on his ability. He was placed there for his loyalty to the cause of  corporatizing public education.  Markell pulls the strings, Murphy figures how to get it done…  It is hard to make a puppet the most influential person of the year… So I was going to skip him… But at the last minute, remembered that every time  he or anyone of these make an op-ed, it resonates as gigantic news. The entire community rises up to counteract each op-ed, usually with the word “lies” thrown liberally about…. So, they do exert an influence.  I looped all of them together, as the group of liars in a Greek play, who stand on the stair steps and taunt the protagonists.  Well,… they are part of the play…….

Dan Short:  Sometimes villains get noticed too.  Primarily a single issue candidate, who personally supports the NRA, he actively campaigned and organized to create enough backlash so Markell’s gun laws could not get enough votes…  Without him, there is a possibility that all four of Markell’s gun control pieces of legislation would have passed both houses of Delaware’s legislature. Dan Short should be given the credit for stopping them.

John Sigler: Single handedly by his very brief tenure as the re-elected head of the Republican Party, he pointed out through his pigeon shooting, just how inept the Republican Party was at everything else.  With his leaving, all fissures cracking the Republican bedrock, were impossible to ignore.  Blogs split. The IPOD’s split. Former candidates of the same party just months earlier, now not talking to each other. The Delaware Republican Party is dead; no it is past dead.  More dead than a pigeon shot inside a box by John Sigler, former head of the Delaware Republican Party.

Nancy Willing: Her blog, the Delaware Way, is the go-to site for local information. Whether about Dover, about New Castle County, about any of New Castle County’s associations, Nancy combs all sources and puts them down in aggregate form. Heavily involved in the Power Plant controversy, The Delaware City Rail Yard controversy, Barley Mill controversy, the Woodlawan controversy, the Kinder Morgan controversy, the Charter School Controversy, the Common Core Controversy, Nancy has who is saying “what”, and links to “why”. One can expend less energy by using her blog to follow all the stuff the News Journal neglects, in a few quick empty steps.

Amy Roe:  a head of the Sierra Club, who emerged from nowhere to lead the fight against the power plant, and give quite a run against the establishment candidate.  Becoming the face the anti- power movement could coalase behind, she gave the anti power plant movement both dignity and grace.  Coming up short only 115 votes, she has awakened Newark now politically as never before…  The power plant if it goes forward, now has a strong group of Newarkeans against it.  Hopefully they will be monitoring it regularly and helping authorities keep in in compliance with all local law.

Tom Gorden; although much quieter than his first term in office, Tom Gorden is rapidly rolling back the privileges the previous Clark administration handed over to our state’s top developers. The Barley Mill plaza which had a green light, is now parked at a red. In a big sea change, though handled quietly, community groups are now no longer persona non grata in county government. It is no longer accepted as a matter of course that the Woodlawn Trust will be gobbled up by developers. If enough fight can be mustered, it can be stopped. Furthermore, with Tom there is closer coordination with the City of Wilmington, than we have experienced anytime in our lifetimes. In the county, local policing has been stepped up, particularly in neighborhoods prone to crime…

Dennis Williams: Came in with grand expectations, which looked deliverable for a while. The tide is turning and his relevance on this list, is because every day, the headline reality in Wilmington’s streets, brings his electioneering boasts back to haunt him, like a sizzling hot branding iron.  Time, Dennis, to say “Damn the torpedoes… Their punk asses are going in jail no matter which blowhard on City Council spouts off,before mine gets tossed in jail for impersonating a mayor..”

Alan Levin:  Jack Markell’s second in command, he was instrumental in defending Markell’s position on Kinder Morgan and the port, as well as the new power plant for the data center. He also had a hand in keeping Dole in Delaware, and worked to slip the power plant past a slew of unsuspecting Newark City officials.

Jack Markell: had his hand in everything.  He was behind Kinder Morgan’s takeover.  He was behind SB 51 and HB 165.  He was behind the illegal charter group, requiring HB 40. He also was the driving force for the four rational steps to gun legislation, 2 of which were passed. He was also the driving force behind the passage of gay marriage, signing the bill in the chambers just moments after its passage. He also supported the transgender bill in its travels through the labyrinth of Legislative Hall. He as behind keeping Dole in Delaware. He was behind changing an icon in Millsboro away from pickles, over to poultry. He pushed the bill to curtail Flowers. Despite your opinion over whether these were good or bad, they still showed a ubiquitous and wide reach across the state of Delaware. Seems like nothing got done that didn’t have his fingerprints all over it.

John Young: As head of Christina board, John Young led the board in standing up to Mark Murphy and Jack Markell, by refusing the RTTT funds slated for his district. Although some hired fools, (Jea Street) tried to paint Young into a corner, it served the opposite purpose and gave Young a platform. For the fist time, Common Core was getting publicly bashed. For the first time, many were finding that aligning themselves blindly to this sham of improving standards, was probably going to hurt them politically in the next couple of years. It was the fist salvo back, so the damage estimates were not high, but it did open eyes of many who had been on the sidelines of all educational issues, making them also become vocal in fighting Common Core. His blog Transparent Christina has channelled a lot of detailed information into the Delaware market, and had made Common Core an apprehension, instead of the savior it was supposed to be….

Kilroy: Kilroy has always been haranguing over education. In fact he was doing such a good job I left that issue alone for years, because other issues for me, like the economy and elimination of guns from the hands of the mentally ill, were more important. But as the issue has shifted back into the limelight, Kilroy’s hard hitting is making its mark… Kilroy is blunt, and right now, that is the language that needs to happen. Blunt descriptions of what takes place in the stratosphere of he academic field…. Kilroy often breaks stories before the News Journal, especially ones embarrassing to the Murphy/Markell cartel of education. If you have read Kilroy over the past couple of years, you would already know that Common Core is not the panacea we have been promised. It is a power grab for taxpayer dollars, financed by Wall Street itself…. If you think otherwise, you haven’t been reading a balanced reading list….
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That is what I have so far. In retrospect I am surprised that education has played so much, as even I have only come to that topic lately… But if one looks over the News Journal op eds, education really did dominate the discussion in the 2nd smallest state this year….

I may have forgotten some big ones. To reiterate, that is why I am posting this early, to catch those big mistakes as they get brought to my attention….

I am just as guilty of this as is every one else.

A single issue polarized this election for outsiders.  A huge power plant, which will dominate the skyline from Academy Avenue southwest to Chestnut Hill.

However there are other factors not being taken into consideration.   The 115 margin is disheartening to many of those outside Newark who will be soon breathing toxic air.  But it is a miracle that it was even that close when one considers the dynamics of a small town mayoral race.

The first factor left out of every discussion so far up till now,  is that the incumbent was considered by most Newarkeans to be the best mayor they have ever had.  Both business interests and residents have commented in private, that Vance Funk “got it” .  He understood how things worked together, development and quality of life, and rode the magic line right down the middle.  In truth, the Newark of today is almost unrecognizable from the Newark of the  early 2000’s…   Now when one says Main Street of Newark, one has to ask… which one?

A lot of the magic that is Newark is due to Vance Funk.  So when someone of such stature endorses his pick as someone who will carry the same theme forward, it carries a lot of weight.  Many votes for Polly are votes of thanks to Vance.   “He’s a good guy, so if he picked her, she must be alright too” was a sentiment heard across the streets of Newark the past two months…

Against this, two great candidates, Amy Roe and Rebecca Powers,  would probably not have done as well had they not had the thermal of the power plant issue burning underneath them….   From Amy’s personal biography one has to wonder if she would have ever run, had this not become an issue requiring someone of her stature to step up…  I’ll let Ezra speak for Rebecca.

In point, if one lives in Newark, this race was not only about a power plant.  It was about people you know; it was about how you feel about the  town; it was about who should lead the town in the future on all issues, not just the town’s approval of a power plant…..

And the people spoke. And it was close.  Whether the power plant goes in, or another controversy rises up to stop it, (a severe economic crash for example)… the people will have to live with their choice for a long time.

I think it should be noted, that Amy Roe handled herself in the spotlight rather well, and in the future, all this effort will undoubtedly  lead to a greater good.

And, just in case no one heard Allan Loudell’s observation on WDEL, all the top three vote getters were women…. How nice is that?

One of the sad things one realizes as one gets older is that all the crap one accepted as being the way the world worked, could have been changed.  It wasn’t the way the world worked… It was the way those benefiting from that arrangement, wanted the world to work.

One of the worst realizations about life, is that when one reaches this level of wisdom, one is already depleted of energy  and doesn’t possess enough force to fight for it…..

Our world is made up of forces constantly fighting each other.  The way things are, is the way the stronger forces keep it…   If the forces that were weak, ever bonded together to overcome the force that dominates…  things change…, As a metaphor it is very similar to how our world will reverse polarities very soon (if it hasn’t already)….

In other words, the 60’s revolt against the draft…. would never have happened unless people revolted against the draft.  The fight to protect the environment, would never have happened if people didn’t fight to protect the environment…..

I was reminded of this, listening to Sam Latham on WDEL’s Rick Jensen show while talking to John Flaherty who was filling in for Rick.  Sam represents the AFL-CIO and his role is to promote jobs in Delaware… That is his role, and he fills it well…

Some listeners may have heard that 50% of Delaware’s building trades union workers are out of work..  That is a lot. One would certainly feel for them and would like to help them get work if one could… We all live in fear of suddenly losing our job, and at our backs we here the words, “what if it was you” and naturally want to do what we can to help a brother out…

While enunciating emphatically, Sam said… “He cared only about jobs,  Not clean water, not clean air, but jobs.”  He was making a point.  Later he said.. ” Of course I care about those two; just not now; Now we need jobs.”….

If it helps Sam, it is a good thing he spoke that way.  His job is to drum up jobs, and his cadre is shrinking as each day passes.  High paying jobs get termed; low paying jobs get hired….

The point of this election however, is not jobs in Delaware.  It is not energy in Delaware.  It is not about getting rid of shysters hiding in political closets, who pretend not to recognize themselves on literature supporting them, but supposedly done by an independent organization….

Nor is it about poisons raining down on you. Nor is it about sucking White Clay Creek dry in the summer time. Nor is it about a loud clanging, louder than your morning alarm, that goes on 24/7 and never (it’s in their contract), stops.. Never. Stops.

This election is not about any of those… It is about something far more important… Much more than all of that….

It is about … you…

Let me define.  You need to vote for what will make your life better… Because you are you… I know it sounds simple, but it is rather profound, so work with me here. 🙂

  • If your life would be better by having one of these jobs, you need to vote for Polly.  Your life will be better.
  • If your life would be better by having this deal go through, as would be that of the heads of the University, you need to vote for Polly.
  • If you live would be better by having this deal go through, as would be that of any in the building trades, or contractors, you need to vote for Polly….

Too obvious you say?   But, …

If your life would be better by not having 24/7 clanging louder than your alarm, you need to vote for Amy Roe.

  • If your life would be better by not having cancer in 10 years, (true average exposure time around power plants), you need to vote for Amy Roe.
  • If your life would be better by having beautiful White Clay Creek still flowing and not diverted to the power plant in summer, you need to vote for Amy Roe.
  • If your life would be better by having less deep earth elements on  your car, patio furniture, pets, and lawn, you need to vote for Amy Roe.
  • If your live would be better by having another employer in that spot on the STAR campus, instead of an industrial plant which will chase away more  sophisticated new high quality jobs than it could attract,  you need to vote for Amy Roe.

In other words there is a myriad of people with a myriad of interests out there…   All of them mean something to each person…  If I value jobs more than anything, I can’t really fault you for valuing your health over anything… And vice versa…  You don’t know me and if I value putting jobs before environmental concerns, then I have a history for wanting to do so… I’m certainly not stupid, and neither is Sam Latham.  Nor is Amy Roe…

(I’m not yet convinced that doesn’t apply to Polly Seirer or Vance Funk considering how easily they got played …. or caught…. )

But other than those two possibilities  🙂 , people for the most part, are not stupid.  Everyone votes on the concerns they have for their own lives….

So how does one determine which is right and which is wrong?  Pretty much by the numbers… We count the votes and say … “it appears that those who care enough to vote, want this town to go in this direction….”   If the town goes in that direction, there WILL be a minority that does not agree….  But there WILL be an even bigger majority who thinks going there is the correct direction, and since more feel that way than don’t, … that is the way we should go….

Yes. This is too simple. Yet it is very profound….  For across the study of history, whenever a majority of citizens wants to go towards a certain way, the profundity is that it usually works out for the best.  Not always, (Prohibition) but history always tends to work better, when things are decided by a majority… In my past, when I found myself on the losing side, I still could see the gains  in other arenas, that happen because of the vote… True, they don’t happen according to my priorities, but they still happen nevertheless…. and the good that was promised by the other side, came about.

Which brings us to the center.  How we convince those deciders is  the  prime issue.  If one side, then another side makes their passionate arguments, it is done to try to convince  the merits of their presentations to those voting …  Then those voters vote…..

That is why too much money, is an attempt to obfuscate the balance that this discourse provides.  If one gains a monopoly on the argument by buying out the media, by putting only one side’s ideas into people’s minds, one is damaging the brand called democracy.  One is trying to grab power, to make outcomes based on trickery, untruths, and lies.   Lies are very ineffective if allowed the opportunity to be proven wrong.  In fact, if lying is ever proven beyond a doubt,…  it usually backfires upon the liar.  All then side with the victim about whom the lie was told…

But if one hears only one side because of a monopoly on the media… bad decisions get made…. Even though that lie can make rational sense in light of all arguments presented,  without it’s opposing view getting air, it can never get BUSTED!

When one tries to create a monopoly on the conversation, one violates the good decision making process our elections provide… When one wants to win so bad, enabling themselves to put their decisions in effect without having the necessary vetting required,  there is a very high probability that the decision made, will turn out to be rather costly…

If it was good, it would have been voted on by the electorate anyway…

So…  are “one, two, or even three new jobs” to one, two, or even three Delawareans worth your death 40 years earlier than otherwise? Could be…  or … could not be… But you need to decide that, and no one else.

That is why this trickery performed in order to influence the election of Newark’s mayor, is so troubling….

  • One more reason to vote for Amy Roe.

It used to cost 40 pieces of silver. Now it costs $45,000 dollars.

Apparently there was a giant rally at the Chrysler Plant in support of the power plant. A quick check of car plates (and bumper stickers) showed that Union members from Philly, New Jersey, Maryland were there. Surprisingly, none identifiable from Delaware were there. The surprisingly few Delaware plates that were there, all were black, and stuck on the back of $70,000 cars or trucks…

It appeared to be an attempt to show Newark that lots of people still support putting in the largest power boiler in the state right next (only 20 Wal*Mart aisles or 200 feet) to houses with kids and dogs and cats playing in the yard….

But none of this crowd came to all the public sessions. All those were 20 to 1 against installing the power plant.

So vans of strange people who talked funny were roaming Newark neighborhoods last Saturday and Sunday. They put on two door hangers... One in support of the power plant. One in support of Polly Sierer, candidate for mayor.

Polly Sierer denies she knows who is doing it… “I wish they’d stop she says…” Well, one person whose name is on the pamphlets, is Mike Mullens. The pamphlet says for further information, contact the Delaware Department of Elections. A lot of people did.

The Department of Elections said…”we know nothing of this. Nothing at all”… Most politicos just shrugged and said, “well they got us; they filed under the window of the 8 day reporting, so we will have to wait for the year’s end filing to see who was putting up all this money… It has to be a lot of money.

Very late Sunday night,last night, someone actually looked up the code and discovered that Bob Gilligan changed it last year. And it was signed by Jack Markell. After my memory was jogged, I can now remember El Sonambulo discussing it on Al Mascitti’s show… They have 24 hours to contact the Department of Elections upon either spending or receiving money.

They scrambled all night and most of the day, trying to create a political action committee, get officers in line, get everyone’s story straight, and then file with the Elections Office… There is nothing still on the websites. The election is today….

Finally just before closing yesterday, around 4:46 pm, those who emailed request, begin to get their answers….

The PAC is worth $45,000! Prior to this notice, Polly’s 8 day report shows the total expenditures at around $5,000.… The PAC IS SPENDING 9 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF ANY CANDIDATE TO THROW THE ELECTION….. It may be throwing it your way if you are a Polly supporter; it is throwing it against you if you are not….

Polly still says she has no idea. The man she is pictured with on the PAC’s piece of literature, former Mayor Vince Funk, also says he has no idea of who is running the PAC that features him on the front page…

Here is what the Department of Elections told us….

Among its founding board members is Andrew Lubin, University of Delaware’s real estate director, who is responsible for the development of the STAR Campus….

It is safe to assume, that the University of Delaware is probably putting in $45,000 dollars to swing Newark’s election, in order to get the go ahead from Newark to build the largest gas boiler in Delaware…. nine times the amount any other candidate can raise….

The University of Delaware put up the money, and for cover, had the Delaware and New Castle Chambers of Commerce, the 100 Club, the Delaware Contractors Association, the Home Builder’s Association, Delaware Realitors Association, and a dummy corporation called DEED, for Delawareans for Environmental and Economic Development… a shill sounding name and website if I’ve ever knew one…. It had all these companies pile on…

Why not, to them it was free.

But they all got caught because of Gilligan’s law…

The question is, Newark… what are you going to do about it? Stand there and take it, let the University buy your vote as if you don’t matter, without you even considering any of the alternative?

Or……. you can set them back by voting for Amy Roe…. She is not for sale… nor is she someone who can be pushed around or bullied, she will have your backs…

I happen to think it is a pretty easy choice, but the beauty of democracy is that each one of you gets to decide… Your decision sets in stone a power plant for 75 years… Good luck Newark… As of 7am this morning, everything is riding on you…..

A. White pick-up trucks roaming Newark Neighborhoods with confirmed out-of-staters putting up two door hangers:  One for the power plant; one for Polly.

B.  Candidates being mailed directions to vote in all the “wrong” polling places… sent courtesy of Polly’s campaign. (Correct polling places can be found here….)

C.  Polly is officially listed as undecided on the power plant, but her campaign workers flatly tell constituents that she is the only one who supports it so they had better vote for her….

D.  Polly tells News Journal that she has no connection to “The I Like Polly Plan” being distributed to Newark Homes….

E.  Polly Sierer told  News Journal she doesn’t know who is behind the group’s website or its publications, which were “done without my knowledge, approval or involvement.”

F.  The website and mailers feature photos of a smiling Sierer with former Newark Mayor Vance A. Funk III (Funk has endorsed Sierer).

G.  ” I Like Polly’s Plan” has filed no campaign-finance reports as is required by Bob Gilligan’s HB300 signed last year by Governor Markell.

H.  Despite her ardent denials,  Polly Sierer appears to know Mike Mullen whose address, 704 Cambridge Drive, who is the contact person  is listed on the mailer.

I.   The above Mike Mullen also has donated to Polly’s campaign AND  was listed as a host for her fundraiser

J.  Perhaps illegally, Mike Mullen IS not listed on any of Polly’s Filed Campaign reports..

K. Despite Polly’s public denials, the twin pieces of literature are from the same print shop (in Ohio) and printed at the same time.    (Check finance reports,  for two separate checks or one, to see if a lie is being told to all Newark voters.)…

Nancy has all the evidence in twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each  one is to be used as evidence..

Well done, Nancy…

Polly got her cracker.  Now did she hire anyone to sweep up the crumbs?

Newark, Delaware...... 2019

A reminder from the 1944 East Ohio Gas Company Explosion outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The reason laws were passed removing dangerous items away from residential areas. More disheartening images here

Nancy’s blog points out that the Newark Data Center’s Listed International Corporate Headquarters are in a little tiny mailbox 6 inches times 4 inches, inside a Mail Boxes Etc. strip mall shop just off Paoli Pike in West Chester PA. Is this whole operation being mapped out by Tinkerbells?

Hmmm.  Who else do we know that is very familiar with Mail Boxes Etc…?

Sometimes one gets so sad they just write what comes down.  I got that way reading Delaware Way which alerted me to the fact that Newark City was told the ancillary power plant would be very small,  the size for an IKEA….

It is really a gigantic contraption that will be the 5th largest power generator in the state.  It will run 24/7 under the pretense of keeping the data center running.  It will produce 248 MWh and will use 1MWh to power the accompanying data center, and will spin 50 MWh to the City of Newark for its power., which leaves it 197 MW to sell to the grid…

That is a lot of power.  According to Delmarva Power, it would cover 69% of  Delaware’s combined Residential, Small Commercial and Industrial customer’s electrical needs.

So by attaching a data center, Delaware gets to build a new power plant, this one built 200 feet from the nearest homes and neighborhoods, that operates 24/7.  No power plant attached to the grid, ever operates 24/7.  They all have downtime, but this one, because of the data center attached, will be allowed to operate at full capacity 24/7…. an investor’s dream.

So as I look back at Markell’s legacy across 5 years…  I see Fisker, Bloom, Delaware City refinery, and now the data center….  The Fisker was a bad deal.  In his defense, no one knew how bad.

But the Bloom deal with its attachment to our electric bills, the back-room manipulations regarding the Coastal Zone Act with the refinery, the medical facility outside of Middletown,  the snow job on the Kinder Morgan’s acquisition of the Port, and now lying in regards to this data center, make it look like the only way Markell can bring jobs into Delaware, is to trick the public into accepting it…..

There is a definite trend.  Very much like keeping the details of common core out of sight until too late…

Sadly openness and honesty do not abide here.

And that is just really sad.  Why do we have to trick everyone and why are we only getting shady offers to begin with?  Are we selling companies as a positive, our current administration’s ability to trick everyone?

It seems so long ago, I can’t even remember who said… “sunshine is an amazing disinfectant.”

Image    Wow!! That must be one really huge IKEA!

More later.  Too soon to comment.  Here are the briefs…..