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The story goes that Warren Buffet, rather worried about his investments early 2008, wanted to talk to God… God told him to use his phone and he’d send him the bill… He got and paid the $333 million dollar charge. His investments flourished, too… That would be the end of the story, except he was down in Sussex County recently, following up first hand on a corporate case being processed out of Georgetown… once again, he asked God for the right to call, and agreed to accept the charges… When he got his bill, he was fuming… He was only charged 25 cents… “God”, he said, “you ripped me off on that first call, big time!”… God said, “Warren, don’t you get it? In Sussex County, that’s a local call…”

Local call or not, Sussex County is weighing in on whether to say a prayer before County meetings or to not… Here are a few takes on that policy: one, two, three, four……

As someone who grew up where prayers were always said before football games and county meetings, it isn’t a big deal…… That is, as long as everyone agrees it isn’t a big deal. You don’t see prayers before meetings conducted in New York.

Not because New Yorkers are heathens, but because in New York, you have a multiplicity of religions, so praying a prayer from one of them, is a slap in the face for all others…

Why it’s even an issue in Sussex County is because the Positive Growth Alliance, has been building condo’s like ants, and lots of people who did not grow up in Sussex County, now live there. Many have different ideas of religion than those who’ve always been there all their lives…

If everyone believe in the same version of God as does David Anderson, then of course, duh, why are we even arguing about it… Of course we’re going to pray to God to guide us through this meeting.. That’s what He’s for!

Suddenly, thanks to Rich Collins and the Positive Growth Alliance, we have tons of people who do object to having David Anderson’s version of God, one who dislikes Homosexuals, and one who casts pox on Democrats, one who believes married people should have sex only when they have children, one who believes sex between animals is immoral, one who believes taxes are caused by the devil, one who believes that nature was made to bulldoze and pave with a combination of petroleum and gravel. … one who believes that oil companies have the divine right to pollute oceans, one who believes that animals were made for us to kill. … one who believes a national religious holiday should fall on the first day of deer season.. one who believes pick up trucks and baseball caps are proof that homosexuality is a sin,… on who believes killing someone with a gun is not a sin, but taking that gun away for the safety of others is…

(yes, I’m having fun and talking tongue in cheek)…

The point I’m making is that Sussex County is changing; and it is changing mostly thanks to Rich Collins and the Positive Growth Alliance.

Can you make new citizens join the current religion? If so, then by all means, just like the days of old, they will see no qualms in having a tiny prayer before the meeting.

But if they don’t want to join that religion, then, to force one group of religious people to impose their prayers on others, is not American…In fact, it’s kinda creepy…

If in an effort to show fairness, the Sussex County decided they would do prayers from all religions in alphabetical order, when they came to “B” and hit Buddahism, giving an Buddahist prayer before the session, most of those in the audience would be saying WTF! This is our nation, why do we have to listen to such crap…

Which is… exactly what those Buddahists think, who have opened a business in Millsboro, and have come before the county to ask for a variance on something or other that is in their antiqued code….

So… If it is unnatural for a Baptist to suffer a Buddahist prayer, it is equally unnatural for a Buddahist to sit through a Baptist prayer…

It’s not about one religion being right and the other wrong. It’s about who the citizens are that make up Sussex County. If you want to blame anyone over this controversy, the blame solely lies with those who built up Sussex County and brought in all these new people to begin with… Now that they are here, we have to make Sussex County as fair to them as New York, is fair to us, when we take our business up there……

Positive Growth, huh? Depends on your version of positive I guess………….

First it was Donald Trump’s amateur fillies… now it’s the professionals… Delaware has lost twice to California…

In the Ms USA pagent, Delaware’s own Katie Hanson, lost to Ms California who naturally, took the crown… When it came to Thoroughbreds, Delaware did a little better……

Delaware’s Havre De Grace, took the lead and California’s blind luck, just came up in time for the wire.

Even when he drew even with Havre de Grace, Gomez said he was unsure Blind Luck was going to get past her.

“We came up to her and she fought back,” her rider, Gomez said. “I thought I might be in a little trouble. But with this filly, as soon as you pull her out and she pins her ears back, she accelerates in two jumps.”

It was all the horse…..
“My horse dragged me to the front, and turning for home she gave me all she had and really kept on digging,” said Dominguez, who was the dominant rider at Delaware Park when he rode there from 2003-2008. “It was just a head bob and the other filly got up just in time.”

The final time of 2:01.28 was the fastest running of the Del Cap since Unbridled Belle’s 2:01.16 in 2006.

It may seem unfair that “great big ole California” beats out the state with the fewest number of counties (only 3) … but, if you compare populations, the simple fact that quite often Delaware and California are pitted neck to neck just before the final wire, it is fair to say that with California’s population of 37,253,956 versus Delaware’s of 897,934 it takes roughly 41.49 Californians, to match up to and equal one Delawarean….. 🙂

We may be small, but we ARE tough!

January 20th, Inauguration Day 2009.. Wow, it’s been two years…..

So…. what did he accomplish? And what did the Republicans accomplish by Inauguration Day 2002? At the same point in their tenure?

The answers are damning for Republicans, that’s for sure…

First of all, we must all remember. One president walked into a budget surplus, full employment, a roaring economy, and took over the nation that was the most respected in the world. ( That of course would be the Republican, because he had the good fortune to come in after 8 years of solid Democratic leadership ) The other president, took office that was deeply in debt, the economy was in a massive free-fall, we were losing two wars simultaneously, GM and Chrysler were belly-up, all our banks had collapsed, people could not keep up on their mortgages, and health care was out of control with insurance dropping paid-up people off their roles, simply because they got sick………..

One president had the world handed to him; the other came in owing the world….

At the end of his midterm, George W. Bush was rated by historians as the worst ever… Among some of their reasons… were:

the doctrine of pre-emptive war, crony capitalism/being “completely in bed with certain corporate interests,” bankruptcy/fiscal irresponsibility, military adventurism, trampling of civil liberties, and anti-environmental policies.

On the contrary, the Obama administration drove and got passed, the Recovery Act, which is the largest infrastructure investment since Eisenhower, the largest educational investment since Johnson, and the largest clean energy bill, since….. George Washington.

Similarly, with the help of Delaware’s Ted Kaufman, the Obama administration enacted Wall Street Reform, which empowered both investors and consumers, stopped predatory lending practices, brought trades into light, and…. ended tax payer funded bailouts…

The Recovery Act also reduced taxes for 95 per cent of working families. Very necessary unemployment benefits were extended for those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Credit Card Reform banned retroactive rate hikes, implemented new protections for young people who were enticed to spend more than they could afford, and required credit card companies to explain their terms in plain language. It also stopped banks from manipulating your balance to trick you into going over your limit, then socking you with excessive amounts of late charge fees.

New clean emissions standards and new mileage requirements rejuvenated the auto industry, causing it to undergo rapid development and growth in that sector, making America’s cars the envy of the world again. America’s auto industry was on it’s deathbed when Obama took over. Now, that sector is doing well, even better than Toyota.

At the midpoint of his first term, …George W. Bush, had at this time, ……….

Presided over the loss of approximately three million American jobs in his first two years in office, the worst record since Herbert Hoover.

Overseen an economy in which the stock market suffered its worst decline in the first two years of any administration since Hoover’s.

Transformed almost universal respect for the United States into worldwide condemnation. (One historian made this point particularly well: “After inadvertently gaining the sympathies of the world ‘s citizens when terrorists attacked New York and Washington, Bush has deliberately turned the country into the most hated in the world by a policy of breaking all major international agreements, declaring it our right to invade any country that we wish, proving that he’ll manipulate facts to justify anything he wishes to do, and bull-headedly charging into a quagmire.”)

Misled the American public about weapons of mass destruction and supposed ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Failed to follow through in Afghanistan, a military situation where we won, then abandoned that area allowing the opposition to regroup and become more powerful than ever. We are in Afghanistan today, solely because we did not finish what we started.

Insulted and ridiculed other nations and international organizations and now has to go, hat in hand, to those nations and organizations begging for their assistance.

Completely miscalculated or failed to plan for the personnel and monetary needs in Iraq after the war, so that he sought and obtained an $87 billion appropriation for Iraq, a sizable chunk of which is going, without competitive bidding to Haliburton, the company formerly headed by his vice president.

Inherited an annual federal budget surplus of $230 billion and transformed it into a $500+ billion deficit in less than three years. This negative turnaround of three-quarters of a trillion dollars is totally without precedent in our history.

Cut taxes three times, sharply reducing the burden on the rich, reclassified money obtained through stock ownership as more deserving than money earned through work. The idea that dividend income should not be taxed—what might accurately be termed the unearned income tax credit—can be stated succinctly: “If you had to work for your money, we’ll tax it; if you didn’t have to work for it, you can keep it all.”

Severely curtailed the very American freedoms that our military people are supposed to be fighting to defend. (“The Patriot Act,” one of the historians noted, “is the worst since the Alien and Sedition Acts under John Adams.”)

Called upon American armed service people, including Reserve forces, to sacrifice for ever-lengthening tours of duty in a hostile and dangerous environment while he rewards the rich at home with lower taxes and legislative giveaways and gives lucrative no-bid contracts to American corporations linked with the administration.

Proclaimed himself to be a conservative while maintaining that big government should be able to run roughshod over the Bill of Rights, and that the government must have all sorts of secrets from the people, but the people can be allowed no privacy from the government.

Against that negative backdrop, in two years Obama has done what progressives since Roosevelt have wished for: Health Insurance Reform, a simple law that returns decency and forces humanity back into the insurance industry. It returns things like they used to be.

It used to be.. if you got sick, your insurance would cover you. Thanks to Obama’s Health Insurance Reform, it is that way again. It used to be… that insurance would cover your check ups to keep you from getting sick. Thanks to Obama’s Health Insurance Reform, it is that way again. It used to be, that one’s children in school, were covered under their parents insurance… Thanks to Obama’s Health Insurance Reform, it is that way again. Since Obama’s Health Insurance Reform brings back the benefits of the Health Care we had growing up,… it is truly, the true conservative Health Care bill.

SCHIP was increased to cover 4 million more American children. Healthier children, lower medical expenses for all of us… in the future.

As for national security? Whereas Bush led us into fighting two wars, one completely unnecessary as well as a complete failure, since we didn’t get any legal oil from out that country, ( it still goes to Europe and China), under Obama, we have removed 100,000 troops from Iraq, and are currently reinserting ourselves into Afghanistan, to undo the damage that Republican president created.

In education, Obama saved American taxpayers 68 billion on student loans, over the next ten years, by making student loans more affordable and less profitable for banks. Under Bush, banks were pocketing most of the Federal guarantee money covering very high interest rates.

Whereas under Bush, we had “no child left behind” which meant that “no child ever moved forward”, under Obama, we have initiatives like “Race to the Top”, “Educate to Innovate”, which have a better chance at giving our nation’s students a competitive edge against the Chinese.

Like Harry Truman, the new GI Bill makes education more affordable for our veterans. Whereas “W” Bush sought to cut veteran’s benefits, as every veteran can attest from their real life history, Obama has tried to improve the lot of America’s finest…

Likewise, Obama ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, provided law enforcement new tools to deal with hate crimes, and made it easier for women to challenge unequal pay practices.

And to do all that? Obama in the worst of times, has added $201 billion to our deficit. The policies of Bush “W”, are responsible for the other $1.862 Trillion spending spree towards of this nations deficit, half of which is owned by our good friends, the Chinese. Thank you China for saving our ass from what the Republicans did to our nation…….

In just these two years, it’s obvious that we have a really great man… versus the Republicans abysmal failure…

Truth talks.

(Plus I just invested a big chunk into Kimberly-Clark, the maker of Depends, because obviously, … a lot of republicans are going to be needing them……… )

The world has seen this already….

Just in case you didn’t know, O’Donnell shows a moment of weakness and the campaign sued WDEL to stop that video’s release..

Or at least that is what it looked like for awhile. After all the dust had settled, the attorney for the O’Donnell campaign apologized to the attorney for WDEL, and without saying it, implied what young people these days would say, that those running the O’Donnell campaign, just happen to have had too much crack that day…

Hearing the backpeddling going on within the O’Donnell campaign itself, one must wonder it that attorney’s assessment was accurate…

First we have Matt Moron, the O’Donnell campaign manager, threaten to “crush” WDEL under a massive lawsuit… Those kind of words aren’t misinterpreted. He now says “he never said no such thing”… He meant to say he would RUSH (as would a fraternity pledge) WDEL in a double breasted twill pattern tailored suit… He says he was totally misquoted by the liberal media…

We would rush WDEL in a massive suit…. Certainly not “crush” WDEL in a massive suit…..

This is obviously the first time Matt Moron has dealt with the press… Contrary to popular reports, he did not.. repeat did not… “tell CNN the robocall (attacking her on Election Day) is yet another desperate, blatantly false claim and act by a big spending, liberal, career politician and his ruling class elite.”

And despite reports to the contrary… it is not the same Matt Moron who, as for the charge that O’Donnell misappropriated campaign funds in 2008, denied it and added if there had been a problem then Ms. Kristin Murray “should have filed her grievance with the proper authorities long before the day prior to the primary.”

Repeat.. This is not the same Matt Moron who denied that Christine used former campaign funds for rent, a charge she herself has stated was true… No.. this is not that same Matt Moron.

And no, not even the entire Republican Party, can put the anus on Matt Moron at this rally… This following event, of course, never did occur… It is another misrepresentation of the liberal media who doesn’t understand that to win elections, one must cover up the truth…

The video shows O’Donnell campaign manager Matt Moron approach the unidentified cameraman and block his view. Moran then puts his hands in front of the camera and begins to push on the recording device. The images were captured by a second camera.

Evan Queitsch, an O’Donnell volunteer, is then shown walking up, identifying himself and then placing his cap in front of the camera.

“Hi, how you doing?” he says. “My name is Evan Queitsch, and I’m blocking your view, so enjoy. Enjoy your shots of nothing.”

Queitsch is then shown holding a camera in front of a woman who had also been video taping.

The edited video then shows Moron, with his hands behind his back, block the cameraman who is standing against a barrier.

At the end of the video someone who can’t be seen says, “Let me just get a picture of you right here. Psycho.”

That Mike Moron says… never did occur… The video was fabricated by the CIA, who in kahoots with the North Koreans, is intent on destroying the candidacy of one said Christine O’Donnell… He emphatically claimes the women with the video camera, said,…”Damn sonny, you’re a handsome hunk,…come over here baby and stand if front of MY camera… ”

Usually the Campaign Coordinator becomes the winner’s chief of staff… Hitler would have been an alright guy if he hadn’t put Himmler in charge of security. Upon investigation, I’m afraid Christine O’Donnell’s campaign coordinator, has shot the Tea Party movement while nursing in its crib. Not since King Herod tried to purge Bethlehem of Jesus, has their been a more tragic consequence from a misguided human, which ruined a movement just as it was beginning to take off..

Voters will pull the lever for Coons.. but be voting against Matt Moron.. He, singlehandedly, killed Republican’s chances to take back the Senate. Obama, Biden, Coons, Pelosi, Reid, should come to Delaware and shake his hand…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just askin…. I think it’s time we found some answers…

I came across this post while searching for root causes in the Middle East. I have noticed that with the outgoing Bush now tainted as a target of shoes and other things, domestically there has been much more vocal sympathy for the Palestinians now than I can remember ever hearing before….

I can remember when Palestinians were not thought of highly at all, and all assumed that Israel could do no wrong.

Things change.

Apparently AP Wireservices miss-translated and juggled this headline in an effort to tie Iran to the killing of Jews…

The author of this post, juxtaposes AP’s headline with that from the Iranian newspaper itself…

Here is the Iranian Paper:

In separate phone calls to IRNA, students from universities of Tehran, Mashhad and Kerman announced their readiness to undertake operations in defense of the people of Gaza.

Here is the AP report:

Hard-line Iranian student groups have appealed to the government to authorize volunteer suicide bombers to leave Iran and fight against Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. . . .

Five hard-line student groups and a conservative clerical group launched a registration drive on Monday, seeking volunteers to carry out suicide attacks against Israel.

I’ve heard of journalistic leaps …. but from AP?…From where did you get the notion of “suicide”? Where did you get the clue there were “bombers”? How did you get “attacks against Israel” out of the words “in defense of the people of Gaza” ? One has to laugh. AP’s statement has the same validity as if Pravda back in August had headlined that the University of Delaware’s Young Republicans’ Club, was sending volunteers to blow themselves up in Moscow train stations in order to protest the Georgian invasion…. If Pravda were to go to press with such a silly story…. I sure not one Muscovite would believe it….No one would… And I would certainly hope that our nation is perhaps a tiny bit more sophisticated than the average vodka infused citizen of Moscow (Za Vas)? 🙂

So why is AP doing this? To drive a wedge into America’s new found sympathy to the Palestinian cause? Or, do they just get their translations from these people and print them?

Bottom line: after being told that there were WMD’s in Iraq back in 2002, and that Iran was close to detonating a nuclear device in May 2007… can’t trust anything these guys say.

I just received an eyewitness report I was rather late getting to, that because of the convention, most of you may have passed it by……

I will post the newsworthy portion of the comment:……

“I saw Bill Lee a week ago in Middletown at the parade. He was shaking hands on the parade route, then he hung out in town and walked around the festival and talked to people.

I checked out his site, and there are a bunch of pics of him, he’s been to every parade and festival in the state in the past 3 months and a lot of other places.

He’s even been to DNREC hearings…”

Naturally I was quite relieved. I was afraid he had suffered a serious medical emergency, and no one was saying anything.

Courtesy of Delawareonline and Mike Matthews at DWA

But according to one or our most appropriately named commenters, DUH, Bill Lee is alive and well.

Sigh of relief.

Delaware has the best Congressman. His name is Mike Castle. On November 14, 2007 he introduced the following: HR 4178. With so many Delawareans about to lose their homes, he saves the day with this bill: “to amend the Truth in Lending Act to remove an impediment to troubled debt restructuring”

That is so nice of him…Let us see how much help it will provide?

You may have heard it called another name: `Emergency Mortgage Loan Modification Act of 2007′. Ladies and Gentlemen, relief is on the way, and Mike Castle is showing us the way…..

The byline says thus:

Safe harbor for holders engaged in troubled debt restructuring with regard to residential mortgage loans.

I don’t know about you, but as your payments balloon in the next few months, it would be nice to have a safe harbor to weather out the financial storms swirling around you…….especially if you worked for one of the banks which gave tons of money to Mike Castle, and now have lost your job……..

In plain language, this bill says that holder of a residential mortgage loan shall not be liable to any person under any law or regulation of the United States or any law or regulation of any State or political subdivision of any State, or under any contract, for entering into a qualified loan modification or workout plan on any residential mortgage loan, as provided by this subsection, that was consummated on or after January 1, 2004.

To those who are in trouble. YOU ARE NOT LIABLE TO ANY PERSON UNDER LAW!…..This is amazing legislation…..It carries the same power as a Presidential Pardon: YOU ARE NOT LIABLE TO ANY PERSON UNDER LAW! Mortgage company calls you up and wants their money? No, I’m keeping it. Mortgage company threatens you with fines for back payments. No, I’m keeping it….Sue me…..Oh, sorry,… YOU CAN’T! This piece of legislation is the best protection that, as far as recent memory goes, that the little guy has ever had……..

Bad things may have been said about Mike Castle in the past, but with one fell swoop, the wipes them aside with bold legislation…..who dares to stand now and say Mike doesn’t stand for the average Delawarean……..

In General- A creditor, assignee, servicer, securitizer, or other holder of a residential mortgage loan…………. Uh, oh….Hold on……In genersl……a…..creditor,….. assignee….,.servicer………, securitizer……or other holder…..Hold on, let me look up the definitions of those big words…..this isn’t starting to sound like a good deal at all.

a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists
(law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred)
An organization which collects principal and interest payments from borrowers and manages their escrow accounts.
the process of changing financial assets such as mortgages and loans into securities

Surely I am reading incorrectly when it says his bill is protecting those who made outrageous loans in order to steal a house out from under unsuspecting borrowers whenever they could not meet their mortgages? He is protecting the thieves, and not the victims? Please say it isn’t so? Some thing’s wrong; I have got to be reading it wrong, surely.

It’s impossible. NO CONGESSMAN IS GOING TO SCREW THE LITTLE GUY LIKE THAT. NO ONE. But again, if I read lower down,

It is true….This bill is not protect the homeowner and MAKE HIM NOT LIABLE TO ANY PERSON UNDER LAW.

IT DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. It removes his Constitutional Right under law to seek damages against those who may have lied, stolen, misrepresented, or otherwise expressed any other falsehood, to cajole a victim into signing away his financial security.

Let me get this right. If one person has billions of dollars, and the other person has absolutely nothing, our congressional representative, the sole one representing Delaware, is choosing to protect that person with billions of dollars?

What a buffoon. He is so out’ta here…………………………….

Way back when you placed your private phone number on the federal no call list, you probably did not see the fine print that said if was good for only 5 years.

Personally, I do not remember seeing it.

But those of you in Pennsylvania who signed up on the state’s no call list which predated the federal list, begin expiring this fall. Some have already gotten calls.

Those who signed up on the Federal Law, start expiring in February of 2008.

Do not be intimidated to sign up your cell phone the feds warn. Under the law, all cell phones are automatically on the no call list. (Good reason to discontinue your land lines.)

Many of you have acquired new phones and phone numbers since February 2003…If you haven’t yet signed them in as no- call phones, then you can do so now.

Here is the link. You will need to provide an accurate email address to which you have access, for it to work.

One news organization interviewed telemarketers who are salivating like mosquitoes over the opening of these veins of information, currently out of reach.

Hi! This is Your Friendly Telemarketer! Are You Busy Right Now?