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Delaware already has data centers.  Each has 5 people per shift and operates across 3 shifts so roughly 24 per each are employed… So  those 24  jobs added to the Newark economy, need to be balanced against the amount of money a loud data center will drive away.  Does it lower home value?  One would think, and would that total lowering of home values due to a “twenty four hour conversation”, cost the city more than would 24 jobs?  Most likely, yes.

Secondly, Newark Delaware has recently had a boom of building activity.  Main Street West, as well as Delaware Avenue, and don’t forget the University construction on Loering Street.   How much increase did all of New Castle County’s businesses get uplifted from all that activity? Building the power plant will employ less.

So when the lobbyists begin promising jobs, remember, in a data center, there are not that many jobs.  Computers run themselves.

Furthermore, data centers have issues with getting good help on board.

At a roundtable of Data Center managers, several problems were evident. Good people don’t stay; they jump shift quite often.

One reason they don’t stay is because of job pressure– the pressure to keep data centers on line and up and running all the time. One thing goes wrong, they lose their jobs.  Therefore they are on the constant lookout for centers that have the means to avoid those interruption, and therefore provide a higher level of security.

What is known as densities, has increased over the past 5 years immensely.. That is the number of transactions per minute.  They are way up due to technological advancements.  Which means one small one half-second glitch, would wipe out data for one half of the United States of America .

The roundtable also dipped into carbon emissions.  Data Centers use a lot of electricity.  More than a town.  A data center must have a constant front against accusations it is damaging the environment worse than anything other than a coal plant…

The perfect employee for a data center does not need a college degree nor does he need certification in computers. Actually someone who hacks games and can bypass securities and download copyrighted material, is the perfect candidate recommended to work inside a data center.  Sort of turns the world on it’s end, doesn’t it?

So Newark. here is the bottom line.  What do you want to do?

Do you want a 240 Megawatt gas turbine power plant next to your domicile, or don’t you?  You will have a few people with bacon grease hair, all selling you how great having jobs will be.   Just remember they are selling!  Just like that guy who promises you the car you buy, can fly to Japan and back.  Both are selling.

Looking across the nation, whenever a company comes in, they always say they will hire 200+.  If they have their own power plant, it actually is between 30 and 50.  In Delaware, the  bank’s data centers themselves, usually run a crew of 24 on the average.

So 24 kids making $50,000 nets $1.2 million.   If nearby houses lose $10,000 in asking price due to the data center’s twenty-four hour conversation, it would take 120 houses to suck that gain right out of the air.  Then every single other house selling under its estimate as well,  pulls Newark further into a hole worse off than it is today…..

120 Homes are basically two streets worth.

There are over 100 streets within a radius of one mile from the power plant…

This will create a net loss for Newark, unless the taxes paid by the data center more than make up for the lost revenue the depression of house values will cause over the next 75 years…

But that is just calculations, and calculations don’t mean anything.  The bottom line, Newark, is what do you want to do?  Do you need more jobs?  More traffic?  More power outages?  More noises?  More carbon dioxide? More aggravation?

Don’t be intimidated by the bacon grease lobbyists.  They usually only interact with members of the General Assembly who get intimidated rather easily.  Stand up to them if you wish.  They are just people hired to paint only one side of an issue in glowing colors.  Doesn’t mean we have to believe them, especially when we have the Internet that can tell us the truth with two clicks… 🙂

Bottom line, it is what you want to do.  Choose to fight it, and if there are enough of you, …. it is not going in….. No one wants to take the blame for depreciating Newark’s house values by $10,000 a pop, if you make it an issue…

Recently, being “Right” is Wrong. It is wrong for the military. It is wrong for the economy. It is wrong for the planet. It is wrong for education. It is wrong for your pocket book. It is wrong for Hurricane Sandy victims. It is wrong for women. It is wrong for Catholics. It is wrong for the middle class. It is wrong for children. It is wrong for the environment. It is wrong for growth. It is wrong for gun safety. It is wrong for rape victims. It is wrong for ocean lovers. It is wrong for those with beachfront property. It is wrong for the sick. It is wrong for those with private insurance. It is wrong for the victims of Sandy Hook. It is wrong for middle America. It is wrong for anyone and everyone….. Being “Right” is simply wrong.

Unless you are a billionaire. And want everyone else poor and squalid so you can sequester yourself behind your billions… For you…. the Right is right….

Anyone who tries to say the Sequester was the folly of both sides…. is getting paid by a billionaire….

There is no.. other… way.

How “right” is it to make us the middle class suffer just so billionaires won’t have to pay one single penny more on every earned dollar over the $1 million dollar mark?

Tomorrow, is the day… like a wedding, can’t wait for it to finally be over so life can go on again…. But there is one last thing to do.

Look at the Republican Party. The only reason Romney is doing well, is because he pivoted in the first debate, and became a liberal. His past track record had almost pushed him to the point of no return, until he reinvented himself upon that first debate stage. In other words, Romney is now the more liberal candidate, if one just looks at what he has said since October 4th.

However the old message is still prevalent in Delaware’s Republican exoskeleton. Kovach who once was considered a decent person, is now a compromised decent person. Kevin Wade, is nothing more than a word to rhyme with suede. Jeff Craig wants us to believe that if you can run a 16 X 40 foot retail outlet buried in the middle of a Fairfax strip mall, you can run the entire state’s government. Greg Lavelle believes that if you trash your opponent hard enough, you will get elected. Cathy Cloutier believes that no one gives enough of a hoot, making it so simple that she can be endorsed by the pro choice and pro life movements in the same election. Evan Quietsch believes the United Nations has set up a secret outpost somewhere in the woods of the 11th District, and that his challenger is the Manchurian Candidate who is actually from Manchuria. Rick Jensen has to ignore 99% of a story to make his case in support of any Republican who shows up on his show. Dori Conner, is running “Go, Go William Penn” down in Cavalier Country. NCCE Blake has to put stickers on his campaign signs, that say “I’m not Tom Gordan.” Then there is DelawarePolitics.Net, which although it has great people, they all get their orders from Homer Simpson. There is Brian Pettyjohn who, whenever his name gets mentioned, reminds one of the Lollypop Guild soliciting a hooker on the side of the Yellow Brick Road… And then, there was Two Timing Booth, kicked out for…. oh my. Don’t even get me started on Bodenweiser…. And above all this mess, flies the green faced witch on her magic broom, saying 2014, 2014…..

What happened? Siegler, is this what happens when you put the NRA actually in charge of something?

From top to bottom this party is (I’ll bend over backwards and be very nice here)…. dysfunctional… It is time for it to go away….

I heard a caller put it very well on Al Masciti this morning. Business needs representation. With this party they don’t have it. What they do have is Jack Markell, Chip Flowers, and Beau Biden, working with them as well as representing “we the people” who simultaneously do the necessary work for these businesses as well as us who depend on their health to live well ourselves…..

Delaware works better as a single party state than as a two party one…. Why? Simply put, everyone is an individual again. There is no reason NOT to work with someone who’s viewpoint is different from yours… It is called “compromise” and with today’s Republican Party from the top down, that compromise gene is simply not in their chromosomes……

Now here is my argument… Any vote for any Republican, weakens our state. I’m guessing we need an 85/15 democratic majority to permanently make this party go away…. I’m worried that many in Delaware may not vote this time because our national election is a foregone conclusion, and really, there is no reason to suspect or worry that any Republican will win….

Here is why you must… Your vote against the Republican Party, is needed to make it be gone forever….. We need single party government now more than ever… WE need cooperation between workers and businesses, and only one party, the Democratic one, can provide that.

Some say we need another voice to balance out one party rule… We will have them. 21 separate voices in the Senate, and 45 separate ones in the House, but only if they are all Democrat … Every person is an individual, and every person has to represent their district. There are some conservative districts, there are some progressive districts. but it still will take a majority to get anything passed.

At least if there is only one party, they will get things done the old fashioned way. The conservatives will express their needs, the progressives will express their needs, and some type of compromise all can live with, will get hammered out….

That can’t happen if there are Republicans anywhere in government to mess things up…..

So do your civic duty… Vote Democratic or Libertarian, or any another candidate…. Just make Republicans go away…. I used to like watching cartoons on Saturday… Now, that I have to watch them 365 days at 24/7, it is too much…. (Now, where’s that Advil?)

Make them go away.

With Sandy’s approach, words of warning went out to all campaigns.. Get your big signs down for the storm.  Feel free to put them up after the storm blows by.  Everyone got an email.

Democrats were in full force, and in New Castle County, not one Democratic sign was left standing…  By noon all  were stored for safe keeping…

There were no libertarian candidate’s signs.  As dedicated citizens, the libertarian team scoured the county and by noon, their signs were all stored for save keeping.

The one Jill Stein sign I’d seen, was gone.  Secured by the Green Party….

In fact the only signs up as darkness approached,  were those of Alex Pires, which is understandable,  it being a one man operation, and those of the Republican line up, which apparently has even fewer supporters.

It looks like Kansas,  at intersections now, with only Republicans contesting a one man operation….

If the Green Party and Libertarian party can mobilize faster than the Republican, it is time to stop calling the Republican Party a “major” party.

Even the Wizard of Oz had more going for it than today’s Delaware Republicans, who with their daily bumbles are rapidly creating a new definition of the English word pathetic.

I’m trying to put all your ideas together into one package. So, let me get this right… All you are asking is for, is a country where:

1) There is no universal healthcare.
2) Few entitlement programs.
3) Low Flat Tax System.
4) Faith based Government.
5) A deep reverence for God.
6) Extremely strict rules against abortion.
7) Marriage has already been strictly defined as between man and woman.
8) Homosexuality is a sin, and illegal.
9) Dress Codes are strictly enforced.
10) Tattoos, piercings, baggy pants, are banned.
11) Has the Death Penalty which they aren’t shy about using.
12) Strong private school system with religious focus.
13) Widespread dependency on oil and natural gas drilling.
14) Growing nuclear program
15) Nonexistent environmental nuisances
16) Culture that promotes family and stereotyped roles for men and women.

I’ve endeavored to put all your values on one page. I share your frustration because today, ever since 2008, it seems like America is moving further and further away from these values.

But you don’t have to be frustrated anymore. I have looked far and wide and have discovered a place already in existence that has those values in place, and more. If you sorely long for those values above, it is sincerely a place where you and your family would be very happy.

It is Iran.

You don’t have to pay me. I don’t need any commission. Just glad to help a fellow Delawarean out…. No problem.

I’ll be brief.

The reason?

Most Republicans stayed home.  Why bother they said.  I’m voting Democratic anyway.

Therefore to a normal Republican, it doesn’t matter whether Luger or something worse gets the primary vote.  The Republican Party is so repugnant, that in comparison, chemical toilets actually smell decent.

They are either voting Democrat, or not voting…  What was the turnout in Indiana?   Apparently only 16%  thought enough to vote…..

Meaning 84% of Republicans, said fuck it.

The party is dead.

If you ever want your vote to be heard or to make a statement, there is still time in Delaware to switch your party affiliation.

The last opportunity to leave the Republican party opened on Wednesday, last week, and continues until Friday, May 25th, 2012.

Again, if you want to your vote to stand only as a protest vote, like those who vote for Bob Barr or Ralph Nader fof President, then the Republican Party is still for you.

If you want your vote to have any power, you need to switch as soon as possible.

Many of the areas hit by the storm had also been hit by Irene. In New Jersey’s Hamilton Township, Tom Jacobsen also recalled heavy spring flooding and a particularly heavy winter before that.

“I’m starting to think we really ticked off Mother Nature somehow, because we’ve been getting spanked by her for about a year now,” he said while grabbing some coffee at a convenience store…..


The city of Newark has been trying to do it’s part in controlling misbehavior that occurs after drinking.

Townspeople have railed at them for not getting University of Delaware students to behave, and so they instituted a policy that holds business owners responsible, when and if they are deemed to run a disreputable business.

Although that may sound good to people who hate fun and drinking, it may not bode well for businesses considering setting up an establishment in Newark.

“Good”, some Council members say: “we don’t want their kind here anyway”. And they may have a couple of residents who will back them up… After all, Grotto’s belongs at the beach. Get rid of it on Main Street; they serve beer… Let’s get rid of all the Grotto’s while we’re at it! No one likes their pizza anyway.

Unbeknown to every Newark business, this law is in the books of Newark’s code.

It shall be unlawful for any person to allow, suffer or permit in any house or upon any premises occupied by himself, any profane, obscene or vulgar language or conduct, or any fighting, quarreling or affray, or any loud or unusual noises to the disturbance of the quiet and good order of the city.

For residents who are tired of loud behavior, that is a breath of fresh air. Now, they may finally get relief from those college students peeing in their bushes…

However, for a business, there is no set level that must take effect, before the implementation of the following penalties. It’s as if your boot camp drill instructor stood you at attention and told you that if you moved in the slightest, he/she would slam you with a baseball bat… With no parameters set, no time limit given, eventually you shuffle, and BAM, right into the back of your medulla….

Last Wednesday, at an well known established on Main Street, two girls got into a bitch yip. They were quickly ushered out of the building by management and employees. Calm was restored. But some random person called the police, who arrived after the incident was over. They arrested the two girls who were still hanging around outside, and then came in, handcuffed the assistant manager, and took them all to the police station, where they charged the girls with disorderly conduct, and the manager for running a disreputable business… Grottos… a disreputable business?… Has everyone on Newark’s council lost their mind?

A business is open to the public. A business can’t be responsible for every individual. No matter how much they try, they can’t be! They CAN be responsible for having systems in place, ones that that can be initiated if and when such a random unforeseen acts were to occur… But in this case, through a random system of events, an assistant manager is now going to have to pay at least 10% of his yearly income, hopefully put up by his company, to fight these charges. 10% of his income… His crime? He was scheduled to work that night… That’s it…

Or let’s put this irrationality in in a different way: it’s a given that Newark’s police are charged with policing the town. It’s also a given that City Council is the party responsible for all the laws made by the town. Check out this law.

302.9.2 Property Owner Responsibility. It shall be the responsibility of the owner of property damaged by graffiti to restore said surface to an approved state of maintenance and repair, including the removal of graffiti.

302.9.3 Notice. Notice shall be as specified in this chapter. Notice to remove graffiti shall specify that it is unlawful for the owner or anyone who has primary responsibility for control of the property, or for maintenance or repair of the property, to permit property that is defaced with graffiti to remain defaced beyond a period of 10 days after service of notice as specified in this chapter.

Currently there is graffiti on property owned by the City of Newark.. The person ultimately responsible for that property, would be the acting manager, which in this case would be the mayor, and members of the City Council. They are the elected officials held accountable for the running of the city. As we can see, here is evidence that they broke the above statute by allowing a single individual to deface their property.

Under the same principals which they are applying to the business which silenced a girl spat, they, the mayor and council, as well as the police chief just for good measure, should be arrested by the citizens of Newark, and charged for violating these clauses listed above.. They too should get an arrest record, they too should be personally assessed court costs and lawyers fees, and they too, should suffer economic hardship, just because they happened to be he mayor and council at that time of the spray painting….


If Newark is going to hold businesses accountable for every little detail written in code, then they need to hold themselves accountable as well. They too need to be arrested, because some individual over which they had no control, did not know how to behave…

“They ( mayor and council)… should have prevented it”, the towns people say… “Throw the mayor and council in jail”..

Bottom line, this type of adherence to the law is stupid. The municipal code needs to be modified before a conglomeration of businesses start filing suit against every police officer, every desk supervisor, every chief of police, every council member and even the mayor. They are open to personal suit, because the business from which the manager was arrested, actually did what the law implied. They stopped the fighting, shut it down, before anything serious happened… One would think from the reading of the law, that is how they would abide by it in that given situation. But no….

Now some random employee, will have to go to court, and if the judge is not reasonable, (which has been known to happen in small towns), he could forever have the stigma of a misguided police force, attached to his name…

The stupidity is not in the intent… The stupidity is the the implementation… There is no filter.

If what’s good for the goose is good for the gander… throw these elected bums into jail……