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Some members of Delaware's Islamic community came together at the University of Delaware to proclaim support for religious tolerance and to condemn recent acts of violence around the Middle-East, including the killings of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Meanwhile, across the Islamic world, protesters burn U.S. flags. Looking back, it now seems so incredibly idealistic and naive that some think-tank types in Washington thought the toppling of Saddam Hussein could make Iraq a democratic model for the rest of the Middle-East, and Islamic militancy would recede.

The WASHINGTON POST's international columnist David Ignatius reports: "Al-Qaeda operatives in Libya may have mounted last week's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi as revenge for the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi in a drone attack in Pakistan in June."

Delaware Republicans have formally launched a campaign against the Democratic domination of statewide politics. First State GOP'ers would phase out Delaware's gross receipts tax and impose caps on state government spending.

Delaware Republicans would also try to prohibit state legislators from taking second state jobs while serving in office. (Even some independents and progressive Dems favor that, but good luck trying the change it!)

The Delaware G.O.P. plan also envisions allowing Delawareans to purchase health insurance across state lines.

New Jersey's Republican Governor - and U.D. alum - Chris Christie could see his national political ambitions nosedive if the Garden State's lethargic job growth persists. New Jersey announced the state's unemployment rate officially hit 9.9%, although 5,300 jobs were added. But the Christie Administration criticized the U.S. Labor Department's methodology for calculating the official jobless rate. Three bond-rating agencies recently questioned Christie's fairly optimistic revenue projections.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate also went up -- to 8.1%.

And Delaware's official unemployment rate, though lower than New Jersey and Pennsylvania, went up by one tenth of a percentage point, to 6.9%.

Guess which speaker at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions won the HIGHEST Nielsen ratings?

Bill Clinton? Barack Obama? Mitt Romney? Paul Ryan? Clint Eastwood? Jack Markell (Just kidding)?

You'd all be wrong. Joe Biden, according to the final Nielsen ratings released today. 14.7% of TV viewers, translating to roughly 43.6 million people, tuned in for Veep's speech. That represents more than the 13.7% who watched President Obama's speech that same night, and more than the 12.5% who watched Mitt Romney's speech the previous week.

Fascinating research about working class voters in the United States, from the Public Religion Research Institute. One thing that emerges: The white working class is no monolith. Region may trump class.

The Los ANGELES TIMES' Mitchell Landsberg nicely summarizes...


Posted at 8:11am on September 21, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Fri, Sep 21, 2012 12:31pm
For the first time in a very long stretch, it appears that the Delaware GOP has some very good ideas...especially health insurance over state lines.

I would have guessed Clinton had the most viewers, but am not surprised Joe had more...I watched both. Watched Clinton to see if he was going to "go rogue" (but he didn't) and watched Joe to see some funny gaffes but sadly he stuck to his teleprompter and didn't waver from it once.

If the terror attack on the embassy on 9-11 was planned by al-Qaeda as revenge, can the "media" stop blaming the fool who made a lousy movie for causing this? I would still like to know why Ambassador Stevens was there; how he was "separated" from his security detail; and whether his name was on an al-Qaeda hit list? I think the attack was planned; Stevens was supposed to be captured; and then held as ransom for "the blind sheik".

I have read several interviews with the neighbors who lived by the embassy and they said there were no protests preceding the attack. By their accounts around 200 heavily armed men attacked the two main gates. The protests formed later...as a "cover story"...and our media bought that story hook, line and sinker.

I would also like to know what the two ex-SEALS were doing at the embassy...apparently they were not working as security for Stevens but still tried to defend the embassy when it came under attack and tried to save the ambassador.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 1:11pm
Something also to consider, Obama and Romney's speeches were during the 10pm EDT hour. Many of us who have to get up early for work the next day, don't watch TV after 10pm. So IF Obama and Romney's speeches had aired during the 9pm hour, maybe they'd have had higher numbers than Biden.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Sep 22, 2012 12:08am
This is a couple minute video that shows some of the DEM delegates at their convention in Charlotte NC, and how open they are to accepting all folks in their big tent of inclusion. Very revealing, enjoy.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 12:30am
I guess everybody loves a blowhard!

Mon, Sep 24, 2012 11:00pm
The party of inclusion indeed...as long as you think exactly as they do; otherwise, you are the scum of the earth and treated as such. The revealing part is that even Stewart was surprised at the fact the delegates couldn't even hear their blatant hypocrisy and hate.

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