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Which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend?

Have you been following the complicated legal battle over the commercial re-zoning for part of the Barley Mill Plaza office complex in northern New Castle County? The Gordon Administration's switcheroo on the country's position - from the previous Clark Administration's stance FOR, to now AGAINST - has tied the legal process into knots. The judge still has to decide whether the county can change its formal position.

Vice President Joe Biden - in an interview with the German newspaper SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG - warns Iran the window of opportunity for diplomacy over the Islamic republic's nuclear program "will not be opened indefinitely." The Vice President declares the "burden of proof" rests on the Iranians. Biden says Iranian development of a nuclear bomb would represent a "threat to the national security of the United States" and the United States "will stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon."

Iran says it will introduce new centrifuges to its main enrichment plant near the town of Natanz, according to a letter sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Such a development could allow the Iranians to enrich uranium much more quickly, and increase the anxiety in Israel and the West. The White House said Iranian installation of advanced uranium enrichment machines would be a "provocative step" in further violation of U.N. resolutions.

Some of the same experts I know who discounted the possibility of war with Iran in 2012 are not prepared to say that about 2013. Are you prepared for Israeli and/or U.S. military action against suspected Iranian nuclear sites this year?

Meanwhile, Israel has remained silent about the assumed Israeli aerial attack on a Syrian military research center between the Syrian capital, Damascus, and the Syrian/Lebanese frontier. Various media quoted U.S. security analysts as saying Israeli attacked a shipment of high-tech, anti-aircraft missiles destined to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Syrian government - although engulfed in civil war - threatened grave consequences, and Hezbollah naturally denounced the attack. Israel fears Syria's internal conflict could create enough chaos for Hezbollah militants to seize Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons.

Details are still emerging about a suicide-bombing at the entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey: At least two killed.

By nearly all accounts, ex Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel did not particularly distinguish himself during his daylong grilling before the Senate Armed Services Committee (for Secretary of Defense). The interplay between Hagel and Senator John McCain - once friends & close political allies - had the look of an estranged couple. Time and time again, Hagel seemed to be caught flat-footed, often back-peddaling. Hagel got into particular trouble when he said he supported the President's strong position on containing Iran, when, in fact, President Obama has said the United State will NOT tolerate Iran getting nuclear weapons -- that's different from containment.

Philadelphia corruption: A 77-count indictment charges nine current and former Philadelphia traffic-court judges with conspiracy and fraud for rampant ticket-fixing and pervasive judicial corruption. No better than some Third World country!

Something which has never happened before in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez has relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of all public duties for Mahony's botched handling of the clergy child sex-abuse cases. An auxiliary bishop who assisted Mahony in concealing / protecting abusers from authorities has stepped-down as a bishop in Santa Barbara. The L.A. Archdiocese posted tens of thousands of pages of personnel files for 122 accused priests.

The next budget showdown looms ahead for Congress: Sequestration, the deep automatic spending cuts set for March, and which Congress may be unwilling to stop, albeit for vastly different reasons. Did you follow the 4th-quarter contraction of the U.S. economy, partly or largely the result of cuts in defense spending? You ain't seen nothing yet! I fear another recession.

Three-term New York City Mayor Ed Koch - scrappy son of the Bronx, credited with leading the Big Apple away from bankruptcy, self-described "liberal with sanity" - has died. He was 88. Koch in 1999 penned a book about Mayor Rudy Giuliani entitled, "Nasty Man". Koch endorsed George W. Bush for President in 2004, but supported Barack Obama and the Democrats in 2008.

The mustachioed Geraldo Rivera says he's "truly contemplating running" as a Republican for U.S. Senator from New Jersey (the seat currently occupied by aging Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg). But Newark's charismatic Democratic Mayor Cory Booker is also eying that seat. Could you imagine a Rivera--Booker showdown? Call me silly, but I think Booker would easily win that match.

As you know, I'm not much of a sports fan, but I still have to root (obviously) for the Ravens in the Super Bowl.

Posted at 8:44am on February 1, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 8:57am
We never came out of the first recession from 2008. The Obama administration has cooked the books and printed money to artificially show a so-called recovery. Been tryin' to tell people that all along. Unfortunately, many more of the things I predicted may soon come true.

Never doubt the wisdom of ole' Mr. Pizza!

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 9:00am
Tom Gordon and John "Swiftboat" Kerry are two of a kind. If you recall, Kerry voted for the 87 billion before he voted against it.

Sorry to hear about Mayor Koch. He was a very nice man, and one Democrat I would have supported for president had he made a run.

If that buffoon Al Franken can win a Senate seat, then surely Geraldo has a fighting chance.

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 9:19am
The secret to Geraldo Rivera's failure lies in Al Capone's vault. There would be no contest in NJ if that match-up occurs. Bring up that piece of the past to any voter in doubt; they will chuckle and Booker wins it, every time.

The judge over Barley Mill will have to accept reality. In government, people vote people in, and they vote people out. If an issue is part of the campaign, and if the people speak that they want the policy changed, then it should change.

As judge, he can rule any way he wants. But if he rules against the choice of a majority of voters, his judgment will be forever questioned.

The smartest move for him would be to say, as would be done in any similar less political venue where the plaintiff dropped the charges, case dismissed. That allows a brand new trial to go forward if anyone still wanted it...

Elections happen. Changes occur. Let's accept that and simply move on....

I saw the Hagel hearing as one more reason we have to eradicate America of the Republican Party. The questions were petty, snippy, irresponsible, ornry, cranky, petulant, and just plain hateful... One got the feeling that it was all done so the donors to the Republican Party would still write checks. It was a horrible example of the worst America has to offer, and McCain was the biggest reason. I count enough votes for Hagel's confirmation, and if we could survive a Donald Rumsfeld, they can bear a Chuck Hagel....

True the economy contracted last quarter... But it was only .1 of one percent. Look up the contractions under George W. Bush, William Clinton, George, HW Bush, and oh my... Ronald Reagan.

Then look at the cause. The Tea Party's (and I say Tea Party because the Republican Party doesn't exist any more) threats cost the economy a negative 2.6% drop in growth over just one quarter!!!


Which means... that the rest of the economy grew 2.5% !!!!
Which isn't shabby at all, especially when compared to the losses suffered under Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, and George W. Bush....

Seriously, the news media should check their facts before starting with "the economy is failing, the economy is failing" routine... just an fyi, btw...

On Ed Koch. I think that (point in time) is when we all realized that government had grown up. No longer could one be a schmoozing small-town mayor, making everyone feel good, and still run a big city... You needed competence. That was Ed's legacy. That said, he was an awesome guy if you ever met him in person.

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 9:22am
Allan: You didn't mention Newark's new "no idling" law. This is about as ridiculous as anything I've ever seen, and will be a big problem in extreme weather, especially winter. If people can't idle their vehicles as necessary to melt ice off the windows, you'll then have accidents as a result of drivers not being able to see where they're going. Also, there's an existing law passed two or three years ago that you have to clear show and ice from your vehicle and you'll be fined if it falls off onto the highway.

During the summer, you may see an increase in pet deaths as you won't be able to run your car's air conditioning without the engine running. I don't take my pets with me unless they're going to the vet, but some elderly, especially women, take their little poodle along with them for companionship.

Having traveled to other parts of the world, I question even the necessity of this law as most cars in this country put out far less emissions than they do elsewhere. This is especially true of hybrid vehicles.

As usual, when liberals pass laws that infringe on people's freedoms, the law of unintended consequences always takes over. Stay tuned.

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 9:25am
Kavips: Keep the revisionist history going. We need such factual distortions in order to balance things out!

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 9:42am
It appears that the Catholic Church has come of age. I would blame the internet because with it and rapid access to opposite points of view, one can no longer live in a bubble where the world exists as exactly you say it does.

This brings up a concurrent story where an "alleged" pastor of an "alleged" church stiffed their server of her mandatory large party gratuity, and said: "I give God 10%; why should I give you 18%?"... Apparently sleuths figured out who she was.. (and yes, she was a black female "alleged" pastor of an "alleged" church. So as calls start coming in, she called up the Applebees where it happened and allegedly says.... " I want that server fired. I want every server there fired! I want the busboys fired! I want all the cooks fired! I want the manger on duty fired! I want the General Manager fired! I want the area manager fired! I want the President of Applebee's fired!"

Today she is singing a different tune to her local television affiliate.. "I made an error. I was wrong. I let God down. I let my church down. God is showing me the error of my ways. I'm trying to use this to turn it around and do something good for God. " Quite a change from demanding everyone be fired because the viscous hate she put down just to really hurt her server, got publicly exposed.

All her church's websites are off-line btw. There is a boycott of Applebees underway because of their caving in to this horrible person as she now so freely admits herself, and firing a server who posted it...

I feel that Applebees will very quickly hire her back, issue apologies, and pay her a small makeup fee to put this behind her. They have too. They stand to lose millions every day from this boycott!

Bottom line, both "churches" have succumbed to a higher morality that exists on the internet.... One based off common people who appear more capable of discerning between right and wrong, than those who wear the cloth....

These are interesting times.

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 9:46am
Above to Mr. Pizza: Yes, you certainly do need the real facts to balance things out. Stick around here if you want to hear: "the rest of the story"... :)

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 10:11am
And I forgot to comment on the idling law. I went to look at the signs. They are placed so it is impossible to see them at the school when one pulls up. I went to see them yesterday, and totally thought the news was a big sham, a PR stunt, that it had all been hyped, because there were no signs there at all! But I was looking straight down the street at the razor-thin sign-edges pointing straight towards me. They were absolutely invisible. Today I did see them and they are facing out to traffic but the only way they can be seen, is by people driving by on the main road who happen to look to their right at a 90-degree angle, or those getting out of their car to walk into the building. Which means, their car probably isn't idling.

Mr. Pizza is absolutely correct about summer. I hadn't even thought of that, with global warming and 90 degree spring weather and all. I was thinking of last week's cold snap, where if you were 10 minutes early, which you have to be if you don''t want to get a police-car behind you, hitting the '"whoop'",'"whoop'" siren while he waves you back into traffic because you are double-parked, your car is going to be pretty darned freezing when the kids you are picking up, climb in... Most cars take about 10 minutes to get warmed-up with the heater full-blast once driving?

Secondly, that line of traffic that must be double-parked to pick up the numbers of kids exiting the school, is a sitting duck if a wide load drives down the inner lane. With engines off, they can't move. They have to brace for impact.

If Newark is going to enforce this, the city needs to have a police-cruiser every morning and every afternoon, park sideways across the inner-lane at that point where the school property begins, with lights flashing and force all thru traffic to only use the outer left-lane. The inner lane can then be safely used for cars picking up and dropping off, and only then, can those cars parked in the parking lane and bicycle lane be able to safely turn off their engines.

This will be even more difficult to enforce than the 'no-texting' law, which isn't enforced at all...

As I understand it, the reason for the ruling was to keep all those kids who walk by the double-line of idling cars, from having to always inhale the poisons in the fumes which... considering the "average" car on the road is now eleven years old, can be pretty bad. I can buy that argument that to protect our children, this needs to be done at that location...

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 10:35am
American Idle: Why do people abandon their cars and leave them idling with nobody inside?

I have marveled at seeing cars at the local Walgreen's idling with nobody inside the car, the owner presumably inside picking up some toilet paper and toothpaste. With all the precautions we are taught to prevent car-theft (lock your doors and roll-up your windows, etc...), people still do something obviously stupid to give car-thieves a "golden opportunity."

I enjoy reading on WDEL about people having their cars stolen after they left them idling with nobody inside. Hilarious!

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 10:55am
Newark has for years been a city that thinks its "special".

I remember when Newark was planning the College Square Shopping Center. The water-drainage plan would cause serious flooding downstream near Brookside, Todd Estates, Kimberton, and Greenbridge due to Cool Run Creek getting all that drainage water from Newark's new shopping center. Those areas were already having problems. Newark City Council members - in their smug arrogant way - said, 'that's NOT our problem'. Those folks don't live in the city; we don't care. I'm serious. I remembering sitting there in that council meeting dumbfounded at the arrogance of those "knuckleheads".

So then the group of us from the various downstream communities went to the County, where the problem was addressed in an intelligent manner and resolved for the benefit of all.

There was another time when those communities asked Newark's ruling "Junta", a.k.a., City Council, to extend Wyoming Avenue to Marrows Road, so that travel to and from Downtown Newark would be easier, thus relieving much of the traffic from in front of the Post Office and that one branch of the Newark Fire Department, etc., as all that traffic was funneled into that tiny area. Once again these "knuckleheads" said, 'we don't care how bad the traffic is for those of you who don't live in our city'. When we all suggested that we bring a lot of money to Newark's economy which translates into tax-revenue for the city coffers, they said, they didn't care. Funny, about 10 years later, Wyoming Avenue was extended to Marrows Road. I wonder if ut was due to folks in the Brookside/Todd Estate area deciding there were easier places to go shopping than Downtown Newark?

I'd NEVER choose to live in the city of Newark. The anti-idling law, just another example of the knuckleheads who run that city's government.

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 11:41am
For anyone seeking an alternative to Newark, I hereby invite you to check out Elkton!

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 2:57pm
Ha, ha. We are lucky to have Newark around to remind us of what having too much government is like, and Elkton around, to remind us of having too little.

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 2:59pm

Sat, Feb 2, 2013 3:53am
Kavips: If Elkton has too little government by your standards, then I know I've chosen the right place to live.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 9:22am
What I remember about Elkton is they have pretty high county taxes due to the Cecil County tax. Far higher than New Castle County. But that was 30 years ago when I had considered moving to Cecil County. I knew some folks who worked in Delaware, but moved to the Elkton area, but later moved back due to the high taxes, and I believe at that time Delaware and Maryland may not have had any reciprocal thing for state taxes so Maryland wasn't giving them credit for taxes paid in Delaware, or something like that (its was a long time ago).

But Cecil County is far less congested (once you get past Elkon on US 40) than NCC.

Sat, Feb 2, 2013 5:52pm
Mr. Pizza.

Here is how I know you picked the right place... Back in September I went into the 7/11 on 40 just east of town, and all they had were Obama Cups for my coffee. All blue. I said, "Don't you have any Romney Cups?" Clerk said "Nope, ain't gettin' none, either. I gotta pay for those cups, I ain't throwing none away."......

Sat, Feb 2, 2013 5:54pm
I think national news will be very low key this weekend because of the game. Monday should be "catch up" day....

Sun, Feb 3, 2013 4:01am
Kavips: Just because the customers of one convenience store didn't vote for Romney means absolutely nothing. It so happens that Romney beat Obama in Cecil County with 59.1% of the vote vs. 38.7% for Obama. Romney received 23,660 votes and Obama got 15,489. So, the majority of patrons at that store apparently are part of the 38.7%, or the 15,489. This is not my opinion, but rather the tabulated results. In case you need further proof, here's the link to where I got it from:


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 4:07am
Kavips: I should furthermore point out to you that 18 counties in Maryland went for Romney while only 6 went for Obama. If Maryland had electoral college by county, the Democrats wouldn't have a chance here!

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 3:54pm
Mrpizza: The populated counties around (Baltimore) and DC are what made Maryland a Blue state. Sort of like Pennsylvania. Those areas around Philly and Pittsburg have the big populations and are the Blue areas. The entire rest of that state is Red, but much smaller population.

Delaware too, Wilmington and New Castle County Blue, Dover and Kent county Blue this time for the first time, and Milford and Sussex Red. Virginia too, most land area is Red, the counties around DC are Blue.

The cities/urban areas tend to be blue, the rural areas tend to be Red. So land wise, more territory votes Red, but more people vote Blue, especially as minority and youth voting is growing. Below is an interesting article comparing Blue States vs Red States. Some interesting statistics.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 4:22pm
Mr. Pizza.... apparently you missed my point. Since the cases of cups came split half Romney and half Obama, he'd sold out of his entire half of his election's supply of Romney cups by September, so all he had left was a huge surplus of Obama cups, and he wasn't going to throw his hard earned money away, meaning he wasn't buying any more cases just so he'd have red cups available.... Which explains why all he had were blue cups as early as September, for exactly the reason you point out.... no one wanted to drink from a Blue cup in Elkton. Which, lol, is why I said for your sentiments, you'd moved to the right place...

There. I hope that is clearer.

But is wasn't for a waste, had i been more clear the first time I probably never would have seen this line by Mike....

"So land wise, more territory votes Red, but more people vote Blue,"

Couldn't have explained national politics better myself.

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 5:11am
Sorry Kavips. I did miss your point. However, this is good news because it shows that good old American traditional values are still alive and well in virtually all of rural America, not just in the midwest.

Now if all these conservative counties could find a way to secede from their left-wing state capitals and form their own states or better yet their own country, then decent still-God-respecting Americans would have a fighting chance to escape tyranny and live free once again.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 8:48am
Mrpizza: The odd part of this is, the Red States get far more Fed money than the Blue States. The Red States pay less in taxes than the Blue States, because incomes are higher in the Blue States due to unions, and the type of work being performed by a higher educated workforce than in the Red States.

So by leaving the nation, wouldn't Red States, be "shooting themselves in the foot" ? [pun intended]

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 10:30pm
MFD: Shucks, I don't know. This whole thing is just one big confused mess! I do know that real estate is much cheaper in the red states so it may balance out the income thing. Of course more federal money means more federal intrusion into states affairs, so if were governor I would probably tell them to keep their money and keep their nose out of my state. Easier said than done, of course.

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