WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

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So what's on your mind this weekend?

As expected, Wilmington City Council members overrode Mayor Dennis Williams' veto of the amended budget, with a vote to spare. Open question as to whether the mayor will seek to overturn the override in court. All this over a $250,000 "slush" fund! Of course, litigation ain't cheap; it would be interesting to see how much of that 25K is consumed in legal bills!


The FBI & other law enforcement raided Minuteman Environmental Services in central Pennsylvania - a firm that provides water to fracking rigs and disposes of drilling waste - the very company Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett praised last year as an "American success story." It wasn't immediately clear what the agents were searching for.


Two former nurses from Planned Parenthood Delaware testified before a packed state Senate hearing in Dover. They alleged the Planned Parenthood clinic in Wilmington offered "meat-market style assembly-line" abortions and put patients in jeopardy with shoddy hygenic practices. These women stressed they're not opposed to abortion rights, just to unsafe medical practices.


The wife of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell - Pearl Gosnell - received a sentence of seven to 23 months for her part in the Gosnell abortion clinic. Her defense lawyer said she'd be forever punished by her last name: "I guess it's like being Mrs. Frankenstein." Pearl Gosnell herself: "I am the wife of Kermit Gosnell; I am not happy about that now, and I haven't been for a long time." She declared her husband had taken the "cowardly" path for not addressing the jury at his own trial, or apologizing for his crimes. (She claimed her husband had assured her all the abortions came within the 24-week limit, and that she believed him.)


On the same topic, the Supreme Court of El Salvador denied an abortion to a woman suffering from kidney failure and lupus. So that seriously ill Salvadoran woman will undergo a premature Caesarean section next week, approved by the country's health minister. Ultrasound images indicate the fetus is developing with only a brain stem. Most infants with this condition, anencephaly, live only a few days.


Still some intrigue revolving around the abrupt resignation of John Sigler as the Delaware Republican Party Chairman. He would only cite vague business-related reasons for his sudden departure.


Speaking of Republicans, certainly Sussex County is talking about Delaware 105.9's interview with County Councilman Vance Phillips' accuser, and the reasons why she didn't go public immediately with her accusations that he had repeatedly sexually assaulted her.


A 33-year-old, Flint, Michigan woman who married an immigrant from the Arab world (although the couple divorced about three years ago) - and who converted to Islam and began wearing the hijab - was killed in Syria while fighting with the Syrian rebels.


From The Los ANGELES TIMES: "Cuba further distanced itself from terrorist activities last year, but the U.S. government still considers it a state sponsor of terrorism with Syria, Iran, and Sudan, according to the State Department's annual report.

The report for 2012, released Thursday, says the government in Cuba last year reduced support for Basque separatists in Southern Europe, joined a regional group that seeks to block terrorism financing, and sponsored peace talks between Colombia and an armed rebel group..."

Loudell comment: This is another example of the distortions in U.S. foreign policy forced by political pressure from an unyielding ethnic lobby. We do business and maintain diplomatic relations with other governments many Americans might find objectionable. It makes no sense to perpetuate an anachronistic economic embargo. Open up to Cuba! The arrival of large numbers of U.S. tourists and other U.S. influences could actually hasten the democratization of Cuba. I've communicated with technical people - and others - at Cuban radio stations over the past twenty years. I've spoken to academic researchers who visit Cuba on a regular basis. Ordinary Cubans like Americans. And even at the official level, consider Guantanamo: Even though Cubans might regard the U.S. presence there as the Yankee imperialists leasing a chunk of land when Cuba was weak, ordinary relations are cordial.

If the United States can open up to Myanmar/Burma - which, despite recent reforms, still has a totalitarian government prosecuting wars against ethnic minorities - there's no rational reason we shouldn't normalize relations with Cuba.




Posted at 8:21am on May 31, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

kavips
Fri, May 31, 2013 9:11am
Yes. Open up Cuba. Allan, Just for the record, Cuba would have been open long ago, except that the Florida vote totals as we saw in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 are a very fine line between going blue and red. The margin is so thin, and Florida can affect the national outcome with its huge electoral cache, that losing Florida to do what is right for Cuba is a problem neither political party wants... If Republicans push for opening Cuba, Florida goes Democratic. If Democrats were to do so, Florida goes Republican...

Cuba unfortunately is in the limbo... Sometimes one has to throw caution to the wind and just do what is right.....

kavips
Fri, May 31, 2013 9:30am
In regards to Delaware's Republican Party, having followed it closely for years, I can say it is too far gone. I recommend the IPOD spins off the Conservative element and the Republicans go moderate to steal Democrats back from the center. Right now the Republican party has no clarity. Are they conservative? Or are they moderate? That giant mush is causing the same incongruity on the Democrats' side. Are Democrats progressive, or are they moderates?

Making things clear would benefit all. If you are IPOD, you are conservative, giving you seats from Sussex County Districts on Sussex Council and seats in the General Assembly. The Northern Republicans will remain Republicans. It would be like having a three-party system in the General Assembly where probably a working coalition of Republicans and IPOD's would stand against the Democratic Control..

In tight races in New Castle County, this could help. Voters who currently bite their tongue to vote Republican because of the insanity of their Conservative brethren, could now in good conscience, feel they were voting more towards the center by pulling the handle for Republicans.

If the Republicans were to gain more seats, then they could form a working relationship with the IPOD's and have at least veto power of what could pass.

In any relationship, being mushy may seem like an expedient move (get along to move along), but it creates problems down road that stymie growth and progress. Being clear and cantankerous may at first seem like a road to hell, but usually once stability is achieved, progress moves forward on a rapid path. Right now Republicans need clarity.

Spin the Conservatives off; let them have their own party, their own fundraising, and then the moderate Republicans can concentrate on districts they can win...

If they win, they will have much more clout than they do today, where they can't win. Republicans who are conservative can't win up north. Republicans who are moderate risk getting flanked on their right by conservative Democrats...

IPOD is the way to go. If those supporting Christine O'Donnell in 2008 switched to IPOD, this could very easily happen... It needs to. Every Conservative should be in favor of it. Every Democrat fear it.


teatime
Fri, May 31, 2013 10:46am
The embargo on Cuba makes no sense. This is simply the U.S. trying to bully another nation simply because it has a different form of government. Imagine if Cuba put an embargo on the U.S. Would that be justified?

billsmith
Fri, May 31, 2013 11:44am
The Cuban money elite supported right-wing dictator Batista and moved to Florida. They have been pumping money into the Republican Party and have bought considerable influence in Florida elections. Nobody wants to cross them.

Castro angered the Mafia with their interests in Cuban casinos and houses of prostitution. Nobody wants to cross them. Especially not a president tied into the Chicago machine, which has been tied to the Mafia since before Al Capone.

Castro angered American corporate interests with subsidiaries and plants in Cuba. More money and more clout. Nobody wants to cross them either.

Some of you think politicians respond to public opinion. No way. They respond to money. Money buys politicians. When necessary, it buys public opinion.

Allan Loudell
Fri, May 31, 2013 1:15pm
...Although, interestingly, the first governor of any U.S. state to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution - and to publicly advocate an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba - was Illinois Governor George Ryan, the same governor who proclaimed a moratorium for the death penalty in Illinois. Yes, a Republican, but obviously far removed from the main currents in the G.O.P. today.

Ryan hailed from Kankakee, just south of the Chicago suburbs.

Ryan was convicted of unrelated Federal corruption charges, served some prison time, now in home confinement.

But we need more politicians who march to their own drummer.

Now jailed ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich, as a U.S. Representative, voted 'no' on keeping the U.S. travel ban on Cuba until Cuba's remaining political prisoners are released. And Blago was not opposed by the Chicago "machine". (Although Blago was also the only Illinois Dem to vote in favor of the Iraq war in 2002.)

There's a simpler explanation for President Obama's inaction on Cuba than his Chicago ties (although the cynic in me can't entirely discount anything!): The President has enough foreign policy fires, no need to expend other limited political capital on the Cuban issue. Plus, undoubtedly, he doesn't want to hurt the next Democratic Presidential nominee's chances of carrying Florida.

Allan Loudell

EarlGrey
Fri, May 31, 2013 10:55pm
The FBI & other law enforcement raided Minuteman Environmental Services in central Pennsylvania - a firm that provides water to fracking rigs and disposes of drilling waste - the very company Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett praised last year as an "American success story." It wasn't immediately clear what the agents were searching for.~Allan Loudell

Well...they do have Minuteman in their company name. So they must be associated with the TEA Party...and thereby guilty of being patriotic.
Did they also make the same mistake as Gibson guitars...donating to Republicans?
Or, maybe it's their name, some donations to a Republican AND they are doing well in the aweful industry of fracking...three strikes against them.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/29/gibson-ceo-revives-complaints-over-government-raids-in-wake-irs-scandal/

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 9:09am
A change in subject.

So who would you like to see run for Prez? I realize its early, but you know those folks running the party's are already thinking about 2016.

From what I've read, many DEMS seem to want Hillary. Frankly I'm not all that sure she could win, given the Benghazi scandal. Also Mrs. Clinton will be a bit "long in the tooth". Also isn't there a danger of "Clinton fatigue"? The Clinton's are the DEM version of the Bush's which would be why I'd not recommend Jeb Bush running in 2016 - Bush fatigue].

Of course Rush probably hopes Hillary runs, some of his best shows back when he was far more entertaining to listen to were during those years of Bill and Hillary in the White House [I used to enjoy his show back then, haven't been a listener in years, because his show's not entertaining anymore for my ear, just some old man ranting for 3 hours].

Also as the right really dislikes anything at all to do with the Clinton's so wouldn't a Hillary run for the Oval Office energize the GOP to get out their vote [as they did in 2004 against John Kerry] to keep the dreaded Hillary from winning the election? As I recall there were 3 million more evangelical Christian voters who voted in 2004 that stayed home in 2000 thus helping Bush Jr have a respectable victory over Kerry rather than the photo finish of the ALGORE vs Bush Jr race of 2000.

So those are my reasons why if I were a DEM I'd not pick Hillary. However, some of you who are DEMS or not Republicans who might want Hillary, so offer why she should run.

On the GOP side of the fence, I'd NOT want to see Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, Jan Brewer [apparently senior moments are a problem for her as Shawn showed us all earlier in the week], or Jeb Bush run. Palin and O'Donnell are pretty obvious and as I said above there probably would be Bush fatigue, not to mention the DEMS dragging out his brother's sorry administration's policies that put us into this big recession and asking in TV ads, do you want to return to the misery that ended up being America after another younger Bush ran the nation into the ground? So I think Jeb needs to sit this one out.

So who would I like to see run. I don't have a name for either side, at the moment, but I'd like to see someone on the GOP side run who's a moderate that leans right vs a TEA person who's going to give the DEMS plenty of fodder to use against them in TV ads as the DEMS scare the nation into believing that "Attla the Hun" [or "Attila the Honey" if a female TEA candidate] is running for Prez as a Republican.

Frankly I believe that's why Romney lost. He didn't run as Moderate, level headed, former Mass Gov. Romney who was proud of 'Romneycare', but instead tried to distanced himself from a program that the people of Mass seem to like in any poll info I've found. Romney, instead ran as this far right winger [sort of the who are you, you're not Mitt Romney]. I just don't believe the nation is going to send someone who makes Ronald Reagan look like a liberal to the White House. That seems to be the mistake the GOP keeps making. They've allowed the likes of Grover Norquist and the other extremists on the far right to give the marching orders and thus lose the election. 2012 should have been an easy Romney win, but Romney wasn't Romney and the nation wasn't sure which Romney would occupy the White House, so better the devil you know than the devil you don't, so Obama won a second term.

So bottom line to all that is I'd like to see a moderate, who leans right on the GOP side of the fence running. I'd like to see a moderate DEM who leans left running on the DEM side of the fence. Then that would be an interesting horse race to watch, study and finally decide who to vote for in November of 2016. Hopefully neither party puts up an extremists, our nation needs balance and some level heads steering this gigantic ship of state.

So do any of you have suggestions as to who would fit my description of a moderate leaning right in the GOP and a moderate leaning left in the DEM.


billsmith
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 9:32am
MikeFromDelaware reaches a new low in stupidity - twice. One with a dumb question. Again with a stupid answer to his own dumb question. Shut up, MikeFromDelaware. Go away. I hear the Methodists threw a party when you left. And the Lutherans are planning one.

kavips
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 10:54am
Allan, being from Chicago, are you following how the levels of Lake Michigan have never been as low as they are now? Just saw pictures from Traverse City (on the other side), and wondered if you'd caught that story?

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 11:57am
Well so much for an intelligent response to a simple question.

I guess that means Billsmith that my question was too difficult for you to offer any useful suggestions as to who you'd like to see run in 2016? Here I figured you'd have plenty to say on that. Oh, well, no great loss. It was simply a "water cooler type question", designed to start a conversation, nothing more, nothing profound. It's way too hot to listen to your hot air anyhow. Have a nice weekend, be at peace.


billsmith
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 6:24pm
MikeFromDelaware: I will be at peace when you stop trolling message boards. Stupid questions don't yield intelligent responses. It's stupid to talk about an election three and a half years off. This cycle of perpetual elections is one of the things I hate most about this damn country and why the US system is inferior to the parliamentary system. The "one per cent" keeps suckers like you focused on elections, so you won't notice who really runs the government and what they are doing. That's why people like you are allowed the illusion of voting. You all can rant about fake issues - the kind Loudell likes to bring up - like flag burning, gay marriage, abortion ... - so you are distracted from what matters. People like you are destroying this country. Go get raptured and leave the rest of us be.

billsmith
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 7:11pm
"Evangelical Lutheran Church elects first openly gay bishop

A North Hollywood theology professor ordained just two years ago after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America dropped its ban on same-sex ministers was elected Friday as the church's first openly gay bishop.

The Rev. R. Guy Erwin won a six-year term to the Southwest California Synod, which encompasses the greater Los Angeles area, according to church officials.

The historic vote came Friday during a three-day assembly of the synod held in Woodland Hills. ..."
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lutheran-first-openly-gay-bishop-20130531,0,7261828.story

kavips
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 11:18pm
that all said, with the perpetual election cycles droning on like Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, sometimes it takes these three topics.... flag burning, gay marriage, abortion .... to get us to prick up our ears... Hopefully with them pricked up, we can then hear things like.... The world's Ice Level is at a historic low, we are starting this summer off with the least Arctic Ice on Record, the climate bands have already shifted northward by 200 miles, severe Mid Western drought has cause Lake Michigan to drop below historic lows..

But that is probably too much to ask.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 11:53pm
Kavips: I found this article after reading your post. Thanks for the head's up.

"In January, average water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron fell to 576.02 feet (175.57 meters), the lowest levels since 1964. Gronewold says these drops were largely due to warmer and dryer conditions the previous year, which produced less snowpack in the region."

So that seems to imply that the water levels have actually been lower than now, but are the lowest since 1964. A slight difference in the meaning, still not a good thing.

Another part of the article mentioned:
"In the meantime, the spring season may bring some short-term relief to the area. It is not unusual for springtime runoff, coupled with melting snowpacks, to contribute 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) to the lakes, Gronewold explained.

"This is a time of year when water levels typically rise naturally,"

http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/23/17882537-great-lakes-low-water-levels-may-get-spring-boost?lite

billsmith
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 10:35am
There's hope for you all, after all...

"Kathleen Taylor, Neuroscientist, Says Religious Fundamentalism Could Be Treated As A Mental Illness

An Oxford University researcher and author specializing in neuroscience has suggested that one day religious fundamentalism may be treated as a curable mental illness....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/kathleen-taylor-religious-fundamentalism-mental-illness_n_3365896.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

kavips
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 10:52am
It is very interesting that BillS thinks science may one day at some point in the future find hope for those he disagrees with. Historically, the Hope for him, has been around almost 2000 years....

:)

... and Mike, thats the first mention I've heard of 1964... that is good news...

mrpizza
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 11:15am
Well, I can guarantee you there won't be any gay bishops or gay anything else ordained in my church!

By the way, you can save the bigot, racist, homophobe comments. I already know what I am and I wear it as a badge of honor.

mrpizza
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 11:17am
Allan: I think the person with the most wisdom about whether or not we should open up Cuba would be Marco Rubio. Do you have any information on where he stands on the issue?

billsmith
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 2:03pm
Molesting altar boys isn't enough for them....

"Relatives cry cover-up in 1960 murder of Texas beauty queen as the main suspect, a priest, has never been charged and continues to live comfortably

The relatives of a beauty queen murdered in Texas in 1960 have said officials helped cover-up for a priest who has been a suspect in the murder since the initial investigation.

Former Miss South Texas, Irene Garza, was found lying in a canal in her hometown of McAllen after having disappeared the day before Easter. She had went to Sacred Heart Catholic Church to give confession to Rev. John Feit.

Feit, a then-27-year-old, priest was immediately a suspect in Garza's death because less than a month earlier her had found guilty of attacking another young woman at a nearby church. He did not serve any jail time and was fined $500. ...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334603/Relatives-cover-1960-murder-Texas-beauty-queen-main-suspect-priest-charged-continues-live-comfortably.html#ixzz2V5DS0BVQ

Cops cover for each other, and for priests. But somebody has to pay. That's why Texas executes so many innocent people.

mrpizza
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 4:21pm
And even a lot more guilty ones.

billsmith
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 5:47pm
Pizza: What's the acceptable execution batting average for you? 60/40? Sixty per cent of those executed actually guilty; 40 per cent not guilty? 75/25? 80/20? How many people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time are you willing die to satisfy your sick blood lust?

Those who support the death penalty are no different from the murderers they want killed - except they lack the guts to do the deed themselves. They hide behind procedures and rituals. But they are still accessories to judicial murder.

Glad you are proud of being a bigot and a racist. I give you credit for admitting what you are.

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 6:29pm
Kavips said: "It is very interesting that BillS thinks science may one day at some point in the future find hope for those he disagrees with. Historically, the Hope for him, has been around almost 2000 years....

:)

... and Mike, thats the first mention I've heard of 1964... that is good news... "

Well said Kavips on both issues;)

billsmith
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 8:33pm
MikeFromDelaware: Badly said. Who appointed you the grand arbiter and judge of everybody's posts? You aren't qualified to judge a church bingo game. Nothing more pathetic than somebody who doesn't know what he doesn't know.

Go get a piece. It would do you a lot of good.

mrpizza
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 9:25pm
billsmith: This may surprise you, but I'll be glad to throw that switch. Murderers forfeit their right to life and are a threat to the public. If you execute a murderer, you guarantee that he or she will never escape from prison and kill anybody else. Why do you want to give that murderer a free hotel room for the rest of that person's life at the expense of the rest of us? As it is today, all one has to do if that person is tired of working and wants a free ride for the rest of his life is to just go kill somebody, then turn himself in and make a plea bargain. What a way to escape personal responsibility!

While I understand your concern about executing innocent people, the fact is that today we have DNA testing which will eliminate that possibility.

kavips
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 2:38am
I'll have to agree with Mike of D, and side with Bill S being wrong. The answer as to who made Mike the arbiter, grand or not, is it was me.

He IS the official arbiter, and you have, until I decide to change it,.. stand in his judgment... His arbitration is binding.

If anyone has disagreements, they have only to look to the original quote... It "was" very well said...

kavips
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 2:49am
And Mr. Pizza.. You may strut your bravado on these comments, but you fail to grasp the significance of what BillS is saying.

The question is not about whether you are "man" enough to pull a handle; I think in certain circumstances we all could. The real question is how you feel, when it your child strapped to the chair, and someone else is foaming at the mouth, and you know your son was innocent because he was with YOU at the time the crime was allegedly committed across town!

How would you feel to watch you own son fry, smoke coming up from his wrists and ankles, and smell the burning flesh of your boy, who you know, did not do the crime. But... no one wanted to listen to you. You just deliver pizza's.. Of course you are going to lie about your son to save him...

He was innocent, and someone just like you ... couldn't wait to pull the handle and you saw his eyes look in yours and say... "how can this happen."

Tell me you'd love to pull the switch then.

In 6 months, evidence turns up proving his innocence. But no. There was someone foaming at the mouth to kill someone, and it happened to be your son.. who never, never did anything wrong.

Oh well, that's conservatism... who cares. What's one dead Belorussian? World doesn't need them...



Allan Loudell
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 6:20am
To kavips' question about Lake Michigan...

Yes, a combination of factors, notably drought, rising temperatures, diminshed ice cover which leads to more evaporation over winters; water diversion, etc. (Although fluctuations are normal; we'll have to see if this is part of a longterm trend.)

To mr pizza's question about Marco Rubio & Cuba: Of course, Senator Rubio wouldn't risk his political future in Florida by needlessly alienating the older, conservative, moneyed, Cuban-American establishment by favoring a relaxation of the trade embargo or the ban on ordinary travel to Cuba. It would be shocking if he did. That doesn't necessarily mean there aren't broader reasons for the U.S. to normalize relations.

On capital punishment, it boggles the imagination that some of the same people who castigate the People's Republic of China for forced abortions, persecution of religious people, etc., have no problem with the United States sharing with the PRC the distinction of being one of the world's top capital punishment countries. The Islamic Republic of Iran is also near the top of that list.

The United States is the only nation in our hemisphere to have seen official executions over the past several years.

Allan Loudell

billsmith
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 6:48am
kavips: You demonstrate that you PC'ers and the tea party/religious right fascists are two sides of the same coin. True believers. Authoritarians. Self-righteous. Hypocrites. Ignorant. Gullible. You people argue while the one per centers run things.

Thanks to people like you, we have "affirmative action." You can gush about your affirmative action president but if you were sick, I bet you'd be first to insist on a white male surgeon - somebody who didn't get into medical school and residency on affirmative action.

Look at your hero. Harvard. Law Review. All on affirmative action and clearly a lousy lawyer.
Obama demonstrates the Jensen-Shockley hypothesis.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 8:24am
Billsmith: your arrogance is only exceeded by your lack of civility and frankly class.

I can't speak for Kavips, but my primary care doctor just happens to be black. He's a darn good doctor, and its never crossed my mind that oh golly gee, a black man is my doctor. Just as in the music I play. Years ago I had a wedding band. I didn't care if the guy was black, white, brown, red, yellow as long as he/she had the "chops" for their axe and could cut the charts we played. Today I worship with both blacks, whites, and Hispanics. We all are God's children. Even the LCMS has blacks in it [maybe it was different when you were a kid, but its not like that now, so maybe its YOU who are out of step with all of us, because the only one here at Allan's blog who seems to have the need to put others down, belittle them, and make racist comments is YOU - Billsmith.

And as Kavips has appointed me arbiter, I "offically" say that what you, Billsmith, posted above is NOT WELL SAID.

Maybe its you, the GLBT person, that needs to go to a diversity class. How ironic.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 8:37am
Kavips: Your commentary on how it must feel to be a parent watching his son, get fried for something you know for a fact he didn't do, because he was with you across town at the time of the murder was excellent. One of the best arguments for NOT having a death penalty is everyone's rush and blood lust to kill the alleged perp. The ole "Don't confuse me with the facts" syndrome. Very well said.

I also understand Mrpizza's point, and yes in the right situation any of us could probably want to pull the switch, but you expressed so well why we should not do this, and if we must, then we must dot every i and cross every t to make sure that every bit of evidence including DNA has been sifted through with a competent attorney for the accused so that there is a fair, honest trial [not some pro-bono lawyer who doesn't give a rip and just wants to send this guy to the chair quickly so he can get back to billing more hours]. Of course that means the tax payer paying the bill for "Perry Mason" to defend these folks, who generally are poor and can not afford an attorney. Just because someone's poor doesn't mean they shouldn't have a competitent lawyer. That is part of the problem too.

billsmith
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 9:12am
MikeFromUnaware: As usual, you miss the point. The racism lies in affirmative action - aka "reverse discrimination." It's easy for you to sit anonymously at your keyboard and pontificate - obviously too easy. But if you had a tumor in your brain or were charged with a crime you did not commit, you'd want to make damn sure the person to whom you trust your life and your future was not the beneficiary of some politically correct quota.

I grew up believing discrimination was wrong, when supposedly it worked in my favor. I'm sure as hell not going to support discrimination when it works against me, but that's what the PC crowd expects.

Thanks to people like you who try to intimidate others into silence, these are issues no one can raise. There's another topic going (again) about schools and you will certainly weigh in. But no one is allowed to question how much of the problems most people recognize is the result of out "pizza slice" district system? How many of the problems with public education are the result of Brown v. Board of Education and related decisions? Yes, there was a basic problem but maybe - just maybe - the solution created a whole new set of problems. Instead of making public education better for some who were being deprived, it made public education mediocre for all.


Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 10:46am
Billsmith: As usual you have selective memory. In the past on these blogs of Allan's I have rallied against the need for Affirmative Action today. Granted, 40 years ago was a different story, but now its no longer needed. So I'd agree with you on that. It isn't right to reverse who gets discriminated against [better to have no discrimination]. With the minorities and women having total access to any college, even Harvard, and having total access to any job including the Presidency in today's America, I can see no reason to continue Affirmative Action now.

I've never supported busing. I always believed that kids should be in their local neighborhood schools, BUT each school should be of the same quality, with the same NEW books, same highly qualified teachers, etc, etc, for all students. Unfortunately that wasn't the reality and due to stupidity, selfishness, and racial hatred by too many whites back in the day. So we ended up with busing, because Separate but Equal wasn't a reality for the black kids who back then prodominately lived in the city.

On the other hand, I don't support segregated schools either. IF black families live in an area their kids should go to those local schools [they'll also be more inclinded to support their local school referendum [as all politics is local]. Just as if there are white families living in a prodominately black area, those white kids should also go to those local schools, it works both ways.

There's no need to spend the millions of tax dollars running a larger bus system than DART to ferry kids all over the county, just so there can be a 20% minority / 80% majority mix. That's just a waste of tax dollars in my opinion, and the school test scores prove me to be correct. We've had busing here since 1978 and the minority students are still very far behind the white/asian students.

You're calling the kettle black??? You're accusing me of intimidating folks into silence???? YOU who call me an idiot, stupid, wish I would rapture myself back to heaven, etc, etc??? When have I said anything that was intimidating or insulting to you or anyone here?

You went off in a serious hatefilled rant, because I brought up a topic you considered to be stupid. But that's my right sir. You didn't have to reply, just ignore my stupidity, but no you can't do that, instead you bash me with hateful comments that are frankly very insulting. What your problem is, you hate the idea that someone like me is out spoken about their faith and beliefs and that faith reminds you of what you've been taught since childhood [that obviously you now have a major problem with for whatever reasons - it truly is none of my business]. You totally hate that and want to make it so people like me are silenced and as such have to bash me and others like me at any opportunity and that's so sad and frankly makes you and anything you say pathetic.

As I've also said here, how you live is between you and God, just as how I live is between me and God. So go, live your life in peace. I hold no malace towards you, I just wish you'd give all of us here the same respect we've all tried to give you. We don't have to agree or like your views or lifestyle, but its not personal, we just don't always agree, but yet sometimes we do agree. Yet even though I don't agree with you very often, I've said here many times that I support your right to live your life as you please, its truly between you and God. Yet, you seem to ignore this stuff and ONLY focus on where we disagree.

Funny, you complain when I say Well Said to someone elses stuff, but never complaine when I say Well Said to YOUR stuff, sort of makes you a hypocrite. All I'm saying is short hand for I agree with that person's point of view.

Look in an effort to keep the peace here at Allan's blog, and before Allan and WDEL decide that this blog is counter to what they wanted to achieve I'm just no longer going to reply to your posts, and will just ignore your posts, since you just can't keep your hatred of me and my faith out of the discussion [even when I'm not discussing faith issues you bring it up]. Frankly I don't want to hear any more of your hatred for me, my Lord, my faith, my beliefs, or how un-educated I am, or how I just fell off the pumpkin wagon, or how stupid I am, or that I'm sort of Knuckle Dragger, etc, etc. I get it, I'm an idiot who you believe that science should treat as a mental patient [probably you would recommend electro shock treatment using a lethal dose], because I dare believe in Jesus the Risen Christ as Lord and Savior, be I a Lutheran ELCA, LCMS, United Methodist, Assembly of God, or whatever. I've been more than patient with you and your crap, but I'm done. Allan's intention is NOT for this to be a blood sport with all this hatred towards folks who don't agree. As this is Allan's and WDEL's blog, not mine or yours, I no longer can try to have a civil conversation with you[since that would be like saying the sun revolves around the earth], and since you can't restrain yourself from all the hatred towards me and the others here, I'll just ignore your posts, so you'll literally get the last words, so have a ball. I like and respect Allan too much to allow this to continue. As I've said to you many times, be at peace.

billsmith
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 1:08pm
MikeFromDelaware: I agree with most of your points. However, various minority group apologists keep telling us how their group members have special needs, different ways of learning, different cultural backgrounds ... I don't know how true that is but if there is any truth to these claims, it would suggest separate but equal is an approach too quickly discarded and one which may have merit. But that's an issue no one can safely bring up.

Fair enough: Should you want to express agreement with something I post, I'd rather you say something like "I agree," or "me, too" or even "amen." But I'd even more prefer you make the point in your own way, adding to whatever I said instead of just offering a version of "mega-dittos." To me, "well said" sounds like a declaration of some opinion as "gospel truth" and that rankles me.

Regarding your earlier question, do you really like living in a society in which elections (and campaigns) never end? In which, the media are constantly chattering about who's running and who's winning and who's lying for the entire period from one election to the next? In which the entire emphasis is on running - not governing - and in which we get somebody like Obama who has spent his entire adult life running for the next job (until now, when he has nothing left to run for)? You have decried how nothing can get done in government any more and a big part of the reason for that is it's ALWAYS election season. Media types can't help themselves, I suppose. But why do you have to encourage them? This is why the parliamentary system is so superior to the mess the founders left to the US.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 1:35pm
Billsmith: Thanks for the thoughtful reply.

I too have read that some in the minority communities have advocated going back to "separate but equal" as a way to insure their kids are getting a quality education. I could agree with that as long as there's some overview or something so the money isn't just going down some rat hole to some version of "Al Sharpton", but is indeed going to the front lines of the classroom so the kids actually benefit and hopefully can read their diplomas when they graduate.

Thanks for the explanation of why "Well Said" torques your jaws. Sometimes I just don't have time to write out some explanation so rather than not chime in agreement I've gone to the "Well Said" thing, but can switch that to I agree, or Amen. I'd definitely would not want to say Dittos or Megadittos for obvious reasons.

I was just looking for some idle chitchat when I brought up the election of 2016. As most here have definite opinions along those lines, I figured it would generate some discussion, apparently not, but I also get your point. It was kind of like saying "how about those Phillies" or "Can you believe the Phils almost blew last night game?" I've numerous times tried to link things I've found from news sources that aren't religioius or about the next election, but science oriented, world issues, national issues, etc, and more often than not, get no replies, so that's why I tried the election of 2016.

You may be correct though, I apparently may not be as good at getting conversation going and being a conversationalist as I'd like to think [so maybe a career as a talk show host would have been a mistake]. Guess I should have stuck to being a radio DJ which is what I had done part time on weekends at WNRK, WAMS, and WNNN-FM prior to coming to WILM years ago.

I agree with you that a parliamentary system might be a better way to go, but good luck getting the Congress to agree to that. They've got the power with little to no accountability, so I doubt they'll want to change that.

billsmith
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 2:24pm
Re congress: They've got the power with little to no accountability.

AMEN.

kavips
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 2:56pm
As soon as we'd get a parliamentary system, we'd regret it. As one can see above, there are people who like to argue for argument's sake. They enjoy the parliamentary system. If you've ever seen Canada's or Britain's Houses in action, you will understand what I'm saying. However, though full of drama, it is difficult to get much done. Unlike here if we throw a government out and put a new one in, over there with multiple parties, it takes a rather long time to figure out where everyone is. Take Germany: you have Christian Democrats, Christian Socials, Social Democrats, Free Democrats, and the '90 Alliance. You get mush and not a direction.

The downside of our system is today. We have one party that steers the country off-center. It's like having a crazy in the passenger seat yank the drivers wheel and turn it while speeding down I 95. Instead of compromise, their action is to create havoc. The Republican Party is the entire problem we have in Congress, and we have in America. We obfuscate it by discussing differences between Conservatives and Progressives, but in reality, there are both in each party. The ultimate irony was that a Republican health-care plan, created by the past Republican Presidential candidate himself, subsequently rolled out on a national scale by Republican Senators during the late Bush years, was dusted off by Obama, to suddenly become the most evil, the worst possible affront, the awfullest, insidious idea ever postulated...

With that, the Republican Party showed it cares not one iota for America's citizens... And the double irony, as is now seen in California which is implementing it ahead of schedule, is that this Republican formulated bill is really a great piece of legislation. Seriously. Hat's off to Republicans.

Yet we have stalemate in Congress that is merely contrived by Republicans only. Since they have chosen that compromise is entirely out of the question, our solution is to eradicate all Republicans from power... (or at least enough so they can't defeat a super majority.) No one should fear the country shall become progressive. As one can see in today's Congress, Democrats from RED districts are even more conservative than their Republican predecessors were. They have to be... if they want to be re-elected.

The only difference is that if they are both in the same party, the idea that they can't negotiate because it could possibly be used to make them look weak... is gone.

We would have government again for the people. We don't need a parliamentary system... WE just need no Republicans.... heck, replace them with Libertarians for that matter. Anything in the world is better than a Republican..

And that's not personal opinion. That is fact. Facts borne out by every "inside the beltway" DC press release.

kavips
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 3:08pm
And one comment reply to way, way above. It regards the snub to having an Affirmative Action President....

I have to take that as a joke because someone is not thinking well if they are serious.

That "affirmative" action president, took on the "appointed" designee expected to lead the Democrat party, AND BEAT HER!..

He then took on the Republican candidate chosen by all the Republicans as the best human being they could offer.... McCain fought for his right to lead, and won that honor...

He was BEAT REAL BAD... REAL, REAL, REAL ... BAD... lol.

So.. to call Obama an affirmative action president, you would likewise have to call Cassius Clay (later called Muhammad Ali), an affirmative action boxing champ. (And indeed some white supremacists tried to make that case.)

To do so, even after all the entire world watched him legitimately beat up and win over the best the world could offer, simply means one thing....

And I'll use a reference from the Cassius Clay era.... You must be smokin' some real bad dope....

Obviously that comment has to be taken in the context it is a joke. No one is dumb enough to actually believe it. Or are they?




billsmith
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 3:15pm
kavips: You really need to get clear on the distinction between fact and opinion.

You say in the parliamentary system it's "difficult to get much done." You mention Germany, which is not a parliamentary system. Then you start talking about how Republicans make it impossible to get anything done here. You make the system found in the Commonwealth countries sound pretty good.

Advantages:

The national symbol has no actual power; the person with the power is just another politician - and has to take questions (what you call "drama") from peers in the house chamber - not reporters, who rise when he enters the room.

People vote for the party, not the individual. Instead of the US gaggle of rogue representatives. If either party could maintain discipline in this country, the current gridlock would not exist.

When a government loses confidence, it is replaced and the opposition has a leader and a cabinet ready to step in. In the meantime, they critique the government. Elections are over and done with in six weeks.

If you look to press releases for "facts," I can understand your confusion about the difference between fact and opinion.

billsmith
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 5:10pm
Right now I see various aggrator sites and blogs are a buzz with stories about how oral sex causes cancer. Actor Michael Douglas (Gordan Gekko) claims he got throat cancer from performing oral sex - supposedly HPV cancer. This is the same virus that Rick Perry wanted to have kids vaccinated against in Texas until the religious right forced him to back down. When it was just cervical cancer in girls that was at issue, that was one thing. I wonder if anyone will change his or her tune now that the issue is throat cancer in guys.

mrpizza
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 7:20pm
I would say that makes the case for keeping your mouth and your male apparatus out of where it don't belong.

mrpizza
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 7:22pm
Kavips: In answering my post to Bill Smith you totally ignored my last sentence of it, which is that DNA will eliminate the possibility of executing innocent people. What part of that don't you understand?

billsmith
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 8:18pm
kavips: Obama got a free pass and kid-glove treatment from the media - in marked contrast to Hillary. Until Saturday Night Live made the media's suck-up-and-kiss-ass coverage Obama looked ridiculous. The media were enchanted with the idea of the "historic" election of the "first Black president" that any pretense of objectivity went out the window.

Nobody bothered to question how Obama gets off presenting himself as "Black" or "African-American." His mother's family is Irish-American which makes him multi-racial. He is the descendant of slave owners, not of slaves. He grew up in a pluralistic society where much of the population is multi-racial. He had no contact with a Black community growing up. He was Barry, not Barack. He dated White girls (and apparently White boys, too). Then he came to the mainland and discovered "affirmative action." Nothing unusual: Out West whenever a settlement is reached with an American Indian (or Native American) group, all sorts of heretofore White people suddenly discover they are American Indians and claim a piece of the settlement. When Obama made a state visit to Ireland, he was telling everybody he's Irish. And it wasn't even St. Paddy's Day.

PS: Cassius Clay has a greater percentage of Irish ancestry than African ancestry. Most of the great boxers were Irish, after all.

The Irish have had more than their share of oppression and persecution, but the PC crowd doesn't seem to shed tears about that. Maybe because the Irish aren't always whining about it like members of the designated victim-entitlement groups.

mrpizza
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 8:56pm
billsmith: You just hit the nail on the head with that post. Obama is the poster boy for victim entitlement.

kavips
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 2:42am
I have to disagree with BillS.. I do have a better grasp of facts than most. For example Germany does indeed have a parliamentary system.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Form_of_government_parliamentary.png

And although, I'll concede having recalcitrant Republicans does make those parliaments that run well temporarily look better (anything looks better than Republicans), in making a comparison, I really don't think this temporary situation in which we currently find ourselves (where Republicans are completely incompetent), should be considered. In my comparison, it makes sense to consider back when Congress ran itself much better, when it was not divisive, when its Republicans were representative of its people, not seeking to line their own pockets, to make a fair comparison.

That said, I don't think changing to a parliamentary system would be beneficial to America. Primarily because we are used to what we have.

Americans are more inclined to vote for candidate based on their individual personalities and their plans for the future. One can see that from this entire blog. Mike recently tried to bring up individual personalities and their plans for the future. American Individualism translates into us voting for individuals... Because of this streak of individualism endemic to Americanism, when asked at registration which party one would like to belong, 40 percent say "independent". Because they don't want to be hog-tied to a particular party.

The party rules in the parliamentary system. The individual could even be a cereal box, for he votes the way the party tells him. Individuality is extremely discouraged. Individuality is actually dangerous for a politician in the parliamentary system. If the members of that party begin voting against their party's ideals in the body, the entire government can come apart, forcing an election of a new Prime Minister. With this in place, many parties very carefully restrict the freedoms of their delegates to ensure the safety of their Prime Ministers and their continued hold on power....

In America, the executive branch is entirely separate from the legislative, allowing the members to vote freely based on the wishes of their constituents and own consciences, with no fear of doing permanent harm to government itself..

If one is apt to making comparisons, the American system can be likened to a car with a sticky break that slows it down sometimes, and the parliamentary system is a fast car with no brakes. Once it crashes, it gets rebuilt and races on.

Having a parliamentary system would give us a government very much like those times we've had a Congress with a super majority in both houses and a president of the same persuasion. Things will get done right because there were not enough Republicans to interfere. Some think that would be great. BillS I believe is one of them. It would be great only if that controlling party consisted of Democrats. Back when we had Republicans in control of both houses as well as the presidency, we rushed into war in Iraq. And in Afghanistan. We cut taxes and started running massive deficits. We created the Medicare Drug plan with no way of funding it. We left that to our children because it would mean raising taxes on Republicans. We fought two wars on borrowed money giving us 95% of the deficit we have today... We tied up Congress because Terri Schiavo was dying. We gave no-bid Contracts to Halliburton and nothing could be done to stop it. We instituted the Patriot Act which allows the Justice Dept to snoop on AP reporters...

Maybe having a parliamentary system if run by Republicans, would not be so beneficial after all. Even though having a super majority of Democrats would be awesome.

In making the comparison, it is wise to remember this. There are good and bad on both sides. It is kind of like comparing girlfriends... From this angle one is better. from that angle the other one is. But, our founding fathers were well aware of the British Parliamentary System. They rebelled against it. When it came time to put our government together, they tried to rectify the faults of that system by adding and subtracting the things that now make us American. In that regard, I will side with history, and say we are American individuals, and our American system of government works best for us.








kavips
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 2:56am
Mr. Pizza... I did a scenario where your son was executed for a crime he did not commit. He was with you, but he got blamed, arrested, tried, convicted, and killed... by someone foaming at the mouth like you are, to pull that switch....

Nowhere in that scenario, would DNA have made a difference. There was no DNA. (When a bullet enters a body, it leaves no DNA.) Yet your son died anyway for a crime that happened across town while he was with you...

What part of that don't YOU understand? 6 months after his death, new evidence comes to light and he would have been acquitted and his record expunged.

Too bad for you.... You wanted the death penalty.... You got it. And you even had to pay out of pocket for his funeral too.

kavips
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 3:12am
BillS.. Your argument of Obama getting affirmative action is silly. You focus on the media enchanted with Obama; you forget they were also enchanted with Hillary. I remember when the betting line of Hillary was far ahead of Obama. You sound like a Breitbart reporter. Your premise of: "surely being black he couldn't have convinced anyone he was the better candidate over Hillary", is very much like their silly line: "Surely Obama only won because dumb brown voters want things given to them"....

(That last one was actually a quote from Delaware's Caesar Rodney Institute, a fake science organization that disavows evolution and all other accepted science.)

Even your biography of Obama seems to dismiss any inference that he got into office because he was black.. He got in simply as did Muhammad Ali, he beat everyone who ran against him....

Affirmative Action contestants are those who "get in" without having to compete...

Your entire argument is bogus. You're just mad he's the best president you'll see in your lifetime...



billsmith
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 6:20am
kavips: Affirmative action "contestants" have to compete but the competition is weighted in their favor, and against non-minorities. Sonia Sotomayor was her high school valedictorian. She had good grades but she did not have the best grades. But the nuns who ran her school thought it would be "good" to have an Hispanic valedictorian. So they dumped the girl who was the true valedictorian.

MikeFromDelaware et al: NPR did an interesting piece this weekend related to this and to the education discussion. One of the points made is that in LA the proportion of suspended students who are Black is twice their proportion of the entire student population. Why? The immediate explanation is prejudice; Black students are being singled out for punishment. No need to look further (only later we hear from one principal who does look beyond the easy and politically correct answer).
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/02/188125079/why-some-schools-want-to-expel-suspensions

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 9:16am
Billsmith: I'll have to listen to the NPR feed at home as my work computer won't let me for some reason. Thanks, it sounds interesting.

mrpizza
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 8:46pm
MFD: The reason your work computer won't let you listen to internet radio is because it takes a very considerable amount of memory and when you have multiple computers in a company, it adds up to a very high cost. The bottom line is, your company has disabled audio streaming to save money.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:41pm
Mrpizza: Actually, I can get many audio and video stuff online for WHYY [local content not NPR programming like Fresh Air or All Things Considered], WDEL, WBUR-Boston, Jim Bohannan's Show [from Dial Global Radio], etc. Its just NPR network programming that doesn't seem to work.

I'm listening now, at home to the NPR feed Billsmith suggested, works just fine, only at work, go figure.


Billsmith: Interesting piece from NPR. If having counselors and/or parents [for free] at the schools to help counsel the kids as they work through their problems actually works and ends the bad behavior than, that might be something our schools here could try, because whatever they are doing here sure isn't working. Thanks for sharing the link.

mrpizza
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 3:27am
MFD: Perhaps your employer has NPR blocked. In any event, you get a lot more at work than I do. USPS disabled audio streaming on its networks years ago and I'm guessing the savings is in the millions of dollars given the size and scope of the organization.

We still get pre-recorded internal programming, such as videos from the Postmaster General to the employees, which play back using Windows Media Player.

billsmith
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 5:38am
MikeFromDelaware: You might try downloading the show or story, instead of using the NPR webplayer to listen to it via streaming. The downloaded mp3 files can be played in Windows Media Player (or most other audio apps). Also, it may be the webplayer that's being blocked, or some element of it like Shockwave Flash.

Nice thing about Windows Media Player, it has speech compression. For spoken word content you can listed at up to two times actual speed without the chipmunk effect. Studies show this actually improves comprehension and retention. Switch to Now Playing. Right click, point out Enhancements and select Play Speed Settings. To start, just click on Fast and see how that feels.

billsmith
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 5:42am
Another example of members of a designated victim/entitlement group crying "discrimination" when they don't get their way....

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'They treated us like terrorists': 100 Jewish students kicked off AirTran flight in New York after refusing to turn off their phones

- Senior students removed from flight on Monday from NYC to Atlanta
- Crew asked 108 people asked to leave a flight with 137 on board
- Teachers with the group said that the airline had over-reacted

By Louise Boyle

PUBLISHED: 16:37 EST, 4 June 2013 | UPDATED: 21:21 EST, 4 June 2013

A large group of Jewish high school students have been kicked off a flight after some refused to turn off their cell phones for take-off.

The school party of 100 students and eight chaperones were removed from an AirTran flight on its way to Atlanta, Georgia from New York City on Monday around 6 a.m.

Some have claimed that the airline overreacted to the senior students' actions with one saying that they were targeted for being Jewish. ...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2335936/100-Jewish-students-kicked-AirTran-flight-New-York-refusing-away-phones.html#ixzz2VKinDaEm
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At least Alec Baldwin didn't kvetch, and acted like a mensch when he got kicked off the plane.

billsmith
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 5:48am
TV news around here is really an embarrassment and now the whole world knows it....

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The forecast is stormy: Beauty queen anchor and weather forecaster can barely hide disdain for each other live on air

By Rachel Quigley

PUBLISHED: 14:39 EST, 4 June 2013 | UPDATED: 02:45 EST, 5 June 2013

Who needs reality TV shows like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when you can just turn on the morning news?

For a CBS3 anchor and meteorologist have made the Matt Lauer/Ann Curry saga look like child's play after they repeatedly allowed their personal grievances spill on to live TV.

Former Miss Pennsylvania Nicole Brewer and Carol Erickson have been exchanging less-than-subtle jibes for some time now and it is clear the two are far from bosom buddies.

With gritted teeth, forced laughter and made-for-TV smiles painted on their faces, the two ladies can hardly hide their disdain for each other.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2335932/The-forecast-stormy-Beauty-queen-anchor-weather-forecaster-barely-hide-disdain-live-air.html#ixzz2VKjpzvRu
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Gee, beauty pageants - I mean scholarship competitions - are such great preparation for reading news on TV. Next thing you know, Nicole will take herself really seriously and want to run for vice president.

All this from the people who brought us the Scary Larry and Alycia Show, and the continuing drama of Jessica Savitch. Not to mention Roger Ailes, the guru of Fox News. What is it about channel 3?


Mike from Delaware
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 8:01am
Billsmith: Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it try. Anything that can help the comprehension and more importantly the retention is a good thing. Thanks !

billsmith
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 8:19am
This morning, NPR reports Domino's is experimenting with using drones to deliver pizza.

Pizza will be out a job but he will have more time to make up outrageous and wacky statements to post here for "fun."

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 10:31am
Billsmith said: " This morning, NPR reports Domino's is experimenting with using drones to deliver pizza."

I got a chuckle out of that, good line. You could write for Letterman or Leno.

Seriously Mrpizza, I don't want you to be out of a job, but it was a funny line.

billsmith
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 12:08pm
MikeFromDelaware: Thanks. It's one thing to get off a good one once in a while. It's another to be funny consistently and on demand. I admire people who can do that.

NPR also says it's unlikely they will have pizza delivery drones anytime soon.

Ever wonder how, of all the junk food items out there, pizza is the one that gets delivered? McDonald's doesn't deliver; you have to go there. Subway doesn't either. KFC doesn't. There used to be something called Chicken Delight which did deliver buckets of chicken, but I haven't seen them in years. Tacos aren't delivered. In a few places, Chinese food gets delivered, but nowhere on the scale of pizzas. I'm having an Andy Rooney moment here (Rooney wrote for Godfrey) but what is it about pizzas and having them delivered?

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 3:07pm
Billsmith: I agree, I love it too when I get off a good one, and do admire those folks who have a natural wit, be they professional or regular Joe's & Jane's.

That would have been a great Andy Rooney segment: Did you ever wonder why pizza gets delivered, but chicken, hot dogs, french fries, subs, and hamburgers don't?

I didn't realize Rooney wrote for Arthur Godfrey.

billsmith
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 4:40pm
MikeFromDelaware: Yes, Andy Rooney started out as one of Godfrey's writers and was one of the few people who didn't end up hating him later on. Rooney commented on the air about how little attention Godfrey's death received and how most of the attention it did receive was focused on Julius LaRosa.

Meanwhile, I guess Allan Loudell hasn't seen this yet. It's the kind of thing he usually picks up on. From the Washington Post...

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To the atheists behind the Florida monument: Welcome to the public square!

By Brad Hirschfield, Published: June 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Planned Monument to Atheism Will Rise at Florida Courthouse

As the old saying goes, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. And now people entering the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, Fla., will be able to have a gander at both a monument featuring the Ten Commandments and another one which will feature quotes celebrating secularism as well. And why not?

Having lost the battle to have the original monument to the Ten Commandments removed, the national organization, American Atheists, has decided that it will simply erect an additional monument – one which celebrates its animating ideology. The decision to build a monument to secularism signals that they now are willing to compete in a “game” which they previously argued should not be played at all.

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/wp/2013/06/05/to-the-atheists-behind-the-florida-monument-welcome-to-the-public-square/?wprss=rss_national
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When stations were forced to counter cigarette advertising with anti-smoking messages, cigarette advertising dropped significantly and the tobacco companies didn't fight much when cigarette ads were taken off completely (along with the anti-smoking ads). If secularist displays start going up in public buildings, I wonder if the religious groups pushing their displays will back off rather than give exposure to the "opposition."

mrpizza
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 8:26pm
MFD and billsmith: If Domino's wants to use drones, that's quite all right. Most of the people I have to work with there are drones anyway. I'm just about washed out with this pizza business anyway and may be leaving it pretty soon.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 9:55pm
Mrpizza: Good play on words.

billsmith
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 5:13am
THIS IS WHY I HATE JESUS FREAKS. SELF-RIGHTEOUS, HYPOCRITES WHO WILL FIND ANY EXCUSE TO SHOVE THEIR SICK CULT IN OTHER PEOPLE'S FACES.

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Valedictorian rips up approved speech and recites the Lord's Prayer after school bans prayer

* Roy Costner IV went rogue in violation of his South Carolina high school's ban on 'sectarian' prayer at school gatherings by turning his commencement address into an impromptu sermon, to huge applause

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2336616/Valedictorian-rips-approved-speech-recites-Lords-Prayer-school-bans-prayer.html#ixzz2VQRzTXVf
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They should have had cops drag him off the platform and taken to jail. His diploma should have been revoked and any colleges to which he applied should have been told he had been expelled as a disruptive disciplinary problem. These Tebow wannabes must be stood up to.

Jesus had no use for people like this either.

billsmith
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 5:17am
GOOD FOR HER! A women's daughter gets shot. Some local TV Barbie with a mic shows up at her door to ask her how she felt. The woman throws rocks at Barbie and sics the dogs on her.

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The terrifying moment crazed woman sends female reporter running for her life after throwing rocks and setting her two pit bulls on her

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 19:18 EST, 5 June 2013 | UPDATED: 19:57 EST, 5 June 2013

A young TV reporter from Rhode Island has learned the hard way that covering the news could be a dangerous business when an on-camera interview took a violent turn.

Melissa Lawrence, 35, from Providence, has been charged with assault after she threw a rock, waved a baseball bat and urged her dogs to attack a WLNE-TV news crew reporting on a graduation party shooting.

WLNE-TV reports that its cameraman and reporter were trying to speak with Lawrence, the mother of a victim, Tuesday after a teenage boy who allegedly shot her daughter turned himself in to police.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2336647/The-terrifying-moment-crazed-woman-throws-rocks-wields-baseball-bat-sends-pit-bulls-reporter.html#ixzz2VQTCu5gn
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Somebody sticks a mic in your face - especially on the worst day of your life - shove it down her throat. Teach the airheads some manners.

billsmith
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 6:08am
Big Brother is Listening to You! Funny, Allan Loudell and the U.S. Lap dog, corporate-controlled media aren't telling you about it. Thank goodness for the CBC, which is giving this prominent coverage this morning, and to the Guardian, which broke it. Meanwhile, one Wilmington station concentrates on bar fights.
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NSA collecting phone records of millions daily, court order reveals

Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama

Glenn Greenwald
The Guardian, Wednesday 5 June 2013

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing. ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-order
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Obama: The greatest violator of privacy and civil liberties in our lifetimes. And closing in on Abe Lincoln for the overall record.

Allan Loudell
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 7:20am
Bill Smith:

You don't listen (to us); you just come to our website and respond to this blog. Our (corporate-controlled) CBS newscasts have been featuring this story prominently, and this is precisely the sort of story I'd want to highlight later in the day. My output is not limited to this blog; frankly, this blog is a secondary or tertiary responsibility.

8 a.m. CBS Radio News: Lead story, multiple cuts - First, CBS News Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, then an excerpt from a civil liberties advocate decrying such indiscriminate surveillance.

A quick check of network news websites just after 7 a.m.:
This GUARDIAN story was the top story on the CBS News and FOX News websites and a secondary story on the NBC News & ABC News websites.

It's running as the second or third top story on the Associated Press radio wire this hour.

It was the lead national story from Peter & Mellany on our 7:30 morning newscast (after one local story), without any input from me.

Of course, the Hooters brawl highlights our local news.

billsmith
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 8:03am
Since when does your station carry CBS newscasts? Not that I blame you. The stations they own in Philly don't even carry them.
I see you've decided to treat a minor piece of political speculation as more significant on your website. And apparently, you agree that a bar fight will have more of an impact on people's lives (other than those directly involved).
I do not listen to live or terrestrial radio. It is technology more than a century old and long past its expiration date.
I selectively listen to podcasts from public radio, which I consider only somewhat reliable. Otherwise I do not trust the lot of you. You all have been caught lying too many times. That's why I listen to CBC podcasts and have listened to the CBC ever since I discovered they were telling the truth about the Viet Nam war and the US media were lying.
Don't you all ever wonder why polls of public confidence rank you all between lawyers and car dealers?

Allan Loudell
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 8:18am
That you didn't know we carried CBS newscasts underscores how unfamiliar you are with our output.

We've been a CBS News affiliate for several years, and I couldn't have been happier when that affiliation came here.

This website gets more and more hits every year, but our terrestrial stations still account for the disproportionate share of income.

At some point, no doubt, other platforms will take over.

I share your enthusiasm for the CBC.

And, as you know, even from childhood, I sought non-U.S. sources of news. You and I are not so far apart.

I've repeatedly decried the U.S. media corporate model.

There's a reason I never wanted a career in local TV news.

Allan Loudell


billsmith
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:07am
Running CBS News is a really dumb move. I assume it was so you could keep using their people for interviews.
I used to appreciate that "one Wilmington station" did offer local news at the top of the hour without the artificial and arbitrary separation and sometimes redundancy of local and network newscasts. Newspapers put the important stories together on page one and pick all the stories based on the interests of their communities. Radio is hobbled by the idiotic idea that some stories are local and some are network.

Allan Loudell
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:47am
I see your point. At several radio stations, I championed originating top-of-the-hour news locally (usually) for just the reasons you mention, starting local without the arbitrary separation.

The old Group W / Westinghouse broadcasting approach on its stations vs. the CBS all-newsers.

But, at some point WDEL management decided - with that "other" radio station going to FOX News - that it made competitive sense to take a network newscast at the top-of-the-hour (just three minutes, by the way, not five), and since CBS News hourly news had already been in the market for many years, that made more sense than ABC News, the other decent, top-of-the-hour radio option.

To compensate, we do the headlines at :59, incorporating - more often than not - more local/state/regional headlines, going into CBS News.

For big, big local news, we have the option of aborting CBS News for local, or cutting out of CBS News early for local.

It's interesting: Washington, DC now has two all-newsers on the F.M. dial. Hubbard Broadcasting (formerly the Mormon-affiliated, Bonneville International) owns and operates WTOP, with a CBS affiliation and access to CBS correspondents for two-way interviews. CBS owns all-news 99.1 WNEW, but doesn't take top-of-the-hour CBS, favoring the old, Group W approach of leading top-of-the-hour, local. (To confuse things, with OTHER network affiliations).

One of the best known, national consultants I know (not this station's) - however - advised against dropping a top-of-the-hour newscast, however, in part because it's more work for a smaller staff to incorporate national/international material, including audio. However, interestingly, he launched New Jersey 101.5, and that station has never taken top-of-the-hour, network newscasts, to my knowledge.

By the way, as this blog is almost a week old - with far fewer people coming to it - I'm much more comfortable talking "shop" than if this were a fresh blog post.

Allan Loudell

billsmith
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 1:33pm
"But, at some point WDEL management decided - with that "other" radio station going to FOX News - that it made competitive sense to take a network newscast at the top-of-the-hour (just three minutes, by the way, not five), and since CBS News hourly news had already been in the market for many years, that made more sense than ABC News, the other decent, top-of-the-hour radio option."

Now, I'm confused. The "other station" always had top of the hour network news. So, why does it matter whether it's from CBS, Fox or anyone else? Going with a local newscast offering both local and locally relevant national news would seem to be a competitive advantage - at least your management once thought so.

In addition, CBS for years has been the weakest network news "brand." Despite a strong prime time schedule, it trails in evening news, morning news, local news and does not have a presence in cable. Plus the better known CBS talent has almost no role in the radio network.

Allan Loudell
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 2:40pm
Remember, I'm not a part of management here. And one element of the decision-making was told to me confidentially.

But, remember, so often we hear negatives about that "other" station from onetime listeners. About how Clear Channel "ruined" that other station, almost like the invasion of the bodysnatchers. Indeed, a good number of advertisers upstate simply don't want their stores/products/services associated with a station that airs right-wing talk 24/7.

The FOX news affiliation on that other station only rubbed salt in the wounds for onetime listeners. Putting top-of-the-hour CBS News on WDEL was like putting a big welcome mat at our 1150 entrance for those "other station" listeners.

CBS may be the weakest "news brand" on TV - because of the utterly stupid management decisions over the past three decades (beginning with cost-cutter Lawrence Tisch) - but its radio branding remains strong because it's often the only top-of-the-hour network newscast on the most intensive news station in each market... beginning with the traditional CBS-owned, all-news stations in the big cities: WCBS New York; WWJ Detroit; WBBM Chicago; KNX Los Angeles; and KCBS San Francisco.

Granted, KYW, as the old Group W all-news station in our region - now CBS-owned - is the outlier here, along with its sister station 1010 WINS in New York.

I mentioned Washington above because exceptionally successful (revenue, ratings) WTOP takes CBS News at the top-of-the-hour and its relatively new all-news competitor does the reverse, live-local at the top. We'll have to see what happens. I prefer to listen to either Washington station over KYW, which I often find dull. But, of course, I don't have roots to Philly, so that may color my judgment.

(It's always been ironic that even as CBS News on television suffered various hits, the CBS-owned all-news stations have continued to flourish, and some have been among the top-billing stations in U.S. commercial radio.)

CBS Radio is structurally separated from CBS TV News, but the radio network does have access to CBS News TV talent.

Allan Loudell

billsmith
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 7:41pm
"But, remember, so often we hear negatives about that "other" station from onetime listeners. About how Clear Channel "ruined" that other station, almost like the invasion of the bodysnatchers. Indeed, a good number of advertisers upstate simply don't want their stores/products/services associated with a station that airs right-wing talk 24/7."

I've been reading in the New York papers how WABC radio claims Rush is costing them sponsors, and Rush says it's their fault, not his.

Several years ago, I read that while advertisers were perfectly happy to advertise in Rush and Hannity, they considered liberal Air America to be "controversial and would not advertise on their shows. Sounds like deliberate and systematic bias.

I fail to see why an advertiser would object to Rush but be OK placing ads with a small-time wing-nut psycho like Jensen. The two are doing the same act only Jensen doesn't do it as well.

For a time I subscribed to the podcast of CBS' so-called "World News Round-up." I almost never heard any world news. It quick snippets of trivial McNews with sound bites as a poor substitute for information and exposition. Don't bother to say it: It's the fault of consultants.

Allan Loudell
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 5:57am
I've also read how some advertisers have long boycotted Rush, Hannity, etc., long before the Sandra Fluke controversy.

And how some advertisers eschew talk radio entirely, favoring all-news stations instead.

Probably because WDEL airs news blocks during both drivetime and the Noon hour, many advertisers buying prime time may not pay much attention to EITHER locally-originated, weekday talk show on WDEL.

Sure, Rick does conservative talk, but he's hardly the "bomb-throwing" incendiary talk host you'd find in the Sunbelt. Plus, many hours are devoted to local politics - including issues like transparency in government - in which Rick and Al Mascitti largely agree, and which are not necessarily ideological. Other hours might cover community service topics and then, of course, we have the regular features, such as Rick's "Thirsty Thursday" beer / soft drinks show and Friday's "Weasel of the Week."

Actually, more progressive-minded Al Mascitti might be more of the bomb-thrower, as when - for example - he once called certain state legislators "whores".

To your last point, also blame affiliate pressure on the network.

Allan Loudell

kavips
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 1:56pm
Well, I was grateful back when WDEL slipped first out from under Rush, and then Hannity filling the time slot with Rick Jensen and his sidekick, I forgot his name, Gerry Fulcher, I believe? It also opened up time for one Allan Loudell...

Here is the official historical version....

http://kavips.wordpress.com/2007/09/06/gone-gone-gone-been-gone-so-long/

Delaware has enjoyed a very unique environment because we do have local station devoted to things happening in Delaware. The openness that the fourth estate provides here in New Castle County, parallels the openess taking place in Dover over the same time frame....

could it be more than coincidence? I'd say yes...

billsmith
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 5:19pm
kavips: It's a good situation but it's not unique. New Jersey has NJ 101.5, which also feeds news to a statewide news network. I mention them because I am able to pick them up in my car (depending on which direction I'm driving), and because I enjoy their non-ideological, non-partisan everyday style of talk.

But I understand there are still some local news stations around the country and several state-wide news networks. I understand one of the more active state news networks is in Illinois, so maybe Allan Loudell is familiar with it.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 12:00am
Al Mascitti definitely gets way more fired up than Rick Jensen.

I like Al's show, his background as a reporter, I believe, makes the difference for me. He seems to dig in to a story and even though most often will take a liberal view, I've heard him say good stuff about the GOP so his approach generally seems more even handed to me. Even though I don't agree with Al on a number of things [especially his religious views and do tune out to a different station when he starts bashing Christian belief - frankly don't believe bashing someone's faith is a way to build listenership of that segment of the audience,but that's just me]. In spite of that I will listen to Al from time to time however, I more often though find myself listening to other spoken word radio programming: either sports talk {there's 5 choices on the radio in this area some local and others national}, or NPR programming, or online programming from Lutheran Public Radio, or Jim Bohannan's online site [congrats to WDEL for now airing Jimbo, usually that late at night I am listening online to some quiet music to unwind].

Rick's show, for my ear, isn't as good as Al's, sorry Rick. Rick would rather impale himself than ever say a good thing about a DEM or a liberal, so just as with Rush/Beck/Hannity [for my ear]that makes theirs and Jensen's comments not of much value, they're all, including Rick, simply too biased. So I don't tune in to WDEL from 1pm-3pm UNLESS they're airing a Phillies daytime game. As they say, to each his/her own. You say tom-a-to and I say to-ma-to.

What I especially like about WDEL though is the Midday news/interviews/Dave Ross and the Afternoon Drive time news block. Allan presents a unique format and I enjoy listening to most of the interviews and Dave Ross from CBS.

The other thing I like about WDEL is they bring us the Phillies and the Eagles games. I've just never been a big sit in front of a TV to watch a game sort of person. I'd much more prefer to listen to the game while doing something else [radio is great for that].

I also like the podcast features from CBS like Face the Nation. I like the hourly CBS Radio Newscasts and definitely prefer the CBS Radio news to Fox Radio news, so I was glad to hear WDEL pick up CBS Radio when the other station picked up Fox Radio.

In the morning I pull up WDEL's website via my cell phone to get a quick glance of the local news and weather before leaving for work.

So even though I don't listen all the time to WDEL, I do listen or read the website quite a lot, as WDEL-AM and WDEL.com are my #1 source for local news and traffic info both on air and online.

Couldn't tell you the last time I read the News Journal or visited their web site; or for that matter I couldn't tell you the last time I tuned in to the "other" station across town that does talk. Frankly I'm pretty burned out on confrontational political talk which is all they broadcast so I have no interest to tune in to them.

So in my opinion, WDEL serves the Wilmington area quite well. So Thank YOU WDEL for doing what you do.

billsmith
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 8:36am
MikeFromDelaware: I'm trying very hard to be nice here but when you start sucking up, it's like listening to fingernails clawing a chalk board. Allen Loudell. Idiots who pepper this blog with photo-spam because they are too lazy to write something. Even Christians who betray the basic principles of their own religion. It seems like you think "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" is one of the commandments. Maybe you mean well but I don't see that flattery should trump integrity and honesty.

For the record, Jesus was very critical. St. Paul and John the Baptist even more so. Moses forget it. And some of the prophets never had a good thing to say about anything.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 6:51pm
Billsmith: I appreciate your effort at trying to be diplomatic in your response. I realize to your ear you think I'm sucking up, but I'm not. I was very honest why I don't listen often to Al's show & why I never listen to Rick's show. I did mention the things I also like on WDEL. That's not sucking up, besides why would I need to suck up to Allan or WDEL. When I was employed at WILM years ago I avoided mentioning anything I didn't like on the station, that would inappropriate. I don't work at WDEL so I'm free to speak my mind about their station. Some things I like & other things I don't. Please don't read more into my comments than that as I was simply trying to participate in the discussion & offered my opinion.


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