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A legislative committee in Dover voted to approve an $8 Million casino bail-out.




For the first time in four decades, Delaware will have a senator serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful panels in Congress. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) will occupy the seat held by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). Coons told me during an on-air interview that he and his colleagues will have to make tough decisions about what to cut rather than what to increase.



The Obama Administration's conclusion about the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against the opposition is found wanting.

From The WASHINGTON POST:

"Despite months of laboratory testing and scrutiny by top U.S. scientists, the Obama administration's case for arming Syria's rebels rests on unverifiable cliams that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people.

The United States, Britain, and France have supplied the United Nations with a trove of evidence, including multiple blood, tissue and soil samples, that U.S. officials say proves that Syrian troops used the nerve agent sarin on the battlefield. But the nature of the physical evidence -- as well as the secrecy over how it was collected and analyzed -- has opened the administration to criticism by independent experts, who say there is no reliable way to assess its authenticity..."

The problem in a nutshell: No inspectors are allowed inside Syria, so the United States and the Europeans must rely on physical evidence smuggled out of the country. The persons smuggling it out of Syria could tamper with the evidence. They would have a vested interest in doing so.



The WASHINGTON POST & The GUARDIAN are both reporting on newly-disclosed documents revealing the parameters of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs. We learn the NSA may keep the e-mails and telephone calls of citizens and legal residents IF the communications contain "significant foreign intelligence" or evidence of a crime. So the NSA has some wiggle room to retain citizens' communications under certain conditions. An ACLU attorney says the documents confirm the fears of civil libertarians, that the NSA believes it can collect Americans' international communications with little, if any, restriction.



The United States Senate seems poised to okay a military-style buildup along the U.S./Mexican frontier - a $30-Billion deal intended to draw G.O.P. votes for the larger immigration overhaul. It would be a border "surge". An incredible stat... According to the LosANGELES TIMES: "The plan would add so many new agents to the Border Patrol -- 20,000 -- that if all were deployed at once, they could be stationed roughly ever 250 feet along the border, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico." The deal would also triple the number of drones overhead. With a grand total of 41-thousand agents, the Border Patrol would be larger than the FBI, which has about 36,100 employees. Still, all this may be insufficient to win over House Republicans, who distrust even their G.O.P. Senate colleagues.



Speaking of House Republicans, a revolt among the rank-and-file G.O.P. led to rejection of the farm bill. Once again, the House G.O.P. leadership has been decapitated. More than a quarter of House Republicans joined most House Democrats to repudiate the nearly $1-Trillion bill to reauthorize farm subsidies and nutrition programs. Republicans voting "no" targeted food stamps; Democrats voting "no" were protesting cuts to food stamps.



In Sanford, Florida, six female jurors - none of them black - will determine whether George Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot an unarmed African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, to death. The jurors include a Hipanic woman with eight kids. All four of the alternate jurors are white; two of the four are men. Seminole County has a relatively small black population, about 11 percent, so a jury without a single black person would not be unusual. But the ramifications are obvious should jurors vote for Zimmerman's acquittal.



The DAILY MAIL on-line reports claims that "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini consumed cocktails, beer, and shots - and fried prawns with chilli mayonnaise and foie gras - as he was dining with his son in Italy just hours before the actor suffered that fatal heart attack.





Posted at 8:57am on June 21, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

teatime
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 11:02am
NO, there's no evidence the government of Bashar Assad used chemical weapons. This is all propaganda used by the Syrian opposition to engender sympathy and recruit allies. If anything, there's evidence of atrocities committed by the Syrian rebels who, by the way, have ties with Al Qaeda.

We recoil at the horrible terrorism committed on 9/11 by Al Qaeda agents, but at the same time are willing to give weapons to those Al Qaeda terrorists in their quest to commit similar crimes on Syrian soil

Obama must move now and support President Assad in crushing the Al Qaeda rebels.

billsmith
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 12:26pm
Wow! I never thought I'd see teatime get in bed with the Russians and the Chinese. Politics does make strange bedfellows after all.

This is sort of like the people (including Pope Pius XII) who thought Hitler might have his flaws, but he'd keep the commies in line. Now we have a new designated villain, and some people want to turn a blind eye to the atrocities of a dictator in the name of opposing the designated villain.

Just like people want to let the government violate the constitution and civil liberties in the name of fighting a designated villain. Designated villains are the politicians' best friend. No matter how much people hated you before, if there's a designated villain around, they will shut up and do whatever you say.

billsmith
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 1:20pm
Allan Loudell: I'm not sure what point you are trying to make in describing James Gandolfini's "last supper." One meal does not cause a fatal heart attack.
The same article you cite says, "An autopsy confirmed that the actor died of a heart attack and that there were no suspicious factors, such as alcohol." And the article also says the family denies the published reports of what Gandolfini supposedly consumed. The "menu" came from an unnamed hotel "source," according to Rupert Murdoch's NY Post. Another reason to put a stop to news media use of anonymous sources and the resulting practice of passing off unsubstantiated gossip as news.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 9:36am
Interesting point Billsmith about Teatime aligning himself with the Russians and the "Chi-Comms" to use a Rushism.

My view is why do we have to do anything? Why do we have to get involved? This reminds me of how so many times we back a bad guy, because he's the lesser-of-two-evils and then later end up fighting that bad guy as his army kills our men/women using the weapons we gave them. This just sounds like more of the same.

Let the Russians and Chinese fight it out. No matter who or which side we'd support we'll end up being the foil so why bother? Besides, we don't have the money for another war, certainly not one that doesn't directly affect US security. We getting involved will only help recruit more terrorists to fight those "evil decadent American dogs" who dare set foot on their "sacred land" of anywhere Muslim in the Middle East. So as I don't see a direct threat to our security, why bother?

Prez Obama needs to sit this one out and let the Ruskies and Chi-Comms waste their money this time, their turn in the barrel.

billsmith
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 10:15am
Speaking of things ignored by the MSM....
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Obama under fire as he turns the G8 Summit in Ireland into a family trip 'that costs U.S. taxpayers $5.2 million for just two days abroad'

* Michelle, and two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11 toured tourist attractions in Dublin on Monday
* First Lady in $3,300-a-night suite at lavish Shelbourne Hotel
* Michelle's entourage takes 30 rooms at the 5-star hotel
* President Obama remains in Northern Ireland at the G8 Summit
* Two-day trip is expected to cost the U.S. taxpayer an estimated $5.2million
* Arrived amid biggest security operation ever mounted in Northern Ireland

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2343636/Obama-turns-G8-Summit-Ireland-family-trip-costs-U-S-taxpayers-5-2million-just-days-abroad.html#ixzz2WxD9bir4
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Once again, the chameleon in chief has switched from being the "historic" first African-American president to being "Irish-American." If the Irish had qualified for affirmative action, he'd be Irish in this country, too.

But the question remains: Why do we have to pay for Michelle and their girls to take junkets? Remember her trip to Spain? She's second generation Daley machine and Daley machine pols know how to live high on the hog at public expense.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 5:55pm
Billsmith: I totally agree, Amen.

billsmith
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 7:42am
Religion at work:

Sex: Bad. Spanking: OK. Kinky!
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The 'Christian' movement that tells husbands to SPANK their wives 'to correct misbehavior'

A growing number of married American couples are agreeing to allow husbands to keep their wives 'in line' by taking to corporal punishment.

The trend is called Christian Domestic Discipline and much of what is known about the practice is published on the website Learning Domestic Discipline, published by husband and wife CDD duo, Clint and Chelsea.

The website states: 'It is an arrangement between two adults who share the belief that the husband is the head of the household and with that position comes the right to enforce his authority.' ...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346393/The-Christian-movement-tells-husbands-SPANK-wives-correct-misbehavior.html#ixzz2X2QZveFj
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The religious right people who complained about the media "blackout" of Kermit Gosnell's trial seem to be ignoring this one:
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Faith-healing mother whose infant son died after she refused to take him to a doctor freed on bail

* A Philadelphia woman who, along with her husband, refused to seek medical treatment for her 8-month-old son's pneumonia was released on bail
* The woman and her husband are members of the First Century Gospel Church who believe in divine healing, rather than modern medicine
* This is the couple's second young child to die from an easily treatable respiratory infection. Their 2-year-old son died from pneumonia in 2009

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346740/Faith-healing-mother-infant-son-died-refused-to-doctor-freed-bail.html#ixzz2X2R0Zrfa
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Finally, an apology. Gay nightclub firebombed and church establishment looks the other way.
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Scandal of the New Orleans firebomb attack that killed 32: Forty years after the man behind the largest massacre of gay people in U.S. history escaped without punishment, officials finally apologize for their inaction

* The Upstairs Lounge arson attack took place 40 years ago in New Orleans
* 32 people were killed when a gay bar was set on fire by an unruly patron
* Deep rooted homophobia meant the tragedy was largely ignored by local officials and the church at the time
* Out of fear and shame, some family members of the deceased refused to claim the ashes of their 'loved' ones
* Now the Catholic Church has apologized and the city is commemorating the anniversary of the fire and the people who lost their lives

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346743/Scandal-New-Orleans-firebomb-attack-killed-32-Forty-years-man-largest-massacre-gay-people-U-S-history-escaped-punishment-officials-finally-apologize-inaction.html#ixzz2X2RCw1L2
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Religious right not only wants to thwart women who want abortions, they are trying to restrict access to birth control. Rush calling a women advocating birth control coverage in health insurance a "slut" was only the tip of the iceberg.
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Ohio Family-Planning Services At Mercy Of Budget Bill

The bill would put family-planning clinics at the bottom of the list for funding. Even those clinics that do not perform abortions but offer referrals expect a major financial blow. Proponents of the measure are clear in their goal: end abortions. But how will it affect other women's health services?

http://www.npr.org/2013/06/22/194646715/ohio-family-planning-services-at-mercy-of-budget-bill
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