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So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend?

Here in northern Delaware, DelDOT officials are crowing about the second I-95/Delaware Route One "flyover" near Christiana Mall, with the goal of relieving the chokepoint creating traffic back-ups for so many years. Let's see if it works. Admittedly the project is STILL not completely done, but I note the southbound "flyover" still gets reduced to a single lane - albeit a wide single lane - on the final merge.

Shouting "bring peace to the street", more than one hundred people marched down Washington Street in Wilmington Thursday night, protesting the city's chronic shootings. Mayor Williams' decision to shift special unit officers to patrol downtown Wilmington drew criticism from this crowd. (Although Williams did pledge to intensify the police presence in high-crime neighborhoods as well.) The crowd's basic sentiment: Cops ought to concentrate on areas of the city where the bodies are falling down.

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker cut the ribbon on the 132-million-dollar, Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering building, the U.D.'s first new lab in nearly two decades. Although the idea of a multi-disciplinary facility is laudable, I can't help but think the U.D. administration is shooting for the stars even as it continues to alienate past Blue Hen supporters for reasons discussed previously on this blog.

Now that the debt ceiling crisis is temporarily averted, look for Congressional Republicans to cast a laser on the chronic problems hampering the rollout of the on-line enrollment system for the President's health-care overhaul. Even most liberal/progressive columnists concede the rollout has been tortuous, at least on the Federal side. This headline from The NEW REPUBLIC captures it: "The Truth About the Obamacare Rollout: The Feds botched the website. But the states are doing much better."

I happen to think Republicans would help their cause by trying to assess what went wrong - and to offer solutions - rather than just denouncing Obamacare ad nauseam and seeking to hang people. Reviewing some of the Republican lawmakers whose committees have jurisdiction, MORE Lamar Alexander, LESS Darrell Issa, who just comes off as a bomb-thrower.

Here's the latest textbook example of how Walmart alienates some people: A Walmart store in Hartland, Michigan fired an employee for coming to the aid of a woman whose boyfriend was attacking her in the store's parking lot. The employee wasn't even intervening on company time; he was on his lunchbreak. Corporate rules forbid an employee from getting involved in such a dispute. No doubt liability and practical issues, but wouldn't Walmart improve its image by praising & rewarding this young man instead of firing him? Considering Walmart's headquartered in the Bible Belt, you'd think the company might think about the parable about the Good Samaritan.

A young New York woman has caught heat & scorn in social media after crafting an essay complaining about poor people making her feel bad. Rachael Sacks recounts how a cashier in her West Village neighborhood seemed to frown at her because she was carrying a big shopping bag from Mulberry, a ritzy handbag designer. Sacks' response: "I am sorry that I was born into great financial circumstances and my father likes to provide for me. I am sorry I don't have to go to a state school to save my parents money. What do you want from me? People shouldn't make others feel bad about their own personal finances. How people spend their money is their own choice."

Within hours of that post in THOUGHT CATALOG, people piled on: "What a spoiled brat. Your parents did a horrible job of raising you..." A headline from GAWKER: "Rich Girl Not Going to Pretend She's Not Rich Just to Make Poors Happy"

Rachael Sacks says she never felt wealthy growing up. In fact, she was aware of much wealthier people in her private school. (Her dad is a well-known fertility doctor in Bethesda, Maryland.)

She remains unrepentant: "I'm not one of those people who try to be poor to relate to people. I think that's honestly really disgusting behavior; it's as if you're saying that you have to make yourself into something you think is beneath you to get others to like you..."

The Obama Administration is considering the possibility of unfreezing Billions of dollars of Iranian assets in response to potential concessions from Tehran discussed at the nuclear talks in Geneva, Switzerland. The NEW YORK TIMES quoted a senior Obama Administration official. The idea: The move would allow the U.S. Government to give the Iranians some gradual economic relief without dismantling the international sanctions that have forced the Iranians to reconsider their position. The Obama Administration official likened it to "opening and closing a financial spigot."

Posted at 8:20am on October 18, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 9:07am
Glad for the fly-overs over I-95, but will probably still have a backup at the merge, unless they've got a lane to call their own, but if merging into a lane, then the back-up has just been moved further down the road.

A different topic... found an interesting article about Jeb Bush who offers his views of TEA and the G.O.P. It sounds like the TEA folks are losing their "flavor" within the ranks of "normal" Republicans.


Mike from Delaware
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 10:29am
From the world of Science, here is an interesting story that may explain why we need sleep. A short overview is in the first link from NPR.

The actual full-length acticle from Science Magazine for the more science-oriented folks is the second link.



Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 9:52am
I think Obama should not offer that money to Iran UNTIL Iran actually does the concessions.

Give the reward before the deed is done is stupid. Then Iran will just not do the concessions. Iran saying they're considering doing those concessions, is a great step in the right direction, but talk is cheap. So Obama should say, to respond, this is a good first step Iran. But let me make this perfectly clear, IF you do all of this that you've said you want to do, and WE verify that's it's been done, THEN we'll release X billions of dollars of frozen assets of Iran's.

That, to my way of thinking is the correct approach.

New topic, but similar attitude. The Prez is now ready to tackle Immigration issue. Fine, let's talk. Let's learn from the mistake that Prez Reagan made back in the 1980's when he granted amnesty to about 3 million illegals with the promise from the DEMS that the wall would go up. Here we are in 2013 still waiting for that promised wall to be built.

So Mr. Obama, NO Amnesty UNTIL the wall is built from California Pacific coast to the Texas Gulf Coast. Once the wall is built and totally completed, THEN we'll discuss amnesty.

Oh Mr. President, there's a bonus in this for you. This could be part of your Stimulus program, as this wall is a "shovel ready" job that's just waiting to be completed and that would put thousands of legal Americans to work.

Now are the GOP/TEA folks strong enough to say that to Obama and the DEMS? Probably, but the bigger question is will they not cave and be united behind this and get the job done this time, unlike Reagan who didn't follow his own advice when dealing with the DEMS in 1980 on this issue, trust but verify.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 10:09am
Just to show that Christians are NOT just Republicans or Conservative, here's a web link that has some interesting stuff in it. I don't agree with many things they post, but do agree with many other things they post. So yes, you can be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, you can be a Christian, be a Democrat, and be a Liberal. Who'd have thunk?

Again we all see through smoked colored glass. The important thing is Jesus Christ and being one of his disciples [students]. So don't allow your political views to keep you from receiving the love, grace, and forgiveness for your sins and eternal life by God's Son, Jesus, because you're a liberal, Democrat, a Socialist, or whatever. God Loves YOU too.

God and his Son Jesus are so much bigger than any box or political party we want to try to make him fit into. In spite of our political party's and ideas, God loves all of us. Now THAT's Good News, that's the Gospel.


Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 10:31am
My final offering, an interesting story showing Sean Hannity is lying, and that there are those who truly can save a big amount with a new Obamacare policy over their old policy. Read the entire article to get that info. Interesting. So maybe Obamacare won't be the "trainwreck" the G.O.P./TEA folks have predicted. Enjoy.


Sat, Oct 19, 2013 1:14pm
"For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." -Matthew 24:24

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 3:43pm
Mrpizza: So am I to assume by the Scripture you quoted above, that you don't believe someone can be a Democrat or a liberal and be a Christian? Are you saying you can't be a Christian if you're NOT a Republican or Conservative?

As I said, I don't agree with everything they post, but then again I don't agree with everything you post either, but I'd never questioned you being a fellow brother in Christ. I'd like to hope that even though you and I don't agree on all things you'd not question that I was a brother in Christ. Paul, Peter, and James all had disagreements, so I caution the idea of making pronouncements saying that someone isn't a follower of Jesus.

A different topic.

Speaking of Scripture and the Lord, I heard a great teaching about why Jesus didn't say anything about homosexuality. Many in the LGBT community use that as a way of trying to say homosexuality is not a sin, and that Jesus was OK with it. Their reasoning is, since he didn't say anything about it, he must have been OK with it. The explanation the Pastor gave, who was being interviewed on the radio show [via Lutheran Public Radio--the conservative branch of Lutheranism] was really good and makes perfect sense. I had never thought of it this way. Mrpizza, I believe you'd enjoy and be blessed by hearing the interview. Enjoy. If you listen, let me know what you think.


Sat, Oct 19, 2013 7:22pm
MFD: I should have clarified. I don't consider you to be the false messiah or prophet; that would be Obama. I generally consider Christians who voted for or agree with Obama and the left to be part of the "deceived elect". That has nothing to do with being saved, it just means that many Christians are ignorant. You can be a Christian and a Democrat, but I believe there are too many contradictions between left-wing philosophy and scripture, and I think many politicians in both parties use scripture out of context to excuse their agenda rather than operate out of a genuine desire to help people. Unfortunately, it's getting harder as a believer to agree with ANY politics, and that's one reason why I like the prosperity message because it provides an alternative to the world's system. I think you would agree that God's system is alive and well and that there's no poverty and unemployment in heaven. Because of that fact, I believe God through his favor is able and willing to make the world's system subject to his people so he can fulfill his purpose in the earth through us. Of course, we have to believe and exercise our faith for it - it doesn't just happen.

Listened to the entire interview with Tom Eckstein. I've never heard the issue explained so well. It seems GLBT is groping for any kind of scriptural rationalization they can find because in reality their consciences condemn them. It's good to know that there's both forgiveness and deliverance at the cross. Again, it takes a lot of faith and believing to overcome addiction just as it does to prosper. You gotta apply the word to it.

Sorry for the misunderstanding. Didn't mean to imply you were a phony.

Sat, Oct 19, 2013 7:46pm
Just want to briefly comment on the Walmart incident. Yes I agree that the firing was morally wrong, and you'd think they'd offer this man his job back since he's gone to the press and made a national issue of it.

In fairness to Walmart, I would guess that the companies that underwrite their liablity insurance probably require them to have and enforce such a rule. In fact, this rule is probably across the board with every business of this type. I was in Pathmark one day and some guy threw a temper tantrum and knocked over a display and then fled. I asked the store clerk why he doesn't go chase him down and apprehend him, and he said he'd lose his job for doing so.

I'm also aware that pizza drivers have been fired for fighting back robbers. Makes no sense, but again it probably has to do with maintaining insurance and legal requirements.

Sat, Oct 19, 2013 8:10pm
I generally agree with Rachel Sacks that she shouldn't have to hide the fact that she's well-to-do, although I wouldn't flaunt it either. I can also understand the cashier frowning at her, as this person probably doesn't think well of herself.

Wealthy people are under attack as never before because the ruling political class spreads the message that they somehow got that wealth by stealing it or cheating people of lesser means. They couldn't have POSSIBLY earned it! Unfortunately, these same political rulers exploit the poor in the name of "compassion" in order to enrich their own pockets with public money. Now THAT is ill-gotten gain.

Sat, Oct 19, 2013 8:19pm
Here's another story from two years ago about a group of Walmart employees in Utah getting fired under similar circumstances. You'd think with all the publicity that there would be sympathetic competitors jumping to hire these people.


Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 8:48pm
Mrpizza: thanks for the clarifications. Glad you were blessed by the interview on Lutheran Public Radio. I too thought he really explained it well.

You're probably right about the legal/ insurance rules in that Walmart case.

Sat, Oct 19, 2013 9:00pm
UPDATE: Walmart has now offered the Michigan man his job back, apparently due to overwhelming negative publicity:


Notice the resemblance between Mr. Oswald and Richard Belzer?

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:12pm
I've got a solution to help cut down the Federal debt.

The South is home to 9 of the nation’s 10 poorest states, is rabidly against government spending, yet all of its states get far more in Government subsides than they give back in taxes. In Short, Conservative “RED” States are "Welfare States", or, as the TEA party folks like to say "TAKERS", that benefit from the tax-paying “Blue” States.

So maybe Congress should vote to pass a law that says:

We in both Houses of the United States Congress agree with the TEA party members of Congress that YES, we agree with you that the Federal Government is spending way too much money and that we need to cut back. So we propose the first round of cutbacks starts with that money the Federal Government is sending to those 9 “RED” States that believe that government spending is bad and hurtful to our nation. As this is such an important issue to you TEA party folks and the voters of those 9 "RED" States, you should lead by example and vote with the rest of Congress to cut the Federal spending in those 9 "RED" states.

This would be a great first step in cutting the excessive spending of the Federal Government. Obviously, the voters of those states place no value for what our hard-earned tax dollars provide to THEIR less affluent states, so why force our money on folks who don't want the help?

This would be the TEA party's opportunity to put THEIR money where THEIR mouth is. Have their walk match their talk.

Seems logical to me. What do you think?

Sun, Oct 20, 2013 9:55pm
Here's a cartoon that says it all:


Mike from Delaware
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 10:40pm
Here is some real common sense for what the G.O.P must do to recover after this shut down. Dick Morris says it quite well. Now will the G.O.P./TEA folks be smart enough to listen to this excellent advice. Time will tell. I believe we've finally found, thanks to Mrpizza, a conservative Republican who has common sense, who isn't foaming at the mouth, and on a number of issues makes a lot of sense.

I could support this type of Republican far easier than the folks that have been getting all the news coverage of late. I'm going to try to remember to check out his radio show tomorrow, to see if his radio show is as interesting as these videos.

The G.O.P. needs to somehow muzzle Limbaugh/Hannity/Beck and find more voices like Dick Morris to fill the radio talk airwaves, who is conservative, but not a lunatic in his approach.


Mon, Oct 21, 2013 3:29am
BREAKING NEWS: Both Obama and his health-care scheme are such failures that Oprah Winfrey has given him the boot:


Mon, Oct 21, 2013 3:30am
MFD: Glad I could persuade you on Dick Morris.

Mon, Oct 21, 2013 3:33am
Just thought of something else: Obama losing Oprah Winfrey kinda reminds me of LBJ losing Walter Cronkite on Vietnam.

Allan Loudell
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 8:12am
Except if you dig into it, you find this may not be at all about the roll-out of the Federal health-exchange under Obamacare, per se, but Ms. Winfrey getting back at the President for his alleged failure to live up to promises agreed to when Oprah campaigned for Mr. Obama in 2008.

Looks like Oprah thought she'd have special access to the administration, and special White House access would be a part of her new network, in return for her support.

In a way, this may be part of a different narrative: How this President is not good at massaging egos and maintaining political relationships, whether among his own (former) loyalists, Congressional Democrats generally, not to mention opposition Republicans.

Allan Loudell

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 10:15am
Read this story and see the photo and understand why the government needs to make regulations about air quality. Some things Government needs to do. Balance.


Mike from Delaware
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 3:31pm
Mrpizza: I checked out Dick Morris' radio show this afternoon. It's OK. It's not as interesting, or as well researched as his history videos. About 20 minutes and I checked out and tuned elsewhere.

The stories are pretty one sided and against Obama and are as biased as the crap Rush/Hannity/Jensen air. The difference is Rush/Hannity provide so much bombast.

Funny I listened to the Obama speech this morning on WDEL via CBS and a woman apparently fainted [Obama and someone else on the stage went to her aid, the CBS Radio reporter didn't bother to explain the dead air until they did a summary after the event]. But one case Obama discussed, besides the Delaware woman, someone was spending $1600 per month for healthcare premiums for their family and now will pay $690 per month for his family. That's a major savings. Dick Morris never mentioned any of these folks, no balance, just how bad it is. That's not objective, not real reporting, its just propaganda, and why I don't listen to right wing talk radio.

Getting back to Dick Morris' radio show, his side kick plays a bit of a pop song for each story Dick is presenting. I actually knew one of the songs, Amy Grant's big CCM hit from the 1980's "Everywhere I Go" [was popular when I was a weekend DJ at the old WNNN-FM in Salem NJ]. The songs though, are kind of an irritant and take away from the presentation as they do this for each story and some stories are only a few seconds long. Sounds like Morris is calling in from home, whereas the side kick is in studio making it all happen.

So I've listened to a number of Dick Morris' videos and they're pretty interesting. I tried his show, but I think I'd prefer Lutheran Public Radio, NPR, or SportsTalk over his show. Thanks though for putting me on to his videos.

Mon, Oct 21, 2013 8:11pm
Glad I could help.

Mon, Oct 21, 2013 9:52pm
Allan: Told ya this president was a fraud.

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