WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

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So which stories / topics / issues have gotten your attention this weekend?

Get ready for another significant winter storm (I've lost count to the number we've had this season!) Sunday night into all day Monday. The repeated winter storms and persistent bouts of bitter cold have become fatiguing and a drag on business. By some computer models, March could see as many as three winter storms, just as many states and communities are running out of road salt. Most years, spring is knocking on our door by the start of the NCAA basketball tournament. I'm not so sure this year! And, some projections call for a significantly colder early spring!

(By the way, despite the deep freeze over much of eastern and central North America, the "average" temperature over land and the seas for January 2014 was said to be the highest since 2007, and the fourth-highest for ANY January since credible record-keeping began in 1880. While we were suffering from the Arctic Vortex hovering further south, parts of South America, Africa, and Australia were burning with record warmth.)

Have you been following the story about the drug evidence disappearing from the state's drug lab? The story first broke about a week ago that drug evidence evaluated by the Controlled Substances Laboratory had gone AWOL, sometimes replaced by substitutes. All this dates further back to a drug trial in Kent County in mid-January, when prosecutors ruefully discovered a sealed evidence envelope supposedly containing 65 blue Oxycontin pills actually contained 13 pink blood-pressure pills. Many drug trials are now jeopardized. Superior Court President Judge James Vaughn Junior denied a prosecution request to postpone drug trials for 60 days. Let's see if state Attorney General Beau Biden's office can get to the bottom of this mushrooming scandal. Late word, Friday afternoon: Delaware's chief medical examiner has now been suspended - with pay - in the medical lab investigation.

The evident lack of widespread political support for incumbent State Treasurer Chip Flowers was underscored this week, when The NEWS JOURNAL reported Flowers had raised only $38,800 from supporters last year. Instead, he "loaned" his own campaign nearly $146,000 to prepare for an election in which he faces a Markell Administration foe from his own party, and then, should he clear that obstacle, a Republican Party opponent in the general election.

The latest document dump from that New Jersey legislative committee exploring "bridegate" shows two key figures in the case endlessly joking about the notion of manufacturing traffic gridlock to retaliate against political enemies. And the now-terminated aide to Governor Chris Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly, and a former executive at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, not only discussed "traffic problems". Kelly and ex-Port Authority executive David Wildstein also mocked a rabbi. They joked about creating traffic problems for a Middlesex County rabbi who Wildstein declared "had officially pissed me off." Kelly texted Wildstein, "We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?" Wildstein: "Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed." It was never explained why Wildstein was upset with Rabbi Mendy Carlebach (who was a Christie supporter).

When will supposedly mature, intelligent people learn NEVER to use racially / ethnically / religiously perjorative language - or racy, sexual language - in their e-mails? The same for people who post things on Facebook and other social media. You can never be assured that this stuff won't get out!

Of course, some folks don't confine their ethnic / racial jokes just to e-mails. Some stupidly say these things in public, if technically behind closed doors.

From The ARIZONA REPUBLIC on line:



"Civil-rights and community leaders are criticizing a state lawmaker after they say he used jokes about Latinos, Muslims, and Asians to roast Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio last weekend at a gathering of conservatives.

State Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, is seen making the off-color jokes in excerpts from a YouTube video released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil-rights organization.'

'I'm not the Federal monitor. How many Hispanics did you pull over on the way over here, Arpaio?' Kavanagh joked to loud applause during a roast of Arpaio at the Western Conservative Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center on Saturday.

Kavangh was referring to the monitor appointed by a Federal judge last year to oversee the Sheriff's Office after determining that deputies engaged in discriminatory racial profiling of Latinos during the office's immigration sweeps and traffic stops.

Several civil-rights and community leaders quickly condemned Kavanagh's jokes, calling them inappropriate for an elected official.

'It's disgusting', said Danny Ortega, a Phoenix lawyer and civil-rights leader. 'Any jokes about race, specifically as it relates to something as serious as racial profiling, is not a joke to the Latino community. It's not a joke to the Federal judge who specifically found that (Arpaio's sweeps) was racial profiling.'

Kavanagh dismissed the criticism.

'They are creating controversy where it doesn't exist, perhaps for their own political purposes,' he said. 'This was a roast. It was satire and it was a private closed event, so I disagree with them...' "

National Republicans seeking to broaden the G.O.P.'s appeal across demographic groups have to cringe at someone like Kavanagh.

This prompts me to call your attention to this NEW YORK TIMES story:


"In the past few months, Republicans have called Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor, 'Abortion Barbie,' likened Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Senate candidate from Kentucky, to an 'empty dress,' criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton's thighs, and referred to a pregnant woman as a 'host.'

Democrats do not just get mad when they hear those words. They cash in.

In fact, they are trying to find even more examples by tracking Republican opponents, their surrogates, and conservative news media personalities, then blasting their comments out to supporters to build voter lists and drum up donations, casting aside the well-worn advice to shrug off sexist comments lest they draw attention to gender over issues.

It is proving effective. Emily's List, the political action committee that backs female candidates who support abortion rights, has raised a record $25 million this election cycle..."

And will Paul Deen ever learn? The greasy spoon Deen - now staging a comeback campaign after the Food Network dumped her for her use of racially charged language - said this week she feels "like that black football player" (a reference to N.F.L. hopeful Michael Sam). In which world does Deen think that's an appropriate comparison?

Yet another politically charged story.

From Reuters:


San Francisco---

"San Francisco Bay-area high school officials did not violate the civil rights of five students by demanding they remove T-shirts bearing images of the U.S. flag at an event celebrating the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, a Federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said schoool officials acted out of legitimate concerns of violence when they sent a handful of students home for refusing to change their American flag-embellished apparel.

'The panel held (that) given the history of prior events at the school, including an altercation on campus, it was reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real,' Judge Margaret McKeown wrote in the unanimous opinion.

Live Oak High School in the town of Morgan Hill, south of San Francisco, had been experiencing gang-related tensions and racially charged altercations between white and Hispanic students at the time..."



"Nearly six in ten Americans (58 percent) reported following the health-law's implementation "very" or "fairly" closely in February, according to a new poll, while only 47 percent said they were following the Winter Olympics coverage as intently.

The numbers come from the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest health tracking poll, conducted February 11-17. Researchers conducted a random digit dial telephone sample of 1,501 adults over 18 and representatives of the U.S. population, asking about their attention to media coverage over the previous month. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Among the most popular health-care stories was the decision by CVS to stop selling tobacco products in its stores, as well as news that some employers would have an extra year to comply with the Affordable Care Act's requirements to provide workers with coverage..."

The latest T.S.A. outrage: A resident of Washington, D.C. couldn't believe it when a Phoenix Transportation Security Administration agent questioned - and nearly rejected - the woman's city-issued driver's license I.D. at the airport. The T.S.A. agent indicated she wasn't sure "if we can accept these", asking if the D.C.-based traveler had her passport. Ashley Brandt told The WASHINGTON POST the agent didn't seem to understand that the D.C. I.D. was basically the same as a state I.D. A manager was called in, eventually approved use of the District of Columbia card, but in the interim, the woman's boyfriend tweeted his disgust. My conclusions: Geographic illiteracy. You get what you pay for. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC): "The rejection of Ashley Brandt's D.C. driver's license by T.S.A. because D.C. is not a state has moved collective insult to personal injury. The daily disrespect of requiring D.C. residents to pay up on April 15th without a vote in the House of the Senate has now been dramatically personified in the insult of one of our own."

Deepening Ukrainian crisis: Russian military intervention in Ukraine, not limited to Crimea. Lest we forget our history, there was once a conflagration called the Crimean War (1853-1856) between Russia and the Ottoman Empire (modern Turkey), but also entangling Britain, France, and the then-Italian kingdom of Sardinia. (Florence Nightingale carried out her pioneering work during this war, direct inspiration for the formation of the Red Cross.)

From The NEW YORK TIMES on line Saturday morning:


SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine---

"As Russian-backed armed forces effective seized control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Saturday, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia requested -- and received -- authorization from the Russian Senate to use military force in Ukraine.

The actions signaled publicly for the first time the Kremlin's readiness to intervene militarily in Ukraine, and it served as a blunt response to President Obama, who just hours earlier pointedly warned Russia to respect Ukraine's sovereignty.

Within hours after receiving Mr. Putin's request, Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, voted to approve it, after a debate that warned of the apocalyptic consequences of failing to stop a fascist threat from spreading to Russia's borders. The lawmakers direct considerable fury at President Obama and others in the West they accused of fomenting the upheaval in Ukraine..."

PALERMO TODAY reports the jailed Sicilian Mafia "boss of bosses" - Toto Riina - supposedly ordered the assassination of Rudy Giuliani before becoming mayor, when he was still a prosecutor in New York. The plot was uncovered by a Mafia informant, as part of evidence submitted to a Sicilian court. The Sicilian Mafia, Cosa Nostra, allegedly contacted New York's Gambino clan with a formal request to kill on Gambino turf.

The French president has granted permission to a grieving French woman to marry her late finace' posthumously. The marriage is technically possible due to one of France's little-known laws.

Posted at 8:38am on February 28, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:38pm
Is Hillary healthy enough to run in 2016? Does Joe Biden know something...and that's why he seems to be everywhere we look these days?


Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:21pm
Roosevelt ran and won with appendages instead of legs. Woodrow Wilson was incapacitated and his wife ran the country from his sick room. We can all speculate. But when the time comes and each person realizes this could be my moment, well, it doesn't take much to guess correctly on which way they will choose... In Hillary's case, as long as she makes it to January 21st, 2917, and puts her hand on the Bible, she is immortalized for the rest of this spell of civilization as the first elected American woman president....

Fri, Feb 28, 2014 8:12pm
God help us!

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 10:19am
I noticed last night that Wilmington's new commercial TV station, which I believe has been on-the-air since the beginning of the year, started broadcasting on Comcast.
Welcome KJWP channel 2 ME TV Wilmington. The link below offers some background on the station's history, originally from Jackson Wyoming, thus the "K" calls.


Apparently they've said that sometime they plan on offering some local programming and news. Will that be Philly-oriented or Wilmington / Delaware oriented? Can KJWP make money doing Delaware-oriented news? I guess time will tell. The Weather Channel has been moved to channel 55.

Sat, Mar 1, 2014 12:21pm
MFD: The ME TV channels are usually are step-station of an already existing station. To explain, in Baltimore, the METV station is a spinoff of WBAL-TV, which is the local NBC affiliate, and the METV station is called WBAL+.

Of course, METV was created out of a demand from our generation to have available once again the classic shows we enjoyed as children.

Sat, Mar 1, 2014 3:06pm
Now that Bill Smith no longer seems to be with us, I'm officially naming Dunmore as his replacement, since he seems to have the same talent for ripping people to shreds. In addition, I'll be referring to Mr. Dunmore from this time forward as DUNMORE BILL.

Welcome aboard, Dunmore Bill!

Sat, Mar 1, 2014 3:20pm
Time now for another education break. This week's topic: The complete facts about how the cold war was won and who won it.


Sat, Mar 1, 2014 6:52pm
While it's going to be an uphill battle, thankfully states are beginning to significantly fight back against federal tyranny. Only time will tell if it's too late or not to save the country:


Sun, Mar 2, 2014 12:31am

According to Time magazine's Zeke Miller, Obama skipped the meeting. "Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team," says Miller.

Deja vu all over again...

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 5:47am
Mrpizza: I think you are being unfair to Dunmore. He disagreed with you on the other thread, but didn't get nasty about it as Billsmith was known to do every now & then.

KJWP was showing the old Batman movie from 1966, my wife & son were watching it.

Sun, Mar 2, 2014 10:25pm
Obviously that meeting was missed because Obama was on the phone with Putin. I'd say that would be higher priority...

Chalk one more up for the best president in our lifetime....

Sun, Mar 2, 2014 10:28pm
Earl Started this entire thread with pondering whether Hillary was healthy enough to run for president... It appears she will have to meet this bar, now set high...


Sun, Mar 2, 2014 10:35pm
Don't know if this if funny for anyone else but looking at the snow watch insignia, I remembered past conversations about that topic from someone who hasn't been here lately.. and it made me smile....

(person not here lately): Allan, your dumb station has the SNOW WATCH banner up and its foggy and warm and there is no snow outside!

(Allan): That is because it is up for tomorrow. We are supposed to get 8-10 inches of snow overnight...

(person not here lately): oh.......

Sun, Mar 2, 2014 11:52pm
MFD: I just thought the nickname had a nice "cowboy" feel to it.

Allan Loudell
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 6:29am
Another snow day this Monday - schools closed - but snow accumulations not expected to be as high as first projected.

One computer model I heard about projected at least two additional winter storms for March.

(It sure would be strange to transition to Daylight Saving Time two weekends from now, and still be getting snow! I covered in a previous blog how the United States Congress moved Daylight Saving Time up by two weeks, causing great confusion with international aviation & international business since the rest of the world that observes Daylight Saving Time - and many countries do not - doesn't move to Daylight Saving Time until the last weekend of March.)

With regard to KJWP, I find it difficult to believe that this new station will do very much in the way of news/public affairs programming - just the bare minimum - and I find it even more difficult to believe that it would be Delaware- or Wilmington-centric, no matter the official city of license. I'm sure the owners want a slice of the Philadelphia pie and Delaware is small potatoes, just a necessary evil to keep the license.

One preliminary indication: Look at the little I.D. logo at the bottom right of your screen. It says "Philadelphia", not "Wilmington". If this start-up station intended to truly target Wilmington, you'd think this station would be playing that up.

Of course, time will tell. But the time I tuned in Saturday night - and found "Batman" - some of the time the video was flipping up or going to gray. Not an auspicious start for a TV station just given that plum channel 2 on cable!

Personally, I liked the Weather Channel on Cable Channel 2.

If you want to discuss local media, you may want to discuss The NEWS JOURNAL's "new look", with a "USA TODAY"-style masthead, and the first section, strictly local, with a USA TODAY-produced, national/international news section in Section B. The NEWS JOURNAL also redid its website design a few weeks ago. Some people have been complaining. Other Gannett papers I look up on the Internet have not changed their design, so perhaps The NEWS JOURNAL's new look is an experiment.

Allan Loudell

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 9:50am
Allan: My TV screen bottom right corner shows ME-TV and the calls KJWP 2 under it, no city. The only time I see cities is the legal ID where it does say Wilmington-Philadelphia just as Channel 12 and 61 [14 on Comcast cable] say.

Obviously it's all computer from the bird with the legal ID inserted by the computer on the hour.

Sadly, even back in the 1950's after WDEL sold channel 12, those last two versions of channel 12 prior to becoming WHYY definitely also aimed for the Philly market, so it's the curse we in Wilmington seem to be stuck with.

Here is the history as best as I can find it of Channel 7, later channel 12.

"The Steinman family, owner of Wilmington, Delaware’s WDEL Radio, signed on WDEL-TV Channel 7 in March 1949. It was Wilmington’s NBC affiliate, with a secondary DuMont affiliation.

In the early days of TV, Wilmington, Delaware, was its own TV market, despite Philadelphia being just 25 miles away. WDEL-TV had trouble from the start. It was on Channel 7, squeezed between New York’s WJZ-TV Channel 7(today’s WABC-TV) and Washington, D.C.’s WMAL-TV Channel 7 (now WJLA-TV). WDEL had to broadcast at a weak 1,000 watts to avoid interfering with the other stations. Viewers outside of the city of Wilmington had trouble receiving WDEL’s signal.

The station moved to Channel 12 in 1951, boosting its power to cover much of the Philadelphia TV market, though Philadelphia already had its own NBC affiliate, WPTZ-TV Channel 3 (today’s KYW-TV). The Steinmans hired controversial Wilmington radio talk show host Joe Pyne to do a TV show, which he did for two years before heading to Los Angeles.

The FCC combined Wilmington with Philadelphia in 1955. NBC was trying to buy WPTZ and informed the Steinmans that if the network bought the Philadelphia station, it would pull its affiliation with WDEL-TV. The station still had its DuMont affiliation, but that network was in its death throes.

NBC bought WPTZ in 1955, leaving WDEL-TV without a viable network relationship. The Steinmans sold the station to Paul F. Harron, the owner of Philadelphia radio station WIBG. WDEL-TV became WPFH, Philadelphia’s first independent station.

Harron sold the station to Storer Broadcasting in 1957. The new owner changed the call letters to WVUE-TV. The company brought Pyne back to Philadelphia. His program was a ratings success, but WVUE’s days were numbered.

In 1958, Storer wanted to add WITI-TV in Milwaukee to its stable of successful TV stations. The purchase would give the company one more VHF station than the FCC allowed. Storer took WVUE-TV off the air in September and returned the license to the FCC in December.

Shortly after Storer surrendered the Channel 12 license, Philadelphia’s public TV station, WHYY, asked the FCC for permission to move from UHF Channel 35 to the vacated Channel 12. The FCC granted the request in 1963."

- See more at: http://fadedsignals.com/post/40805421982/the-steinman-family-owner-of-wilmington#sthash.lZWqKEvl.dpuf

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 10:37am
re: Ukraine

per Reuters:

"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday condemned Russia's "incredible act of aggression" in Ukraine and threatened economic sanctions by the United States and allies to isolate Moscow, but called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

"You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text," Kerry told the CBS program "Face the Nation.""

Kerry is a perfect representative for the US, a total hypocrite. Perhaps he forgot that he voted for the resolution for the invasion of Iraq?

link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/02/us-ukraine-crisis-usa-kerry-idUSBREA210DG20140302

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 12:22pm
dunmore: Exactly...but he ( hypocrite Kerry) fits in perfectly with the rest of the 0bama administration.

kavips: Apparently Putin doesn't give a rip what this president has to say. Reagan believed in Peace through Strength and The Wall came down...this president follows Carter's ideology of Peace through Weakness and we see how great that's going.
Russia is flexing their Geopolitical muscles in the void left by 0bama.
Here's a "history" question...does anyone remember waaay back when Syria promised Kerry they would rid themselves of all chemical weapons? Well so far they have handed over around 10% of their weapons after "an entire year"...but the American public (and our "news") have very short memories. Thus we are doomed to repeat the past.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 12:25pm
Dunmore: There's only one thing you need to remember. Regardless of what happens between Russian and Ukraine, this administration doesn't have enough groin to carry out any threats it may make or "red lines" it may draw, except for the ones it makes against the American people on a daily basis.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 12:35pm
EarlGrey: Reagan was considered to be possibly just "nutty enough" to hit the Nuke Button, which probably did help him in the Peace through Strength thing.

But on the positive, Reagan believed in what he said: I remember hearing his commentaries on the radio [none of the Wilmington stations carried it], prior to him running for Prez. The stuff he said then in those radio commentaries [about 60 seconds in length] was the same, almost word for word, the same when Prez.

I didn't agree with him on a number of issues [Ketchup is not a vegetable for example], but he reminded me of JFK in that both had no problem speaking out and being strong and taking no crap from our enemies]. So yes, I agree, Reagan's legacy definitely was the Peace-through-Strength approach, sadly we've not really had any leader with that sort of strength and conviction since Reagan.

If we could get someone who had that, plus a heart for the little guy [gee, another JFK, minus the sexual games] or a Reagan with a heart for the little guy [not the upper 2%]. That candidate just might beat out Hillary. OK, it would require all men to go vote, because you can bet most women will be voting for Hillary and will move heaven and earth to vote, so it will be an up hillbattle, but possible.

Now the tougher question, who is that candidate? Could be a woman or a man.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 3:00pm
MFD: You're not going to like my answer, but the man you're looking for is Ted Cruz.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 3:05pm
Mike: I agree with your comments on both JFK and Reagan...of course both of those guys would have a tough time winning with our current press and their obvious pro-Liberal/Progressive bias (aka propaganda).

Not all women are Hillary supporters...my wife can't stand her. I don't know if she's guaranteed the same loyalty from women voters as 0bama received from black voters.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 3:27pm
I agree that Ketchup is not a vegetable, however it is made from one, so it may count a a serving of vegetables, even thought it's a bit of a stretch.

On the same principle, you could also argue that a jelly-filled donut counts as one or more servings of fruit.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 3:31pm
EarlGrey: My wife is pretty conservative and isn't crazy for Hillary, but would take her over Sarah Palin or O'Donnell, but if the G.O.P. had the right candidate [male or female] wouldn't allow Hillary being a woman to keep her from voting G.O.P., but she's pretty much not interested in the typical TEA party yahoo either.

Mrpizza: The stuff I hear from Ted Cruz is: Strike One - nothing about keeping the social safety net including Social Security; Strike Two - he's one of those who'd never raise taxes on his rich buddies, but is all in favor of cutting the cost of government ONLY on the backs of the little guy [thus part of his popularity with the TEA folks rank and file; and Strike Three - he was dumb enough to shut-down the government last fall costing all of us about 2 Billion dollars, just because he didn't get his way with overturning Obamacare. So he was trying to force his will on the nation. To use a line Lloyd Bensen said to Dan Quayle in their VP debate: Mr. Cruz, you're no Jack Kennedy [or Ronald Reagan].

So Texan Cruz would have to make some serious changes in his views before I'd be willing to vote for him, but then you and your TEA pals would not be happy with him.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 3:32pm
Pizza: Ted Cruz might be the man, except that Donald Trump, Orly Taitz, Bobby Jindal, Rick Scott, and other "birthers" might object to having a foreigner as President. Oh, let's count in Fox News, which seems to run the Republican Party (they're part of the liberal media, you know).

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 4:23pm
MFD: The very things you listed about Ted Cruz which you detest are the exact things I admire about him. I also have never been able to get it through your head that it's the Democrats who are destroying social security and if the TEA party doesn't take over soon, the left will finish the job.
But as usual, you're gonna believe whatever fantasies you wanna believe, and since America is still a free country, at least until Obama finishes putting it under communism, you're certainly free to be ignorant.

Now on to "Dunmore Bill": Actually, Ted Cruz was born and raised in Texas, unlike Obama, who grew up in Kenya.

Don't mess with Texas, cowboy!

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 4:30pm
Oh, and one more thing, Dunmore Bill, you forgot to include my good friends Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in your "birther" list.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 5:36pm
Ted Cruz - born in Canada.

His father is Cuban, and claims that he (the father) was mistreated by the Batista government, which was supported by the US. He then joined forces with that famous freedom fighter, Fidel Castro. Later he fled to the US, where he became an illegal immigrant. He attended college here, no doubt taking the place of a loyal and legal US citizen.

Ted's mother is from Wilmington!

He has dual Canadian and US citizenship. He keeps promising to renounce his Canadian citizenship, but has done it yet.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 5:38pm
Mrpizza: Cutting back Social Security benefits or raising the retirement age for my group IS NOT ACCEPTABLE; we've paid our Social Security Insurance premiums for 47 years and fully expect the government to live up to ITS end of the program.

As I've said here before, THAT is a deal-breaker. So you want to vote for such as those who'll stick it to you [you must be close to me in age], that's your right, but don't expect me to vote so I'll get less and work a few extra years just so some jerks like Rush & Hannity won't have to pay a few thousand more in taxes. That's all that has to be done to fix Social Security, so that it's solvent well into the 22nd century. Heck no, let's stick it to the folks who've actually done real work for far less money, benefits, & perks. No thank You.

It's this sort of thinking that's making the U.S. a great place to live IF you're wealthy, but a less better place for the rest of us "John Doe's". Great movie "Meet John Doe" with Gary Cooper. You should watch it, remind yourself of what this nation used to stand for.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 6:00pm
mrpizza: dunmore is correct on Cruz...but wrong on the Tea Party... The only one in his list that was a "birther" was Trump and he IS NOT a Tea Party guy.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 6:54pm
MFD: Do whatever you want. If the Democrats remain in power, your Social Security is toast.

Better start studying the prosperity gospel!

Dunmore & Earl: If Ted Cruz wants to keep his dual citizenship, that's his business. Obama is a CINO, or "citizen in name only".

I'll take my chances with this "foreigner".

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 7:49pm
To further explain my point above, I find Obama's relationship with the U.N. as a political hack to be eerily similar to Lee Harvey Oswald's patsy relationship with the Soviet Union and communist party, except that instead of just killing a president as Oswald did, Obama is in the process of killing an entire nation.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:21pm
mrpizza: I actually like Cruz...just wanted to point out that he wasn't born in Texas, and does hold dual-citizenship.

I also agree with your opinion that if the Democrats win the next presidential election, that Mike's precious Social Security will disappear, or at least face dramatic cuts... similar to what Detroit pensioners are facing now.

BTW, 0bama did not grow up in Kenya...he was born in Hawaii and then went to school in Indonesia for grades 1-4. 0bama's first step onto the "mainland" wasn't until he was 18 years old. What does that mean? Well, for one thing it means that our president had very little exposure to typical American life, and still really doesn't like typical Americans.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:25pm

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:33pm
EarlGrey, the DEMS support Social Security, the TEA/G.O.P. want to eliminate it, replace it with some sort of 401K PLAN; AND they talk about cut backs & raising the age not just for the kids, but for all of us. If they want to change what the kids are getting, fine, but it's not reasonable to change our plan after we've done our part. The weasels in Congress [of both parties] should have thought about that when they mismanaged the Social Security money. Now they want to stick it to the working class who've earned, that being workers not takers for their entire adult lives, sorry can't vote for such a plan.

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:56pm
Mike: The "DEMS" support changing nothing with S.S. while ignoring the fact that it cannot remain at the current rate... they can pander to you and tell you to your face that they will never change your S.S. but if (as with the Detroit pensioners who paid into their pensions) the money is no longer there...where will your payments come from? They are in denial and because you feel entitled (and you are) to receive the money you paid in, you are willing to believe them. The Tea Party is NOT trying to stop your payments...instead, the Tea Party is attempting to save the people who paid into the system and deserve to receive their benefits in full.

While we're discussing misconceptions on Tea Party types...I know you can't stand Palin (and that's ok) but she never said she could see Russia from her house...that was Tina Fey on SNL.

FEY AS PALIN: "You know, Hillary and I don't agree on everything . . ."

POEHLER AS CLINTON: (OVERLAPPING) "Anything. I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy."

FEY AS PALIN: "And I can see Russia from my house."

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 8:03am
EarlGrey: There's an easy fix to Social Security; they've done it before, but the TEA/G.O.P. are against it, simply raise the ceiling on the Regressive Social Secuity Tax, say raising from the current ceiling of $110K gross/yr to $220K gross/yr. That alone would fix the problem and yet would be an very small tax for that wealthy 2% to pay and would save Social Security into the 22nd century. BUT your guys would prefer to eliminate SS by having it die on the vine, sort of how they view scaling-back the government, no extra money, just let the programs die out due to a lack of money [because those programs, just like Social Security, are ALL DEM programs - the G.O.P. has hated Social Security since 1932 when FDR and the DEMS got it passed]. THAT's what your guys want to do.

So rather than raising the ceiling on the Regressive Tax on SS, they instead say, 'we'll raise the age of retirement and cut the benefits' So who gets it stuck to them once again? Not the wealthy, well-connected folks, NOPE, just folks like you and I. I don't know about you, but I've worked hard, my job isn't a sitting at a computer all day long, I actually do physical work. It might be fine to say to work longer to the pencil pushers/computer sitters, but for those of us who actually are doing physical work, that might not be so reasonable. I've certainly seen some changes in my body as I've passed 60 and pray I can make it till the age of 66 without having the TEA/G.O.P. move the bar back a couple of more years and I'm not the only one. There's plenty of folks who do actual physical work, far more physical than what I do, who'll be glad to make it to the 66 marker, much less 68 or 70. So it's not so cut-and-dried as your guys want to make it. There are real people out there who'll be hurt badly by what the TEA/G.O.P. want to do. So from where I sit, it seems like the better plan is to have those wealthiest folks pay a tiny bit more rather than hurting the little guy, once again.

So if that means voting Democratic rather than Republican, then so be it. I can't explain it any better than that.

I've listened to Palin - she's a flake, granted a smarter flake than O'Donnell - but she's not Presidential material. Find another woman to be your candidate.

Tue, Mar 4, 2014 9:20am
Palin isn't my candidate, but I would take her over 0bama or Biden.

She predicted Putin and the Ukraine back in '08...yet the flakes in office now were caught off guard.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 1:28pm
EarlGrey: I just heard on CBS Radio News, while coming back to work from lunch, that the Republicans have said Obama's new budget bill is a no-go, and they offered their plan which called for more TAX BREAKS for the WEALTHY, nothing about the little guy. For real??? Yep, the Rich get richer, and the rest of us get the ole shaft again. This is the plan you favor? If these clowns can't create jobs now, what makes you think giving them more money will make a difference? This is just plan crazy, and will come back and bite the G.O.P./TEA folks in the butt later this year at election time.

Sure they want to scale back government and that probably isn't a bad idea, but its HOW they want to do that, is the problem. Always on the back of the little guy while they and their fat cat rich friends just go on living it up, with not a care in the world.

Speaking of taxes, Gov. Markell, yep a DEM [remember I'm an Independent so I'm not in bed with either party] announced he wants to raise Property Taxes by $45./yr to clean up Delaware's waterways. My question is so ONLY home owners are going to pay this, sounds fair to me - NOT. Why not some other tax that everyone gets to pay, why always pick on the homeowner? That's the problem with school referendums too, the apartment folks don't pay those school tax or water tax, or property tax [yes they pay a minute amount hidden in their rent, but its no where near what the home owners are paying.

So its not just GOP who can tick folks off with taxes, DEMS too, but nationally the GOP/TEA folks are consistent with wanting to stick it to folks like you and I.

Wed, Mar 5, 2014 9:20am
Mike: I agree with you on the G.O.P. Republicans, Progressive Republicans and Progressive Democrats not helping the "little guys" but the Tea Party is all about the "little guy".

The reason Tea Party candidates are going to do well in 2014 is because people are fed up with the G.O.P/Progressives favoring Big Government and Big Business over the Middle Class...and we the Middle Class are getting tired of bailing out both Big Gov't AND Big Business!

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 10:24am
EarlGrey: You keep overlooking one thing; the TEA folks do not want Social Security [and want to cut it and make the retirement age older, even for my group]; they hate SS as much as the country-club GOP does [both see it as an "evil Socialistic program"].

They may say they are for the "little guy", in terms of protecting the 2nd Amendment, but in terms of Social Security, they'd gut that puppy tomorrow if they thought they could get away with it; they see it as an entitlement, not government insurance that has been paid for by the elderly who receive the benefits at 66. Remember, the TEA folks consider the retirees to be TAKERS. I've not heard any change at all in these attitudes. I've looked on their websites and have yet to see a positive thing about Social Security - if they say anything at all, because they realize that many of their middle-class followers are 50+ who are supporting their anti-Big Evil Government, kill the Welfare State - will need their Social Security check when their turn comes. You see, the TEA Party wants to eliminate all social programs, which most folks see as giveaways to the lazy. Sadly, the TEA folks have mistakenly lumped Social Security into that pile and want to eliminate it too.

So yes, pie-in-the-sky, that very high level they claim to be for the little guy, but on the ground, their helping the little guy is pretty much limited to preserving the 2nd Amendment, and wanting smaller government to stop the "Welfare Queens" and Food Stamp "loafers". They don't have any desire to ever raise a dime in taxes to keep Social Security a float; they'd rather gut it and let it die, and then put the kids in some market-driven 401K plan. Those who are savvy with the Stock Market will do fine, but for folks like me - who can pick a loser 9 times out of 10 - won't do so well, as my own experience with my 401K proves [am so glad my Social Security check didn't depend on me picking the right stocks to invest in].

So until you can offer real proof that your pals like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rubio, etc., have repented and now support Social Security, and will not screw it up [by raising the retirement age and/or cutting my benefits], for my generation [can accept it being changed for the kids; they've got many years to prepare], I cannot, in good conscience, vote for them.

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