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Looks like Wilmington isn't the only Delaware city to see blatant gun violence in broad daylight. More than a dozen gunshots rang out in Newark's White Chapel neighborhood Thursday. Witnesses said two groups of people traded gunfire. No injuries.

More fallout from the drug evidence scandal in the Delaware Medical Examiner's office: A spat erupts between Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden's office and the office of the Delaware Public Defender. Public defenders have filed 112 motions to overturn 9,500 drug convictions over the past three years. State Public Defender Brendan O'Neill contends the drug-testing lab inside the Medical Examiner's office is an investigative arm of the prosecutor's office. Biden's office insists that's incorrect, as the Medical Examiner's office represents an independent agency beyond the A.G.'s control. Both may be partially correct: The M.E.'s office would seem to be part of the prosecution team in a broad sense, but comes under control of the state Department of Health & Social Services. But the bottom line remains: Ample amounts of drug evidence has been compromised.

Delaware jobs hang in the balance as Pfizer (the maker of Viagra) tries repeatedly to buy British pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca. If the deal ever came to fruition, it would represent one of the biggest foreign takeovers of a British company, plus one of the largest acquisitions in the history of pharmaceuticals. The U.K. - like Delaware - would be at risk for job losses.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) switches positions on medical marijuana, announcing support for medical marijuana for sick kids in Pennsylvania. But some families of the affected kids say Corbett's support doesn't go far enough.

More wrinkles to the story of that botched execution in Oklahoma. Prison officials said death-row inmate Clayton Lockett - who died from an apparent heart attack after authorities attempted the execution - had been Tasered that morning. Also, authorities inserted an IV to deliver the drugs into his groin, after they failed to find a usable vein in Lockett's arms, legs, or feet.

Does it say anything about Americans' moral priorities that the Sterling story dominates over this?

Speaking of the Donald Sterling story, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has resigned amid the harsh criticism of the chapter's seemingly warm relationship with the L.A. Clippers' owner. I had been wondering about that too. Given all of Sterling's skeletons - many not so hidden - could the NAACP not have known? Or did chapter president Leon Jenkins cynically look the other way in exchange for what we might call, "hush money"?


Encouraging jobs numbers out Friday morning: The nation's official unemployment rate drops from 6.7% to 6.3%, the lowest official level since September 2008. The U.S. Department of Labor reported U.S. employers added 288-thousand jobs in April, which easily beat expectations of about 210-thousand jobs for April. That sparks hopes the U.S. economy is ready to break out. However, one caveat: The sharp fall in the official jobless rate results, in part, from many people leaving the work force last month.

Is AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) dissing Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on what one might characterized as pro-Israel legislation just because he's Rand Paul? The Kentucky Republican put in a bill to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority because of the reconciliation between the P.A. and Hamas. Rand Paul's legislation, entitled "Stand with Israel Act of 2014', failed to earn unanimous consent in the Senate. Afterwards, Rand Paul said the opposition to his bill was "very troubling". Only one way to interpret this, I would think: AIPAC, still deeply suspicious of Rand Paul - or even hostile - doesn't want Senator Paul to earn some pro-Israel cred as he (likely) prepares to run for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Congressional Republicans got new Benghazi ammo: A release of White House documents - obtained by the conservative Judicial Watch under a FOIA request - suggesting the administration intentionally misled the public when then-U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice delivered the White House talking points. Some Republicans went so far as to say the White House behaved criminally. Other observers said White House was only covering its behind -- something any administration would have done.

The Obama Administration has repeatedly insisted it did not issue talking points for Ambassador Rice, a claim seemingly contradicted by the latest release of e-mails. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed Wednesday that the C.I.A. drafted Rice's remarks.

One senses Beghazi - along with Obamacare - will fuel up (as if they even need to be energized any further!) those staunchly Republican voters who religiously turn out for mid-term elections, but will not move the needle one iota in the 2016 Presidential elections... except that Benghazi has somewhat replaced Vince Foster and other earlier Clinton "sins" for attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton next time (assuming she runs, and wins, the Democratic Presidential nomination).

The Ukrainian crisis gets bloodier: Ukrainian troops raided a rebel stronghold in Slovyansk. They reportedly seized several checkpoints, but encountered heavy resistance from pro-Moscow separatists, who shot down two helicopters, killing two crew members.

Posted at 8:23am on May 2, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Fri, May 2, 2014 8:32am
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) switches positions on medical marijuana, announcing support for medical marijuana for sick kids in Pennsylvania.

Looks like PA Gov. Corbett (R) is on the right track...how about Markell (D)?

Allan Loudell
Fri, May 2, 2014 8:43am
Governor Markell signed legislation in 2011 to create a system for medical marijuana in Delaware.

Under the legislation, each county would get one dispensary.

But, the governor distanced the state from the new law after the U.S. Department of Justice sent out a memo vowing to pursue legal action against states trying to do this. Patients who might benefit from medical marijuana were left caught between the cracks.

The Justice Department later seemed to reverse course, and the governor again indicated his support for medical marijuana.

Earlier in April, state health authorities said seven bidders were competing to establish Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary.

Allan Loudell

Fri, May 2, 2014 9:13am
Are people in Delaware cheap? A new survey says, compared to the other 49 states, Delawareans are most likely not to leave a tip, and those who do tip average the smallest tips. Anybody in food service would do better cross a state line. Alaskans are least likely to stiff their servers.

A recent news story told of a preacher who left a note for his server saying he only gives Jesus 10 percent, so saw no reason to leave a server 15 or 20. And left nothing.

The policy of tipping allows restaurants to pay servers less than minimum wage on the assumption they will get tips, and allows the IRS to tax them on more than their salaries, also on the assumption they will get tips. Servers also have to tip busers and kitchen workers, or they get stiffed.

Fri, May 2, 2014 9:25am
Mr. Loudell: So, can you please tell me if is it now legal or still illegal for Delaware parents to give their kid (or use for themselves) Charlottes Web (or other variants) for medication?

Markell's yes/no/maybe stance seems very confusing/vague as to what is legal/illegal in Delaware.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, May 2, 2014 9:25am
That might explain why my wife and I get great service when we eat at one of the restaurants we usually go as we tip 20%. The wait staff seems glad to see us. I had thought it was our great personalities and warm smiles, but now I see the real reason, we don't stiff them.

The wait staff can thank Republican Prez candiate Herman Cain for that memorable line that essentially said, I give God 10%, so I sure am not going to give Uncle Sam that much. Then he proposed his 9/9/9 plan.

Fri, May 2, 2014 9:31am
MFD: Could be both. There probably is a connection between personality and whether somebody tips appropriately. Nice people, pleasant people are people who tip and otherwise show appreciation for things people do for them. The lord loves a cheerful giver. So do servers. Probably only cheerful people give.

I bet that preacher (and others like him) aren't very cheerful about making their tithes - if, in fact, that preacher really does tithe. Maybe he figures as a preacher, he's exempt since Moses mandated tithes to support the clergy.

Allan Loudell
Fri, May 2, 2014 9:36am
Mr. Grey---

Only from an approved dispensary... with a doctor certifying that the patient suffers from a "debilitating medical condition". The recipient would have to register with the state.


On the tipping, we had that survey some weeks ago. Considering Delaware imposes no sales tax, one wonders why Delawareans would be so cheap...

Fri, May 2, 2014 9:43am
Thanks Mr. Loudell...are any of these dispensaries actually up & running?

Allan Loudell
Fri, May 2, 2014 9:45am
Nope. Supposedly later in the year.

Fri, May 2, 2014 9:55am
As for Benghazi...the question is (as was the case for Nixon) What did each person involved know and when did they know it?

Where was the president on the night of Benghazi? Did he not know the truth about Benghazi when (weeks later) he spoke in front of the U.N., when he reported the "facts" on David Letterman, when he told the entire country during the presidential debates? Al-qaeda was/is alive and well...so much for the story we were all fed saying otherwise.

What does Hillary know? As Sec. of State did she really not know what they were doing in Benghazi even before the attacks?

What does Biden know? He's a fool, but he still gets to go to the briefings/meetings with the other elite insiders.

What does McCain know? He backed/supported arming the rebels in Libya (and Syria) who were either actual Al-qaeda or allies of AQ.

It doesn't matter if the person is a Republican or Democrat..if they knew and lied they should be retired. Period.

Fri, May 2, 2014 10:08am
We should start a new game in Delaware - where is Beau? Kinda' like where is waldo, but see who can be the first person to actually see Beau Biden. You would think when the state prosecutor's office comes after you, you would show up and shout him down. All that happened is Brendan handed the A.G. spokesman his ass.

Fri, May 2, 2014 10:14am
I have read a sense of entitlement makes people cheap. The medical profession has a reputation for being lousy tippers because docs expect to be waited on.

The way teabaggers rant about taxes, sounds like they'd be likely to be cheapskates, too, but they don't make up more of the population in Delaware than in other states where people are better tippers. After all, Alaskans are the best tippers and they elected Palin.

In all fairness, one possibility (just speculation): The survey was based on credit-card receipts. Maybe people in Delaware are more likely to leave tips in cash.
Another possibility: Maybe, thanks to NCC's pizza-slice school districts, a lot of people in the area are math-challenged. One study found that not being able to calculate percentages in one's head is a barrier to tipping for many people. Restaurants who put pre-calculated multiple choice options on the check (15% 18% 20%) saw substantial increases in tipping. But other states do poorly on math tests, so who knows?

Markell should just go ahead and push legalization of marijuana. Somebody in the Northeast will be first. Right now it looks like it will probably be Maine. With the price of gas what it is, it does not profit people to drive to Delaware for tax-free shopping. But weed tourism would generate lots of revenue. Even more than all those people from PA who come to Delaware to avoid the state store monopoly (with high prices, poor selection, lousy service).

Medical marijuana only reflects this country's pain oriented - anti-pleasure Puritan culture.

Fri, May 2, 2014 10:26am
AllanLoudell: Curious that you equate Pfizer with Viagra. Pfizer produces hundreds of pharmaceutical and over the counter products, many used by far more people than Viagra. A few include...
Advil (pain relief)
Ativan (anti-anxiety)
Celebrex (arthritis)
Chap Stick
Depo Provera (birth control)
Liptor (anti-cholesterol)
Lyrica (neuropathic pain)
Preparation H
Xanax (anti-anxiety)
Zoloft (anti-depressant)
Plus several anti-HIV drugs

So, why is it you can take your sick, old dog to the vet and the vet can allow him to pass peacefully in your arms but these redneck states enraptured with judicial murder seem to botch things repeatedly. Incompetence? Or deliberate?

Fri, May 2, 2014 11:33am
Oh the cries of agony over the botched execution in Oklahoma! I'm sure they are much like the cries of agony from the 23-year old man he and his buddies were beating as the two additional victims entered the house. And as his baby watched.

Or the cries of agony when the to-be murder victim was shot in the head and then buried alive, all because she would not give the thug the keys to her truck.

Or the cries of agony uttered by the other 18-year old woman as the thug and his buddies took turns with her. Repeatedly. I suspect that to this day and for the rest of her life, she will remember what that thug and his buddies did to HER groin.

Fri, May 2, 2014 11:42am
Jim: Prison guards are brutal and corrupt and probably think much as you do. I guess you believe two wrongs DO make a right.

Fri, May 2, 2014 11:53am
Jim H. makes and excellent point. If God was going to botch up a lethal injection, he picked the right person to do it on.

Moving on.

I just got rumors the House will create a select committee on Benghazi... I encourage this because it will kick Darryl Issa out of the loop entirely. Today, he just announced he was going to subpoena John Kerry..

The same John Kerry who was a Massachusetts Senator when the attack of Benghazi occurred...

Why are we still talking about Benghazi? Note. Look above. At Earl's questions...

How many times have all those been answered? We know where Obama was. We know where Hillary was. We know where the CIA was. We know where Biden was. ( Biden? Earl you've fallen off the wagon of common sense.)

So why are we bringing it up again? Well for one reason, we have an outstanding jobs report out today...The best since 2007 they said!... That means better than Bush....

And really, what do the Republicans have to campaign upon? Check out Obama's record for a moment....

1. Passed Health Care Reform
2. Passed the Stimulus
3. Passed Wall Street Reform.
4. Ended the War in Iraq
5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan
6. Eliminated Osama bin laden- After Bush allowed him to slip thru his sights TIME AND TIME AGAIN!!!
7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry
8. Recapitalized Banks
9. Repealed ďDonít Ask, Donít Tell
10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi
11. Told Mubarak to Go
12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies
13. Improved Americaís Image Abroad
14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending
15. Created Race to the Top.
16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards
17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis
18. Passed Mini Stimuli
19. Began Asia ďPivotĒ
20. Increased Support for Veterans
21. Tightened Sanctions on Iran- while at the same time opened up the 1st peacefull negotiations with them in over a generation!
22. Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants
23. Passed Credit Card Reforms
24. Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws
25. Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court
26. Improved Food Safety System.
27. Achieved New START Treaty
28. Expanded National Service: Signed Serve America Act in 2009
29. Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection.
30. Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco.
31. Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders
32. Passed Fair Sentencing Act
33. Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense
34. Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown.
35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission
36. Invested Heavily in Renewable Technology.
37. Crafting Next-Generation School Tests.
38. Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges.
39. Improved School Nutrition.
40. Expanded Hate Crimes Protections.
41. Avoided Scandal.
42. Brokered Agreement for Speedy Compensation to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill.
43. Created Recovery.gov.
44. Pushed Broadband Coverage.
45. Expanded Health Coverage for Children
46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide
47. Expanded Stem Cell Research.
48. Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers.
49. Helped South Sudan Declare Independence.
50. Killed the F-22
It certainly takes a great organizer to put together a campaign to do that!
52. First Nobel peace prize winning president of our age

53. Averted full scale war between the two mightiest superpowers by instead imposing sanctions on Russia which could cripple them economically if they continue in their aggressive bullying of a weaker country....

Republicans are such hapless, bumbling, incompetent fools, that there is only one thing now that the ACA is America's favorite new policy.... and that is..


Even though it dooms them to losing the House, Senate, and control of quite a few states.....

I mean... Look at that list. Obama is the best president in our lifetimes....

If you don't agree, you, yes, you are the real problem. :)

Fri, May 2, 2014 11:59am
No bill, two wrongs do not make a right...but it's a little tough to have too much sympathy for anyone that can do such vile/evil crimes against another human. Poetic Justice?

Fri, May 2, 2014 12:10pm
kavips, your list of "accomplishments" is LOL funny...especially the Nobel Peace prize winner for the man who did NOTHING to deserve it.

Benghazi has re-appeared because new information has surfaced as to what was really going on there...dude, it's not old news because we were lied to so that your dear "bestest president" ever could win an election.

But, I will agree with you that many Republicans are indeed hapless, bumbling, incompetent fools...like McCain.

Fri, May 2, 2014 12:23pm
Kavips: A president's power, any president, is not that great. They don't deserve credit (or blame) for everything that happens. Many of the things on your list were done by others. Some were not done well (like health care reform). And some were better not done. Are you really OK with your government violating International Law by sending a hit squad into a foreign country to kill someone without due process? (Doesn't sound like you.) When historians get past having to give him a free pass because of his race (like his affirmative action peace prize), he'll probably end up ranked somewhere around Jimmy Carter and Jerry Ford. He'll probably do better than Bush, Jr.

Those who condone the death penalty are no better than those they want to see executed. At least murderers are willing to do the deed themselves and not farm it out to some low level DOC functionary. That is assuming those executed were actually murderers, which given the number of false convictions is a big if. Funny how the right is so willing to lower themselves to the level of those they claim to deplore.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, May 2, 2014 2:19pm
Billsmith said earlier this morning: "MFD: Could be both. There probably is a connection between personality and whether somebody tips appropriately. Nice people, pleasant people are people who tip and otherwise show appreciation for things people do for them. The lord loves a cheerful giver. So do servers. Probably only cheerful people give.

I bet that preacher (and others like him) aren't very cheerful about making their tithes - if, in fact, that preacher really does tithe. Maybe he figures as a preacher, he's exempt since Moses mandated tithes to support the clergy."

I agree on both counts.

Fri, May 2, 2014 3:36pm
kavips: The "rumors" are true...Boehner to establish a Select Committee Benghazi...headed by Trey Gowdy instead of Issa.

Fri, May 2, 2014 8:37pm
Hey Bill: Just for the record, I agree COMPLETELY with JimH!
This is the problem with lethal injection. A couple thousand volts from Ole Sparky was a much quicker way to get rid of 'em.

Well said, Jim!

Fri, May 2, 2014 8:41pm
Mike from Delaware: To answer your question about whether I would give as much if the charitable deduction was eliminated, the answer is yes, and I would probably increase it just to spite the devil.

Of course, if we got the flat tax passed, we'd all have more disposable income to spend as we see fit.

Fri, May 2, 2014 8:43pm
Kavips: As usual, YOU are the real problem, along with your twin brother Bill Smith.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, May 3, 2014 12:04am
Mrpizza : The flat tax would punish the poor & be a great thing for the wealthiest 2%. Folks like Steve Forbes would benefit, which is why he & other wealthy folks like him advocate the flat tax.

Sat, May 3, 2014 3:28am
MFD: Actually, the one percenters do a lot better with the current tax code - and their legions of accountants and tax lawyers. Which why the code is the way it is.

The problem is nobody wants to give up their own pet deduction - even if it makes no financial sense. People have been brainwashed on the mortgage interest deduction. Buy a house you can't afford and pay one dollar in mortgage interest to save 30 cents in taxes. And all the churches and non-profits lobby hard over the charity deduction, which as you point out may actually be self-defeating.

Now I'm Kavips, too??? I don't know where I find the time.

Sat, May 3, 2014 4:51am
MFD: Actually, the flat tax would benefit the poor because both the middle-class and the rich (except probably Donald Sterling) would give more to charities that help the poor.

Now wouldn't you like to have more money to do that with? I sure would.

Sat, May 3, 2014 6:50am
Our next governor, who is tough on crimes against children, sure has a hand on what's going on in his office.

Deputy AG charged with raping 16-year-old

Beau Biden will get elected and it'll be another sad moment for Delaware. Might as well elect a blow-up doll.

Sat, May 3, 2014 11:44am
Beau really needs to return to the office.

Sat, May 3, 2014 1:35pm
The question now is, can we wait for Matt Denn to be elected before cleaning out the AG's office? Markell may need to send in the Delaware State Police to bounce some folks before then.

Sun, May 4, 2014 7:18am
What a crock! First of all, Daniel Simmons, 34, is charged in connections with sex with a boy. The charge is 4th degree rape - meaning "statutory rape." Nobody has tried to claim the sex was "non-consensual." 16 is the age of consent in most states but under Delaware's crazy legal code you can only have sex with a 16 or 17 year old if you are under 30.

Next time, Dan, have your date meet you in PA, NJ or MD. 16 is legal in all of them. But don't drive there with him or you could get a federal rap (Mann Act).

And, while you at trial, Dan, challenge all these statutory rape laws on constitutional grounds.

Interesting how the media insists on reporting this as "rape," implying non-consensual. Never let facts get in the way of a good story.

Once again, we see here that fascist tea baggers have no regard for due process or for facts, either.

Sun, May 4, 2014 9:20am
Ah, what the heck? These rape laws only foster inequality anyway. We have homosexual marriage, so we need to be fair and let people who want to have sex with children and dogs have their freedom as well. After all, who's to say that a 10-year-old boy or girl isn't an adult? Different people mature at different ages. Hey, it's time we had equality for ALL.

Sun, May 4, 2014 9:35am
Oh, and I almost forgot, in the tradition of Willie Horton, we need to free Richard Korn.

Sun, May 4, 2014 10:08am
Don't worry Pizza/Fatso, nobody wants to have sex with you.

Sun, May 4, 2014 1:16pm
Anybody want more evidence what right-wing bigots like Pizza/Fatso are really like? Here it is

"How Fox News Shoved Shepard Smith Back Into The Closet

...In the summer of 2013, according to multiple sources with knowledge of their exchange, Shepard Smith approached Fox News president Roger Ailes about publicly coming out. The newly attached anchor was eager, at the time, to finally acknowledge his sexuality. ďItís time,Ē he told Ailes and other colleagues. ďItís time.Ē

Instead, Ailes informed Smith that the networkís famously conservative audience would not tolerate a gay news anchor. Ailesí answer was definitive: Smith could not say heís gay. ...

Smith, one of Ailesís first and most loyal disciples, acquiesced to his bossís demand, and dropped the matter. But the discussion worried enough Fox executives to prompt Smithís removal, in September 2013, from the channelís coveted prime-time lineup. According to a Fox insider with direct knowledge of negotiations, Smithís desire to come out was a large factor in the dramatic move. ...


Roger Ailes is fat. Rush is fat. Pizza/Fatso, why are so many of you wing-nuts such nasty chubs? It can't be because you're not getting enough to eat.

Mon, May 5, 2014 9:04am
How many other news anchors/reporters on Fox NEWS are permitted to discuss their personal sexual preferences? None that I know of; they are paid to report/comment on the NEWS...so why should Shep be extra-special?... Fox NEWS is about news, not special agendas (I'm sure some here may disagree on that point). If you want to watch news anchors/reporters discussing their personal lives/agendas, then tune into CNN or MSNBC.

Mon, May 5, 2014 9:51am
For Earl... and others still licking their wounds....

Mon, May 5, 2014 9:57am
Earl, don't twist things. He did not want to "promote his agenda" during his programs. He just wanted to stop hiding an important part of who he is. Other air talent at Fox are not required to keep their marriages or dating life secret. And they don't get demoted because of what they might tell about themselves. You frequently talk about your religion. How would you feel if your employer required you to keep that secret?

Mon, May 5, 2014 11:31am
bill: I'm not twisting anything... maybe some people honestly don't want to know the sexual preferences of everyone and simply want to hear the freakin' news. Clinton had it right "Don't ask, don't tell"...treat all people equally, and let their private lives remain PRIVATE.

kavips: I'm not quite sure what wounds I'm supposedly licking from Benghazi... now that Sharyl Attkisson (non-partison REPORTER) has liberated herself from cBS News and is reporting new facts about this administration's knowledge/involvement in the cover-up, the story is snowballing.

Hopefully, Trey Gowdey (not Issa) will be able to find out what really happened in Benghazi on 9-11 and what was going on before the targeted/military attack.

Mon, May 5, 2014 11:47am

Mon, May 5, 2014 12:58pm
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

If not for Mexico fighting France/Napoleon... the outcome of our Civil War could have turned out very differently.

Mon, May 5, 2014 1:32pm
For those of you who miss the point, Earl is telling gays to shut up and stay in the closet. And he's saying they should be ashamed of who and what they are. And they should do this because he is uncomfortable with the idea of homosexuality. From reading his other posts, he also things Blacks should know their place and women should stay in kitchens. And, of course, Hispanics should stay someplace other than the U.S. Non-Christians should just go along at public events when forced to hear Christian prayers. Everyone must conform because Earl knows how everyone should live.

Maybe the gay community should form the equivalent of the JDL and start stomping people like Earl.

On the plus side, Earl proves that Roger Ailes does know his audience.

Earl, were you out with the measles when your history class did the Civil War? Here again, you don't know what you're talking about. However, a different outcome for the Civil War would have been a good thing.

Mon, May 5, 2014 2:02pm
Actually Bill, that's not what Earl's saying.
What difference does it make about Shepherd Smith's preferences when it comes down to doing his job? As long as he's doing his job and not breaking the law, lying, or showing bias in his reporting, I don't care about his (or anyone else's) sexuality. That's my point...treat all people like equals not separate/special classes...forming special "classes" causes division and hate.

And please inform me on my history errors...did France/Napoleon support the Southern states during the Civil War? (yes or no)

Did Napoleon attack Mexico during our own Civil War? (yes/no)

Mon, May 5, 2014 2:10pm
btw Bill, your racist/sexist slanders against me are complete LIES as anyone on this blog knows.

On the other hand, you and Mark Rice seem to have some very deep issues (hate) concerning women and Christians.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, May 5, 2014 5:58pm
I think what EarlGrey is saying is: if Shepherd Smith wants to tell the world he's gay, that's his business, but shouldn't use his newscast as the plateform or place to do that. All he'd have to do is tell some gossip reporter he's gay & it would make headlines.

I'm Shepherd Smith with the news. By the way I'm gay. Not the right time or place . It would be just as wrong for this: I'm Shepherd Smith with the news. By the way I'm a Christian. Again, not the right time or place.

Fox shouldn't fire or demote Shepherd for being gay anymore than MSNBC should fire or demote some reporter there for being a Christian.

Mon, May 5, 2014 6:02pm
Earl: Both Britain and France (and other powers) recognized the CSA. Both traded with the CSA (in defiance of the US blockade). You assume that Mexico would have gotten involved in the Civil War on the side of the South. Mexico had issues of its own before and without any outside involvement (like its own civil war). If Mexico had wanted to get involved, they might well have recalled that Southern slave owning interests were responsible for the loss of about one-third of Mexican territory (Texas, California and the entire Southwest).

Napoleon died in 1821.

And guess who was behind the move to unseat a liberal (secular) government and install a government headed by a foreign monarch (Austrian): The Catholic Church! The great anti-democratic force of the 19th century.

Again: Shepherd Smith did not want to go on the air and "editorialize" on gay issues. Just because you Christians want to proselytize your religion on everyone, doesn't mean gays want "converts" (especially since most gays believe it is not possible for one to change his sexual orientation). He did not want to be forced under his contract to keep it hidden. He wanted the same rights as, say, George Clooney. If you don't think people care about the personal lives of celebrities, than you haven't read "People" or any of hundreds of other publications and blogs.

For the record, I'm sorry the ERA did not pass so men could have equal rights.

Mon, May 5, 2014 6:08pm
MFD: Actually, Earl is saying the opposite. He wants Shep to stay in the closet.

Earl: It was Napoleon III who "intervened" in Mexico because a liberal government took power and the French decided that was against their economic interests and decided to "intervene" and put a friendly (puppet) dictator in power. Just like the US keeps doing.

Mon, May 5, 2014 8:17pm
Man, I sure miss the good ole days of "don't ask, don't tell."
The world was a much more peaceful place back then.

Mon, May 5, 2014 8:31pm
Peaceful, for whom?
Matthew Shepard?
Teena Brandon?

Once again, Pizza/Fatso makes posts which are crazy, idiotic and hateful in his pathetic quest for attention.

Mon, May 5, 2014 10:12pm
Actually Bill...Mike is correct.

And I never said Mexico intended to side with the CSA...I said that the victory of Mexico over France on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Pueblo helped slow down France's influence/support of the South. Had France won that battle, France could have easily supported the CSA from bases in Mexico and possibly changed America's history.

So again I say Happy Cinco de Mayo (May 5)!

Mon, May 5, 2014 10:17pm
You waste too much time talking about the American media. I guess you haven't made the jump to real media, which unless on blogs, you can't find in the U.S.

There is a reason Snowden was broken at the Guardian. It is because they aren't manipulated as are American media...

I agree with Earl that CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX and ABC are not reliable media today... If they tell you about Rand Paul. you have to be wary of what they are saying. If they tell you about Chris Christie, you have to be wary of what they are saying...

I know WDEL has an agreement with Politico but they should be dropped... When Allan interviews them twice a day, and asks questions, it is very hard to get any commitment. A yes or know question gets answered as a "well maybe some parts of that could be true..." Geez.... And it is not just Politico. CBS was that way on one of his segments last Friday.

The reason I enjoy Allan's newscast is because he has good sources. Some, like Edward Yeranian, are like listening to an unfiltered intelligence report.

The British, French (if you know French), and German media all have excellent reporting on U.S. stories. The same facts are in both, here and abroad. However the foreign papers have sources that will tell them all, and they print all that they tell. The local media's rely on official sources for all their news...

And the Asia Times is one of the best. Sometimes it is hard for an American to read because it pulls no punches... I take that dose of honesty as knowing how the Chinese really think about us...

Which explains the Pacific.

Anyways, whether Sheppard is gay or is at Fox, is irrelevant. Just like 10 year ago, any squabble at La Monde would be deemed irrelevant when seen from a global perspective....

Tue, May 6, 2014 7:00am
Why CBS has no credibility, and hardly any audience.

How Lara Logan alienated colleagues with her risk-taking and got security firm in Iraq fired after her ex walked in on her with another man

In a fascinating expose, New York Magazine has shed light on the bombshell South African journalist's spectacular rise to the top spot of chief foreign correspondent at the CBS evening news and 60 Minutes and how her equally stellar fall from grace thanks to a Benghazi report that turned out to be fabricated means question marks remain about her return. The in-depth article also reveals how Logan had CBS's security team fired after her ex, Australian journalist Michael Ware, caught her in a compromising position with another man - now her husband Joe Burket

* New York magazine shed light on South African journalist's spectacular rise to top spot as chief foreign correspondent on CBS evening news and 60 Minutes
* It also reports that her equally stellar fall from grace thanks to a fabricated Benghazi story means question marks remain about her return
* Logan moved to Kabul, Afganistan following the 9/11 attacks, knowing immediately that the fallout in the Middle East was the story of her career
* She soon had negotiated a $1m full-time contract at CBS
* Brazen attitude rubbed some people up the wrong way and left others fearing for their lives

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620870/How-Lara-Logan-alienated-colleagues-risk-taking-got-security-firm-Iraq-fired-ex-walked-flagrante.html#ixzz30vonb900


Lara Loganís Return to CBS Is Still Very Uncertain

The fallout from a deeply flawed 60 Minutes report on Benghazi last October continues to play out at CBS News, according to a lengthy account of the proceedings by Joe Hagan in New York. It traces the report back to a combination of issues, including Loganís tenacity (or recklessness, depending on your perspective), her close relationship to the military sector, CBSís unwillingness to reign in its star reporter, and a lack of fail-safes.

"Here, then, was a convergence, the proverbial perfect storm: [CBS News chairman Jeff] Fager had given Logan outsize power; [executive editor Bill] Owens, Fagerís acolyte, didnít ask the bossís star the tough questions; and [producer Max] McClellan, a true-blue Logan loyalist, didnít have the desire or the authority to bring Logan to heel. On top of that, the senior vice-president of standards and practices, Linda Mason, whose job it was to bring outside scrutiny to any segment, had departed in early 2013, and Fager never replaced her. Logan was free to operate as she chose." ...



10 years ago, Fager was executive producer of 60 Minutes II. The show did a report on Dubya in the national guard. Dan Rather and everybody else connected with piece was fired. Fager got promoted. Now he runs all of CBS News plus the original 60 Minutes. How did that happen?


Here's Your Crucial Reminder That Lara Logan Has Breasts

Joe Hagan's new New York profile of 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan is literally called "Benghazi and the Bombshell." In it, Hagan attempts to determine whether Logan is "too toxic" to return to the show after her faulty Benghazi report, but most of the time, it seems like he's trying to figure out whether she's too hot.

CBS executives have said that Logan will eventually return from her leave of absence, despite the fact that some of her colleagues want her fired. Hagan notes:

"A common view among current and former colleagues (keeping in mind that not-for-attribution backbiting and Schadenfreude are a stock-in-trade of TV news) is that Loganís star power blinded her superiors to her flaws. "She got everything she wanted, always, even when she was wrong, and thatís been going on since the beginning," says a former CBS News producer who worked with her." ...



Benghazi and the Bombshell
Is Lara Logan too toxic to return to 60 Minutes?


Tue, May 6, 2014 11:01am
Again, sigh, more hype about News media?... Are they really stars? If I walk up on the street and say "who is Lara Logan, ten seconds", will I get the correct answer?

(I wouldn't have been able to answer it without reading the paragraph above..) Because reporters don't interest me. They have no impact on life.... they are at best Jennifer Anniston's, and at worst Julia Louis-Dreyfus's... if you don't know both of those, my point is well made.

Talking about them is a waste of time... Really... why as a society are we obsessed with reporters? And not the guy driving the cement mixer at the interchange of 202 and I 95?

They are employees... Both: employees. And since the reporters often are paid to lie, I'd rather hear my opinion emanating from the cement driver. Even if uninformed, I can count on his opinion being that which he believes in and can take that to the bank.

If he believes in Benghazi, then I can count on him at least believing in Benghazi, and not like some on here that are only using it as a political tool because they have no other tool in reach of their arms at this time...

Watch. As soon as another possible scandal pops up, all mention of Benghazi will disappear off every air wave... If they truly were so outraged... one would think it would stay?

This perfect rebuttal, linked below, came on last night, and it was appropriate in its timing because of 1) Rick Jensen's Judicial Watch guest on yesterday, and 2) some comments here and elsewhere that expressed a false outrage... If you don't already know, you soon will know that all outrage over Benghazi is entirely fabricated for political reasons.. We should all know that at least by now, after 13 full Congressional hearings, over 50 Congressional meetings, over testimony of hundreds of subpoened witnesses, including the Secretary of State, and 25,000 pages of supporting official investigative documents, no one is outraged over Benghazi due to lack of information. There then must be another reason for the lack of outrage.....

Enjoy a long Jon Stewart video answer as to why, no one, no one, no one cares about Benghazi.... (unless they are being paid to do so.)


I will know you watched it, because after seeing it, you will never, never, never talk about Benghazi ... again... You simply can't. You will be laughed off the face of this planet by all who have seen it....

Tue, May 6, 2014 11:12am
It that link does not work for you, there is an alternate...


Tue, May 6, 2014 12:17pm
kavips: Yes, continue to get your "news" from Jon Stewart... Jon Stewart is often quite funny... the Snow Dogs reference was pretty good ;)

I guess we'll just have to wait-and-see which side is correct on Benghazi (real scandal or fake scandal) after Trey Gowdey (not Issa) investigates what really happened on 9-11-2012.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, May 6, 2014 1:41pm
A change in subject: A clip from an interesting article that's entitled: Is Obama wrong on Ukraine?

"Still, one wonders why the Graham--McCain Republicans continue to push a reluctant president to get more militarily involved in Ukraine.

For it is almost an ironclad formula for failure to be led into a faraway war by a president who does not want to fight, and who leads a nation whose people do not want to be involved.

Undeniably, Senators Graham and John McCain speak for a goodly slice of the Beltway elite that believes the Iraq war was the right thing to do and that now wants to confront Russia, overthrow Bashir al-Assad, and bomb Iran if she does not give up uranium enrichment.

Yet, most Americans want no part of this agenda.

Among the winning arguments Obama had in 2012 was that he wanted America to do her nation-building right here at home.

Yet, as the run-up to 2016 nears, Hillary Clinton is not only more hawkish than Obama. She is more hawkish than her potential G.O.P. rivals. Yet, other than Rand Paul, there appears to be no one in the Republican field who does not subscribe to the McCain--Graham line.

No wonder the neo-cons are already piling on the junior Senator from Kentucky."


Tue, May 6, 2014 1:56pm
Kavips: The answer is.... Lara Logan is not a reporter. In TV, people who do activities resembling reporting are called "producers" and Lara is surrounded by them - people who make far less than she, making her look like she knows something.

I am reminded of the line in "My Favorite Year" when Peter O'Toole cries out, "I'm not an actor. I'm a movie star!" Lara's not a reporter. She's a TV personality.

Now she goes and makes speeches calling herself a journalist and how she's not taken seriously because she's a woman. Then she releases photos of herself in a bikini to the British tabloids, as well as her "vital statistics" (hint: one tabloid called her 34D Logan).

MFD: Remember, war is good for business. Good for the economy. And good for politicians, because people go along with most anything when there's a war on. It's only bad for the poor slobs who have to fight it.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, May 6, 2014 3:17pm
Bill: Sadly, you're correct. I think some folks, inside the Beltway and others, need to listen to some truth about war.

[putting on that Top 40 DJ voice] Right now let's listen to some solid gold with Edwin Starr from 1969 telling us about WAR.


Tue, May 6, 2014 4:26pm
MFD: I forgot to add, it's good for the media. Great for news ratings. Rah, rah, support the troops. Lots of media people build their careers with wars. Lara Logan is only the latest in a long line.

Tue, May 6, 2014 7:06pm
The MSM has lost their cajones:

Journalists Aren't the Big Fans of Leaks That They Used to Be

Compared to ten years ago, today's journalists believe exposing government hypocrisy is more important than ever. Yet, they are less approving of the use confidential documents to expose that hypocrisy, according to a study from Indiana University School of Journalism. ...


Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 7, 2014 8:07am
Sadly, even newscasts, especially TV, are all about the ratings.

Wed, May 7, 2014 1:34pm
ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX...are all old news.

That's why the Drudge Report (and other online New-Media sources) continues to increase in influence, and is feared by this administration.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 7, 2014 3:27pm
EarlGrey: To be fair, the G.O.P./TEA side of the aisle probably fears the Huffington Post; it too is on-line New media, and its influence is also growing. As a registered Independent, I read both.

Wed, May 7, 2014 10:17pm
Mike: No fear of the HuffPo (or any of the other various sites online)...the more, the merrier...

Matt Drudge is history if Hillary wins in 2016. Remember Drudge's first story was breaking the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton story.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, May 8, 2014 8:03am
Earl: Why history? Rush's best, most entertaining shows were during the Clinton years. I'd think Drudge would be very valuable during the New Clinton years, as a balance to Huff.

Thu, May 8, 2014 9:18am
Mike: Vengeance is why.

I predict "President" Hillary will go "full-throttle" against Drudge (and all other "vast Right-wing conspiracy" boogeymen) using the FCC, IRS, or any other Federal bureaucracy to end them. Drudge is enemy #1 to Hillary... he broke the Monica story when the Old Media swept it under the rug...and it led to the impeachment of her Bill.


Mike from Delaware
Thu, May 8, 2014 10:09am
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. I've wondered over the years, what "pound of flesh" Hillary got from Slick Willy.

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