Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Now I yell TWICE AS LOUD!!!!

Every morning (and sometimes throughout the day) I check my DE polito-blogs, to find out if I missed anything during my brief moments of sleep. Today I checked the oft-defunct Delavoice, whose frequent outages have been discussed here before. The website that came up was...

Hard-core pornography?

The Anarchist's Cookbook?

Delaware Liberal?

Worse.

It was this one.

I certainly appreciate the additional traffic. I'm glad the minds behind Delavoice appear to want to share my views with the world.

However, for the sake of posterity, I did not request this, and should Delavoice come back on line with the same... voice as before, I wish them Godspeed.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Plagarism on the blogosphere

Normally, I wouldn't draw any extra attention to the way-leftward antics of Jason @ DelawareLiberal. When he screws up, though, it's a different ballgame.

http://delawareliberal.blogspot.com/2006/08/q-why-am-i-still-calling-mike-castles.html

Compare with:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/8/13/221652/964

Special Thanks to Dave @ FirstState Politics for finding this. Giving credit - it's the right thing to do.

EDIT 8/15 - 11:00am:

Dave @ FirstState Politics has found another absolute piece of plagarism on DelawareLiberal. Two in two days, and I may just get around to checking other posts now.

I find it odd that the standard liberal complaint that conservatives are "parroting Bush" is so frequently cast out, when actual theft of words is occuring on a Lib site without complaint.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

News Journal - Priorities

Without commenting on why they may have done this, I'd like to present a screenshot of the Delaware Online front page taken at 9:15 am.

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That's right. Major terror plot uncovered. Not the top story, what with the 4-H club and their goings-on.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Party at my house - August 14th!

O.K. - not really.

August 13th at midnight, 30 day campaign finance reports are due. By legal definition, candidates are instructed to give an accurate accounting of their current finances, list any and all donors who gave $100 or more, and show the health of their campaign war chests.

As you may remember, Mike Protack treated his last 30 day report like a note from Epstein's Mother. He claimed to have a lot more money than he actually did, and didn't bother to list where it had come from. He had random receiptless expenditures, and didn't bother to explain what they were for.

This year I expect the same. I expect more from the State Board of Elections, who created these rules for a reason, and have allowed Protack to break election laws in the past. I don't believe that (finally) being charged with false reporting would affect his Quixotic obsession with public office, but maybe someday it will be enough to keep him off the ballot.

From Gazziza.net: the Book Meme

Paul, I accept your challenge.

1. One book that changed your life:
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. While I wouldn't call myself an Objectivist, reading that book made me want to be the very best I could be, at whatever I did, just because I could. How powerful is that?

2. One book that you've read more than once:
Do comic books count?

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Kon-Tiki. (For the uninformed, it's about a guy who crosses the Pacific on a raft.)

4. One book that made you laugh:
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. A light-hearted tale about the Biblical Apocalypse.

5. One book that made you cry:
I honestly don't think I've ever cried reading a book. Which is strange - I've cried during McDonald's commercials (Do your mama proud, Calvin!).

6. One book that you wish had been written:
There's a book I'm planning to write:

America is Wrong Again!
I'm Just Messing With You - We Kick Ass
by Rick J


7. One book that you wish had never been written:
To Serve Man. It's a cookbook! They're going to eat us!!!

Or, how about anything by Paul Begala.

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Not trying to get cross-posted or anything, but Only In Delaware by Celia Cohen is in my bathroom right now.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Beside Still Waters: Searching for Meaning in an Age of Doubt by Gregg Easterbrook.

10. Tag five others.
I'm passing it along...

Friday, August 04, 2006

New Candidates?

Latest buzz indicates that the Republicans have located a candidate for State Treasurer. As of yet, the identity is unknown, but I believe it may be a "she".

I'll keep pestering until I find out more.

UPDATE: Stell Parker Selby? Interesting...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Lonesome Death of Delavoice

As an astute (and handsome) citizen of the Delaware blogosphere, I remember when there were only a few websites out in the ether that discussed Delaware politics. Of course Celia Cohen's Delaware Grapevine has been around since Al Gore built the first steam powered internet, and The News Journal has had an effective web presence for years. For a brief shining moment, there was DelaTacit - who elevated political gossip from the gutters to the... electric gutters, I guess. DelaTacit faded into Bolivia before the 2004 elections, to be seemingly replaced in tenor and tone by Delavoice.

And then, any idiot (present company included) could write a blog. I suppose that is what has left Delavoice out in the wilderness - the fact that a commentator doesn't need to pay for dedicated webspace to get a snarky idea out. In any case, www.delavoice.com seems to be gone. Let's hope the voice that provided its content is still out there, and ready to speak again, someday.