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Allan Loudell
4th of July Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues grab your attention on this Independence Day weekend? Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt concedes DelDOT bungled the response to citizens' reports about the leaning pillars beneath the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington...
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Allan Loudell
Military trumps Facebook in mining moods

If Facebook's clandestine mining of users' moods earns your scorn and derision, how about when the U.S. military does it? And it's been doing it much longer, according to this account in Defense One...
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Allan Loudell
Could Civil Rights Act clear today's Congress?

With the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, it's interesting to contemplate: Could something like that massive body of legislation ever clear today's Congress, particularly in a Presidential election year? Sure, most people profess color-blindness today and few people are overt racists...
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Allan Loudell
Delaware lawmakers approve casino bail-out in final minutes. Misguided?

In the final minutes of the legislative session, Delaware lawmakers approved the $10 million casino bailout, even though casino operators gave them absolutely no guarantee that they wouldn't lay off workers in an effort to stay profitable...
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Allan Loudell
Cigarette smokers: Don't throw your cigarettes out the window while driving!

You may have heard on WDEL, or read here at wdel.com the story of the Elsmere man who tossed a lit cigarette out his window near the westbound Kirkwood Highway exit...
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Allan Loudell
U.S. Supreme Court delivers 5--4 decisions for Hobby Lobby; and against mandated union dues for in-home care

U.S. Supreme Court justices might have found themselves able to deliver unanimous decisions last week (i.e., warrants needed for cellphones), but today, the Justices reverted to their usual 5-4 ideological split...
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Allan Loudell
Could Congress unite to ban workplace secrecy agreements which stifle whistleblowers?

Last week, the usually ideologically divided U.S. Supreme Court surprised many observers by handing down some unanimous decisions, albeit, sometimes with differing rationale...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues have captured your attention here at the end of the week? An early-morning, overturned tractor-trailer at I-95 and Route 141, which completely closed down I-95's southbound lanes - at a time when I-495 remains closed - underscored how our tiny state can become utterly gridlocked...
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Allan Loudell
Obama Administration's use of drones opening Pandora's box?

Let's face it. The average American gives little thought to this country's escalating use of drones. Or, sees drones as a logical alternative to the use of manned aircraft...
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Allan Loudell
Priceless Joe Biden--Katy Perry snapshot!

I know it's just superficial tabloid... but I can't resist posting this DAILY MAIL piece on Katy Perry with Joe Biden! (By the way, compare Joe's photo with Katy vs...
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Allan Loudell
Are Delaware lawmakers even familiar with the term, 'conflict of interest'?

Delaware lawmakers and in fact, Governor Markell, in their infinite wisdom rushed through legislation erasing the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner...
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Allan Loudell
NATIONAL JOURNAL: Meet the people formerly mad at Hillary Club

Another factor which explains the tidal wave of support within the Democratic Party for Hillary Rodham Clinton's all-but-guaranteed 2016 Presidential bid even BEFORE the 2014 Congressional mid-term elections: The desire of anyone who "crossed" the Clintons in the past to get on their right side; after all, the Clintons have legendary long memories...
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Allan Loudell
Neo-cons' warnings about Iraq falling on deaf ears

Even though neo-conservatives - including many of the same ones who persuaded President George W. Bush to intervene in Iraq - have received ample time in mainstream media to press their case for a more strenuous U...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention here at the end of the week? Completely stymied in its attempts to win a gasoline tax increase from Delaware legislators, the Markell Administration has unilaterally hiked weekend tolls on Route One from two to three dollars...
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Eclectic Hobbies with Allan Loudell
Start of summer sees many butterflies, moths; first Monarchs sighted in our region this year

Mid-June is a great time for butterflies and moths because many spring species (for example, Hairstreaks) are still flying; the big dramatic Swallowtail butterflies and Silk moths have all emerged; Fritillaries are flying; and we start to see Monarchs...
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Allan Loudell
Hillary Clinton vortex swamps Joe Biden in the Senate

Yet another article about the 2016 Presidential election, and how Hillary Rodham Clinton's seemingly inevitable Presidential bid is swamping Joe Biden's presumed 2016 hopes...
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Allan Loudell
Delaware Art Museum will need to sell more paintings?

I posted in a previous blog about how auctions are not necessarily living up to expectations. Whether works of art or other collectibles, such as stamps...
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Allan Loudell
In return for increasing U.S. energy independence, will exploding trains become the norm?

Iraq probably cements it. More than ever, a substantial number of Americans will seek energy independence, just so we can disengage from unpleasant places -- like much of the Middle-East...
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Allan Loudell
Could Iran "save" Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Iran's failure to release the U.S. embassy hostages was arguably the final nail which handed the 1980 Presidential election to Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter...
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Allan Loudell
Did wall-to-wall O.J. coverage 20 years ago lead to dumbing down of media, reality TV?

Were you glued to your TV screen 20 years ago as the news networks aired wall-to-wall coverage of O.J. Simpson's white Bronco proceeding down the expressway? Did you follow the subsequent trial like no other? With its incendiary blend of sports, celebrity, violent crime, and race, the O...
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