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Delaware lawmakers appear to be balking at Governor Markell's plan to hike taxes and fees for various projects up & down the state. Markell proposed a nickel increase in the gasoline tax, toll hikes, higher motor vehicle document fees, etc. Republican legislators lambasted Markell's tax plan, particularly the proposed gas tax hike, and Democratic lawmakers signalled a reluctance to raise taxes in the absence of bipartisan support.

Wilmington taxi operations are targets of a crackdown by state and city authorities. Starting Wednesday morning, city cops, AMTRAK officers, and DMV investigators began inspecting taxis in the downtown and riverfront areas. Authorities say they uncovered equipment problems; registration & insurance violations, plus a person illegally operating a taxi. The DMV cited four taxi companies, and two of those remain suspended for failure to pay their fines.

That veteran Philly building inspector who apparently committed suicide had inspected the site of that deadly building collapse two times in February, and a nearby related project in May.

A local urologist, Dr. Thomas Desperito, insisted in court he provided the best medical care possible to Daniel Metzgar, 44, with the December 2009 installation of a three-piece, inflatable penile implant. Dr. Desperito denied that he botched the procedure, which left Metzgar with an eight-month erection. The truck-driver patient, who's diabetic, testified earlier that his scrotum became enlarged -- to the size of a volleyball, but the doctor had warned of swelling. That kind of swelling?

Delaware mosquito control officials urge residents to eliminate standing water anywhere on their property, as Delaware braces for an explosion of mosquitoes, fueled by days of heavy rains producing puddles.

Have you been following the story of Sarah Murnaghan, the dying 10-year-old, Pennsylvania girl who - after a long campaign by her family - was moved onto the waiting list for adult lungs, after which she underwent transplant surgery? This transplant came as the result of a media campaign, a lawsuit, and a Federal court order, plus political pressure on Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to intervene. But has a dangerous precedent been established, where the distribution of a limited supply of human organs falls hostage to the success of individual P.R. campaigns, bluntly, who has the money to hire the best P.R. firms and lawyers?

What about the story about the 11-year-old mariachi performer, Sebastien De La Cruz, booked to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before Game 3 of the N.B.A. final in San Antonio, as a last-minute replacement to Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish? Sebastien appeared before the crowd wearing an ornate gray & black mariachi outfit. His strong voice resounded through the arena. He pumped his fist at the end. The crowd cheered and applauded. But the performance provoked a tidal wave of racist comments on line. Twitter users expressed outrage that a Hispanic singer was allowed to perform the Star-Spangled Banner. Comments: "How you singing the national anthem looking like an illegal immigrant." "Why is a foreigner singing the national anthem? I realize that's San Antonio but that still ain't Mexico." "Who let this illegal alien sing our national anthem?"

The Obama Administration concludes the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against opposition forces, so President Obama has authorized sending weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time. But no firm decision on the timetable nor the specific type of weaponry. Here we go again. Mission creep?

Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign policy committee in the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, claimed the information alledging chemical weapons use by Assad's forces had been fabricated. Pushkov suggested the United States would use it, however, to justify intervention in the Syrian conflict: "Information about the use by Assad of chemical weapons has been fabricated in the same place as the lies about (Saddam) Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. Obama is taking the same path as George Bush."

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Syrian conflict during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the G-8 summit this coming Monday.

Iranians are going to the polls to elect a new President. Whatever the outcome, it's doubtful Iranian nuclear ambitions will change. Iran's mullahs have battled behind the scenes. Unable to end their infighting, they failed to rally behind a single candidate, boosting the chances for the lone "moderate" in the contest, and consequently reigniting the interest of some of those more moderate Iranians who were contemplating a boycott of the election.

Will the Turkish protests end now that Turkish Prime Minister Recp Tayyip Erdogan has met with some of the protesters, and apparently agreed to postpone an Istanbul city park redevelopment project. Or does the "Turkish Spring" rage on?

Let's hope this trend among Japanese youth doesn't cross the Pacific to our shores:

A new craze among teens in Japan -- licking each other's eyeballs. Kids are coming to school with eye patches, as pink eye infections escalate exponentially. Apparently, some Japanese youth now regard such contact as the next step after kissing. Some speculate this craze began after a Japanese band licked the lead singer's eyeball in a music video. Licking has become popular in Japanese magna comics.

Posted at 8:18am on June 14, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Fri, Jun 14, 2013 9:25am
Happy Flag Day!

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 9:42am
Not me, Earl. Every morning school kids are brainwashed by having to recite that disgusting piece of fascistic propaganda. It makes unquestioning allegiance to an icon, not to principles. It denies the basic and fundamental right of secession. It forces theocracy on everyone. And it states a foul lie: Liberty and justice for all? When did that ever happen?

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

Tea partiers and the religious right are fascists, authoritarian psychos. They talk liberty but they crave dictatorship - just like Germany in the 20s.

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:19am
They are simply asking for the liberty to crave Nazi dictatorships... One can't do that in a non free society.

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:39am

How can the guy sue the doctor because of an eight month erection? Many people would consider this a fringe benefit and not a problem.

"Hi, nice to meet you. (handshake) And this is my friend, little Joe."

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 11:02am
"Hi, nice to meet you. (handshake) And this is my friend, little Joe."

Sorry, Charlie. This is my boyfriend, and his friend Hoss.

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 12:53pm
BillSmith & kavips: funny that you both want to portray (demonize) the Tea Party as Nazis...especially with all the recent news about our current administration acting like the stormtroopers & Stasi of the Third Reich.

1984 did not even come close to describing what we now have in 2013...worst thing is we have all embraced this technology and shared our own info to Big Brother voluntarily through our foolish trust.

"The more a society monitors, controls and observes its citizens, the less free it is."~Germany's Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 1:29pm
Earl, I said they are fascists. Authoritarian. Patriotic. Ultra-nationalistic (i.e., exceptionalism). Hostile to liberalism and other political philosophies. Militaristic. All that's the missing is a strong, charismatic leader, but look at the way tea party types venerate talk show hosts and politicians and get belligerent when anybody criticizes their favorites.

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 4:50pm
Earl: The Tea Party-types act like Nazis. You can't call the current administration out as Nazis. That is too far-fetched. If anything they'd be a moderate form of the Stasi..(Hats off to you; you got two letters right...)

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 9:39pm
kavips: sorry but we will have to agree to disagree on your above posted opinions.

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:24pm
Well Earl... we agree on this...


Sat, Jun 15, 2013 1:23am
I've been warning people for years that the WMD's existed in Iraq and were moved to Syria during the 10-month run-up to the invasion. These same weapons are now being used against the Syrian people, just as So-Damn-Insane used them against the Kurds.

Markell is typical of Democrats, who never see a tax hike they don't like.

If the NBA wanted a Mariachi performer, they should have called Herb Alpert.

The PR campaign wouldn't have been necessary had Kathleen Sebelius done the right thing. Stay tuned for more discrimination once Obamacare is fully implemented. I predict discrimination based on religious and political affiliation as this health care scheme starts to show its true colors.

We Nazis in the Tea Party, of which I'm a proud member, are taking America back from the communists on both the left and right.

Sat, Jun 15, 2013 6:29am
Christianity at work...again...

Yesterday we learned the faculty and principals of a fundamentalist school bullied one of their students for being Canadian.

And, the pope of Rome acknowledged that the Vatican does indeed, as long suspected, have a "gay lobby."

Today, Christian love and compassion sinks to new depths as the LA Times reports a Catholic parochial school has fired a teacher for the great sin of being a victim of domestic abuse. Ah yes, the husband is the head of the house like Christ is head of the church. Women obey your husbands and keep silent. Better for a woman to die in child-birth than to have an abortion. And if he knocks you around, you must deserve it... In nomine patris...

Teacher at Catholic school loses job over ex-husband's actions
Diocese of San Diego says it fears that the inmate, serving time for domestic abuse, could pose a threat to those at the El Cajon school after his release.

All this in addition to priests molesting school kids.

Sat, Jun 15, 2013 7:02am
No more doubt about tea party "family values" ....
'Watching a black guy get arrested is the funniest thing ever:' Nevada congressman's son tweets racist and sexist remarks and refers to President Obama as a 'slave'

A Nevada congressman has apologized for his son's racist and sexist tweets, in which he repeatedly refers to women as 'sluts' and 'whores' who belong in the kitchen and calls President Obama a 'slave' who is only good at 'spear chucking and rock skipping.'

Joey Heck, 16, is the son of Republican Joe Heck. Among the younger Heck's more than 3,000 tweets, he brags about having insider knowledge of Congress and national security, he ridicules women, refers to homosexuals as 'f*****s' and calls black people 'n***as.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2341732/Watching-black-guy-arrested-funniest-thing-Nevada-congressmans-son-tweets-racist-sexist-remarks-refers-President-Obama-slave.html#ixzz2WHVszwJ2

This kid sounds like Pizza.

Sat, Jun 15, 2013 10:43am
billsmith: I know you're just gloating over all the examples of a small percentage of Christians who give Christ and Christianity a bad name. However, when you eventually stand before God, he'll not allow you to use that as an excuse. Better turn to him now while there's still time.

Sat, Jun 15, 2013 12:14pm
Pizza, bad speech and bad deeds are inherent in Christian doctrine. Besides, it's a done deal. The game is rigged. God decided at the beginning of time who would be saved and nothing anyone does can change it. I am going to keep my integrity and not suck up to a cruel and sadistic god, whom you people created in your own image and who probably bears no resemble to any actual higher power. After I read the Book of Job, I liked the other guy a lot better.

Sat, Jun 15, 2013 1:36pm
billsmith: Yes there is one thing that can change it - for you. Acts 16:31 says: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy household."

Sun, Jun 16, 2013 5:26am
Christians can't seems to help themselves. They just have to keep bullying people.

Religious rights organization gives Texas school sixty day deadline to admit they violated valedictorian's rights - or face legal action

* The Liberty Institute has threatened legal action against Joshua High School if they don't apologize to valedictorian Remington Reimer.
* Remington Reimer was to make the Valedictory speech
* All speeches had to be pre-approved by the school
* Reimer deviated from the script and his mic was pulled
* Continued speak even after being muted although nobody could hear him

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2342047/Sixty-days-apologize-Rights-org-gives-Texas-school-administrators-deadline-admit-violated-valedictorians-rights--face-legal-action.html#ixzz2WMy93lju

This is an interesting twist: Admit it or we'll sue you. For the record, the kid had references to religion in his pre-approved text. Every speaker was told, stick to the script or the mic gets turned off. But that's not good enough for the Jesus Jumpers.


Sun, Jun 16, 2013 5:31am
While the self-righteous religious hypocrite who runs Chick-Fil-A is busy telling gays how to live, another chain is quietly following Jesus' teachings and trying to do some good in the world...
The restaurant chain that lets YOU choose what you pay for whatever you eat and believes other businesses should do the same

* Panera Bread operates five cafes where customer's get to pay whatever they choose
* The company launched the initiative to help the millions of Americans who can't afford to eat on a regular basis
* The company has found only 20 percent of customers paid less than they should have
* CEO Ron Shaich believes other companies should start to do the same

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2342230/The-restaurant-chain-lets-YOU-choose-pay-eat-believes-businesses-same.html#ixzz2WMzEXPRX

And Panera Bread says nothing about religion in all of this. They just did it all on their own.

The food is a lot better than the processed crap Chick-Fil-A sells, made from birds which have spent their entire lives in warehouses, in stacked wire cages. Apparently, Christians think it's OK to abuse and mistreat god's creatures. Look at the Amish and their puppy mills.


Sun, Jun 16, 2013 7:51pm
billsmith: Once again, you have it backwards, just like your brother Mark Rice. It's the Christians who are BEING bullied. They're simply defending themselves. We want an equal voice in society, and thankfully there are at least a few of us who are willing to stand up and fight for it.

Sun, Jun 16, 2013 8:21pm
Pizza, you're an idiot. When was the last time some non-Christian tried to make you or anyone you know sit still to listen to some conversion rant?

Mon, Jun 17, 2013 2:18am
Well, some fictitious guy named Bill Smith comes to mind.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 8:28am
All too often, we in the church, can allow our inner Pharisee to take over rather than being humble allowing Christ to lead us. When we do this, we then are following the Frank Sinatra hit song My Way, rather than His Way aka God's Way.

Here is an interesting sermon from the Assembly of God web site that asks the question, "Are you a Pharisee or a Tax Collector?" If you think about it, neither seems to be a great choice.

I believe even a former Christian like Billsmith might find this sermon interesting and suspect he might agree with some of what is said, because in many ways, Bill has said some of what is being said in this sermon albeit Billsmith uses different words, but has a similar message. Enjoy.

Just for the record: Yes Billsmith, I'm still a Lutheran, but I'm not so stuck that I don't visit other denominations web sites and even visit their churches to worship on occasions. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on what was said in this sermon, because at least for my ear, much of what he said, you've said already on this blog in some manner or other, just used different words.


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 5:30pm
MikeFromDelaware: Do you even know what Pharisees were? Do you even know that Jesus was a Pharisee?

It's amazing to me how you people claim to love Jesus but hate Jews. What do you think Jesus was?

You claim to support Israel but what you really want is Armageddon, the end of the world and Jesus to come back (and you think Jews will then be sent to hell).

Sorry, but the Missouri Synod does not approve of worshiping with other denominations.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 6:27pm
Billsmith: By your comments, you obviously didn't listen/ watch the sermon. Instead, you'd rather make insulting comments based on your assumptions of what Christians must be like. You definitely are a "Pharisee". Funny for a person who's lifestyle has been mocked & stereotyped by people; I'd have thought you'd not do that to others. Yep, you're a Pharisee. So much for having an intelligent discussion, what was I thinking.

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 6:52am
MikeFromDelaware: You clearly have no idea who the Pharisees were or what they taught. You also miss the point that teachings attributed to Jesus in the Gospels put him very much in the mainstream of then current Pharisaic teaching. The Pharisees and their teachings are the basis for Judaism as we know it.

You really should not be using words when you have no idea what they mean. Clearly, you are not willing to make even the minimal effort to read the Wikipedia article on Pharisees.

The oldest new testament documents indicate they were written at least 70 to 90 years after Jesus' time. They were edited and selected for inclusion into the canon (or exclusion from it) almost 400 years later. Curiously, you reject the "teaching authority" of the church but substitute for it a document which is a product of the church's "teaching authority." Later Martin Luther did additional editing.

The question is why did the writers and editors of scripture see fit to make Pharisees the bad guys? For one, St. Paul was a Sadducee and his theology comes from their teachings. For another, the writers and editors needed to indicate a clear break between Christianity and Judaism, and between their version of Christianity and that treated Jesus as a Jewish teacher and Christianity as a branch of Judaism. Besides, after the Judean rebellion and the destruction of Jerusalem, Jews were not very popular in the empire. (Don't tell me about how the empire persecuted early Christians; historians have debunked that one.)

So, Pharisees are still around. They call themselves "Jews." And the way they are treated in the new testament has served to allow Christians to think Jesus is not talking about them and to justify anti-semitism.

And no, I have no interest in a sermon from some preacher who clearly is as uninformed on this topic as you are, and who holds no legitimate academic credentials (in a Pentecostal denomination where anybody can show up and claim to have been called). You really need to be more discerning about whom you accept as authorities.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 8:38am
Billsmith: I agree totally with your last sentence that said, "You really need to be more discerning about whom you accept as authorities."

So I'm going to exercise that discerning right now. Have a nice day.

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 9:13am
MikeFromTupperware: That's it. Keep your mind completely closed. Fresh air might cause your mind to spoil. Remember you belong to a cult that equates seeking knowledge with original sin. And wondering and questioning with sinking into the Sea of Galilee. Blessed are the ignorant for they shall be spared the trouble of having to think for themselves.

So, you've joined the Assemblies of God this week and you continue your membership in the "church-of-the-month club." Remember, you're going to need a full dunking and then we will look forward to you posting in tongues.

Other AGs include: Jim and Tammy Faye, their church secretary (and Howard Stern regular) Jessica Hahn, Jimmy Swaggart who "visited" hookers, his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis who married his 13-year-old cousin, Elvis Presley who liked drugs, junk food, and took up with Priscilla when she was 14, and last but not least, Sarah Palin, who had flings with a visiting college basketball player she was supposed to be covering for TV in her sister's dorm room and with her husband's business partner over an oil-drum and did coke (the kind that comes in envelopes). Also John Ashcroft, who gave us the Patriot Act. Then there's Aimee Semple McPherson, who left to start her own church and then faked her own disappearance to have an extended assignation with her radio engineer. Plus you've got this guy who claims to be an "adjunct professor" at an unaccredited "university," while working on a PhD from another unaccredited school.

You were better off with the LCMS, they have an academically rigorous seminary which is fully accredited to award masters degrees (the minimum required for LCMS pastors) and doctorates.

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 9:54am
You really need to be more discerning about whom you accept as authorities.-billsmith

Very true.

Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” -Acts 23:6

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 9:58am
Billsmouth: Who'd rather shoot off his mouth while making crazy assumptions. Just because I posted an AG sermon doesn't mean I've left Lutheranism. But unlike you, I'm not so closed-minded in my walk with Christ that I don't explore and take the good I find from others outside of my fellowship [my denomination], who also worship the same Risen Christ. Blather on; it's the thing you do best.

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 10:15am
Earl: The Sadducees were the party of the priestly class and the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin did not include Pharisees. The Pharisees were the party of the synagogue and rabbinical Judaism. Before his so called "conversion" Saul of Tarsus was an agent of the Sanhedrin. His theology of "blood sacrifice" is pure Sadducee. The Bible contradicts itself and gets facts wrong repeatedly. Still some people accept it as infallible. But if you present contradictory facts, some of them will probably be right. I guess some people consider that infallibility. Add to that the human ability to twist scripture to mean anything you want. The Bible is like ink blots. They say more about the reader than the writer.

MikeFromUnaware: You are the one who said you had left the LCMS (and informed them of your decision). So, which is it? In or out? If you are in, have you let them know you are "exploring" (for which you can be excommunicated). The LCMS does not approve of "exploring." It's the spiritual equivalent of an extra-marital affair. Before you joined the LCMS, you should have done your homework about what you'd be committing to.

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 11:16am
"The Bible contradicts itself and gets facts wrong repeatedly"...can you list some of these wrong facts and contradictions?

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 11:38am
Earl: The Bible is off to a roaring start in Genesis chapters one and two with two different and contradictory versions of the creation myth.

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 1:28pm
bill: Genesis 1 is chronological (revealing the sequential events of the Creation week)... Genesis 2 is topical (it fills in the details for man and his environment).
Only one author and only one Creation account...

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 2:20pm
Wrong, Earl: Genesis I is P source. Genesis II is J source and was written much earlier. The Torah (Pentateuch) comes from (at least) five different sources: J, E, L, P and D. The five books are a cut and paste job from these separate documents believed to have been redacted in the 4th century BCE by Ezra, following the "Babylonian Captivity."
In Genesis II, man is made before vegetation and animals and creation takes place in a single day. Later, woman is created. In Genesis I, man and woman are created at the same time, on the sixth day - after vegetation and animals.
Genesis II also comes from a time before monotheism developed. Other verses also suggest a court of multiple gods (as many as 70) like Mt. Olympus or Asgard.

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