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So which stories have captured your attention this weekend?

Here in the Wilmington area, still many questions and intrigue over the Delaware Attorney-General office's criminal investigation that triggered the resignation of Christopher Wheeler as headmaster of the elite Tower Hill School. Prominent alumni decline comment.

Delaware Strong Families, a conservative organization, is challenging a new Delaware election law in court. That new law mandates advocacy groups reveal the names of donors behind political advertising. Delaware Strong Families puts out a voter guide, and argues the new "burdensome" law would "chill" the organization's free speech rights. What's so wrong with disclosure?

Once again, local law enforcement has announced D.U.I. checkpoints in the Christiana-Newark area and in Wilmington this weekend. One wonders if these announcements really alter motorists' behavior. Less likely to drink even a few before getting behind the wheel? Change one's route to and from a particular destination?

Maryland's Democratic Attorney-General, Doug Gansler - currently seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and who has appeared in public service announcements deploring underaged drinking - is coming under a barrage of criticism for pictures of the A.G. at an underaged party where his son & friends are drinking and dancing shirtless on tables. (The BALTIMORE SUN procured a list of rules parents gave to their sons & daughters, including prohibitions on coupling up in bedrooms and consumption of HARD alcohol.) Gansler insists he didn't know if any illegal drinking was going on, even though the kids were drinking out of distinctive red Solo cups: "It could be Kool-Aid instead of beer." He also declared it wasn't his job to bar OTHER people's children from drinking under the age of 21. But what I didn't realize from the initial press accounts: The entire episode took place at a rented home here in Delaware -- South Bethany Beach!

It was a another week for school violence: That 12-year-old Nevada middle school student shot in the stomach by a classmate insists the shooter was his friend, while begging parents to keep guns out of children's hands.

During the partial Federal government shutdown / debt ceiling crisis, Congressional Democrats were remarkably united. With the deeply flawed, Obamacare website rollout, Democratic unity is now fracturing.

Meanwhile, clearly no end to the rift among conservatives over the wisdom of allowing a partial U.S. government shutdown & the threat of default. One prominent conservative, Ryan Ellis, director of tax policy for Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, recently equated Ted Cruz & the others to terrorists on a list serv informally called the Repeal Coalition List: "The Repeal Coalition was hijacked by Defund terrorists. They flew the plane in a new direction and assured us that x, y, & z would follow. Not only did they not follow, but, in fact, a, b, and c happened..." Ellis refused comment on the e-mail, noting the list was private. But, he had ridiculed Cruz's tactics in The DAILY CALLER: "Much like the Vietnam War, things didn't go quite as planned for the self-appointed 'best and the brightest'. (Note the dripping sarcasm.) He also tweeted that Tea Party activists were "freakin' retarded."

According to a classified document leaked by Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency monitored the telephone conversations of at least 35 world leaders.

German and European leaders now propose talks with the United States in an effort to formulate mutually agreeable rules on surveillance.

The House of Saud is raging at the Obama Administration, unhappy with the Administration's failure to attack the Assad regime in Syria, unhappy with the start of dialogue with Iran, unhappy with the United States keeping the Egyptian military government at arm's length. Perhaps it's mostly bluff, but the Saudis are suggesting a pivot from the United States to China. Surely, at some level, that would seem most attractive to the Saudis: The Chinese are flush with cash; they'd buy even more Saudi oil; and the Beijing authorities would never lecture the Saudis about the virtues of democracy!

Posted at 8:57am on October 25, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Fri, Oct 25, 2013 10:30am
Normally I have no difficulty with laws requiring full disclosure. But I can understand those who worry about the new election law in Delaware requiring identification of donors for advertising. During the last election cycle we saw significant abuse at the Federal level. Donors to causes at odds with the administration found themselves targeted by the IRS for audits and general harassment. Would those same donors now be targeted by the Delaware Division of Revenue? In the current climate, anything is possible.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 10:31am
Wow, Allan, tons of topics.

Yep the Saudis are a nation with real integrity. The leaders in "Sandland" know which buttons to push to get the U.S. to do their bidding: China.

Good idea, the U.S. and Europe work out the limits of spying on each other.

Wow, that's bad when some of Grover Norquist's minions called Ted Cruz & the others terrorists and that Tea Party activists were "freakin' retarded."

I guess, some of our TEA folks here will now call Grover and his buds, RINO's or traitors.

Maryland's Democratic Attorney-General, Doug Gansler sounds like he's a real idiot and probably has just ended his political career. Gee, I remember when Bethany Beach was a Dry Town back in the 1970's.

I totally agree with you... What's wrong with disclosure in terms of the Delaware Strong Families organization? Must some some folks who've ponied up money for their organization they'd be embarassed for others to know about. Now, I'd really like to see that list. KKK, American Nazi Party, American Communist Party, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Barack and Michelle Obama ???? Could be fun to read the list.

The cops should announce WHERE the road checkpoints will be... that's like announcing which banks will not have an armed guard at it on a given day. Some times you just have to wonder, are they really interested in catching the law-breakers, who, in the case of impaired driving, are a danger to all of us?

Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:36pm
In regards to Delaware's Coalition of Strong Families: Fact: When someone complains about full disclosure, they have something to hide. Every Conservative coalition these days has a lot of dirty baggage to hide. I believe after this, no one will ever listen to the Coalition of Strong Families again... really ... Iisn't the view of our random neighbor three blocks over, far more relevant to causing us to make up or change our mind? Of course it is.... at least we know that random neighbor 3 blocks away.

And Mike: Is the point of having checkpoints to cut down on the number of unsafe drunks on the road at a certain time, or to catch one or two people who may have had too much (Delaware's limit is very low) but would still be safe drivers on their way home?

When you simply arrest people by following them to see if they weave, (the old way) you may take one or two people off the road who could cause an accident. But the one or two you do take off, probably wouldn't have made it home intact.

When you announce a road checkpoint on a major thoroughfare, you stretch that reach to an audience of 200,000 to 500,000, who will all then watch their consumption because they don't want to be the ones pulled over nor do they want to travel back-roads and risk further danger, in an effort to avoid the roadblock...

If you are looking at achieving the greatest impact, announcing the location does far more good. There are also legal issues for announcing it in public, in order to counteract any "entrapment defense" someone might attempt to use later to dismiss the case under the mandate that the arrest must have been made under probable cause.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 1:29pm
Kavips: If that is the case then they should announce a checkpoint for the end of East Main St in Newark so they can really catch a ton of drunk folks behind the wheel [probably a bunch of underaged folks to boot], especially on a Friday or Saturday night. Would be like fishing in a barrel!

Sat, Oct 26, 2013 4:26am
For those of you who plan to vote Democrat, here's the headline for Wednesday morning, November 5th, 2014:


Now wouldn't THAT be a scary-ghost story for all you liberals! Ahhhhhhhh-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaaa!

Better batten down the hatches!

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 9:50am
Mrpizza: It's because of the possibility of such headlines causes me to look more favorably to the DEMS.

There was a photo recently on Xfinity's news site that showed Chi-Com folks wearing masks over their mouth/nose are to try to block the pollution in the air. The air was a gray smokey color. You see the Chi-Coms have all sorts of coal burning electric plants, BECAUSE they have no EPA.

FDA is needed now more than ever, because we import more and more of our food from "third world sewers" like Mexico where a bribe is the way of their government/law enforcement does business. We get fish and other foods from Viet Nam and China. Do you really trust them THAT much to NOT want the FDA inspecting what they ship here to the good ole US of A for you, your family, to eat?

Granted there are other government agencies we probably could and should cut back a lot and others we should eliminate, like the NEA [school decisions are made locally, there's no national standard so why do we need the NEA? The National Endowment for the Arts is another agency that uses our tax dollars to fund anti-Christian art like the "painting" in cow dung of Mary, Jesus' mother; or the Crucifix in a jar of urine, etc. I don't care what they say, NEITHER of those are ART.

So yes some agencies can and should be cut back and others eliminated, but that's where the TEA/GOP scare folks, they want to cut the agencies that actually help folks, good luck selling that to the general public.

My guess is the DEMS hope that is your message in both 2014 and 2016 so Hillary will be a shoe in for Prez.

Sat, Oct 26, 2013 1:44pm
Sorry Mike, but I'd rather have polluted air and water than to live under the tyranny that's currently being imposed. In the words of Patrick Henry: Give me liberty or give me death.

Glad we can agree on the NEA and their urine-dipped crosses.

Sat, Oct 26, 2013 1:50pm
By the way, I would also say that the reason China has such bad pollution is not because they don't have a government agency telling them how to do their job, but rather a lack of technology. We could conceivably repay some of our debt to them by exporting to them much of the technology that we use in our factories today.

Once again, solutions are not found through government, but through innovation from the private sector.

Sat, Oct 26, 2013 3:06pm
The above statement is just one of many examples of good ole' American exceptionalism.

Sat, Oct 26, 2013 7:25pm
From the above, it looks like American exceptionalism just fell off the edge of the world....

Sun, Oct 27, 2013 12:29am
Thanks to your president.

Sun, Oct 27, 2013 10:54pm
For those here who think Benghazi has been forgotten...did you happen to catch "60 Minutes" tonight? Can we please impeach this president or at least prosecute Hillary for this travesty that they blamed on a non-existent video?
Benghazi was a well planned attack by Al-Qaeda and U.S. government knew about it months prior yet did nothing to prevent...and did nothing when it happened.

Mon, Oct 28, 2013 12:23am
Sorry EarlGrey, but only Republicans and TEA Partians are held responsible for their actions. Democrats get a free pass unless it's Anthony's Weiner.

Mon, Oct 28, 2013 8:03am
Sadly mrpizza this seems to be true...can you imagine if ANY of the current scandals popped up during Bush's presidency?
Benghazi alone would have been a non-stop 24/7 news cycle since it happened right before the election. But, only a few journalists bothered to fact check and look into the real story. The real story is that Al-Qaeda is alive and well and that would have cost the election for B-H-O...so they attempted to cover up the story and hoped people would forget about it.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 9:08am
EarlGrey and Mrpizza: I didn't watch "60 Minutes" last night, but just now listened to the CBS radio audio for "60 Minutes" on WDEL's Podcast link. Very interesting and yes, upsetting.

The Benghazi lead story was upsetting and yes, it would seem that both Hillary and Obama should have to answer for that. That broadcast being on CBS, and NOT Fox, eliminates the DEMS being able to claim the story aired on a right-wing media outlet or part of a right-wing conspiracy, etc., etc. CBS is mainstream or as your gal Sarah Palin would say, "lamestream" media. So that story is damning and should NOT be blown over as apparently the Obama Administration AND Hillary seem to be achieving. Yes, Hillary it does make a difference.

On this one, I'm with you guys. Those deaths should have never happened and heads need to roll, and not some junior flunkie either. I say let's start with Hillary and move on up to Obama. You're right IF this had happened during Bush Jr.'s terms, this would have been the biggest story of the year and Bush would probably have been impeached by the DEM Congress.

The other two "60 Minutes" stories were interesting too. Snowden and the Metropolitan Opera. THAT last story was very interesting and very creative; sorry I didn't get to view that one.

Thanks WDEL for making the audio of "60 Minutes" available for those of us who miss those CBS News programs. I also listen to "Face the Nation" on WDEL's podcast as I'm not home from church when it airs on TV or on WDEL.

Mon, Oct 28, 2013 10:40pm
MFD: Actually, the term "lamestream media" was used by Rush Limbaugh long before anybody ever heard of Sarah Palin.

I think she borrowed it from him.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 8:07am
Mrpizza: I haven't listened to Rush in quite some time, but I remember him calling the media the "drive-by media". But given we're talking about Sarah Palin, it's probably more likely that she didn't coin the phrase lamestream media, and did get it from somewhere else, possibly Rush.

Maybe he stopped using it after Palin started using it, which I could understand.

Different topic: Last Saturday night my wife and I were at a children's Halloween party, the kids were all dressed up, eating hot dogs, getting candy, etc., anyhow, one of the adult women was dressed up as a witch. Without missing a beat, I said to her, "It's nice to meet you Christine O'Donnell'. Everyone within earshot cracked up laughing. Thankfully the woman also saw the humor and laughed along with us.

Tue, Oct 29, 2013 8:15am
While you are getting all bent over Benghazi... why don't you bend into knots over Kennedy's assassination while you are at it... or maybe over the 400+ killed in Beirut? Huh?

Or perhaps the dead here in Wilmington? I hear from Allan Loudell that there are more people killed here this year than were ever killed in an attack on Benghazi? If we had a Tea Party mayor, everyone would be trying to impeach him!...

My goodness, more people killed in Wilmington than in a foreign outpost in some foreign land on some continent that used to be called.... "The Dark Continent."!!!

Time to impeach the chief of police... The mayor! The Attorney General.. yeah, that's right... And the Vice President too, while we are at it... He's from Delaware too, even finished school in Claymont. That makes him responsible as well.. And the President? Yes, why yes, we should impeach him as well because of the color of his skin... Yeah, that's it...

Hey Guys. Drop Benghazi. You guys look really stupid.... as I so eloquently showed above... :)

Tue, Oct 29, 2013 8:21am
One of the jokes abounding around Christine O'Donnell is that she had people spying on her in her bushes.... She was ridiculed up and down the state for that...

Truth is, Allan Loudell was doing that stake-out way back then, and saw a huge Tussock moth fly into those shrubberies and went in after it... That was when Christine happened to look out her window...


Tue, Oct 29, 2013 9:23am
kavips: Maybe I'm not "bent into knots" over Kennedy or Beirut because those involved in both cases are no longer living on this earth. Hillary and BHO are both alive and well. So, since the past is the past, how about we LEARN from it rather than dwelling in it?

I did find the Kennedy conspiracy story on NPR the other day pretty interesting...and yes, Beirut was a HUGE mistake.

Maybe we should learn from the past.

We learned from NPR's report that there were multiple cover-ups by the FBI and Judge Warren. Both hid important information and poorly followed proper protocol in fact-finding. Same can be said for Benghazi...remember the idiotic story this administration fed the U.S. public? We were all fed the lie that an anti-Islamic video was the cause, rather than the truth that it was actually a well-trained, well-armed attack by Al-Qaeda on 9/11.

The lesson to be learned from Beirut is that it's probably stupid policy not to arm the guards... in Beirut the Marines were not permitted to have bullets in their weapons and the terrorists easily blew threw the gates and into the barracks... the same pretty much happened in Benghazi.

And for your ridiculous race-baiting...I don't give a rats arse what color the man's skin is. I want anyone who let this attack/assassination of a U.S. Ambassador (and murder of those brave SEALs) to happen and then blatantly lied to the entire country (and the U.N.) to be held responsible.

BTW, last I checked I'm pretty sure Hillary is pretty pale in complexion. Yes?

So again, whichever parties are responsible...find them, prosecute them in a court of law, and judge them for their guilt.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 10:08am
Thank YOU EarlGrey, you just saved me a lot of typing. Well Said, AMEN.

Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:23pm
Allan, you may have noticed it but with the Merkel spying revelations, a shift, not only with Feinstein, but with the New York Times and for the most part the mainstream media, has come about, and it is not too subtle. Both groups previously called Snowden a traitor, and now both are turning on the Obama administration for its prolific spying...

Merkel may have been the straw.... that made them realize this has indeed gone "off the hook". Perhaps Snowden, seeing things as they really were, was morally correct in blowing the whistle and letting the world know what was really going on.

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