Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Delmarva Power To Phase In, Make For Bigger Increase

Well, sort of. Rather than just see your bills jump up 59%, Delmarva Power will start phasing in their electric hikes starting in May, and continue over the following 13 months. Their average bills will see increases of $18 starting on May 1st, then another $18 on January 1st, 2007. June 1st, 2007 will see a $34 increase on the average bill on top of all that. That'll turn out to be about an extra $20 on our bills after that, because of what they're calling "interest" on the phase in.

Is that really what we wanted? Is that really better?

Honestly, will 13 months do anything for our bank accounts other than make it FEEL like the power increase won't be as bad? It likely won't for mine. Just give it to me all at once so I know what to expect. And see my post further down the page regarding the actions of lawmakers in this whole debacle.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Downstate Dems Decide Not To Bother In 41st

Because it wasn't amusing enough the first time it happened, we'll be treated to Round 2 this year. Indeed Barbara Lifflander will try again to unseat John Atkins in the 41st district. And by try I mean her name will be on the ballot just so there's a name there. We'll see Mike Protack voted Senate Majority Leader on Capitol Hill before we'll see Lifflander voted into the state house. The Dems have been talking about taking some seats from the Republicans this year. And maybe they will. But it won't be happening there. Knowing that, at least the Democrats decided to keep us entertained the next eight months.

Delmarva's Power Problem

The power company goes before the Public Service Commission later today expecting to propose ways that they can make their imposed 59% strike somewhat easier for everyone to swallow. Then in a grand ceremony up in Newark they'll announce them to the rest of the world. Well, the meeting before the PSC isn't closed or anything, but then my last line wouldn't sound so good.

Now unless you're a DuPont you're probably noticed that gas prices are a little bit higher than they were before, and by higher I mean that I may consider buying a pansy ass hybrid next time instead of another F-350. It's the way things are today. But the fact that this would happen right when our swift-thinking legislators decide is the time energy de-regulation will be a good idea is both not that much of a surprise and a terrible bout of bad timing. Granted Pepco deciding not to buy in bulk ahead of time (or however Markell explained it) was a colossal error working against us, but hey, what are we going to do, burn candles?

No matter what happens, it's pretty clear we're going to have to face the increase one way or the other. Delmarva Power doesn't even HAVE to do much of what they're proposing. I mean, we're all to a certain extent on fixed incomes, regardless of age. Some of us are just more than fixed than others, again regardless of age.

Most lawmakers in Delaware are entrenched in office. It's damn near impossible to lose once you're in there, unless you're Shirley Price. House and Senate leaders played the entire state for short-sighted fools by forcing that pay raise to go through a year ago, knowing full well that by this November few of us will remember, and those of us that do won't blame our legislator but instead someone else's. Now many of them, on a part-time basis make more than a lot of others do working full time. They've made being an elected official nice work if you can get it. With this latest crisis at hand, now they've got to scramble to come up with something else to prove how hard they're working for YOU even if there's some suspicion to that. Terry Spence wants to take your tax dollars and put it on your bill for the rest of the year. How very Republican of him, though it IS an election year. (Another aside, does anyone ever get tired of hearing Senator Bunting talk about how he's the ONLY legislators who voted against de-regulation? I don't, and he should rub it in their faces every time.)

Ultimately what we in Delaware need to do is think long and hard between now and November about just how much Delaware's politicians are thinking of us, and not them. Many of them upstate, some of them here downstate, are damned fools if they think they can say they're doing the jobs we put them there to do. It's time for voters in Terry Spence's district to think about the way the legislature has moved under his tenure. Voters in Bridgeville, I know it's a reflex but hasn't Thurman Adams' time in the legislature shown that the only thing Adams worries about is what his buddies in politics stand to gain? Voters in Laurel, just what the hell has Biff Lee done? The answer is, barely anything more than Bobby Outten who is the most worthless legislator in Dover. Hopefully the residents of Harrington remember that.

This is the year that Delawareans can enact some change in the legislature. We've been reminded over the last year that once someone gets to Dover, more often than not they only care about keeping that commute going for as long as they want. And even if how they voted on something a bunch of years ago will keep that commute going, changing their minds and voting differently next time is perfectly reasonable. And while it shouldn't, that somehow makes it pretty hard to hold lawmakers accountable for all their other sins, leaving the best chance we get to be often wasted by reflexive and partisan voters.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Steve Summers continued

So Newsblues is saying that moments before a 6pm newscast, one produced by someone whose relationship with Steve is less than monumentous (her words, not his, or our's), Summers walked out and said he had enough of this shit 20 minutes before showtime. Then moments before the show would start he evidently changed his mind, but was instead escorted out for I guess the final time.

Being that some of the staff at WBOC like to glance at this particular site on occassion, I figured I'd appeal to them for the full story. Feel free to drop what happened on here, or on the mailbag friendly DCRTV.com where we saw the newsblues story. It's pretty clear that he wasn't the most endearing figure there. Hmm, perhaps that statement eclipses the previous one declared the understatement of the year less than two full months into 2006. Anyway the beauty of anonymity is that you can say what you want and not have to worry. I imagine that outburst was a sight to see, one that was even monumentous.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Media Note: Another News/Talker Hitting Delmarva

Great Scott broadcasting is expected to bring another news/talk station to Delmarva. Rumor has it they'll be flipping their current programming on 107.5 FM. It's the area's second attempt to chip into WGMD's news/talk audience. If they want to achieve any success perhaps they'll try harder than 101.1 FM out of Ocean City. That station has two hours of local content a day, and the rest of the time syndicated fare. Their ratings? Wayyyyy down.

If Great Scott puts more local content on perhaps people will tune in and listen. But if all they're going to do is run syndicated shows from across the country it'll be a waste of time. Especially since all the syndicated programming available is 4th and 5th tier content that no one either listens to or has even heard of. Great Scott's reputation isnt' exactly sterling in this area which has me wondering. If a talk station turns on a microphone and no one's listening, did they really say anything?

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Races Start To Heat

With candidates starting to file against the statewide candidates running for congress this year, I got to wondering who will come closer to knocking off the incumbants Carper and Castle. Will it be the Democratic Dennis Spivack, running in a decidedly Democratic state who gives Castle a run for his money? Or will Jan Ting, the Republican professor from Philadelphia making Carper spend some of that money he's raised? The answer obviously right now is that we don't know.

But come November, I'd be surprised if Ting doens't give Carper more of a race than anyone first thought someone could. And while Castle's office on Capitol Hill isn't likely to need movers either, I somehow expect him to finish better than Carper. And that's no knock on the junior senator from Delaware, who is doing a fine job in DC. But early on it appears as if Ting is more than just a sacrificial lamb. He may not win, and I'd be surprised if he does, but I hope this isn't his only stab at it. If this is a warmup for '08, when Biden runs for the Presidency, Delaware may lean more Republican on Capitol Hill in two years, even if the rest of the state is a solid blue.

How Is This Guy Still Allowed To Smile In Salisbury?

Unless the owners and management at WBOC are trying to turn a once good TV news department and run it into the ground, it's time to wipe that silly smirk off his airheaded face.

For months now, every month without fail someone has always made it a point to leave. There are nearly as many producers needed as there are on staff. Their morning show idea has been described as painful, awful, and worse and worse every day. Professionalism was not a requirement for that gig. Reporters can't wait, can't WAIT until their contracts are up and they can leave. Most of them know the exact day that is, and at the same time laugh that they aren't counting. No, of course not. This is the same guy who demoted Steve Hammond, who is as well liked as anyone on Delmarva and whose professionalism is only exceeded by the character that makes him who he is. He was replaced by someone most everyone in Salisbury and beyond consider part of the problem at the station. And while you can't just let Hammond go, if you're the weekend sports anchor, you are as well liked and well respected in the newsroom and in the field as most anyone else there, but you've also been treated like crap from the time Bob Laun quit, until she was told her contract won't be renewed this spring. They decided to do the counting for her. Just the latest in a long run of idiotic decisions that has staff morale at an all-time low.

The WBOC that once was isn't anything close to what it is today. It's now virtually unrecognizable on the inside to many who were in the not so distant past. The content, the standards, and the product have declined and people notice. There's the saying, floggings will continue until morale improves. Floggings would likely be an improvement compared to how many are treated now.

Now watching the news, it's obvious a lot of their reporters work hard, and some of them are clearly better than others at what they do. But it's hard to think that the man pictured above could do a worse job running the show there. Lucky for them, the folks running WMDT are more than content to half-ass it and keep their reporters and producers focused on moving on as well.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Old People On Sussex Roads

Frankly it's gotten to be too much. I'm not advocating anything close to keeping 'em all from getting behind the wheel. No no. But testing them on an annual basis is one hell of an idea.

Consider, last year the string of fatal accidents up and down Route 113, many of which involved an elderly person not yielding the right of way or pulling out in front of traffic.

Consider, right around Christmas time an older woman has a heart attack in the plaza where the Staples and Superfresh is on Route One in Rehoboth. Her car goes from that parking lot, across BOTH lanes of traffic on Route One, and hits a pillar in front of the H&R Block and Planned Parenthood. She passes away, but amazingly no one was hit.

Consider, someone plows into the Lewest Post Office near 5 Points.

Those examples are just the ones off the top of my head. For years I've heard how driving is a privilige, not a right. Why doesn't it apply to the elderly too? If they can't handle themselves behind the wheel anymore, as history has shown, the consequences can be deadly. Yet in Delaware right now we don't bother testing people after they get their license, when history has quite so clearly shown we should.

Sadly, you and I both know that there isn't one legislator in the state who has the balls or the guts to propose such a new law. Instead we'll just see accident after accident happen, and life after life get taken senselessly. Yet another instance of lawmakers valuing re-election over the right thing.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bridgeville Bans Sex Offenders

Not completely, but pretty close to it. Sex offenders can no longer live within a half mile of places like schools, day care centers, playgrounds, parks, and on and on. Look at Bridgeville, getting tough on crime. Protecting the kids. Parents, go ahead and let your kids run around unsupervised now!

Oh wait, you mean there isn't anything stopping them from just going to those same places they aren't allowed to live? You mean similar laws have only meant that more and more sex offenders go unregistered on a daily basis? And that nearly every police report we read regarding sex offenders caught in the area talks about how the scumbag knew the child and their family long before any molestation began?

Bridgeville: We act tough on crime, it makes us sound like we're doing something, without actually having done jack squat to really protect you.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Ting To Sussex: You're Going To Love Me!

Jan Ting began his statewide campaign to unseat Senator Tom Carper this week, and today ventured into Sussex County. This former Reagan Democrat is no stranger to Republican politics, having played an extensive behind the scenes role in issues while living up state.

But as Minutemen Projects keep popping up all over the country, and Sussex Countians get angered every time they hear the words "como estas" his anti-illegal immigration message should resonate well down here.

Ting has also tried to play to the more moderate side of the GOP, something he'll have to do if he wants to go to Washington with Mike Castle. But pushing the immigration issue sure won't hurt with many of the conservatives in the state. Does he have a chance? I'll let you decide. But I'm not sure there's anyone in the legislature who could do better than him right now.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ting Runs

Will he prove to be a strong opponent for Carper? Carper is a stutterer, Ting isn't. Ting also isn't a Mike Protack, who is about as endearing as stepping on a nail.

Ting fancies himself an old-school Republican, rather than much of a neo-con. He'll play well in the southern end of the state. Up north though? Hopefully the race is just that. He has his work cut out for him, but even he realizes that. But at least it's someone who CAN make it a race.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


I figured I'd take a haitus until the GOP came up with a challenger for Carper. Aren't you happy to see me again?

So, Where Have I Been?

So I've spent the last month or so swimming underwater, trying to fill in those 100 foot holes next to the Indian River Bridge. I'll admit, I was scared. I'd hate to see the thing collapse. Then some guy fishing along the inlet told me money was found and the'd fix the damn thing. So I came out and realize I've missed a lot of shit. Sorry!

PS that water is fucking cold!

Seperated at berth?

Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan vs. Film Star and Pot advocate Matthey McConaughey

More updates coming soon... we've been busy.