Location seed: Bennett’s Pier, Delaware.

It’s weird, how easy it’d be to hide dead towns before Google Earth.  And maybe after it, too.



Bennett’s Pier, Delaware

The town of Bennett’s Pier in Delaware actually predates Kent County itself; it was founded in 1679.  It was a prosperous enough agricultural and fishing community for virtually its entire existence, having neither major crises or notoriety.  In 1940 the US Census for the town reported its population as being 2,341, which made it a respectable town and close to city by Delaware standards.

There is no 1950 Census listing for the town.

Continue reading Location seed: Bennett’s Pier, Delaware.

My RedState post on pointless threats against delegates in… Delaware.

Found here. Short version: …well, all y’all know who did it. The question is, why would he? It’s not like Ted Cruz or John Kasich is likely to win freaking Delaware. Guess being nasty got good to Team Trump, to use the Stephen King phrase.

And this was supposed to be a fun election cycle, too.

Donna Edwards (D CAND, MD-SEN PRI) plots the conquest of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.



As Virginia Virtucon notes: “Whoops.” Although, ironically? …It makes a certain amount of strategic sense, when you look at the map.


Continue reading Donna Edwards (D CAND, MD-SEN PRI) plots the conquest of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Somebody in Gov. Jack Markell’s New Media staff has a rather picayune fetish.

Alternate title: Delaware’s Governor’s office reminds us all of the first rule of social media, which is: If you are a public figure, get off of social media.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s office apologized Thursday for a tweet containing a link to a racy photo of a woman wearing what appears to be leather straps around her neck and chest.

Seriously: it’s just a minefield, guys.  Even if it’s a danged tame racy photo, all things considered.  Oh, well, nobody ever said that Delaware was a hub of sin and depravity, mostly because you can cross the state in the time it takes to say that*.

Moe Lane

PS: Normally, I’d play a game of NAME! THAT! PARTY!!!!!! – except that CNN mentioned Rick Perry’s equally inadvertent (while extremely less kinky) deleted tweet: since CNN waited until the end of the piece to mention it and didn’t note that Perry is a Republican, I’m going to rule no harm, no foul.

*I have to pay their ridiculous tolls on a regular basis, just to cross their state on my way to somewhere more interesting, not to mention less claustrophobic.  So I have paid for the right to sneer at Delaware, thank you very much.

Joe Biden gave bad (read: illegal) advice on responsible gun use. To his WIFE.

:holding head in hands: Of course he did.

Background: in what may end up being the most epic Joe Biden Opens His Mouth EVER the Vice President told a Facebook ‘town hall’ hosted by Parenting Magazine that he had advised his wife that her proper firearms strategy in case of home invasion should be to… get a shotgun, brandish it, and empty the barrels into the air… Hold up!  Wait, wait, I know what you’re going to say.

  • You’re going to say Do not wield a firearm unless you are prepared to use it; do not point a firearm at a person unless you are prepared to shoot that person; do not shoot a person unless you are prepared to kill him or her.  And you would be right.  Those are all true things.  But that’s not Jill Biden’s only problem if she follows that advice.
  • You’re also going to say, like Reason.com did, that “since hypothetical frightened Jill Biden has just fired two shells into the air from a double-barreled shotgun, she is now disarmed, and has to reload before she can defend herself.”  And you would be right there, too.  Because that is also true.  But those are not Jill Biden’s only two problems if she follows that advice.

It’s the third problem that is going to really complicate Jill Biden’s life: what her husband suggests that she do in this situation is actually a felony in the State of Delaware*. Continue reading Joe Biden gave bad (read: illegal) advice on responsible gun use. To his WIFE.

#rsrh Breaking from Mother Jones: Paul Ryans wants USA to emulate… Delaware.

I do not think that this will have the impact that Mother Jones thinks that it will.

For those without video, it shows Paul Ryan calmly noting that a) it makes sense to have a pro-commerce and pro-business atmosphere in the United States that will make people from other countries want to park their money in our bank and b) you can raise revenue without raising taxes by growing the economy.  While I understand that Mother Jones is almost violently opposed to pro-business and anti-taxation ideas, they are somewhat hampered by the minor detail that Paul Ryan’s next debate opponent is going to be Joe Biden, former Senator from Delaware.  Watching Biden trying to explain why it’s all right for Delaware to deliberately and unashamedly pursue business-friendly policies, but not all right for the USA to ramp up to do the same on the international scale, would be hysterical – but not as much as the Left’s reaction.  They still haven’t recovered from the beatdown that Romney gave Obama, you see.

Via AoSHQ and Riehl World View.

Joe Biden touts the fiscally progressive ideals of his Delaware homeland.

…Wait.  What?

While I understand that it’s absolutely fascinating to watch Joe Biden campaign on the unique message Let’s have a trillion dollar tax hike!

BIDEN: “On top of the trillions of dollars of spending that we have already cut, we’re gonna ask – yes – we’re gonna ask the wealthy to pay more. My heart breaks, come on man. You know the phrase they always use? Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. Guess what? Yes we do in one regard. We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super wealthy. That’s not a tax raise, that’s called fairness where I come from.”

Continue reading Joe Biden touts the fiscally progressive ideals of his Delaware homeland.

#rsrh ‘Big D*mn Heroes, sir.’

“…Ain’t… we…  just.”

WASHINGTON — Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell had $2.6 million in the bank on Sept. 30, twice as much as her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons.

The Tea Party Express-backed candidate, who shocked the nation with her primary victory over GOP Rep. Mike Castle, raised nearly $3.8 million from across the country between Aug. 26 and Sept. 30 and spent $1.2 million, according to a 956-page fundraising report she filed late Friday afternoon with the Senate Public Records office.

“Now cut her down.” Continue reading #rsrh ‘Big D*mn Heroes, sir.’

Coons vs. Coons in ‘Biden seat’ rhetoric!

Compare and contrast:

“It’s often said that this is Joe Biden’s seat. It’s not. It’s Delaware’s seat.”

This would have been a fine statement by Chris Coons (D-CAND, DE-SEN) in last Thursday’s debate*… if only he believed it. You see, one of the people that have often said that the seat in question was “Joe Biden’s seat” is… Chris Coons (D CAND, DE-SEN).

We cannot let Joe Biden’s seat fall into ultraconservative hands…

Olliander (H/T) aptly sums up the entire thing with the title “Chris Coons is a liar who obviously reads my blog:” Continue reading Coons vs. Coons in ‘Biden seat’ rhetoric!

Breaking: thank you for DE-SEN, Democrats.

(Via AoSHQ) Beau Biden looked at the calendar, looked at the actuarial tables, and decided to wait until 2014.

Delaware attorney general Beau Biden announced Monday that he will not seek election to the U.S. Senate seat once held by his father, Vice President Joe Biden.

The younger Biden told supporters in an e-mail that he will run for re-election as attorney general rather than seek the Senate seat his father held for 36 years.

Biden’s decision comes on the heels of a GOP upset in Massachusetts last week that ended the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. It leaves veteran Republican congressman and former two-term governor Mike Castle, one of the most successful politicians in Delaware history, still waiting for a Democratic opponent.

I’m translating, mind you. Also, I’m not really surprised.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.