2015 Don’t Look Back

old-man-baby-new-year  The usual thing to do at the end of a year, is to look back and reflect upon the past year.    My regular readers will likely expect anything but the usual, and I hope to not disappoint.

I could easily spend hours writing a thousand words about the past year as I have seen, and written about it. Obviously for me, it would be dominated with memories of things that happened here in Sussex County Delaware. Things that I was either directly involved in, or that I felt were important.

I could rehash how the Sussex GOP held elections to replace John Rieley, only to elect Vince Calabro, who was destined to failure from day one.

I could touch on having the police called on me for not signing into a monthly meeting, and then how the spokesperson for the Sussex GOP, Duke Brooks, got caught in a, how shall we say? An untruth, on 105.9, in trying to cover up the plot to have me thrown out of the meeting.

I could repeat all of the lies told by members of the GOP Committee.  I could entertain you all with tails of the mystery of the Western Sussex Republican Club, another of Mr. Calabro’s missteps. By the way, I can’t wait for the end of year reports, dying to find out where the thousand dollars in cash went.

We had Eric Bodenwieser pleading no contest to sexual molestation of a child.

We had Collin Bonini announcing his intention to run for governor of Delaware. We are still waiting for him to actually begin running for governor of Delaware.

We saw one, if not, the most successful schools in the state, come under attack from those who are jealous of its success, home districts, and by those who should have been protecting it, the Legislature, of course I am talking about Sussex Tech.

We then saw the resignation of Vince Calabro as the Chair of the Sussex GOP . Vince Waldo  After all, he had apparently gone into hiding following all of the controversy surrounding his handling of the Committee and his involvement in what many saw as questionable fund-raising.  Only to have him replaced by Billy Carroll.Billy Carroll  Who has also not been seen much following all of the controversy surrounding his handling of the Committee, and some questionable statements made by committee members about women.

2015 saw the passing of Beau Biden, and be you a Republican or a Democrat, you must feel some sadness for the passing of one so young.

2015 gave us Donald Trump running for President of the United States.donald trump clown  Nothing good can come from this, mark my words.

SCOTUS  SCOTUS decided that same-sex marriage was constitutional, or rather that laws banning it, were unconstitutional.  Of course that gave us this treasure. delritenationaltidbitskimdavis10.4.115

Then there was “THE” law suit threat,  by the Three Stooges of Sussex County.

Lacey unplugged   NDAchicken vince   These three placed themselves in the public arena, and then cried foul when people were critical of their views and actions. I think this sums up all three of them quite well. cry baby

On a more serious note, the year nationally has been filled with nothing but tragic news it seems. From all of the reports of police shootings and abuse, mass-shootings, to debates about refugees.

As I said at the beginning, the usual thing to do at the end of a year, is to reflect on the past, but I’m not going to do that, wink, wink.

Here at Delaware Right our motto is, “Moving Delaware Forward”.  And if we spend our time reflecting on the events of the past, be they failures or successes, we cannot be focused on the future.

So, what will 2016 bring us here in Sussex and Delaware, and the nation? We have elections coming up for every level of government, including the office of the President. One can only hope that the Republican voters awake from their current state of anger and fear, in time to vote for someone other than Donald Trump in the GOP primary.

We have elections for U.S. Congress, Governor, state Reps. and Senators, County Council and more. It should be interesting and exciting.

Here in Sussex, will we see if the County Council will grow a spine, and vote on the Overbrook Town Center? Or will they continue to hide behind the fact that Councilman Sam Wilson is unable to attend the meetings and vote due to heath issues? drdeltidbits10.20.15samwilsonstroke  And on this note, will the people of Mr. Wilson’s district, recognize that he is likely, to be unable to return at all, and demand that he resign to allow others to make decisions about filling the position? The County and his district are being underserved because of his absence.

What can we expect from Dover this year? Higher taxes? Legalization of marijuana? More bike paths? More dog parks? Or will we see a laser like focus on actually creating an environment which is conducive to creating jobs and economic growth? After all, what social engineering is left for the Democrats to push down the throats of the citizens of Delaware?

Is it possible that the people of Delaware, will recognize this state has been in the hands of the Democrat Party for sometime now, and we are really no better off, well unless you think being able to have your four year-old daughter use the same bathroom, as a fifty-something man, who is confused about whether to stand or sit when peeing, is a good thing.

As always when we come to the end of another year, we hold out hope for the new one. As they say, time will tell.

My hope for the new year is, people will begin to find their way out of the emotional fear and reaction which has led us down a path of anger and hate. We as a people, need to actually take the time, to learn about the things we talk about, the things that we vote on, the people we choose as our leaders. My hope for the new year? Is that we can actually once again live up to the principles we talk so much about, and to be the great nation we tell everyone we are.

 

 

44 Comments on "2015 Don’t Look Back"

  1. Puzzled Observer says:

    You let your four-year-old daughter use a one-person public bathroom when another person is in it? I hope not. Take care of her. On the other hand, If you meant that you would send your four-year-old daughter into a multi-stall public restroom by herself, then she’s got a lot more to worry about than whether someone who’s “confused about whether to stand or sit when peeing” is in another stall. Take a lot better care of your kids. Get a grip, Frank.

  2. Frank Knotts says:

    PO, you are correct, I would not allow my four year old daughter to use a public restroom alone. So my wife and child would be exposed to sharing a restroom with this confused individual. Tell me how that benefits either of them.

  3. Rick says:

    One can only hope that the Republican voters awake from their current state of anger and fear, in time to vote for someone other than Donald Trump…

    Why shouldn’t “Republican voters” be angry? The GOP “leadership” controls the power of the purse, yet they give Obama everything he wants. They cower. They acquiesce. They are the “moderate” appeasers that you support.

    The goal of the American left is to destroy America’s institutions- marriage, capitalism, the family and even the men’s room. You can’t compromise with the devil. Every deal is another incremental step to the left. Most conservatives have come to realize this state of affairs.

    But not Frandora. Which obviously puts him well outside of the GOP conservative mainstream. This is manifest by recent polling. The two most conservative candidates, Cruz and Trump, together garner over fifty-percent in most polls.

    Yet, Frandora tells us that we need to run another Romney called Jeb Bush. Apparently, he has learned nothing from past presidential elections. Luckily for the GOP, that $100 million or so that “Jeb” has blown hasn’t gotten him anywhere. Except with the appeasers- you know, the Frandora types, who support candidates who brag about their ability to “compromise” with those intent on destroying America’s traditions and institutions.

    The left needs to be hammered, not coddled.

  4. Puzzled Observer says:

    Good, your wife goes into the women’s restroom, glad to hear. Now, does she search the stalls to be sure that no confused person is there? Of course not. You assume that there are “confused” persons lurking everywhere, desperate searching for prey, so you want to do what? It appears you want to mark them, or cause these folks to mark themselves, because you are afraid of something that, if it happens at all, doesn’t happen very often. Look, we have milk cartons with heart-wrenching stories of kids taken or lost to parents, relatives, or strangers. Focus on real problems. Unless (or until, if you want) there is a problem here, stop with the forever onward march of hurting people you don’t know to make yourself feel better. Frank, you’re stronger than that.

  5. Frank Knotts says:

    PO, but you misunderstand. It is not the fear of some sort of attack. It is about comfort. After all, the point of allowing the confused men to use the ladies room is so they don’t have to feel uncomfortable. Yet no one seems to be concerned whether or not women and children are uncomfortable having them in there at the same time. You like so many believe tolerance is a one way street.

  6. Frank Knotts says:

    Sorry Rick, I didn’t see your well thought out comment. Rick there is a difference between being angry, and reacting out of anger. People like yourself allow your anger to overrule good judgement. You think that because Trump echoes your anger he is the best choice for president.
    as for my support of Bush? Well I also believe that Kasich and Rubio have the abilities and temperament to be president.
    I think Cruz is a phony conservative, all show. Paul’s libertarian isolationist leanings are dangerous. Carson is in over his head and Christie is only conservative in Jersey.
    Your angry response to other people’s opinions is exactly why the GOP struggles. If not 100% your way you will stay home and leave it to Hillary. You are the cancer Rick.

  7. Puzzled Observer says:

    So the question is, if a person who feels he (or she) is trapped in the body he (or she) shouldn’t be in, you have a problem with that? That’s in the person’s head. Now if said person dresses as suits his (or her) self image, where does it become a problem? Say for argument’s sake he, in a dress, is sitting (or standing) in a stall in the women’s room. You notice that the legs of said person are hairy, right? Avert your eyes, Frank, it’s none of your business whether he (or she) leg shaves. That’s why they install privacy walls in women’s rooms (at least in the U. S.). So, unless you’re perving on the legs of people in the women’s room stalls (which I hope you’re not), YOU shouldn’t have a problem. Your daughter? Unlikely, I would expect. Your wife? I dunno, that’s between the two of you.

    Happy New Year.

  8. Frank Knotts says:

    PO, first of all, no I have no problem with a man who wants to wear women’s cloths, or a women wearing men’s clothes. I personally would not do it, but that is their choice, up until they infringe on my rights.
    Again, the issue with the bathroom law, is that it was passed so that these people would not feel uncomfortable while emptying their bowels. Yet no consideration seems to have been taken of those who have to share the space with them.
    Let me say, I will never be in the position of seeing hairy legs under the stall-wall of the ladies room, since I do not frequent them.
    However, your assumption is that the only way that my wife or daughter will be able to tell they are actually sharing the women’s room with a man in drag, is if they “perv” on the man’s hairy legs under the stall-wall. Not the case. While some of these cross-dressers are able to “pass” for women from a distance, many are obviously men in dresses.
    So for the sake of this confused man, my wife and daughter are required to put their discomfort aside, so as to allow this man the chance to pretend to be a women? Why? Are their feelings not as legitimate as anyone’s?

  9. Rick says:

    People like yourself allow your anger to overrule good judgement. You think that because Trump echoes your anger he is the best choice for president.

    What is “good judgement?” Running another “cross-the-aisle moderate” like Bush?

    Brilliant. Make the same mistake again.

    You cannot make deals with those who seek to destroy the culture and the economy. Conservatives win and moderates lose. McCain and Romney were moderates. They lost.

    Moderate establishment types fought tooth and nail to keep Reagan from winning the nomination in ’76 and ’80. Luckily, the second time they failed. If you read Reagan’s speeches, you’ll see he despised the left and their agenda for America. He was a hard- core conservative. He also carried 49 states in ’84.

    Don’t try to speak for conservatives. You sound ridiculous. Despite the GOP establishment’s attempts to consolidate the “moderate vote,” probably with Rubio. Nevertheless, a real conservative- either Cruz or Trump- is likely to be the nominee. Republican voters are sick-and-tired of appeasing “moderate” butt-kissers.

    Give your advice on Delaware Liberal. There, someone might listen. Obviously, conservatives don’t pay any attention to you.

  10. Honi Soit says:

    Sez Rick: Reagan was a hard-core conservative.

    One who as governor took up “liberal” environmental causes by protecting California from dams and highways and creating an air resources board, and who as president supported the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer. He raised taxes several times and increased the federal workforce by several hundred thousand, raised the federal debt ceiling 18 times and almost tripled the federal debt. He believed in amnesty for those who have put down roots and who have lived here even though some time back they may have entered illegally.

    Reagan sounds like one of Rick’s appeasing “moderate” butt-kickers.

  11. Frank Knotts says:

    Rick quotes “Slate”, a site known for putting up arguments, for argument sake. Owned by the Washington Post by the way. They criticize the strategy of taking out the people in the race that he is vying for votes against, in order to consolidate support, to then take on the hard right fringe of the party as represented by Trump and Cruz. Yeah Rick, that sounds like a terrible strategy.

  12. fightingbluehen says:

    The Democrats and their media et al, have already chosen Hillary Clinton, and shown that they are just fine with corruption, family dynasties, ineptitude, and the status quo.
    If Jeb Bush should end up being the nominee, it will show that the Republican party is no different.
    If it ends up being a Bush v Clinton election, we should be convinced that the system has been corrupted, and that there is a detachment between the two established political parties, and the American people.

  13. Frank Knotts says:

    FBH, are you saying the people would be better served, or represented with a Trump /Sanders circus?

  14. Puzzled Observer says:

    Frank, I’m going to give it one more country-boy try and then let’s put this thing to rest.

    You say “[Y]our assumption is that the only way that my wife or daughter will be able to tell they are actually sharing the women’s room with a man in drag, is if they “perv” on the man’s hairy legs under the stall-wall. Not the case. While some of these cross-dressers are able to “pass” for women from a distance, many are obviously men in dresses.
    So for the sake of this confused man, my wife and daughter are required to put their discomfort aside, so as to allow this man the chance to pretend to be a women? Why? Are their feelings not as legitimate as anyone’s?”

    Okay, so we’re out of the public restroom and into the general world. So let’s say you, your wife, and daughter are in line at the food court somewhere, and the person in front of them appears (to you at least) as a “confused” person. What to do, what to do? I say, leave said person the hell alone. Same goes for your wife and kid. Get on with your life. First of all, you may be wrong. Second, even if you’re not, said person isn’t breaking any laws by standing in line in front of you. You’ll probably run into a great many more nutty IPoD members in that line than any (mythical) “confused” person. Now THAT’s something to worry about.

  15. delacrat says:

    Frank,

    Frank,

    One reason the General Assembly and Governor’s office are not run by GOP is because Delaware voters remember that the White House and House of Representatives were controlled by the GOP when the financial crisis hit, thereby know the GOP does not give a rat’s ass about “jobs and economic growth”.

  16. Frank Knotts says:

    PO, the point here is not whether or not a person “should” feel, it is about what some people “do” feel. I think you would agree that most people feel more vulnerable in a bathroom than in line at the register.
    The easy answer would be for stores to have only single use bathrooms. But I suspect the same government that requires these confused people to be allowed to use any bathroom they choose, also mandates a set amount of toilets per expected patron.
    The even simpler solution is to respect property rights and allow individual businesses to decide.

  17. Geezer says:

    Slate has not been owned by WaPo since 2008.

  18. pandora says:

    Serious question: Why are Republican/Conservative men so obsessed with gay male sex (rarely hear a word about lesbians) and “male” trans people transitioning to female (the ever present bathroom argument)? It really is pervasive.

    You guys also need to stop conflating gender with sexuality. But I guess that makes sense since you do the same thing with climate and weather. Note: neither are the same thing.

  19. Frank Knotts says:

    Pandora as I said, I don’t care until it is forced upon people and propert owners. If they choose to wear women’s clothes while sporting a penis, then they should still use the men’s room. I have less of a problem with a man in a dress among men in the restroom than the ladies room.

  20. fightingbluehen says:

    “FBH, are you saying the people would be better served, or represented with a Trump /Sanders circus?”

    For one thing, Sanders is just a prop that is attempting, and failing, to give the appearance of legitimacy to the Hillary coronation.

    Secondly, if Bush is the nominee with such little support, I would have to assume it’s because the process had been corrupted somewhere down the line.

    Yes, I think “the people would be better served” by Trump, rather than Bush, or Hillary.

  21. fightingbluehen says:

    “But I guess that makes sense since you do the same thing with climate and weather.”

    That’s rich. Liberals are always accusing people of not knowing the difference between climate and weather, but as soon as there is ever a warm spell, or some sort of storm, it never fails that climate change/global warming is to blame. Everyone knows this.

  22. fightingbluehen says:

    Frank….”Pandora as I said, I don’t care until it is forced upon people and property owners. ”

    So, when pandora asks, “why are Republican/Conservative men so obsessed with gay male sex”? The question has to be asked. If something is forced on you, is it you who is obsessed, or the people doing the forcing who are obsessed?

    I think scholars will look back , and question why society was so focused on homosexuality at such a turbulent point in history.

  23. Frank Knotts says:

    FBH, first, I have not mentioned gay male sex here. The point was about men who dress like women and use the ladies room.
    You say if Bush is the nominee with such little support then the system is corrupt. But we have eleven candidates, I would say as I have been saying, as more drop out then someone’s numbers have to go up,I do not believe it will be Trump who I think has peaked. Still early. I used Sanders because in my view he is the left’s equivalent of Trump, their fringe element.

  24. fightingbluehen says:

    My mistake Frank. I guess I was just following pandora’s lead. I do understand that transgender does not necessarily equate to homosexuality.

  25. mouse says:

    I saw a guy in a dress walk out of a restroom in Rehoboth the other day. Thought I was in the wrong reset room until I saw his goatee

  26. Frank Knotts says:

    Mouse, that must have been one really short dress.

  27. Dave says:

    What I would like to know is if a trans goes into a restroom, is there someone who is responsible for checking the equipment? I mean how do you know? I can usually tell, but I’ll be the first to admit I can’t always tell. Further, how do we know if someone is trans or just playing dress up?

    If someone goes in to do their business, I don’t much care what their equipment package is as long as I have a modicum of privacy when I’m in there.

  28. Fish Bites says:

    “The easy answer would be for stores to have only single use bathrooms”

    This is a problem of architecture, not policy. US restrooms are based on a flimsy cheap stall model, to make it cheap to wash the floors. They don’t have to be built that way.

  29. Rick says:

    You guys also need to stop conflating gender with sexuality.

    And you guys need to stop confusing bathrooms with gay pickup bars.

  30. Fish Bites says:

    “And you guys need to stop confusing bathrooms with gay pickup bars.”

    Wherein Rick finally demonstrates his utter confusion…

    Hey, Rick, if a gay man is going to use a bathroom to pick up other men, he’s not going to do it in the women’s bathroom.

  31. Fish Bites says:

    …and at which point it is probably also useless to point out that men who seek sexual activity with other men in men’s bathrooms are closeted gay and bi men who don’t want to go to gay bars because they don’t want other people – e.g. their wives or others in their lives – to see them in one or find out they’ve been in one. That’s why it is usually preachers and US Senators who get caught engaging in that kind of activity.

  32. pandora says:

    Rick spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about male gay sex. Just sayin’

  33. fightingbluehen says:

    And pandora spends an inordinate amount of time with her childish, passive aggressive insinuations….seems to be the default whenever these types of subjects are brought up.

  34. Rick says:

    Rick spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about male gay sex. Just sayin’

    So now Pandora is a mind reader. Wow, what a talent.

    I will admit that I don’t really like queers hanging around the men’s room.

    But it’s Pandora who chose a gay bar for the Delaware Liberal meeting I attended a few years ago. Why was that, Pandora? Just sayin.’

  35. pandora says:

    Gay bars are fun, and I didn’t give it any thought, but you did.

    And you guys are obsessed with gay and trans sex. You do equate gender with sexuality. You do worry, obsessively, about some guy always trying to bugger you. Even your claims about gay marriage hurting traditional marriage baffle me. What are you guys saying? That the only thing that stopped you from marrying a man was a law? Because that’s what it sounds like, otherwise I don’t understand how gay marriage threatens traditional marriage.

    You guys are obsessed with these issues. Know who’s obsessed over things? People affected by them.

    99.99999999999% of people enter a bathroom to, you know, use a bathroom, but not in your world. In your world gay and transgender people enter a bathroom for sex. That is your issue, and one you harp on incessantly. I’m just pointing it out.

  36. Rick says:

    Gay bars are fun, and I didn’t give it any thought, but you did

    Fun? Well, in the sense that carnival sideshows are fun.

    In your world gay and transgender people enter a bathroom for sex.

    No. Sometimes they go to Gordon’s Pond or the bike path..

  37. delacrat says:

    Rick,

    Your private life is no ones business but your own.

  38. Rick says:

    Yes, I feel uncomfortable here. I might move to Provincetown, or maybe the Castro District and open a scrapple business. Maybe The Pink Pig Scrapplehaus.

  39. fightingbluehen says:

    It’s funny how Pandora and delacrat make snide, accusatory allusions to someone’s sexuality, as if being gay is somehow a detriment.
    You guys might want to take a step back, and think about that one.

  40. delacrat says:

    FBH,

    That “snide, accusatory allusion” about gay bars being like “carnival sideshows” was made by someone else, not by delacrat or Pandora.

  41. Frank Knotts says:

    But who doesn’t like a carnival?

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