Archive for February, 2008

HERE WE GO…I KNEW IT WOULD COME TO THIS…..

February 29, 2008

As I predicted, and will continue to predict, the Obama bubble could possibly burst….all it will take is things like this most recent “dirty trick” which is beginning to show through.

They have discovered written proof that Black Super Delegates are getting really dirty pressure to make sure that they switch from their commitment to Clinton and give their vote to Obama, OR ELSE…

The “OR ELSE” comes in the form of being threatened with primaries and/or opposing candidates the very next time they are up for re-election. In other words, the bullying is taking the form that no Black politician will be safe unless he or she caves in to the pressure to vote for Obama before, or at the convention.

Sounds very much like stuff from the “Hood”, doesn’t it? If Obama is the man he proports to be, he had better immediately hold a very well-attended press conference and dramatically demand that that practice stop IMMEDIATELY, and that he will not stand for such behavior…..he had better not just say something weak like, “I do not endorse such behavior”.
NO! he has DEMAND that it stop, and make it very clear that he is NOT a practicioner of that kind of politics….or, is the real Obama coming through….the charmer who is not as pristine pure as he wants us to believe.
WE ARE WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE, MR. OBAMA. Show us what you’re made of.

PLEASE, THINK ABOUT IT……I CHALLENGE YOU TO GIVE ME ANY GOOD REASONS……NOT JUST HOPES, EXPECTAIONS, ETC.

February 28, 2008

I am not AGAINST Obama. I am not FOR Clinton….but what I am AGAINST is the obvious stupidity of too many people I know who are being sucked into the gala bell-ringing, flag-waving image hype for a person who sure is attractive, and pleasing to the eyes and ears,…BUT WITHOUT A MODICUM OF PROVEN SUBSTANCE, WHICH WARRANTS A FREE PASS INTO THE WHITE HOUSE.

Vance Packard said it is his book, Hidden Persuaders; The American public, more than any other population group in the world, gets sucked in and taken over by advertising image instead of substance.

Do you watch the movie advertising which preceeds the coming of new releases? All those movies which are advertised steadily for a few weeks prior to coming out inevitably finish in attendance; #1, #2, #3 when they DO come out.

BUT NONE OF THEM EVER WIN THE SUBSTANTATIVE REWARD OF AN OSCAR. The reason they are so “popular” (for a very short time) is because they are hyped. In fact, inside movie people will tell you what when producers fear a movie is really no good, they will advertise the hell out of it, just for the few days of popularity they achieve, because of their advertising efforts.

OBAMA IS BEING HYPED….REALLY, REALLY BEING HYPED—even the media has joined the band wagon…and that’s ashame on the media….It violates their objectivity. We have Chris Matthews telling us Obama brought tears to his eyes when he speaks.

Sorry, Chris! All that means is that he is a good speaker, nothing more. Not presidential timber.

Obama’s plan was fantastic, absolutely incredible. In effect, it uses all the hot button catch words like: “HOPE”, “CHANGE”, “REFORM”, “OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW”. etc. etc. The usual “BS”.

None of us parents would allow our kids to, let’s say start a career because he or she “Hopes” to succeed; “Expects Success”, “Wants to be different”. Any good parent would demand that the offspring has the DOCUMENTED TALENT TO SUCCEED; NOT JUST HOPE THAT HE OR SHE CAN DO THE WORK REQUIRED.

Recently a number high-profile, influential pollitically experienced politicians come out to suddenly support Obama. They were asked a simple, logical, practical question like this; “Name me any thing Obama has actually accomplished in his his short political career, that brings you to support him for President of the United States? None of them….NONE of them could name one…..What’s Up With That”.

No, my friends…..stop being conned by the advertising hypes…..accept this long time proven axiom….”Before you expect me to believe in what you say you are GOING to do, show me something that you have ACTUALLY DONE”

You, the Public, the Voter, are merely emotionally reacting to the new campaign of a glittering generality word game, “Hope”, “Change”, “Reform” without knowing a damn thing about his ability (or lack of same) to what actually makes those words meaningful.

A political campaign is nothing more than a two year commercial for a product (the candidate). You are so “into” the plastic Obama image rage, that you have formed a movement, and the really disgusting political leaders are following your movement.

They are joining you with endorsements, not because they believe in Obama,…but, BECASUE THEY FEAR YOUR REACTION IF THEY DON’T FOLLOW YOU. These political “hoes” don’t know any more about Obama’s ability (or lack of same) than YOU do—but they don’t want the popular parade to go bye without joining in. THIS IS REALLY SAD.

I don’t care whom you vote for…but for crying out loud, VOTE FOR THE PERSON WHO ACTUALLY HAS ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING, AND SOME ONE WHO MAY HAVE SUBSTANCE, EVEN IF HE OR SHE ISN’T A CHARMER.

Give me an ugly, even arrogant, cold, stern, graceless SMART PERSON, WHO KNOWS WHAT HE OR SHE IS ACTUALLY DOING…AND CAN PROVE IT WITH A PAST FILLED WITH ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

What can I tell you….it is what it is.

SAD BUT TRUE……

February 27, 2008

After nearly 45 years of marriage. a couple was lying in bed one evening, when the wife felt her husband begin to fondle her in ways he hadn’t done in quite some time.

It almost tickled as his fingers started at her neck, and then began moving down past the small of her back.

He then caressed her shoulders and neck, slowly worked his hand down over her breasts, stopping just over her lower stomach.

He then proceeded to place his hand on her left inner arm, caressed past the side of her breast again, working down her side, passed gently over her buttock and down her leg to the calf.

Then he proceeded up her inner thigh, stopping just at the uppermost portion ofhe leg. He continued in the same manner down her right side.

Then, suddenly stopped, rolled over and became silent.

As she became quite aroused by his caressing she asked in a loving voice, “Honey, that was wonderful. Why did you stop?

“I FOUND THE REMOTE”, he mumbled.

(Yes, my girlfriend does have a sense of humor).

LOFINK CASE PROVES THE NEED FOR INSPECTOR GENERAL

February 25, 2008

Let me start by saying I like State Auditor Tom Wagner. But he is over his head when he tries to get involved with law enforcement related matters.

The Sunday News Journal’s excellent story about the Lofink case (one million dollars stolen from the Department of Finance) gives firsthand living proof that State Auditors know NOTHING about how to handle alleged corruption. When Auditor Wagner got a tip about the possibility of an in-house embezzlement might have been committed, he ran right the head of the finance depart to report the tip. THAT’S CRAZY! All you did Tom was to give a Department Chief the opportunity to cover it up, or cook the books, or hide it, or say it was taken care of and there was no need to go any further. You always have to consider that potential.
THAT’S WHAT SERPICO DID ON THE NYPD back in the day when I was there.

YOU NEVER TELL THE “SYSTEM” INVOLVED WHEN RECEIVING SUCH A TIP ABOUT THAT VERY SYSTEM.

If a tip came in to an Inspector General’s Office, the Finance Department would have been the LAST people to hear about it. Who knows if more people were not involved. Who knows for sure that the head of the Department might want to hide it?

An Inspector General would have pounced on it with an undercover wired-up agent to work in the place, and do the investigating from the inside. That type of corruption cannot be hidden from everybody….the undercover agent would have discovered who was doing what. Or, an IG would have raided the place, grabbed the books before cooking could take place. Every one within the system is a possible suspect.

It all would have been done quickly and efficiently—not the Delaware Way of giving people time to manipulate the outcome. Auditors would have worked under the IG, and not make the decision on his own to give the incriminating suspicion to the head of the very agency that is committing the crime.

It is no wonder that people could have stolen hundreds of thousands more in AFTER the tip was passed on; as the News Journal reported. No one can convince me that the Finance Department might not have been using a hell of a lot of time trying to figure out how to gt out of the mess without going public.

Sure the magnitude of the amount could not have been totally covered up…but I’ll bet they wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how NOT to let it out. Meanwhile, while they are wasting time perhaps trying to cover it up, the thieves were able to grab even more than they had already stolen.

GIVE IT UP, ATTORNEY GENERAL AND STATE AUDITOR!
FACE THE FACT THAT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO. Let’s go Bill Oberle. Grab Pete from the Dem said and a really, really good Inspector General Bill up and running. Thanks buys

WHERE THE HELL ARE THE BLOGGERS AND RADIO PERSONALITIES WHEN PEOPLE NEED THEM?

February 18, 2008

Yes, I’ll admit it, this will sound like self praise; but if the shoe fits, why shouldn’t I wear it? It came to me over the last week from 7 different legislators;
( 2 democrats/ 4 republicans/ 1 independent). They all put it different ways, but one of them in particular said it best;
“Gerry, If you were still on the Radio, Nancy Wagner would be well on her way to being dumped out of office. At least you would have forced the house ethics committee to convene for only the second time in the last 30 years.”

Where are you Blogggers and radio people with the followup? Sure, you wrote about it once of twice, and maybe you did a show on it…but that should only be the beginning. The next is to get off you collective asses and do the hard-nosed leg work.

Contact every ethics committee member personally. Ask what they are going to do about it. Demand that they take the Nancy Wagner incident as seriously as they were forced to do in the Atkins case (that took some pushing, a bit of threatening, intimidation, and a pinch of blackmail). But it worked, didn’t it?

You have Wagner dead to rights: personally benefitting from her official legislative actions. You have her actually suggesting that a contract with a company should be voided and the bid should be put out again, because “My husband didn’t understand exactly how the bidding process works, so he should be given another opportunity to bid on the job”.
Now the JFC didn’t do it for her…but her asking to have it done and their failure to report it in 2006 it is a serious item, which deserves exposure. You have her playing a significant part in the budget deliberations of her own very public employer that she works for (DSU). She actually verbally supported and bragged about voting for the DSU increased budget demands. DSU is her employer, from which she stood to gain. You have a lie or two thrown into the mix. Does none of this inspire your interest…you gate-keepers of official integrity?

WHAT SHE DID WAS MORE OFFICIALLY UNETHICAL AND PERHAPS MORE ILLEGAL THAN WHAT ATKINS DID. Let’s face it, the low life personal behavior of Atkins did not effect your tax money, and did not cause the legislature anything other than an embarassment —in Wagner’s case, she actually violated rules of the system….man; an Inspector General would be presenting a sold case for an indictment by now.

You guys got to get moving—call every ethics committee member, force them to express an opinion. Threaten that you will not let it slide. Let them know that you will do everything you can to embarassment them every chance you get.

The News Journal did a hell of a job on her; now do YOUR job and take it to the next level….an open ugly scandal. Otherwise, she wins and so do all those JFC committee people who allowed it to happen. They played a part which calls for the pressure of exposure. Don’t let this issue end as merely an interesting newspaper article.

Believe me, they are all counting on the public forgetting about this; and by doing nothing you are helping the public to forget about it. She will be re-elected, JFC will continue to ignore whatever rules and laws that they want to.
BLOGGERS OF DELAWARE UNITE—RADIO MOUTHS OF DELAWARE….do some real work….merely writing and talking accomplishes nothing.

DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE TO PLAY IT COOL

February 16, 2008

About what?….about John Atkins making a comeback as a member of THEIR party. Openly, they will say that are not in favor of Atkins getting back into the legislature..where he supposedly left some broken female hearts; balancing his “I’m- married-but-it-won’t-be-for-long”, come-on routine.

Privately the Dems hope like hell he wins, if he runs as a DEM in those lower Delaware “Deliverance”-type neighbors. After all, those incestuous banjo-playing voters will do anything to get one of their own back in a position of authority….just to burn the asses of them-there snooty type nothern Delaware big-city boys..

Reporter Bruce Pringle of the Salisbury MD Daily Times researched it well, and it sure looks like Atkins clould pull it off;
especially since he is an expert at “pulling things off”, if you know what I mean.

You’ve got to remember…there were many legislators who were willing to merely slap Atkins on the wrist with a “now be a good boy and don’t do that any more” after his numerous transgressions of driving drunk, using his legislative power to get off scot-free, lying, and smacking the old lady around (as they like say in southern Delaware. They is no real animosity against Atkins personally….they only threw him out because of media and public pressure.

An Atkins victory as a DEM in hillbilly country, could play a huge part in the Democrat perfect storm theory—winning the majority power in the House of Representatives. Lofink’s seat is very shaky. Nancy Wagner is a sure loser, if you ask me, unless she has enough relatives and friends working in state jobs or in the legislture to actually become a pressure group to save her seat. She is political damaged goods that’s for sure…..and if you take a real close look at her, she’s got other real damage.

I think the Dems will not openly display the party power behind Atkins…no open money, no endorsements, no campaign literature….but a secret desire for his victory. The Republican opponent, “Atilla” Hastings, is easier to beat than Nancy Wagner in the Miss America Contest.

So, this is destined to be quite an election year. The Dems are secretly delighted that Alan Levin dropped out. In spite of their bravado about “he can’t win because of the democrat numbers” they will admit that he would have been the most formidable candidate that thay have ever seen in the last half century. A real donnybrook of a battle between Markell and Carney would have made Alan an even more formidable opponent. Now they no longer have to worry about that.

One little monkey wrench still has to be considered. The “change fad”, as I like to call it, could produce a Markell victory….not that he wouldn’t be the underdog…but remember, underdogs are “in” this year. Can you say Obama”. Every “sure thing” democrat could fall victim to “change-itis” if the under-dogs prey on the voter’s “we need reform heartstrings”.

A miniscule faux pas of personal behavior like the Atkin’s debacle is not that important any more: hell, back in the day, I remember Rockerfella not being selected as a VP candidate because he had the audacity to actually get a divorce….do you hear me…he actually got a divorce…..that shameful sinner. Nowadays you can get pipe jobs in the Oval office, and brag about sniffing coke and be the front-runner. What is this world coming to?
SINCE MY MAIN-MAN DROPPED OUT…ALAN LEVIN…I’M NOW A MARKELL GUY…BECAUSE HE IS CLOSER TO A LEVIN THAN CARNEY COULD EVER BE…..AND, I GUESS I’M A VICTIM OF THE
CHANG-ITIS MOVMENT. Where do you stand?

First Of Two New Posts—READ BOTH

February 14, 2008

ISSUE ONE–THE ELECTION…..ISSUE TWO…LOVE THOSE IRISH

I FIGURED OUT THE DEFINITIVE METHOD WHICH WILL FORCE US TO RUN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WHILE GUARANTEEING THAT WE WILL CHOOSE SUBSTANCE, INSTEAD OF IMAGE EVERY TIME!
Popularity, looks, and charm will mean nothing, if we adopt this system……..
We enter the voting booth and ONLY ISSUES ARE LISTED;
NOT CANDIDATES’ NAMES:

THE IRAQ WAR; you write a sentence of two on YOUR opinion/
EDUCATION… write what YOU want done about improvement/
HEALTH CARE…again, YOU write what you want done about it/
HOMELAND SECURITY…same thing….write YOUR views…./
THE ECONOMY…..again…YOUR views for improvement/
IMMIGRATION……write in YOUR answer to the problem/
RIGHT TO LIFE vs FREE CHOICE; write what YOU believe/

You then leave the voting booth…….when the voting period ends that night….A VERY SOPHISICATED COMPUTER CALCULATES THE MAJORITY VIEWS ON ALL THE ISSUES VOTED ON DURING THE ELECTION HOURS.
THE MAJORITY OPINIONS ARE CALCULATED, AND THEN MATCHED TO THE POSITIONS OF EACH CANDIDATE….AND THE COMPUTER PICKS THE CANDIDATE WHO MOST CLOSELY SUPPORTS THE MAJORITY POSITIONS OF THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE. CASE CLOSED, AN ELECTION BASED ON ISSUES ALONG.
There! I solved the problem….we don’t have to worry about which candidate looks the best, sounds the best, charms us the most etc., etc,…..
IT WILL BE DONE OBJECTIVELY WITHOUT HUMAN ERROR.
WHADA-YA THINK? LIKE THAT IDEA?

YA GOTTA LOVE “MY PEOPLE” DON’TCHA?

February 14, 2008

Direct From The Personal Ads In An Irish Newspaper.
It helps if you read this out loud with an Irish accent.
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“Heavy drinker, 35, Cork area. Seeks gorgeous sex addict interested in a man who loves his pints, cigarettes, Glasgow Celtic Football Club, and has been known to start fights on Patrick Street at three o’clock in the morning”
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“Bitter disillusioned Dublin man, lately rejected by longtime fiancie, seeks decent, honest reliable woman, if such a thing still exists in this cruel world of hatchet-faced bitches.”
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“Ginger haired Galway man, a troublemaker, gets slit-eyed and shitty after a few scoops, seeks attractive, wealthy lady for bail purposes, maybe more.”
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Bad tempered, foul-mouth old bastard, living in a damp cottage in the arse end of Roscommon, seeks attractive 21 year old blonde lady with a lovely chest”
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Limerick man, 27, medium build, brown hair, blue eyes, seeks alibi for the night of February 27 between 8pm and 11:30pm”
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Optimistic Mayo man, 35, seeks a blonde 20 year old double-jointed super model, who owns her own brewery, and has an open-minded twin sister.”
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You know, the actual descriptions are often the same for many men in this country. The difference is that anerican men hide it well, while the Irish guys lay it right out there for all to see. You know what you are getting right up front….although who the hell would want what is offered above. I think it appeals to those crazy women whom we read about falling in love with inmates doing life in prision for horrendous crimes.

SPENCE—WAGNER—FULCHER!

February 12, 2008

BOY! THERE’S A TRILOGY WHICH DEPICTS
“THE GOOD”, “THE BAD” AND “THE UGLY!
Frist—-TERRY SPENCE, THE GOOD:
TERRY SPENCE STANDING UP FOR LITTLE GUY, AND FIGHTING LIKE HELL AGAINST HIS OWN PARTY. IF SOME ONE ELSE DID THIS, HE WOULD BE CALLED A HERO. How did this skip attention? There is a bill floating around, and guaranteed to pass, to allow land owners of trailer park properties to give themselves a totally free hand to raise the land rents of all trailer park residents. There are a lot of jokes about trailer part residents…but let me tell you something…there are a lot of good, honest, law-abiding people who live in trailer parks for reasons which are none of our business….and not the business of the state legislators who are trying to screw them. This power play is allowing some owners to almost double the rents…something that will financially kill many trailer owners.

What’s behind this move? You figure it out….Terry Strind’s relatives own a number of trailer parks down state. Terry Spence looked into the proposed bill and saw the danger to people who will be driven out, and could actually run the risk of being homeless.

Spence introduced a resolution to halt the bill, and create a moratorium, until some negotiations could be held to figure out a compromise deal might be considered. The Dems voted down Spence’s resolution, BUT SPENCE DID NOT GET ONE SINGLE REPUBLICAN TO VOTE FOR HIS RESOLUTION. He got blanked by his own party legislators. Remember, it was Spence who took a lot of party heat when he was honest enough to admit to me that the so-called John Atkins self-request for a full investigation was nothing but a scam to make it LOOK like Atkins really was honest and open.

In this day and age of hidden agendas; let’s look at the Republican Party leader with the relatives in the trailer park ownership business down state. At least Nancy Wagner dirty deal didn’t hurt people as much as this “insider deal” will, while Strind’s family members make a bundle. TERRY SPENCE STOOD UP AGAINST THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES….AND GOT SHUT-OUT; NOT ONE SINGLE VOTE FOR A TIME-OUT TO TALK ABOUT THE PROS AND CONS OF THIS TERRIBLE BILL. Nancy Wagner’s nepotism deal was wrong….but this is even worse. How about full disclosure about how and why STRIND got all his Republican peeps to march lockstep on this issue? Come on, you investigative blogger types…help us out with your wisdom.

SECOND POINT ABOUT SPENCE: how totally rediculous for the News Journal to say that Spence “got jobs” in the state police for his sons; which the Journal insinuated in their otherwise excellent article on nepotism last Sunday. I know a little bit about this police issue….Terry didn’t even know his two sons had applied for law enforcement careers until AFTER they took and passed the tests with very high marks. They have normal assignments, which fit their talents, based on normal law enforcement manpower needs. SPENCE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR JOBS, OR THEIR ASSIGNMENTS. In fact, State Police types with talent actually consider a relative in politics as a burden they have to put up with. They want to be left alone. I know some high ranking State Police officials who proved to me that the Spence sons got no special deals, and never will. Spence has nothing to do with careers.

NOW, NANCY WAGNER, THE BAD….how soon we forget….is there any one out there who remembers me spilling the beans back in 2006—when I said on a radio station, which, shall remain “call-letterless”…..”A legislator on the Joint Finance Commitee told me that Nancy Wagner is coming to almost all meetings and constantly begging for a job for her husband.” I even got more specific and said that a bid was given out for some type of computer program which was awarded to some one else; and Wagner begged the Joint Finance Committee to withdraw the contract, and put the bid out again because “my husband didn’t fully undestand the bid process, and he deserved another chance”.

BY THE WAY….IF YOU WANT TO PLACE BLAME FOR THE WAGNER SCAM GOING THROUGH….POINT YOUR COLLECTIVE FINGERS AT JOE DIPINTO….he was running the show then. DiPinto and Nancy Cooke used to play epilogue musical chairs
after the JFC was finished their deliberations, and dismissed for the year. They would have little (tete-a-tetes)—that’s french for “putting heads together”…they did it to me back in 2006.

GERRY FULCHER, “THE UGLY”
Short version….U. Of D. does statewide survey about how compulsive gambling odolescents are increasing faster than compulsive gambing adults. Great study…filled with documentation. I pursue it, and find out that no one is doing anything of a preventive nature in our schools. There are all kinds of the preventive substance abuse projects; but nothing on the fastest growing addiction in the country (proven fact).
I said to myself, “Self, you’ve been in the field since 1978. You are a former educator on the high school and college levels…You’re a nationally published writer on the subject. Get your ass moving and do something, self”.

I put together a proposal and gave it to JFC. It callled for writing a preventive high school course, get it into schools throughout the state; and teach teachers how to teach the course. IT PASSES IN THE JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE…it’s $20,000. Ok, signed, sealed and delivered, right? WRONG!

The JFC finishes for the year…..DiPinto and Cooke “talk”. They change the epilogue, to make sure I DON’T get the money. They hide it in the Department of Health and Social Services..where it disappears. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE SCHOOLS ON THIS SUBJECT; AND THE U. OF D. STUDY PREDICTING A MASSIVE INCREASE IN AD0LESECENT ADDICTED GAMBLING GOES ON. As DiPinto would put it….”Who gives a rat’s ass about the kids….all I’m concerned with is that I got to screw Fulcher”. Joe “I never met a gambling project I didn’t love” DiPinto hated me since 1980 when I successfully crusaded against jai alai (pronounced high-lie) coming to Wilmington. I beat him by one vote in the Senate which killed the bill. Jai alai is that spanish gambling game with the basket attached to the arm….you may have seen it. I have also so far contributed in a minot way to put a casino or two on the Wilmington Water Front.
Cooke has hated me for my on-air exposure of her scams and foibles…ironically, her sister was a big fan of mine….yes, that same sister who got a nice job with the state, and her son who got a nice job with the state. Bottom line, DiPinto and Cooke won the fight…and the fact that more and more kids will become addicted gamblers because of their scumbag move, is of no consequence to them…..chalk another one up for the bad guys.
I AM RESURRECTING MY ” WILMINGTON VIEWS JOURNAL ” WEEKLY “VIEWS-PAPER”. FIRST ISSUE COMES OUT DOWNTOWN ON MONDAY, FEBUARY 18TH….PICK IT UP.

TALK ABOUT A GROUP THAT GETS THINGS DONE

February 7, 2008

THE A. PHILIP RANDLPH INSTITUTE—ever hear of them?
THEY HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHING THINGS WHICH YOU MAY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT…AND NOW YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP THEM CONTINUE THEIR EFFORTS WHICH MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER. Help them celebrate by attending their annual dinner/dance.
THEY ACTUALLY DO WHAT MANY OF US ONLY TALK ABOUT DOING……I never heard of them until about 2 years ago when sly John Flaherty called me one Saturday morning and said,
“Come offer to Angelo’s on Scott and Gilpin…I’ll buy you breakfast”. Hell, yeah, I’ll go anywhere for a free breakfast. After breadkfast he hits me with, “Oh, by the way. I’m going to a meeting on the east side. Come with me”.
He was riding his bike and I was walking…and I mean walking. How does 200 E. Claymont street sound for a mid-morning walk?

I entered the the union hall, and the place was mostly filled with people of a darker skin color than me; spinkled with some whitie types like myself. State legislators were there; city officials, a county councilperson or two; ministers, Matt Denn is a regular; but most importantly, the place was packed with people representing every neighborhood in northern Delaware…people dressed in saturday casuals, or working clothes like me.
What makes this group different from any other community gathering I’ve ever attended?
THESE PEOPLE GO IT GOIN’ ONE….WHEN IT COMES TO ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHING THINGS, which I’ve come to know and understand, and appreciate over the last few years.
Try just these samples:
We are getting Sunday bus service; did you know that? Why?
Because two guys from the A. Philip Randolph Institute,
Mark Brunswick and Scott Spence worked their butts off by three years of digging, and pushing and surveying and making a pain in the ass of themselves as they literally forced the system to give us buses on Sunday. We used to be the only city of this size without Sunday bus service, but now we got it.Thanks APRI.

APRI IS A TOTALLY VOLUNTEER AGENCY…EVERYBODY DOES WHAT THEY DO FOR NOTHING/ NADA/ ZILCH/ ZIP/ ZERO.
THEY DO WHAT THEY DO OUT OF GENUINE CONCERN FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEEDS, AND THEY ARE REAL NEEDS: (from Sunday bus service to health care, to prison reform, and more).

They have a grassroots lobbyist, Mark Brunswick, who takes all the concerns of statewide importance to Dover, and gently, but firmly forces the PEOPLES’ CONCERNS down legislators’ throats.
There were the first grassroots group to push for single payer health care for all/
They spearheaded the movement to restore felons’ rights/
Their education efforts are very productive and realistic; they’ll get a high school in Wilmington; only city our size without one/
their criminal justice system reform people are working hard/
youth crime prevention is a priority they are dealing with/
You name it and they are into it/
THESE ARE PEOPLE YOU’LL WANT TO GET TO KNOW…
AND HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DO IT.

ATTEND THEIR YEARLY DINNER/DANCE/ FRIDAY, FEB.22nd/ 6PM
IT’S AT THE IBEW UNION HALL—814 BASIN RD. NEW CASTLE.
Give them a call to sign up—-6 5 6 – 3 2 6 9
It’s $75–checks payable to APRI DELAWARE CHAPTER
Mail to Peaches Whalen, President 309 W. 24th St. WILM, 19802

It’s worth the price just to meet Peaches, herself. She does all the coordinating for the most effective human service consortium I’ve ever witnessed in my 71 years of life. GET AQUAINTED AT THIS SATURDAY’S MONTHLY MEETING; 10AM 200 CLAYMONT ST. The meetings are from 10am till noon, and Peaches makes sure in it not 12:01…it’s noon!
It’s an opportunity to get excited by people who do very important things just for the pure love for their fellow men and women.
I’LL BE THERE…YES, THERE ARE DOUGHNUTS AND COFFEE.