Aug 012014
 

Here are the results of our Which Wing Worst Poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are often both accurate and indicative of the nation’s view.

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And here are your comments.

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Posted by Lynn Squance  July 28, 2014 at 9:10 pm.  

 

It was a toss up between corporacon and plutocon, so I went with plutocon. When I think of the Koch brothers, I think plutocon then corporacon. But they are also feeding the insantiTea and theocons . . . I believe it is called leveraging their options. And the neocons will ante up to do the plutocon’s dirty work as long as they can make money, the greedy war mongering ba*tards they are.

 

But no matter, they all will end the American empire, one way or another. Have a look at this Alternet article about the American empire that I posted on Care2.

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Posted by Jerry Critter  July 28, 2014 at 9:46 am.  

 

That’s a tough choice. They are all bad. Combined together, the Republican party is the worst.

 

Posted by mamabear  July 23, 2014 at 11:38 am.  

 

All of the above. But one seems worse In sane TEA wing (Why) they are the racist. That seems the hardest to fight Because most racist do no even know they are(right they know but pretending to be a Palin on getting a ticket for speeding."’I Wasn’t Speeding, I Was Qualifying’ They are just plain nuts and they like it

 

Posted by Patty  July 21, 2014 at 6:23 am.  

 

I agree with most that "

I agree with the others that "All the above" would be my answer if it was available. Since I had to choose, Corporacon is my choice. All the biggies encompassed therein feed the rest of them and they in turn feed off the smaller groups.

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They are all evil.

 

Posted by Arielle  July 20, 2014 at 3:06 am.  

 

Sorry, I can’t pick just one – they are all crazy, dangerous, deranged, and despicable.

 

Posted by Terrie C. Williams  July 19, 2014 at 5:01 am.  

 

Actually….ALL of the above….but I especially loathe Fascists…and they come in all of the above colors. Theocratic Fascists are the worst and that is the Tea Baggers in a nutshell.

 

Posted by gene jacobson  July 18, 2014 at 7:40 am.  

 

They’re all bad but I went with Theocon because there is nothing more difficult, in my opinion, to deal with than someone who thinks God told him to do whatever the H it is he/she is doing. Reason does not work with people who believe their way is the only moral option available. All of the others you can bargain with at least, not easily but you can. Not religious extremists though. No give in their positions at all.

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Posted by Edie  July 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm.  

 

I agree with others that all of the above would have been good. I voted for Insanitea because they work so hard to make the rest of us conform to their ideas.

 

Posted by Yvonne White  July 16, 2014 at 9:34 am.  

 

There was no "All the Above". So I went with Corporacon because the Corporate Pirates fund all the Insanitea & Religious Reich’s craziness, the Corporations are run by Plutocons & turn out NeoCons..it’s the Circle of DEATH (not Life!

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Posted by John Dasef  July 16, 2014 at 5:42 am.  

 

"All of the above" would be most appropriate. None of them have any redeeming qualities.

 

Posted by Joanne D  July 16, 2014 at 4:49 am.  

 

I agree it should be all of the above. I also agree with Phil and Lona the Corporacon wing is served by all the others. But the Theocons are giving a kind of halo of legitimacy to the other wings, and I think if we could get rid of that, we could get through to more ordinary people. The thing is, the whole "prosperity gospel" thing is the normal human mindset. It goes back past Calvin and the divine right of kings to prehistoric humans trying to figure out which gods or spirits to appease. Even Jesus’ disciples, when he said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, said, "Well, dang! If the rich can’t, there’s NO hope for anyone else!"

 

Posted by Lona  July 16, 2014 at 12:11 am.  

 

We have a terrible household joke in the Netherlands that came to mind:

"How can you tell a bird is dead? Because it’s one leg is just as long".

Yes, that’s it, but it sort of summarises my predicament with this poll: what’s the bloody difference? So I went along with Phil, I think Corporacon outflanks the others and in fact uses the others to its own advantage.

 

Posted by Phil  July 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

 

"All of the above" would be the most accurate answer, but lacking that choice I voted for the Corporacon wing, because that wing is the only wing served by all the others.

I was not surprised that only one other person voted for Plutocons.  The vote does reflect commonly held thinking, but in my opinion, the commonly held thinking is wrong.  Here’s why.   Neocons, the party warmongers like ChickenHawk Cheney, have little influence at present, because America is sick of their failed wars.  Theocons are the Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians.  The party caters to them, because they get out the vote, but they are stupid enough to think what they are told to think, as long as they get to force their dogma on others.  The InsaniTEA wing is dangerous, because they are frequently the tail that wags the dawg.  But they are just the storm troopers, like Hitler’s SA.  If the party achieves their goal of dictatorial control, the Tea Baggers will be victims of a Republican night of the long knives, just like the SA.  The Corporacons are powerful, but they are unable to control the party, because another group controls too many of them.  That leaves the Plutocons.  They are the super-rich, like the Koch Brothers and the Waltons, the 0.1%  They bankroll and dictate policy to Neocon groups.  they support the Theocons and the InsaniTEA wing financially and tell them what to think.  They control the Corporacons, because they fill the key executive positions.  In short, they are the ones that the Republican Party truly represents.  That makes them worst for the US.

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Aug 012014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 102.  It will be a difficult day, because I have physical therapy during a heat wave.  It is also the day I normally spend hours collecting the data for and compiling the Monthly Report for Politics Plus to post on the second.  Because of the timing, the Monthly Report will be a day or two late, and I may have nothing at all to post on Saturday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 4:32).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: As much as people love sex, you’d think we’d know better! If we just got rid of myths like these, we’d feel a lot better about our bodies, our relationships, and our sex lives.

 

If you show this to Republicans, that are likely to become apoplectic. So many uninterrupted facts, without intervening lies is more than they can handle.  Now, if only I could remember what sex is.

From Daily Kos: If you haven’t seen this before, this really sums up what Republicans think of the Americans who work for a living.

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No Congress in US history has ever done so little.’

From TPM: Conservative rocker Ted Nugent published a lengthy and rambling rant hitting back at his critics on Wednesday, writing that the reason he’s been described as a racist is because he’s "doing God’s work."

Nugent’s comments came in a column posted [World Nut Daily delinked] on the conspiracy theory website WND, in which he reacted to the news that one of his concerts in Idaho had been canceled because of his incendiary rhetoric.

"For the lying freaks over at the Huffington Post, Moveon.org and the scammers at the Southern Poverty Law Center to go to such extremes to constantly lie about me is proof positive that I am not only on the right track doing God’s work spotlighting the current infestation of cockroaches amongst us, but that they are clearly scared to death of me and virtually incapable of debating me one on one," Nugent wrote.

Nugent was reported to have used the term "unclean vermin" when discussing the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s decision to cancel a casino concert he was supposed to perform. The tribe canceled the concert after being contacted by the Southern Poverty Law Center and made aware of some of his past remarks, including some in which he called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and a "chimpanzee."

From his perspective, spewing racial hatred is doing God’s work, because his God is Republican Supply-side Jesus, the exact opposite of the real Jesus.

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Jul 312014
 

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Lynn has now won her ninth Big Mouth Award.  For over a year she has been our top commentator, and is also one of only two people, other than myself, that I have authorized to post articles here.  Lynn is a denizen of Care2, and is still a Canadian, unfortunately for the US.  I’ve said this before, but it still bears repeating.  If 10% of US citizens had half, or if half of US citizens had 10% of the knowledge of and insight into US politics that this Canadian gal regularly displays, our country would be far better off.  Congrats Lynn!  She is a treasure, whose contribution to this site cannot be overstated, but I am stating it again.

I have only one small complaint.  We are still waiting for the picture of her posing with the prize she won for posting the 50,000th comment months ago.

Please join me in congratulating her, thanking her, praising her and harassing her to send me that picture.

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Jul 162014
 

Here are the results of our SCOTUS Rating Poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are often both accurate and indicative of the nation’s view.

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And here are your comments.

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Posted by Phil  July 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm.  

 

I voted "Horrid" because you neglected to add "Outrageously Stupid."

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Posted by Lynn Squance  July 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm.  

 

I voted "HORRID". While there may be minor acceptable judgements, preponderance of conservative activism is absolutely disgusting. It seems to me that SCOTUS, or should I say the SCROTUS wing of Injustices, is nothing more than a wing of the Republican/Teabagger party. I like the 3 women justices and Breyer, but I wish Justice Ginsburg were younger so that she would be around longer.

 

Posted by Edie  July 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm.  

 

They have sunk so far in my estimation, that horrible isn’t even an accurat)e description.(devious

 

Posted by SoINeedAName  July 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm.  

 

Not only "HORRID" – but HORRID for a long, Long, LONG time coming.

Pandora’s Box will be busy for decades.

 

Posted by Rixar13  July 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm.  

 

Horrid…

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Posted by gene jacobson  July 1, 2014 at 8:45 am.  

 

As noted, there were one or two minor things done the way I think they should have been, John Roberts siding with the four decent justices in both instances, but narrow and meaningless decisions they were. For the rest, the vast majority, this is the rottenest and in truth, corrupt Court we have ever had – corrupt comes with Thomas and Scalia out there making tons of money advertising how they will vote on various issues. Which encourages suits on those issues. Which makes them corrupt, evil and impeachable in my opinion. If the House truly wants to impeach someone it should be those two fools.

 

Posted by Joanne D  July 1, 2014 at 4:45 am.  

 

I want to qualify my vote of "horrid" by saying that it only applies to the SCROTUS Five. Unfortunately, they rule for now. Yes, there were one or two decent decisions, so minor I can’t even remember what they were. We will be decades cleaning up after these animals – and we can’t even start yet.

 

Posted by Lona Goudswaard  July 1, 2014 at 12:56 am.  

 

I’m completely prejudices of course, because the only rulings I see from this SCOTUS are the ones I get presented with on this blog, Care2, Daily Kos and such.

There were one or two surprise rulings this last term, but they were on very minor issues and didn’t stretch very far, but every other ruling I’ve heard off has been absolutely disastrous for this country.

 

Posted by Patty  July 1, 2014 at 12:02 am.  

 

I was going to say "Horrid" but there have been a couple good decisions.

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I voted with the majority.  While there have been a couple decisions that weren’t that bad, even the “good ones” have included concealed attempts at sabotage.  A perfect exampled is deciding for the ACA, but allowing state governments to deny federally funded Medicaid to poor citizens.

A new poll is up.  Vote now, and vote in November.

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Jul 042014
 

4th of July 2013

Like many holidays, Independence Day has become highly commercialized, so often Independence Day Sale often comes to mind before the patriots who risked everything to stand for the ideals of representative government.  Let us take a moment to consider the document they signed on July 4, 1776.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

These men were true patriots.  Unfortunately, there are Republican ethnic nationalists claiming the heritage of these men, and falsely calling themselves patriots.  However our founding fathers rebelled against policies imposed on them by a government in which they had no voice.  In sharp contrast today’s false patriots propose revolution and ‘Second Amendment Solutions’, because they don’t like the laws passed by their own elected representatives.  That is not patriotism.  It is sedition.

Enjoy your holiday weekend. 

The graphic and the video are of fireworks over my town.

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Jul 022014
 

In June, Politics Plus improved in every category except Visits, and that only because the month was a day shorter.  It was out best month this year.  Here is our latest summary:

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In the monthly totals, a Site is any website from which someone accessed our server, a Hit is every access attempt to our server, and a File is every access attempt to our server that returned data.  The difference between Hits and Files is from access attempts that were sent in error or damaged in transit and failed attempts by hackers, spammers, phishers, and Republicans to access the back end and take control of the site.  Any questions?

Here is our latest Clustrmap:

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This is the new map, and it look’s less naked.  It misses a lot, because many visits can’t be easily traced to a location.  It shows only the visits from March 2 to June 14, when it was last updated.

Here are our top five articles:

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Several years are represented here..

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers.

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All were improved.

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Putting their links here increases the ratings of their sites, so this “linkey love” is our thank you for their support.

Here are our top commentators:Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here.

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We have 290,945 links on other websites.

Our Technorati rating no longer exists, because Technorati no longer exists as a blog rating entity.  Their URL is now site to connect website publishers to advertisers.  Over the years, they came to dominate the blog authority rating field so completely that their competitors withered away.  Without competition, they stagnated, did a poor job and many just stopped paying attention.  They have left a vacuum in blog authority rating.  If you learn of someone filling that need before I do, please let me now.

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The 2014 elections are only four months away.  Republicans want to transform our nation into a totalitarian plutocracy.  They want a permanent, one-party regime in which elections exist for show only.  No lie, no trick and no crime are to heinous for them to embrace.  If nothing else, Mondays two criminal SCROTUS decisions make that fact crystal clear.  We mist get out the vote in mass!!

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Jul 012014
 

Here are the results of our Iraq Response Poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are often both accurate and indicative of the nation’s view.

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And here are your comments:

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Posted by Patty  June 25, 2014 at 4:51 am.  

 

I agonized over "humanitarian aid" but voted to "do nothing" because the aid never gets to its intended destination. If help is sent at all, it should be a united effort by the UN Security Forces or NATO.

 

Posted by Yvonne White  June 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm.  

 

We should stay out of it completely..but I figure air strikes + "advisors" + more guns, etc..oh, and "humanitarian" aid..

 

Posted by SoINeedAName  June 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm.  

 

Ensure that al-Maliki is either GONE or stops his offensive sectarian regime and corruption. (I think he’s a MAJOR cause of the all the uproar)

 

The man is EVIL! No aid from us (other than to protect our people and interests) until he’s either gone … or has a "Come-to-Allah" moment. ;-

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Posted by Bill Davis  June 20, 2014 at 6:45 am.  

 

Let Iraq stew in its own eternal religious civil war.

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Posted by dave c  June 20, 2014 at 3:17 am.  

 

….send all the GOP (chicken)Hawks that are calling for war……and let them pay for body armor and ammo with their own money……..

 

Posted by mamabear  June 19, 2014 at 5:59 am.  

 

I voted troops for training. Air strikes no I don’t think so. Because after all the lives that were lost in both countries and it has come to this. Who thought that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was going to bring peace? Oh I know Bush/Cheney lol no he was a power trip and used 9/11 to get what he wanted. Now Cheney and daughter are working together to make Obama look stupid. I trust what ever President Obama decides

 

Posted by Joanne D  June 19, 2014 at 4:45 am.  

 

Humanitarian aid with the caveat that experience shows it needs to be closely monitored lest it turn into something else. "Do nothing" would be my second choice.

 

Posted by gene jacobson  June 19, 2014 at 2:28 am.  

 

Humanitarian Aid only. We would brook no interference in our internal affairs and we can impose NO form of government on ANY other country, anywhere, ever. As harsh as that sounds, they have to solve this themselves, that is the only way they will ever come to a lasting peace. Provide humanitarian aid, but no more.

 

Posted by Lona Goudswaard  June 19, 2014 at 12:42 am.  

 

Humanitarian aid should be both the least and the most the US could do for the doubtless many thousands of (Shiite) refugees this war will render. After all the US is partly responsible for this mess and should feel the obligation to help individuals in their daily struggle to survive.

The result was a virtual tie between humanitarian aid and nothing.  I voted for humanitarian aid, because Republicans broke the country, when the Bush Reich invaded and tried to install a puppet regime.

There is a new poll up.  Vote both in it and in November.

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