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.


And here are your comments.

Showing comments 1-9 of 9.

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


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



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.  





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.


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.

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.

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:



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:


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:

Last Week’s Republican Lunacies 6/9/2014 5,873
Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 1,918
The ChickenHawk Resurfaces 6/20/2014 775
A Republican Freedom 9/24/2013 602
Redistributing the Wealth 10/29/2011 537

Several years are represented here..

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers.

Stumbleupon 6,645 (Thanks Richard!)
Care2 2,360
Google 2,319
Facebook 100
Bing 86

All were improved.

Here are our top 15 blog/news referrers.


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.

Lynn Squance (122)
Patty (85)
Joanne D (80)
Edie (75)
Rixar13 (67)
Jerry Critter (39)
Pat A (32)
SoINeedAName (29)
Jim Phillips (18)
Avril lomas (8)
misstexaskitty (8)
Steve (8)
Yvonne White (8)
mamabear (5)
john dasef (4)
Phil Hanson (4)

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.

As of Midnight, July 1, we have 4,951 articles and 54,222 comments.

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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.


And here are your comments:

Showing comments 1-9 of 9.

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. ;-



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


Let Iraq stew in its own eternal religious civil war.



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.

Jun 252014


Congrats to Jerry Critter for posting the 54,000th comment here at Politics Plus.  This is his fourth award.  The last was the last of the every 500 awards that he won in June, 2011.  He used to visit, because he is addicted to the Jig Zone Puzzles in our Open Thread.  He still mutters “My Precious”, while doing them.  Now he is fully engaged in all aspects of this site, and is one of the few people who has been here since before we converted to WordPress from Blogger, masking him a friend of many years standing. He remains one of our most prolific commentators, and writes an excellent blog of his own.  You can find him at Critter’s Crap.  Please join me in thanking him.

Jun 192014

Here are the results of our PP Theme 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. However, I rather doubt that the nation is riveted on the look and feel of Politics Plus.


And here are your comments.

Showing comments 1-13 of 13.

Posted by SoINeedAName  June 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm.  


First of all – change it to WHAT?!?

I voted "Doesn’t Matter"

No doubt there are "tweaks" that would improve ANY website – but has there been a major problem in this one? (OK – Emoticons … but I don’t consider THAT a MAJOR problem)

As the adage goes:

"If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it."

(Improve it all you want – but I’ll keep coming back)


Posted by Arielle  June 3, 2014 at 2:27 am.  


Love it just as is change is only important if it makes your life easier….


Posted by Edie  June 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm.  


I like it just as it is, but if you change it, I will still be reading it.



Posted by Rixar13  June 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm.  


Doesn’t matter –



Posted by John Dasef  June 1, 2014 at 5:35 am.  


Unless changing things makes it work better for you, it’s fine the way it is, with just one little nit-pick. Those posters you put up with the multi-colored wording are sometimes difficult for us color-deficient vision types to read.


Posted by Dotti Lydon  June 1, 2014 at 4:41 am.  


I look forward to Tom’s articles, even though I do not comment, I do read them and would not change a thing.




Posted by Joanne D  June 1, 2014 at 4:09 am.  


Like everyone else, I like it just fine the way it is. But I don’t come for the theme. I come for the content, and to some degree for the other commenters.


Posted by Lona Goudswaard  June 1, 2014 at 3:14 am.  


I’m with the others on this one. You don’t have to change ot on my account, but it is your blog, TomCat, and if you want to change it for one reason or another, please feel free to do so, as long as you keep the quality and content as it is.



Posted by Patty  June 1, 2014 at 1:18 am.  


I’m with Lynn on this. If it makes it easier for you, then by all means do it. If it makes it more complicated and harder for you to continue this wonderful blog, then leave it be.



Posted by Fred Lemon  May 31, 2014 at 10:11 pm.  


Concur with Lynn.


Posted by Lynn Squance  May 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm.  


Doesn’t matter to me. I am of a mind that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Having said that, if it makes your job as administrator/owner easier, then do it. I come to the site for content and people. Always have, always will! . . . well unless you get a weird disease that turns you into a Republican! God forbid!



Posted by TomCat in reply to Lynn Squance  June 1, 2014 at 5:54 am.  


OMG!! Republicosis?!!?



Posted by Lynn Squance in reply to TomCat  June 1, 2014 at 7:21 am.  


"OMG!!" is right! That is akin to a full blown psychosis! Not good! Not good at all!

Rarely in such a minority, I was one of the two who voted yes.  The theme I’m using now is a good one, but it has undergone a lot of changes since I originally installed it years ago.  I don’t fully understand them and support is not the programmer’s strong suit.  I’m considering a switch to Graphene.  It appears to have all the features I want, is very well documented, and because it is open source, there is a large community of knowledgeable people that support it well.  That is the upside.  The downside is that, when and if I change it, redesigning the layout will take many hours of work.  So, sooner or later, I probably shall, but don’t expect it in the immediate future.

Jun 022014

In May, Politics Plus improved in every category except Sites and Pages, which was unusually high last month, so I’m pleased with the progress.  This is a highly abbreviated report.  Normally, collecting the data and formatting it takes several hours, and with this week’s schedule, it’s several hours I just don’t have.  Please accept my apology.  Next month’s should be back on track.



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:


This is the new map that is starting to look less naked.  It shows only the visits from March 2 to May 31.

Our improved performance again last month was because of you.  Thank you for everything you do.