Jul 042016
 

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This is Joanne’s fourth Big Mouth award.  She earned her first in September 2013, her second in March 2015, her third in May 2015, and I have no doubt that there will be many more to come.

A denizen of Care2, she came to us from there, and is now a regular.  She’s super-smart, witty a political junky and an activist for all kinds of human rights.  I have had occasion to correspond with her, and she faces some major issues in her life with exceptional dignity and grace.

Last Autumn I appointed her to a staff position  here and is now a Politics Plus Author. One of her articles in June had more traffic than any of mine did. Please join in swamping her with the praise and kudos she deserves.  Her daily participation makes this a better site.

Because this was an even 10,000th comment, Joanne has won a personalized Politics Plus Big Mouth Award coffee mug I have already customized and ordered it. Joanne should receive it this month, you you’ll get to see a Mug Shot (picture) of her with her mug.

If we’re really nice to her, perhaps she might harass Nameless for us and make him send his Mug Shot for the 60,000th comment a year bad a half ago. Surprised smile

Woooo Hoooo Erynator!!

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Jun 162016
 

Here are the results of our “Education Blame/Credit” 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 usually factually accurate, and more often than not, they reflect thinking or will of the national majority.

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Since our polling site no longer enables us to copy and paste your poll comments, you may read them here.

I voted that Republicans have made it worse, because they are the ones responsibhle for the cuts that have decimated the programs od several different kinds that keep people off the streets.

The new poll questions whether or not the Superdelegates should override the votes of the majority of Democratic voters, resulting in a majority of pledged delegates.  Don’t forget to vote, please.

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Jun 062016
 

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Although Mitch has been following Politics Plus and commenting for quite some time on Care2, where he has been active since 2010, he only started commenting here at the site a few months ago, so this is his very first Big Mouth Award.  Consequently, I don’t know that much about him.  He is a progressive activist and a devout Atheist.  He hails from the state, where I grew up, NJ, so he has a B IG problem in the State House. His comments are dry, witty and cutting.  His pet peeves seem to be toward religion, but he has no trouble coexisting with people with authentic faith. It’s people, who use their religion to promote bigotry and ethnocentrism that bug him. He’s an advocate for human rights of all kinds, and animal welfare. He has cats. Cat face He also has dawgs, but hopefully, he’ll learn that CAT is where it’s AT! Thumbs up

He is a most welcome asset to our community here.  I certainly want to keep him around.  Please pile on the kudos,  He has earned them.

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Jun 022016
 

In May Politics Plus was well up from April in every category.  I am very pleased.

Here is our latest summary:

Stats05-2016

Reported period

Month May 2016

First visit

01 May 2016 – 00:00

Last visit

31 May 2016 – 23:59

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

11,491

38,405

(3.34 visits/visitor)

101,818

(2.65 Pages/Visit)

246,806

(6.42 Hits/Visit)

6.56 GB

(179.09 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

399,643

471,539

8.88 GB

 

Reported period

Month May 2015

First visit

01 May 2015 – 00:00

Last visit

31 May 2015 – 23:58

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

8,806

27,104

(3.07 visits/visitor)

75,708

(2.79 Pages/Visit)

216,640

(7.99 Hits/Visit)

3.09 GB

(119.46 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

326,601

371,059

5.69 GB

Furthermore, we are up significantly from last May in every category.

Here is our latest demographic data from Quantcast:

QUS05-2016

They miss a ton of raw data, but among those they can identify they are a valuable source of information.  We are still mostly older, well educated, poor, Democrats, and politically active. 

Here is our archived ClustrMap for April only.

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ClustrMap misses a lot of visits, because many visits can’t be easily traced to a location.  They have changed their format..  When you click the map in the left column, it shows the current month only, no longer the year to date..

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 2,249
Koch Brothers Finance Racism 4/18/2011 438
Friday Fun – Cat Sign Language: The Tales a Cat’s Tail Tells 5/27/2016 216
Personal Update–5/9/2016 5/9/2016 197
Stewart Nailed Rump Dump Again!! 5/12/2016 174

The count represents only the people who followed an external link to that specific article.  I’m quite pleased that three from April made the cut,  but surprised that one was just a Personal Update. Congratulations for Nameless for cracking the top five!

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers (100 referral minimum):

Care2 2,375
Google 2,106
Stumbleupon 137
Google (Images) 109

All are slightly down from April, except Google.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://alterx.blogspot.com/

Once upon a time I included fifteen here, but these four are the only ones with two or more referrals.  We also had seven in April.  This is the one stat that still disappoints me most, because it means that we are no longer a go-to site for bloggers.  However, we seem to have become a go-to site for activists!.  Putting blogs’ links here increases the ratings of their sites, so this “linkey love” is our thank you for their support.

Here are our top commentators for April, not May.  My bad.  By the time I remembered to capture them, it had already reset.  As the resident Big Mouth, I don’t count.  Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here, unless I forget to copy the data before it resets.  We had a four way tie for fifteenth place.

Joanne Dixon (115)
Lynn Squance (94)
Lona Goudswaard (90)
Edie (84)
Pat B (81)
jla (74)
SoINeedAName (58)
Mitch D. (50)
Vivian Birdwell (45)
Jim Phillips (42)
Jerry Critter (14)
Arielle (11)
dave c (4)
Phil Hanson (4)
Cheryl A. Aaron (3)
gene jacobson (3)
Patty Lasek (3)
Yvonne White (3)

People who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there.. 

We have 426,054 links on other websites, up considerably from April.

As of Midnight on June 1, we have 6560 articles and 78,837 comments.

Kudos to Pat B for posting the 78,000th comment.

I recommend using your own avatar. Go to Gravatar.  Sign up using the email address you use to post comments here and upload the image you want to use as your avatar.  Whenever you comment under that email address here or on any WordPress blog (several others too), that image will become your avatar.

We wish to thank JLA for her excellent service, while she was here.  She has resigned her post.  Your Administrators are Lynn Squance, aka Sasquatch or Squatch, SoINeedAName, aka Nameless, and I, aka TomCat, the Founder.  Your Authors are Joanne Dixon, aka JD and Lona Goudswaard, the Nap Bandit.

This is our policy on links.  We do not embed links to extreme Republican websites, like Faux Noise, Breitfart or World Nut Daily.  However I leave an notes in square brackets when I delete such links, (example: [faux noise delinked]) so readers, who wish to follow them can click through to the source article.  I also remove topical links.  Finally, I blank the target on all links, so they open in a new tab or window.  Please do so, or if you commonly leave links and don’t know how to blank the target, please say so.

Given our expanded talent, I expect to continue our upward trend, although my cancer surgeries may occasion a temporary drop.  One way you can help is to share our articles, not only with your family and friends, but also, on other sites, linking back to the article here.  The more exposure we get, the better we shall do at fulfilling our stated purpose, “Overcoming Right Wing Insanity One Day at a Time!”

Thank you for all that you do, here and elsewhere.  You are why we are here!  You are the reason we are a success!!

Now lets keep kicking Bagger butt!! Winking smile

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Jun 012016
 

Here are the results of our “How Progressives Should Vote” 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 usually factually accurate, and more often than not, they reflect thinking or will of the national majority.

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Since our polling site no longer enables us to copy and paste your poll comments, you may read them here.

I voted the right way, as did virtually everyone else.

The new poll is up and it addresses a key problem.  Please vote.

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May 312016
 

This article is republished from 3/6/2011.  Republicans have a long history of disenfranchising people that they consider more likely to vote for Democrats.  After all, they can’t allow something as minute as voting rights stand in the way of establishing a 1,000 year Republican Regime of one-party rule.  In a master coup, they slimed ACORN, forcing that fine organization into bankruptcy, using fictitious information that looked so damning that Acorn was gone before the truth that Republicans doctored the video reached the public.  During the Bush Regime, they fired US attorneys who refused to file false charges against Democratic candidates on the eve of elections.  Google caging to find another favorite Republican ruse.  And now they’re back to using false claims of voter fraud to steal the right to vote from millions of US citizens.

0531votersupIn statehouses across the country, Republican lawmakers are raising the specter of “voter fraud” to push through legislation that would dramatically restrict the voting rights of college students, rural voters, senior citizens, the disabled and the homeless. As part of their larger effort to silence Main Street, conservatives are pushing through new photo identification laws that would exclude millions from voting, depress Hispanic voter turnout by as much as 10 percent, and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. In the next few months, a new set of election laws could make going to the polls and registering to vote significantly more difficult — in some cases even barring groups of citizens from voting in the communities where they live.

Conservative legislators across the country have said these laws are necessary to combat alleged mass voter fraud. But these fears are completely overblown and states already have tough voting laws on the books: fraudulent voters face felony charges, hefty fines, and even lengthy prison time. In Missouri, for example, voter fraud carries a penalty of no less than 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Yet conservatives have insisted on finding a legislative solution to a non-existent problem. In states like Indiana, where an ID law passed in 2005, both nuns and college students have found themselves turned away from the polls. Similar laws are on the books in eight other states and that number could expand dramatically in coming months… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Think Progress>

Nothing in this country is so precious as our right to vote.  The only way I know to protect our voting rights is to remove Republicans from power at every level of government, so completely that your great grandchildren ask your children, “Who were the Republicans?”

Update:  we received an email from a lawyer to congratulate our work and inform us that one of the links in the source article I used, overblown,  had been retired, and inviting is to update the link, which I did.  I reposted this because it’s still valid today, except that the problem is now far worse.

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May 302016
 

Because it’s a holiday, and I really need one, the blog, feeding me, and spending a few hours on George are my only plans for the day.

Special Announcement:

I am very sorry to inform you that JLA has resigned her post as an Author here at Politics Plus.  She said this is no longer the best place for her efforts, because she feels unable to support Hillary Clinton, if she is the nominee, and all the other Administrators and Authors promote supporting the Democratic nominee, whoever that is.  JLA is still welcome here and I thank her for her excellent work on our behalf. We hope she will not be a stranger.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today.s took me 3:40 (average 5:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy:

Myth 1: Higher incarceration rates cause corresponding decreases in crime.

Truth: Imprisoning people isn’t always a good way to fight crime.

A study by The Sentencing Project found that simply putting more people in prison isn’t an effective strategy for fighting crime.

In fact, states that imprisoned fewer people actually saw significant improvements in crime reduction compared with states who were more aggressive about incarceration.

In the words of the study’s authors, "Increasing incarceration while ignoring more effective approaches will impose a heavy burden upon courts, corrections and communities, while providing a marginal impact on crime."

This is the first of five myths about prisons. I agree with the author, based on my many years as a prison volunteer. My only issue is that rather than myths, some are lies to justify continuing the status quo. Click through fir the other four.

From Think Progress: There is no drought in California

Donald Trump told an audience in Fresno that “there is no drought” in California. According to Trump, the state has plenty of water but it’s being held hostage by environmentalists in government. The idea that the government is engineering the drought was popularized by professional conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones.

California, in fact, is facing a severe drought of historic proportions that covers nearly 95% of the state.

The state is drier than it has been in at least 500 years.

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This is one of twelve InsaniTEA based conspiracy theories propagated by Rump Dump Trump. Click through for the other eleven.

From TPM: The Libertarian Party has nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate just as it did in 2012.

Delegates to the party’s convention in Orlando on Sunday picked Johnson on the second ballot over Austin Petersen, the founder of The Libertarian Republic magazine, and anti-computer virus company founder John McAfee.

Johnson got about 1 percent of the popular vote in 2012.

Voting for this and other third party candidates is a great solution for disgruntled neocons, theocons, corporacons, plutocons, and TEAbaggers. Lefties, on the other hand, have only one viable solution:

Vote Blue No Matter Who!

Cartoon:

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May 062016
 

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Although Pat has been following Politics Plus and commenting for quite some time on Care2, where she has been active for years, she only started commenting here at the site a few months ago, so this is her very first Big Mouth Award.  Consequently, I don’t know that much about her.  She is a progressive activist, an authentic Christian, and a Michael Moore Fan.  If you tell her to go to hell, she’s likely to answer, “I already live there.”  The poor girl is a Texan.  Her comments are bright and witty.  And one think I personally appreciate is that she invariably expresses empathy over the trials I face.

She is a most welcome asset to our community here.  Please pile on the kudos,  She deserves them.

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May 022016
 

In April Politics Plus was slightly down from March in every category, except visits.  The differences are so small that the length of the month accounts for almost the entire drop-off.

Here is our latest summary:

Stats04-2016

Reported period

Month Apr 2016

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Apr 2016 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Apr 2016 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

9,632

 

30,422

(3.15 visits/visitor)

90,401

(2.97 Pages/Visit)

238,894

(7.85 Hits/Visit)

6.47 GB

(223.01 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

404,409

472,520

8.27 GB

Reported period

Month Apr 2015

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Apr 2015 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Apr 2015 – 23:57

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

9,838

 

26,580

(2.7 visits/visitor)

80,467

(3.02 Pages/Visit)

233,368

(8.77 Hits/Visit)

3.36 GB

(132.35 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

321,700

365,533

5.15 GB

However, we are up significantly from last April in every category.

Here is our latest demographic data from Quantcast:

Q!US04-2016

They miss a ton of raw data, but among those they can identify they are a valuable source of information.  We are still mostly older, well educated, poor, Democrats, and politically active. 

Here is our archived ClustrMap for April only.

Clustrmap04-2016

ClustrMap misses a lot of visits, because many visits can’t be easily traced to a location.  They have changed their format..  When you click the map in the left column, it shows the current month only, no longer the year to date..

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 1,751
Republicans on Parade–8/18/2014 8/18/2014 232
BEEautiful Shot at Ammosexuals 4/12/2016 161
Koch Brothers Finance Racism 8/18/2011 154
Could This Kill the Reich? 4/20/2016 153

The count represents only the people who followed an external link to that specific article.  I’m quite pleased that two from April made the cut,  Unfortunately none are from authors other than me.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers (100 referral minimum):

Care2 2,542
Google 2,016
Stumbleupon 222
Google (Images) 132

All are slightly down from March, except Stumbleupon.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://www.oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://fair.org/
http://disaffectedanditfeelssogood.blogspot.com/
http://okjimmseggrollemporium.blogspot.com/
http://www.bloomberg.com/

Once upon a time I included fifteen here, but these seven are the only ones with two or more referrals.  We also had seven in March.  This is the one stat that still disappoints me most, because it means that we are no longer a go-to site for bloggers.  However, we seem to have become a go-to site for activists!.  Putting blogs’ links here increases the ratings of their sites, so this “linkey love” is our thank you for their support.

Here are our top commentators.  As the resident Big Mouth, I don’t count.  Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here, unless I forget to copy the data before it resets.  We had a four way tie for fifteenth place.

Joanne Dixon (115)
Lynn Squance (94
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Lona Goudswaard (90)
Edie (84)
Pat B (81)
jla (74)
SoINeedAName (58)
Mitch D. (50)
Vivian Birdwell (45)
Jim Phillips (42)
Jerry Critter (14)
Arielle (11)
dave c (4)
Phil Hanson (4)
Cheryl A. Aaron (3)
gene jacobson (3)
Patty Lasek (3)
Yvonne White (3)

People who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there.. 

We have 326,457 links on other websites, down slightly from March.

As of Midnight on May 1, we have 6,480 articles and 77,837 comments.

Kudos to Lona Goudswaard for posting the 77,000th comment.

I recommend using your own avatar. Go to Gravatar.  Sign up using the email address you use to post comments here and upload the image you want to use as your avatar.  Whenever you comment under that email address here or on any WordPress blog (several others too), that image will become your avatar.

In case you did not know, we are no longer a one-author blog.  Due to my reduced availability, from ongoing medical mayhem and learning to live as an amputee,  I appointed two Administrators, who are also authors.  They are Lynn Squance, aka Sasquatch or Squatch and SoINeedAName, aka Nameless.  I also appointed two more Authors.  They are Judi Angell, aka JL A, and Joanne Dixon, aka JD.  I’m also very proud that last month we added another Author to our staff.  She is Lona Goudswaard and a prime catch!  Please Join me in praising and thanking all five for a job well done.

This is our policy on links.  We do not embed links to extreme Republican websites, like Faux Noise, Breitfart or World Nut Daily.  However I leave an notes in square brackets when I delete such links, (example: [faux noise delinked]) so readers, who wish to follow them can click through to the source article.  I also remove topical links.  Finally, I blank the target on all links, so they open in a new tab or window.  Please do so, or if you commonly leave links and don’t know how to blank the target, please say so.

I’m not concerned with the downswing,. because it is so small,  Given our expanded talent, I expect to continue our upward trend.  One way you can help is to share our articles, not only with your family and friends, but also, on other sites, linking back to the article here.  The more exposure we get, the better we shall do at fulfilling our stated purpose, “Overcoming Right Wing Insanity One Day at a Time!”

Thank you for all that you do, here and elsewhere.  You are why we are here!  You are the reason we are a success!!

Now lets go kick some Bagger butt!! Winking smile

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May 012016
 

Here are the results of our “Republican Nomination Theft” 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 usually factually accurate, and more often than not, they reflect thinking or will of the national majority.

0501Poll

Since our polling site no longer enables us to copy and paste your poll comments, you may read them here.

I voted with the plurality, but I feel no confidence, as much has changed in the last month.  Perhaps I should have included a “Nominate an evil asshole” response.  That would have been a sure winner.

The new poll is is and some of you may think there should be an “Other” response.  I did not include it, because in real life, no other choice exists.

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