Dec 162014

Here are the results of our “Meaning of Christmas” 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 are usually factually accurate, and more often than not, reflect will of the national majority.


And here are your comments:

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Posted by Patty  December 13, 2014 at 3:51 am.  


Christmas to me is about Giving. 365 days a year are about Giving too.


Posted by Rixar13  December 11, 2014 at 7:05 am.


Posted by Rixar13  December 11, 2014 at 7:04 am.


Bill Maher is right on with this segment.



Posted by mamabear  December 3, 2014 at 5:40 am.  


I voted Santa,Family and Giving. When your children are little it’s the wonder and innocents you see in their eyes. Family it’s so exciting to get up 5am and see all the fun the day brings. But giving is by far the most fun because it brings such happiness to others.


Posted by Nancy W  December 1, 2014 at 5:22 am.  


Personally for me it’s about Jesus although I don’t belong to a church, family of course and giving. Despite the fact we donate food most of the year to food banks we also buy some toys.

I think it’s more fun if you have young children who believe in Santa. But it really has become to focused on how many presents people get and what those presents are. And way too many parties if you ask me.


Posted by Joanne D  December 1, 2014 at 4:55 am.  


I don’t really know how to answer this, as it is about all of the above, and more. Light. That just when the days are shortest and it is darkest, there is a turnaround, and the light will return. Rebirth. New beginnings. Equality (both rich are poor were called, the rich by a star, the poor by an angel, to come and see, and both responded – to an event that is for everyone.


In a way I don’t participate, because I don’t go to church, I don’t go to parties, I don’t decorate, I don’t bake. All of those are because of allergies (well, I could bake wheat-free, but with limited mobility it’s not a pleasure, and the result isn’t really worth it to me). I could be resentful that I have had my Christmas stolen by allergies, but I’m not, because what Christmas is REALLY about is in the spirit. And I have all of that. And, as Lona says, the music.


Posted by SoINeedAName  December 1, 2014 at 3:47 am.  


For several decades now we dropped the gifts, and instead we each pick a charity to donate to. Before, all we were doing was exchanging shopping lists for each other. And none of us really needed anything to start with.


So now our Christmas is just like our Thanksgiving … only with better decorations!


(OK – when there were little kids, we would get THEM gifts. But there are no little kids now.



Posted by Lona  December 1, 2014 at 1:25 am.  


The Dutch weren’t very big on Christmas 50 years ago, they celebrated St. Nicolaas on the 5th of December. But my mother had taken the grand German Christmas tradition with her when she came to Holland and we celebrated it with a tree, presents, cookies and fruit and a lavish meal with the whole family when nobody else did. But it has become popular, i.e. very commercialized here too and we stopped celebrating it after my parents died.

These past few years I’ve been Down Under at Christmas and I don’t get into the Christmas feeling at all in the subtropics when it near 40 degrees Celsius out, even with Bach’s Weinachtsoratorium or Händel’s Messiah playing, so we now skip it all together and just donate money to charity – Doctors without borders fighting Ebola this year.


Posted by Edie  November 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm.  


For me, it is the pleasure of family being together and giving, both to family and those less fortunate.


Posted by Lynn Squance  November 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm.  


For me, as a Christian, Christmas is about Jesus, family and giving. But non Christians, and that includes right wing pseudo Christians as well as peoples of other faiths, can celebrate the spirit of Christmas too by giving of themselves to others that truly need to know they matter, that they are loved. Oh, and BTW, Christmas can be celebrated 365 days per year! Giving knows no limit or time frame.

I chose Jesus, family and giving.  The first is by definition.  The third is what he did.  While I am alone, my guys in prison and you all are my family.

The new poll is up and voting in a timely manner is critically important. ;-)

Dec 032014

In November, Politics Plus was significantly improved in all categories.  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 ClusterMap:


ClusterMaps misses a lot of, because many visits can’t be easily traced to a location.  It shows only the visits from March 2 to November 2, when it was last updated. 

Here are our top five articles:

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Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2012 788
How RepubliCorp Is Ducking Taxes 7/27/2014 444
Boehner Limp Again, McConnell Walks Away 7/30/2011 388
Open Thread–11/10/2014 327

Several years are represented here.  Finally one from last month made the list.  There should be more.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers:

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Stumbleupon 438
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All are up.

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Normally I include fifteen here, but these ten are the only ones with two or more referrals.  But that’s up two from last month.  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.  As the resident Big Mouth, I don’t count.  Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here.

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Our Technorati rating no longer exists, because Technorati no longer exists as a blog rating entity.    They have left a vacuum in blog authority rating.  If you learn of someone filling that need before I do, please let me know.  I have registered with Quantcast.  They miss a ton of raw data, but among those they can identify they will be a valuable source of information.  I learned that hard way that I have to pull the data off before a new month starts.  However I did learn that we are mostly older, well educated, poor, and politically active.

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Well, the elections are past.  We did not get out the vote.  That is not your fault.  Instead of running as Democrats, far too many of our candidates who had won in conservative areas, ran away from our party and lost.  Republican candidates were bold with their lies.  Our candidates whispered our truths, if they repeated them at all.  Campaign 2016 is now.  It’s time to stuff party offices with progressives and support progressives in primaries for every position from dog catcher up.  God willing, I shall be here to find you all the tools I can. 

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Dec 012014

Here are the results of our “Will Republicans Impeach?” 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 are usually factually accurate, and more often than not, reflect will of the national majority.


And here are your comments:

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Posted by SoINeedAName  19 hours ago.   


I really wanted to vote "Very Unlikely" – BUT given the abject STUPIDITY of these rethuglican hate-mongers I upped it to "Somewhat Unlikely"


Posted by Rixar13  November 27, 2014 at 6:46 am.  


"Very likely" – It’s all they’ve got.



Posted by SoINeedAName  November 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm.  


I voted "Somewhat Unlikely" because no one – and I mean NO ONE – can be THAT f\/cking racist and stupid


Oh, wait … we’re talking about Rethuglicans, aren’t we?


Can I change my vote?


Posted by Edie  November 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm.  


I think they will try to impeach him for something, it won’t matter what to them, they just want to embarrass him if they can.


Posted by Yvonne White  November 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm.  


It’s their god-given right! ;


Of Course these idiots will try!!!! But it’s all smoke & mirrors & wasteful expense for Nothing. Clinton proved that Impeachment might hurt your feelings, but Does NOT Remove you from office!


Posted by Dotti Lydon  November 17, 2014 at 6:24 am.  


I voted very unlikely, but they sure as hell are going to try.


Posted by gene  November 17, 2014 at 4:08 am.  


They might vote articles of impeachment, but I rather doubt it and they don’t have enough votes in the Senate to complete an impeachment process anyway – which might make it more likely they’ll vote the articles – for show so their "base" will know how tough they are. Maroons…


Posted by mamabear  November 17, 2014 at 3:57 am.  


oops Boehner to left


Posted by Joanne D  November 17, 2014 at 3:55 am.  


They are very likely to keep talking about nothing else for the next two years. They are only somewhat likely to actually do it. They are all hat and no cattle.


Posted by mamabear  November 17, 2014 at 3:55 am.  


I voted Toss-up. I really don’t think even they know. Cruz to right.Boehner to the right and McConnell stuck in the middle with a " I just want to go down in history as the man who took Obama down". My My what a dilemma.


Posted by Arielle   November 17, 2014 at 2:14 am.  


Impeach him for what? He’s doing his job – they are not. They are busy making life miserable for him and all the rest of us, too. The man only has two years left….very unlikely they could or would.


Posted by Patty  November 17, 2014 at 1:56 am.  


Somewhat likely. It depends on how loudly their "base" demands it.



Posted by Phil  November 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm.  


Very likely! Once again, I base my answer on past performance.


Posted by thubten  November 16, 2014 at 12:23 pm.  


why would they give up a good thing?


The comments make it clear that not everyone understands impeachment.  If House Republicans opt to vote a Bill of Impeachment, Obama will be impeached.  To be impeached is not the same as to be removed from office.  In addition to impeachment, removal requires conviction in a Senate trial.  Conviction requires a 2/3 majority of the Senate.

I voted ‘Somewhat likely’.  The leadership is savvy enough to realize that the frivolous charges available to them are most likely to be a public relations nightmare, and that they have no chance to get the 67 Senate votes needed to convict, if the House does impeach him.  The problem the leadership faces is that their racist hatemongering has inflamed the party’s rabid base.  So the reason for my vote is that the TEAbuggery tail is likely to wag the leadership’s dog, as it so frequently has.

The new poll is up and is more personal.

Nov 172014


This is Arielle’s first Big Mouth award.  She’s a denizen of Care2, and has been following us there for years, but just recently started commenting here at the site.  We’re sure glad she did, because her enthusiasm and wit make this a better place to be.  Hot buttons for her are people in need, the environment, climate change, food safety, human rights, animal welfare and more.  Please give her lots of kudos and hugs, because she lives in Bubba Bagger’s Backyard, and she’s been getting a really raw Deal.  I feel like a big brother to her, but I can’t imagine why. ;-)


Nov 172014

Here are the results of our Obama Dependability 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.

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Posted by Arielle   November 15, 2014 at 2:53 am.  


I believe he will do what he can – he no longer has to worry about elections or even the other spineless Dems. But, of course, there is only so much ONE person CAN do especially when surrounded by GOP snot heads.


Posted by Edie  November 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm.  


I voted toss up because I never can predict what he will do.


Posted by Yvonne White  November 10, 2014 at 9:37 am.  


I voted Toss Up because I’m not happy with his "advisors". I believe he’s a good guy, but he kept too many Bu$h Leaguers in place to begin with, hasn’t uncoupled himself from "moderates", and seems to NEED excessive & overwhelming feedback before he Realizes something is pissing us off or we are Demanding a certain thing. We’re still being mugged by Ungodly Loan prices & Credit Card debt, no REAL Consumer Protection still..etc.


Posted by Patty  November 10, 2014 at 12:53 am.  


I think it’s a toss-up ad depends on how well he can lie to them and offer them a deal that he reneges on like they have done to him for 6 years.



Posted by mamabear  November 9, 2014 at 6:42 am.  


very likely after all he seems to be one of the few who will stand with him. I think he is as a honest and trust worthy as a man can be. I think he has always been for the little guy he is the kind of man who against all odds he will still with us. We may always agree with how he goes about it but he at least has the answer on how to get the job done.


Posted by gene  November 7, 2014 at 4:34 am.  


I went very likely and that is hope more than anything. He is the ONLY person standing between the 1% and the rest of the country, they don’t have enough votes to override a veto, so he has to stand firm; there is no one else to protect the rest of us from the oligarchy of the 1% and their GOP puppets.


Posted by Joanne D  November 7, 2014 at 3:48 am.  


Based on his first term, I would also have said "very unlikely." He has been a little better in his second term. But it’s tough to be sure. Several groups have petitions started to him asking him to be a firewall. I have signed a couple.


Posted by Phil  November 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm.  


My "very unlikely" vote is based on Obama’s past performance.


Posted by Jerry Critter  November 6, 2014 at 9:22 am.  


He already tired to shred the safety net, but he did not go far enough for the teabaggers. I don’t see why he will be any different this time around.

I voted toss-up, because he caved-in after the debacle of 2010.  If I could change it, iw would change to Somewhat likely,.

A new poll is up.

Nov 072014

Here are the results of our Control the Senate 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. In this case, I admitted up front that this was a push poll, intended to evoke a response, not get an accurate measurement. Sadly, it proved all too prophetic.


And here are your comments:

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Posted by Edie  November 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm.  


If we didn’t get enough Democrats out to vote for this election, the reds will win again in Ky. I really don’t want to move.


Posted by Lynn Squance  October 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm.  


I`d like to vote in the red with Gene but I can`t with the historical turnouts at midterms, and the propensity for election fraud and voter suppression by the Republican/Teabaggers.


Vote blue and GET OUT THE VOTE!


To the American voting public, please show me that I have erred and that Democrats will win the day!



Posted by Patty  October 27, 2014 at 3:36 am.  


It is very important that Democrats get out and VOTE this year. TeapublicanTs cannot win!

VOTE and remind everyone you know of how crucial it is. It is our duty as citizens to VOTE.



Posted by Edie  October 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm.  


We have to get the democrats out to vote, if note, the right wing will win again.


Posted by mamabear  October 22, 2014 at 10:02 am.  


It depends on how well we GET OUT THE VOTE!!


Posted by Nancy W  October 17, 2014 at 4:50 am.  


I’m in the Green.


Posted by gene jacobson  October 17, 2014 at 2:17 am.  


I’m the one in red. Gotta have faith. :^



Posted by Joanne D  October 16, 2014 at 4:38 am.  


Song – this is my song —

So, of those Americans who were registered and could vote, approximately 31% – 38% actually voted.  I suspect we’ll be trying to figure out why so many stayed home right up until the eve of the next election.  I won’t say that the people who voted Republican are stupid, or evil.  Some did co out of hatred, but not all.  Im my opinion, many were just misinformed.  At least they voted.  On the other hand, I hold those people who could have voted but refused to make the effort, beneath contempt.  These people will be whining about what this Congress does.  They deserve it.

There is a new poll ready for you.