Aug 162014
 

Here are the results of our Gridlock 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 Arielle   4 hours ago.   

 

Ha – is the Pope Catholic? Whose fault could it be, I wonder, if the country is a mess? I give the Republicans credit for 99%…. ok, 99.9%.

 

Posted by Patty  August 14, 2014 at 5:16 am.  

 

Definitely, the Republicans own the gridlock.

 

Posted by Edie  August 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm.  

 

The Republicans have done nothing but obstruct bills and appointments since Pres. Obama started his first term. The only things they agree on are their own pay raises and vacations.

 

Posted by Rixar13  August 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm.  

 

95%+ Republicans

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Posted by Yvonne White   August 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm.  

 

I think they’d claim it can’t be their fault 100% of the time because they’ve voted to repeal Obamacare 50 times & Democrats Just Wouldn’t Help! ;

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Posted by SoINeedAName  August 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm.  

 

Media’s endlessly claiming "False Equivalency" is their go-to mantra to excuse gridlock.

 

Democrats: 1+1 = 2

Repubicans: 1+1 = 4

Media: 1+1 = 3

 

But clearly that is NOT true, no matter how many times Chucky Todd, David Gregory, Joe Scarborough, et al try to ram it down our throats.

 

Pres. Obama had a great explanation.

 

“You’ll hear if you watch the nightly news or you read the newspapers that, well, there’s gridlock, Congress is broken, approval ratings for Congress are terrible. And there’s a tendency to say, a plague on both your houses. But the truth of the matter is that the problem in Congress is very specific. We have a group of folks in the Republican Party who have taken over who are so ideologically rigid …"

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/05/23/morning-plum-obama-slams-both-sides-to-blame-media/

 

Posted by Terrie C. Williams  August 1, 2014 at 9:11 am.  

 

95+….um……DUH, it damn sure ain’t Dems doing this chit !!!!!!

 

Posted by Joanne D  August 1, 2014 at 4:26 am.  

 

Well, 100% is included in the range "95%+" so I was fine with that. I know many people are upset that this Congress has accomplished nothing, but I am pleased with that, seeing as, with this particular Congress, if they did accomplish something, it would be hurtful. and most hurtful to those who are most vulnerable. And since the Republicans have openly stated that obstruction is their intention, it boggles my mind that anyone could fail to see that they own the gridlock.

 

Posted by Phil  July 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm.  

 

Republicans own 100% of Congressional gridlock, T.C. (on the theory that, had not Republicans obstructed every piece of legislation that might cast the current administration in a favorable light, the turncoat Democrats would have voted with the herd). I’m withholding my vote until I decide if I can live with 95%+.

I fully agree with the results.  There is a new poll up,  Vote both here and in November!

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Aug 132014
 

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I trust that you are familiar with my Republicans on Parade series, in which I have exposed over fifty of the miscreants that make the Republican Party what it has become.  I want to start a new series featuring Democrats and Progressives.  I could put people like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Alan Grayson, or Rachel Maddow on parade, but I want to go for something more off the beaten path.  Whether or not this series succeeds is completely up to you, because I’ll need your help to do it.  You are the patriots I want to feature.

First, what is a patriot?  Tea Baggers claim to be, but they would tear down the country, making them anti-patriotic.  Some people think that patriotism is the belief that we are better than everyone else.  It is not.  That is exceptionalism.  Some people think that patriotism is supporting whatever this country does, right or wrong.  It is not.  That is nationalism.  Authentic patriots are people who love their country so much that they are willing to do whatever they can to make it better, even it that means opposing its current policies.  I want to feature you, because that’s the kind of people you are.  The reason I did not call it Democrats on Parade is to open it up to people in other countries.

I want to write, or better yet, want you to write, an article about something you are doing and how it could make things better. It could be anything from organizing a national demonstration to helping out in an old folks home, from running a candidate’s campaign to helping people register to vote, from helping clean the environment to stealth flatulence in an elevator full of Republicans.   Nothing is too big or too small.  Including a picture or video of you doing it would be ideal!

Paraded Patriots will be announced with a graphic like the one above and listed in the sidebar here at Politics Plus.

Use the contact me link in our blog roll, reply to me here, or send me a Care2 message to arrange for your participation.  I hope you will make this project a big success.

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Aug 032014
 

In July, Politics Plus slightly down in every category, except Pages.  It’s mostly the time of year, and I’m surprised the summer doldrums missed us last month.  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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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 July 28, when it was last updated.

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 1,637
A Republican Freedom 9/24/2013 856
Fighting the Republican war on voting 9/13/2011 776
Flight MH 17: Why? 7/20/2014 769
Last Week’s Republican Lunacies 6/9/25014 663

Several years are represented here.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers.

Care2 4,571
Google 2,934
Stumbleupon 902

Were it not for a stellar performances from Care2, we would have really been hurting, because all the other majors fell way off..

Here are our top  blog/news referrers.

http://crooksandliars.com/
http://xnerg.blogspot.com/
http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
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http://www.synapticstew.com/
http://theleftinme.blogspot.com/

Normally I include 15 here, but these are the only ones with two or more referrals.  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.

Lynn Squance (143)
Patty (91)
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Edie (81)
Rixar13 (44)
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Jerry Critter (34)
Pat A (25)
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Infidel753 (3)

We have 280,512 links on other websites.

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.

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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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that IS the GOP!

 

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.

Cartoon:

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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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