Apr 182014


This is Yvonne’s first Big Mouth Award, although she had commented here intermittently here for over two years.   She hails from Illinois and is a denizen of Care2. She loves freedom, Obama, Women’s Rights, and Animals. She can’t stand InsaniTEA. Her comments contribute to the quality of this site, and we’re proud to have her. Please join me in giving her the kudos she deserves.

Apr 162014

Here are the results of our Campaign Volunteering 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 1-8 of 8.

Posted by Fred L.  April 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm.  


Also spread the word about the Koch boys. Give Harry some


credit for doing this as well.


Posted by Lynn Squance  April 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm.  


Being a Canuck, there isn’t much I can do. However, I can talk up a storm on Care2 and Politics Plus giving my view on a number of issues.


One thing that disturbs me is seeing our Prime Minister take the Republican route in Canada. Right now he is refusing to deal with healthcare preferring that we go to a "for profit" system like the US. He also has election reform on the front burner to prevent voter fraud, but it is Conservative election fraud (think robo calls etc) that is the problem. Tinkering with voter ID etc. The damn Republicans are a communicable disease that is infecting other places outside the US!


So I’ll talk and be opinionated!


Posted by misstexaskitty  April 3, 2014 at 7:05 am.  


I do these things every voting cycling and this one will be no different. I’m not happy with DCCCD deciding to hold money from candidates, but that will not stop me from working on this up coming election.




Posted by IRH  April 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm.  


I also sign petitions left and right in order to benefit all animal welfare, all democratic causes, etc. – BUT – unfortunately I cannot donate, but if it helps, I sign form wherever I am in the world. –




- Be well TomCat.


Posted by TomCat  April 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm.  


My other is that I write Politics Plus.


Posted by Edie  April 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm.  


I sign petitions left and right, alienate my friends, and talk politics in inappropriate places all the time. Occasionally, I get someone to agree with me. I don’t have money to donate or time to spend on the phone, but I can do a little.


Posted by Joanne D  April 1, 2014 at 7:14 am.  


I am retired on Social Security, I am disabled, I have mild PTSD which takes the form of an extreme aversion to telephones, and I am the world’s worst salesperson, which means any attempt by me to educate on issues orally will likely have an opposite effect. I am in a mail-in state so we already have a paper trail. (I do give what I can when I can. For the end of the 1st quarter I made a small donation but it had to be split among 9 candidates and Public Citizen.


Gee, no wonder I feel helpless.


Posted by Rixar13  March 31, 2014 at 2:35 pmFrom 72.91.165.x  Report Abuse 


All of the above…


Nobody admitted to being a lazy lefty. and we had only one goose-stepper.

Not everyone can do everything.  Canvasing and phone banking exceeds my physical limitations, as would poll watching and driving voters to the polls, were Oregon not 100% vote-by-mail.  What is important is that we all do all we can, and I hope this poll helps identify the areas where help is most needed.

The new poll is posted.  Don’t forget to vote, please.

Apr 022014

In March, Politics Plus improved significantly in every category except KBytes.  That’s because we has less video content, due to our attempt to use videos that can be seen worldwide,.

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 reset map that I told you would look naked.  It shows only the visits from March 2 to March 29.

Here are are top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs (1/17/2010)
Rachel Maddow: Why We Did It (3/8/2014)
Bill Maher–New Rules–3/1 (3/3/2014)
Why Fox Is Banned in Canada (3/7/2011)
Republicans Still Love Their Pootie! (3/5/2014)

I’m pleased that three articles from March included with two from past years.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers.

Google (3,178)
Care2 (2,198)
Stumbleupon (653)
Microsoft Bing (132)
Yahoo! (116)

Care2 was significantly down, a disappointment, because we posted more articles there in March, but Stumbleupon was up, thanks to Richard (Rixar),  Search engines are finally starting to take notice.

Here are our top 12 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:

Patty (104)
Lynn Squance (96)
Joanne D (59)
Edie (51)
rixar13 (51)
Jerry Critter (44)
Pat A (43)
misstexaskitty (28)
SoINeedAName (24)
Jim Phillips (19)
Arielle (13)
Edith Belcher (10)
Phil Hanson (8)
Avril Lomas (5)
mamabear (5)
Terrie Williams (5)

Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here.

We have 268,642 links on other websites.

Our Technorati rating is 113, unchanged from last month, but still low on the B list.  These ratings yo-yo and do not depend on our traffic or our overall links, but only links on sites registered with and recognized by Technorati.  If only Care2 would register their front page of C2NN news with Technorati, we’d be A list again every month, once I started posting in sufficient quantity to justify it.

As of Midnight, April 1, we have 4,775 articles and 51,603 comments.

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.

I had to make one change.  Where I used to live, my living conditions debilitated me so much that I rarely got out and had little to do inside from lack of facilities.  All I had to do was blog.  Now I am capable of doing more to take care of myself, but that also takes more time.  I used to reply to every single comment here, even if it was just an acknowledgement.  Now, I’m replying to every thread, but replying only to individual comments when I have something to add.  If you have noticed this and felt ignored, that is certainly not my intent, and I trust you now understand, now that you know why.

The 2014 elections are only six 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.  We must work together to stop them.

Our improved performance last month was because of you.  Thank you for everything you do, here and elsewhere.

Apr 012014

Here are the results of our Putin Strategy 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 Patty  March 26, 2014 at 2:51 am.  


I actually vote to "Do Nothing". It is really none of our business. The Crimeans voted by a vast majority to join Russia.

If we must do anything at all, let it only be "economic sanctions".


Posted by Rixar13  March 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm.  


Economic sanctions



Posted by Edie  March 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm.  


It appears to me that economic sanctions are our only recourse. Hit Putin in his pockets.


Posted by misstexaskitty  March 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm.  


This is turning into a real mess. If we must be involved and I guess we must for our allies. Let us just keep it to economic sanctions. Though Russia is more insular than most large countries and the sanctions will not really hurt them.



Posted by Avril Lomas.  March 16, 2014 at 8:34 am.  


First get John McCain ,and entourage the hell out of the Ukraine.This is a European problem/decision/.!

However sanctions could have a large effect on Russia. I would leave this action to experienced economists,(NOT PAUL RYAN!!.


Posted by Yvonne White  March 16, 2014 at 7:03 am.  


America has to stay out of other people’s problems. We did NOTHING when we should have, right after the Soviet break-up – allowing the criminal elements to take over – so we have to stay out of it now..let the People decide what they want. You can’t save people who won’t save themselves.


Posted by Joanne D  March 16, 2014 at 6:38 am.  


SOME of the Crimea wants to be annexed by Russia. Some don’t. But I see no way we could intervene without making it worse. I did flirt with "Other" because I feel we ought to be welcoming and supportive of any refugees from the Ukraine and Crimea. Humanitarian aid, administered not through our government but by volunteer groups, would be nice too.


Posted by Jerry Critter  March 16, 2014 at 4:30 am.  


We should stay out of it. Let Crimea decide themselves.


Posted by Arielle   March 16, 2014 at 3:05 am.  


It would seem the Crimea wants to be annexed by Russia – who are we to say they can’t be? We have enough to deal with right here in this country without trying to control another country, too.


Posted by Pat A  March 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm.  


Mr Putin believes he is very strong and everyone else (particularly democrats and Democrats – ie the whole West) are very weak – he will snort derisively at threats of sanctions.

Interestingly enough I was recently watching a re-run of "Yes, Prime Minister" (BBC 1980s) where the fictional PM Jim Hacker had to decide about nuclear weapons – and he was being grilled by a far more savvy man about how Russia would increase its power and if Jim would ever ‘press the button’ – the savvy old gentleman said that Russia wouldn’t do something outrageously aggressive – but would use Salami Tactics – each annoying and provoking but not big enough for a strong response and that Russia would edge forward and forward as people in the West argued about WHERE to draw the line…. looks as if he was right in the modern day!

I voted for economic sanctions.  It’s the one way we can register disapproval, and short of nuclear war, the McConJob solution, there’s little else we can do.  Sadly, we are also without needed moral authority here, as what Putin is doing in his neighborhood is no different from what the US has been doing in our neighborhood for two hundred years.

The new poll is up and has the potential to be most interesting.  Please vote.

Mar 162014

Here are the results of our GOP Gay Hate 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 A.E. Neuman  March 13, 2014 at 9:38 am.  


The hate will never stop with the Republicans. Why? Because, like the Fascism of the 1930′s it is a powerful influence on the masses because it creates the illusion of coming from a position of strength. And that makes scared people feel safer.


Posted by Yvonne White  March 10, 2014 at 10:46 am.  


RepubliCONs have no shame. Their righteous stupidity prevents them feeling humiliation – unless caught with their pants down – and even then it’s not from getting caught, just the usual comparison of not measuring up..;




Posted by mamabear  March 10, 2014 at 8:11 am.  


oops" nothing but" I see the train is leaving


Posted by mamabear  March 10, 2014 at 8:09 am.  


Anything the tea party/Gop is nothing the agenda of hate, greed and dishonesty. I think we got lucky here in Az. this time. If Jan Brewer could fine that brain she lost. Maybe we could be winners. But I will not hold my breath


Posted by Arielle   March 8, 2014 at 2:10 am.  


Give up hate? Not a chance. It’s what they are all about…




Posted by Angelica  March 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm.  


They never quit harassing people. The GOP uses divisive hatred for the rest of America as a unifying force among the party faithful. It’s the only way they know how to unite. They cannot stop using it. The party probably, at this point, wouldn’t know how to respond to any positive forces. They’ll continue to use fear and paranoia to spur the votes in their favor – until their party dies a well-deserved death (which just cannot come soon enough).


Posted by Marva  March 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm.  


50 tries at repealing Obamacare? They’ll never quit trying.




Posted by Edie  March 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm.  


it will not stop them, they are trying to appeal to their right wing voters




Posted by gene jacobson  March 2, 2014 at 7:02 am.  


No. These fools from all around the country are not done yet with their bigotry and hatred of all things not worthy of the 1%. Until they are swept out of office, or ridden out on a rail, they’ll keep on trying (old Poco song) to codify into law their various bigoted opinions.


Posted by Joanne D  March 2, 2014 at 6:17 am.  


There are already bills in other states – aren’t Missouri and Georgia two of them? – that are identical or virtually identical to the Arizona bill, and I don’t see anyone in those states backing off.


Posted by Fred Lemon  March 1, 2014 at 9:28 pm.  


Not a chance. Their nefarious character will develop other ways to circumvent anything that seems remotely progressive.


Posted by Lynn Squance  March 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm.  


The GOP only knows hate and discrimination. Their current position is only a façade to fool voters. Once the midterms are over, it is back to their repugnant selves.


Posted by Rixar13  March 1, 2014 at 7:55 am.  






Posted by Marva  March 1, 2014 at 6:06 am.  


Of course not. They still have much base pandering to do what with primaries and then elections.


They also know that not a single one of these nasty laws will stand. That makes them feel safe.


I fervently hope their crap backfires on them (nice mental image here).




Posted by Patty  March 1, 2014 at 3:51 am.  


No, never!

Obviously, I voted No.  In fact I released this poll mainly for the comments.  I’m amazed at anyone voted Yes.

The new poll is up, and the subject matter is very serious, so please don’t forget to vote.

Mar 082014


Patty is a regular, and you’ll find her excellent comments on virtually every article, almost every day.  She comes to us from Care2, but not recently, because a bug at that site nixed her ID again.    This is her seventh Big Mouth Award, having also posted the 28,000th comment in January, the 31,000th comment in May, the 33,000th comment in July, the 35,000th in September 2012.  She posted the 41,000th in March and   the 49,000th in November 2013.  Patty’s is still a MAJOR Jig Zone predator, and is now known as the Patty Monster.  She attacks those puzzles with all the zeal of a Republican politician trying to steal a grandma’s benefits.    Though seldom Cat Boxed, she does get Bigfooted and Kitty Kitty Klobbered on occasion.  She remains a completely welcome regular here.  Please be generous with your praise, which she certainly deserves.