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Here is the seventy-third article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Amber Roof, sister of Republican Terrorist Dylann Storm Roof. She is so honored for using her brother’s traditional Republican approach to race relations as an opportunity for material gain.

0703RoofThe sister of the alleged Charleston shooter, Dylann Roof, is upset that her brother being charged with slaughtering nine people has ruined her dream wedding. She’s appealing to the public for donations so she can reschedule.

Amber Roof’s wedding was scheduled for June 21, four days after the massacre at Emanuel AME Church.

“We were ready! We had planned out every detail for months and months. It was going to be the PERFECT day!,” she writes.

She is asking the public for donations to fund a new wedding. According to Amber, “We know money cannot replace the wedding we lost and our perfect day, however it will help us to create new memories and a new start with our new family.”…

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Her offer to share 10% of the blood money she takes in with the victims is all the more egregious.  It is the moral equivalent of a Nazi’s family enriching themselves and offering a pittance to holocaust victims.

Amber is Republican to the core.

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Jul 032015
 

It’s another day, and the unrelenting heat continues.  The webs between by toes, developed from living in cool, rainy Oregon for thirty-six years are cracked and brittle.  The long range forecast sets the next day, below 90° as 7/11.  This weather would be exceptional in the heat season, August and early September, not June and July.  ARGH!!  Although today is the official holiday, I’ll save Independence Day greetings for tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 6:15 (average 5:08 (COPD coughing attack in mid-solve)).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Recruiting:

We still need one or two new players for Lefty Blog Friends, our fantasy football league.  We’re trying to get Viv in, but are not sure if it will support her smart phone.  How about you?  For more information, click here.

Short Takes:

From Media Matters: The Associated Press’ (AP) report on a meeting between lawless Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) completely ignored the nationwide controversy Bundy sparked in 2014 when he made a series of racist comments about "the Negro." Paul himself repudiated Bundy at the time for his "offensive" commentary, a fact that was also missing from the AP article.

According to the AP, Bundy and Paul met during a June 29 campaign event in Mesquite, Nevada. Bundy said of Paul to the AP, "In general, I think we’re in tune with each other." Politico additionally reported that the two men spoke for 45 minutes.

In its report, AP described the April 2014 armed standoff between Bundy supporters and federal law enforcement agents as "one of the more dramatic conflicts over land rights in recent years," but made no mention of Bundy’s infamous racist commentary…

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

It is media bias at it’s worst to ignore support from Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot for this racist Republican terrorist.

From Daily Kos:

Jeb! has called Obamacare "flawed to its core" on several occasions, but apparently it wasn’t too flawed for him to make a handsome profit from. Josh Barro reports.

According to tax returns released by Mr. Bush’s campaign on Tuesday, he sold $1,103,424 worth of stock in Tenet Healthcare in September and October of 2013, yielding a capital gain of $556,283. It hadn’t taken Mr. Bush long to double his money — he was selling shares he had acquired in 2010 and 2011.[…]

…Mr. Bush’s tax returns reflect a gain of 105 percent on Tenet stock he acquired in May 2011 and sold in October 2013. Tenet shares actually gained 68 percent over that period; Mr. Bush’s higher gain may be related to his receipt of restricted stock grants. Still, Tenet’s 68 percent gain was much stronger than the 26 percent overall gain for the S.&P. 500 index over the same period.

And why did Tenet’s stocks outperform other stocks? Because investors anticipated that Obamacare would make hospitals more profitable, with increased usage and fewer payment defaults by uninsured patients.

There’s nothing unusual for a Republican or a Bush here.

From NY Times: Jim Webb, a former Virginia senator and Reagan-era secretary of the Navy, announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, bringing his antiwar credentials to the field in what many consider a long-shot campaign for the presidency.

Mr. Webb’s announcement caught some political observers by surprise. He was the first from either party to form a presidential exploratory committee but has been barely visible since.

I was for him when he ran for Senator against George Allen, Macaca Man, but except for his opposition to the Iraq War, he’s been mostly a Republican posing as a Democrat, and should be treated as such.

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These are O-rings.

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Jul 022015
 

In June, Politics Plus was little changed from April and May, for which I was again too ill to provide a report..

Here is our latest summary:

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Data from June 2015:

Reported period

Month Jun 2015

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Jun 2015 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Jun 2015 – 23:58

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

8,798

 

27,484

(3.12 visits/visitor)

79,415

(2.88 Pages/Visit)

212,991

(7.74 Hits/Visit)

3.04 GB

(116.09 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

315,608

358,347

5.55 GB

Data from June 2014:

Reported period

Month Jun 2014

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Jun 2014 – 00:01

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Jun 2014 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

14,815

 

39,586

(2.67 visits/visitor)

111,345

(2.81 Pages/Visit)

372,345

(9.4 Hits/Visit)

5.17 GB

(136.87 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

343,004

385,036

4.73 GB

This June was a huge decline from last year.

Here is our latest demographic data from Quantcast:

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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, and politically active. 

Here is our latest ClustrMap:

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ClustrMap misses a lot of, because many visits can’t be easily traced to a location.  It shows only the visits from March 3 to June 23, when it was last updated. 

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 2,087
Americans Know Inequality Hurts America 5/5/2015 578
The Return of Death Panel BS 8/12/3013 441
Response to Papal Encyclical 6/19/2015 220
This Week’s Idiotic Republican Moments 6/7/2015 184

The count represents only the people who followed an external link to that specific article.  I’m quite surprised and pleased that two from June made the cut, because I posted so few articles.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers:

Care2 2,000
Google 1,306
Stumbleupon 184

Two are down.  Care2 is up.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://www.oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://hamsandwich66.blogspot.com/
http://zenman1550.tumblr.com/
http://www.synapticstew.com/
http://alterx.blogspot.ca/
http://mockpaperscissors.com/

Normally I have included fifteen here, but these eight are the only ones with two or more referrals.  This is the one stat that disappoints me most, because it means that we are no longer a go-to site for bloggers.  However, it’s better than last time, when we had only four.  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 (111)
Joanne D (110)
Edie (89)
jla (87)
Patty (75)
Lona Goudswaard (63)
Pat A (61)
SoINeedAName (61)
Jim Phillips (54)
Vivian B. (37)
Jerry Critter (28)
Avril Lomas (6)
Arielle (5)
Beth (5)
Dotti Lydon (5)
Infidel753 (5)
mamabear (5)

There are over 15, because of a tie.  People who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there.  These are the people that kept PP alive during my illnesses, medical appointment mayhem, and volunteer work overload.

We have 209,024 links on other websites.

As of Midnight on July 1, we have 5,605 articles and 65,291 comments.

Kudos to Yvonne White for posting the 65,000th 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.

To be clear, we’ve had four very weak months, and that is not your fault in any way.  The main cause was severe back-to-back bouts of flu, a plethora of unrelated medical appointments, a volunteer trip and loads of volunteer work, and two extended heat waves.   I can only hope that improves.  The Clown Car is full and overflowing with presidential hopefuls, all of whom, without exception, will destroy this nation, if elected.  Even SCROTUS is behaving mildly to make the Party appear less extreme.  Whether you support Bernie or Hillary, I ask that you refrain from attacking the other and base your arguments on the good things about your choice.  However, it’s open season (politically) on the Republican candidates.  They and the Republican Bubble Machine will be repeating so many lies so often that we’ll be hard pressed to keep repeating  the truthsI’ll do my best to assist you, by exposing the lies and presenting the truths clearly.

Thank you for all that you do, here and elsewhere.  You are what keeps this site going!!

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Jul 022015
 

The heat wave continues.  I took a thermometer down the hall to the shower room with me at 4:00 AM.  Because the building collects the heat the temperature was 102°.  I hate taking a shower and mopping up my own sweat, before I finish drying.  Portland remains under a severe weather alert for excessive heat through the weekend.  I did manage, however to get about 6 hours sleep in the last 24.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:52 (average 5:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Recruiting:

We still need one or two new players for Lefty Blog Friends, our fantasy football league.  We’re trying to get Viv in, but are not sure if it will support her smart phone.  How about you?  For more information, click here.

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: There have been so many ridiculous responses to the Supreme Court ruling on the side of marriage equality, it would be quite the challenge to pinpoint the stupidest of them all. The Who’s Who of right-wing crackpots seem to all have a bet going to see which one of them can make the most outlandish, perverse statement against all this gay marriage having. I believe we may have a real contender for top prize in Arkansas pastor Tim Brooks.

David Barton, who delights in wildly distorting American history to suit his fundamentalist Christian beliefs, founded an organization called Wallbuilders [Republican hate group delinked]. Of course they have their own radio show called Wallbuilders Live. It was on their whackadoodle airwaves that Pastor Brooks gave us what very well may have been the most over-the-top overreaction of over-the-top overreactions.

His voice rising to fever pitch, Brooks asserted that America has gone the way of Sodom and Gomorrah. He then leaps to the logical conclusion that gay people will be coming to your home, dragging you into the street, bending you over and having at you with lusty gusto.

If ever there was a case of projection, this is it. What this Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian describes with his antichristian lies is exactly what the Republican Party is doing to the American people.

From Washington Post: …Today, as he works toward his run at the White House, Bush touts his business experience as a strength that gives him the skills and savvy to serve as the nation’s chief executive. He has said he “worked my tail off” to succeed. As an announced candidate, Bush soon will be making financial disclosures that will reveal recent business successes and show a substantial increase in his wealth since he left office as Florida governor in 2007, individuals close to the candidate told The Post.

But records, lawsuits, interviews and newspaper accounts stretching back more than three decades present a picture of a man who, before he was elected Florida governor in 1998, often benefited from his family connections and repeatedly put himself in situations that raised questions about his judgment and exposed him to reputational risk…

Criminal business dealings runs in Strike Three’s family. GW ChickenHawk’s scams are legendary, and the clan’s patriarch, Prescott Bush, committed treason. He continued to profit by selling war materials to Hitler, even after the US and Germany were at war.

From Upworthy: As if Dolly Parton wasn’t cool enough, look what she’s been doing for kids — every single month.

 

Kudos to Dolly! While she won’t get involved in "politics", we know that she is not a Republican, because she supports gay marriage and women’s rights. Rumor has it that she tried to be a feminist once, but when she tried to burn her bra, they had to call the fire department to put it out. Winking smile

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Jul 012015
 

Canada Day

Best wishes to out neighbors to the north.  We offer these in the spirit of brotherhood in spite of the act of war committed against us by exporting Ted Cruz to the US. 😉

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Jul 012015
 

Here are the results of our “Most Likely Clown” 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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Our Polling Host no longer allows us to copy and paste your comments made when taking the poll.  To read them, click here.

With the majority, I voted for Strike Three.  I think this primary season will be muck like it was in 2012 for Republicans.  While an overwhelming majority of the rabid base wanted anyone but Little Lord Willard, Banksters ruled by pitting the wing-nuts against each other.  I think Strike Three is their choice this time.

A new poll is up.

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Jul 012015
 

I’m still feeling quite ill, but it’s a new month and I’m swamped.  It’s a grocery delivery day, and I have a Monthly Report and a new poll to prepare.  I did get some sleep, but need more.  The record heat wave goes on and on and on.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:43 (average 5:34).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Recruiting:

We still need one or two new players for Lefty Blog Friends, our fantasy football league.  We’re trying to get Viv in, but are not sure if it will support her smart phone.  How about you?  For more information, click here.

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: A man with a headache walks into a hospital and is whisked into the rigmarole of American health care. He’s floored by what he learns at the end of his visit. Hint: It isn’t his diagnosis. It’s his hospital bill.

 

Now that the battle for the ACA is won, it’s time grow it into Medicare for all.

From National Popular Vote: TELL YOUR LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT A NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT

Oregon is ignored in presidential races by both parties because candidates have no reason to pay attention to the concerns of voters in states where they are comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind. Presidential campaigns are conducted in only about 9 closely divided "battleground" states — making Oregon and most other states into mere "spectators" to the presidential election.

Tell your State Legislators to support the National Popular Vote Bill. The bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. This would make every vote equal throughout the United States. That, in turn, would ensure that every Oregon voter would matter in every presidential election.

Click Through to find the National Popular Vote project in your state. Oregonians, click through to contact your legislators.

From MSNBC: Chris Christie political bridge burning haunts him for 2016

Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about how New Jersey governor Chris Christie made enemies of his fellow Republicans during the Romney campaign and now works from a deficit for 2016.

 

Rachel leaves no stone unturned here. For the effect of PIGnocchio boarding the Clown Car, see below.

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