Apr 232014

Writing for tomorrow, it’s a better day than yesterday.  Of course, that isn’t saying much.  I’m resting all I can, because I will be busy tomorrow preparing for a volunteer day in prison on Thursday.  Day 1.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:38 (average 4:58).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that there are 939 hate groups operating in the U.S. — a nearly 60% increase since 2000. This reminded me of my favorite quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

These words are helpful to ponder in any situation, but especially when there are still so many people in need of love — both those who identify with a hate group and those who are on the receiving end of the hate.


Recent events demonstrate the danger from Republican hate groups. This is a map of Oregon’s Republican hate groups. Here is the link to the SPLC Interactive Map.

From Daily Kos: This story is about one of those very rare moments in history that’s significantly affecting the way in which the public (and, as Paul Krugman acknowledges it, even many in the status quo) views the dismal science known as "economics." If you’re at all interested in the subject, or income inequality in general, last night’s Moyers’ show, with special guest Paul Krugman, is not to be missed.

Since so many of you can’t see the Vimeo included in the article, I found the same clip on YouTube.


The inequality in the US today is the greatest it has ever been in at any other time or in any other country in world history. Moyers and Krugman together is a true meeting of giants.

From NY Times: Every day, our computer churns through the latest polls and reams of historical data to calculate both parties’ chances of winning control of the Senate. Although the Democrats currently have a 51 percent chance, that doesn’t mean we’re predicting the Democrats to win the Senate — the probability is essentially the same as a coin flip.

After months of being told Republicans will win the Senate, this is certainly refreshing. Lets go change those numbers even more!



Republicans must hate that site!!

Apr 202014

I’m writing for tomorrow, and my COPD is flaring up, but the time being what it is, you get your annual visit from the Easter Cat. ;-)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:42 (average 5:17).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Before you go all, "But it’s their money!" I have one thing to say: This country’s entire infrastructure is what enabled these people to make the money they are now hiding away in other countries to avoid paying taxes on it.


How about a 120% penalty for offshoring?

From Daily Kos:

Let’s superimpose that Karl Rove polling from earlier today with the amount of money the Kochs have spent in those states. The number in parenthesis is the trendline from earlier this year.

Pryor 39 (36)
Cotton 39 (42)

Mark Pryor’s numbers went up, Cotton’s went down, and this is now the sixth poll in a row that doesn’t show Republicans winning a seat they’ve already pencilled in as their own.

That rise in Pryor’s numbers, in Rove’s own polling, comes despite $2 million (and counting) spent by the Kochs.

Udall 45 (45)
Gardner 43 (44)

Mark Udall has kept steady despite at least $2 million in Koch attack ads (first buy, second buy).

They can’t claim Democratic bias in polls from Rove Rat. Click through for more examples.

From Right Wing Watch: Channeling Mike Huckabee, WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah [World Nut Daily delinked] writes today that liberalism inevitably leads to “the end of freedom” and “death on a massive scale.”

Farah writes that he once “swam in the cesspool” of the progressive movement, and knows how it “works and why it is such an effective weapon of intimidation and coercion.”

He goes on to warn that universities have “indoctrinated” students into a “venomous, anti-American and anti-liberty ideology,” arguing that academia is “redefining right and wrong” in order to “achieve a totalitarian state” akin to Nazi Germany, Pol Pot’s Cambodia and North Korea.

If there was ever a case of projection, this is it!



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.

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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 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 012014

Here are the results of our Unemployment Extension 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 Rixar13  February 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm.  






Posted by Lynn Squance  February 15, 2014 at 1:06 am.  


I voted "Only for something BIG in return." The GOP are either too stupid or too ornery to understand the economic implications of extending unemployment benefits. They will find a way to twist things . . . a real FUBAR . . . so that they can crown Obama with economic failure. The GOP are ideological idiots. I hope the electorate give them a free pass to the unemployment line . . . and no unemployment benefits. I presume you have to have worked in order to collect benefits.


Posted by Patty  February 14, 2014 at 1:47 am.  


I voted "yes, before Oct. 1". I think they won’t get "something big" before then and they will decide they need the votes in November if they want to hold onto shaky seats in Congress.


Posted by Edie  February 13, 2014 at 5:29 pmFrom 98.159.136.x  Report Abuse 


They don’t care about the people who are suffering because there are no jobs. They will only vote to extend UI benefits after they get some big concession that will hurt other poor people.


Posted by gene jacobson  February 13, 2014 at 8:28 am.  


Well, I was torn over this one. In any year but an election year, I’d say no unless they got something big in return, but then they did get to cut SNAP benefits and Obama signed that bill. So, while I believe completely that the Republican party does not have the soul of a rock and would not extend a helping hand to anything or anyone that didn’t provide a profit to them ideologically or financially, this IS an election year and those out of work for so long, well, I expect they will find a way to vote. And I am quite sure the republican party knows that. Then again, they knew it in 2012 too and just look at what THAT platform contained. They don’t seem capable of learning from past mistakes, they continue to alienate any and all minority groups as well as women and those of us who believe that investment in America and Americans always returns a profit, so yeah, they may will stick to their master plan. But for that fact that so many are hurt by it, I wouldn’t mind, because they are on the way to making themselves an historical afterthought, and nothing could be better in the long run for America and Americans than that.


Posted by Lynn Squance in reply to gene jacobson  February 15, 2014 at 12:55 am.  


Well said Gene. I was thinking the same thing but you say it so much better. "an historical afterthought" . . . what a wonderful thought!


Posted by Helga Ganguly  February 13, 2014 at 7:55 am.  


My husband was out of work for 25 months. Unemployment and the extension is all that saved us.After being home owners since 1981,we missed our first house payment on election Day of 2008 and.My husband has been a CTO anCEO for much of his career and as the last company defaulted ,my husband had taken out lines of credit to sustain the company and our household. The board of Directors was Japanese.Since when do the Japanese run out of money? Any way,long story short,my husband is a scientist,not an accountant. Incentive to work? You think $450 a week is incentive to a man with a $7,000 mortgage payment? He found another job but took it at a level lower than VP even though the salary was good and equal to his former salary. At Thanksgiving,he was downsized.We have no insurance after March.I am disabled.All of my pills cost $1500 a month ,or did 2 years ago.We’ve been in foreclosure since 2009 and bankruptcy.There are not a lot of VP CEO,and CTO jobs around. Ask the wife.I never asked him to join start-ups but I wasn’t asked. Wives aren’t ever asked.In 40 years,I’ve never been asked,did I want a husband with no IRA,no savings,no bonus,no pension,so that HE can be fulfilled. I wonder if that’s why I’m a cripple.Ya think?


Posted by Joanne D  February 13, 2014 at 4:26 am.  


I feel like I am voting in hindsight – there has already been one vote, Democrats caved on everything they asked for, and they still voted no. I can see why they might want to wait until September, but if they think that will reap them electoral gratitude, they ought to read the fable about the genie in the bottle again.

Two choices tied in this one.  Because I am convinced that Obama and the Democrats will not offer them anything BIG in return, I voted ‘Yes – before Oct.1’.  It won’t happen soon, because the immediate threat to Republicans who might vote for it is to be TEAbuggered in the primary.  But after the primaries are over, they will be changing their tunes in a desperate attempt to fool voters that are not the extremist, hateful bastards that they really are.  Extending unemployment benefits may well be a late desperation attempt on their part to accomplish this.

The new poll is up.  Don’t forget to vole!!

Feb 132014

Here are the results of our Debt Ceiling 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.  This time, however, only two of us got it right.


And here are your comments:

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Posted by SoINeedAName  February 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm.  


Harming Americans?

It’s what they do.

What can you expect? It’s in the Repubican DNA!


Posted by Joanne D  February 2, 2014 at 5:29 am.  


Actually right now I am sweating getting my last 1099 to file taxes before they freeze everything. I won’t starve, I have savings, but it could be an inconvenience. I know, first world problem.


Posted by Edie  February 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm.  


They will have to posture and show their "strength" before they will pass it, in the meantime the rest of us will suffer.




Posted by Lynn Squance  February 1, 2014 at 9:27 am.  


I truly believe that the Republicans are so blinded by their ideology that they are incapable of learning from their past actions and mistakes.


Posted by mamabear  February 1, 2014 at 4:48 am.  


I voted other but yes after they do more to brainwash the country. After all Tom Obama is the one who is "Alien from another country."




Posted by dave c  February 1, 2014 at 3:25 am.  


no clue….can’t figure out the brainless


Posted by Patty  February 1, 2014 at 2:17 am.  


Of course they will have to hurt the country before they do anything even slightly positive.

I was one of the two people who voted correctly that Republicans would cave-in and pass a clean debt-ceiling.  This is an election year, and the Republican leadership remember what happened the last time they shut down the government.  Provoking another major public outcry, this close to an election,  would have worked at cross purposes to their highest goal, establishing a permanent, totalitarian Republican Reich.  As humiliating as the cave-in was, the alternative was even worse for them.

A new poll is up.  Don’t forget to vote.