Sep 012014
 

Here are the results of our Police Murder 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 Rixar13  August 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm.  

 

I hope so but, we shall see.

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Posted by Edie  August 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm.  

 

Based on what I have seen about Ferguson, they will never find a jury to convict a white cop for killing a black man.

 

Posted by Jim Phillips  August 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm.  

 

Remember the subway shooting in Oakland, CA of Oscar Grant? Former transit cop convicted in California subway shooting. Yes, Darren Wilson will do prison time for either murder, manslaughter or violating Brown’s civil rights.

 

Posted by Lynn Squance  August 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm.  

 

Well isn`t it interesting that Wilson was part of a police force known for racism, so much so that the entire force was fired. That in his rookie year when he would normally be so “impressionable“. No wonder he found another home in Ferguson. The plot thickens.

 

Posted by Alex P.  August 22, 2014 at 8:36 am.  

 

In a fair and just world, of course he would. However… in THIS one, the answer is almost certainly "Haha, no. Of course he won’t."

 

Posted by mamabear  August 21, 2014 at 2:52 am.  

 

He will not even stand up in court and tell how he murdered a man because he was not white. Justice is a joke sometimes.

 

Posted by Patty  August 20, 2014 at 6:12 am.  

 

Of course he won’t serve time. I’m sure if he is even arrested and charged, he will claim PTSD and nightmares about Black men coming after him and get off with just probation IF convicted.

 

Posted by Steve  August 20, 2014 at 5:28 am.  

 

Since there are not even charges of murder against the officer yet much less a conviction your question is premature.

 

Posted by SoINeedAName  August 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm.  

 

Darren (chuckle-chuckle) Wilson (tee-hee) do PRISON (chortle-chortle) TIIME (guffaw-guffaw) for murdering a black man (bwaaa-haaaaa … snort … cough … gasp … No, really – I’m OK now …

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DAMN – w/e you’re toking, I WANT SOME OF IT!

 

Posted by Yvonne White  August 16, 2014 at 5:29 pm.  

 

I believe the "award-winning" cop will not be charged – but will probably resign & move to another country very soon…

 

Posted by Lynn Squance  August 16, 2014 at 11:16 am.  

 

I said ‘no’. I have lost faith in the American justice system. Look back at Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman shot the kid and walked away from it. And I am sure that there have been others. Now Michael Brown. It seems "SSDD".

 

I have experienced racism twice — once as a pre teen and second as a teen. The first was my maternal grandfather who grabbed me by the scruff as we walked to the corner store in a Buffalo, NY neighbourhood. "Get over here girl or the "n …rs" are going to get you." That left such an indelible mark on me that I will never forget it. I was apalled at my grandfather and never forgave him for that hateful remark. The second came when I was going out with a black student about 1970. He was from Jamaica and the cousin of my best friend. One day at school I heard a group of his "friends" (with friends like that, who needs enemies?

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talking and saying "he’s trying to see how far he can get with a little white girl". I was angry. There can be racism onall sides, however, historical evidence going back into the 1600′s, and probably before, shows that racism was and is alive and well. That should not be!

 

If there is any repercussion towards Wilson, I don’t think it will be more than a slap on the wrist, not even termination of employment. I hope I am wrong because racism is a cancer that too easily metastacises affecting all of society.

 

Posted by Lynn Squance in reply to Lynn Squance  August 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

 

That ‘smiley’ should be a bracket. Don’t know how it got there.

 

Posted by Joanne D  August 16, 2014 at 4:34 am.  

 

Seeing as the chief prosecutor of the county is one of the most livid that Nixon even brought the Highway Patrol in, and seeing as they won’t even interview eyewitnesses, even if it got to trial there would be no evidence presented to convict.

 

Posted by jla  August 16, 2014 at 2:12 am.  

 

There will be grounds for a mistrial due to prosecutor bias

 

Posted by Dandelion  August 16, 2014 at 1:13 am.  

 

If they have Stand Your Ground law he will most certainly get off. All someone has to do is look at you wrong and say your life felt threatened.

They have circled the wagons around their own. They "might" sacrifice him to get the spotlight off of the rest of them if the heat and attention stay on it.

But I lean more to the he’ll get away with it. Sadly in our Country the scales of justice are rigged.

 

Posted by gene jacobson  August 16, 2014 at 12:57 am.  

 

Probably not. Now that they are throwing around allegations that Michael "may" have been a suspect in a minor shoplifting incident, though Wilson did NOT know that, and muddying the waters, sadly, the most that will likely happen is they may fire one racist cop – eventually.

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Posted by Lona Goudswaard  August 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm.  

 

Too many other cases like this in the past to make me think that this time common sense or justice will prevail. However, I can hope for a different outcome, can’t I?

 

Posted by Edie  August 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm.  

 

Very few police officers ever serve time for murders they commit while on the job. In view of the racism apparent in that area, I doubt any jury would convict if he were even indicted.

The poll results are no surprise, but I ant5icipated a lively discussion in the comment section.  You did not disappoint. I  voted No, of course.

The new poll is a bit of humor for a time when everyone is busy with the end of summer and the beginning of school.  It has s special feature you have requested for months.

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Aug 292014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 130.  This morning I was tied up trying to fix a computer problem.  In addition, I had no water for two hours, because maintenance had to do repairs in a neighboring unit.  I got my research done, but it’s much later than normal.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:51 (average 4:53).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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Short Takes:

From NY Times: The four-hour tours offered by one of the big gun ranges here are a popular tourist attraction. Starting at $200 a person, a bus will pick up visitors at their hotel in Las Vegas, 25 miles to the north, show them Hoover Dam and bring them to a recreational shooting range called Last Stop, where they can fire the weapons of their dreams: automatic machine guns, sniper rifles, grenade launchers. A hamburger lunch is included; a helicopter tour of the nearby Grand Canyon is optional.

But on Monday, one family’s adventure went horribly wrong. A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her. A video of the shooting, which her parents recorded on a cellphone, suggests that the girl, in pink shorts and with a braided ponytail, was unable to control the gun’s recoil; the instructor, Charles Vacca, 39, was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas, where he died Monday night.

I remember being a nine year old at an NRA shooting range, but the weapon they gave me was a single shot .22 short rifle, not an Uzi submachine gun. I consider any instructor who would put such a weapon in a child’s hands a victim of his own Republican Ammosexuality, but he and the girl’s idiot parents have emotionally scarred the girl for life. She is the real victim here.

From Christian Science Monitor: The toughened economic sanctions the United States and the European Union imposed on Russia a month ago over its actions in Ukraine appear to have had little of the desired impact.

Instead of pulling back from the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia appears to be escalating its involvement. On Thursday, Western officials asserted that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers have crossed the border into southeastern Ukraine to bolster beleaguered pro-Russia separatists.

That action quickly raised questions concerning what more and what kind of action the West is likely to take in response. And the quick answer appears to be: not much.

Vladimir Putin (R-RU), aka GOP Pootie, because the Republican Party adopted him on account of his hatred toward and persecution of gay people, is ignoring the sanctions, because he recognizes that we have our hands full with ISIS and he sees the power vacuum in the US, where Congress has the responsibility to decide military action against ISIS, but the Republicans in the House would rather duck their responsibility, and complain that Obama has not taken action, while suing him over the hast time he took action, when they complained that he hadn’t taken action.

From CBS: They rejected him in 2008 and 2012, but Iowa Republican caucus-goers may finally be ready to embrace Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee.

According to a new USA Today/ Suffolk University poll, 35 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in Iowa would vote for Romney in the 2016 GOP caucus if given the opportunity to do so.

The pollsters initially gave the voters a list of a dozen potential 2016 Republican candidates, not including Romney. Asked to name their first choice, 13 percent said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (who won the 2008 GOP caucuses). Another 11 percent named New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, while 9 percent chose Texas Gov. Rick Perry and 7 percent chose former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

If the best they can come up with for 2016 is Little Lord Willard, infamous for Etching his Sketch, when reality does not suit them, Republicans are screwed in 2016. Vulture Capitalists make lousy candidates. Their greed sticks to them. Now we need to save the country by keeping them from increasing their power base before then.

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Aug 282014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 129.  I’m still running behind schedule, and am writing late in the day, but at least I found some better material.  Tomorrow is a Holy Day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, but the Broncos  meditation will not be televised, so I won’t get to watch them ride Cowboys.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:17 (average 4:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Tales:

From NY Times: After 50 days of fighting that took some 2,200 lives, leveled large areas of the Gaza Strip and paralyzed Israel’s south for the summer, Israeli and Palestinian leaders reached an open-ended cease-fire agreement on Tuesday that promised only limited change to conditions in Gaza and left unresolved the broader issues underpinning the conflict.

Hamas, the militant Islamist faction that dominates Gaza, declared victory even though it had abandoned most of its demands, ultimately accepting an Egyptian-brokered deal that differs little from one proffered on the battle’s seventh day. In effect, the deal put both sides back where they were at the end of eight days of fighting in 2012, with terms that called for easing but not lifting Israeli restrictions on travel, trade and fishing in Gaza.

As long as Israel prevents Palestinians in Gaza from conducting normal commerce, I see no chance for success. Those people will not be content to live under a permanent state of siege.

From NY Times: The trail to Rick Perry’s indictment began with way too many drinks and a drunken-driving arrest for Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County district attorney, that was captured in embarrassing detail on videotape.

But the conflict between Republicans who control state government and the Democratic district attorney’s office has been playing out for years, forming a complicated back story to the unfolding legal drama known as the State of Texas v. James Richard “Rick” Perry.

Mr. Perry’s powerhouse defense team filed a motion on Monday to dismiss the felony indictment, asserting that the 64-year-old governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate was constitutionally empowered to seek Ms. Lehmberg’s resignation. Mr. Perry contends Ms. Lehmberg was unfit to remain in office after berating deputies and kicking a cell door after a drunken-driving arrest in April 2013. She served about half of a 45-day jail sentence.

Mr. Perry and his lawyers have had substantial success in the court of public opinion, contending that the charges represent an overreach that has more to do with politics than the law. But Mr. Perry’s critics note that the grand jury indictment was secured by a special prosecutor who was appointed by a Republican judge and has no clear political leanings or ties to the Travis County courthouse.

Perry is so full of it that Rachel Maddow dedicated a Debunktion Junction to him.

Those who cannot open MSNBC videos can see this on YouTube.

Did she nail him, or what?

From Politicus USA: Gallup has super bad news for Republicans. There is a link between high disapproval of congress and high voter turnout. Republicans have done a great job not only creating record high disapproval levels, their obstructionism combined with wasting money and alienating rhetoric sustained those high levels of disapproval. If you’re a Republican, you may be tempted to believe your mission was accomplished. The only problem is high levels of congressional disapproval also means high voter turnout at election time. We all know what that means in Republican land.

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That’s about the best news I’ve heard all week!

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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 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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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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Jul 232014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 93.  I have not left for prison yet.  The plan is to crawl into bed, when I return home, and do the puzzle and upload the articles when I wake up.  Tomorrow is a grocery delivery day.

Late (early) Update:

The meeting was great and I now have my ID.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:03 (average 5:18).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Guess who Sen. John McCain blames for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17? Yup, President Obama:

 

McConJob, in typical Republican fashion, has a special tool with which to hit every nail: a bomb.

From TPM: A federal appeals court dealt a huge blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, banning

the federal exchange from providing subsidies to residents of the 36 states it serves.

A divided three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the text of the Affordable Care Act restricts the provision of premium tax credits to state-run exchanges. The two Republican appointees on the panel ruled against Obamacare while the one Democratic appointee ruled for the law.

"We conclude that appellants have the better of the argument: a federal Exchange is not an 'Exchange established by the State,' and section 36B does not authorize the IRS to provide tax credits for insurance purchased on federal Exchanges," Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote for the court in Halbig v. Burwell.

His ruling was joined in a concurring opinion by George H. W. Bush-appointed Judge A. Raymond Randolph, who said it would be a "distortion" to let the federal exchange provide subsidies. "Only further legislation could accomplish the expansion the government seeks," he wrote.

Carter-appointed Judge Harry T. Edwards voted to uphold the subsidies.

This may well be huge. Without doubt this decision will be appealed to the full DC Circuit court, and from there to the Supreme Court where the Fascist Five Injustices of SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD) await. This may well mean that Republicans in red states mazy be able to prevent their citizens from receiving their federal subsidy. This should be overturned, but we need to watch this one closely.

From Think Progress: Conventional political wisdom holds that a carbon tax could never pass Congress, largely thanks to the “tax” part.

But over the last few years, a remarkable number of economists, politicians, and business leaders have stepped up to support a carbon tax as the most job-friendly way to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Now thanks to a new poll, we can confidently add “majorities of American voters” to that list of supporters as well. A July survey run out of the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College found that when certain uses are specified for the revenue — specifically investment in renewable energy or rebate checks back to taxpayers — 56 to 60 percent of voters support a carbon tax.

I’ve favored a carbon tax for years.  This would be great news if what the American peopled want had even the slightest effect on Republican legislators. It doesn't.

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Jul 182014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, say 88.  I’m rushing, because I have physical therapy in the morning, I’m tired, and I’m running out of day.  Depending on how badly the PT wipes me out, I may be AWOL for Saturday articles.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:48 (average 4:37).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Having cash in the bank, stocks, a 401(k), and a house (or houses) full of stuff worth money — that’s all wealth. And it’s great to have for two basic reasons: (1) It’s handy when the goin’ gets tough (e.g., expensive medical emergencies, car troubles, making tuition, etc.), and (2) having more wealth means having more freedom to think about and plan for the future, including retirement.

But over the last several decades, rule changes that benefit the rich have made wealth harder to come by for most of us. Take a look below.

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If you haven’t guessed, in the GOP War on the poor and middle classes, they’re winning.

From Daily Kos: If you think House Speaker John Boehner’s pre-impeachment lawsuit against President Obama for failing to implement Obamacare quickly enough makes him look like an obstructionist jackass who is more interested in political stunts than doing the right thing for the country, you’re not alone:

A majority of Americans view House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) lawsuit over President Obama’s delayed implementation of ObamaCare’s employer mandate as a “political stunt,” according to a new poll released Monday.

The survey, commissioned by liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change, found that 51 percent of voters don’t believe the lawsuit is legitimate, versus just 41 percent who do.

Moreover, 56 percent say the lawsuit is wasteful spending, with just 36 percent saying it is a good use of taxpayer dollars.

That’s exactly what I said, when Agent Orange first announced it.

From AlterNet: The Associated Press is reporting that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was allegedly shot down in Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday. An advisor to the Ukraine’s Interior Minister confirmed the report at 11:40am. The plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, Ukraine officials are reporting on Facebook.

A Russian aviation industry source told Reuters news service that the 777 did not enter Russian airspace when it was expected, but crashed in eastern Ukraine.

The Boeing 777 had 280 passengers and 15 crew members,  Interfax reported citing an an aviation industry source. It is reported that all passengers and crew have been killed. Twenty-three Americans were reportedly on the flight. 

Political tensions and violence have been high in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. The Ukranian government is alleging that separatist rebels shot down the plane, and the separatists are blaming Kiev. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families. Of course Republicans say they know who is at fault.

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