Feb 182015

Here are the results of our “Satisfaction with Legislators” 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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There is no right answer here, because we all have different legislators.  I voted mostly satisfied.  I’m thrilled with Jeff Merkley quite happy with Earl Blumenauer. The only reason I’m not completely satisfied is that on Rare occasion, Ron Wyden tries to reach across the aisle and gives up too much.  Republicans then present his concessions as his position, even though they never actually make the deal.  He has suckered for that ploy, and they have used him for propaganda, about half a dozen times over the last few years.

I am more satisfied than most, I see.

The new poll is up and ready for your votes.  Stay in practice.

Feb 172015

I’m feeling very tired.  I slept poorly last night due to muscle aches from yesterdays walking.  Now I’m waiting for Store to Door to call for my grocery order and for my O2 order to be delivered.  That could keep me awake all day.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:08 (average 5:05).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: As reported in this diary, San Diego Fox News 5 used a picture of President Obama with the caption reading NO CHARGES while head anchorwoman Kathleen Bade  was discussing a rape suspect.

Although it was up there the entire time during her lead-in,  assignment editor Mike Wille said it was just a mistake. Since they knew it was a mistake, (and left it up there the whole time), why didn’t they at least offer a correction or apologize? 

Good question:

Asked why there was no on-air acknowledgment or apology for the error, Wille said: “They really don’t do that when it’s a small thing like that.”


Small thing? Look at the picture. You decide.

From Upworthy: Kids go to school to learn. So why are so many of them, as early as kindergarten, leaving in handcuffs?


You won’t find such intolerance in upscale all white schools.

From Washington Post: We are now just days away from a potential shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, and according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll, Republicans would earn the majority of the blame for it:

The survey finds 53% of Americans would blame the Republicans in Congress if the department must shut down, while 30% would blame President Barack Obama. Another 13% say both deserve the blame.

That means that 47% are wrong!



Feb 012015

Here are the results of our “Chamber Leader” 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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I voted for Agent Orange, because he is a more frequent victim od TEAbuggery than Bought Bitch Mitch.

The new poll is up.  Especially if you were too lazy to vote in 2014, vote here now.  You need to learn how to make voting habitual.

Jan 302015

It’s day 86.  I was up most of the night working on my network and will be doing the same today, so I’m feeling totally pooped and this is today’s only article.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:24 (average 4:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Former Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson has been a key part of the legal challenge to subsidies under Obamacare, and figures prominently in the King v. Burwell case before the Supreme Court. The Democrat had been a key holdout in the Senate during debate, and was insistent that states be given as much autonomy as possible under the federal law. That included separate state health insurance exchanges. The House Democrats’ bill had one exchange, and it was largely Nelson’s holding out that forced the state exchanges in the Senate bill and the eventual law. The King plaintiffs are using Nelson’s position to support their theory that Congress intended to withhold subsidies from the states unless they established their own exchanges, in an attempt to force states to do it.

They just lost the Ben Nelson argument.

Nelson, who announced his retirement in 2011, speaks for himself in a brief filed by Democratic congressional leaders and others.

"I always believed that tax credits should be available in all 50 states regardless of who built the exchange, and the final law also reflects that belief as well," Nelson wrote in a letter to Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) who sought Nelson’s view. […]

Nelson said he wanted only for the exchanges to be tailored to the needs of each state.

"In either scenario—a state or federal exchange—our purpose was clear: to provide states the tools necessary to deliver affordable healthcare to their citizens, and clearly the subsidies are a critical component of that effort regardless of which exchange type a state chooses," Nelson responded.

If SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD) decide against the ACA now they will broadcast that they are legislating from the bench. Is is also the first time I have ever been thankful for something said by "Benedict Arnold" Nelson.  He may have just saved our bacon.

From MoveOn: Republicans in Congress want to work with the Obama administration to fast-track the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP is the largest—and worst—trade deal you’ve never heard of, having been devised in secret by representatives of some of the world’s largest corporations.

It’s so big and has the potential to do so much damage, it’s been likened to “NAFTA on steroids.”


I have to admit that I’ve been ambivalent about this, because there is so much we do nor know, but I trust the Reich on the left, Robert Reich, as much as I distrust the Reich on the Right, the Republican Reich.

From NY Times: An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.

In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans say they are more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate change. They are less likely to vote for candidates who question or deny the science of human-caused global warming.

Click through for more info. What the American people think and what Republican politicians do are mutually exclusive universes.



Jan 162015

Here are the results of our “2015 Attitude” 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.


And here are your comments:

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Posted by Patty  January 14, 2015 at 2:24 am.  


As much as I wanted to say optimistic, I had to vote pessimistic because the GOP controls both houses and there are still DINOs around. Pres. Obama has the "veto pen" but how much will he use it?



Posted by Rixar13  January 3, 2015 at 9:29 am.  


Pessimistic – Republican dominated wing nut jobs.



Posted by Edie  January 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm.  


I am pessimistic, remember, I got Mitch for my senator AGAIN!


Posted by Joanne D  January 1, 2015 at 4:52 am.  


Having seen Democrats – not all, of course, but too many – snatch defeat from the jaws of victory over the past two years, I am quite worried that a GOP majority in Congress, held at bay only by the pen of one man, will lead to more of the same, and exponentially. I would live to be wrong.


Posted by SoINeedAName  January 1, 2015 at 4:16 am.  


While I’m not a "Glass-half-full" type of guy (I just think they got a glass twice as big as they needed), I am optimistic.


Unemployment rates tumbling

Stock market soaring

Millions more now covered with health insurance

While health care costs themselves are stabilizing

National deficit declining

Putin humbled

Gas prices in a nose dive

… So I say "Thanks Obama!" – and mean it!


Of course the Rethuglicans will do their best to thuck fings up … it’s what they do best – and after all, they’ve had 6 years of practice at it


Posted by gene  January 1, 2015 at 1:47 am.  


I am optimistic by nature, a glass is half full guy, if I could I surround myself with people who feel that way. Pessimists just wear me down. I liken that to Chicken Little – when the truth is the sky never does actually fall. I expect the best, deal with what comes, but do not let whatever comes, change my nature. I am happier when I am positive. In terms of this particular topic, politics, I am happy because I believe the republicans will spend the next two years showing their true colors to the world and the American people, and the President will hold them at bay with his veto pen which they cannot override. But in 2016, the whole country will have seen what they would do if given control of both branches and that will ensure another Democratic president. See? Optimism at work. :^



Posted by Jim Phillips in reply to gene  January 1, 2015 at 2:22 am.  


I liked Gene’s response (see above) but in discussing with my coffee buddies at the coffee shop, I’m not that pessimistic. lol. But, I do worry…


Posted by Jim Phillips  January 1, 2015 at 1:39 am.  


The GOP/TP takeover and control of Congress – both the House of Representatives & the Senate.

I was surprised that the plurality disagreed with me on this one.  We have three branches of government.  Republicans control two.  That’s why I feel pessimistic.  If they also had the White House, I’d be very pessimistic.  If we has either the House or the Senate I’d be neutral.  I agree with Gene’s answer long term, but the poll specified this year.

There is a new poll.  Name your poison.

Jan 012015

Here are the results of our “Naughty or Nice” 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.


And here are your comments.

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Posted by Lynn Squance  December 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm.  


I get toys (actually I gave them to my great neice and nephew). I think I’ve been good . . . I even invited my not so nice neighbour (she can be very nice when she wants something) for Christmas dinner because I know she lost custody of her daughter because of her imbibing and I thought she might appreciate some company. She turned me down which OK. I will spend some time with my mother. I saw mother on the 23rd and for the first time, I had rivers of tears because of how downhill she has gone. My mom’s 2 grandmothers died Christmas Eve 7 years apart and her stepfather died New Year’s Eve. I think the memories of those events and seeing my mother’s condition overwhelmed me when I wasn’t looking.



Posted by Dandelion in reply to Lynn Squance  December 28, 2014 at 2:42 amFrom 72.188.9.x   


I’m so sorry Lynn if I could reach you I’d give a big hug. My Mom was in that difficult place last year at this time. This year she isn’t here to hear her voice but at least I know she is free from the conditions that held her mind and body at the end. Sending love and light to you…hugs too.


Posted by Lynn Squance in reply to Dandelion  December 28, 2014 at 9:49 am.  


Thanks Sheryl. I call them "virtual hugs" and I very much appreciate them. The contraction of muscles on her right side is very painful, and now her left is starting to contract. But she fights to maintain her last bits of independence and dignity by holding a small sandwich in her left hand and eating it. But this will be gone all too soon as well.


I think when it is my mother’s turn to take the next steps in her soul’s journey, she will say, if I might paraphrase MLK Jr, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, I am free at last!"


Posted by Patty  December 19, 2014 at 7:01 am.  


I had to say "Naughty" because of all the bad stuff I post on FB and all the arguments I get into with my RepublicanT friends.



Posted by Pat A  December 19, 2014 at 12:59 am.  


I get toys – well, to be factual, my rescue cat and rescue dog get toys – but I get to watch them play so happily with them!


Posted by Rixar13  December 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm.  


I’ve been naughty. I get coal.



Posted by Edie  December 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm.  


I lied, I just WISH I had been so naughty I would get expensive toys.



Posted by Yvonne White  December 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm.  


Actually, I got propane..;


This year is slim pickin’s so only our autistic son gets presents. No big deal.


Posted by Joanne D  December 16, 2014 at 4:47 am.  


I get toys. Neither I nor anyone I know can afford to give coal. (At least not real coal. Dollar Tree has some chocolate coal which isn’t bad.



Posted by gene jacobson  December 16, 2014 at 3:46 am.  


I am nice, but have been so naughty to and about the right wingnuts, I think I’m in the last category and should by myself something nice that I can use to be even naughtier next year to them. :^



Posted by Arielle   December 16, 2014 at 2:49 am.  


Actually, I’ve been rather nice all things considered – however, I keep having naughty thoughts mostly about Faux Noise and the GOP and wishing for a quiet way to get rid of both…..

My answer is obvious.  TomCats are naughty by definition.

The new poll is up.  Please vote.

Dec 292014

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 54.  I’m surprised I was able to find content today, and am hurrying to finish, before the broncos dine on pirate parts, even though CBS has a different game on late here.  I can still follow the play by play.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:06 (average 5:51).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:


They were televised locally after all.  Wooo Hooo!!

Short Takes:

From NY Times: The governors of New York and New Jersey, defying the unanimous votes of both their Legislatures, on Saturday rejected a bill aimed at curbing political interference and patronage at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, more than a year after lane closings at the George Washington Bridge set off a scandal that looms over the agency to this day.

Rare as it is to find a meeting of the minds between Cuomo and PIGnocchio, I’m not surprised that the governors of the nation’s most corrupt Republican state and most corrupt Democratic state would agree to block curbing the corruption. Corruption is the primary activity at the Port Authority for both states.

From The Hill: Hillary Clinton holds a massive lead over Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in a new poll released by CNN.

The CNN/ORC poll released Sunday finds that Clinton leads by 57 points, 66 percent to 9 percent, over Warren. That lead is essentially unchanged from a CNN poll in November, when Clinton was up 65 percent to 10 percent.

There could not be a more potent demonstration of American voters’ political ignorance.

From Crooks and Liars: An anti-gun ad shows a teenager bringing his parent’s gun to school to keep his house free of dangerous weapons. The Fox News brigade goes bananas.

Naturally, the 2nd Amendment patriots at Fox News misunderstand the aims of a public service announcement. When a teenager finds a gun (it didn’t specify if it was loaded or not), he brings it to school and hands it to an adult teacher.

Barf Bag Alert!


Let’s follow the illogic of their rant through. If anyone should commit a hate crime after the encouragement so commonly broadcast on the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, the on-air propagandists should face charges too.

I substituted the same video from YouTube, because I refuse to post video that links back to Faux Noise.