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.


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



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! ;




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 …"


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!

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.


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.



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.


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.



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’s the Circle of DEATH (not Life!


that IS the GOP!


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.

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.



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.


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.



Jul 162014

Here are the results of our SCOTUS Rating 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 Phil  July 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm.  


I voted "Horrid" because you neglected to add "Outrageously Stupid."



Posted by Lynn Squance  July 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm.  


I voted "HORRID". While there may be minor acceptable judgements, preponderance of conservative activism is absolutely disgusting. It seems to me that SCOTUS, or should I say the SCROTUS wing of Injustices, is nothing more than a wing of the Republican/Teabagger party. I like the 3 women justices and Breyer, but I wish Justice Ginsburg were younger so that she would be around longer.


Posted by Edie  July 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm.  


They have sunk so far in my estimation, that horrible isn’t even an accurat)e description.(devious


Posted by SoINeedAName  July 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm.  


Not only "HORRID" – but HORRID for a long, Long, LONG time coming.

Pandora’s Box will be busy for decades.


Posted by Rixar13  July 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm.  





Posted by gene jacobson  July 1, 2014 at 8:45 am.  


As noted, there were one or two minor things done the way I think they should have been, John Roberts siding with the four decent justices in both instances, but narrow and meaningless decisions they were. For the rest, the vast majority, this is the rottenest and in truth, corrupt Court we have ever had – corrupt comes with Thomas and Scalia out there making tons of money advertising how they will vote on various issues. Which encourages suits on those issues. Which makes them corrupt, evil and impeachable in my opinion. If the House truly wants to impeach someone it should be those two fools.


Posted by Joanne D  July 1, 2014 at 4:45 am.  


I want to qualify my vote of "horrid" by saying that it only applies to the SCROTUS Five. Unfortunately, they rule for now. Yes, there were one or two decent decisions, so minor I can’t even remember what they were. We will be decades cleaning up after these animals – and we can’t even start yet.


Posted by Lona Goudswaard  July 1, 2014 at 12:56 am.  


I’m completely prejudices of course, because the only rulings I see from this SCOTUS are the ones I get presented with on this blog, Care2, Daily Kos and such.

There were one or two surprise rulings this last term, but they were on very minor issues and didn’t stretch very far, but every other ruling I’ve heard off has been absolutely disastrous for this country.


Posted by Patty  July 1, 2014 at 12:02 am.  


I was going to say "Horrid" but there have been a couple good decisions.


I voted with the majority.  While there have been a couple decisions that weren’t that bad, even the “good ones” have included concealed attempts at sabotage.  A perfect exampled is deciding for the ACA, but allowing state governments to deny federally funded Medicaid to poor citizens.

A new poll is up.  Vote now, and vote in November.

Jul 012014

Here are the results of our Iraq Response 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  June 25, 2014 at 4:51 am.  


I agonized over "humanitarian aid" but voted to "do nothing" because the aid never gets to its intended destination. If help is sent at all, it should be a united effort by the UN Security Forces or NATO.


Posted by Yvonne White  June 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm.  


We should stay out of it completely..but I figure air strikes + "advisors" + more guns, etc..oh, and "humanitarian" aid..


Posted by SoINeedAName  June 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm.  


Ensure that al-Maliki is either GONE or stops his offensive sectarian regime and corruption. (I think he’s a MAJOR cause of the all the uproar)


The man is EVIL! No aid from us (other than to protect our people and interests) until he’s either gone … or has a "Come-to-Allah" moment. ;-



Posted by Bill Davis  June 20, 2014 at 6:45 am.  


Let Iraq stew in its own eternal religious civil war.



Posted by dave c  June 20, 2014 at 3:17 am.  


….send all the GOP (chicken)Hawks that are calling for war……and let them pay for body armor and ammo with their own money……..


Posted by mamabear  June 19, 2014 at 5:59 am.  


I voted troops for training. Air strikes no I don’t think so. Because after all the lives that were lost in both countries and it has come to this. Who thought that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was going to bring peace? Oh I know Bush/Cheney lol no he was a power trip and used 9/11 to get what he wanted. Now Cheney and daughter are working together to make Obama look stupid. I trust what ever President Obama decides


Posted by Joanne D  June 19, 2014 at 4:45 am.  


Humanitarian aid with the caveat that experience shows it needs to be closely monitored lest it turn into something else. "Do nothing" would be my second choice.


Posted by gene jacobson  June 19, 2014 at 2:28 am.  


Humanitarian Aid only. We would brook no interference in our internal affairs and we can impose NO form of government on ANY other country, anywhere, ever. As harsh as that sounds, they have to solve this themselves, that is the only way they will ever come to a lasting peace. Provide humanitarian aid, but no more.


Posted by Lona Goudswaard  June 19, 2014 at 12:42 am.  


Humanitarian aid should be both the least and the most the US could do for the doubtless many thousands of (Shiite) refugees this war will render. After all the US is partly responsible for this mess and should feel the obligation to help individuals in their daily struggle to survive.

The result was a virtual tie between humanitarian aid and nothing.  I voted for humanitarian aid, because Republicans broke the country, when the Bush Reich invaded and tried to install a puppet regime.

There is a new poll up.  Vote both in it and in November.

Jun 192014

Here are the results of our PP Theme 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. However, I rather doubt that the nation is riveted on the look and feel of Politics Plus.


And here are your comments.

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Posted by SoINeedAName  June 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm.  


First of all – change it to WHAT?!?

I voted "Doesn’t Matter"

No doubt there are "tweaks" that would improve ANY website – but has there been a major problem in this one? (OK – Emoticons … but I don’t consider THAT a MAJOR problem)

As the adage goes:

"If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it."

(Improve it all you want – but I’ll keep coming back)


Posted by Arielle  June 3, 2014 at 2:27 am.  


Love it just as is change is only important if it makes your life easier….


Posted by Edie  June 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm.  


I like it just as it is, but if you change it, I will still be reading it.



Posted by Rixar13  June 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm.  


Doesn’t matter –



Posted by John Dasef  June 1, 2014 at 5:35 am.  


Unless changing things makes it work better for you, it’s fine the way it is, with just one little nit-pick. Those posters you put up with the multi-colored wording are sometimes difficult for us color-deficient vision types to read.


Posted by Dotti Lydon  June 1, 2014 at 4:41 am.  


I look forward to Tom’s articles, even though I do not comment, I do read them and would not change a thing.




Posted by Joanne D  June 1, 2014 at 4:09 am.  


Like everyone else, I like it just fine the way it is. But I don’t come for the theme. I come for the content, and to some degree for the other commenters.


Posted by Lona Goudswaard  June 1, 2014 at 3:14 am.  


I’m with the others on this one. You don’t have to change ot on my account, but it is your blog, TomCat, and if you want to change it for one reason or another, please feel free to do so, as long as you keep the quality and content as it is.



Posted by Patty  June 1, 2014 at 1:18 am.  


I’m with Lynn on this. If it makes it easier for you, then by all means do it. If it makes it more complicated and harder for you to continue this wonderful blog, then leave it be.



Posted by Fred Lemon  May 31, 2014 at 10:11 pm.  


Concur with Lynn.


Posted by Lynn Squance  May 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm.  


Doesn’t matter to me. I am of a mind that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Having said that, if it makes your job as administrator/owner easier, then do it. I come to the site for content and people. Always have, always will! . . . well unless you get a weird disease that turns you into a Republican! God forbid!



Posted by TomCat in reply to Lynn Squance  June 1, 2014 at 5:54 am.  


OMG!! Republicosis?!!?



Posted by Lynn Squance in reply to TomCat  June 1, 2014 at 7:21 am.  


"OMG!!" is right! That is akin to a full blown psychosis! Not good! Not good at all!

Rarely in such a minority, I was one of the two who voted yes.  The theme I’m using now is a good one, but it has undergone a lot of changes since I originally installed it years ago.  I don’t fully understand them and support is not the programmer’s strong suit.  I’m considering a switch to Graphene.  It appears to have all the features I want, is very well documented, and because it is open source, there is a large community of knowledgeable people that support it well.  That is the upside.  The downside is that, when and if I change it, redesigning the layout will take many hours of work.  So, sooner or later, I probably shall, but don’t expect it in the immediate future.