Nov 252014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 25.  It’s a good thing I did my research early, because, except for a three hour cat nap, I haven’t stopped since 1 AM.  Tomorrow is a prison volunteer day, and Thanksgiving cooking starts Wednesday.  Color me scarce. 

Late (early) Update:

Just woke up.  Ugh!  It looks like Darren Wilson may get away with murder.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 4:38).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Koch industries and its subsidiaries are expansive—their holdings include everything from gas stations to pipelines, paper products for everyday use, greeting cards, chemicals used to make materials, and the fabric that makes your clothing.

With an interest in almost everything and status as the number two privately held company in the country–behind Cargill—Koch industries is a behemoth that is hard to avoid.

But knowledge is power and your dollar is your vote. We can become informed purchasers and refuse to support their political agenda by refusing to purchase their wares.

Don’t suck nevermind! Click through to sign the pledge and for a complete list of Koch Brothers Products to boycott.

From VOX: A new poll from finds that 89 percent of Latino voters support President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

80 percent of Latino voters say they’ll oppose any attempt by Republicans to block Obama’s executive actions

Worryingly for the GOP, that includes 60 percent of Latino Republicans.

I have the same question for Latino Republicans that I have for fay Republicans. Are you a billionaire or a masochist?

From Alternet: Making the Highest Profit Margin in the Corporate World — And Demanding a Tax Cut 

The trading volume on the  Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) reached $1 quadrillion in  notionalvalue [sic] last year. That’s a thousand trillion dollars, about ten times greater than the  world economy.

With the  collection of transfer fees, contract fees, brokerage fees, Globex fees, clearing fees, and surcharges, the company achieved a  profit margin (54%) higher than any of the top 100 companies in the nation from 2008 to 2010, and in the past three years it’s risen to  nearly 60%.

Despite being the most profitable big firm, CME complained that its taxes were too high, and they demanded and received an  $85 million tax break from the State of Illinois. 

This is just one of the seven biggest corporate rip offs of this year. Click through for the other six.

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Nov 172014
 

Here are the results of our Obama Dependability 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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Posted by Arielle   November 15, 2014 at 2:53 am.  

 

I believe he will do what he can – he no longer has to worry about elections or even the other spineless Dems. But, of course, there is only so much ONE person CAN do especially when surrounded by GOP snot heads.

 

Posted by Edie  November 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm.  

 

I voted toss up because I never can predict what he will do.

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Posted by Yvonne White  November 10, 2014 at 9:37 am.  

 

I voted Toss Up because I’m not happy with his "advisors". I believe he’s a good guy, but he kept too many Bu$h Leaguers in place to begin with, hasn’t uncoupled himself from "moderates", and seems to NEED excessive & overwhelming feedback before he Realizes something is pissing us off or we are Demanding a certain thing. We’re still being mugged by Ungodly Loan prices & Credit Card debt, no REAL Consumer Protection still..etc.

 

Posted by Patty  November 10, 2014 at 12:53 am.  

 

I think it’s a toss-up ad depends on how well he can lie to them and offer them a deal that he reneges on like they have done to him for 6 years.

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Posted by mamabear  November 9, 2014 at 6:42 am.  

 

very likely after all he seems to be one of the few who will stand with him. I think he is as a honest and trust worthy as a man can be. I think he has always been for the little guy he is the kind of man who against all odds he will still with us. We may always agree with how he goes about it but he at least has the answer on how to get the job done.

 

Posted by gene  November 7, 2014 at 4:34 am.  

 

I went very likely and that is hope more than anything. He is the ONLY person standing between the 1% and the rest of the country, they don’t have enough votes to override a veto, so he has to stand firm; there is no one else to protect the rest of us from the oligarchy of the 1% and their GOP puppets.

 

Posted by Joanne D  November 7, 2014 at 3:48 am.  

 

Based on his first term, I would also have said "very unlikely." He has been a little better in his second term. But it’s tough to be sure. Several groups have petitions started to him asking him to be a firewall. I have signed a couple.

 

Posted by Phil  November 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm.  

 

My "very unlikely" vote is based on Obama’s past performance.

 

Posted by Jerry Critter  November 6, 2014 at 9:22 am.  

 

He already tired to shred the safety net, but he did not go far enough for the teabaggers. I don’t see why he will be any different this time around.

I voted toss-up, because he caved-in after the debacle of 2010.  If I could change it, iw would change to Somewhat likely,.

A new poll is up.

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Nov 072014
 

Here are the results of our Control the Senate 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. In this case, I admitted up front that this was a push poll, intended to evoke a response, not get an accurate measurement. Sadly, it proved all too prophetic.

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Posted by Edie  November 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm.  

 

If we didn’t get enough Democrats out to vote for this election, the reds will win again in Ky. I really don’t want to move.

 

Posted by Lynn Squance  October 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm.  

 

I`d like to vote in the red with Gene but I can`t with the historical turnouts at midterms, and the propensity for election fraud and voter suppression by the Republican/Teabaggers.

 

Vote blue and GET OUT THE VOTE!

 

To the American voting public, please show me that I have erred and that Democrats will win the day!

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Posted by Patty  October 27, 2014 at 3:36 am.  

 

It is very important that Democrats get out and VOTE this year. TeapublicanTs cannot win!

VOTE and remind everyone you know of how crucial it is. It is our duty as citizens to VOTE.

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Posted by Edie  October 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm.  

 

We have to get the democrats out to vote, if note, the right wing will win again.

 

Posted by mamabear  October 22, 2014 at 10:02 am.  

 

It depends on how well we GET OUT THE VOTE!!

 

Posted by Nancy W  October 17, 2014 at 4:50 am.  

 

I’m in the Green.

 

Posted by gene jacobson  October 17, 2014 at 2:17 am.  

 

I’m the one in red. Gotta have faith. :^

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Posted by Joanne D  October 16, 2014 at 4:38 am.  

 

Song – this is my song —

So, of those Americans who were registered and could vote, approximately 31% – 38% actually voted.  I suspect we’ll be trying to figure out why so many stayed home right up until the eve of the next election.  I won’t say that the people who voted Republican are stupid, or evil.  Some did co out of hatred, but not all.  Im my opinion, many were just misinformed.  At least they voted.  On the other hand, I hold those people who could have voted but refused to make the effort, beneath contempt.  These people will be whining about what this Congress does.  They deserve it.

There is a new poll ready for you.

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Oct 172014
 

Conventional wisdom, or phrased another way, media infoganda, would have us believe that Republicans will have a smooth sail to take over the Senate in less than three weeks   Even though the following article does not quite challenge that notion, and it does point out some likely areas of contention, it’s really much closer than that.

1017RunoffThe race for Senate control is very close and there’s a significant chance that Americans won’t know on election night which party controls the Senate.

It may even remain an open question until after the next Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2015.

That uncertainty could spark chaos in the lame-duck session and hit pause on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) plans to redecorate the majority leader’s ornate suite.

Forecasters roundly give Republicans an edge to win the net six seats they need to claim the Senate majority. The New York Times sees a one-third chance that the race will end in a 50-50 tie or be decided by a one-seat margin.

Here are four plausible scenarios that could push the Senate fight into overtime.

1. Likely runoff in Louisiana

Bill Cassidy (R) holds a steady lead over Sen. Mary Laudrieu (D), but neither candidate is expected to cross the 50 percent threshold required by Louisiana’s "jungle primary" rules to claim victory on election night. Tea party candidate Rob Maness and two other candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot are collectively pulling 18 percent, according to the TPM PollTracker average.

If neither candidate wins an outright majority on the main ballot, a runoff election between the top two will take place on Dec. 6…

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This is just one race where a runoff is likely.  Click through for three more and for a list of close races.

Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, thinks it’s a dead heat.

If you can’t see here, here’s the direct link to it at MSNBC.  It that does not work, it’s also on YouTube,  but it may not be for long.

Rachel made two, key points.  The first is that Republicans are bending over backward to try to steal this election.  The second…

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Oct 172014
 

Here are the results of our Fix the SCROTUS Damage 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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Posted by Arielle   October 8, 2014 at 6:35 am.  

 

Long, long time… the SCOTUS have children who have been brainwashed into thinking as they think – The Koch brothers probably have coffins in their basements and will just keep living as all vampires do. Etc. etc.

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Posted by Edie  October 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm.  

 

I said 24 because several of them are young enough to last that long.

 

Posted by Rixar13  October 4, 2014 at 6:09 am.  

 

16 years is a wild guess but with a Republican Congress – Longer

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Posted by Phil  October 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm.  

 

Longer = forever. Republicans must never again wield power and influence over U.S. American politics; they’re a danger to the nation and to the world.

 

Posted by Patty  October 2, 2014 at 6:09 am.  

 

I was going to say 16 and then thought these Koch suckers can afford excellent medical care and will be kept alive no matter what happens to them just like Chicken Hawk Cheney. I went with 24 because it might be enough to get rid of at east 2 of the older ones.

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Posted by Joanne D  October 2, 2014 at 4:08 am.  

 

I was optimistic and sent with 16 years. But you guys may be right. Unfortunately, however long it is, I doubt I will be around to see even the tipping appointment, let alone the cleanup. Don’t get discouraged – keep fighting – you younger ones.

 

Posted by Yvonne White  October 1, 2014 at 10:29 am.  

 

I went with 24 years (at Least), because RepubliCONs never retire or die as soon as you Need them to! :(

 

Posted by mamabear  October 1, 2014 at 9:47 am.  

 

24 or more. With the clowns on the other side I can see it happening. fingers crossed

 

Posted by dave c  October 1, 2014 at 7:15 am.  

 

unfortunately I say at least 48, some of GW’s appts are still so young…..of course, the real answer maybe no matter of time will ever undue the atrocities the GOP has done to the citizens of the US and the world.

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Posted by gene  October 1, 2014 at 2:49 am.  

 

24 at least, maybe more. That should get rid of Scalia and Thomas and it is important to control the Senate so progressive nominee’s can be confirmed.

 

Posted by John Dasef  September 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm.  

 

Unfortunately, most of the fascist five are relatively young. Unless one or more of them are impeached, which is unlikely, we will spend a long time waiting for them to die.

I voted Longer.  I figured that it will be another 20 – 25 years before the last of the fascist five is ready to retire, or if they die in office, begin their downward journey.   However I did bot pick 24, because they will do a lot more damage during that time, ands once their gone, that damage will not be instant instantly repaired.  I figure that will take another 20 – 25 years.

The new poll is up, and I’m not going to insult your intelligence by making false claims about it.  It’s the only political push poll I have written.  My God grant that I never feel the need to write another.

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Oct 032014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 165.  I’m about to leave for my physical, and will finish filling out this section after I return, so you can have more than just a Personal Update.

All things considered, except for Lady Vampira’s drilling, the trip was pretty painless.  Nevertheless, I’m feeling quite tired and am ready for some extra sleep.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:49 (average 4:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: This clip of Rep. Cory Gardner from from Denver’s KDVR TV is nothing short of amazing because he spends nearly two minutes trying to claim that legislation that he co-sponsored—the federal personhood bill—does not exist:

In the video, Gardner repeatedly claims that "there is no such thing as a federal personhood bill" when KDVR’s Eli Stokols asks him to explain why he was willing to flip-flop on his support for Colorado’s personhood measure but not the federal bill.

It’s a convenient answer for Gardner because by denying the existence of federal personhood legislation, he doesn’t have to explain why he supports it while claiming to oppose a state-level measure that does the same thing. The only problem is that it’s a transparently and utterly ridiculous claim.

Barf Bag Alert!

 

I’m amazes this was aired at a local Fox station. No way would it have ever been shown on the Republican Reichsministry of propaganda, Faux Noise. This Republican is doing what Republicans virtually always do when called to account for his verifiable behavior. He is lying.

From The New Yorker: Iraq’s new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has cancelled a scheduled visit to the White House, citing “concerns about the security situation there.”

Speaking to reporters in Baghdad on Wednesday, Abadi said that he had been looking forward to visiting the White House but that recent reports had “given me the willies.”

“They really need to get on top of things there,” he said. “Until they do, I’m better off staying in Iraq.”…

Can you blame him, Andy? The White House just isn’t a safe place to visit, let alone live there.

From TPM: Nate Silver acknowledged that he was doing something a little unusual in a Sept. 17 blog post when he called out fellow forecaster Sam Wang of Princeton University. But it also appears to have been the culmination of a long-simmering — if largely under-the-radar — feud.

"I don’t like to call out other forecasters by name unless I have something positive to say about them — and we think most of the other models out there are pretty great," Silver wrote. But he then labeled Wang’s model "wrong" and provided a detailed argument (with footnotes) to explain why he thought so.

And it didn’t stop there. Periodically over the last week or so, Silver has continued to take shots on Twitter at Wang’s forecasting model, which has consistently been more optimistic about Democratic odds of keeping the Senate than Silver’s (or any other forecaster).

I doubt that Silver would be taking such umbrage, if Wang’s model had not outperformed his own in the last three national elections.

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Oct 012014
 

Here are the results of our Obama on ISIL 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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Posted by Patty  September 18, 2014 at 2:10 am.  

 

It’s a much better plan than the ones the TeapublicanTs are proposing. MccConJob and "I have the vapors" Graham both want full-scale war. The Saudis are really leaning on them for that.

 

Posted by Gwendolyn H. Barry  September 17, 2014 at 5:10 am.  

 

I had forgotten you did these! The U.S. has evolved into a perpetual war machine. The costs of these ugly choices could remedy so much social malfunction. I was Bin Laden who exclaimed that if they wished to bring the U.S. to it’s knees, simply hoist a flag anywhere / i.e. beheadings, attacks, suicide events / and the U.S. "leadership" would react. And it’s true. No longer able to grasp other E.U. nations to follow along, we are now a reactionary govt without full support of U.N. nations. Here at home, social ills bloat and exhaust communities going un-noticed by the larger audience because the MSM is simply a tool for the MIC and corp purchasing agenda. The truth is buried in indy, alternative media that struggles to expose the corruption that our govt has become disabled in. imo. respectfully, Tom. Good to see you!

 

Posted by Edie  September 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm.  

 

I think this is all he can do right now. Few Americans would support another full blown war right now, with the exception of McCain, Graham, and Cheney. The Arab world needs to step up and show some accountability for their region, maybe this plan will force them to do it.

 

Posted by mamabear  September 16, 2014 at 5:09 pm.  

 

A good plan. Getting everyone to work together is a sign of of great leadership and one that most would not even have guts to try. Yes a hard choice but it a wise one.

 

Posted by Yvonne White  September 16, 2014 at 10:25 am.  

 

There was an answer lacking: Ineffective. I don’t think Anything will change if the people at risk don’t or can’t help themselves.

The people of Iraq didn’t overthrow Sadam, and when WE did it "for them", well, we see how that works (or NOT)..:(

 

Posted by gene jacobson  September 16, 2014 at 5:57 am.  

 

I don’t like any of what is happening there and believe the nations of that region should be the ones standing up and demanding an end to the outlaw bands terrorizing the people. Given that they are not, that they prefer things the way they are that they might maintain the dispute between Shia and Sunni Islam, what the President is doing and proposing is probably the best we can do, no one in this country with sense (which excludes the Dick Cheneys of the country) is willing to go beyond this plan.

 

Posted by Joanne D  September 16, 2014 at 5:00 am.  

 

Since he is getting so much criticism from all sides, it has to be at least good. Universal criticism generally only goes to perfection, but I can’t bring myself to say it is perfect. I have concerns, not the least of which is stimulated by Jon Soltz of Vote Vets, who fears we may be throwing interpreters who have worked faithfully for us under the bus.

I was split on this one.  The idealist in me wanted to vote Disastrous or Poorly conceived, because I wonder if it can possibly be effective and I worry about the slippery slope.  But the realist in me won out.  For Obama to do nothing would be political suicide for the Democratic Party, and a Republican takeover here would be far more devastating than the worst imaginable effects of his plan, the best available.

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