Friday, May 01, 2015

HOUSING PROBLEM

UPDATE: Problem solved! 4/27/2015
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Monday, April 27, 2015

ANOTHER "BENGHAZI"

The hysteria about the uranium mine and the Clintons should have stopped with this paragraph from the NY Times story:
The Clinton campaign spokesman, Mr. Fallon, said that in general, these matters did not rise to the secretary’s level. He would not comment on whether Mrs. Clinton had been briefed on the matter, but he gave The Times a statement from the former assistant secretary assigned to the foreign investment committee at the time, Jose Fernandez. While not addressing the specifics of the Uranium One deal, Mr. Fernandez said, “Mrs. Clinton never intervened with me on any C.F.I.U.S. matter.”

Mr. Fallon also noted that if any agency had raised national security concerns about the Uranium One deal, it could have taken them directly to the president.
To be fair, this was the 67th paragraph in the Times story

Saturday, April 25, 2015

JAN BREWER SURPRISED ME ...

when she signed the legislature's attempt to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Arizonans and now Doug Ducey surprises me by standing up to Fundie Cathy Herrod:
Arizona’s Republican governor changed state policy to allow same-sex couples to adopt
By Reid Wilson April 23
WaPo

In an order issued late Wednesday, Ducey said he was reversing Arizona Department of Child Safety policy that blocked same-sex couples, even those who are legally married, from adopting.

“With 17,000 children under the state’s care, we need more adoption in Arizona, not less,” Ducey said in a statement. “That’s why I feel strongly — as I have said many times before — that all loving families should be able to serve as foster parents and adopt.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ROBERT COSTA & KAREN TUMULTY SEE THE TRUTH ABOUT RAND PAUL

Now that the WaPo has a more useful Search function, it's easier to find articles by Costa and this is one of his best pieces:
Sen. Rand Paul has trimmed his positions so much that they've become hard to identify.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NO, IT'S NOT 40 PERCENT

Gallup has found in one of it's polls that conservatives account for 40% of Americans and this number of often repeated by trolls and conservative media hacks (but I repeat myself) as a justifucation of their outlandish beliefs. In fact, Gallup reports that conserrvatives comprise much less than 40% as this recent Gallup analysis shows:
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted in March of each year from 2010 to 2015, with an aggregated random sample of 6,154 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±1 percentage point at the 95% confidence level. For results based on the total sample of 1,073 liberal Democrats, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. For results based on the total sample of 1,536 moderate/conservative Democrats, the margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. For results based on the total sample of 916 moderate/liberal Republicans, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. For results based on the total sample of 1,877 conservative Republicans, the margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

1877 divided by 6154 equals 30.5% and I have a hunch the correct percentage is closer to 20 than 30.

ANOTHER HISTORIC DATE ABOUT THE REAL AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

(h/t Atrios)

America has the worst pundit class in the Free World:

Krautmas came two weeks early this year

by Henry on April 22, 2015
Today is Charles Krauthammer day, the twelfth anniversary of the day when Charles Krauthammer opined:
Hans Blix had five months to find weapons. He found nothing. We’ve had five weeks. Come back to me in five months. If we haven’t found any, we will have a credibility problem.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TWO CONSERVATIVES WHO MAKE TED CRUZ SEEM ALMOST REASONABLE

Crazy Davy Horowitz claims that Pres. Obama is allowing terrorists to sneak nuclear bombs across our southern border and that's tame compare to Tom Tancredo's belief that Obama will order an attack on Israel. In this context, Cruz's accusation that Obama is an "unmitigated socialist" seems almost normal.

Monday, April 20, 2015

THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS

I was a little ticked off about the Christian Science Monitor publishing this trivia item:
One man's last wish, 'Don't vote for Hillary Clinton.' Will it matter?
The obituary for Larry Darrell Upright asks mourners not to vote for Hillary Clinton. How important is candidate popularity to the outcome of a presidential election?
By David Clark Scott, Staff writer APRIL 18, 2015
and then this happens:
NYTimes, Fox News Strike Deal With Conservative Researcher For Clinton Dirt
ByBRENDAN JAMES
Published APRIL 20, 2015, 12:52 PM EDT
TPM
I would expect nothing better from FOX News but the Times???