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So multiple polls show Bernie tied or beating Hillary across the country.

Got it.

But the argument from Team Hill we hear most often is, frankly, specious and hollow. She loses to Cruz, Trump, and Kasich. Bernie beats them all. And then there is this:

Where Trump is viewed favorably by 34.5 percent of the likely voters, Cruz is viewed favorably by only 22.3 percent. Trumpís fav-unfav rating of negative 26.1 looks positively sunny compared to Ted Cruzís rating of negative 48.0.

She loses to those bozos? With such bad negatives? Oh, right. Not only does she share many policy positions with the GOP, she shares in the same net negative ratings.

Tell me again why she is inevitable?

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat Apr 16, 2016, 08:01 AM (24 replies)

Iceland PM resigns over Panama Papers

Source: Financial Times

In a day of high drama in Reykjavik, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson first tried to hang on to his office by seeking the dissolution of parliament.

But after Icelandís president refused to grant the request, Mr Gunnlaugsson decided to step down as prime minister but carry on as the head of his Progressive party. Sigurdur Ingi Johansson, the current minister of fisheries and agriculture, will become prime minister.
But it remained unclear how other political parties in Iceland would react and early elections could still be called.

Read more: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/60d88fa0-fb27-11e5-b3f6-11d5706b613b.html#axzz44y9XVb53
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Apr 5, 2016, 12:13 PM (36 replies)

I watched meat depressed this am, with

UpChuck's prerecorded interview with Hillary. She looked horrible. I lasted until upchuck played the video of Hillary losing it and blaming Bernie for lying. Then she laughed. It was the same damned laugh she cackled after learning of khadafi's death.

Reminded me of C.S. Lewis' "That Hideous Sound." The length and strength of that laugh was really strange, strained and totally unnatural.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sun Apr 3, 2016, 10:29 AM (5 replies)

Let's petition congress to ban drug company advertising.

Anyone else sick and tired of Big Pharma brain washing viewers, convincing them that they need to get Zirelto, Xanax, or any fucking statin ever manufactured? Adult onset diabetes? Muscle and Neuro damage? Screw that. Plus, those who take those drugs do NOT extent their lives nor make the quality of their lives any better. Often, it gets worse.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat Apr 2, 2016, 11:10 PM (14 replies)

Telling poll numbers from Wisconsin

Although they rate all of the candidates for their upcoming primary, Marquette Law School's poll is telling.


Candidate Net favorable Net within party Net among independents Net within other party
Kasich 6 9 11 -4
Rubio -8 47 -12 -46
Sanders 11 51 21 -56
Cruz -18 46 -31 -56
Clinton -18 55 -29 -89
Trump -43 0 -43 -76

Among Indies, Clinton is -29 net negative, while Bernie is +21!
True, among dems, she has 55 and he has 51. What is telling is that Sanders (and Kusich) are the only ones with net positive numbers. Clinton is tied with cruz, and Trump has some real problems in that state.

One other point of interest. Since he dropped out of the presidential nomination race, Scott Walker had a -39 net negative rating. It is the same now. Or the end of February when they ran this poll. I suspect that there has not been much change. Although Bernie signs are popping up, according to my Wisconsin buddies.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Mar 28, 2016, 01:30 PM (25 replies)

Senator Duckworth? SA Foxx?

Actually, we were blessed with three talented, experienced, and worthy candidates.

Duckworth looked and sounded exhausted today on C-Spin. She was questioning Gov. Snyder MI-Reptile this morning. I imagine she has a reasonable excuse.

As for Foxx, Anita will be rewarded by someone in Cook County. But I am really glad Foxx won.

I wonder if Rahm feels the end of his mayorshit from all this.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Mar 17, 2016, 02:19 PM (0 replies)

Gov. Snyder (MI-Reptile) in front of congressional committee LIVE

Wow, just wowser.
Talk about being raked over the coals.

This morning, after playing with puppy and getting a nice dose of sunshine, I turned on CNN (MSNBCLinton is unwatchable these days) and there was the governator of Michigan being absolutely skewered by some congressman who demanded that he resign.

Luckily, I get C-Spin-3, showing the skewering in real time.

At this moment, Rep. COnnolly (D-VA) just showed 8,000 pages of edicts issued by Snyder's emergency managers (after they castrated the city council) issued. And not one deals with the lead issue that they had known of that entire year.

Resignation? Not good enough. CRIMINAL CHARGES? If possible, yes.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Mar 17, 2016, 10:03 AM (14 replies)

Turn out in Cook County - a personal look

Early voting in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) exceeded 114,000 votes. To give you an idea what that means, the next highest early voting turnout ever was 2008, with 89,000 early votes.

I drove past three voting areas, including my own. There were lines waiting to get in at my location. (I voted early) The parking lot at the local courthouse was packed, far more than usual. And there clearly is something in the air. I believe that this election will set records.

Remember, the more people that vote, the better than Bernie does.

Oops, I checked the wrong site.
Already, in Chicago alone, 129,000 early votes, 37% more than any other year.

51,000 in western suburbs. That is HUGE!

While I did see Kirk signs dotting the lawns out here, only one hand made Cruz sign (it was pretty pathetic), NO signs for Trump, and none for Hillary.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Mar 15, 2016, 01:10 PM (24 replies)

Driving for an hour today, I heard 12 political ads, including a Hillary lie.

Three were by Cruz, one by Trump, and two by Hillary. In both ads, she again lied about Bernie and the auto bailout vote. Even the newsie commentator stated that the ad was flawed, given the real facts.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Mar 14, 2016, 01:40 PM (7 replies)

I admire Donald Trump (ahem)

much like I admire the special effects in some Stalone war movie. Lots of explosions, fireworks, blood, death, and noise. And I don't much care for those movies, either.

This time, it is not the violence that follows his appearances like a dog on a leash, but his commentary which seems to attract Newsie attention but without any one with a brain thinking it through. Of course, today's media is either incapable of thinking something through, or taking their attention away from the next shiny object (which these days seems to be another outrageous statement from Herr Trump).

What a stroke of genius, offering to pay for the legal costs of anyone arrested while breaking the skulls of anti-Trump protesters.

There are a couple of points, minor quibbles, actually, but let us skip those and go to the heart of the matter. This is a simple point, but very important. To emphasize just how important, I will type slowly and use all caps.


See? Inciting people to riot, to break bones, to attack someone - those are crimes in every state of the country. Pushing people to break the law is itself illegal, which some conspiracy legal experts can explain better than I. But the underlying point is when Herr Trump promises to pay their legal fees, he is promising nothing. A promise to assist and abet in an illegal activity is against public policy. Because it violates public policy, IT IS UNENFORCEABLE. Any skin head who beats up a protester has absolutely no recourse against trump for his broken promise to pay legal costs. None.

That is why Trump is such a genius on this issue.

He comes close to crossing the line on inciting riots, he makes an unenforceable promise, and he reaps the massive media coverage as a result. The media eats it up, the public is outraged, and his fans are energized. AND IT WILL NEVER COST HIM A PENNY. Especially in legal fees.

Of course Trump knows this. He has used and abused the legal system about as well as it can be used and abused. He knows his promise cannot be enforced. And he loves just how foolish the media looks chasing him on the issue.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sun Mar 13, 2016, 04:37 PM (23 replies)
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