Stench of Obama sinks Alvarez campaign for San Diego Mayor

February 12, 2014
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A look at three recent news items in the San Diego mayor’s race:

Feb 9: Mayor’s race a dead heat (47%-46%), poll taken Feb 3 -6.

Feb 8: Obama endorses Alvarez.

Feb 11: Faulconer crushes Alvarez by 9 points.

Alvarez is an earnest young man, and a fresh face.  Faulconer is a boring old moderate Republican.  But like almost every modern Democrat, Alvarez was beholden to the government workers’ union political machine.  Was Obama’s endorsement what cemented that fact in voters minds?  Or is it the cumulative effect of Obamacare, rewriting laws by executive order, NSA wiretapping, and drone strikes on children?

288 Responses to Stench of Obama sinks Alvarez campaign for San Diego Mayor

  1. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Ursus, from his lofty perch, may find these too simple but a couple of articles on AGW.

    http://judithcurry.com/2014/03/04/causes-and-implications-of-the-pause/
    For the past 15+ years, there has been no increase in global average surface temperature, which has been referred to as a ‘hiatus’ in global warming. By contrast, estimates of expected warming in the first several decades of 21st century made by the IPCC AR4 were 0.2C/decade. … The most recent climate model simulations used in the AR5 indicate that the warming stagnation since 1998 is no longer consistent with model projections even at the 2% confidence level.

    I found this interesting as well (not the short blog post, but the article it links to, also the comments following the blog post).
    http://www.transterrestrial.com/?p=53819

    • Ursus maritimus on March 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      It is unnecessary to preface, “from his lofty perch, may find these too simple”, but, no matter. I think that by consistently referring to the year 1998 as her left-most bookend, Judith is setting herself up for a fall. The year 1998 has an unusual peak El Nino, and blew away all records before it. An outlier temp like that isn’t what one would usually choose to anchor one end of a trend (noting here that Judith loves to use the phrase, “hide the decline”, is she trying to hide the incline?). That is, if one were tracking gold prices for personal investment, using the identical graph, one probably wouldn’t include 1998. But, no matter. The earth temp has since equaled or eclipsed 1998, in some instances in the absence of El Nino. If we have those conditions again, but in a peak El Nino year, then 1998 will be blown away, and so will Judith’s arguments. Moreover, Judith is also painting herself in a corner by consistently stating that there has been a pause; whereas, recent published evaluations of ocean heat content, as well as arctic atmospheric temperatures, indicate that there has been no pause. No pause, no argument.

      Judith Curry also recently stated in her testimony in D.C. that the increase in Antarctic sea ice is an argument against AGW; which is bizarre since she has published that the Antarctic ocean temperature is rising, and as a conclusion we should expect an increase in Antarctic sea ice. Thus her published record is counter to her public comments. Not to mention that she ignores the decrease in Antarctic land ice, overall retreat in glacial ice, and profound loss of Greenland and Arctic ocean ice.

      As for that second link, the blogger, Rand Simberg, recently compared Michael Mann to a child molester. No thanks, that level of vitriol shouldn’t be awarded credence.

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 10, 2014 at 7:06 am

        How about the article he links too, not the blogger himself?

        • Urus maritimus on March 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

          There are a range of stances under the denialist tent, ranging from Judith Curry, who believes in AGW, positive feedback, etc, but does not believe that AGW will be sufficiently catastrophic to warrant human intervention; to Warren Meyer, who acknowledges CO2 and AGW, but does not believe that there is positive feedback, and does not think that the cost and feasibility of intervention is worth the price tag; to those that believe that the earth of warming, but humans have little, if anything to do with it; to those that believe that the earth has warmed in the 20th century, due to natural causes, but it has peaked and we are now on the downward slope; those who do not believe in warming, human caused or otherwise; as well as mix and match of the above.

          Warren Meyer’s piece is certainly a poser. As an aside, his intro is tedious, to my mind; and he sets himself up as an open-minded “auditor” of others but not himself. It would be more compelling if he treated his conclusion as a starting hypothesis, and then rigorously test it. For example, does the fact that warming accelerated in the latter 20th century compared to the years prior, not argue for positive feedback? Does he consider negative feedback, such as sulphate aerosols and volcanic eruptions, during the 20th century that might have masked the positive feedback which we are seeing now? Does he consider positive feedback which is only now beginning, such as arctic ice melt and possible arctic methane release. Does he consider the positive feedback component of clouds, in addition to the negative feedback. He also ignores clear evidence of positive feedback from paleoclimatology; specifically, that the transition from glacial to interglacial was dramatically more rapid than the slide back into glacial eras. Google, “abrupt climate events during the glacial to interglacial transition.” Also, methods for measuring the earth temperature are advancing, ocean and atmosphere, leading to revisions in the temperature record.

          Those thoughts are brief, and I will give his piece more consideration.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 12, 2014 at 8:18 am

            Thanks, as always, for a substantive response and your willingness to give sincere consideration to ideas that disagree with the conclusions you’ve reached.

            In the context of Curry and Meyer, I would think “denialist” is perhaps too strong. Their positions seem more nuanced, not a flat-out denial.

  2. Leave a Reply on March 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    People can dispute what is the cause for climate change or if it is real or not. What can’t be disputed is that in the last 10 years glaciers have receded as much as they have in the last 100 years. In the last 10 years there have been more super storms than in the last 100 years.

    If you don’t find the numbers convincing you might believe your lying eyes.

    Ryan misrepresenting numbers on the economy. Traitors like Jim getting their dicks hard for Putin the dictator. Issa blowing millions investigating fantasies. Where a Cuban Canadian Latino can reinvent himself as an immigrant-hating white supremacist. Where people who spend their whole lives working for the government calling for a smaller government.

    The GOP is becoming a parody of itself.

    • Ken_phd on March 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Jim:

      There’s that draft again. Did someone forget to close a window?

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

        Yeah, so self-righteous.
        That might be a tip-off to a sentient being that perhaps…just perhaps…

      • Pluto on March 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        Get a room without windows you two.

        • RedStateGal on March 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

          Just a thought – when you set ice cream or an ice cube out at room temp, it melts slowly at first, then BOOM it melts quickly. Because the object has come to room temperature! How is this hard or difficult to understand?

          • Wilson on March 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

            Just a thought – when you set ice cream or an ice cube out at room temp, it melts slowly at first, then BOOM it melts quickly. Because the object has come to room temperature! How is this hard or difficult to understand?

            Say what? Are you saying that glaciers are ice cubes or ice cream? If so, what was the freezer that they came out of, to be placed at room temperature? The last ice age was your freezer? Because, no, that is incorrect, you will have to give it some more thought, RedStateGal.

  3. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 5, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    One Texas Dem candidate for US Senate is not like the others.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/199721-texas-dems-scramble-to-stop-larouche-candidate
    The poll of the five-way Democratic race didn’t have any candidate topping the 50 percent threshold to avoid a May runoff. … Rogers was leading Alameel … by a 35 percent to 27 percent margin. Scherr was third with 15 percent.
    … Rogers … positions [include] impeaching President Obama, repealing ObamaCare … the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act … and has a detailed plan for space exploration and harnessing thermonuclear fusion energy. In the past, she’s drawn Hitler mustaches on Obama posters and likened ObamaCare to practices of Nazi doctors.

  4. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Dem Congressman Alan Grayson gets restraining order after charges of domestic violence.
    However, so far he has not pulled a “Ted Kennedy”, a “Mayor Filner”, or a “Bill Clinton” on her.
    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-03-04/news/os-alan-grayson-domestic-violence-wife-20140304_1_alan-grayson-petition-incident
    “According to the petition, Lolita Grayson was preparing to take the couple’s two youngest children to a play date when Alan Grayson “showed up, unannounced” and asked to speak with her inside.

    After she refused, retrieved his mail and asked him to leave, Alan Grayson “then deliberately and with force pushed [Lolita Grayson] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result,” the petition states.

    She told her husband not to touch her, then pushed him in the face and kneed him in the stomach “in order to protect and defend herself” before calling 911, her petition says.

    As she was talking to the operator, Alan Grayson told his wife, in the presence of their children, that she “would receive nothing” in their divorce and would be left “in the gutter,” the petition states.

    Photos filed by Lolita Grayson’s attorneys with the petition show large bruises to her left leg and left shoulder.

    Her complaint alleges that “from time to time” in the past, her husband “has battered [her]“

    • Lady F. on March 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Dear me, Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA, before you get too hyperbolic, please come back down to earth:

      “At no time did my father hit or push my mother,” Skye Grayson, 18, said in her statement. “In fact, my father backed away from my mother when she became physically aggressive.”

      Not mention the video and second witness, dear Jim!

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        Sure, let’s blame the victim. So the daughter didn’t see the father hit the mom, did the daughter see the whole thing from start to finish?

        Do you stand with this guy too?
        http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/08/san-diego-mayor-bob-filner-resigns-then-blames-lynch-mob/

        • Pluto on March 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm

          “Sure, let’s blame the victim.”

          But, Jim, you are choosing the victim based upon your partisan political beliefs.

          Your stance was the opposite in the Zimmerman/girlfriend case, was it not?

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

            You really don’t get it, do you?
            When I echo this stuff back at you the same way you put it out in the first place, you get all exasperated. You’re all like ‘who could believe this drivel’ … hey. Look in a mirror bub.

            Plus Zimmerman was a registered Dem. So, you have that going for the thesis, too.

    • Ken_phd on March 6, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Jim:

      I finally found the source of the draft. My dog, Pluto, had locked himself in the bathroom and broke a window. He also pooped all over the place. What a mess!

      Pluto! Bad dog!

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 6, 2014 at 8:03 am

        Heh :)
        Roll up that newspaper and apply it to the part of this dog which can learn!

        • Pluto on March 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

          Yeah, I chose that screen name a few years ago, because I knew that the conservatives on this web blog would attack it, and the thought of them attacking the name of the Disney character, Pluto, was funny at the time.

          Got at it, Jim.

          • Pluto on March 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

            Should be, “Go at it, Jim”.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

            Has.The.Newspaper.Been.Applied?
            How’s.Ur.anus,Pluto?
            Hope.You.Heal.Soon.

      • Pluto on March 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

        Ken has a dog named Pluto, and he can’t house-break it, who’d a guessed.

  5. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Obama nominee and supporter of cop-killer Mumia flames out in the Senate: not supported by Dem senators.
    NPR reports that a group of white Southern Dem senators were responsible. They’ve since dropped the geo error in their report but here is the list of Dems:
    Chris Coons (Del.) <<< Southern?
    Bob Casey (Pa.), <<< Southern?
    Mark Pryor (Ark.),
    Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), <<< Southern?
    Joe Manchin (W.V.), <<< Southern?
    Joe Donnolly (Ind.) <<< Southern?
    John Walsh (Mont.) <<< Southern?

    See what happens when the public schools stop teaching American History and start teaching Political Correctness?

    The white-washing is discussed in the comments here and an audio recording is provided to the original verbiage.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/372697/handful-what-now-jonah-goldberg
    https://vine.co/v/MAEd6lD9vbU

    • Pluto on March 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Obama nominee and supporter of cop-killer Mumia flames

      You know, Jim, Chief Justice John Roberts once pro bono represented a murderer.

      Please explain your double standard.

      • Ken_phd on March 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm

        Pluto! Down boy! Look at you! You’re getting poop all over the place.

        Bad dog! Out you go!!

        • Pluto on March 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

          Strange thing though, I remember when you first started posting here, even then you always erupted like a rottweiler. The internet is insular, like a car on the road, and the mild-mannered “past-having-doubters” like yourself succumb to road rage.

          • Ken_phd on March 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

            ” the mild-mannered “past-having-doubters” like yourself ”

            woof, woof.

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

        “John Roberts once pro bono represented a murderer.”
        I would say it is different to represent an accused person, esp one who can’t afford to pay legal fees and needs representation in order to have a fair trial.
        It is something else to lionize a killer, give press conferences saying the killer is a political prisoner and do your best to make him a hero.
        But don’t let rational thought get in the way of your bigotry.

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

          But be sure to ask those Confederate Dem Senators for _their_ reasons in voting to reject the guy.
          That’s the key bit, right? Not the opinion of some right-wing guy on what Mark J calls a back-water conservative blog.

          • Pluto on March 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

            “Not the opinion of some right-wing guy…”

            Didn’t ask your opinion. Just commenting on how your opinion is partisan.

            “But be sure to ask those Confederate Dem Senators for _their_ reasons in voting to reject the guy.”

            Change of subject. The subject was lawyers doing their job. That said, you seem to be implying that the “Confederate” Dem Senators voted to reject for the same reason as the Confederate Repub Senators.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 5:41 pm

            No, moron, you changed the subject.
            I posted an article about the vote in the Senate and noted how it was framed by NPR as “Southern” senators. Which was total nonsense but typical for the MSM.
            You got triggered to go off on a tangent about Roberts acting as a lawyer for a killer. You do that a lot. You don’t seem to think. You just react immediately like a salivating dog. It’s like you have a list of talking points that you apply to any issue.

          • Pluto on March 8, 2014 at 4:51 am

            No, moron, you changed the subject. I posted an article about the vote in the Senate and noted how it was framed by NPR as “Southern” senators. Which was total nonsense but typical for the MSM.

            Oh, I see, my mistake, you changed the subject earlier, and were referring back to your previous changing of the subject.

            You do that a lot. You don’t seem to think. You just react immediately like a salivating dog. It’s like you have a list of talking points that you apply to any issue.

            That is funny, because that is precisely the trolls opinion of you, Jim! We have been gently nudging you to not knee-jerk react to your steady diet of right wing talking points. We are helping you to chip away at the inside of that bubble. It’s a good thing, Jim, break free, like Willie!

  6. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 6, 2014 at 8:22 am

    “man, you have to be a SuperNerd to get this joke”
    “Or, you know, stayed awake in school.”

    http://blog.robballen.com/Post/16481/you-can-blame-tam-for-this-one

  7. Mad Dog on March 7, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Pluto is a disgrace to dogs everywhere.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Got demoted from the list of planets too.

  8. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Some ObamaCare numbers coming in.
    To me, it is still looking like there will be fewer people covered at the end of the day than when O’care started. More people got cancellations for policies they liked but Obama doesn’t, than have signed up.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/200145-study-obamacare-not-reaching-the-previously

    One commenter:
    Old storyline: If you oppose ObamaCare, you want uninsured people to die!!!!
    New storyline: Meh, there were always going to be a lot of people left uncovered, but most of ‘em don’t want insurance anyway.

  9. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    A tweet reminds us of a useful factoid:
    Bush: 96 straight months UNDER 6.5% unemployment.
    Obama: 64 straight months OVER 6.5% unemployment.

    • Pluto on March 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Nice spin. Another way of looking at it is that Bush destroyed the economy handed to him, whereas Obama has improved the economy handed to him.

      Republicans: 64 straight months sitting on their thumbs, cheering for failure.

      Who would have thought that the GOP, crippled with ODS, would be cheering for Russia and invasion of another country?

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 7, 2014 at 5:44 pm

        Yeah, we _could_ look at it that way.
        Wouldn’t be true though. “Woof woof”.

        I hear Pavlov calling you, Pluto.

        • pavlolvs dawgy on March 8, 2014 at 1:42 am

          How many terror attacks on homeland America under Bush?
          How many terror attacks on homeland America under Obama?

          What was the unemployment rate when Obama took office?
          What is the unemployment rate now?

          WOOF WOOF!

          • Pluto on March 8, 2014 at 5:02 am

            In the days after Obama won the election in 2008 the comments on this blog were all some variation of: buy gold, guns and ammo. One apoplectic commenter said that he was going to start tipping at 7.5%.

            In other words, the conservative half of America was checking out of the economy, the extreme conservatives even more so, and weren’t going to participate in recovery of the devastation that Bush wrought on the economy.

            It was like burning the fields and towns in retreat.

            Conservatives have been sitting on their thumbs since 2008, in hopes that they can create ashes which they can use as argument and background for their rising.

            Fact.

            Woof. Woof.

  10. jackie blue on March 8, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Please don’t respond to the troll. It thrives on your engagement. Cut off the oxygen.

    The unemployment rate is actually greater than 11%–the official number has long been an established Washington joke. A better metric is participation in the economy as a percentage of the population.

    No one other than ideologue leftists believes the economy has recovered in any sense whatsoever. There is no data to support it. It has been and continues and will continue to be a trudge along the bottom.

    What sane person would risk capital in this environment?

    • Pluto on March 8, 2014 at 4:42 am

      What sane person would risk capital in this environment?

      Actually, the right wingers left the economy as soon as Obama was elected.

      They would rather “cut off the oxygen” and have America fail, then have it thrive under Obama.

      Treasonous?

      Yes.

    • Pluto on March 8, 2014 at 5:08 am

      “Please don’t respond to the troll. It thrives on your engagement.”

      I can always get you to respond, jackie blue, and I am sure that I have many times in the past when you posted by your other pseudonyms.

      All I have to do is post the truth, and you folks start sputtering spittle.

      You folks are all out on the far right wing fringe, but you never wonder why the fringe has little company. The fringe is insulated.

  11. Ken_phd on March 8, 2014 at 7:48 am

    “All I have to do is post the truth, and you folks start sputtering”

    Pluto! Stay! Good dog. Stay! (owner walks 10 feet away) Now come Pluto! Come!

    Oh no! You’ve crapped all over the place! Down boy! Down! You smell like you’ve rolled in it. Get off of me!

    No bone for you tonight!

  12. I AM on March 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

    The sad truth for the GOP is their record is indefensible and they know it. That’s why the new strategy has been don’t go head to head speaking on televisions shows and only appear on party friendly programs. It is no secret that the GOP strategy is to have fewer debates so they don’t get caught out speaking their so called mind.

    This thread has been the perfect example. Jim brings up numbers that get crushed as the pure idiocy they are known to be by people living in a fact based world (outside the bubble) and some other party nob chimes in with numbers don’t mean anything.

    The GOP is a joke. It’s time as viable party is done. Unless there are some major reforms it will never win another national election.

  13. Stan on March 9, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Wow. Poli hasn’t posted in weeks. The trolls have the few remaining regulars all lathered up, in a tizzy. The likelihood of reinforcements is bleak, and they can defend the indefensible only so long.

    What say we just shut her down? Turn out the lights?

  14. Mad Dog on March 9, 2014 at 5:28 am

    The last two posts establish beyond peradventure that the left is morally and intellectually bankrupt.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Precisely.
      Don’t you just love it how the person believes himself to be this gadfly who nips the evil right-wingers and will ultimately get them to question their beliefs?

      When, actually, the exact opposite is happening :)

      He has us all thinking “Man, this is all they got? Deeply unintelligent, with little knowledge or critical thinking skills and no discernible charm. To put it in a nutshell: a rather stupid person with unconvincing arguments. Yah, that’s gonna turn me around.” :)

      • I AM on March 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

        The absolute hilarity of someone conceiving of Mad Dog as anything other than the simpleton it is. Only at Polipundit.

        Thanks Jim you made my day.

        Also love how actual facts and figures are unconvincing to you. Proving that all the GOP has is emotion & belief. Facts and figures with context be damned.

    • Lady F. on March 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Speaking of intellectually bankrupt, Mad Dog will now try get the last post on this thread.

  15. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

    For large numbers of people, a higher standard of living results from getting welfare as opposed to work. Labor force participation (the lack of) is all that keeps the unemployment numbers anywhere close to tolerable.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-08/demise-american-dream-2-charts

  16. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Labor unions notice ObamaCare is bad for jobs.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/liberal-labor-union-makes-republican-arguments-against-obamacare/article/2545316
    A new labor union research report offers a scathing indictment of how Obamacare affects middle-class workers. The report features a series of arguments that conservatives have long made about the law, right down to mentioning the language of “unintended consequences.”

  17. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Iowahawk:
    How many friends and/or business associates do you have in federal prison? Compare your answer to the president of the United States.

    • Lady F. on March 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Oh, no, this website has gone to the dogs, so to speak, now Jim is speaking to his imaginary friend, Iowahawk. At least you didn’t use smiley faces, that would be creepy.

  18. jackie blue on March 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I think ‘gadfly’ is the perfect description, Jim.

    What a sad, creepy thing it is.

    • jackie blue is sad and creepy on March 10, 2014 at 1:58 am

      jackie blue is a little bit obsessed

  19. Ken_phd on March 10, 2014 at 5:39 am

    OK Pluto, one more lesson as a guard dog. Don’t let any strangers into the yard, OK?
    (Owner leaves and home is ransacked when he returns)

    What the hell? Where’s my guard dog Pluto? Pluto? Pluto? Here boy!
    What’s that I see? You’ve been busy curled up behind the garage sniffing your own behind.

    Stupid dog!

    • Fido on March 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Ken is obsessed with dogs.

      rrrrrrrrRRRRUUUFFF!

  20. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 10, 2014 at 9:37 am
    • Fido on March 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Conservatives and Putin should just get a room.

      • Jake on March 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        “Conservatives and Putin should just get a room.”

        No kidding. For a bunch of homophobic bigots they sure enjoy their homoerotic fantasies.

        • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm

          Clearly Jake did not read the article.
          It is possible to contrast two things without approving of one and disapproving of the other. For example, you might like both, or hate both but find them quite different.
          These kinds of subtle distinctions are often lost on the black/white perspective of leftie partisans.

          And as far as getting a room, keep in mind that Thomas Friedman and other NY Times lib columnists wish America could be more like China so they could clamp down on those awful righties.
          And look up Walter Duranty sometime. He covered for Stalin’s murders.
          Thomas Friedman “Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.
          One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages.”

          • FrankGC on March 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm

            Fact remains, conservatives don’t have any answers for the invasion of Crimea, but they do have glee for the opportunity to try to pin it all on Obama. Fact remains, conservatives have no arguments for how the outcome in Crimea might have been different if McCain or Romney or Bush or, heaven forbid, Cruz were in office. The current GOP is a bunch of empty suits.

          • Jake on March 11, 2014 at 4:07 am

            Of course I didn’t read whatever asinine article you linked to. I responded to Fido’s claim that stands perfectly fine on its own.

            The past few weeks, the Reichwing scurried from beneath their rocks, swarming whatever medium would give them voice, to wax poetic the bare-chested virility of Putin. It was akin to watching the Top Gun volleyball scene in super slow-motion. Your side has some serious issues.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 11, 2014 at 7:17 am

            Funny how you liberal fascists are quick to denounce Hitler but are mum when it comes to Stalin or Mao.
            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/opinion/16iht-eddikotter16.html?_r=2&amp;

          • Jake on March 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

            Liberal fascists? Is that like Bible-thumpin’ atheists?

  21. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    More info on the topic of research, peer reviews and etc. Not coming to any specific conclusions, just adding some more data to the discussion.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/07/science/when-studies-are-wrong-a-coda.html?ref=science&_r=0
    My first Raw Data column, published in January, was about the controversy over irreproducibility — experiments whose outcomes cannot be verified independently by another lab.

    http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0020124
    There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/science/new-truths-that-only-one-can-see.html
    It has been jarring to learn in recent years that a reproducible result may actually be the rarest of birds.

    • Wilson on March 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Unfortunately, the study showing that most current published research findings are false could not be replicated…

      • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

        Heh :)

  22. Christie Derangement Syndrome on March 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    David Samson Subpoenaed By Federal Prosecutors In N.Y., Reports Say

  23. jackie blue on March 11, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Of all the political websites that I visit, both left and right, the resident troll here is without question the most disturbing and demented individual I have ever encountered. And that is saying something.

    I seriously hope it seeks the mental help it needs.

    • jackie blue is a little obsessed on March 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      jackie blue is a little obsessed with trolls, hiding behind pseudonyms.

      I seriously hope it seeks the mental help it needs.

  24. Ken_phd on March 11, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Jackie:

    “is without question the most disturbing and demented individual I have ever encountered.”

    Believe it or not, I’ve seen worse. However, he does seen delusional regarding his “research scientist” claims.

    • ken_phd is a little obsessed on March 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      ken is a little more than obsessed with trolls and, in a new twist, a “research scientist”.

      ken used to post on polipundit once every couple of weeks or so, a single post here and there, but now his obsession drives him to post every day, attacking his internet foes. Spittle flecks his computer screen. A strange way to spend one’s twilight years.

      Believe it or not, I’ve seen worse, but not by much.

  25. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 11, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Dem donor pleads guilty.
    Predicted response from trolls “[sputter][snort][Koch Bros]”
    http://freebeacon.com/democratic-donor-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-campaign-donations/
    “A major Democratic donor pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations to federal and local politicians”

  26. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 11, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Bumper sticker on yuppie Volvo outside a Whole Foods.
    OMG, reality is setting in!
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/yes-we-can-can-can/

    Large: Yes We Can
    Small: bankrupt america

  27. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Numbers starting to solidify.
    In the end, will O’care cause a net drop of people with health insurance? The number of policy cancellations due to policies which don’t meet O’care requirements appears to be bigger than the signups….let alone the signups who actually paid.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/obamacare-sign-ups-fail/

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      As the Brits put it “Wotinell?”
      Has the Obama Admin secretly repealed ObamaCare?
      http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304250204579433312607325596
      ObamaCare’s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty.

      This latest political reconstruction has received zero media notice, and the Health and Human Services Department didn’t think the details were worth discussing in a conference call, press materials or fact sheet. Instead, the mandate suspension was buried in an unrelated rule that was meant to preserve some health plans that don’t comply with ObamaCare benefit and redistribution mandates. Our sources only noticed the change this week.

      That seven-page technical bulletin includes a paragraph and footnote that casually mention that a rule in a separate December 2013 bulletin would be extended for two more years, until 2016. Lo and behold, it turns out this second rule, which was supposed to last for only a year, allows Americans whose coverage was cancelled to opt out of the mandate altogether.

  28. jackie blue on March 12, 2014 at 4:35 am

    The strategy, I believe, is twofold–first and foremost, delay past the elections (both midterms and 2016) to try to ensure Democratic hold on political power (always the primary objective) while slowly allowing the idea of government healthcare to sink into the LIV population. Then gradually turn the thumbscrews.

    It’s completely unconstitutional, of course, but then again that train has long since left the station. And if it fails, this crowd will all be out of office and can blame their successors. Win-win.

    • Wilson on March 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      “Then gradually turn the thumbscrews.”

      In what way? What is the next step?

      “It’s completely unconstitutional, of course”

      How so?

      “Democratic hold on political power(always the primary objective)”

      Or, to prevent the consequences of the other side being empowered.

  29. Ken_phd on March 12, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Pluto, sit! Pluto, stay! Good dog!

    Oh-uh, there’s a research scientist ! Sic em, Pluto!
    Grrrr *%#&%&*#$%#

    Good dog!

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 12, 2014 at 8:22 am

      :)
      Notice how the sock-puppets have settled on the word “obsessed”?
      That seems more likely to apply to the writer himself than to the people he is trying criticize. Quite sad, really.

      • The Trolls on March 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm

        Notice how the sock-puppets have settled on the word “obsessed”?

        You are clearly obsessed.

  30. jackie blue on March 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I agree. I feel sorry for the troll. What a terrible way to live.

    • The Trolls on March 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Yeah, sad. Sort of like you, slinking back to Polipundit under a new name, too cowardly to post under your old name.

  31. the Dog Owner on March 13, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I think pushing anti-science is a winner for the GOP. Also pointing out the superiority of the white race over that of Hispanics and Blacks. Those along with the panacea for all else that is wrong Ie; lowering taxes.

    3 simple points sure to bring election victory. Paul Palin 2016. A.K.A Pee Pee.

  32. the Dog Owner on March 13, 2014 at 3:07 am

    The Real Numbers On ‘The Obamacare Effect’ Are In-Now Let The Crow Eating Begin

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2014/03/10/the-real-numbers-on-the-obamacare-effect-are-in-now-let-the-crow-eating-begin/

  33. Ken_phd on March 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

    The Dog Owner:

    Nice try, troll.

    Richard Ungar “I also serve as a Democratic strategist with Mercury Public Affairs.”

    • Wilson on March 13, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Numbers don’t lie, 64% of Americans wish to keep Obamacare.

      Tone deaf, the GOP has held almost 50 votes; 15% of their time, amounting to millions in salary; and over $50 million of taxpayers’ money, to repeal Obamacare.

      • Ken_phd on March 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        Pluto:

        “Numbers don’t lie, 64% of Americans wish to keep Obamacare.”

        64%?

        Then the Dems will have no problem in retaking the House and holding the Senate. Better get those talking points out, bub.

  34. Wilson on March 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    “Then the Dems will have no problem in retaking the House and holding the Senate.”

    Strange logic and comment. The midterm elections hinge on voter turn-out, and those 36% of disenfranchised voters can sway, despite the fact that they have less than zero percent chance of overturning Obamacare.

    “Better get those talking points out, bub.”

    Unfortunately, the reality that Obamacare is working and supported by 64% of the population, can be offset by the negative, hysterical claim that the country is going communist. The disenfranchised LIV might take the day this fall.

  35. ATTILA727 on March 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Is poli dead?

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

      The “About” section of the blog has a set of contact emails.
      You could ping them to see?

    • The Ken and Jim show on March 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      IP727:

      poli might be gone, but the blog lives on as the Ken and Jim show. Now it is mostly posts highlighting the unhinged right wing regarding Obamacare. Ken is hot air blowhard and spittle, but Jim is all right.

      What say, IP727, Maybe you could contribute with one of your moronic limericks, or refer to Obama as Kunta Kinte, like you used to do?

  36. Ken_phd on March 14, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Pluto:

    “Unfortunately, the reality that Obamacare is working and supported by 64% of the population,”

    Any Democrat that campaigns on Obamacare should win in a landslide IF the 64% support number is correct. The Democrats have very well funded voter turnout efforts. Why the concern? Perhaps the 64% number is actually 6.4%?

    • Ken is obsessed with dogs on March 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      “Any Democrat that campaigns on Obamacare should win in a landslide IF the 64% support number is correct.”

      There is no reason to campaign on Obamacare, because it is the law of the land and 64% support it.

      There is, however, reason for right wingers to campaign against it, even though there is 0% chance of repeal, because disenfranchised fear of communism and other monsters under the bed will motivate the base to the polling booth.

      Obama was elected in 2008, and ever since then the disenfranchised right wing has been flecking spittle.

      Much like you.

  37. Ken_phd on March 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Pluto:

    Evidently Rep Hastings feels like you do. Lemmings, full speed ahead!

    “Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) even suggested Democrats talk about “what we should’ve done in the first place — single payer,” he said, referring to a far more progressive option for health care reform. Asked if Obamacare would turn out loyal Democrats this fall, he said, “No, no, no. Not at all.””

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/obamacare-affordable-care-act-david-jolly-alex-sink-florida-elections-2014-104603_Page2.html#ixzz2vwvIGHbt

  38. Ken_phd on March 14, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Pluto:

    Even a self proclaimed “research scientist* like yourself should be able to understand the facts.

    “The reality has been shocking even to the biggest Obamacare detractors. A McKinsey Report estimates that just 10 percent of the roughly 4 million enrollees in the ACA are people that did not previously have health insurance. Just 1 in 10!”

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101492996

    • Ken is obsessed with dogs on March 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      “Pluto: Even a self proclaimed “research scientist*…”

      Snap out of it, Ken!

      Now you are obsessed with dogs AND “research scientists*”! With an asterisk, no less, it must mean something in your odd world. Plus, you are conflating dogs and scientists…as a foil to be unhinged about Obamacare! Strange, very strange indeed.

      Snap out if it, Ken!

      • Ken_phd on March 14, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        Pluto:

        “Now you are obsessed with dogs AND “research scientists”

        Ah, yes. The unemployed TV repairman checks in.

  39. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Pluto, Alcee, this fellow Ungar and Rep. Nancy Pelosi ALL agree that ObamaCare is popular!
    So we have those data points.

    I’m kinda going with this outlook though.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/10/branco-cartoon-delay-and-conquer/

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Here’s the Pelosi analysis.
      http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/200708-pelosi-obamacare-wont-hurt-dems
      “Pelosi insisted GOP attacks would backfire and that Democrats would embrace ObamaCare on the campaign trail.
      She said Democrat Alex Sink’s loss to Republican David Jolly in Florida on Tuesday was an anomaly …”

      So this is some of the stuff I’ve gleaned from articles about the Sink(D) vs Jolly(R) race.
      1) Sink is a former statewide office holder and candidate for Gov in the state. Big name recognition, lots more money, lots of support from the Nat’l Dem org, support from outside groups, the only woman in the race
      2) There was a 3rd party candidate who got 5% of the vote and split the Repub vote
      3) Jolly is not well known, a staffer who lived in WashDC for the last few years, out of the district for all that time, his divorce finalized a couple of months ago, his new g/f is referred to as a “child bride” due to her age, ran a poor campaign EXCEPT he hammered ObamaCare
      4) All polls and expert opinion picked Sink
      5) Jolly won easily.

  40. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

    More state exchange problems.
    A lot of Blue states spent huge amounts of tax dollars and delivered poorly functioning sites. But I think a lot of Dem donors got the contracts so, hey.
    http://bostonherald.com/business/healthcare/2014/03/connector_failures_detailed_in_not_for_public_release_report

    “Stunning new details concerning the disastrous launch of Obamacare in Massachusetts

    But unbeknownst to even some members the Connector board, MITRE completed an additional 32-page report dated Feb. 25 that has yet to be made public and was only 
released to the Herald this week after repeated requests. The report is labeled “NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE” on the top and bottom of each page.
    Among the findings not included in the Feb. 6 report, but reviewed yesterday by experts who evaluated the new revelations:
    •   There was never any actual performance testing of the website before it went live Oct. 1
    [lots more]

  41. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Obama threatens to veto bills that require him to obey the law.
    Ya know, he’s a law grad. He should have come across the Constitutional ban on “titles of nobility” sometime during his studies.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-threatens-vetoes-of-bills-requiring-him-to-follow-the-law/article/2545545

  42. Ken_phd on March 14, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Mr. “Research Scientist”:

    By all means, let’s hear more about the 64% of the population that wants Obamacare. A smart fellow like yourself should be able to look up and cite independent polling results.

    Kinda makes your “research scientist” claim look a little bogus. Perhaps you meant “unemployed TV repairman”?

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Those big “Trinitron” tube TVs take mad skills to repair. But, you’re right, those skills are not so much in demand anymore.

    • Stan on March 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      “let’s hear more about the 64% of the population that wants Obamacare”

      There’s this thing called “google”.

      You should learn about it.

      • Jim,MtnViewCa,USA on March 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm

        Weak.

        • Jim is weak on March 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm

          Translation: Jim wants others to do his homework.

  43. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Afaict, Dems aspire to create a society like that envisioned in the book 1984. Be part of the Inner Party if at all possible, else join the Outer Party. Despise the proles.

    Dem mayor of San Jose CA notices that poor and middle class people are being taxed to pay big bucks so that city employees get retirement benefits way above what the taxpayers themselves have.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-san-jose-generous-pensions-for-city-workers-come-at-expense-of-nearly-all-else/2014/02/25/3526cd28-9be7-11e3-ad71-e03637a299c0_story.html?hpid=z3
    “Here in the wealthy heart of Silicon Valley, the roads are pocked with potholes, the libraries are closed three days a week and a slew of city recreation centers have been handed over to nonprofit groups. Taxes have gone up even as city services are in decline”

    Dem mayor of Chicago, IL suggests they might need to double property taxes to pay for gov’t employee pensions.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/12/Chicago-Mayor-Warns-of-Doubled-Property-Taxes-to-Fund-Spiraling-Pension-Costs
    “The shortfall to the pensions amounts to $7,100 per Chicago resident. … if something else isn’t done, Mayor Emanuel is warning that he’ll have to double property taxes to fund the payment.

    • Stan on March 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      “Afaict, Dems aspire to create a society like that envisioned in the book 1984.”

      Or, more likely, not.

  44. Ken_phd on March 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

    To the “unemployed TV repairman” (aka UTR):

    Obamacare repealed? In 2014? Who’s left to pay for the program?

    ” To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty.”

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304250204579433312607325596?mod=trending_now_4

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 11:21 am

      “last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance”

      Hey! Maybe _that_ is the reason for O’Care’s new-found popularity!

  45. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Far left Rachel Maddow Show of MSNBC sees O’Care “inching up” in popularity though still short of 50% acceptance.
    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/polls-show-growing-support-obamacare
    “Maybe this is partly the result of a partisan backlash over Republicans shutting down the government over their contempt for the law.”
    Okayyyy…..I’m still going with this over that analysis
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/10/branco-cartoon-delay-and-conquer/

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      We saw that being against O’Care brought success to a Repub in Florida.
      Here’s a similar note from Nebraska.
      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/6/anti-obamacare-proves-winning-strategy-nebraska-go/
      “Want to know the power of opposing Obamacare? Look at the Nebraska Senate race, where Ben Sasse, a political newcomer, has come from out of nowhere to land in a virtual tie in the polls with former state Treasurer Shane Osborne.”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      HuffPo is discouraged.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/23/polls-obamacare_n_4494074.html
      “It’s been a tough year for Obamacare in the eyes of the public. The law, which began the year with a net approval rating of about -4, ends it at closer to -14″

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Ouch. A 46 point drop since rollout.
      http://washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-favorability-rating-down-a-net-46-points-since-time-of-passage-among-uninsured/article/2543171
      “…the program is becoming increasingly unpopular among the uninsured — the very group it was intended to benefit the most.

      According to the January version of the monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, just 24 percent of uninsured adults under 65 have a favorable view of the health care law, while 47 percent, or nearly double, have an unfavorable view. In April 2010, the same survey taken weeks after Obama signed the health care legislation into law, 50 percent had a favorable view, compared to 27 percent had an unfavorable view. On a net basis, that’s a 46-point drop in favorability.”

  46. Jackie on March 15, 2014 at 6:10 am

    It’s going to be time for another election in San Diego before we get another thread.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on March 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Heh.
      I’ve emailed to the addresses listed for Poli and WC.
      If I get a response…I will let you know.

  47. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I wonder if the popularity of obamacare will help this Dem incumbent.
    This is astonishing for several reasons. Rahall, first elected in 1976, is now the seventh most senior member of the House, with three of the more senior members retiring (John Dingell, Henry Waxman, George Miller) and another with a serious primary challenge (Charlie Rangel). Moreover, his district in southern West Virginia has historically been very Democratic; in its previous boundaries it voted for Walter Mondale over Ronald Reagan in 1984. Rahall won in 1976 by 46 percent to 37 percent over Ken Hechler, his predecessor in the seat, who after losing a Democratic primary for governor ran as a write-in candidate; the Republican nominee received only 18 percent of the vote. From 1978 to 2008, Rahall was re-elected with at least 64 percent of the vote, except in 1990 when he beat Republican Marianne Brewster by only 52 percent to 48 percent.

    Full article
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/astonishing-poll-shows-38-year-democratic-congressman-down-14-points/article/2545693

  48. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Even some Dems lean towards allocating more water for farmers!!
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/sen-feinstein-changes-course-on-californias-water-problems/

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