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pilodialcyst 277 posts  |  Last Activity: Jul 6, 2015 4:02 PM Member since: Apr 7, 2004
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  • The Republican Party really wanted to avoid a drawn-out presidential primary like it faced in 2012, but it doesn't look like that's what it's going to get, thanks in large part to the weak campaign finance laws the party otherwise loves. Many of the Republican presidential candidates have a billionaire or at least $100 millionaire funding a super PAC, and that means they'll be able to run serious campaigns and stay in the race even if they don't win the early states:
    “There could be as many as a dozen candidates that have a threshold amount of money in their campaigns and super PACs to compete vigorously in the early states,” said Phil Cox, a Republican strategist who runs America Leads, a super PAC supporting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that has the backing of at least two billionaires. [...]
    Indeed, contenders such as Cruz and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee are crafting long-game strategies, staking their hopes on a wave of Southern state primaries that will not take place until March. Although next year’s compressed primary schedule could intensify the momentum for a front-runner, it could also help a range of contenders pick up delegates if a single leader does not quickly emerge.

    That means it's likely to get bitter, and even the candidates who are now campaigning with an eye on the general election will likely have to veer hard-right to appeal to the Republican base.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • From a good friend:

    There's been a lot of attention lately on California's turnaround. As it turns out, that nonsense about all our jobs moving to Texas was a just Texas-sized whopper. Last year California created about 500,000 jobs to lead the nation in job growth, outpacing the conservative darling Texas.
    Basically, the corporate narrative about California has gone up in smoke. In the last several years, California has done a litany of things that the corporate crowd claims kill jobs. We raised the minimum wage. We raised taxes on the rich with Prop 30 to better fund schools and public safety. We guaranteed paid sick days for all workers. We eliminated the wasteful enterprise zone tax credits for big businesses that cost the state nearly $1 billion per year. We got rid of another tax giveaway to business with Prop 39 and instead funneled those funds into clean energy projects that create good jobs. We strengthened regulations that protect workers and the environment. The list goes on and on.

    So imagine my surprise when I read Joel Fox's blog on Fox & Hounds claiming that the Chamber of Commerce was actually responsible for the job growth in California. Oh, ok. Sure. That makes total sense, Joel. The Chamber constantly derides California as the most anti-business state in the country and now wants to claim credit for our success? That makes about as much sense as that idiotic scheme you participated in during the 2012 election to help the Koch Brothers and their rich, out-of-state friends funnel millions into California to help pass the anti-worker Prop 32 and defeat Prop 30. But, I digress.

    Hidden at the bottom of Fox's inane blog is the one line we should all pay attention to in the context of this argument.

    The Chamber's goal is to keep business costs low to improve the economy statewide.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 25, 2015 10:57 PM Flag

    Stinky; You responded to your post six times. Are you feeling dysphoric today?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • April 24 (Reuters) - Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.

    The 79-year-old reservoir, formed by the building of the Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, was expected to dip below 1,080 feet on Sunday, lower than a previous record of 1,080.19 feet last August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

    Predictions show that on May 31, the reservoir will have dipped again to 1,075 feet, well below its record high levels of around 1,206 feet in the 1980s, according to Bureau of Reclamation data.

    Lake Mead supplies water to agriculture and about 40 million people in Nevada, Arizona, Southern California, and northern Mexico.

    The water source and several other man-made reservoirs springing from the 1,450-mile (2,230-km) Colorado River, have dropped to as low as 45 percent of their capacity as the river suffers a 14th straight year of crippling drought.

    About 96 percent of the water in Lake Mead is from melted snow that falls in "upper basin" states of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming, officials said.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • The former governor and likely GOP presidential candidate predicted that the government will bring “criminal charges” against those who oppose gay rights and pastors who preach against gay marriage.


    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Oddly, the Fox News Liars never reported on this. Why is that?

    A new survey released on Thursday suggests that Affordable Care Act consumers are relatively happy with the insurance that they have purchased. And it's partly for reasons that conservatives would be celebrating -- if only that didn't also mean celebrating “Obamacare.”

    The survey comes from the research firm J.D. Power and Associates. More than 3,000 people who purchased private insurance through one of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces last year participated, representing 11 states. The questions covered a variety of issues -- from quality of customer service to the adequacy of doctor and hospital networks. The survey also solicited opinions about the benefits of the plans and the costs.

    The answers were surprisingly positive, at least by the standards of health insurance in America. J.D. Power uses a numerical index, from zero (low) to 1,000 (high), to measure consumer satisfaction. The figure for Affordable Care Act consumers was 696. To put that in perspective, the figure for people with employer-sponsored insurance -- the source of coverage for most working-age Americans -- was 670.

    The survey found that people who were buying plans for the second consecutive year were more satisfied than those buying for the first time.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    What if.......

    by pilodialcyst Apr 23, 2015 5:24 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 23, 2015 10:17 PM Flag

    12 million voters have their health insurance taken away, is a powerful incentive to runt he GOP out of office.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • A new Quinnipiac poll found that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is now the "frontrunner" (and we use that word loosely) in the Republican race. Here's the breakdown among Republican voters:
    Marco Rubio: 15 percent
    Jeb Bush: 13 percent
    Scott Walker: 11 percent

    None of the 20 or so other candidates break into double digits. But Bush has also differentiated himself in another way—nudging out Chris Christie for the highest negatives:

    Bush tops the “no way” list as 17 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support him. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is next with 16 percent who give him a definite thumbs down, with 10 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

    Hillary Clinton only registered at seven percent in the "no way" category.
    In the general election, at present, Rubio is the best GOP matchup against Clinton—getting 43 percent to Clinton's 45 percent share of national voters. That led Tim Malloy, assistant director of Quinnipiac University Poll, to this conclusion:

    “This is the kind of survey that shoots adrenalin into a campaign. Marco Rubio gets strong enough numbers and favorability ratings to look like a legit threat to Hillary Clinton.”

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst by pilodialcyst Apr 23, 2015 5:24 PM Flag

    SCOTUS gives Republicans their most fervent wish and they kill Obamacare in those states that did not expand Medicaid? The far right lunatics are working very hard to try to convince the Supreme Court, congressional Republicans, and the public that wrecking Obamacare isn't a big deal.

    But the fact that they're working so hard to do so reflects the fact that Republicans are getting really worried that the court is going to grant them their most fervent wish.

    And when it all falls apart, the voter is definitely going to know who to blame.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Former CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to 2 years of probation and a $100,000 fine Thursday for sharing classified material with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, during an extramarital affair in 2011.

    In March, Petraeus agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of removing and retaining classified material.

    The AP has more:

    The plea agreement carried a possible sentence of up to a year in prison. In court papers, prosecutors recommended two years of probation and a $40,000 fine. But Judge David Kessler increased the fine to "reflect seriousness of the offense."
    In court, before being sentenced, Petraeus apologized "for the pain my actions have caused."
    The agreement was filed in federal court in Charlotte, the city where Paula Broadwell, the general's biographer and former lover, lives with her husband and children.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 22, 2015 11:55 AM Flag

    A Constitutional amendment is the only way to overturn Citizens United. It cannot legislatively be overturned because the same right wing lunatics will appeal to the current states-rights, corporatist, religion based thinking SCOTUS. The elimination of money from the political process would strengthen our republic. 19 elderly white men that inherited their wealth now have inordinate influence on political decisions.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Einstein, Newton and Pascal are playing a rousing game of hide and seek. Einstein begins to count to ten. Pascal runs and hides. Newton draws a one meter by one meter square in the ground in front of Einstein then stands in the middle of it. Einstein reaches ten, uncovers his eyes, and exclaims “Newton! I found you! You’re it!” Newton replies “You didn’t find me. You found a Newton over a square meter. You found Pascal!”

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 22, 2015 10:33 AM Flag

    I was the main contributor.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to


    by otis_elevator_ryder Apr 22, 2015 5:53 AM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 22, 2015 10:14 AM Flag

    I see that your elevator is jammed.

    Were you home schooled?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Ryan used to be fun to watch, as his lunacy was going nowhere. Hugely unpopular Medicare as a voucher system, stayed tucked away in the House of Lunatic Republicans. But now that the Senate has Republican majority, those Senators will have to DEFEND the lunacy.

    This is going to be FUN!!!!

    As every House Republican budget has since Paul Ryan hoodwinked too many people into thinking he's a smart guy, this year's budget includes his Medicare voucher scheme, that hugely unpopular gateway to privatizing the program.

    This time, though, Republicans are also in charge of the Senate and that means that they have to actually think about this as a policy they will wholeheartedly endorse and something that could actually be included in legislation that actually passes in both chambers. That they then have to run on in 2016. That's not really working for them.
    The problem is that Senate Republicans must defend 24 seats in 2016 to keep their majority, and they are not excited about jumping into a battle with Democrats over a sensitive entitlement program ahead of the election, particularly when President Obama might veto the proposal in the first place.

    HAAAAAA!!!!! We take back the Senate in 19 months. GUARANTEED!!!!!!

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 22, 2015 9:59 AM Flag

    They're my thoughts that I shared with other authors.

    transparency is the first step in a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 22, 2015 9:53 AM Flag

    Could you give an example?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 22, 2015 9:52 AM Flag

    The first example demonstrates that the author used a debunked story about Clinton. And the author used material from 2012.

    No facts either. Just speculation about "what if..."

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 22, 2015 9:49 AM Flag

    The Senate will vote for her, but the Senate defers to the President's cabinet nominations.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • WASHINGTON -- This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations' political and lobbying activity. Six major companies -- Dean Foods, Eastman Chemical, H&R Block, Marathon Oil, U.S. Steel and Valero Energy -- have already reached agreement with New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees the third largest pension fund in the nation, to adopt political spending disclosure policies in exchange for the comptroller's office withdrawing its resolutions.

    But don't consider that a sign that corporate America is learning to live with transparency. Over the past two years, three of the usual suspects -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers -- have joined together to try to discredit the purpose of disclosure policies and the advocates calling for them.

    Aided by the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, the three big business groups have sought to undercut activist investors and pro-disclosure groups through public campaigns and private meetings with corporate executives.

    Chamber President Tom Donohue put their argument succinctly at a December conference. "They say it's about transparency, that's a laugh. ... The ultimate goal is to ban all corporate political speech and lobbying spending,” he said.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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