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  • Alan Grayson announced this morning that, despite the strong efforts of the Democratic establishment to push Patrick Murphy, a recently-switched Democrat, as the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat left open by Marco Rubio's presidential race, he's running.

    Naturally, the D.C. Dems are flinging all kinds of mud to smear him (including one story about his investment fund). I was on a call with him last night and he explained the allegations in great detail. I don't think he'll have a problem.

    He pointed out last night that every time the establishment Dems try to run someone in Florida who's more of a Republican (which Patrick Murphy was until not that long ago), Democrats don't even bother coming out to vote. He won't have that problem.

    Republicans just hate him. He's running, and he intends to win. Send him money, he'll need it.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Harry Reid=Donald Trump

    by eatatjoesforadvices Jul 9, 2015 12:45 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 9, 2015 12:47 PM Flag


    Tell me drooler, which person is running for President and which person is retiring?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Yesterday Jeb Bush offered his boldest solution yet for the economy. In an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, he said a way to get 4 percent growth is “people need to work longer hours.”

    As a matter of fact, most Americans are already working long hours. The average workweek for salaried workers is 47 hours. Hourly workers are putting in even more time. Contract workers, free-lancers, and temp workers are working longer hours than ever. Most part-time workers are doing more than one part-time job.

    The problem for most Americans isn’t work hours. It’s wages.

    Wages are still stuck in the mud.

    Half of Americans are earning less now than they did 30 years ago, adjusted for inflation. Almost all the economic gains have been going to the top. But Bush is against increasing the minimum wage or doing anything else that would raise Americans’ pay. Jeb’s Bushonomics is as bad as his brother’s.


    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst by pilodialcyst Jul 11, 2015 9:45 AM Flag

    Nope, it's John Kasich, governor of Ohio. He is the least insane of the candidates. Kasich is an outlier among Republicans less for what he believes about immigration and more for what he’s willing to say and how he’s willing to say it.

    Like most of the field, he’s not pushing a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants who are currently in the country illegally. Unlike many of his rivals, though, Kasich is vocal about not ruling it out completely. “I don’t like the idea of citizenship when people jump the line, [but] we may have to do it,” he said at the Republican Governors Association late last year.

    “Everybody in this country has to feel as though they have an opportunity.” Asked about his views on the unofficial campaign trail this past week in South Carolina, Kasich remained on message: “I’m not for it, but I wouldn’t take it off the table because I want to get an immigration deal.”

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Who really terrifies the RNC?

    by pilodialcyst Jul 11, 2015 9:45 AM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 11, 2015 10:48 AM Flag

    How did you jump to the conclusion that Kasich is an acceptable alternative to Bernie Sanders? Kasich will not get the nomination. He is far too moderate for "the base". The RNC henchmen will have to do a masterful job of cutting Trump to shreds as they did when Newty came to life in 2012. And they have to begin NOW if they have a prayer of moving Trump's poll numbers out of debate range.

    Of course, kicking the Latino vote to the curb has already doomed the GOP to regional status.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • On Tuesday, Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced legislation aimed at making it easier for low-income families to take advantage of solar power. The bill, called the “Low Income Solar Act,” came the same day that the Obama Administration announced a similar program aimed at installing 300 megawatts of renewable energy in federally subsidized housing by 2020.
    The Sanders bill would aid in this effort by providing $200 million in Department of Energy loans and grants to help offset the upfront costs associated with installing solar panels on community facilities, public housing and low-income family homes, according to a press release. The projects would also have to prioritize loans for female- and minority-owned businesses, as well as target specific regions including Appalachia, Indian tribal lands, and Alaskan native communities.
    “The scientific community tells us very clearly if we’re going to reverse climate change and the great dangers it poses for the planet we must move aggressively to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy,” Sanders said in a statement. “We can achieve this goal, save families money and protect the planet for future generations.”

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 11, 2015 2:12 PM Flag

    While you are correct on electoral votes, at this very moment, the Democratic states lead GOP states by nearly 100 electoral votes. It is mathematically impossible for the GOP to win. You are delusional about Latino votes not counting. Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida more than give the presidency to a democrat. Latino population 18 and over has exploded across the US since Obama Romney. Your view of ancient political history of Kerry Bush is laughable. 11 years on and with African Americans, women and Latino's, the GOP will never reach prominence without extensive gerrymandering. And SCOTUS is taking that on again.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Rodent -here are the questions

    by tpg1 Jul 12, 2015 7:56 AM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 12, 2015 11:23 AM Flag

    I'm certain the Doc made a typo.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Pollsters laugh at buddunce

    by debka_file Jul 12, 2015 12:47 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 12, 2015 1:15 PM Flag

    My only concern is that The Donald has peaked too soon. He probably will flame out before Iowa. Or maybe not. This is the BEST weapon the Democratic Party could hope for. It is a given that ALL Republican contenders for the nomination have, will, and do routinely speak utter nonsense to "the base" and can never recover to the middle to get the electoral votes.

    We retake the Senate easily. Bernie will have no difficulty putting sane Judges on the bench, thanks in no small part to Senate Majority Leader Warren.

    Go Blue!!!!!!

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 13, 2015 7:33 AM Flag

    How will the greenhouse gases affect that cycle? Even If what you say is true, the atmosphere in the 17th Century was clear. The green house gases will still trap heat and prevent it from leaving the earth's atmosphere.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 13, 2015 11:18 AM Flag

    You missed the industrialized world. You "forgot" to check the parameters.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 13, 2015 11:19 AM Flag

    Drooler, which country in the industrialized world works more than the US?

    l'll wait, home schooler.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Jeb! Bush, a boy born to wealth and privilege, whose family owns not a home but a compound of dwellings in Kennebunkport, Maine, and whose wife plunked down $25,600 for one pair of earrings, lectured last week that Americans should work longer hours.

    If Americans would just work harder, every one of them could own a $600,000 getaway cottage, like the one Jeb! is building on a $1.4 million site in exclusive Kennebunkport.

    And it’s not just longer hours. Jeb! believes Americans should work longer in life too. The rich boy wants to raise the retirement age to 70. But raising the federal minimum wage to help millions of struggling workers survive to age 70? No, Jeb! doesn’t see any need for that. His advice: Let working poor great-grandmas eat ramen!

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 13, 2015 11:50 AM Flag

    He or his business certainly did.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • The four biggest right-wing lies about inequality, followed by the truth.

    Lie number one: The rich and CEOs are America’s job creators. So we dare not tax them.

    The truth is the middle class and poor are the job-creators through their purchases of goods and services. If they don’t have enough purchasing power because they’re not paid enough, companies won’t create more jobs and economy won’t grow.

    We’ve endured the most anemic recovery on record because most Americans don’t have enough money to get the economy out of first gear. The economy is barely growing and real wages continue to drop.

    We keep having false dawns. An average of 200,000 jobs were created in the United States over the last three months, but huge numbers of Americans continue to drop out of the labor force.


    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst by pilodialcyst Jul 13, 2015 12:09 PM Flag

    Lie number two: People are paid what they’re worth in the market. So we shouldn’t tamper with pay.

    The facts contradict this. CEOs who got 30 times the pay of typical workers forty years ago now get 300 times their pay not because they’ve done such a great job but because they control their compensation committees and their stock options have ballooned.

    Meanwhile, most American workers earn less today than they did forty years ago, adjusted for inflation, not because they’re working less hard now but because they don’t have strong unions bargaining for them.

    More than a third of all workers in the private sector were unionized forty years ago; now, fewer than 7 percent belong to a union.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    a portrait of the Piles

    by krugerandpaul Jul 13, 2015 12:51 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 13, 2015 3:24 PM Flag

    Stinky; Um.... der Falcon...... tell me what happened over the weekend that is causing you to engage in homoerotic posting to me?

    You could just put me on ignore, but you have been following me for nearly 10 years.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 13, 2015 3:26 PM Flag

    50% of very low rates, and their discretionary income is not affected.

    Were you home schooled?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • U.K. tabloids, conservative media, and others are (mis)reporting that the Earth will enter a “mini ice age” in the 2030s. In fact, not only is the story wrong, the reverse is actually true.
    The Earth is headed toward an imminent speed-up in global warming, as many recent studies have made clear, like this June study by NOAA. Indeed, a March study, entitled “Near-term acceleration in the rate of temperature change,” makes clear that a stunning acceleration in the rate of global warming is around the corner — with Arctic warming rising 1°F per decade by the 2020s!
    Also, right now, we appear to be in the midst of a long-awaited jump in global temperatures. Not only was 2014 the hottest year on record, but 2015 is in the process of blowing that record away. On top of that, models say a massive El Niño is growing, as USA Today reported last week. Since El Niños tend to set the record for the hottest years (since the regional warming adds to the underlying global warming trend), if 2015/2016 does see a super El Niño then next year may well crush the record this year sets.
    Whatever near-term jump we see in the global temperatures is thus likely to be followed by an accelerating global warming trend — one that would utterly overwhelm any natural variations such as a temporary reduction in solar intensity. A recent study concluded that “any reduction in global mean near-surface temperature due to a future decline in solar activity is likely to be a small fraction of projected anthropogenic warming.”
    That’s true even for one as big as the Maunder Minimum, which was linked to the so-called Little Ice Age.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to


    by tpg1 Jul 14, 2015 7:54 AM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Jul 14, 2015 8:04 AM Flag

    A nightmare for sure. The Republicans could be in for a very troubling campaign if he continues to gain traction. He is now far right, and will begin to "look moderate" as the primary season goes along.

    Here is why Republicans and all Americans should be very afraid of Walker. The Kochs, his masters, are preparing to spend as much as HALF a billion dollars to keep him well funded and out in front. The nominee from the Republican Party could well be a high school graduate, bought and paid for by two old white men living in Wichita Kansas. Thanks to Citizen United. It is called Oligarchy and I am wondering what the Kochs are expecting in return for their investment.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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