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Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 09:12 PM PDT

Rupert Murdoch still on AP board

by overlander

I'm amused by all the people dancing victory jigs over Mr. Murdoch's difficult week. Some seem to think he's a dead man walking, at least as far as his control over worldwide media is concerned.

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Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:36 PM PST

My letter to Sen. Susan Collins

by overlander

After reading Glenn Greenwald's comments regarding Susan Collins' statements about the underwear bomber, I sent her a letter.

Dear Senator:

Are you politicizing the war on terror and endorsing race-based special punishment for potential terror suspects?

It appears that you are, singling out a black terror suspect for harsher treatment than Republicans have previously and publicly sought for white, Asian or hispanic terror suspects.

We all watched as Scott Brown won his election in Massachusetts by making a politically correct lynching proposal: stripping the black, African underwear bomber of his rights and interrogating him without end.

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At the moment, if you add up his stature and his effort, no one in Congress is taking a more aggressive stance in favor of the public option than Harry Reid.

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We all know that Independents are moderates and centrists, right? Democrats are liberals, Republicans are conservatives, and Independents are smack-dab-in-the-middle moderates, right?

So that means, if pollsters find Obama's popularity declining among those priceless Independents, Obama is losing the moderates, right? All that outrage on the TV from the birthers and opponents of "government-run" health care must really be taking its toll on the centrists, eh? Obama better move to the right to keep those independents in his camp, right?

But what if a whole bunch of this week's Independents were liberal Democrats two weeks ago? What if some liberal Democrats are so pissed off with Obama that they're refusing to call themselves Democrats?

Might that mean that the polls are discovering just one trend: A trend in which both Democrats and
"Independents" are expressing disfavor with Obama for the same basic reason: he's faltering on his health care promises.

Do you suppose the White House has any clue about exactly who is pissed off with Obama? Do you suppose the White House thinks it must become even more conservative in order to bolster its poll numbers?

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Amid Obama's weak performance and the general collapse of Democrats in Washington, my stated political affiliation has:

63%67 votes
9%10 votes
15%16 votes
4%5 votes
6%7 votes

| 105 votes | Vote | Results

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As Barack Obama's approval ratings fall with Democrats and Independents, we have to ask: Could all these disgruntled fans be liberals, including the supposedly centrist Independents?
Could this be happening in the polls?
-- Some liberals who were Democrats a few weeks or months ago are calling themselves independents because they're so pissed off at Obama for failing to press his agenda forward.
-- These Independents (former Democrats) are now telling pollsters they disapprove of Obama.
-- But the polls don't reveal that these independents are former Democrats.
-- So the pollsters falsely interpret their data to opine that Independents (aka Centrists) are losing their patience with Obama.
-- The misinterpretation gets replayed at the White House, driving Obama further to the right to attempt appeasement of these misunderstood Independents.
-- Instead, what may be more true is this: Obama is mainly losing the approval of liberals -- both Democratic liberals and Independent liberals.

That's my theory, anyway.

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Amid Obama's weak performance and the general collapse of Democrats in Washington, my stated political affiliation has:

43%26 votes
21%13 votes
21%13 votes
6%4 votes
6%4 votes

| 60 votes | Vote | Results

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Viewing Markos in those front page snippets from MSNBC, I'm kind puzzled why Markos didn't point out on TV that most AMERICANS believe that Barack Obama is an American citizen, eligible to be president. In fact, by focusing solely on the majority of Republicans who question whether Obama is a citizen, Markos inadvertently implied that the idiotic theory has credibility.

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Republicans' latest fear tactic: Urging voters not to give Barack Obama a filibuster-proof majority of Democrats in the Senate. (The filibuster allows 41 senators to halt legislation that the other 59 senators want to enact into law.)

The good news is that Republicans are retreating. They've conceded the presidency to Obama, and they're trying to save the Senate from becoming reasonably friendly territory for Obama's presidency.

It would be a shame if they succeed. Perhaps they won't: I've yet to hear any real voters say they're scared of putting "too many" Democrats into office.

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Former Interior Secretary James G. Watt is "electrified" that a fellow member of his Assemblies of God denomination is a candidate for vice president, according to this story in the Arkansas Gazette-Democrat.

"I started praying for her Friday morning, praying that she’ll be protected by the hand of God," the former Reagan administration Cabinet member said.

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Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 09:09 PM PDT

Palin slaughters wildlife

by overlander

As Alaska governor, Sarah Palin has done everything possible to speed up the extinction of wolves and bears in her state.

Aside from fighting the endangered species status of polar bears and disputing the fact that global warming is killing polar bears, Palin has also liberalized the slaughter of bears and wolves by airborne hunters.

Why? Because extinct animals aren't likely to make work difficult for drill, drill, drilling crews that might otherwise be obliged to avoid killing increasingly rare animals.

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The kids are off limits, the McCain campaign said as it booked a flight to put Alaska's hockey boy onstage in Minnesota with his "drill here, drill now" girlfriend.

So, we're not supposed to talk about these kids while you exploit them? The AP noticed some hypocrisy there.

Huh? The Republican message about the Palin offspring comes across as contradictory: Hey, media, leave those kids alone — so we can use them as we see fit.

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There's no question that Obama got a convention "bounce" in the polls. Both Rasmussen and Gallup reported the bounce in their daily tracking polls on FRIDAY.

Both pollsters said the bounce they saw on Friday did NOT result from Obama's speech. That's because almost all the polling that contributed to the bounce was done BEFORE Obama's speech.

Then, on Saturday, the pollsters' numbers showed NO bounce.

So:
-- Polling conducted BEFORE the speech shows a bounce.
-- Polling conducted AFTER the speech shows NO bounce.

"The Best Speech Ever" made to 38 million people DIDN'T MOVE THE NEEDLE.

Either that, or Sarah Palin stole Obama's bounce.

Sounds impossible, doesn't it? Some wacky Alaskan church lady is beating Barack Obama? It sounds impossible because you're a Democrat, and you love to misunderestimate Republicans.

Enough. Stop it.

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Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 08:44 PM PDT

And get this: They're glass houses

by overlander

Mr. McCain, I think all of your houses might be glass (from AP):

"Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?" asked McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers.

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