Pinterest just ISN’T for me…..

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There has been a constant buzz about a new social network called Pinterest.….

(It’s number of hits are OFF the chart it’s reported)

It seems to be like a bulletin board…

(Pin of Interest?)

With stuff just pasted ALL OVER the page…

I guess you just click on what you want?

Ok….

The place is just NOT for me thank You…..

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg stirs controversy with call for ban of ‘Big’ soft drinks….

This IS kinnda going WAY too far……

Bloomberg ISN’T everyone’s parent….

He needs to stick to other more important things….

In his latest public health initiative to combat obesity, Bloomberg wants to prohibit the sale of sweetened beverages larger than 16 fluid ounces within the five boroughs.
“I understand where he’s going with it,” Clarke said. “We do have an obesity problem, but where do we draw the line? Are we going to regulate how many cookies people can buy at the cookie shop, how many cakes people can buy at the cake shop, how many ice creams people can get from the ice cream shop? I just don’t know where you draw the line.”

Rep. Bob Turner (R-N.Y.), the city delegation’s newest member and one of its two Republicans, laughed for a full 15 seconds when he was asked about Bloomberg’s plan Thursday near the House floor.

“The mayor does so much and works so hard it’s amazing that he can find time for this,” Turner told The Hill. “I think there’s a point that some parental and individual responsibility should take hold, and I don’t want to regulate people’s lives to this extent – however good the purposes are, and the intent.”

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Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: 5/31/12…. Coin flips all around, according to new battleground polls

Finally, a consistent theme from a day’s worth of polling. From Nevada to Iowa, and from the national tracking polls to the generic old national polls, the theme was the same: For now, this thing looks damned tight.

Not only is this true at the top of the ballot, but also downballot, as well, where a GOP incumbent barely leads his Democratic rival, and where a new set of House polls (check beneath the fold for the details) hint that any sense that the GOP is a lock to keep their House majority might be in error.

It’s not going to take much of a tailwind to make this election cycle very, very good (or, alternately, very, very bad).

On to the numbers:

PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION TRIAL HEATS:

NATIONAL (Gallup Tracking): Obama d. Romney (47-44)NATIONAL (Rasmussen Tracking): Romney d. Obama (46-45)

COLORADO (NBC News/Marist): Obama d. Romney (46-45)

IOWA (NBC News/Marist): Obama tied with Romney (44-44)

NEVADA (NBC News/Marist): Obama d. Romney (48-46)

NEW YORK (Quinnipiac): Obama d. Romney (56-31)

OHIO (Rasmussen): Romney d. Obama (46-44)

WASHINGTON (Strategies 360): Obama d. Romney (51-40)

DOWNBALLOT POLLING:

CA-PROP 28-TERM LIMITS (Field Poll): Support 50, Oppose 28CA-PROP 29-TOBACCO TAX (Field Poll): Support 50, Oppose 42

MO-GOV (PPP): Gov. Jay Nixon (D) 45, Dave Spence (R) 34; Nixon 46, Bill Randles (R) 32

MO-GOV–R (PPP): Dave Spence 32, Bill Randles 11, Fred Sauer 4, John Weiler 1

NV-SEN (NBC News/Marist): Sen. Dean Heller (R) 46, Shelley Berkley (D) 44

WI-GOV (Garin-Hart-Yang for Barrett): Gov. Scott Walker (R) 50, Tom Barrett (D) 48

A few thoughts, as always, await you just past the jump …

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Bill Clinton Going to Wisconsin to help Tom Barrett out….

With the sound of complaining getting louder and louder over in Wisconsin…

The Democratic folks on the national level finally reacted…..

Bill Clinton, the Senior Obama/Biden surrogate emeritus is headed to Wisconsin….

Good….

The Democratic National ‘s have fallen down on this one…..

There is absolutely NO reason that Scoot Walker has upwards of $20 Million in pocket money for his recall…

And Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is sucking wind….

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“I’m landing in Milwaukee tomorrow to help get out the vote with Tom Barrett at a rally — and I hope you will join us,” read the email from Clinton, sent out by the Barrett campaign. “Folks in Wisconsin have been on the front lines of fighting for working, middle-class families across America for more than 16 months. I’m coming to Wisconsin to help Tom and the extraordinary grassroots volunteers on the ground.”

The rally will be at 10:00 a.m. CST, with the location yet to be determined.

“I’m thrilled President Clinton will be traveling to Wisconsin tomorrow to campaign for the next Governor of the Badger State, Mayor Tom Barrett,” Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said in a statement. “President Clinton is a true public servant who has dedicated his career to helping middle class Americans and those trying to reach the middle class achieve the American Dream.”

Clinton is the most high-profile national figure to head to Wisconsin and campaign with Democrats ahead of the recall election…..

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For Edwards, One Not-Guilty Verdict and a Mistrial….

For just a moment, the man whose most intimate sexual details, lies and bare political ambition had been aired for nearly six weeks in a federal trial, looked as if he might cry.

Yes, he said as he left the courtroom, he had sinned.

“I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong,” he said. “I am responsible. I don’t have to go any further than the mirror. It’s me and me alone.”

But he was not guilty of using campaign funds to hide those sins, he said.

Certainly, Mr. Edwards has lost in the court of public opinion. But on Thursday he was vindicated, for the moment, by a jury of mostly working class North Carolinians who could not reach a verdict on the five charges of campaign finance fraud and conspiracy he faced…..

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Appeals Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional ….

This WILL most certainly end up before the Supreme’s….

But the movement here is in the right direction…

from the New York Times….

In its unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples.

The court didn’t rule on the law’s more politically combustible provision, which said states without same-sex marriagecannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it’s legal. It also wasn’t asked to address whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

The law was passed at a time when it appeared Hawaii would legalize gay marriage. Since then, many states have instituted their own bans on gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, led by Massachusetts in 2004.

The court, the first federal appeals panel to deem the benefits section of the law unconstitutional, agreed with a lower court judge who ruled in 2010 that the law interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns.

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Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you did a good job with the Economy…. Ask Jimmy Carter

It’s the Perception thing…..

I remember standing on line in a supermarket when Carter was running for a return match…

The people on line where talking  among themselves….

Carter was the subject……

And the talk wasn’t good at all….

I don’t think one person on that line back then voted for the guy….

NOT ONE…..

Things WHERE BAD during Cater’s term………

Now….. Things aren’t that great right now….

(We’re coming out a rough 3 years like Carter)

And  Carter WAS sitting on a 7.1% jobless rate going into the election ….

Because it had come down from over 10% during his term….

Obama’s now at a point ABOVE 7.1%  and people are like  ‘oh, well’…..

So he’s got the benefit….

Carter DIDN’T have….

I’d say NOT having the Iranians’s trying to embrace you and running against a guy as stiff as a brick also helps also……

Since 1932 only two presidents have ever won re-election when the unemployment rate was above 6%. In 1936 and 1940 Franklin Roosevelt won reelection with unemployment rates of 17% and 14.6%, but both of these elections should be treated as outliers or oddities. In 1936 the unemployment rate had dropped from nearly 24% to 17% and the economy was growing at an annual rate of 14%. In 1940 World War II was upon America and with patriotism high, support for Roosevelt was strong. More importantly, the economy was growing at 10% but the perception was that the president had the country going in the right direction.

In 1984 Ronald Reagan won re-election with an unemployment rate of 7.5%. Yet his victory occurred when the economy was growing at more than 11% and gas prices were tumbling from then record highs. Reagan definitely benefitted from the perception that it truly was morning in America, especially after the unemployment rate tumbled from around 10% in 1982 and 1983.

from Fivethirty eight. @ the NY Times….

Economically, Obama Is No Jimmy Carter

By NATE SILVER

President Obama faces re-election amid a mixed and mediocre set of economic indicators. While there has been some improvement in the economy, most major indicators still show below-average growth.

The most instructive comparisons for Mr. Obama might be the two most recent presidents who had an economy that fell somewhere in this range during the election year, where the rate of growth was positive but below the long-term trend.

These conditions probably best describe the elections featuring the two George Bushes, in 1992 and 2004. George H.W. Bush failed to win re-election, while George W. Bush won a second term. However, another comparison that sometimes gets made – one between Mr. Obama and former President Jimmy Carter – is less appropriate. It’s as inappropriate as comparing Mr. Obama with former President Ronald Reagan, who benefited from exceptionally robust economic growth in 1984.

It would be hard to overstate what a disaster the economy looked like at this point in 1980.

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…..the Obama team’s No. 1 B.S.-caller and all-around attack squad….Stephanie Cutter….

She’s back….

After a less than stella reference from the John Kerry Democratic Presidential Campaign …

She’s found a home in the Obama campaign….

It’s a simple video — just Cutter, the president’s deputy campaign manager, talking to the camera with the help of some explanatory graphics, while the hubbub of the Obama campaign headquarters buzzes behind her. The campaign uploaded it to YouTube in early May as a routine rapid-response effort to rebut an anti-Obama ad produced by Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing group funded in part by the Koch brothers, that was airing in some swing states.

But the video went viral beyond the campaign’s wildest dreams. It has now been viewed more than 650,000 times, making it the sixth most popular of the more than 2,000 videos uploaded by the campaign. On YouTube, it has nearly 7,000 “likes” and is followed by page upon page of cheering comments from liberals excited to see the fight being taken to the other side. “‘We’re gonna call their BS when we see it.’ I love her!” reads one.

Rank-and-file Democrats, it seems, have found a new champion in the very aptly named Cutter, who is increasingly visible as the Obama team’s No. 1 B.S.-caller and all-around attack squad. On YouTube and cable TV, in conference calls with reporters and in memos from the campaign, she can reliably be found doing one thing: taking on Republicans and Mitt Romney.

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US Economy slows…..

The last quarter figures have been re-adjusted to show that consumer spending slowed …..

(The Economy is STILL growing….But slowly)

Maybe when the tax refund checks stopped…..

The spending stopped, eh?

Consumer spending at retailers and car dealerships kept the economy moving forward last quarter just as businesses investment cooled, showing why the economy needs to generate bigger job gains to sustain the expansion. The threat of a slump in Europe adds to concerns the U.S. recovery will struggle to gain speed.

“The consumer showed some good results in the first quarter, but going forward, the outlook is one of steady albeit unspectacular gains,” said Richard DeKaser, deputy chief economist at Parthenon Group LLC in Boston, who correctly forecast the revision. “The phrase that best describes our economy is ‘muddling along.’”

Other reports today showed more Americans than projected filed claims for jobless benefits last week and companies added fewer workers than forecast in May…..

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Larry Sabato reminds us June’s polls are…..Just June polls…..

While us political junkies are going on about the polling these days……

Sabato’s right…..

We can see trends….

But the REALLY important polls will be the October polls….

When the general public is dialed in ….

So we’ll enjoy the dance…

But it won’t really get serious for a while yet….

Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for PoliticsMay 31st, 2012

“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.” — Socrates

With all of the polls, models and history at their disposal, political analysts should be able to figure out who is going to win a November presidential election by June, right?

Well, not quite. While we would modestly suggest to Socrates and our readers that we know more than nothing about the election, declaring the winner with certainty at this point is a fool’s errand, particularly when the current data argue only that the contest will be a close one. In the RealClearPolitics average of national horse race polls as of Wednesday, President Obama was narrowly ahead of Mitt Romney by 2.0 percentage points. Meanwhile, in last week’s Crystal BallAlan Abramowitz showed how his respected presidential election model forecasts a very tight race at this point, with Obama as a slight favorite.

But surely, this year is an outlier, many would assert. Because of the unique circumstances surrounding this election, including the great economic dislocation caused by the 2008 crash and the restless mood of Americans even after three straight wave elections, it’s understandable that this contest would remain hazy late into the spring.

That’s true. But uncertainty in June is not unique, at least not in modern history…..

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Obama’s campaign wants the money to start flowing…

With headlines like yesterdays Rove Billion Dollar money campaign…..

Suddenly the President JUST raising a Billion isn’t what it was a few months ago….

If Rove and hs crew can raise that on the OUTSIDE and Romney does HIS thing on the INSIDE …..

Whew!….

The Romney campaign could be going for BIG money over a Billion!….

Obama is ahead of Romney….

But his burn rate is much higher and Romney WILL catch him in a month or two….

President Obama’s campaign team and top supporters are telling donors they need to get off the sidelines now so they can compete with GOP super-PACS waging an expected $1 billion campaign against them.

The deluge of cash from outside groups backing Republican Mitt Romney has prompted a sense of urgency among Obama’s supporters. Their message to donors is simple: send money now…..

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Political Roundup for May 31, 2012…Walker AND Obama lead in Wisconsin…

by: BostonPatriot
POTUS

Obama: David Axelrod has organized a press conference on the steps of the Massachusetts State House this morning, where state lawmakers will apparently air their grievances against Romney. Have Obama and Axelrod met the Mass Dems? If they have, I’m surprised that they would want to put them on the national stage.

Missouri: PPP shows Obama up 45-44 in Missouri, the first poll of any kind to give Obama a lead in MO this year. This poll is from the same sample that showed McCaskill at 44% and tied with the Republicans, so if you think it’s D-heavy, adjust accordingly.

Wisconsin: Marquette’s poll of the gubernatorial recall had presidential numbers too, and Obama leads 51-43. It’s bit of a surprise that a sample can be Walker +7 and Obama +8, but perhaps Walker’s race is more localized than the CW suggests.

Planned Parenthood: Fresh off their Obama endorsement,  the abortion, er, reproductive health giant is up on TV with small buys in Virginia, Florida, and Iowa, hitting Romney on (surprise!) abortion.

Veepstakes: A good look from The Hill at Chris Christie’s policy positions, which concludes that CC is merely a larger, louder, New Jersey-er version of Romney.

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The Republican’s are forming a beachead on Obamacare…

They are setting up shop on picking and choosing the BEST parts of the Affordable Healthcare Law they want to keep if the Suprem’s deep six the law….

A little steal the bacon, eh?

Let Obama do the Heavy lifting ….

Then take ALL the credit…..

They have been warned though by the right which wants the WHOLE Law gone …..

Period….

Senate Republicans Signal Big Shift On ‘Obamacare’

Senate Republicans are echoing the House GOP’s shift in favor of some of the more popular “Obamacare” provisions, a sign that the party is uniting behind the strategy ahead of the election.

With a Supreme Court decision looming next month, House Republicans are privately weighing a plan to reinstate three popular elements of the law if it’s struck down — guaranteeing coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults up to 26 years old to remain on a parent’s insurance policy, and closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole.”

Whether coverage of pre-existing conditions is economically viable for insurers without an individual mandate is a dubious proposition, but practical realities are taking a back seat to election year imperatives. It’s not a hard sell to voters: you can have all the popular provisions of health care reform without the unpopular ones.

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Conservative advocates are displeased that Republicans are privately weighing a replacement plan that involves reinstating popular elements of the health care law — including its coverage guarantee regardless of pre-existing conditions, the ability to remain on a parent’s plan until age 26 and provisions that close the Medicare “doughnut hole.”

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New iPhone 5 details……

from the verge, reuters and bloomberg…..

The iPhone 5 due out this fall WILL have a 3.9″ + view screen….

I’m afraid this Dog is gonna have to feature out a way to get one…..

The backplate’s length seems to support earlier rumors that a new iPhone will come with a 3.95-inch screen at a wider resolution of 1136 x 640.

This could, of course, all be some elaborate ruse (or just a prototype) — but the rumors are looking more likely.

Update: 9to5 Mac has provided additional higher-resolution photos showing both the black and white backplates, and some additional details. The shell shows an earphone jack that’s been relocated to the bottom of the device, and both models show a perforated speaker design. Additionally, 9to5 Mac says it’s obtained an alleged black frontplate that shows a relocated FaceTime camera above the earpiece.

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Karl Rove wants to raise $1 Billion to run against President Obama

I was FOR the Supreme’s vote to have NO limits on campaign spending…..

I thought at the time…

There is NO law against having money…

There shouldn’t be a law against spending it for something they believe in….

I and the Supreme’s where wrong….

The whole Super Pac thing is outta hand….

WTF outta hand…..

propublica.org

Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations.

That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections – twice what they had been expected to commit.

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The ‘Dream Act’ is back in MANY versions….

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There is new push from Latino’s at President Obama……..

And a second push from Republican’s for something NOT as comprehensive….

Obama has the vote….

But he’s being squeezed…

Young illegal immigrants say they are impatient because each year more of them graduate from high school and cannot attend college because of high tuition rates and barriers to financial aid they face because of their status. More recently, students who did attend college are graduating and facing larger obstacles because they cannot legally work in the United States.

“It’s not a question of whether the president can or can’t, “ said Lorella Praeli, 23, a student from Peru here illegally who also is a leader of the immigrant student network. “It’s a question of whether he will or he won’t.”

Administration officials said this week that Mr. Obama was not likely to take sweeping action on illegal immigrant students before the election. Officials fear an angry reaction from Republicans in Congress, who have warned the White House against what they see as an amnesty by fiat. The officials fear Republican opposition would ruin any chance for future legislation.

In a speech this month at an immigration forum in Washington, Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, referred to more limited actions Mr. Obama had already taken to avoid deporting students. “It is unreasonable to expect that these tools, no matter how faithfully applied, can fix what is broken about our immigration system,” she said.

A senior administration official added on Wednesday, “The main focus needs to be on Congress, because only legislation they pass can provide Dream students with a permanent solution, which is what they deserve.”

The current proposal of the Dream Act would give legal status to foreign-born high school graduates who came to the United States illegally as children, if they complete two years of college or military service. Mr. Obama pushed Congress to pass the legislation in 2010. It passed the House but was blocked by Republicans in the Senate.

Opposition to the measure has since grown among Republicans, and the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has said he would veto some versions of it.

Last month Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, said he was preparing a new bill that would give temporary status to illegal immigrant students, but might not include a path to citizenship. Details of Mr. Rubio’s proposal remain unclear because he has not yet submitted a written bill.

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