Open Thread for July 1st, 2012

Ah, it goes so FAST!

We are just four months from the November elections for the entire House, some Senators and the Presidency….

The House is gonna be majority GOP  I think…

The Senate will be held by a whisker by the Democrats….

And the President will get an extension of his job by a close popular vote by a nice electoral margin….

Mean while …..

The Republican’s are licking their wounds after thinking that the Affordable Healthcare Law would be scraped by the Supreme’s….

THAT didn’t happen….

President Obama is getting a ‘bounce’ in the polls after having a a rough week two weeks ago….

I marvel at the way OUR President ALWAYS seems to land on his feet!….

Mitt Romney says he’s ok with the Roberts Court decision because he’s raise MORE money on the call….

Another set of storms have ravaged the US …..

The EU is gonna bail itself and its banks out….

Lance Armstrong has got drug problems again I see…..

And what’s Rep Issa gonna do now that the DOJ isn’t gonna go after its boss Atty Gen Holder?

Man it’s hotter than a piston where I’m at…..

There are 119 days until election day …November 6, 2012

(July 10, 2012)

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Daily 2012 Polling for June 30, 2012…Obama still riding the ‘bounce’

 

Saturday, June 30
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Tracking Obama 47, Romney 44 Obama +3
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 46, Romney 44 Obama +2
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 47, Disapprove 47 Tie
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 50, Disapprove 49 Approve +1

realclearpolitics…..

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Romney digs up old Hillary stuff to use against Obama….

HOW DARE THEY!!!!!

A new ad from former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney uses a clip ofHillary Clinton to say “Shame on you, Barack Obama.”

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(If they want to go there….Obama should have TONS of stuff to throw at Romney from the GOP primaries….)

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Who it affects and How much the mandate actually is…and…Move to Canada?

In February 2009, President Obama delivered what Steve Benen rightly described as thelargest two-year tax cut in American history. Nevertheless, the New York Timesasked in the run-up to the 2010 midterms, “What if a president cut Americans’ income taxes by $116 billion and nobody noticed?” What happened, of course, was the Democrats’ drubbing that November.

Now Republicans are hoping to repeat history this fall, this time by pretending that the Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court Thursday is a “massive tax increase” on American families. As it turns out, the penalty for failing to obtain health insurance beginning in 2014 will impact four million people, or less than two percent of the U.S. population. To put that figure in context, 40 times as many Americans pay the mandated taxes for the very popular Social Security and Medicare programs.

Reposted from Steveningen by Kaili Joy GrayEditor’s Note: Promoted from the diaries—with glee. — Kaili Joy Gray
My poor sad wingnut friends. I hear you. I understand. When you elected George W. Bush to a second term in office, I had serious discussions with my fiance, now my husband, that the time may have come to leave these shores. We entertained both the Netherlands and Canada. Now I can understand that the Netherlands would be completely out of the question for you. Fox News has made sure you hate the Netherlands nearly as much as abortion. And they speak Dutch. It’s hard. It’s only natural that you would gravitate towards Canada. It is still located in North America so it has the word America in there for you. It isn’t primarily brown (ewwww). You know it’s big and Americans like big. And they speak English, even if they do pronounce certain words like about kind of funny and sayeh a lot. Some of them actually speak French which may sound like a bad thing at first glance, but it will give you new people to loathe.

Yay……

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Romney: Health ruling is ‘a Plus for me’?

Huh?

Leave it to Romney to marry something GOOD for American’s…

To Democrats and the President Raising taxes….

(Ah….Didn’t HE do the same thing as Governor in the state of Mass???)

The ‘spin’ continues!

“ObamaCare is not good law. It’s not good policy. The American people didn’t want it in 2010, that’s one of the reasons [Republicans] picked up so many seats in the House and Senate.

“And I think in the election this November, people who know they don’t want ObamaCare will have to vote out President Obama, and that’s a plus for me.”

In his criticism of healthcare, which critics deride as “ObamaCare,” Romney reiterated what he says are the law’s costs.

“People going to the polls won’t] want to see $500 billion in new taxes…

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photo…the republic

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Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Early (and small) tea leaves hint at post-SC Obama bump

On this last Friday in June, to call the offerings in the polling universe “sparse” would be one whale of an understatement. We have our two national tracking polls, two other new national polls, a state poll from a state that no one sees as competitive (and the poll confirms, it is not) and one House primary poll.And…well…that’s it.

But that does not mean that we lack for a newsworthy topic of discussion. And the (very) early indicators are that the Supreme Court ruling yesterday is not the boon to conservatives that some wishful thinkers on the right suspected it would be.

On to the numbers:

PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION TRIAL HEATS:

NATIONAL (Democracy Corps): Obama d. Romney (49-46)NATIONAL (Doug Schoen for Newsweek/The Daily Beast): Obama d. Romney (47-44)

NATIONAL (Gallup Tracking): Obama d. Romney (48-43)

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

ALABAMA (Capitol Research Survey Center): Romney d. Obama (51-36)

DOWNBALLOT POLLING:

CT-05—D (PPP for the PCCC): Chris Donovan 45, Elizabeth Esty 25, Dan Roberti 12(2014) MA-GOV (PPP): Martha Coakley (D) 47, Charlie Baker (R) 34; Steve Grossman (D) 36, Baker 34; Baker 37, Tim Murray (D) 36

A few thoughts, as always, await you just past the jump…
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Charlie Rangel won, right?

Er….

Maybe….

Maybe NOT…

news.yahoo.com

The veteran Democratic congressman might be the winner in New York’s 13th District, but no one really knows.

It’s a bizarre situation that just keeps getting weirder, a strange case of missing precincts, questionable ballots and utter confusion over who’s to blame for the mess and when the race might be settled.

What’s known is this: As of Friday evening, 32 precincts – six percent of all votes cast – had yet to be accounted for. And another 2,447 affidavit ballots and 667 absentee votes hadn’t been counted yet either. According to the city Board of Elections, Rangel’s lead over second-place finisher state Sen. Adriano Espaillat stood at 1,032 votes, with enough outstanding ballots to alter the outcome.

Naturally, the courts are now involved. On Friday, the state Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by the Espaillat campaign, asking it to examine the squirrelly vote-counting process. A hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Before things went off the rails, Tuesday night had been an evening of celebration and vindication for Rangel, who seemed to have survived the most serious reelection threat of his 42-year career in the House. After initial tallies showed the congressional titan jumping to a 20-point lead over Espaillat, Rangel took to the stage at Sylvia’s, the famed soul food institution located on Harlem’s Lenox Avenue, to declare victory and then party late into the evening with boisterous supporters.

But as Tuesday turned to Wednesday and more votes trickled in, something strange happened: Rangel’s margin of victory began to shrink, first to five points and then, by midday Wednesday, to two points.

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President Obama has won only half the battle on Healthcare…

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I’m voting for President Obama AGAIN come this November…

Regulars here know that….

And I’M VERY happy Justice Roberts rose to the occasion and played the ref on this weeks Healthcare Law ruling….

But something is to learned form this whole thing….

While the President will get a ‘bounce’ in the polls….

And most certainly will go on to earn another term in office….

He dropped the ball on the most part of the Affordable Healthcare Law…..

He didn’t sell it to American people….

Barack Obama has let the Republican hard up for his job define the Law and its advantages as BAD THING…..

In this day and age winning is NOT enough….

I know he was hard hill, heck mouton to get climb to get the Healthcare pasted even with a Democratic Congress….

But as smart as Obama and the Democreats are…..

They missed the boat inn this one…

NO BODY dreamed that Law would have been challenged when it was pasted….

The November after should have been a warning to Democrats when the GOP used the Law as a whipsaw for HUGE gains in their take over of the House…

Daniel here keep after me that Healthcare WAS gonna be a signature issue….

Daniel ten’s of thousands of miles from Washington and HE KNEW….

Why the heck didn’t SOMEBODY in the White Hiouse or the DNC figure the same thing out?

Now with ALL the noise of the next four months campaigning are the Democrats and Obama going compound their earlier mistake and let the GOP campaign against the law AGAIN?

Because they ARE GOING TO DO SO…..

Or are the Democrats and the White House rise to the challenge?

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Daily 2012 Polling for June 29, 2012….Obama starts his ‘bounce’

 

Friday, June 29
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Tracking Obama 48, Romney 43 Obama +5
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 45, Romney 44 Obama +1
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Democracy Corps (D) Obama 49, Romney 46 Obama +3
Generic Congressional Vote Democracy Corps (D) Democrats 45, Republicans 46 Republicans +1
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 47, Disapprove 46 Approve +1
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 49, Disapprove 49 Tie
President Obama Job Approval Democracy Corps (D) Approve 47, Disapprove 48 Disapprove +1

from realclearpolitics…..

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World Market’s jump on EU debt talks progress……..

from the Wall Street Journal….

The index jumped 33.12 points, or 2.5%, to 1362.16, the biggest percentage increase since December. Industrials and technology shares paced gains as all 10 of the benchmark’s sectors rose. Nevertheless, stocks remained firmly lower for the second quarter, which ended Friday, due to a plunge in May.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 277.83 points, or 2.2%, to 12,880.09. The Nasdaq Composite rose 85.56 points, or 3%, to 2935.05.

“It’s all Europe. The steps that are being taken now seem to be a little more dramatic and important, and they’ve acted a little more rapidly than in the past,” said Mike Gibbs, co-head of the equity advisory group at Raymond James FinancialRJF +3.35% which oversees $370 billion in client assets.

European leaders at a two-day summit in Brussels said they would speed plans to create a single supervisor for the euro zone’s banks. They agreed that the euro zone’s bailout funds should be able to directly boost the capital of struggling banks, without adding to government debt…..

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Note….

Oil and Gas prices have spiked UP on the news…

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President Obama checks out Colo. wildfire damage and offers Federal Assistance…

Mindful of President Bush’s Katrina repines  and troubles…

The President made a visit to be briefed and offer assistance to the people of Colorado….

(President tours parts of Colorado Springs. | AFP/Getty Images)

“Whether it’s fires in Colorado or flooding in the northern parts of Florida, when natural disasters like this hit, America comes together,” Obama said after touring a neighborhood where the fire cut a path that left some homes standing while leveling surrounding properties. “We all recognize that there but for the grace of God go I. We’ve got to make sure that we have each others’ backs.”

Obama’s appearance in Colorado took on added significance coming less than five months before the Nov. 6 presidential election. The state is a crucial swing state in the contest between Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and the president’s visit illustrated the enormous power of incumbency he enjoys to deliver not only assistance but to show compassion and command.

Stopping to greet firefighters and other first responders, Obama said: “The country is grateful for your work. The country’s got your back.”

The president’s first view of the fires and the smoky mountains came as he flew into Colorado Springs aboard Air Force One.

His motorcade then weaved slowly through the neighborhood of Mountain Shadows, passing the wreckage of dozens of burned down homes.

He had special words for a group of firefighters who had just recently managed to save some houses in a subdivision attacked by the flames.

“They’re genuine heroes,” he said. He was accompanied by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and members of the state’s congressional delegation.

Obama also praised the cooperation between all levels of government….

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Note….

The LAST time something like this happened House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told residents the Governmenet wouldn’t help UNTIL they could figure out how to pay for the help…

I DON’T think THAT’S gonna happen here…

But the Republicans ARE trying to blame Obama on the situation….Here...

Washington Post Photo….

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A little fun…Obama does Dewey on the Healthcare initial Court call….

mac here at the Dog brought up the miss call from CNN and Fox on the initial Healthcare ruling…..

I don’t think it was a big deal since the reporter where in a rush to read Roberts over a 1,000 page decision and try get it on the air as quickly as possible…

………’as someone who tends to make mistakes myself….
i’m NOT gonna make a big deal about the first calls…
the reporter had to grab something over a thousand pages …
read in the legal language…
figure out that Roberts was going in different directions
digest that….
beat the other media people…
AND THEN
go on the air….

some of the print people pointing out the errors should try to that exercise’ …….

The Dog

But of course people aren’t gonna let this go with poking fun at the media themselves…..

Hence we have this……

Ouch

It was bound to happen, both the brief gaffe on the Affordable Care Act and the updated photo-shopped image with Obama holding a tablet. This picture is from a Facebook friend and appears to be making the rounds of cyberspace, which at least provides a bit of comic relief from the head scratching complexity and […]

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The iPhone is 5 years old…..

As one of the  owners of the computer with a phone in it….

I can attest to the fact that the sucker works and grows on ya…..

I had to get one with this place calling for my attention and me not having ready access to a computer at work…..

But the REAL reason is…..

I was the only one in my family that had a flip phone and texting on that thing was a no go…..

The circle is now complete…

This place comes to ya via a iMac….

So Apple has me….

And after fighting it….

The WHOLE Dog family has iPhones also…..

What can I say?

macworld….

It was five years ago today that the very first iPhone owners felt the addictive iGot-it rush of the hottest gadget on the planet at that time, Apple’s revolutionary device.

More than just an iPod that makes calls, the iPhone’s debut and success shifted the already co-dependent relationship between people and their phones to more of a symbiotic synergy, encouraging and ushering in what has becoming a radical shift in digital lifestyle.

The iPhone: 5 years running

Though, when it was announced in early 2007, not everyone was sold. The folks at Research in Motion, which was having much better days back then, didn’t believe what Apple was showing in the iPhone was even possible, according to reports.

Others just didn’t believe it would resonate. Among them, David Platt wrote on his Suckbusters blog: “The forthcoming (June 29) release of the Apple iPhone is going to be a bigger marketing flop thanIshtar and Waterworld (dating myself again, aren’t I) combined.”

Bloomberg News columnist Matthew Lynn made a pronouncement declaring the iPhone “nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks.” “Apple will sell a few to its fans, but the iPhone won’t make a long-term mark on the industry,” he wrote in 2007.

Well, the iPhone has more than made its mark, reaching beyond gadget freaks to resonate with the generational bookends from tiny tots to grandparents.

Five years, five iterations and many millions of iPhone units later, the mere mention of speculative details for the next iPhone — however wildly improbable or ridiculous — still whips the Web into a frenzy, a reaction that hasn’t really found its equal among competitors…..

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California Governor cuts budget by $195 Million cutting daycare for thousands of children….

Jerry Brown signs budget that relies on voter-backed tax hikes

LA Times

California Governor Jerry Brown the liberal icon has taken the budget knife to daycare, collage students help , state parks and other programs….

Such are the hard choices being made by the countries governors in todays fiscal climate…..

Who would think Democrat Jerry Brown would do such things?

Gov. Jerry Brown sliced $195.7 million from the budget that lawmakers sent him, disappointing fellow Democrats by taking money from child care, college scholarships and state parks and adding more to a rainy-day fund.

In a series of line-item vetoes detailed Thursday, Brown brought general fund spending to $91.3 billion and the overall state budget, including dedicated funds and bond money, to $142.4 billion.

The governor did not explain his vetoes publicly. His finance director, Ana Matosantos, said he wanted a larger reserve to cushion the state against any financial turbulence in the coming fiscal year, which begins Sunday.

Although Brown reduced some park funds, officials said state operations would cease as of Sunday at only five of the 70 properties originally proposed for closure. Agreements with private donors, nonprofits and other government agencies will keep 40 of the natural and historic sites open; 25 others will continue operating as more funding agreements are negotiated.

The vetoes came with little fanfare, capping a tense budget process during which Democratic lawmakers resisted some of the deepest social services cuts the governor requested. He signed 27 budget bills late Wednesday in an outdoor courtyard at the Capitol, with a few aides and two photographers present.

Brown issued a statement saying, “This budget reflects tough choices that will help get California back on track.”

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: New poll shows surprisingly good Democratic numbers in NC-Gov

by David Nir

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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Leading Off:• NC-Gov, MI-Sen: The North Carolina governor’s race and the Michigan Senate race have nothing in common, except for the fact that NBC/Marist just published a new trio of polls on Thursday—their second set of swing state polls this week. (They also surveyedNew Hampshire but apparently did not test the gubernatorial contest. Zuh?) In any event, the NC-Gov numbers are the best Team Blue has ever seen, with Republican Pat McCrory leading Democrat Walter Dalton by just a 43-41 margin. There are no trendlines, but those results are quite the contrast to a Rasmussen poll (okay, “poll”) from a day earlier which had McCrory up 49-35.

As for Michigan, Marist finds a tightening since their last poll, which was all the way back in February, when Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow led Republican Pete Hoekstra 53-32. That survey, though, was taken just after the Super Bowl, when Hoekstra ran his now utterly infamous “Debbi Spend-it-now” ad and had descended to new depths of unpopularity. Marist’s new poll still finds Stabenow in good shape, though, up 49-37. Click through the very first link to see all the numbers and our full analysis of all three surveys, including the presidential results….

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Winners and losers on the Roberts Healthcare call……

This is gonna keep going on people…..

The 5-4 decision has significantly changed the electoral landscape, though it remains to be seen whether the decision will help Democrats or Republicans at the polls this November.
The following is a rundown of The Hill’s winners and losers.

Winners

President Obama. The president used an enormous amount of political capital to pass healthcare reform, a legislative effort that spanned more than a year and caused other priorities to be shelved. The White House, however, failed to come up with an effective message to sell the law, which remains unpopular. Regardless, Obama went toe to toe with GOP critics of the law — and won. He gambled by agreeing to the high court review before the election instead of trying to hit the procedural brakes that could have pushed the case until 2013. Republicans acknowledge that this is a win for Obama, but say it will help get Mitt Romney in the White House.

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