So Happy To Have Found DogBlog!

    Hi everybody, I am as excited as a greyhound running after a bus to have found this vital community of interested canine-carers. Dogs are everything to me.  I have seven of them, eight if you count them all. These are the kinds:

    NY: If She Can Make It There...

    There's been some backseat driving and criticism and suggested panic for Hillary abandoning Wisconsin to campaign in New York. But seemingly lost in this analysis is the pretty obvious - the schedule:

                                 Dels Super Total

    Apr 5   Wisconsin        86  10  96     Open primary

    The Next Revolution

    The biggest damage to America's wealth was a combination of Bush's tax cuts/rebate to the wealthy combined with a cheap dollar to spur exports despite our lower competitiveness. I watched my dollar savings and salary cut more than a half in the currency where I live. So in the 90's we had a strong dollar and still held up exports, a sign of competitive products and services. Now we compete with commodity bullshit and dump our stuff around the world to keep our balance sheet up.

    2016 election. I sat down with Samuel Glick.


    Just call me Sammy.

    Thanks. You've had a long career first in Hollywood and now in politics. I'm interested in your views on this election and the candidates, Cruz in particular, but also Trump and the others.

    I didn't have two careers, just different audiences. You feed them what they want. They changed, not me. Politicians don't change, the times change. We've seen both Trump and Cruz before. Neither Trump nor Cruz experienced poverty but they're similar to the self made men from the early 1900's.

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    Seany tells me that he is tooooo tooooooo loud, with his children.

    He confesses in his beer, as it were. hahahah

    I make light of this behavioral problem since my Father was way more loud than I ever was.

    And yet his mother will contend that I was way, way, tooooo, toooo loud.

    Progress, not perfection is what I say!

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    Bernie or Bust?

    bernie-hillaryThe "Bernie or Bust!" movement asks Sanders supporters to commit to vote for only Bernie in the general election. If he's not on the ballot in November, busters say they won't vote for President or will write in Bernie's name even though this could lead to the election of "il Duce" Donald Trump or Torquemada Ted Cruz. I am not a buster, although I certainly understand the movement's appeal.

    Bernie States vs Hillary States

    Happened to run across this map of Medicaid obstructionist states, and humorously thought of the orange belts that Hillary controls (e.g. the Southeast) and the orange ones Bernie controls (the Rockies/Central Plains & Maine). Waiting to see who owns Wisconsin (hear Scott Walker's shopping a VP slot around in exchange for endorsement, though that's on the Reptard side).

    Hillary won Arizona

    When we get Utah and Idaho  I'll post that here.

    Trump won Arizona. There are unofficial rumors that Cruz is doing well in Utah.A fact is that Cruz won the most Mormon  county in Arizona according to  538  and that may be an indicator of his performance in Utah.

    In Utah  Sanders has a wide lead over Hill. And I'm going to bed.

    HRC to AIPAC, BDS to pressure Israel? antisemitism!

    In a speech that (not surprisingly) left a tiny escape hatch of ambiguity, Hillary attacked the entirely peaceful and historically legitimate tactic of bringing to bear the moral and economic suasion of withholding commercial relationships, divesting investment holdings,and expressing outspoken condemnation in the hope of ending the current apartheid regime in occupied Palestine.

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    Keith Meyers just lambasted Kansas.

    He did a fine job!

    Dissonant Thoughts about Banks and Drones

    Correct me if I am wrong but the largest under touched elephant in the room during this election cycle has been the global economy.

    The GOP used to be all in your face about this kind of thing but the complete collapse and reboot of the banks after 2008 has them singing at a higher octave. A significant chunk of their previous coalition dissociated themselves from the idea that the party has their best interest in mind. The Libertarians have been overrun by the Nativists. More is involved than banks but imagine the world where the coalition just marched on forever or longer than it did.

    A Look on the Bright Side

    In the Internet Era, we see changes happening faster than ever, more impressive, bigger impact than in any other era in history. Except for the late 1800's when suddenly steam gave way to electricity, lights, refrigeration, modern medicine, mass global immigration and the falling of borders everywhere. (followed shortly by modern nationalism and modern warfare, and whoops, back up went the gates).

    The post-War period brought decolonization from East Asia to the Subcontinent to the Mideast to Africa to Latin America, a period nicely bookmarked by Mandela's release from prison in 1990 - similarly marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet Union's Communism. 45 years of transition and recovery across most of the world.

    Superdelegate jiu- jitsu

    There's blood coming outta the ears in Hillary headquarters...

    white death encircles the Donald

    The Donald appears to be particularly favored by voters who live in counties that correlate with higher rates of death for middle aged whites, fewer numbers of college degree holders, and high losses of manufacturing jobs---this, according to an article in WaPo by Jeff Guo, "Death predicts whether people vote for Donald Trump."  Guo entwines his own research with the recent research by Case/Deaton indicating an increase in the death rate of middle aged whites. While all of this research, imo, is tentative, two things seem evident: 1) a huge segment of middle aged whites are in poor health and relatively poorer economic circumstances and 2) the Donald has a message which is resonating with this "group". I question whether either of the Democratic candidates has a grasp of endangered middle aged Whites, and whether this group  could help defeat Democrats this year. Even more importantly, I wonder what the solution is for people who I now see every day in rural Texas and those I grew up with in a small mill town in Ohio.

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    Did you know that one batman equals 6 okkas?

    Has anyone noticed that the MSNBC election theme music
    sounds like the old Monty Python lead-in?


    Trump:"I will ruin your 1st amendment lovin' lives.."


    Because no one arrested for demonstrating against George Wallace ever worked again..

    In a remarkable display ( even for him) of ignorance, Trump proposes that his mere request for the arrest of otherwise peaceful demonstrators will cause local police to violate the prohibition against state action that curtails speech.

    True, once asked to leave, a visitor whose demeanor ( eg,  refusal to sit or remove a shirt with a message etc) gives rise to such a request may risk trespass or disorderly conduct charges by ACTIONS, such as noncompliance with a demand to exit.

    2nd to Last

    To sum up the contest so far:

    Ties - Iowa (H 0.3%), Nevada (H 5.3%), Mass (H 1.4%), Mich (B 1.5%)
    [note: Hillary won by a sliver 2 caucuses; Bernie won by a sliver 2 primaries]

    Other Caucuses -  Samoa (H 43%), Col (B 19%), Minn (B 23%), Kansas (B 45%), Nebr (B 14%), Marianas (H 20%)  [Pacific caucuses are tiny]

    Other Primaries - NH (B 22%), SC (H 48%), AL (H 58%), Ark (H 37%), Georgia (H 43%), Okla (B 10%), Tenn (H 44%), Tex (H 32%), Vermont (B 73%), Virg (H 29%), Louisiana (H 48%), Miss (H 66%)

    This is the Revolution

    Fixing police-on-black abuse while improving on entrenched bias & lack of opportunity 

    Getting corporates to pay their fair share

    Handling ISIS while lowering our Mideast involvement while fending off Russian encroachment

    Migration to renewables while limiting the damage of global warming

    Lowering Africa and India's baby boom, maybe China's with new 2-child policy

    Continued job growth & lower-end wage growth (e.g. minimum wage hike)

    Slight return of manufacturing (micro-mills)

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    Thoughts on Why Energy Will Be a Huge Part of the 2016 Election

    Politics is no longer a civil discourse about two ways to take positive actions that will benefit our country. One of the areas that is up for debate is energy. Even though the changing climate is one of the most imminent dangers facing our country, it’s hardly gotten any coverage. Compared to the gun control, women’s rights, equality, immigration and health care topics, energy has taken a backseat. While those are important issues, none of them will matter if our world collapses.

    Why refuse to call out Trump as racist?

    Surely the low point, at least as measured by plain speaking, of last night's debate was the strange reticence that seized both candidates in re: the manifest racism of Donald Trump.

    Even if one were to give a pass for the enabling reported vis-a-vis his gangster casino customers disgusting behavior, surely the enunciation of two BLANKET policies ( the Muslim ban and the universal deportation) not to mention the rapists and drug smugglers trope which informed the very launch of his campaign ought to qualify him.

    On Things Best Left Unsaid

    [on the rise of the "Trump Democrat"

    Hillary’s liberal enough for me, was 8 years ago.

    I didn’t think Obama could get done everything they were claiming,

    and mostly he didn’t – 8 years later, the economy’s mostly recovering,

    employment’s up, even manufacturing’s coming back. Too cautious

    and surrendering towards Republicans, but then they control most all the cards too.


    Trump vs. Cruz is the epitome of the “big blowhard who knows little except

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    According to Vanity FaMein Kampf dust jacket.jpegir, Ivan Trump has said that The Donald kept a
    book of Hitler's speeches by his bed. kept-a-book-of-hitlers-speeches-by-his-bed-2015-8

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    Sanders Beat Polls, Still Has to Beat Clinton

    I usually drop off before 9 PM, but I knew I wasn’t going to fall asleep while Bernie Sanders was nursing a slim lead, so I stayed up until AP called Michigan for Sanders at 11:30 or so. I had TPM’s AP link, FiveThirtyEight’s live feed and LisB’s Facebook thread open.

    During the reporting phase of the Michigan and other primaries, Nate Silver and Harry Enten took a lot of flak in FiveThirtyEight’s comment feed, which ran along the right side of the screen while Silver, Enten, Carl Bialik, Julia Azari, Aaron Bycoffe, Micah Cohen and others posted their thoughts on the left. Once it seemed clear that Sanders was outperforming the polls, Silver admitted:

    Hillary lies, fails to prosper in Michigan

    'Honest and trustworthy" continues to be HRC's deficiency.


    The Democratic voters of Michigan, perhaps informed by the history that Mona has related in another thread, tore Hillary a new one tonight.



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