Elections Matter

Obama Wins


Washington Post: Obama Judges Tip Appeals Court To Democrats

When President Bush II left the White House in 2009, the 13 U.S. courts of appeal were firmly under Republican appointees’ control. Ten appeals courts had majority GOP judges, two were evenly split and only one had a majority of Democrats. President Obama’s 49 appeals court appointees have dramatically altered the landscape. As of the Senate’s recess on May 23, nine of those courts had majority Democratic appointees and four had Republican majorities.

(There are 10 vacancies in the circuit courts. One Obama nominee is awaiting a Senate vote and three nominees pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.) The change, much feared by Republicans, is not necessarily shocking. But the transformation, in just 5 1/2 years, said University of Pittsburgh law professor Arthur D. Hellman, an authority on the federal circuit courts, marks ”a huge shift in a very short period of time.” And it means that Democratic appointed judges “have the ability to control every important case if they wish to” in those nine circuits, he said.

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Timothy B. Lee: Obama Has Secured Democratic Majorities On Most Federal Appeals Courts

A president’s Supreme Court nominees get a lot of attention, but presidents shape less visible parts of the judiciary too. Barack Obama is no exception. The Washington Post has a chart showing how the president has changed the composition of the nation’s appeals courts over the last five and a half years: Now, it’s important to say that courts are not supposed to be partisan institutions.

Still, Democratic judicial nominees tend to be more liberal than Republican nominees. And so the growing number of Democrat-appointed judges in our appeals courts will push American jurisprudence to the left on a wide range of issues. And because Obama’s nominees will stay on the bench long after Obama leaves office, these nominations will be one of his most durable legacies.

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Change Is

162 Responses to “Elections Matter”

  1. June 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    And thank God they do and thank God the right man was elected.

  2. 12 donna dem 4 obama
    June 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you NW this is a beautiful fact that will have long lasting implications.

  3. June 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you, NW for such a beautiful post. It brings back so many nice and warm memories.

    Yes, the right candidate was elected. BIS.

  4. 15 dotster3
    June 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Elections matter, for sure—-it’s the whole ball of wax (do people still say that and now wondering about the origin of that saying that just popped out of my old brain?). And 2014 is going to matter—a lot. It will decide if President Obama can continue to do big things or will just be relegated to putting the kibosh on all the crazy GOP schemes.

  5. June 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Ah Nerdy, a beautiful post, and those newspaper front pages were just the perfect way to start it – oh heck yes, elections matter. Thank you Legend.

  6. June 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  7. 23 dotster3
    June 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    • 24 donna dem 4 obama
      June 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      I’ve had my arms around that waist before.

      Just sayin… I’m not jealous or anything but she’s awfully close to my Governor there.

  8. 25 jackiegrumbacher
    June 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    This is an important post, Nerdy. I wish every Democrat who is too lazy or apathetic to vote would read this and see how much elections matter. The two time election of President Obama is one of the most important things Americans have done in this century. Every one of the Bush years was a relic of the past until PBO brought us kicking and screaming into the 21st century and showed us a path to the future. We know now, for the first time in generations, what real leadership means and we have realized for the first time in history that WE the voter have the power to make a difference. The president has been giving all of his supporters a master class in political statesmanship. He’s not only made us powerful, he’s given us very sharp powers of discernment. We know what the best is and we’re not going to settle for less.

  9. 26 dotster3
    June 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

  10. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    June 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    NW – Now, THIS is the change we’ve been waiting for! Turning the appeals courts around is a BFD. THANK YOU for giving us the facts on this important milestone.

    Love our President!

  11. 30 GGail
    June 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    NW, this is so apropos for tomorrow is our California Statewide Direct Primary Elections.

    Use Your POWER


  12. 31 Vicki
    June 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you so much for this super-important post, Nerdy.
    This is another part of The Obama Legacy that will matter for years and years.
    Like stopping endless War.
    And making American families secure with the ACA.
    Marriage equality. Done
    The hits just keep on piling up!!!!
    And the latest BFD—cleaner air for generations to come.

  13. June 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Power post, NW!! There is so much concentrated, focused goodness here at TOD. All I can say is WOW! I have a couple of things to share and then have to leave for awhile. I hope to get back to dip into the comments in the posts for today.

    • 33 carolyn
      June 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Krugman’s phraseology “slogging through” is realistic. Actually, most of life is slogging through! Too many people thought Obama was going to wave his magic wand, as we have said so many times, but of course that doesn’t happen. He has always been one to just keep at it…slog through…..and maybe now some others will come around and realize this is how progress is made. Not in the twinkling of an eye. Americans are just too used to immediate gratification…..PBO knows this isn’t how life goes.

    • 34 pkayden
      June 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      President Obama is doing the best he can! Love him. I hope he knows how many of us out here support him.

  14. June 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I realize this is CA but this is more like it:

  15. June 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I’m leaving you this one because the author, Ian Reifowitz, is a staunch supporter of Pres Obama and has written a book about him. I don’t see that he writes anywhere else and I thought it was one you would appreciate.

    …In terms of foreign policy, this president is on track to leave the United States significantly stronger and safer than he found it. That’s a legacy to be proud of….

    • 37 Vicki
      June 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Yes,Magical Earth.
      USA stronger and safer.
      Air cleaner.
      Families and individuals healthier.

      Lots to be proud of.
      And more to come.
      A gorgeous legacy.

      Every Dem in a race this year should not only be running on these successes but shouting about them from the rooftops.

  16. 38 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Way to go, Nerdy W! Your title for this post reminded me of this …

  17. 39 donna dem 4 obama
    June 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Our Friends are still here is DC all 12 of them if I count the dog. 😯

    “At the height of Operation “Beginning Of Tyranny Housecleaning,” OAS fell far short of its expected attendance, with charitable estimates placing the number of attendees at approximately 450. Since that time, a handful of protesters have remained, and every day they stand in front of the White House and yell at it.”

    LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂

  18. 45 anniebella
    June 2, 2014 at 6:15 pm


  19. 47 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm


    Wherever you live, you can take action to help address these threats. Join people around the world in answering the Call to Action to protect our ocean by committing to take simple, concrete steps in your own life. From eating sustainable seafood to recycling your trash, your collective commitments will help determine the fate of our ocean. Show your support – join the Thunderclap and add your voice to show the world that you are ready to do your part to help protect our ocean – and we will ask your leaders to do the same. – See more at: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2014/06/02/protecting-our-ocean-what-will-you-do#sthash.Ua2eJRsb.dpuf
    On June 16 and 17, Secretary Kerry will host the Our Ocean conference at the Department of State. We will bring together scientists, representatives from governments around the world, the environmental community, industry and other stakeholders to discuss ways we can work together to address the threats of unsustainable fishing, marine pollution, and ocean acidification to our ocean and identify potential solutions.


  20. June 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    One more comment. I live in a very red county in a red state. My small hometown newspaper has always been very balanced, but Saturday I was shocked to see straight Tea Party/GOP articles and a ridiculous op-ed on ObamaCare. I thought of the Fox News watchers in this county and how they have lost an important balanced media source. It really hit home to me personally about the importance of getting news out about President Obama and the truth. I want to do more about that and I’ve also made a commitment to myself to begin writing articles and tweeting about good progressive Democrats who are running in Red to Blue House districts that Pres Obama won. It’s a way for me to contribute. Name recognition is important. And people who read what I write may know someone who can vote or volunteer in those red to blue districts. There may be more I can do, but this is a way for me to begin. I won’t be a pest with this, but I’m excited to find a way to help and wanted to share the first one I’m writing for: WA-08 and progressive Dem. Jason Ritchie. An obstructionist GOPer has held this district for 5 terms. President Obama won it in both 2008 and 2009.

    We are all connected. We are all working together. The President has done so much. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to give President Obama a House that he can work with in 2015-2016. Wouldn’t that be amazing! We can do this!!!

    • 49 vcprezofan2
      June 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Niiice! Good luck with your ‘first’ step, TME.

    • 50 globalcitizenlinda
      June 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      thank you for your contribution on the search for a Democratic Congress and Senate – we should all do our part based on our resources and talents

  21. June 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Compleeeeeetely off topic:

    Has anyone ever tried to cancel a subscription to the NYT website??

    It’s been an amazing saga, I started emailing them a couple of months ago asking for the subscription to be canceled and never got a reply, and they kept charging to my credit card. Tried again the other day and I finally get a reply, but they want to talk to me first before they’ll cancel it, because they’re so sad about my decision 🙄

    This is bonkers. And surely can’t be legal?

    I replied again and said, no, I don’t want to chat, I want you to cancel my subscription.

    Banging head against wall at this stage.

    Any similar experiences?

    • June 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Good grief, that is psycho. I know they’re losing money like crazy.

    • 54 Layla
      June 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      You could file a complaint with your credit card company, I think..stop payment

      • June 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

        Thanks Layla, I haven’t read the small print, needless to say, but I can’t believe what they’re doing is legal. If it carries on one more week, I will definitely have a chat with the CC company.

        • 56 99ts
          June 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

          My only thought would be they won’t use email to cancel subscriptions (security? – nothing to do with love) – they will – of course – use online sources to start subscriptions!

          This is a major reason why I use cc online and not debit cards. It is near impossible to get a bank to cancel a payment – but cc companies have rules about such things. Many also have a form of insurance, wherein you get back payments that have been wrongly taken from your card. I could call them – and inquire as to refunds from when you first tried to cancel.

    • 57 dotster3
      June 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Went through a similar experience with the DesMoines Register—–only signed on to get the political stuff during caucus/election season. They didn’t want me to go either—–they were sad and loved me to pieces—-and it took multiple attempts (and additional monthly charges) till I finally convinced them that I was really truly breaking up with them. But I said we could still be friends.

    • 73 purpleshoesla
      June 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Dispute the charge every time on your credit card with your credit card company and provide your credit card company with copies of your emails to NYTimes that you’ve canceled the subscription. They will usually update their records that the subscription has been cancelled and decline the monthly charge from the New York Times. Went through something similar when cancelling a subscription for a legal periodical and it worked.

      • June 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        Thanks a million for the advice PSLA, really appreciate it. I keep assuming there’s something in the small print that allows them do this, but the fact they never even replied to my earlier requests surely can’t be right? I am definitely going to go through my statements to add up what they’ve charged since my first cancellation request, and will speak to the CC company to ask them to decline future charges. Crazy stuff. This was their reply to me:

        Thank you for contacting The New York Times. We’re sorry to see that you’re considering canceling your digital subscription. [Me: I’m not “considering”, I’ve asked them to cancel it NOW!]

        An Account Management Specialist will need to speak with you to assist with your request.

        We hope you’ll reconsider and accept our offer to continue your digital subscription and save 50% off for the next 12 weeks.

        Please call us at 1-877-698-5635 to reach a member of our Account Management Team. We are available to assist you from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday or 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday (ET). Please reference this email when speaking with our Account Management team.

        If you prefer, we can call you. Please email us at unsubscribe@nytimes.com and provide your phone number and the best time to call you (including time zone). An Account Management team member will contact you to validate and process your request.



        • 75 Vicki
          June 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

          I went thru this with New Yorker magazine.
          In July, 2008 the New Yorker did that dreadful illustration that portrayed the Obamas as terrorists. I attempted to cancel my subscription.
          They made it so difficult I just let the subscription run out and it turns out I’m glad I let the matter resolve itself because the Nov.17,2008 issue which I’d kept for all these years is by now in Ireland in Henry’s hands.

          After the subscription was over I threw every solicitation in the wastebasket.

          • June 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

            “the Nov.17,2008 issue which I’d kept for all these years is by now in Ireland in Henry’s hands”

            Ah Vicki, that’s a VERY happy ending to your saga!! You’re the best!

        • 77 purpleshoesla
          June 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

          Despite the straightforward nature of the cancellation policies on their website, what they appear to be doing is what AOL.com got popped for (both civil and criminal) by various state Attorney Generals over the years. And that is not following their own subscriber cancellation policies, making it difficult for the subscriber to actually cancel their subscription; in order to continue to collect subscription fees. At least in AOL’s case, the account management team members that just have to talk to you are paid additional bonuses if they can keep you from unsubscribing. That’s after they’ve dragged out the process by not responding promptly to cancellation requests and/or providing customer service phone numbers that don’t get answered; in order to collect more subscription fees. That’s likely what’s going on here. It’s deceptive business practices; (basically fraud/theft by deception). But unfortunately, there needs to be enough consumers harmed by this practice (and complaining) for the consumer affairs department of a state Attorney General’s office to get involved or a civil lawyer to file a class action lawsuit. And none of that happens overnight; let alone within a monthly billing cycle.That’s why I suggested going through your credit card company… Be diligent, what these companies count on is people just giving up..

  22. June 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Howdy all you O’s!!! What another great getting up day in TODdytown, eh? So, I’ve finally, been able to get outside and do gardening, running, and pal around with my furry forest friends.

    What an eye opening chart of the circuit court shifts since our guy got to town. Good stuff, that. Though, I’m disheartened to see his hometown circuit court, in a heavily Dem county, in a minority majority city is still red. How’d that happen? Gotta turn ’em blue.

  23. 80 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  24. 81 JER
    June 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  25. 83 JER
    June 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  26. June 2, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Because there is an amendment to that bill that prohibits employers from banning guns in their parking lots…

  27. 88 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

  28. 89 Layla
    June 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I was kind of hoping that PBO had another announcement to make before he leaves on his trip tonight just to mess with their minds further

  29. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm

  30. June 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm

  31. 98 Linda
    June 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    When I read the names of the Taliban that have been released ….and what level of power they held…it seems like Bush’s Cabinet Members .

    These men were not fighters on the battlefield field.

    • 99 Linda
      June 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Tweety is losing his mind over this…..he believes what the Bush people put in these men’s files at Gitmo.

      • 100 Layla
        June 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

        One must have a mind to loose it

      • 101 anniebella
        June 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        Linda I just commented about how wacko Matthews was acting. He wouldn’t even let Goldie, the black lady finish her comment because he didn’t like what she were saying.

  32. 102 Ladyhawke
    June 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm



    The plan will give states flexibility on exactly how they want to reduce emissions from power plants: whether through increased efficiency on the producer and/or user end, by switching all or parts of power plants to cleaner burning natural gas, using renewable and nuclear power (uh oh – I can already hear the screeching from the Professional Left), or… wait for it, wait for it, voluntary cap and trade programs!
    No wonder the GOP is apoplectic. This is a brilliant move on the part of the President and his team. Not only is it a historic effort to battle climate change and a new frontier in the fight for a better energy future, it is also politically as cunning and brilliant as Obamacare itself.



  33. 103 Nena20409
    June 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm


    Here is Jay’s presser at the WH

  34. 104 anniebella
    June 2, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Chris Matthews was acting like a dam idiot as he yell about how wrong POTUS was for releasing those five taliban for that soldier who may have walk away from the his post on purpose. Matthews was not liking the decision.

  35. 109 JER
    June 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama is about to depart for Europe on Air Force One – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  36. 129 jacquelineoboomer
    June 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Perspective! This is excellent!

  37. June 2, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Not only is it a historic effort to battle climate change and a new frontier in the fight for a better energy future, it is also politically as cunning and brilliant as Obamacare itself.

  38. 132 dotster3
    June 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Way OT but this is just unbelievable and horrific and an escape from Spitting Tweety (only political connection is the location, Waukesha, Wi., a familiar Repub stronghold). Three 12 yr. old girls, friends and classmates, have a birthday sleepover Sat. night. Sunday morning they say they are going to the woods to play a game. One of the girls holds down one of her “friends” while the other girl stabs her 19 times. The 2 girls had planned to murder their friend for months after becoming fascinated with some death and horror website, wanting to please a concocted overlord there. The stabbed girl manages to crawl to the road after the attack and was spotted by a bicyclist. She is reported to be in stable condition but “fighting for her life”. The 2 accused were located 5 hrs. later at a furniture store, knife has been recovered, will be tried as adults. It’s a different world than when most of us were growing up——-parents need to be constantly aware of their kids’ online activities.


    • 134 Vicki
      June 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Terrible beyond words,dotster.

    • June 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Oh boy. What is most disturbing about these horror stories is when two or more kids are the perpetrators, you can always write off one as being ‘disturbed’, but when it’s more than that it’s beyond terrifying. So many examples, like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_James_Bulger

    • 136 99ts
      June 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      I do react badly to 12 year olds being tried as adults. The crime is horrific – but they are not adults. There are rules about different trials for juveniles because they are not adults. No-one under 18 in my world is tried as an adult. I accept that some may disagree, but I don’t see why we even define 18 as the legal age of an adult if we can overturn this law so easily.

    • 137 Nena20409
      June 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm


      Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per child. According to a criminal complaint, the girls had been planning to kill their friend for months and finally made the attempt in a park on Saturday morning, after a slumber party.

      One of the girls told a detective they were trying to become “proxies” of Slender Man, a mythological demon-like character they learned about on creepypasta.wikia.com, a website about horror stories and legends. They planned to run away to the demon’s forest mansion after the slaying, the complaint said.

      “I recognize their young ages but it’s still unbelievable,” Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper said during one of the girls’ initial court appearances Monday.

      The victim suffered 19 stab wounds; one missed a major artery near her heart by a millimeter, doctors told police. She was in stable condition Monday. The court documents did not provide her name.


      Horrific. No doubt there is some sort of coercion. I remember a Teen case in MD in the 1970s and the teen was Black, killed by his classmates. Their wicked reasoning was that they wanted to see if his blood was the same color. The classmates were Caucasians.

  39. June 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    POTUS is the sweetest man.

  40. June 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Good evening, TOD. Instead of concentrating on the traffic on my way home tonight I spent my commute thinking about all the people who don’t know about this site who are missing one of the most amazing presidencies in my lifetime, and most likely, their lifetimes, too. A big thank you to every one of you. Now I have to go catch up with the day’s events.

  41. June 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    “And He’s Off”…

    I love to watch these departures

  42. 142 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    ‘Female-named hurricanes cause more deaths in the U.S.’

    Yes this is not a funny subject but I confess that I chuckled when I saw it on the CBS News Ticker. A version of ‘karmic’ revenge for the trials women face? [Yes. Yes. I know it’s silly since women suffer in the hurricanes too, but I chuckled nonetheless.]

  43. June 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Not sure if they take lessons from the #GOP and US #NEWSTAINERS or the other way around ….

  44. 144 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I was watching the plane in flight, but gave up since it seems jumpy and as I detest flying that makes me nervous. I like it best when PBO lands.

    • June 2, 2014 at 7:59 pm


      Is that the girl they made fun of during the Trayvon Martin’s trial? If this is she, I am so happy for her and wish her well.

      • 147 globalcitizenlinda
        June 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

        yes she is – Ms. Rachel Jeantel was the last child to speak to the murdered child Mr. Trayvon Martin as he was being hunted down;

        and I will never forgive the people who chose to ridicule Ms. Jeantel’s appearance and speech as she testified on the stand;

    • 148 anniebella
      June 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      I second that, and it was nice that Trayvon’s mother was there at her graduation.

  45. 149 yardarm756
    June 2, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  46. June 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Medieval Volyn. Ukrainian hearth of European civilization

    “Speaking about civilizational belonging of Ukraine, an important question such as higher education is one of the most significance. There were two waves of establishment of higher educational institutes in Europe. In Western Europe universities began to appear from 11th-12th centuries and in Eastern Europe from 14th-15th centuries.

    The earliest western European universities were world-famous English Oxford and Cambridge, Paris University, Spanish University of Salamanca, Italian universities of Bologna and Modena. The first one was the University of Bologna, which was established in 1088, where not so long ago the Bologna declaration of standardization of European systems of higher education was signed and where Ukrainian philosopher Yuriy Drohobych was the Dean at one time.

    Yuriy Drohobych was a graduate of another old European university – Jagiellonian University of Krakow, which is second oldest among Slav’s Universities after the University of Prague, which was established in 1348. Of course the educational systems available in Ukrainian cities at that time could not compete with higher educational institutions in the leading cities of Europe. The oldest continuously active University of Lviv was established only in 1661 but it should be noted that the European wave of enlightenment achieved our land.

    The first higher educational institute in Eastern Slavic countries was the Ostrozh Academy, which was established in 1576 with the support of Volyn Prince Konstantin Ostrozhskyi. Besides establishing academy, his name is also associated with other examples of civilizational breakthrough such as the publication of the first full Slav Church Bible and the first publication Church-Slav or just Slav Alphabet book. The printing was done by the famous book printer Ivan Fedorov, who escaped from Moscow to Lviv hiding from book writers (calligraphers).”

    More at the link: http://inforesist.org/medieval-volyn-ukrainian-hearth-of-european-civilization/?lang=en

  47. 154 jacquelineoboomer
    June 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I hope our President continues to travel through life, with this knowledge:

  48. 156 desertflower
    June 2, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    About our earlier discussion about the RWNJ that is running in AZ and changed his name to Cesar Chavez , trying to deceive the voters in that Dem district. We’re on this: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2014/06/congressional_candidate_cesar_chavez_has_nothing_to_do_with_actual_cesar_chavez.php

    Everything about his campaign appears to be illegitimate, as the Republic reports that Chavez/Fistler has no campaign staff or endorsements. From the Republic:
    He plagiarized an answer to a Republic policy questionnaire and used copyrighted photos on his website. Two show a crowd in red T-shirts printed with “Chavez,” and another depicts a parade group waving Mexican and American flags. “Supporters ready to canvas the South Mountain neighborhood,” reads one website caption.

    A Google image search reveals different origins. The crowds were photographed at a 2006 Venezuelan rally for then-President Hugo Chavez. The parade was held in Kansas to honor civil-rights leader Chavez.

    Scumbag. They HAVE to cheat or they would lose. He won’t go anywhere.

    • June 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm


      In 2012, the Dems had a Black candidate trying to unseat a well established Republican in the south. (I can’t remember where.) It was a story as sordid as this one. He raised the $10k he needed to file for elections, had no support of the democratic party, didn’t hold any rally, never gave but one interview, was an enigma to everyone. I believe that he was discharged from the military under a cloud. No one knew where he came from, who he was, and why he was there. I thought he was a ploy by the GOP to derail any serious democratic contender. Of course, he lost in the general but to this day, I have no clue who planted that guy there.

      This guy’s story appears very similar.

  49. 159 Anna
    June 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    So correct me if I am wrong, President has this “to do list”. Even with a bunch of bullies working against him, he seems to get it done. They throw a hissie fit, he flicks them off like he did that fly, and says “okay what’s next on my bucket list. I hope there is a good stroke unit close to these, these, whatever they are. If he keeps it up, not only Tweety is going to need a stroke unit.

  50. June 2, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  51. 161 99ts
    June 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    So it’s early in my day and I have a 1st world problem that stresses me out. My mother always taught me that Monday is washing day, Tuesday is baking day and Wednesday is cleaning day. So I do the cleaning on Monday, the washing on Tuesday and the baking (such as I do) on Wednesday. My brain is conflicted.

    I used to love coming home on Tuesdays to the smell of the cakes and tarts fresh from the oven. Closest day to heaven that I knew.

  52. 162 globalcitizenlinda
    June 2, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    for the most part, it is true that all politics is local;

    additionally, many voters have a Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) attitude and will only act/vote based on how a given policy would affect their personal circumstances;

    I believe that one of the challenges most of us who believe in and advocate for robust actions on climate change (like the ones PBO announced today) is to make the current and anticipated effects of global warming more local, real and tangible;

    this is especially true when dealing with those voters who may be wavering or many be thinking that the negative effects of climate occur in far away lands or very far into the future;

    for instance, skeptic people may act/vote differently when they realize that their community is directly threatened;

    advocates should look for more creative ways to remind climate-skeptics that the need to act on climate change is personal (i.e. will affect the day-to-day actions and decisions in households and communities in concrete/tangible/resource-destroying ways) ‘

    I know people here can express these sentiments better than me – so feel free to be more concise than my attempt =>


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