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Polls Are Meaningless, Unless…

Posted by MEC on March 4, 2009

…they’re telling us what we want to hear.

With that ironic caveat, I present the latest NBC/WSJ poll, which shows that President Obama’s approval rating is at an all-time high: 68%.

And the approval rating for the Republican Party is at an all time low: 26%.

The approval rating for the Democratic Party is almost twice that of the Republican: 49%.

A majority (56%) recognize that the Bush Administration is responsible for the “partisanship” in Congress, and the same percentage say that the Republicans are obstructing President Obama’s agenda for political gain, not principles.

By more than a 2–1 margin, the respondents believe Democrats can do a better job than Republicans of solving our economic problems.

The quotes from the pollsters — one Democratic, one Republican — are amusing. The Democrat seems a bit clueless withal, and the Republican is drowning in De Nile.

An example of the Democrat’s cluelessness:

“What is amazing here is how much political capital Obama has spent in the first six weeks,” said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “And against that, he stands at the end of this six weeks with as much or more capital in the bank.”

President Obama didn’t just spend political capital, he invested it. This poll could be a metaphor for his economic stimulus plan.

Posted in Barack Obama, Democrats, polls, Silly Republicans | 5 Comments »

Oink Oink! Here Come The Pork Hypocrites!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 4, 2009

Here’s a new game for you all:

Every time a conservative legislator — be he/she a Bush Dog “Democrat” like Mary Landrieu, Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh or Blanche Lincoln; the fake Independent Lieberman; or just a plain old paleocon Republican — whines about the current budget bill being too big, do a quick Google to see how much pork and earmarks he or she put in that bill.

It’s really easy if the hypocrite in question is in the Senate. The group Taxpayers for Common Sense has (h/t to Kos) created a database listing the earmarks associated with each senator. And surprise, surprise — the Cons of both parties are the leaders by far in porkiness:

    Earmarks  $ in millions

  1. Cochran (R-MS):     204       471
  2. Wicker (R-MS):      143       390
  3. Landrieu (D-LA):    177       332
  4. Harkin (D-IA):      177       292
  5. Vitter (R-LA):      142       249
  6. Bond (R-MO):         86       248
  7. Feinstein (D-CA):   153       235
  8. Inouye (D-HI):      106       225
  9. Shelby (R-AL):      125       219
  10. Grassley (R-IA):    125       219
  11. Murkowski (R-AK):    93       181
  12. Murray (D-WA):      155       171
  13. Lincoln (D-AR):      93       181
  14. Pryor (D-AR):        92       167
  15. Menendez (D-NJ):    171       160
  16. Lautenberg (D-NJ):  173       159
  17. Hutchinson (R-TX):  106       106
  18. Levin (D-MI):       178       152
  19. Stabenow (D-MI):    178       152
  20. Byrd (D-WV):         76       152

Time to hit the phones of the pork hypocrites. Letters to the editor and calls to call-in shows would be nice, too.

Posted in 111th Congress, Ben "Lieberman" Nelson, big money, Blue Dogs, budget, frauds, hissy kabuki, hypocrites, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Silly Republicans | 1 Comment »

Things Found En Route To Looking Up Other Things

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 4, 2009


Ladies and gentlemen, the solar-powered water purifier:

The floatron solar powered water purifier can reduce pool chemicals needed by 80%. This solar powered ionizer floats on water producing mineral ions to control bacteria and algae. Mineral ions were used by NASA to maintain drinking water on Apollo space craft. Unit is safe and non-toxic to people with no shock hazard. Swimming with floatron is normal. It eliminates the irritations, odors, and bleaching associated with chlorine. The water remains clear and stable for extended periods because the minerals do not evaporate out. Chlorine loses potency after a few hours and even faster in hot weather, mineral ions last for weeks.

Some pool contaminants such as dust, suntan lotion, body fluids are not affected by minerals. A small amount of chlorine is needed to oxidize the contaminants so water remains clear. If no chlorine is preferred, use bromine, ozone or other oxygen based compounds. The low cost mineral electrode lasts 1-2 seasons and is easy to replace. The warranty by floatron is 24 months. For pools up to 35,000 gallons. Includes ION test kit. Made in USA.

Looks like the bigger sibling of the SteriPen products, some of which are designed to be used with a solar-powered battery charger.

Posted in energy, environment, Good Things | 1 Comment »

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