Little Credibility Then & Little Credibility Now

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Tom Delay had little credibility when he as in office and has the same small credibility now that he is a pundit.

“The prosecutor who brought the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry ‘has ties to Obama. He has ties to the Democrats.’”

The statement doesn’t quite add up…

“CNN State of the Union host Candy Crowley consulted an interesting source to discuss Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment on charges of abusing his power: former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a fellow Texas Republican who has been embroiled in a criminal election law violation for the past 12 years.

Perry’s charges are nothing short of a political witch hunt, DeLay said, just like his own. Crowley pushed back on the suggestion.

‘The point is the prosecutor who brought the indictment is not a Democrat in any way anybody can see, and in fact has ties to Republicans,’ Crowley said.

‘That’s not true. Candy, that’s not true,’ DeLay said. ‘He has ties to Obama. He has ties to the Democrats.’

‘And he has ties to Republicans, yes?’ Crowley asked.

‘Well yeah, but that has nothing to do with this,’ DeLay said. ‘What has to do with this is you take a law and you twist it so you can get the indictment. That is prosecutorial misconduct, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat.’

We wanted to look into the special prosecutor’s political connections, since Crowley and DeLay seemed to be on different pages…

The [Politifact] ruling

DeLay said it’s “not true” that McCrum isn’t a Democrat, saying”he has ties to Obama (and) he has ties to Democrats.”

McCrum has loose ties to Obama and Democrats — and he has Republican ones, too.

News reports and McCrum’s political record show he is not expressly partisan, having contributing a few hundred dollars to a few people on both sides of the aisle.

There’s a sliver of truth in DeLay’s statement, but it ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.”

Read the entire truth at Politifact.

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Putin Threatens Nuclear War Over Ukraine

On Friday, as Russian Federation tanks and troops poured across the border into eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin talked about his country’s most destructive weaponry. “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations,” he said. “This is a reality, not just words.” Russia, he told listeners, is “strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces.”

That same day, Putin used a term for eastern Ukraine meaning “New Russia.” So when he refers to repelling “any aggression against Russia” and speaks of “nuclear deterrence,” as he did on Friday, the Russian president is really warning us he will use nukes to protect his grab of Ukrainian territory. Read more at The Daily Beast.

Second Amendment Madness

Who puts an Uzi in a 9 year old’s hands?  Who puts a weapon of war in a child’s hands?

The accidental killing of an instructor by a 9 year old with an Uzi sub machine gun is the result of insanity.  Moreover, it is more insane that this event is video taped.

What are we becoming? 

Are we a society believing the Second Amendment gives us unfettered access to guns of all kinds?  Are we a society that wants to put weapons of war in our children’s hands or are we a society recognizing reasonable restrictions on our rights-restrictions protecting life?

Why are we tolerating behavior resulting in senseless death?

We will not let our children drive cars without a license. Most states require driver training.  Why are guns different?

We will not let 9 year olds drive a car.  Why are guns different?

We can hear the gun rights advocates now…guns are used to protect our homes.  Guns are not cars, we do not have the right to drive a car…

However, advanced security systems are also used to protect our homes.  We also place reasonable restrictions on 1st Amendment rights. 

There is no justifiable reason to oppose reasonable requirements for gun licensing and training.  We have driver’s education? Why not gun use education?

The second amendment does not give us unlimited rights.  It is time for us to exercise some common sense before another 9 year old lives with the scars of an accidental shooting.

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Conservative Values You Can Believe In

The US House is dominated by the GOP.  Of course, everyone knows the GOP has conservative values we can believe in…

Particularly when it comes to money.

“The House of Representatives will pay a law firm $500 an hour to represent them in their lawsuit against President Obama, a move that drew scorn from their Democratic counterparts.

According to a contract released by Rep. Candice Miller, R-Michigan, the chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, the House has retained the services of David Rivkin, a partner at the law firm Baker & Hostetler LLP. The contract authorizes a rate of $500 per hour for work as well as a cap of $350,000 on the litigation.” CBS News

At least the GOP leadership capped the lawyers fees.  We wonder what will happen when fees run over the cap.  Will there be a supplemental spending bill?

The GOP: Conservative values we can believe in.

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Can We (Or Should We) Believe in Polling?

“There is no shortage of reasons to worry about the state of the polling industry. Response rates to political polls are dismal. Even polls that make every effort to contact a representative sample of voters now get no more than 10 percent to complete their surveys — down from about 35 percent in the 1990s.

And there are fewer high-quality polls than there used to be. The cost to commission one can run well into five figures, and it has increased as response rates have declined.1 Under budgetary pressure, many news organizations have understandably preferred to trim their polling budgets rather than lay off newsroom staff…

‘Robopolls,’ which use automated scripts rather than live interviewers, often get response rates in the low to mid-single digits. Most are also prohibited by law from calling cell phones, which means huge numbers of people are excluded from their surveys

Internet-based polling has been a comparative bright spot. In fact, the average online poll was more accurate than the average telephone poll in the 2012 presidential election. However, there is not yet a consensus in the industry about best practices for online polls. Some online methods do not use probability sampling, traditionally the bedrock of polling theory and practice. This has worked well enough in some cases but not so well in others.

But all of this must be weighed against a stubborn fact: We have seen no widespread decline in the accuracy of election polls, at least not yet. Despite their challenges, the polls have reflected the outcome of recent presidential, Senate and gubernatorial general elections reasonably well. If anything, the accuracy of election polls has continued to improve.” Find out why at FiveThirtyEight

PoliBlogg note: We hope Robopolls like Robocalls die a quick death…

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Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons in Canada Tax Deal

Burger King Worldwide Inc. BKW +1.01% is in talks to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., THI.T +2.79% a deal that would be structured as a so-called tax inversion and move the hamburger seller’s base to Canada.

The two sides are working on a deal that would create a new company, they said in a statement, confirming a report on the talks by The Wall Street Journal. The takeover would create the third-largest quick-service restaurant provider in the world, they said.

Inversion deals have been on the rise lately, and are facing stiff opposition in Washington given that they threaten to deplete U.S. government coffers. A move by Burger King to seal one is sure to intensify criticism of them, since it is such a well-known and distinctly American brand. Click here to read more from The Wall Street Journal.

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A GOP Majority in Both Houses of Congress is No Guarantee of No Gridlock

If the GOP wins both Houses of Congress all may not be as rosy as some predict.  The internal GOP battle between the right and the rest of the GOP will not end. 

the [GOP] is far from united as it looks to the future.” The GOP is divided “on foreign policy, political strategy and social issues.” The Tea Party will not stop the our way or the highway attitude to governing.  In fact with a GOP majority in both Houses of Congress the Tea Party may feel empowered.

A GOP majority in the House of Representatives has not stopped the Tea Party from mucking up the works in the past.  A GOP majority in both Houses of Congress will not stop the Tea Party from mucking up the works in the future…

…unless the GOP puts the Tea Party out to pasture. 

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