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Fleetwood Mac? Not this time!

Some more facts for today.

As the BS continues to pile up "out there."

CNN/ORC poll results as follows:

Against Republicans

In general, Republicans see Bush as the best possible candidate to match up against the Democratic nominee in 2016, but in hypothetical general election matchups against Clinton, Bush trails by a large margin, as do each of the other seven Republicans tested.

Marco Rubio fares best against the former first lady, trailing Clinton by 14 points, 55% to 41%. Bush trails Clinton by 17 points, 56% to 39%. Christie and Paul fall 19 points behind Clinton, each putting up 39% to Clinton's 58%. Huckabee, Walker, Carson and Cruz each trail Clinton by more than 20 points.

Against Democrats

Clinton declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president with a web video and promptly hit the road to Iowa and New Hampshire. Her campaign begins in an extremely strong position among Democrats nationwide: nearly 7 in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents support her. Overall, 69% back the former secretary of state over Vice President Joe Biden (11%), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (5%), former Virginia senator Jim Webb (3%), former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee (1%) and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley (1%). Clinton is also the second choice of just over half of the Democrats who prefer someone else for the nomination. All told, Clinton is the first or second choice of 83% of the potential Democratic electorate.


We the people still support the death penalty.

But we're getting better!

From Pew Research Center:

A majority of Americans favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder, but support for the death penalty is as low as it has been in the past 40 years. A new Pew Research Center survey finds 56% favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder, while 38% are opposed.

The share supporting the death penalty has declined six percentage points, from 62%, since 2011. Throughout much of the 1980s and 90s, support for the death penalty often surpassed 70%. In a 1996 survey, 78% favored the death penalty, while just 18% were opposed.

Democrats are less supportive. Yaaayyyy, Democrats!!!

Much of the decline in support over the past two decades has come among Democrats. Currently, just 40% of Democrats favor the death penalty, while 56% are opposed. In 1996, Democrats favored capital punishment by a wide margin (71% to 25%).

There has been much less change in opinions among Republicans: 77% favor the death penalty, down from 87% in 1996. The share of independents who favor the death penalty has fallen 22 points over this period, from 79% to 57%.

Liberal Democrats are way less supportive. Yaaayyy, liberals!

Democrats continue to be ideologically divided over the death penalty. Nearly half of conservative and moderate Democrats (48%) favor it, compared with 29% of liberals. Among Republicans, conservative Republicans are as likely as moderate and liberal Republicans to favor the death penalty (77% each).

Innocent people get put to death? Probably...

Death penalty supporters overwhelmingly view it as morally justified: 90% say that when someone commits a crime like murder, the death penalty is morally justified. Just 26% of death penalty opponents view it as morally justified.

Yet the differences between death penalty supporters and opponents are not as stark when it comes to other opinions about capital punishment. A large majority (84%) of those who oppose the death penalty say there is a risk that an innocent person will be put to death; so too do 63% of death penalty supporters.

Lots more statistics at http://www.people-press.org/2015/04/16/less-support-for-death-penalty-especially-among-democrats/

Damn good reasons to support Hillary!

1. Protecting health care reform

2. Foreign policy experience

3. Support for agencies that protect the public health

4. Prevention of a return to supply side economics

A very low key comment.

There is an inexplicable force here in Alabama you don't want to cross paths with.

We have a former governor who bumped up against it. A giant casino operator who ran afoul.

And now a local blogger.

Let's just call him, "He who shall not be named," but this is some scary shit!


Good News for Hillary!

Feeling hog-tied and gerrymandered? Good news!

From Alabama (yes, Alabama!) news service:

Hillary Clinton has made her presidential plans official and as it turns out, she may have reason to smile.

A recent Pew Research poll shows more people in the U.S. call themselves Democrats than Republicans. Overall, 48 percent of those polled said they consider themselves Democrats as opposed to 39 percent who said they are Republican.

And while President Obama has faced poor approval ratings, those feelings apparently don't translate to the general electorate. The 10-point Democratic advantage is about the same as in 2012 when Obama defeated Mitt Romney to win a second term.


Final Round of the Masters, Tiger Still In It!

Tied for 5th place, Tiger should finish at least in the a top 10, utterly unexpected by the golf world.

CBS begins coverage at 2:00 ET, 1:00 Central.

For you non-fans, this will probably delay "60 Minutes" so check your DVRs!

Tiger makes it to Moving Day at the Masters!

It has been said, possibly by Mark Twain, that golf is "a pleasant walk ruined."

On what would be the weekend story of the remarkable return of the legendary Tiger Woods, Spieth shatters records for 2 days and Tiger is a footnote.

We'll see, the gods of golf are fickle in the long run. Maybe Tiger is working his way out of the desert? 5 more majors to secure his status as greatest golfer of all time.

CBS picks up coverage this afternoon. Until then, the Masters will be live streamed again today. There are lots of complaints about how the Master tournament avoids televising the complete rounds of the best golfers in the world.

Todays schedule at www.masters.com! Tiger and his good friend Sergio Garcia tee up at (all times Eastern) 1:15. Spieth and Hoffman, last pairing, 2:15. Pair to watch - Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy just ahead of Tiger.

Featured Groups streaming today include "Featured Group 1 Watson/McIlroy" @ 2:30 and "Featured Group 2 Woods/Garcia" @ 3:00, beginning streaming each group when the previous featured group completes their round. Spieth/Hoffman will be featured last, probably @ 4:00.

CBS coverage begins at 3:00, 2:00 CT.

Round 2 for Tiger!

Friday 10:30 EST tee time.

Still in the hunt with a 1 over round Thursday.

If he can stay on the fairways, out of the hazards, and chip and putt like the old Tiger...well, this could be something! He looked a little rusty, but played well for it. Still has the fire!

"True Detective" Season 2 trailer.

This looks good!

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