June 23, 2014
Independent Third Place Books works around Amazon

Third Place Books

Amazon.com is in a battle with large publisher Hachette. While there is no new agreement, Amazon is downgrading the display and marketing of Hachette titles. Even making it hard to find some Hachette title and they took away the "Preorder" button.

Third Place Books is an independent bookstore in a neighborhood mall in Lake Forest Park and a location in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood. Many book sellers are putting an anti-Amazon banner - "I didn't buy it on Amazon" - on their web pages. But Third Place partner Robert Sindelar looked at this as an opportunity..

Sindelar says "our goal is to connect people to books. The notion that a retailer would obstruct readers from getting to certain books they want completely violates our ethics as retailers. I wondered how we could get that message across to customers."

So Sindelar found a forth-coming hot title and did some creative marketing. How about Little Brown's "The Silkworm" from Robert Galbraith aka J K Rowling to be released last Thursday! Ordinarily they would get no preorders for a book like that. They featured and discounted it. They even did home delivery of the book! They sold 60 on the first day, when typically they would sell about five.

The Seattle Times reprinted the article by James B Steward, but I can't find it on their web site. The article goes into considerable detail on the publishing battle.

New York Times

(Third Place Books is our neighborhood treasure. It is within walking distance and I am in there several times a week. It has a common area with Honey Bear Bakery, two other restaurants, and free live music on Friday and Saturday nights!) Third Place Commons

Posted by Ron Hebron at June 23, 2014 07:31 AM | Email This
Comments
1. Fights over book placement are nothing new; The Wall Street Journal had a story, many years ago, about how Costco was getting the upper hand on publishers -- space on the book table at your local big-box store could give a lesser-known title a huge boost in sales.

"Ordinarily they would get no preorders for a book like that."

Why not? Was selling pre-orders not formerly part of their retail strategy? Or were their customers not previously aware of this service?

Posted by: tensor on June 23, 2014 09:08 AM
2. Ron, you need an editor, buddy. The lede is baffling (a problem your June 19 article had, too).

Posted by: Kent on June 23, 2014 11:27 AM
3. "The notion that a retailer would obstruct readers from getting to certain books"

Indeed, obstructing readers from getting to certain books is unthinkable. Except when it comes to Republican-stacked school boards. Eh, we all know how that old story goes.

http://bannedbooks.world.edu/tag/texas-state-board-of-education/

I wonder what the availability of certain books might be following a successful right-wing "hostile takeover" of our government?

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 23, 2014 02:15 PM
4. Kent at #2 was very helpful. Twice.

Posted by: Ron on June 24, 2014 07:21 AM
5. Hey Bots, here is your cult leader ordering food at Chipotle. You will enjoy the breathless swooning delivery of from the Obamabot reporter because it will remind you of how much you hang on his every word.

Note that you elected a guy so uncouth, he does not even know not to lean over the glass at a burrito bar. Nice going.

Posted by: Mike on June 24, 2014 01:45 PM
6. "The notion that a retailer would obstruct readers from getting to certain books they want completely violates our ethics as retailers."

Did Sindilar share any thoughts about retailers, including Barnes & Noble, perhaps even Sindilar, banning a book, The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss, published by Amazon? He's had time to think about it.

Retailers bypassing publishers. Publishers bypassing retailers. Retailers becoming publishers. Authors bypassing everybody. The same thing is happening in the music industry. These industries are sorting things out, adapting to a rapidly changing environment. Out of curiosity, is there some part of your free-market ideology that has issues with this? Oh my! You're not thinking regulations are in order, are you?

"So Sindelar found a forth-coming hot title and did some creative marketing."

Ron, in case you haven't noticed, booksellers promoting banned books isn't exactly something new in this world. If Sindelar actually did something creative with this, you're not sharing, are you? And did you even have a clue about a book published by Amazon being banned by retailers? Curious readers might want to know*.

Was there a point to your post?

*Sorry to leave you out again, Smokie

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 24, 2014 01:53 PM
7. I suppose we're now talking about local book store marketing schemes because:

1) OMG! ObamaCare will kill us all!
Not a single health insurance company on Florida's ObamaCare exchange has asked to increase its rates for next year, according to a report.

The news is part of a trend as states publish their proposed premium rates for next year. So far, none of the drastic predictions about rate hikes have materialized, and more insurers are seeking to join the marketplaces.

2) Adam Faber (HACK!) has been taken away to a FEMA death camp.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on June 24, 2014 07:03 PM
8. It's worth noting that Amazon got to where it is via tax policies which favored it over traditional retailers, like Third Place Books:

"It shouldn't be surprising that a business can makes lots of money if it is exempted from the regulations that apply to its competitors. This is largely the story of Amazon's success. It avoided collecting sales taxes in most states for most of its existence. [...] The savings on sales taxes gave Amazon a dividend that has exceeded its cumulative profits since its inception by an order of magnitude."

As Ron recounts here, traditional retailers adapted to this state-warped playing field by offering what Amazon can't: actual physical space, "commons," for the sharing of artistic experiences, including literary ones.

Posted by: tensor on June 24, 2014 07:34 PM
9. In Florida, Molina Healthcare and Sunshine Health have actually asked for rate decreases.

I don't think there's a single Republican ACA talking point that hasn't been demolished, which probably means we've seen the last of Adam Faber.

Once again, good news for Americans is bad news for Republicans. Must suck being on the wrong side of history all the time.

Back to book banning. Odd topic for a right-wing blog, shedding a tear over a banned book. After all, it'd be such a small step for Republicans to take - to go from banning books in libraries and schools to banning books in stores. And you just know they're hankering to go there.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 24, 2014 07:37 PM
10. From Gallup, more good news for Americans, more bad news for Republicans.

"After Exchanges Close, 5% of Americans Are Newly Insured"

http://www.gallup.com/poll/171863/exchanges-close-americans-newly-insured.aspx

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 24, 2014 07:52 PM
11. "I don't think there's a single Republican ACA talking point that hasn't been demolished, which probably means we've seen the last of Adam Faber."

So long as Mr. Goldmark holds public office in our fair state, Adam Faber will be with us, ever eager to hack up another post against his favorite target. :-)

Posted by: tensor on June 24, 2014 08:05 PM
12. Ron Hebron siding with French surrender monkey global corporation Hachette against our own Seattle-based, red-blooded, all-American global corporation Amazon. My, it strikes me as being so, um, very un-American of him.

More from the "good news for America, bad news for Republicans" department,

"57% of enrollees previously lacked coverage."

http://kff.org/private-insurance/report/survey-of-non-group-health-insurance-enrollees/

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 24, 2014 08:16 PM
13. 5% and 5 million newly insured sounds good until you remember the rhetoric for Obamacare was 30 million. But low expectations are part of being an Obamabot.

Posted by: Mike on June 24, 2014 08:58 PM
14. "Hey Bots, here is your cult leader ordering food at Chipotle. You will enjoy the breathless swooning delivery of from the Obamabot reporter because it will remind you of how much you hang on his every word."

Try Obamunist. The delusional blind doc delivers more of his buffoonery. Too bad they are incapable of considering the consequences of Centralized Government. They are sinking in quicksand along with everyone else due to Obamunism and ideological intoxicated with the notion of believing and living the big lie, which they project as the truth - that's what entrapped millions of comrades in the old USSR and China.

Nah, it won't happen tomorrow, so don't worry be ignorant and blissful, until... they find out that we are all the frogs in the kettle with the temperature being gradually turned up (coincides with our freedoms being stripped away) - it doesn't matter if you are left-wingers, right-wingers or moderates..until everyone is cooked by the stealth Centralized Government under the guise of free stuff. Just keep saying "it can't happen here" to quell your pain.

Some dude on the radio said "Liberalism is a mental disorder" and leftist progressivism is a serious mental illness. You have the choice - pay up now or pay up later..

Posted by: KDS on June 24, 2014 09:14 PM
15. "OMG! ObamaCare will kill us all!

We will all die irregardless...

Not a single health insurance company on Florida's ObamaCare exchange has asked to increase its rates for next year, according to a report."

Who cares ? we don't live in Florida and I question your source - a heavy bet on they omitted data that took a potential real story and made it phony - typically called lies by omission.

"The news is part of a trend as states publish their proposed premium rates for next year. So far, none of the drastic predictions about rate hikes have materialized, and more insurers are seeking to join the marketplaces."

No numbers, just hackery in print. Your source sounds eerily similar to the Huff and Puff Post or the Daily KOS - you get lots of credibility points for that if you are gullible enough.

Posted by: KDS on June 24, 2014 09:33 PM
16. "5% and 5 million newly insured sounds good until you remember the rhetoric for Obamacare was 30 million."

Geez, if 30,000,000 was the projection for 2014, you'd have a point. But it wasn't, so you don't. Fail. Again. As always. So sad.

"Obamabots" "Obamunism"

Arrested development much? Too bad there's not a pill for that.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 24, 2014 09:42 PM
17. .
@15 KDS on June 24, 2014 09:33 PM,

You should question my source.
Reality has a well-known liberal bias that skews your ability to perceive the difference between fact and fiction.

Remember when you were also absolutely convinced Romney/Ryan had a snowball's chance in hell of winning?

Also too, let's not forget "GREECE!"

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on June 24, 2014 09:54 PM
18. "Who cares ?"

As famous last words go, those would be appropriate last words from the right-wing crowd who banked on the ACA to fail. LMFAO!

Who cares? The millions of Americans who were previously denied access to medical care and millions of Americans who saw that as being completely unacceptable, that's who.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 24, 2014 09:56 PM
19. .
In other non local bookstore related news, African Americans defeated Teabagging Republicans in the Mississippi Republican primary.

Donate now! to Sen Thad for Mississippi

In your heart, you agree with Mississippi's African Americans choice for the Republican candidate, so give Thad a little $love$

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on June 24, 2014 10:04 PM
20. Too funny. The "nappy-headed, jive-talkin' bongo" voters in Mississippi taking down the vaunted TeaBircher. That must be like a kick in the groin for our resident racists here at (un)SP.

When Texas and Georgia turn blue, and they most certainly will, the GOP as it is today will be relegated to the dustbin of American political history.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 24, 2014 10:25 PM
21. Remember when you were also absolutely convinced Romney/Ryan had a snowball's chance in hell of winning?

Republicans sucked at campaigns for POTUS candidates in 2008 and 2012. Romney would have been an improvement, but you and others were duped - no thanks to Mitt's abysmal campaign.

Also too, let's not forget "GREECE!"

What about Greece ? Their economy sucks to high heaven. Is that all you've got ?

'Who cares? The millions of Americans who were previously denied access to medical care and millions of Americans who saw that as being completely unacceptable, that's who.'

You are as gullible as they come - stupid is as stupid does. That argument amounts to a pile of shit. Try maybe 4 million Americans, when they had expected 26 million - more Obamunist flatulence.

Try watching someone besides Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow only if you want to know the truth. Oh wait... ignorance is bliss.

Posted by: KDS on June 24, 2014 10:38 PM
22. "Try maybe 4 million Americans, when they had expected 26 million"

Um, Stupe, that was already debunked. In this thread. Sorry, but you guys already used up your allowance of lies per thread on that one.

"What about Greece ? Their economy sucks to high heaven."

Yeah, Greece and austerity. Paul Ryan. Sucky wingnut budget guy big into austerity. Remember?

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 25, 2014 01:35 AM
23. Dr.Mikey is there a point to your posts? There, I included you.

Posted by: Smokie on June 25, 2014 04:52 AM
24. I suppose you Bots call this success? Economy contracts 2.9%

When do you start taking responsibility for continued economic failure under your messiah's leadership?

Posted by: Mike on June 25, 2014 10:13 AM
25. Large Puget Sound software company says future bleak if Obama's government keeps up its unlawful data collection.

You Obamabots were all for civil liberties and screamed loudly about the Patriot Act under Bush. Crickets chirping under Obama while he spends more billions on government surveillance of everyday citizens.

Hey Obamabots is this part of a partisan program to keep Dems in power like the IRS targeting political opponents?

Posted by: Mike on June 25, 2014 10:20 AM
26. @25: You Obamabots were all for civil liberties and screamed loudly about the Patriot Act under Bush. Crickets chirping under Obama while he spends more billions on government surveillance of everyday citizens.
Who is silent, exactly? Some of the most ardent critics of this are on the left AND the right. If anything, I find it disingenuous for many Republicans to protest when they would have otherwise stayed quiet under a Republican president.

Hey Obamabots is this part of a partisan program to keep Dems in power like the IRS targeting political opponents?
There is still yet to be any evidence that this actually was directed targeting of political opponents. Go find some, and then we can talk.

Posted by: demo kid on June 25, 2014 12:16 PM
27. @24: 24. I suppose you Bots call this success? Economy contracts 2.9% When do you start taking responsibility for continued economic failure under your messiah's leadership?

From the actual article you linked:

The economy was held back by an unusually cold winter, the expiration of long-term unemployment benefits and cuts to food stamps, which curbed consumer spending. It was also weighed down by a slowdown in the pace of restocking by businesses. All these temporary factors have since faded, lifting growth early in the second quarter.

So... which was Obama's fault?

Posted by: demo kid on June 25, 2014 12:21 PM
28. "your messiah's leadership"

Messiah? Get real. The closet thing to a messiah in American politics today is your Zombie Reagan - deified and devoutly worshiped, and still leading your party long after he's dead.

"Hey Obamabots is this part of a partisan program to keep Dems in power like the IRS targeting political opponents?"

Huh! How about that! Two long-debunked Republican lies in one short sentence. Not bad.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 25, 2014 12:26 PM
29. .
In bookstore related news, because she reads "most of them" ...
Up above at @19 I encouraged the (un)SP peanut gallery to donate to the campaign of Thad for Mississippi.

I wish to retract that appeal.
It turns out that the Republican from Mississippi, Thad Cochran, who was elected before our beloved Saint Ronald R. Reagan, and who was a key supporter of Saint Ronnie at the beginning and voted for all of Saint Ronnie's legislation and supported Saint Ronnie's policies of new astronomical deficits, Arms for Hostages, ...
well it turns out that was not correct.

Take it away Sarah:
"Well if Republicans are going to act like Democrats, then what's the use in getting all gung-ho about getting more Republicans in there? We need people who understand the beauty of.... the value of ... allowing free market to thrive. Otherwise our country is going to be continued to be over-regulated, driving industry away, driving jobs away. We're going to be a bankrupt, fundamentally transformed country unless those who know what they're doing, and aren't going along just to get along with those in power, it being today the Democrats. That does no good. So yeah if Republicans aren't going to stand strong on the planks in our platform then it does no good to get all enthused about them anymore."

So, I stand corrected.

Y'all should not support Thad for Mississippi and you should not be enthused about Republicans, after all what did a Republican domination of the House, Senate and White House deliver in the Bush years?

Frankly, I think our half-term Governor has a point.

Y'all should not be enthused about electing a Republican, because "it does no good".
Y'all need to understand that until you see a Republican who has demonstrated a record of not acting like a Republican, you cannot support a Republican, because (s)he's not a real Republican.

Let us all agree to support Republicans by neither voting for nor donating to any Republican.

And thanks be to God that our Republican nominee for President in 2012, John, Sunday Show, McCain brought Sarah Palin to the fore as his best choice. Otherwise how would we now that voting for Republicans is so anti Republican?


Posted by: MikeBoyScout on June 25, 2014 09:01 PM
30. Associated Press: IRS official sought audit of GOP Senator

Posted by: Mike on June 26, 2014 12:58 AM
31. So... which was Obama's fault?

The missing 2-3% that would indicate an actually strong and growing economy instead of one so anemic it can be hobbled by cuts to its own welfare food stamp handouts. Food stamps
which by the way, have seen the greatest increase under Obama.

Posted by: Mike on June 26, 2014 07:21 AM
32. @30: Associated Press: IRS official sought audit of GOP Senator

An incorrect and misleading headline. Asking a COMPLETELY RELEVANT question to one's work is not "seeking an audit".

Posted by: demo kid on June 26, 2014 10:24 AM
33. @31: The missing 2-3% that would indicate an actually strong and growing economy instead of one so anemic it can be hobbled by cuts to its own welfare food stamp handouts. Food stamps
which by the way, have seen the greatest increase under Obama.

I'm going to have to believe that you're willfully stupid here, as you're not even addressing the facts. What part of "temporary factors" do you not understand?

And yes, food assistance did increase. Point? Better than people starving on the street and feeding their kids cat food during the most severe economic recession the country has seen since these programs started.

Posted by: demo kid on June 26, 2014 10:27 AM
34. Six years of temporary factors and excuses. But Obama's low poll numbers across the citizens as a whole show that outside of you Bots, the rest of the country expects ownership, leadership and consistent economic results.

Posted by: Mike on June 26, 2014 12:17 PM
35. I like Third Place Books. No, that's wrong, I LOVE Third Place Books!

Posted by: Roger Rabbit on June 26, 2014 12:32 PM
36. @34 " ... the country expects ownership, leadership and consistent economic results ..."

We sure as hell didn't get that from our last Republican president. What's most important about the Obama presidency is what didn't happen: The recession that started on Bush's watch didn't turn into another Great Depression on Obama's watch. If Obama does nothing else right, that alone is enough.

Posted by: Roger Rabbit on June 26, 2014 12:36 PM
37. @36: The recession that started on Bush's watch didn't turn into another Great Depression on Obama's watch. If Obama does nothing else right, that alone is enough.

Which is funny -- while right wingnuts are keen on calling the president the "Obamessiah", it seems like they are the only ones that expected him to walk on water and were disappointed when he didn't.

But heck, even if he turned water into wine, these numbnuts would still be complaining about the vintage.

Posted by: demo kid on June 26, 2014 02:28 PM
38. 36

Agreed that Bush was a failure but Americans look forward. That was SIX years ago. You cannot say that if all Obama did was not be Bush that was a huge success. That is just stupid. Time continues to move on. People are expecting leadership, growth and instead they see a very anemic economy, a nightmare of government violating civil liberties and continued escalation of a plethora of future international disasters. And despite what you Bots think, Obamacare is not seen as a success but at very best another typical government attempt that fell short. And there are still many potential failure shoes to drop. Employer Mandate. That's going to be a laugh track for late night comedy.

Own the last six years. You bought the soaring rhetoric. You set the high bar. That is why you are a Bot. You have blinders when it comes to Obama.

Posted by: Mike on June 26, 2014 02:33 PM
39. "Agreed that Bush was a failure"

As well as Reaganomics and the entire GOP.

"People are expecting leadership, growth..."

They're certainly not expecting to see it come from you. As your approval numbers are only half that of President Obama and only two thirds that of Democrats, Americans are pretty much saying you people suck more than ever.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 26, 2014 03:16 PM
40. Wrong Dr. Obamabot.

Americans see pretty much every leader as failing them right now. Incumbency will be taking a hit. The anemic Republicans are not the problem. You and the rest of the socialists are the problem. Hope and Change.

Posted by: Mike on June 26, 2014 03:52 PM
41. "Better than people starving on the street and feeding their kids cat food during the most severe economic recession the country has seen"

They won't put it in those words, but that's precisely what they want. It's a spin on the makers and takers BS. They'd rather see children die of hunger than allow the government to "take their money" from them in order to "give it to others", food for our nation's hungry children.

It's not just hungry children TeaBirchers don't like. Maine Republican Governor LePage on Social Security and Medicare:

"It doesn't matter what liberals call these payments, it is welfare, pure and simple," LePage said in the statement.

Apparently our extremist TeaBirchers consider our seniors who paid into SSI all their working lives to be nothing more than takers.

Imagine GOP bumper stickers if they were honest.

"Old people are welfare queens"

"Let the children die"

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 26, 2014 05:23 PM
42. "Obamacare is not seen as a success"

It's almost like piling on, the way Republican ACA talking points are being demolished by the facts.

Just out yesterday. Of New York's 1,000,000 ACA signups, 80% were previously uninsured.

http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/news/press-release-ny-state-health-details-information-nearly-1-million-who-enrolled-through

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 26, 2014 05:48 PM
43. Always on the prowl for something new to hate, Republicans have discovered soccer.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 26, 2014 05:55 PM
44. "Agreed that Bush was a failure but Americans look forward."

Tell that to our own Shanghai Dan, who was still whining about Pres. Clinton's extra-marital affairs as recently as a few threads ago.

"You cannot say that if all Obama did was not be Bush that was a huge success."

Actually, if we had not gone from surplus to deficit in less than a year; if we had not totally ignored a very clear warning prior to 9/11; if our response to al-Qaeda had not been to destabilize Afghanistan and then abandon it; if we had not invaded Iraq based on lies; if we had not left New Orleans to drown -- yes, all of that would have been a huge, huge success when compared to what you and your right-wing buddies aided, abetted, and tolerated.

And when all of the fail was still stinking in the sun, we elected an actual leader. Did you agree you'd all failed, and pledge to help is rebuild our once-great country? Ha! You promptly slapped teabags over your eyes, screamed he would be a one-term president, and publicly drooled birth certificate hooey. (Given another chance, you threatened to shut the government down and wreck our credit rating.) You then fought tooth and nail against every fix we tried to make, and now you arsonists are whining about how our fire department isn't effective enough.

You gave W eight years to hurt our country, and now you whine we're not fixing it fast enough, over your implacable opposition. But hey, here's a chance to convert on all of your stupid "messiah" nonsense: remember all those thousands upon thousands of innocent Americans and Iraqis W consigned to pointless slaughter in his dirty war? Whine that Obama hasn't yet brought even a single one of them back to life.

Posted by: tensor on June 26, 2014 06:15 PM
45. @40 - Mike "Americans see pretty much every leader as failing them right now. Incumbency will be taking a hit. The anemic Republicans are not the problem. You and the rest of the socialists are the problem."

I don't see anyone Republicans included that have a clue on foreign policy - I do not want to see us involved in a war.

Do you mean the mental midget Socialists like Seattle City Councilor Sawant ? (an open socialist and a closet Communist).

You forgot anyone who supports international law of the UN is also a problem -an enemy within- a majority of the UN is against the USA - that does take much intelligence to know. They want the USA to conform to be more widely accepted by the UN - a rogue dictatorship would curry favor with the UN. The UN should be moved to Mexico from NYC The UN supporters would include most anyone you label as a socialist here - mental midgets; all of them. - the blind doc and tensor, demokid who believe they are fighting for their side, but they will end up boiled frogs or rabbits in the case of Roger if their side wins - LMAO

They are polluting intelligent comments on this blog a vast majority of the time. Adam Faber is nowhere to be seen recently, Sharkansky is seldom seen. There is more to this than meets the eye - conservative underground - perhaps ? So it goes.

Posted by: KDS on June 26, 2014 07:59 PM
46. we elected an actual leader.

Who? The 13-0 LOSER? .. declared so UNANIMOUSLY by the FULL COURT ... just since 2012! Is that leading?

You gave W eight years to hurt our country, and now you whine we're not fixing it fast enough,

Fast enough? AT ALL! Making it worse! To whom will you whine when the scabies, the SARS, the measles, the Swine Flu hit your state - as is very possible with the talk that the illegal kids being lured over the border will be interred at at JBLM? I can hear the whiners now: NIMBY!

Or the ugly economic (unexpectedly!) contraction?

Or the number of people who've dropped out of the workforce? From BLS.gov: The civilian labor force participation rate was unchanged in May, at 62.8 percent

Further, A poll conducted on behalf of Express Employment Professionals last month by Harris Poll shows that 47 percent of unemployed Americans have given up looking for work. Do that math with your bogus unemployment lie.

Watching the scandal a day Humpty Dumpty shatter in his own hope and change cowpie is almost worth the chaos he's caused:

Presidential Job Approval
Rasmussen: 45% Approve - 53% Disapprove
Gallup: 42% Approve - 53% Disapprove
RCP Average: 41.5% Approve - 54.0 Disapprove

And another ugly number that came out today: Pew Poll: Only 40% Of Liberals Say They Are "Proud To Be An American"...

The finding is contained in Pew's new "Political Typology" report, which breaks Americans down into seven different categories -- rather than the usual three. Among the seven categories, "solid liberals" are the only group in which a majority say they aren't regularly proud to be Americans.

By contrast, more than seven in 10 "steadfast conservatives" and eight in 10 "business conservatives" say they are generally proud to be Americans.

Oh, what do you bet that they are the SAME 40% that approve of cowpie and fearlessly (loudly) defend him?

Look
in
the
mirror

I have never enjoyed Humpty Dumpty more.

Posted by: Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want ... and on June 26, 2014 08:03 PM
47. Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want ... and is glad they're getting it!

939 COWPIE days

Posted by: Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want on June 26, 2014 08:10 PM
48. HUMPTY'S PAL ISN'T FARING WELL EITHER:
New York Times: Sales of Hillary's New Memoir Drop Sharply in 2nd Week...

Publisher Won't Make Back Large Book Advance...

Joe Klein: Book-tour bit of a bomb ...

Run Hillary RUN!!!!

Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want ... and is glad they're getting it!

939 COWPIE days

Posted by: Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want on June 26, 2014 08:31 PM
49. And with a well deserved SNORT - the cracks just keep coming:

Special Prosecutor: Actually, Scott Walker Wasn't Even a Target of Our Investigation

Randall Crocker, the lawyer for special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, noted the investigation has been halted, saying, "At the time the investigation was halted, Governor Walker was not a target of the investigation. At no time has he been served with a subpoena."

Screws that narrative, eh? Ha!

Is laughing at liberals considered aerobics?

Posted by: Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want on June 26, 2014 08:37 PM
50. "Arkansas GOP Official Resigns After Saying Hillary 'Would Get Shot At The State Line'"

Isn't that taking the GOP War on Women a little too far?

The squirrel finds a nut: "The more the tea party complains about how black voters vote for Republicans, I think they look racist and stupid," said John Feehery, a GOP consultant in Washington.

They ARE racist and stupid. Good luck fixing that.

Ann Coulter: "No American Whose Great-Grandfather Was Born Here Is Watching Soccer"

Because Real Americans hate soccer.

"Most Conservatives Think The Poor 'Have It Easy,' Poll Finds"

Because working two minimum wage jobs with no benefits and still not making ends meet is a lifestyle to envy.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 26, 2014 08:59 PM
51. Rag(e)s --

Your complete and utter refusal to engage my account of W's repeated and massive failures says more than anything you can lick up from wingnut sewer sites and spit here.

I hope those tea-bags on your eyes are nice and comfy. Maybe someday you'll learn you needn't wear them...

Posted by: tensor on June 26, 2014 08:59 PM
52. Rags might as well muck up the blog with her new moniker - the leftist progressive trolls think they are having a heyday - liberalism is a mental illness and leftist progressivism is a serious mental illness. Alex Jones would like to see their a$$se$ in a mental institution and the Bilderburg Group is at the epicenter of all of the craziness out in the world today - hmm....

It is getting downright stupid when some jackass blurts out Real Americans hate soccer - shame on Ann Coulter. The World Cup has had a record number of viewers here. Rather interested in the US vs. Belgium match coming up and I am not a liberal - the media constantly tries to put political factions into a box and they are full of dog squeeze besides unethical.

Posted by: KDS on June 26, 2014 10:04 PM
53. The soccer comment was taken somewhat out of context in that @GStephanopoulos POTUS tells me that World Cup schedule affecting some foreign policy moves. was a tweet from the ABC Obamabot anchor riding on Air Force One with Obama.

I happen to enjoy soccer, but I had to work today and was not able to watch USA v GER. And my board would not have liked it if I moved around work for soccer. And as The President's Boss, I do not like it either that soccer is affecting his foreign policy.

Posted by: Mike on June 26, 2014 10:54 PM
54. "shame on Ann Coulter"

"I happen to enjoy soccer"

You two sound like a couple of communists.

Posted by: Tom on June 26, 2014 11:38 PM
55. CALL BILL CLINTON! He has some and Hillary takes tax deductions for them!!


THESE ARE CALLED FACTS, BarryBOBBLEHEADS:

FLEEING RATS:
And yet, Franken in taking no chances. On Friday, CNN reported that the comedian-turned-politician is avoiding being caught on camera in proximity with the Democratic President of the United States.

CNN anchor John King reported on Friday that both Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Franken cancelled a scheduled appearance with Obama and a flight on Air Force One. He noted that both Senators intend to be in Minnesota, but appear to be going out of their way to avoid Obama.


OH GEE, WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT:
Based on the non-partisan, hard numbers, the big winners in Obamacare America are... drumroll please... the insurance companies!

Yes, those greedy, heartless, bureaucratic, and anti-competitive health-insurance companies that President Obama kinda sorta blamed for his mother's death and Republicans blasted for seeking a bailout, and doctors accused of interfering with their medical judgment are all still alive and kicking in the 2014 world of the ACA.

And they're doing really, really well.

In other words, your health-insurance company is getting richer and it's jacking up rates because it can. Obamacare doesn't stop it. Wall Street is encouraging it. And there's nothing you can do about it.

This doesn't look good for President Obama, who frequently cited soaring insurance costs when selling and defending his health plan across the country

It turns out the whole law is a bailout or boost, call it whatever you like, for the health insurers. They're doing fine and will continue to do fine.

Liberals have made the insurance company profit-motives enemy No. 1 in the health-care battle for years.

OH. AND YES
According to the House Oversight Committee, health insurers expect Obamacare's risk corridors to net them nearly $1 billion, at taxpayer expense, this year alone.

VOX (oh my!) REPORTS
Obamacare Enrollees May Have to Switch Plans or Pay More in 2015

Vox, a oft-criticized lefty "explanatory journalism" site, brings good good tidings of great joy for Obamacare's 8 million ... er, 6.5 million ... er 2.6 million newly- enrolled exchange consumers. Namely, many of them will face the choice of switching plans or possibly paying significantly more for coverage in 2015.

AND IN OTHER (MORE!) NOT-SURPRISING NEWS:
The Center for Immigration Studies released a report early Friday saying that according to government data, the net number of jobs created between 2000 to 2014 all went to immigrants, not people born in the United States.

The CIS report found that over the last 14 years, people who were born in the United States held 114.8 million jobs in 2000, and held 114.7 million jobs in 2014, a drop of 127,000.

But it's an entirely different picture for immigrants -- 5.7 million more jobs were held by immigrants in the U.S. in 2014 compared to 2000.

"All of the net increase in employment went to immigrants in the last 14 years partly because, even before the Great Recession, immigrants were gaining a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth," the report found. "In addition, natives' losses were somewhat greater during the recession and immigrants have recovered more quickly from it."

The report drew three conclusions that support the Republican position that the government needs to start enforcing immigration laws. First, it concluded that the long-term decline in jobs for U.S.-born people shows there is no labor shortage.

A labor shortage is the "primary argument" for supporting the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, the report said.

Second, CIS found that the decline in work for U.S.-born people is "consistent with research showing that immigration reduces employment for natives."

And last, it said the evidence shows it's very hard to argue that increased immigration helps create jobs for those born in the U.S.

RATS SAD:
Stephanopoulos then worried, "More than half of the Americans have lost confidence in your ability to lead the country and get the job done. That must have been stunning to you. Disappointing?"

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask you a final question about foreign policy: It comes from something you wrote in 2006 in Audacity of Hope. You were talking about President Bush's foreign policy strategy and you said, "Without a well-articulated strategy that the public support and the world understands America will lack legitimacy and, ultimately, the power it needs to make the world safer than it is today. The majority of Americans don't support your path on foreign policy. Are you failing by your own standard?

*President Obama Job Approval*
Rasmussen Reports 6/24 - 6/26
Sample: 1500 LV
Approve: 45
Disapprove: 53
Spread: -8

Gallup 6/23 - 6/25
Sample: 1500 A
Approve: 42
Disapprove: 52
Spread: -10

FOX News: 6/21 - 6/23
Sample: 1018 RV
Approve: 41
Disapprove: 54
Spread: -13

The Economist/YouGov 6/21 - 6/23
Sample: 670 RV
Approve: 44
Disapprove: 54
Spread: -10

CBS News/NY Times 6/20 - 6/22
Sample: 1009 A
Approve: 40
Disapprove: 54
Spread: -14

Reuters/Ipsos 6/15 - 6/19
Sample: 1703 A
Approve: 36
Disapprove: 58
Spread: -22

*President Obama Job Approval - Economy*
FOX News 6/21 - 6/23
Sample: 1018 RV
Approve: 38
Disapprove: 59
Spread: -21

The Economist/YouGov6/21 - 6/23
Sample 1000 A
Approve: 38
Disapprove: 52
Spread: -14

CBS News/NY Times 6/20 - 6/22
Sample 1009A
Approve: 41
Disapprove: 54
Spread: -13

NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 6/11 - 6/15
Sample 1000A
Approve: 41
Disapprove: 54
Spread: -13

*President Obama Job Approval - Foreign Policy*
FOX News 6/21 - 6/23 32 60
Sample: 1018 RV
Approve: 32
Disapprove: 60
Spread: -28

The Economist/YouGov 6/21 - 6/23
Sample 1000 A
Approve: 36
Disapprove: 51
Spread: -15

CBS News/NY Times 6/20 - 6/22
Sample 1009 A
Approve: 36
Disapprove: 58
Spread: -22

we elected an actual leader. - Posted by tensor at June 26, 2014 06:15 PM

THANK YOU, BOBBLEHEADS FOR WORKING SO HARD TO GET EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT! WATCHING YOU GET IT IS TOO MUCH FUN! ... KEEP UP THAT GOOD WORK!

Posted by: Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want on June 27, 2014 11:07 AM
56. "I've got a pen and I've got a phone,"

Gallup: Only 22% of Americans Favor Increased Immigration

The small amount of Americans who favor increased immigration include just 14% of Republicans [But 27% of Democrats]. In fact, more Americans think immigration should be decreased than increased, and by a nearly two-to-one margin, 41% vs. 22%. A third in the U.S. are satisfied with the level as it is.

WRONG, INDEED
"[W]e were wrong," the editorial page notes,"We said things couldn't get much worse after the sub par presidency of George W. Bush. But, President Barack Obama's administration has us yearning for the good ol' days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq."

In their reversal today, the "Billings Gazette" editorial board does not stop with Iraq. The laundry list of their disappointments is wide and deep: Obama's un-American surveillance state, the Bowe Bergdahl swap, the mishandling of the VA, the "boondoggle" of ObamaCare, and the administration's many sins against the media.

Without even getting to the economy, the editors sum it up with, "[T]aken in completely, these demonstrate a disturbing trend of incompetence and failure."
- "The Billings Gazette," a Montana newspaper that endorsed President Obama over John McCain in 2008 (but went with Romney in 2012) admitting Friday that they were wrong.

UH OH...
Alexandra Pelosi: Media, Obama admin enabling 'human trafficking' at the border

Pelosi noted that the problem America faces on its borders is not one that can be solved by rhetoric. In fact, she said, the issue has been exacerbated by American politicians and the media - including the president.

She added that the press and the political class, by not clearly asserting that bad actors on the other side of the border are funneling migrants into the United States, American institutions are complicit in a humanitarian crisis.

"I worry, in all of this, that we could be facilitating human trafficking," Pelosi said. She added that cartel members are now recruiting women in order to confuse American officials who provide women and children with special treatment.

Pelosi concluded by claiming that security at the border was a "hoax," considering that a border fence can be thwarted by tools as simple as ladders and migrants are now welcoming their capture by border police.

BUT, BUT, SMARTEST MAN EVER... WHO, BY THE WAY, CLAIMS HE TAUGHT THE CONSTITUTION
Yesterday, Barack Obama lost his twelfth unanimous decision before the United States Supreme Court. His own Justices on the Court ruled against him. What is most striking is that Barack Obama is a former law professor. What is more striking is that his Attorney General, who is more invested in protecting the precious than upholding the law, did not try to protect his precious from these new precedents.

The cases are:
United States v. Jones
Sackett v. EPA
Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC
Gabelli v. SEC
Arkansas Fish & Games v. United States
PPK Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Horne v. USDA
Sekhar v. United States
Burrage v. United States
Bond v. United States
United States v. Wurie/Riley v. California
NLRB v. Noel Canning

In each of these cases, the President tried to either stretch the his own power, that of the federal government, or curtail the rights of individuals. In each of these cases, the Supreme Court rejected his argument. In Hosanna-Tabor, the Administration found itself to the left of even the ACLU.

Many of these cases have established new precedents the right can take advantage of, but were agreed to by liberal Justices. Again, this man was a law professor. And he has been notoriously unsuccessful before the United States Supreme Court.


OH YES, WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT
As feared, the flood of Central American children and adults has begun to spread disease into the U.S. Border patrol agents are reportedly getting sickened from the refugees.

"I've talked to border patrol down in McAllen. They've seen TB; they've seen chicken pox; they've seen scabies. And according to Border Patrol, 4 or 5 of their agents have tested positive for those diseases."

Yep, a CDC doctor today said they have seen "drug resistant TB" that we have not seen in the US, as well as other diseases from which Americans have no natural immunity" or have been "previously eradicated in the US" and that these diseases spread "exponentially: 1 child infects 10, those 10 infect another 10 ..."

we elected an actual leader. - Posted by tensor at June 26, 2014 06:15 PM

YEP, A LEADER IN FAILURE! THANKS FOR FAILING ^UP^ SO VERY WELL! WE'RE ENJOYING HAVING SO ACCURATELY PREDICTING THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR ACTIONS! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

OH! I REALLY ENJOYED COWPIE'S WHINING TODAY ABOUT HOW BULLIED HE IS BY THOSE MEAN, NASTY, OLD, UNCOOPERATIVE REPUBLICANS... we elected an actual leader. - Posted by tensor at June 26, 2014 06:15 PM
OF COURSE, HE FORGOT THE FIRST YEARS OF HIS TENURE WHEN HE HAD BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS ...

Posted by: Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want on June 27, 2014 12:16 PM
57. Golly, gosh, gee whiz... the silence is deafening! It must be Bush's fault!

From MSNBC.com, of all places:
"Ouch: U.S. Economy Shrunk Almost 3 Percent"
Highlights include:
*Gross domestic product fell by 2.9 percent, the worst performance in five years.
*There hasn't been a larger difference between the second and third revised estimates in 38 years.
*The magnitude of the revisions suggest other factors at play beyond the weather.
*The latest revisions reflect a weaker pace of healthcare spending than previously assumed.
*Trade was also a bigger drag on the economy than previously thought.

we elected an actual leader. - Posted by tensor at June 26, 2014 06:15 PM

ICE isn't screening for infectious diseases, instead relying on self-reporting. Immigrants are not detained for further health screening, "unless they tell us they're sick," according to the ICE agent.
One third of the world's population are infected with TB," per the CDC. Last year, "64% of all TB cases and 91% of multidrug-resistant TB cases in the United States occurred among people born in other countries." And Latin American slums are described by USAID as "a breeding ground for tuberculosis." Guess which "other countries" most of those crossing our southern border are coming from.

It's not only TB crossing the border. Other infectious diseases such as scabies, MRSA staph infections, hepatitis, and chicken pox are being brought into the U.S. Scientific American warns of tropical diseases, "endemic in warmer, wetter and poorer areas of the world, often closer to the equator," such as schistosomiasis, Chagas disease, dengue, and Chikungunya making their way to the U.S. as, "immigration may become a greater disease pipeline."

Standard legal immigration into the U.S., as according to the U.S. State Department, requires a,"medical examination (that) will include a medical history review, physical examination, chest X-ray and blood tests for syphilis." So what about illegal immigration?

we elected an actual leader. - Posted by tensor at June 26, 2014 06:15 PM

This weeks gleefully reported OTHER STUFF
---> Abortion Barbie tried to hold a anniversary fundraiser for her infamous catheter wearing filibuster... she couldn't sell the tickets "Forced to Give Away Tickets to Filibuster Anniversary ... OF COURSE, she totally befuddled and enraged pro-bort atheist with her "God Bless" Abortion Prayer ... Even though Davis calls abortion "sacred ground," she has done her best to avoid the abortion issue in her campaign for governor. Her website completely ignores her abortion filibuster, the same filibuster she was celebrating at this event.

---> Obama Feels Your Pain Because He And Michelle Once Lost Their Nanny...

---> Prosecutors Back Off Scott Walker: Not Target, No Evidence Of Crime

--->Via Rasmussen: Poll: Common Core Support Among Those With School-Age Kids Plummets, Falls To Just 34%...

---> UNLV Students Upset University To Pay Hillary Outrageous $225,000 Fee To Speak
(Run, Hillary! RUN!)

---> Via Daily Mail:
After having one too many glasses of wine at a reunion dinner last year with friends from college, Hillary Clinton berated President Barack Obama as 'incompetent and feckless' and said he had become 'a joke,' a tell-all book released this week reveals.
'When her friends asked Hillary to tell them what she thought -- really thought -- about the president she had served for four draining years, she lit into Obama with a passion that surprised them all,' journalist Edward Klein writes in his book Blood Feud.
'"The thing with Obama is that he can't be bothered and there is no hand on the tiller half the time," ' Clinton is said to have barked in her boozy rant. 'That's the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f***ing tiller.'

we elected an actual leader. - Posted by tensor at June 26, 2014 06:15 PM
Posted by: Rags wants the simple-minded followers of dishonest liberalism to have everything they want on June 27, 2014 01:07 PM
58. "the insurance companies!"

With all their ACA talking points having been demolished, they now complain that corporations are making too much money.

First KDS and Mike rave about soccer and now this. Obama's secret plan to turn wingnuts into socialists seems to be working.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on June 27, 2014 01:28 PM