A Map of the Biggest Companies in Each State


In line with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which held that corporations have the right to buy as much free speech as they can afford, it might be time to consider changing the names of the 50 states. Here’s a handy map that will help, posted by Broadview Networks VoIP Blog.

The map shows the largest company in each state, based on revenue, and makes the distinction between size by revenue and size by market value. If market value were the metric, California would be Apple-fornia.

The map also answers a question that’s been popular for years: What’s the matter with Kansas?

Trump vs. Trump: MTP Chronicles the Donald’s History of Mitt Romney-esque Flip Flops


In the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney seemed to set a world record for prevaricating and flip-flopping. In the 2016 GOP cycle, Donald Trump has emerged from the pack by portraying himself as a tell-it-like-it-is straight shooter. However, a look at the facts reveals that the Donald is just following a page from Romney’s lying, flip-flopping playbook. Politifact has nailed Trump on his lies about immigration and just about everything else — the right-leaning site found that, as of July 14, 2015, zero (0) of Trump’s recent statements were true. And now NBC’s “Meet the Press” — yes, MTP — has put together a reel of Trump’s flip flops that might even make the Mittster blush.

Unexpected Obamacare Savings for Women Could Lead to Fewer Abortions
At the Very Least, the Savings Could Mean a Few Less Bristol Palins


The numbers are in for the Obamacare provision that ended women’s out-of-pocket expense for family planning, and they are huge, according to the policy journal Health Affairs, and quoted by Kaiser Health.

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs…But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers.

The study looked at out-of-pocket spending from nearly 800,000 women (sic) between the ages of 13 and 45 from January 2008 through June 2013. For most plans, the requirement began Aug. 1, 2012, or Jan. 1, 2013.

How to Survive Until the 2016 Election

While we wonky types here at Pensito relish the long, slow slog toward Election Day 2016 … who are we kidding? If it weren’t for The Donald declaring, we would have stopped watching already.

For the rest of you, journalist Patrick Gavin offers a primer on how to deal with the inevitable.

Justice Prevails


I became a supporter of this movement in the mid-1990s at a time when the odds of success were roughly zero to none. It was personal for me and mine, of course, but there was a larger purpose too. This is our legacy — our generation’s — a hard-won gift to future generations of young people that will enable them to grow up without stigma and go on to lead full and productive lives. Sometimes justice prevails. This is one of those times.

Andrew Sullivan, then affiliated with the GOP, was one of the first advocates of gay marriage. I saw him speak on the topic at an event in West Hollywood in 1996 or so. He’s posted a brief history of those early days here.

Why Aren’t BMW and Adidas Condemning the Rebel Flag?
Now flying over the South Carolina state capitol

Now flying over the South Carolina state capitol

Both BMW and Adidas have plants in South Carolina but neither company has shown any interest in asking state legislators to stop flying the Confederate flag* over government buildings.

When these companies decided to take advantage of the cheaper, mostly non-unionized labor there, they made a decision to identify with the state. So why aren’t they speaking up? After all, it’s their state now.

WTF? Obama Visits Marc Maron’s Garage
He wore a tie?

He wore a tie?

I stay about two years behind in listening to my WTF podcasts. Until today, I never skipped ahead to listen to this or that guest being interviewed by Marc Maron, no matter how big a fan of the person I was, because there is a continuity to the episodes and I prefer to work my way through them the hard way.

That changed today. When I started to sync my iPod before walking the dog this morning, I saw that Marc’s guest for the episode dated 6/22/15 was Pres. Obama. Yes. That Pres. Obama. How could I not listen in real (so to speak, since it’s a podcast) time?

I couldn’t.

Media Ignores Jeb’s Meeting with Top Polish Official Who Was Fired Because He Criticized America
Jeb Bush, left, with Radoslaw Sikorksi, one day after Sikorski resigned as speaker of the parliament because he'd criticized the United States

Jeb Bush, left, meeting with Radoslaw Sikorksi, one day after Sikorski was fired as speaker of Poland’s parliament because he’d criticized the United States

Imagine for a moment the fusillades of criticism that would be barraging Hillary Clinton right now if she’d gone overseas and met this week with a top foreign official one day after he’d been fired because he’d been caught on tape referring to his country’s longstanding alliance with the United States as “worthless” and “bullshit,” and describing the asymmetrical relationship between the two countries as being analogous to his country giving America a “blowjob.”

Now imagine what the Beltway media elite and their right-wing imitators at Fox and elsewhere would say if, instead of Clinton, the presidential candidate who’d met with this scandal-plagued, America-hating foreign leader was Jeb Bush.

Jeb ‘Looks Weaker And Weaker’
He's accused of funding violations and could face email and foundation scandals - but, not to worry, the D.C. media elites always have the Bushes' backs


The Cook Political Report represents the gold standard in political polling and prognosticating. When Charlie Cook or his lieutenants cite a trend, you can take it to the bank. This week one of Cook’s top experts, Amy Walters, published an analysis of Jeb Bush’s all-but-announced presidential campaign that is likely sounding alarms throughout the Republican Party’s establishment wing. The headline, written in neutral Cookspeak, says it all: “Jeb Goes from Fragile Frontrunner to Underdog.”

Bet Chris Christie Wishes He’d Never Suited Up for That Game
Somewhere near Fort Lee, whoever advised him to do this is packing up their desk


Enjoy this awesome pic of the awesome governor of New Jersey, who appears ready to play ball. Yes, just the one ball.


  • 13

    Women Democratic senators endorsed Hillary Clinton at a Capitol Hill fundraising event, the Washington Post reports. “But one particularly influential female Democratic senator didn’t join her colleagues: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — the anti-Wall Street crusader who was courted to run as the darling of very liberal Democrats — has not endorsed Clinton, nor has she promised she will.”

  • 21%

    A new Reuters poll finds Ted Cruz surging with 21% of the vote in second place behind Donald Trump, who leads the GOP presidential race nationally with 33%, followed by Ben Carson at 12%, Marco Rubio at 11% and Jeb Bush at 8%.

  • 8%

    Actual percentage of voters in the U.S. electorate who support Donald Trump, according to Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com. “Right now, [Trump] has 25 to 30% of the vote in polls among the roughly 25% of Americans who identify as Republican,” Silver writes. “That’s something like 6 to 8% of the electorate overall, or about the same share of people who think the Apollo moon landings were faked.”

  • 83%

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) approval rating among his own constituents, the highest of any United States senator, a new Morning Consult survey finds.

  • 46%

    Presidential Obama’s approval rating, with 50% disapproving, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. The fall has been driven almost entirely by concerns about terrorism and refugees.

Poetic Justice

How can you tell when Donald Trump’s lyin’?
It only happens when his lips are movin’.
Here’s an example,
And it’s just a sample:
When he said those black pastors really loved ‘im.


  • Some of the highest-ranking Republicans in Congress and some of the party’s wealthiest and most generous donors have balked at trying to take down Mr. Trump because they fear a public feud with the insult-spewing media figure. Others warn that doing so might backfire at a time of soaring anger toward political insiders. … That has led to a standoff of sorts: Almost everyone in the party’s upper echelons agrees something must be done, and almost no one is willing to do it.

    New York Times

  • The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats.

    — Sen. Ted Cruz, in an interview with Hugh Hewitt.

  • There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this you don’t believe it. … It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for truth-telling in the 2016 election, with flubs, rumors, misleading stats and flat-out falsehoods uttered on the campaign trail and ping-ponged around the social media universe with regularity. But in many cases, furious fact-checking from the mainstream media has not only failed to prompt solemn apologies from the worst offenders — it’s made them stronger.

    — Carrie Dann, NBC News

  • When Marco Rubio speaks, young women swoon, old women faint, and toilets flush themselves.

    — Florida Rep. Dan Gelber (D), quoted by the New Yorker, warning his colleagues of Sen. Marco Rubio’s “innate political skill.”

  • This is the pattern, isn’t it? The pattern is — he says something insulting, offensive and outrageous; the media pays attention; then he claims we all misunderstood him.

    — Carly Fiorina, quoted by the Washington Post, on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.



Republicans Hate the Constitution