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"Hitler or Coulter?" Quiz
Map1 - Teen Pregnancy
Map2 - Incarceration
Map3 - Homicide Rates
Map4 - Drop-out Rates
Map5 - Bankruptcy Rates
Map6 - Driving Distances
Map7 - Energy Use
Map8 - Gonorrhea!
Map9 - Tax Burden
Map10 - State GDP
Map11 - DHS funding
Map12 - Adult Illiteracy.
Map13 - Abortion Bans:
Map14 - ER Quality
Map15 - Hospital Quality
Map16 - Coal Burners
Map 17 - Infant Mortality
Map 18 - Toxic Waste
Map 19 - Obesity
Map 20 - Poverty
Map 21 - Occupational safety
Map 22 - Traffic deaths
Map 23 - Divorce
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Figure 2 - Unemployment vs Right to work
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Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Right really does want to destroy America
If we are to believe Count Novakula anyway. He's been looking at the problem of the Right's dissatisfaction with their top three candidates, and who seems to be the solution that's being pushed? You're not going to believe it.

New York-based political consultant Kieran Mahoney's survey of probable Republican participants in the 2008 Iowa presidential caucuses showed this support for the "big three" candidates: John McCain, 20.5 percent; Rudy Giuliani, 16.3 percent; Mitt Romney, 3.5 percent. Astonishingly, they all trailed James Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, who had 31 percent.

How could that be? Because it was not a legitimate survey but a "push poll," normally a clandestine effort to rig the results by telling respondents negative things about some of the candidates. But Mahoney makes no secret that the voters he sampled were told of liberal deviations by McCain, Giuliani and Romney, as well as true-blue conservatism by Gilmore, who is Mahoney's client.

Mahoney is trying to prove a point widely accepted in Republican ranks. None of the three front-line candidates is a natural fit for the nation's right-of-center party. Without question, there is a void. The question is whether Gilmore or anyone else can fill it.

Now, this push pull was done on Gilmore's behalf, but it's still scary. Gilmore was the most incompetent Virginia governor in my memory (which goes back to Wilder at least), and he managed to wreck the finances of the state during the largest economic expansion in history. He was like a preview of George Bush's financial strategery, that is, cut taxes now, let my successor deal with the shortfalls. Thankfully Mark Warner turned the state around.

That Gilmore thinks he's a serious contender, when even the Bush administration found him too incompetent for their taste, is a bad sign. That a push poll can put him over McCain and Giuliani is a really bad sign. After all, it will be the wingers that must be appeased to win the primary, and a total screw-up like Gilmore might be able to rally the base against the so-called moderates.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Kos rips Kucinich a new one
I never knew Kucinich was so pathetic until I read Kos' take on the guy. The 800 comments the thread generated are a testament to the fact the guy has followers, but sheesh, some of this stuff is unbelievable. I'd never vote for the guy (not that I would have before) but he's no longer just that cute little liberal guy who was smart enough to vote against the war.

Kos makes him sound like a cross between Deepak Chopra and Ralph Reed. It's something else.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Please let it be true
Kerry is out in 2008.

Best news all day.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

World Have Your Say
Today on World Have Your Say on the BBC radio the topic will be whether America is ready for a black president (Obama).

It sounded like an interesting topic to comment on so I'll probably be on at some point during the discussion.

My points, and feel free to add some in the comments:

  1. Obama is not a traditional black candidate that entered the political process through the civil rights movement like Jackson or Sharpton which makes him less of a "black candidate" and more likely to talk about topics of broader interest to the American people.
  2. His absence of a record, except for on popular things like opposition to the war, is a good thing.
  3. His likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, will have more hate directed at her because she's a Clinton, than he will because he's black.
  4. His likely Republican opponent, John McCain, is going to own this surge, and people will likely hate him for it, besides, as noted earlier, McCain has no great love from or for Evangelicals.
  5. He's all an all around great candidate, he had coat-tails as a Senator-elect, he's charismatic, and smart, and has a great life story.
  6. If people criticize anything it will be his name (which will get old fast), and his muslim background - even though he is now a Christian.

What do people think?


They didn't use me today. Oh well. It's always a fun show.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hillary's Nightmare