When the Right Is Wrong

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The midterm elections in 2010 brought a tide of conservative Republican victories at the state and local level that gave them strong majorities in the US House of Representatives, as well as many state legislatures and governorships. States affected include those that have traditionally been conservative red states, as well as some which have been more moderate or liberal blue states, such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Making matters worse, the sweeping victories came in a US Census year, meaning the elected legislatures then became responsible for drawing new district maps for both US House and state legislative districts for the next ten years.

Some of these legislatures began quickly trying to enact extreme right wing laws limiting workers rights, voting rights and abortion rights among others, while simultaneously redrawing district boundaries to help ensure that they would be more easily capable of maintaining power within their states for years…

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Graphic Sources: Baptists, Protestants, Poverty, Disease, Abuse

edge cases

A set of seven maps without good attribution* has been circulating lately. I have not yet seen a version large enough to read any of the smallest print on each, but managed nevertheless to piece together the sources from the captions and from a few strategic image searches. The original sources are as varied as the statistics they represent.

Graphic of unknown provenance. Graphic of unknown provenance.

Evangelical Protestant Denominations–Rates of Adherence per 1,000 Population (2010)


High School Graduates

http://www.raconline.org/racmaps/mapfiles/education.png (http://www.raconline.org/search/search_results.php?keyword=High+School+Graduates&Submit2=Search)




http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/atlas/countydata/Obesity_Prevalence.pdf (http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/estimates11.htm)



compare with these:


A comparison with other major cults and sects seems to show that Baptists have largely displaced or prevented establishment of all others sects.

Child Maltreatment and Death

(tentatively: http://ourtimes.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/united-states-unicef-crc/)

compare with these:



I think the intention of the “Slavery” graphic was to imply that the lines delimiting the “Baptist” area has remained unchanged in over a century. This…

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Osama Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Recalls Terror Leader’s 9/11 Boasts


Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law testified Wednesday that he spoke with the al-Qaeda leader the night of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and that bin Laden boasted about being responsible.

“Did you learn what happened? We are the ones who did it,” Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a former al-Qaeda spokesman on trial for conspiring to kill Americans, recalled bin Laden saying. Abu Ghaith said that when he warned bin Laden the United States would not “settle until it kills you and topples the state of Taliban,” bin Laden brushed him off by saying, “you’re being too pessimistic.” Bin Laden was killed in an American operation in 2011.

Abu Ghaith’s comments came during surprise testimony, the Associated Press reports. He shared details of his encounters with bin Laden, who he met when he traveled to Afghanistan in June 2001. Abu Ghaith testified that he made videos threatening more attacks on Americans and…

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Where are the women in foreign policy? Here’s your answer, from one of them

Sarah Kendzior

I have a new article for Al Jazeera English on the dearth of women in U.S. foreign policy. I was originally asked to write about this for Foreign Policy, who instead last week published a piece asking where the women in foreign policy are. They asked nine people: eight of them were men.

Before that, I was asked to write about the lack of women in IR for a prominent international affairs journal. I could not accept their request to do so, for the reasons you are about to read. Below is the original introduction to the Al Jazeera piece (and the FP piece), which my AJE editor had to cut for reasons of length:

A few weeks ago, I was asked to contribute to a prominent foreign policy journal. Previous contributors include Kofi Annan, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Hans Blix. The journal was putting together a special issue on…

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Discovery ’91

Blue Collar Clarion

I juggle atoms,

Mostly now for pleasure,

Travel & leisure.

Strong hands, first weakened,

First weekend.

Regained strength,

Dexterity &


Now, I juggle atoms.

The time is coming, growing,

I feel the trampoline palm

When, with a Free Hand,

I’ll gather more atoms &

Deliberately let some collide~

In motion unrestrained to make molecules untamed,

Wild Diasporous Molecules,

Searching hand to Guide,

Motion to grow,

Context, content & flow~

And, I’ll juggle molecules,

Growing little fluid pools,

Of delight,

Feigning fright,

Bursting, cascading shards,

Glimpses of light.

Naturally, the pull & gist~

Stronger hands and

Choreographed arms &

Open fist~

Strolling, juggling trampoline molecules &

With a Free Hand~

I’ll gather molecules &

Deliberately make some collide~

In motion unrestrained to form compounds untamed,

Whet, marionette compounds~

Pleasure, pain, comets thrown

From the grain of atoms & molecules grown

& Hands whirling & curling,

Juggling puppets & parapets,


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Compassionate Hypocrites

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The latest Congressional dispute over extended unemployment benefits is another case study in the hypocritical way in which our elected officials continually back the interests of the wealthy over those of average or disadvantaged Americans. As has become their standard response to any attempts by the Administration or Congressional Democrats to spend money to improve the lives of people who have lost jobs due to an ailing economy or property due to natural disasters, for instance, the GOP always to call for equivalent budget cuts somewhere else to balance the books. The somewhere else can never be revenue increases or cuts to other expenditures that affect the wealthy at all. Cuts must be to other programs helping the same people as the proposed increased spending is to be allocated for.

Congressional action (or more accurately – inaction) of late has been dominated by the GOP who are adamant in their…

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 5th Of March, 2014.

The Militant Negro™

By Jueseppi B.


White House Schedule – March 5th, 2014

Office of the Press Secretary
March 5th, 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 5th, 2014

In the morning, the President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Bradley Air National Guard Base are open press.

In Connecticut, the President will deliver remarks at Central Connecticut State University on raising the minimum wage. The President will be joined by Governors from the states of Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to discuss the importance of raising the minimum wage and giving hardworking Americans the raise they deserve. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

Following this event, the President will depart the Hartford area en route Boston, Massachusetts. The departure from Bradley Air National Guard Base and the arrival at Boston Logan International…

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