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Posts tagged election 2012.
+ Silly talk of secession is silly.
Also, and interesting article here: Texas secession: Fact and fiction

Silly talk of secession is silly.

Also, and interesting article here: Texas secession: Fact and fiction

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Chris Howard:  America really looks like this - I was looking at the amazing 2012 election maps created by Mark Newman (Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2012 ), and although there is a very interesting blended voting map (Most of the country is some shade of purple, a varied blend of Democrat blue and Republican red) what I really wanted was this blended map with a population density overlay. Because what really stands out is how red the nation seems to be when you do not take the voting population into account; when you do so many of those vast red mid-west blocks fade into pale pink and lavender (very low population).
So I created a new map using Mark’s blended voting map based on the actual numbers of votes for each party overlaid with population maps from Texas Tech University and other sources. 
Here’s the result—what the American political voting distribution really looks like.

This post has gone viral for me, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  For some reason there is something really beautiful about this.

Chris Howard:  America really looks like this - I was looking at the amazing 2012 election maps created by Mark Newman (Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2012 ), and although there is a very interesting blended voting map (Most of the country is some shade of purple, a varied blend of Democrat blue and Republican red) what I really wanted was this blended map with a population density overlay. Because what really stands out is how red the nation seems to be when you do not take the voting population into account; when you do so many of those vast red mid-west blocks fade into pale pink and lavender (very low population).

So I created a new map using Mark’s blended voting map based on the actual numbers of votes for each party overlaid with population maps from Texas Tech University and other sources. 

Here’s the result—what the American political voting distribution really looks like.

This post has gone viral for me, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  For some reason there is something really beautiful about this.

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Chris Howard:  America really looks like this - I was looking at the amazing 2012 election maps created by Mark Newman (Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2012 ), and although there is a very interesting blended voting map (Most of the country is some shade of purple, a varied blend of Democrat blue and Republican red) what I really wanted was this blended map with a population density overlay. Because what really stands out is how red the nation seems to be when you do not take the voting population into account; when you do so many of those vast red mid-west blocks fade into pale pink and lavender (very low population).
So I created a new map using Mark’s blended voting map based on the actual numbers of votes for each party overlaid with population maps from Texas Tech University and other sources. 
Here’s the result—what the American political voting distribution really looks like.

Now THIS is the most accurate map that I’ve seen, and it is fascinating.

Chris Howard:  America really looks like this - I was looking at the amazing 2012 election maps created by Mark Newman (Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2012 ), and although there is a very interesting blended voting map (Most of the country is some shade of purple, a varied blend of Democrat blue and Republican red) what I really wanted was this blended map with a population density overlay. Because what really stands out is how red the nation seems to be when you do not take the voting population into account; when you do so many of those vast red mid-west blocks fade into pale pink and lavender (very low population).

So I created a new map using Mark’s blended voting map based on the actual numbers of votes for each party overlaid with population maps from Texas Tech University and other sources. 

Here’s the result—what the American political voting distribution really looks like.

Now THIS is the most accurate map that I’ve seen, and it is fascinating.

Typical way of Romney running a business.  Cut your losses and screw people over.
I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I have a hard time imagining how this could have happened accidentally.
(Source)

Typical way of Romney running a business.  Cut your losses and screw people over.

I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I have a hard time imagining how this could have happened accidentally.

(Source)

The gamble was that by denying Obama any support, they would render his presidency wholly partisan at best, and a dysfunctional failure at worst. They would increase their own chances of denying him a second term, and that their return to power would allow them to claim a full and absolute break with the past. They shoved all their chips onto tonight’s election. When the networks called it at 11:15 p.m., the totality of the right’s failure was clear. And because they bid up the stakes as high as they could, their loss was unusually devastating.

The Republicans did “win” something.  They created an unprecedented divisiveness in this country, and gave a warm pool for festering bigotry and hatred to breed in. They spent massive amounts of manpower and money to invest in lies that far too many people still believe.  And the lie making machines are still out there.  It’s going to take a lot of effort to overcome that.

They lost the battle.  They’ll probably lose the war.  How many people will lose their soul in the process?

+ ilovecharts:

Nate Silver probability map vs. Actual map

Nate?  I applaud you.

ilovecharts:

Nate Silver probability map vs. Actual map

Nate?  I applaud you.

thisoneandonlylife:

thisgingersnapsback:

And here we witness Donald Trump’s breakdown…

Are these for real?  If so, LOL.  Real or not, I’m pretty sure the world is laughing at Trump.

thisoneandonlylife:

thisgingersnapsback:

And here we witness Donald Trump’s breakdown…

Are these for real?  If so, LOL.  Real or not, I’m pretty sure the world is laughing at Trump.

+ mamaatheist:

buzzfeed:

It’s a big night for America.

Holy shit!

HELL yes!  I don’t smoke and probably never will, but at least one state has ceased to be an idiot about it!

mamaatheist:

buzzfeed:

It’s a big night for America.

Holy shit!

HELL yes!  I don’t smoke and probably never will, but at least one state has ceased to be an idiot about it!


We’re glad Richard Mourdock’s extreme opposition to abortion even for rape survivors won’t make it to the Senate.

We’re glad Richard Mourdock’s extreme opposition to abortion even for rape survivors won’t make it to the Senate.

naazee:

Obama’s implanting an Islamist regime and an atheistic dictatorship 

save the nation vote Romney/Ryan 

You know, I really shouldn’t feed the trolls, but you do it so poorly I think you could use a little nourishment.

There.  I’ve given you some attention.  I hope you feel better now.

Nov. 5: Late Poll Gains for Obama Leave Romney With Longer Odds
Well, this is the last pre-election poll from Nate Silver of the New York Times.  It’s giving Obama a better than 90% chance of winning, up 5% points even from yesterday.  The popular vote still is going to be close, and no one will call this a landslide in Obama’s favor, but if polling is accurate there is a strong chance that Obama gets another 4 years.
Yeah, everyone is being a broken record about this, and I have a feeling that almost all of my followers who CAN vote in this election are going to, but I feel like I have to  say it again.  Don’t get complacent.  The popular vote counts in the mind of the people.  Get out there and vote.  kthxbye

Nov. 5: Late Poll Gains for Obama Leave Romney With Longer Odds

Well, this is the last pre-election poll from Nate Silver of the New York Times.  It’s giving Obama a better than 90% chance of winning, up 5% points even from yesterday.  The popular vote still is going to be close, and no one will call this a landslide in Obama’s favor, but if polling is accurate there is a strong chance that Obama gets another 4 years.

Yeah, everyone is being a broken record about this, and I have a feeling that almost all of my followers who CAN vote in this election are going to, but I feel like I have to  say it again.  Don’t get complacent.  The popular vote counts in the mind of the people.  Get out there and vote.  kthxbye

Another reason to vote Obama over third party…

Obama has a strong chance of winning via electoral college.  Popular vote, however, is another thing.  I personally would feel much better if Obama also wins the popular vote, and the larger the difference, the better.

And if Obama loses the popular vote but still wins the election?  I honestly don’t want to hear the sickening screams from the Republicans.   I can actually see this as being a dangerous development given the frequently stated potential for violence from the Tea Party.

So, even if you are in a state this is considered “safely” Obama, I’d still think twice about voting third party.  Let’s work for election reform to make third party candidates more viable, but I’d encourage everyone to think about realities for this election.

lookingatlightning asked you: 

It’s unfortunate that this entire election is now no longer an election based on policy or government, it’s a debate as to whether or not the country will recognize people as people. And worse, it’s proving that the country is split between two sides: those who agree with basic human rights, and those who don’t. It doesn’t matter if you have any political view anymore, this vote is entirely based off of whether you believe that blacks, gays, women, and the poor are people.

It is unfortunate.  From my perspective I can’t even say that we have even a two party system any more.  That one side has become so extreme and radical, and so dismissive of basic human rights, that it becomes impossible to vote for even the milder members of that party for fear that they, too, will vote party line.

It gives license for the Democrats to get away with their own extremisms and still win votes simply because they aren’t as bad as the other side.

Election reform is vital in this nation.  We need the ability to vote for third parties without taking votes away from the lesser evils.  Not that I’m saying that Obama is evil…I consider him a far better president than this nation had the right to expect. But there are some excellent third parties out there that I would love to see get more recognition.

Why I’m Voting for Mitt Romney

Edit: (Warning - I’ve got some comments that this video causes physical pain.  Viewer discretion is advised.)

Okay, this lady has the most brilliantly elucidated reasons for voting for Romney that I’ve ever seen.  How could you NOT support Romney after watching this video.  Please remember, this person is going to VOTE.  You might want to do the same.

Oh, and from all I can determine, this video is not a parody.  If you can watch it without your jaw dropping to the floor, you are a stronger person than I am.  :)

I’ll take occasional disappointment over frequent disgust and repulsion any day.

I’ll take occasional disappointment over frequent disgust and repulsion any day.