Truth In Numbers

Okay, so I have way too much time on my hands while I keep my phalanges cozy and warm as the ice age continues to loom just outside my window. But, give a computer-geek, who battles the threat of brain atrophy brought on by early retirement, a whiff of raw data and expect nothing less than a number crunching frenzy.

The NC State Board of Elections website and its accompanying FTP site, contains a wealth of information. Those who would take the time to do some digging would be simply amazed at how readily the nonsense metastasized by the bigoted cranks running my state is refuted by the very facts and figures made public by one of the many state agencies hemorrhaging strategically placed sycophants.

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Who the hell asked Art Pope, anyway? (part I)

OH SHIT, TOTO! Fetch me the ruby slippers. I'm gettin' my ass back to Kansas!

“OH SHIT, TOTO! Fetch me the ruby slippers. I’m gettin’ my ass back to Kansas!”

Well…quoting directly from his own website, it seems he would very much like us to bend at our knees and lay wreaths at his feet in praise of the magnificence of his altruistic sensibilities:

If character is defined by what we do when no one is looking, then Art Pope’s character is defined by his philanthropic work over the past 25 years. With little fanfare, both personally and through the John William Pope Foundation, Art has given away tens of millions of dollars to organizations that seek to empower individuals, expand opportunity, and protect human dignity.

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If it walks like fascism, and quacks like fascism…

For months, I had been struggling to adequately articulate my hypothesis that the unprecedented insidiousness thrust upon us by the extremist elements of the Republican Party transcends even the popular narrative of it’s “hijacking” by the menacing Tea Party.

There is plenty of content across the Intertubes about the Tea Party. ‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third-party efforts’: the tobacco industry and the Tea Party”, and, Study: Tea Party Organizations Have Ties To Tobacco Industry Dating Back To 1980s, were of particular interest to me. I had been under the impression that the movement spontaneously grew out of opposition to the bailout of the U.S. financial system and automakers at the close of the Bush presidency, subjugated early in President Obama’s first term by corporate astroturfing.

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Why do working class and rural Republicans vote against their own interests?

Many of us from the left unblinkingly characterize working class and rural Republicans as narrow-minded dupes tricked into voting against their own economic interests. When we do, however, we tend to dismiss the near primal allure of the broader moral sensitivities inherent to the conservative foundation of their party.

A Student News Daily article offers a concise delineation of Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs:

Liberals believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.

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