QOTD — What Story Do These Maps Tell You?

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Just look.

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Tell me what you think in the comments.

h/t Roger Ebert’s Place

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  1. jason330 says:

    Delaware, Virginia and Florida are explained by an influx of well educated Northerners. But how do you explain Indiana?

  2. socialistic ben says:

    I predict North Carolina turns into PA, as far as 2 large population centers and the Boonies in the middle. Florida is now a solid blue state (for residential elections, anyway) … Rick Scott is HATED and Charlie Crist will make a good Democratic Gov. Imagine how florida would have gone this time with a competent administration who respected everyones right to vote. I predict Texas is the next one to transition to blue.

  3. duty says:

    Looks to me like elections should be decided by square footage instead of electoral votes.

  4. Jason330 says:

    I’m sure we’ll see congressional districts and area apportionment proposed by this teabag congress.

  5. mediawatch says:

    Maps indicate that Republicans prefer living in areas that are not densely populated. The reason: they do not get along well with others.

  6. socialistic ben says:

    “Looks to me like elections should be decided by square footage instead of electoral votes.”

    so people with more land would have a better vote…. sounds about right.

  7. Truth Teller says:

    It appears that Ben and duty are still in the Fox Noise bubble and both are are a bit short on TIN FOIL

  8. socialistic ben says:

    i think you may have missed the snark in my comment, TT. I was taking Doodie’s suggestion to it’s logical conclusion.

  9. pandora says:

    TT, Ben is mocking duty.

  10. jason330 says:

    You could overlay maps for obesity and passport ownership on these maps and they’d work. Probably adult literacy as well.

  11. jason330 says:

    I added obesity and passport ownership. Yep. Basically, the conservative areas of the country are shit holes.

  12. Dave says:

    You might also want to contrast the these maps with a map that shows the total federal spending per capita in the various states.
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/states-federal-taxes-spending-charts-maps

    You can examine the data for yourselves but a quick summary is that Republican states, on average, received $1.46 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; Democratic states, on average, received $1.16.

    Obviously that includes many states with federal facilities (bases, institutions, labs, etc.) Still in a discussion of limited government, it might be information to ask red states about their federal facilities and dollars to see if they have an interest in eliminating them. We have things like the BRAC because often cuts in federal dollars are easy to make when it’s not in your own backyard because we all know our own federal facilities and such are vital to the nation. Limited government meeets self interest and all that.

  13. duty says:

    Doodie was mocking a Colbert bit, otherwise know as sarcasm.

    “Basically, the conservative areas of the country are shit holes.”
    75% of the country is a shit hole? Looks like areas with lower crime rates and higher religous affiliation. Probably family values as well.

  14. 75% of the country is a shit hole? Looks like areas with lower crime rates and higher religous affiliation. Probably family values as well.

    I wouldn’t necessarily call them shitholes. They are places that are nice to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. There’s generally nothing to do and the food sucks unless you like greasy fried stuff & lots of gravy.

    I really prefer places that are less “religious”. People who identify themselves as “religious” or “godly” tend to be huge hypocrites. I have no desire to surround myself with those phonies.

  15. Frank says:

    A good part of Indiana is little more than northern Kentucky, as Kentuckians fled north to work in the factories supplying Detroit.

    _____________________

    The correlation is telling–and not a little spooky. Thanks.

  16. duty says:

    “I really prefer places that are less “religious”. People who identify themselves as “religious” or “godly” tend to be huge hypocrites. I have no desire to surround myself with those phonies.”

    It’s not to bad living around Christians this time of year. With the holidays coming they are pre-occupied with toys for tots, adopt-a-family, coats for kids, food pantries, heating fuel for winter and setting up shelters. It’s Spring time when they are unbearable, especially around Easter.

  17. X Stryker says:

    Ugh it’s awful living around Christians this time of year, if you’re Jewish. They get really nasty if you wish them happy holidays, and they drench everything in red and green and fill every public space and commercial with the most godawful music I’ve ever heard.

  18. kavips says:

    This may shed light on Jason’s first question: “but how do you explain Indiana?”

  19. Liberal Elite says:

    @XS “Ugh it’s awful living around Christians this time of year, if you’re Jewish.”

    At least you have a religious holiday. Try it as an abject atheist.

    @XS “…the most godawful music I’ve ever heard.”

    You mean these crappy old songs for the Baby Boomers?

    http://www.xkcd.com/988/

    …but there is some good Christmas music. It’s just not on the radio.

  20. puck says:

    Ugh, also don’t forget how awful it is to live around Americans in July. They drench everything in red, white, and blue, and have caricatures of the Founding Fathers selling everything from fraudulent banking products to mattresses. Not to mention those stupid fireworks, and “Born in the USA” which at this point is worse than the Little Drummer Boy.

    Don’t look now, but Christmas is actually a secular public festival these days. All the religious stuff happens behind closed doors pretty much.

    Which reminds me – time to start loading up for the War On Christmas.

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