It takes the National Rifle Association to build a campaign for guns
around resentment toward children—specifically, resentment toward two
girls named Sasha and Malia.
Posted by David Newquist at 6:52 AM
News, notes, and observations from the James River Valley in northern South Dakota with special attention to reviewing the performance of the media--old and new. E-Mail to MinneKota@gmail.com
Brown County flipped out in 2012. Out of being one of the most reliable Democratic counties in South Dakota.
According to Daily Yonder, it was one of 208 rural counties in the U.S. that changed the way it voted in 2012 from the way it voted in 2008. It was one of 128 counties that changed from Democratic to Republican in the presidential election.
In 2008, Obama received 9,041 votes in Brown County to McCain's 8,067. In 2012,Obama received 7,250 votes in the county to Romney's 8,321.
In 2008, a total of 17,426 votes were cast for president. In 2012, the total dropped to 16,068, a decline of more than 1,300 votes. Total voter turnout in 2008 reported in the Secretary of State's office for Brown County is listed at 17, 676. For 2012, it is listed at 16,276, a drop of 1,400 voters. (I assume that some people who showed up to vote did not cast a ballot for president.)
What is significant in the numbers was that the Republican candidate in 2012 received only 254 more votes than the Republican candidate did in 2008. However, Obama received 1,791 fewer votes than he did in 2008. What can be concluded from those numbers is that the election of 2012 did not have the interest of the 2008 election and support for Obama declined. While Romney received more votes than McCain did, those vote totals would not have flipped the county to Romney if Obama had retained the numbers he had in 2008.
The flipping of Brown County into the Republican presidential column has prompted some political observers to assert that the political makeup of Brown County has changed. However, that is not indicated by the voter registrations.
This table compares the registrations between 2008 and 2012:
Posted by David Newquist at 8:22 PM
If mental competence and health become criteria in keeping firearms out of the hands of the deranged, many gun advocates will be disqualified and restricted from possessing guns. By now, most people are aware of one of the idiots of the global village, Alex Jones, who petitioned the White House to have CNN's Piers Morgan deported and then went bug house on Morgan's TV talk show. Jones followed up his padded cell routine with a claim that cops and crackheads were out to kill him.
Jones has his own talk radio show, but he frequents Coast to Coast AM a Premiere Network show that broadcasts on more than 500 stations per night, including Sirius, and has about 3 million listeners a night. While it has some competent and intelligent hosts (George Knap and Ian Punnett), some of its regular hosts, George Noory and John B. Wells in particular, do fruit loop-de-loops with the likes of Alex Jones, and their very presence on the air is enough to bring America's average IQ down to the level where custodial care seems required.
|A gathering at Bughouse Square.|
Posted by David Newquist at 10:19 AM
Education Week has issued its 17th annual report on the quality of education in the U.S. This year, South Dakota came in dead last.
Posted by David Newquist at 7:58 AM
I was privy to the exchanges among my wife and her colleagues about Newtown, culminating in flabbergasted e-mails and Facebookings following the farcical N.R.A. press conference. Memes abounded, like, “First they call us union thugs and now they want to arm us?!” and self-mocking jokes about their own forgetfulness: “Do you really want to trust people like us with guns?” (Teachers are notoriously overworked and so occasionally forget their two pounds’ worth of keys in one classroom or another.) What astonished me most was that the gun lobby seemed to imply that it was somehow partly the unarmed teachers’ fault that the Newtown shooting occurred at all. Well, why not? Isn’t everything lately always somehow the teachers’ fault?His piece states the case of a nation that is disintegrating into raging divisiveness as a maliciously small-minded and education-resistance segment of the population has found ways to shout down and obstruct any attempts at informed, reasoned dialogue. (The Onion provides a sane and coherent perspective on the matter.)
Posted by David Newquist at 9:32 AM