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George Will makes an amazing discovery in the NY Post:



"One study of 1,000 professors finds that Democrats outnumber Republicans at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences. That imbalance, more than double what it was three decades ago, is intensifying because younger professors are more uniformly liberal than the older cohort that is retiring. "


Good grief.  How could it be possible that there are more Liberals in the Liberal Arts than conservatives?  Here's a dumb question:  What's the ratio of Liberals to Conservatives in the Business department? 


So why on Earth would more Liberals work for less money when their Conservative counterparts work for more money in the industrial sector?  I'm sure that it couldn't be the money.  Of course, Will is arguing that the countless Conservative social scientists in America have been denied entrance into the sacred Ivory Towers of Academia.  But is he arguing that children aren't receiving the education that their parents are buying?  No.  It doesn't matter that these people are doing their job, it only matters that there aren't enough Conservatives on campus.  Of course, the college Republican organizations are larger than ever and appear to have an equal amount of support from the students.  So there isn't a problem with the conservative message spreading to the campuses, and the kids are supporting Bush despite the ramblings of the plethora of Lefty Professors. 


Now I'm waiting for George Will to write a column bemoaning the low number of Liberals working with the President.  In his article, he says:


"There also is what Cass Sunstein of University of Chicago, calls "the law of group polarization." Bauerlein explains: "When like-minded people deliberate as an organized group, the general opinion shifts toward extreme versions of their common beliefs." They become tone-deaf to the way they sound to others outside their closed circle of belief. "


That's right, George.  And this administration has surrounded itself by so many extreme right intellectuals that they believe that their ideology is now moderate.  If George Will wants us to take his criticism seriously, then he needs to take ours to heart as well.


The Return of the Ricky

Ex UT-star Ricky Williams will return to football for Miami next year!
"Williams found laughable reports he retired because he wanted to continue smoking marijuana."

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Religion in Texas

What is it about religion in Texas?  Why doesn't it prevent mothers from fatally attacking their children?  First, we had Andrea Yates who killed her kids because they couldn't be allowed to live in a sinful world... 

And now we have this in Plano.  A woman cuts off her child's arms, causing it to die.  And what is on the radio as she calmly speaks to 911?  Religious hymns. 

<block><i>"Exactly what happened?" the 911 operator asked.
"I cut her arms off," Schlosser replied, as the hymn "He Touched Me" played in the background.
"You cut her arms off?" he repeated.
"Uh huh," she answered.</i></block> - <a href ="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6561617/">MSNBC</a>

Happy Holiday

Have a good turkey holiday for those of you that celebrate it.  Things have finally settled down for me with my new job, and I'd like to return to posting sometime next month! 



Urban v Rural

I compiled this list of the fifty largest cities in the United States, and went to CNN's Election Results Page and noted the county results of those cities. (Note, three of the cities on this list are not located within a county, and two of the cities straddle more than one county. I've noted these where possible.)

Out of the fifty largest cities in America, Bush carried 16 of them, Kerry took 34. Basically, Kerry won 2/3 of the cities, while Bush took the other 1/3. In a dozen of the cities, Kerry received at least 2/3 of the popular vote. Of Bush's 16, there is only one city where he carried 2/3 of the vote (Colorado City).

I'm not statistics or demographics wizard. I don't know what this means, if anything. Just thought it was interesting....

Kerry Cities

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Kerry 51%

Atlanta, Georgia - Kerry 60%

Austin, Texas - Kerry 56%

Baltimore, Maryland - Kerry 82% (Baltimore is not in a county.)

Boston, Massachusetts - Kerry (Could not find any numbers for Boston.)

Charlotte, North Carolina- Kerry 52%

Chicago, Illinois - Kerry 70%

Cleveland, Ohio - Kerry 67%

Columbus, Ohio - Kerry 54%

Denver, Colorado - Kerry 70%

Detroit, Michigan - Kerry 69%

El Paso, Texas - Kerry 56%

Honolulu, Hawaii - Kerry 51%

Indianapolis, Indiana - Kerry 50%

Kansas City, Missouri - Kerry 58%

Las Vegas, Nevada - Kerry 52%

Long Beach, California - Kerry 63%

Los Angeles, California - Kerry 63%

Memphis, Tennessee - Kerry 58%

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Kerry 62%

Minneapolis, Minnesotta - Kerry 59%

Nashville, Davidson, TN - Kerry 55%

New Orleans, Louisiana - Kerry 77%

New York, New York - Kerry 70% (This is a bit of an average of Manhattan and surrounding counties.)

Oakland, California - Kerry 74%

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Kerry 81%

Portland, Oregon - Kerry 72%

Sacramento, California - Kerry 50%

San Francisco, California- Kerry 83%

San Jose, California - Kerry 64%

St. Louis, Missouri - Kerry 81% (St. Louis is not in a county.)

Seattle, Washington - Kerry 65%

Tucson, Arizona - Kerry 52%

Washington, D.C. - Kerry 90%

Bush Cities

Colorado Springs, Colorado Bush 67%

Dallas, Texas - Bush 50%

Fort Worth, Texas - Bush 62%

Fresno, California - Bush 58%

Houston, Texas - Bush 55%

Jacksonville, Florida - Bush 58%

Mesa, Arizona - Bush 57% (This city is in the same county as Phoenix.)

Miami-Dade, Florida - Bush 54%

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Bush 64%

Omaha, Nebraska - Bush 59%

Phoenix, Arizona - Bush 57% (This city is in the same county as Mesa.

San Antonio, Texas - Bush 55%

San Diego, California - Bush 52%

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Bush 64%

Virginia Beach, Virginia - Bush 59%

Wichita, Kansas - Bush 62%


The Democrats had their ass whipped this week... but it isn't as bad as the media would like us to believe.

In short: Gay sex (i.e. gay marriage) was the deciding issue. Josh Marshall has an excellent post on this very subject. Rumors of gay push-polling abounded over the last month, but I doubt that any Dem expected the conservative base to be this energized over an issue. In fact, they seem to be as rabid as the ABB crowd, if not more. I don't know of any reports of a team of Democrats crucifying a Republican like a group of crazed bigots killed Matt Sheppard. If these people don't get their way, then they form vigilante groups. The Dems aren't that ABB!

But is the end for the party? Nope. No incumbent President in recent history has won re-election with fewer votes than Bush has. No incumbent President in recent history has served a second term without a major scandal. In addition, Bush has a huge mess to deal with, and is running out of time to blame Clinton and 9/11. Senate Intelligence investigation, Valerie Plame investigation, record deficits, record debt, spriraling energy costs, etc. The next four years are going to be hard for America, even with Kerry in the lead.

This isn't over for the Dems at all. The Red/Blue divide is basically identical to that of 2000. In addition, Americans still embrace a large number of progressive programs. They may have elected Bush, but they don't want to repeal Medicare, social Security, Head Start, etc.

It's time to pick up the pieces and move on. This is a very small mandate for Bush, and he and the GOP will realize that there are no more scapegoats for them now. When the Red States start losing their children during the Fallujah offensive, they can only blame themselves.