Wednesday, November 09, 2011


The info in this graphic has been put out in a wide variety of forms but it needs to be repeated often.  For all their self-proclaimed superiority as advocates of smaller government and fiscal responsibility, our debt crisis can be laid directly at the feet of Republican presidents.


Blog pal Jess Bunshaft (splenda in the grass) reported on Facebook tonight that Channel 11 in New York has hired a new traffic reporter, the splendid looking Nathan Kamp (above, in case you hadn't figured it out).  What makes the hire so . . . interesting is that Nathan's official job title is actor/model.  He's very much at home posing for "the majority of covers of romance novels" in various states of undress, according to one website that features him.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.  I expect a spike in ratings as a lot of new viewers switch to Channel 11 news.  Some of them may even be interested in traffic.


I was following the vote counts in various states around the country and, like many others I'm sure, I was surprised and delighted at the results.  The architect of Arizona's severe immigration law was recalled by the voters.  The anti-union law was defeated by the voters in Ohio.  That city in Michigan will retain its protections for gays and lesbians.  I looked at the vote counts for the Virginia legislature and found that three Democrats had been elected for every two Republicans, and that Virginians elected their very first openly gay state senator.  All across the country, openly gay candidates were elected as state Senators and Representatives and in New Jersey, the first openly gay African-American mayor in that state.

The biggest surprise, certainly, was the resounding defeat of the "Personhood" Amendment in Mississippi.  A subsidiary surprise was that the Catholic Church in Mississippi came out against the Amendment as election day neared, calling it too extreme.  The various groups who advocate stripping women of their reproductive rights, and their protections should they be hospitalized during pregnancy, are vowing to introduce identical amendments in five other states.  But you have to wonder: if it couldn't be passed in the deep South, can it pass anywhere?  

Most of all I wonder if what happened yesterday is in any way a predictor of the results in the far bigger, vitally important presidential election next year?

I am relieved. I hope this is a sign people are not as crazed or scared or despaired as I fear them to be.
I suddenly find traffic coverage so fascinating!

Very pleased to see some of the surprising election results.
Thanks for that wider picture - we so often lose perspective about what the American voters are up to here that a bit of detailed correction doesn't go amiss.

I'm curious to know what Americans thought of Obama's on-mike 'slip' about Netanyahu in conversation with Sarkozy. I imagine that hasn't done him any harm either.
Is it possible that tiny baby steps are being made to make this country better...?
David, unless I've missed something, It doesn't seem to have generated much if any fall-out. The Republicans haven't come down on him like a ton of bricks, their standard ploy when they sense anything they can exploit to make him look inept, weak or in opposition to the national good. The late night talk/comedy shows haven't picked it up as opposed to the meal they're making of Rick Perry's epic blank-out on his on policy toward eliminating Federal Departments during the last campaign debate.
Yes, that 'epic blank-out' has had many pleasurably awful replays here...
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