Friday, December 10, 2004

Post-election Maps, Take 3

Ilir Topalli, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He put together quite a fascinating list of maps.

As Doc Topalli explored the Red State/Blue State issue, he noted that the seeming sea of red on the electoral map is a scam to panic the 49% who voted blue. The nation is actually more Purple.

Delving into the details, he discovered quite a few interesting data points:

Blues are more educated, make more money, are more successful, and have to carry the Red welfare states on their backs:

-College and High School Graduation

Blue staters graduate HS and are more likely to go to college

-Red = Poor

Red staters are poorer

-Blue = Successful

Blue states achieve higher success rates

-Tax Burden / Parasites States

The Red states are a tax burden on the rest of the country.

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What about that vaunted Moral superiority we hear so much about?


Blue staters are more likely to stay married

-Teen Birth Rates

Blue staters are less likely to get pregnant in their teen years


Red staters get more STDs

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How about abiding by the law?

-Murder Rates

Blue Staters are less likely to shoot each other to death

-Fatal Driving Accidents / DUI

Blue Staters drive better, and don’t let their friends drive drunk


Blue staters are less likely to ignore the law

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How about Obesity
? Time to loosen that Bible belt another notch -- Red state voters are fat

And lastly, lets see about America's favorite pastime:
Blue states kick ass (OK, now we’re just rubbing it in)

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Could it be that the set of standards that the "Blues" demand that the rest of the Nation be measured by are only important to the "Blues"?
There's no end to elitist stupidity!

Posted by: J D Who | Dec 10, 2004 7:14:55 PM

Yes! This list is proof of the elitism of the Blue states!

Let's look at all the absurd things these elitists consider important:

-graduating High School;
-earning a decent living;
-paying your taxes;

This is outrageous -- what next? How about:

-Staying Married
-Not having Teenagers get pregnant
-Not getting Chlamydia

What about their crazy views on the the law? These insane Blue staters are against:

-Drunk Driving;

What will these dastardly liberals come up with next?

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz | Dec 10, 2004 8:33:22 PM


It's easy to say your for values like being pro-life... but not so easy when you find out that the same people are responsible for teen pregnancy

Posted by: flyingpumpkin | Dec 16, 2004 2:50:03 PM

this was great. i forwarded it to all my conservative friends. oh, yeah, and to all my depressed left-wing friends, too.

Posted by: Andy | Dec 18, 2004 6:02:26 PM

Personally, I think the maps represent a schism that has trying to surface since the Reconstruction Era. These maps just solidify, justify and legitimate the inevitable demise of society. There was another post on this site about the rise and fall of democracy and a republic. Unfortunately, we have to endure and tolerate this administration that caters to Michael Moore's Jesusland. I don't want to launch into a digressful tangenet into economic policy, but the schism, to a degree, was created by different economic perspectives to lead this country. The Confederates wanted a society based on an immoral, contradictary social hierarchy which is even better described as a paradox. Northerner's, who were Abolitionists, prided in an industrial system where each man did his own labor and wasn't persecuted, discriminated, and segragated by his color, nonetheless his economic or social background. This country must dig to the core of its innermost self and come to a realization. A realization and turning back. A new age neorenaissance, neonationalist movement must emerge. Instead of peeking into the future for ways to solve a divide in the nation, we just look into the past.

Posted by: Christopher Snyder | Dec 26, 2004 9:32:50 PM

to unify a nation

Posted by: christopher snyder | Dec 26, 2004 9:37:38 PM

You dumb ass democrats are just gasping for air now. Those maps don't mean a damn thing.

Posted by: Adam | Mar 10, 2005 11:29:34 AM

I am trying to get information on the readership of the voters in the 2004 election regarding the 911 Commission Report which was issued in July 2004. Page 66, 3rd paragraph states that Iraq did not have anything to do with the 911 attack or al Qaeda. Yet a majority of the publich believes that Iraq was responsible for 911 attack. I am trying to find a sample method for the extent to which the 911 Commission Report was read in each State or County. I believe that there is a direct correlation of the Kerry/Bush percentage versus the number of 911 Commission Reports sold in each State or County. Do you have any ideas about how to get this data?

Tom Massey, PhD

Posted by: Tom Massey | Apr 6, 2006 11:52:06 PM

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