Saturday, 11/10/12, Public Square

The price of any gains women make is constant vigilance.
The women of this nation have spoken. Ignore at your own risk.



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19 responses to “Saturday, 11/10/12, Public Square

  1. Click the graphic to make it bigger so you can actually read it. Hit the back arrow and you’re right back to the blog.

  2. Interesting charts — shows white voters as a percentage of the overall electorate has declined in every election since 1992. Another chart shows just one in every ten Republican voters in the 2012 election were non-white.

    President Obama and the white vote? No problem.

  3. For those who savor useless information 🙂 Did I ever tell you if a Trivia game is going to happen and partners are being selected you could have no better partner than my hubby. He is a wealth of useless information!

    • Romney won nine of the 11 states that were once in the Confederacy.

    • Romney also won eight of the 10 states with the lowest population density: Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Nebraska and Utah. Obama won New Mexico and Nevada. (Hello. Hello. Hello. Is there an echo in here?)

    • Romney’s biggest margin of victory came in Utah, home of the Mormon Church. Utah was one of three states in which Romney won every county. The other two were West Virginia and Oklahoma. Obama won every county in four states: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.

    • This year was the first presidential election in which there were more Asian-American voters (11 percent) in California than African-American ones (8 percent). In 2008, 6 percent were Asian-American and 10 percent were African-American. In fact, there were more Asian-American voters than African-American voters in Washington and Oregon, the other two Pacific Coast states, this year, too.

    • Among the states in which exit polls were conducted, Obama won the lowest percentage of the white vote in the state with the highest percentage of black voters. That state was the ever-reliable Mississippi, where Romney made his famous “I like grits” comment. Thirty-six percent of the voters in Mississippi are black. Obama won a mere 10 percent of the white vote there.

    Conversely, Obama won one of his highest percentages of white voters in the state with the fewest minority voters: Maine. Ninety-five percent of Maine’s voters were white, and 57 percent of them voted for Obama. That ties with one other state for the highest percent of whites voting for Obama: Massachusetts, where 86 percent of the voters are white.

    In fact, Obama won the white vote only in states with small minority voting populations. The others Obama won were Iowa (93 percent white), New Hampshire (93 percent white), Oregon (88 percent white), Connecticut (79 percent white) and Washington State (76 percent white).

    This is quite a curious phenomenon.

    • Obama won all four states that begin with “New” (New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York), but he lost all five that begin with a direction (North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota and West Virginia). O.K., I threw that one in for fun.

    Now, political junkies, go forth and spout facts!

  4. Lots of maps and cartograms —

    Maps of the 2012 US presidential election results

  5. I think women have learned they must be ever vigilant. The battles we thought were in the past, simply aren’t. I also believe the republicans will be much quieter about their war on women in future campaigns. That may be the only lesson they heed. That only means women will need to step up their vigilance!

    Abortion is a reality that has existed since the first human figured out ways to do it. Nobody passed laws making abortion legal because they hate little babies and want to kill them. They did it because women were being mutilated and killed by illegal abortions.

    Republicans seem to think they can wave a magical ideological wand over a woman who is pregnant and doesn’t want to be and turn her into a willing incubator. It’s never going to happen! Illegal abortions simply endanger the life of the woman. What I hear republicans saying is, “Well, let those women die, I don’t give a damn.”

    Legalized slavery — legislating control over another person’s body — is over.

  6. It seems since Romney isn’t currently using his Etch-A-Sketch he has loaned it to Rick Scott. Most of the Republican Governors elected in 2010 and up for reelection in 2014 will be needing that Etch-A-Sketch!

    Gov. Scott gets to work on reinventing himself,0,5745152.column

  7. Now that the marriage equality bills have passed in MD, ME & WA, The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has posted a guide for when the new expansions of marriage equality will take effect. Washington’s law will take effect December 6 (30 days after the election). Maine’s law could take effect as early as December 6 as well, but it depends on when the governor officially proclaimed the result of the vote. Maryland’s law was set to take effect January 1, though that is a government holiday and licenses don’t take effect for 48 hours, so January 4 is the earliest day a same-sex couple will be legally married there. In addition, if the Supreme Court decides not to hear the Proposition 8 case when it conferences on November 20, the Ninth Circuit ruling takes effect and same-sex marriage becomes legal there.

    When Can Gay and Lesbian Couples Get Married in Maine, Maryland and Washington?

  8. While the parties controlling the House and Senate did not change after the 2012 election, the number of pro-choice members of Congress increased. According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, Congress gained 18 pro-choice lawmakers in the House and Senate and lost 10 anti-choice representatives in the House. Congress also lost nine “mixed choice” members. For several anti-choice candidates, their out of touch, often medically inaccurate comments about sexual assault, women’s reproductive systems, and abortion rights doomed their campaigns.

    Maybe we won’t have a ton of anti-abortion bills floating thru Congress this session.

  9. Four days after the election, Obama was awarded a victory in Florida. The state’s 29 electoral votes gave President Obama 332 votes to Mitt Romney’s 206.

    The win gave President Obama victories in eight of the nine swing states, losing only North Carolina. He won Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.

  10. Looks like we will have some weather later (from the radar). Tomorrow morning’s forecast suggests cuddle time. 🙂

  11. The Church of Music

    History and Traditions

    The Church of Music is of ancient origins, and no one really knows when it began. It consists of a wide variety of loosely-affiliated tribes, which go by obscure mystical names such as Rah-Kan Roel, Bloos, Jaaz, and a plethora of other sects. The practice of musicians is something called “music,” which consists of sounds, sometimes organized, sometimes less so. These sounds are used both the please fellow musicians and outsiders, as well as the musicians themselves.

    Most study the sacred scrolls of Music, which are numerous. The Orthodox sect hews to the tradition of the Clefs, while reformist musicians prefer the Book of Koord Chaart, though some sects rely on a form of revelation known of Ple Anbyere, in which the priests of music design the rituals without the scrolls, often by intense period of repeated meditation over sounds. These sacred texts are used to perform the public ritual of the Gig, in which a selection of (usually) pre-selected noises are created to entertain observers.

    Many practitioners of music also engage in a form of ritualistic celebration known as Jah-ming, where the music is often completely improvised on the spot. Whether it’s formal services (with their attendant multicolored lights) or Jah-ming, musicians often find themselves getting very hot and thirsty from the effort. Liquid refreshment is strongly encouraged, and the services are often enhanced with standard Musician condiments such as bhang-hit, or a white powder known as the Little Blow.

    Musicians openly welcome outsiders to witness their rituals, though they often charges strangers from the privilege. Yet they are not motivated by greed: indeed, the most dedicated High Priests of Music renounce all Earthly employment, often barely surviving on donations from fellow musicians and admirers alike. And even those lower priests who do not make such a commitment can often be observed performing the rituals in the most cramped, dark, deserted places, and are known to perform for strangers for nothing but liquid refreshments.


    Unlike many religions, the Church of Music does not object to or even address other metaphysical belief systems. Rather, the theology is thought to stand independently of any other beliefs a musician might have. The Gods of Music are too numerous to mention, but many of then are known by terms of worship such as “God,” “The Boss,” “the King,” and “The Godfather of Soul.” Musician often commune with their gods by obsessively studying their works via the sacred scrolls are other methods detailed above. Occasionally, musicians will gather in public and invite complete strangers to join them. With help from the priests, musical evangelists encourage potential converts to speak in tongues, in a ceremony entitled Oh Pan-my K-nite.

    Musicians believe that certain sounds, words, emotions, rhythms, eyebrows and attitudes produce pleasure, relaxation, poignancy, laughter, amusement, amazement, chills, and occasionally, an overnight meaningful relationship in the back of a VW bus. Thus, musicians claim, with considerable justification, that music can create a more loving, peaceful, understanding, and (literally) harmonious world.

    • I really really like the way you put that! Music has always been the universal language, maybe the bridge to understanding and acceptance. You inspire me too!

    • Music makes me think of some of our friends we don’t hear from but still think about often. Steven. Steven brought out his guitar when he had time to do exactly what he wanted to do. Jammer tried to catch me up and help me past my stunted growth, he shared so much music with me and I still enjoy it every day. Will is a wealth if information on the subject of music — who made what kind, when, who became famous and who wasn’t ever discovered but had great talent… Rick (RJ) once hoped to run a music store and make something he loved his work, maybe he still wants to do that and maybe he will! G’Ster is a muscician. CF2K still makes music, does gigs, will always be an ‘evangelist.’

      I know I’ve left out some just because I didn’t think of them right at this minute. But I will think of them because I miss them all and they pop into my thoughts all the time! Seems all people either enjoy making the ‘noises,’ or listening to them — and, all the rituals that go along with celebrating the theology make every other endeavor better.

      This is FUN!