Red States, Blue States, Porn States

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Buzzfeed is all about the issues, which is why they recently teamed up with Pornhub to do a study on who watches more porn: Democrats or Republicans. And shock of all shocks — it turns out that jackasses watch more porn than those who are so afraid of sex that they consistently vote for people who legislate against it. And yet, Kansas–whose blood is redder than a rosacea victim’s cheeks–watches the most porn in the country. Which isn’t that surprising because really what else can you do in Kansas besides click your ruby red slippers three times and wish you were somewhere else?

What’s most compelling, though? According to Buzzfeed, if Pornhub were to just use porn consumption per capita as a predictor of political orientation, they could have predicted the results of the 2012 elections with 70% accuracy.

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The 1%: Ban Sleeping In Cars Because It Harms Our “Quality Of Life”

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The Article: The 1% wants to ban sleeping in cars – because it hurts their ‘quality of life’ by Gary Blasi in The Guardian.

The Text: Across the United States, many local governments are responding to skyrocketing levels of inequality and the now decades-long crisis of homelessness among the very poor … by passing laws making it a crime to sleep in a parked car.

This happened most recently in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley, where new billionaires are seemingly minted every month – and where 92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind. Dozens of cities have passed similar anti-homeless laws. The largest of them is Los Angeles, the longtime unofficial “homeless capital of America”, where lawyers are currently defending a similar vehicle-sleeping law before a skeptical federal appellate court. Laws against sleeping on sidewalks or in cars are called “quality of life” laws. But they certainly don’t protect the quality of life of the poor.

To be sure, people living in cars cannot be the best neighbors. Some people are able to acquire old and ugly – but still functioning – recreational vehicles with bathrooms; others do the best they can. These same cities have resisted efforts to provide more public toilet facilities, often on the grounds that this will make their city a “magnet” for homeless people from other cities. As a result, anti-homeless ordinances often spread to adjacent cities, leaving entire regions without public facilities of any kind.

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Help Find Mitch McConnell A Home

“He would be best suited to a low activity home, preferably with white male seniors and advocates for the unborn.”

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The Age Old Argument

Age Old Argument

To transfer the logic to the economic realm: if unemployment is really so bad, then why am I so rich?

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Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites?

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The Article: Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites? by Jamelle Bouie in Slate.

The Text: The Trayvon Martin shooting was hardly in the national consciousness before fault lines emerged around the case. Was Martin as innocent as he seemed? Did Zimmerman fear for his life? Did Martin provoke the incident? Was Zimmerman a racist?

Perhaps most controversial among all of these was the question of identity. Yes, Trayvon Martin was black, but is Zimmerman white? For Martin’s sympathizers, the answer was yes. For Zimmerman’s, the answers ranged from “it doesn’t matter” to he “is actually a Hispanic nonracist person who acted in self-defense.”

In their early reports on the case, both CNN and the New York Times labeled him “white Hispanic,” sparking thunderous condemnation from right-wing critics. At Fox News, contributor Bernard Goldberg accused the Times of race-baiting. “I guarantee you that if George Zimmerman did something good—if he finished first in his high school graduating class when he was younger—they wouldn’t refer to him as a white Hispanic, he’d just be a Hispanic,” he wrote. Likewise, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg blasted several news outlets for “playing the race card” with the term. And in typical paranoid style, Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro accused CNN of “labeling Zimmerman a ‘white Hispanic’ in order to maintain the false narrative that the killing was race-based.”

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