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Spawn of Gerrymander: Joe Alterio’s Maryland 3rd
Part of Spawn of Gerrymander, a series.
Introduced here:

Welcome to Spawn of Gerrymander. Over the course of the week, this series will present graphic visualizations of six gerrymandered U.S. Congressional districts, created by six dynamite illustrators: Joe Alterio, Steve Brodner, Lisa Congdon, Jennifer Daniel, Oliver Munday, and Leif Parsons.The challenge of really making us see how ridiculous these districts look gave rise to completely distinct results. But taken together, they are even more powerful. If these visualizations don’t drive home just how absurd partisan districting practices have become, I don’t know what will.

Spawn of Gerrymander: Joe Alterio’s Maryland 3rd

Part of Spawn of Gerrymander, a series.

Introduced here:

Welcome to Spawn of Gerrymander.

Over the course of the week, this series will present graphic visualizations of six gerrymandered U.S. Congressional districts, created by six dynamite illustrators: Joe Alterio, Steve Brodner, Lisa Congdon, Jennifer Daniel, Oliver Munday, and Leif Parsons.

The challenge of really making us see how ridiculous these districts look gave rise to completely distinct results. But taken together, they are even more powerful. If these visualizations don’t drive home just how absurd partisan districting practices have become, I don’t know what will.


Jay Carney appreciates your questions…
Over the course of 444 briefings since taking the job, the White House press secretary has dodged a question at least 9,486 times.

In this interactive, you can browse all 9,486 of Carney’s most-used responses and verbal crutches. Choose one of the 13 categories of nonanswers below to browse each response.

Read the full story — and use (and embed) the interactive — on Yahoo News. With Rachel Rose Hartman.

Jay Carney appreciates your questions…

Over the course of 444 briefings since taking the job, the White House press secretary has dodged a question at least 9,486 times.
In this interactive, you can browse all 9,486 of Carney’s most-used responses and verbal crutches. Choose one of the 13 categories of nonanswers below to browse each response.

Viral Videos Mash Up the Vote - Studio 360

A minute after Mitt Romney uttered the infamous “binders full of women,” a Tumblr was born. The blog’s creator, Veronica De Souza, started posting images that played with those words, including a submission that combined an image of a Trapper Keeper (the loose-leaf binders of elementary school fame) with the words “Trap Her Keep Her.” By the next morning there were nearly 2000 submissions, and everyone in America was talking about binders full of women.

That’s just one example of the proliferation of blogs, videos, and other homemade political commentary thriving online in this election cycle and taking control of the story away from the campaigns and the news media. YouTube has become a breeding ground for mashup and parody videos that move virally and are far more memorable than the campaign ads.

A final thought on the election, I suppose.

Earlier: Presidential Primary Lulz, and ROFL Politics: The Viral Video Origins of the Tea Party.

(via Obama Y’all – Set of 2 | GA Dem Store)
Nixon paper dress, 1968. (via Election Special: Wear Your Presidential Candidate on Your Back | Threaded)
yes. this.

yes. this.

(via What Your Beer Says About Your Politics - Hotline On Call)
Missing from this graphic: Any decent beer. (Okay, Guinness. But is it on tap or in a can? Because I think people willing to drink Guinness from a can should not be allowed to vote.)

(via What Your Beer Says About Your Politics - Hotline On Call)

Missing from this graphic: Any decent beer. (Okay, Guinness. But is it on tap or in a can? Because I think people willing to drink Guinness from a can should not be allowed to vote.)

petervidani:

MFTT MFMNEY

petervidani:

MFTT MFMNEY

Obama, Romney Campaigns Embrace Twitter-Fueled News Cycle

In February, the Pew Research Center found that just two percent of those polled were closely following the election through Twitter, despite the fact that just about every political reporter and campaign staffer is glued to the social media platform all day.

Following the Etch A Sketch fracas, when Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said the campaign would hit the “reset button” and “start all over again” when transitioning from the primary battle to the general election, Pew discovered in a March study that 55 percent of the public hadn’t heard about the gaffe.

Wow.

Wow.

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-Ben Greenman, via McSweeney’s

The presumptive Republican nominee looks pretty much like a presidential contender should, with the right business-y haircut, dazzling smile and nice-seeming family. But he has a really hard time connecting with voters.
Over at the Atlantic, Brian Fung says this is because he’s like a creepy robot — almost too perfect, yet wrong, and therefore deep in Uncanny Valley.
Romney looks right, but is undeniably uncomfortable in public situations, sinking into awkward moments where he does not seem to know where to put his limbs. Or breaking into uncomfortable song. Robots do this too, and it’s discomfiting when they’re so close to human, but missing that essential element.

(via Mitt Romney: The Uncanny Candidate? | Popular Science)

The presumptive Republican nominee looks pretty much like a presidential contender should, with the right business-y haircut, dazzling smile and nice-seeming family. But he has a really hard time connecting with voters.

Over at the Atlantic, Brian Fung says this is because he’s like a creepy robot — almost too perfect, yet wrong, and therefore deep in Uncanny Valley.

Romney looks right, but is undeniably uncomfortable in public situations, sinking into awkward moments where he does not seem to know where to put his limbs. Or breaking into uncomfortable song. Robots do this too, and it’s discomfiting when they’re so close to human, but missing that essential element.

(via Mitt Romney: The Uncanny Candidate? | Popular Science)


The reading that it makes Santorum resemble the common man misses the fact that the common man finds himself encased in such garments only under duress: The job requires it; it’s in the employee handbook; corporate said I had to; the boss would frown upon me if I didn’t. It is in fact an object of tragedy.

Rob Walker: Santorum’s Tragic Sweater Vest: Observers Room: Design Observer

The reading that it makes Santorum resemble the common man misses the fact that the common man finds himself encased in such garments only under duress: The job requires it; it’s in the employee handbook; corporate said I had to; the boss would frown upon me if I didn’t. It is in fact an object of tragedy.

Rob Walker: Santorum’s Tragic Sweater Vest: Observers Room: Design Observer

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Well, Gingrich might as well have the South tattooed on his face.
The what: At last night debate, Newt received a standing ovation as he reiterated his belief that poor kids should work as janitors in response to Juan Williams’ question asking him if he understood that black people felt such employment would be aimed at them. He’s not going much further, everyone knows that, and to make sure, he’s branded himself with racism. The emblem is the Tea Party of South Carolina logo. Newt addressed the group Monday night. 
(photo: XXXXXX caption: Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich walks past the projected Tea Party of South Carolina logo as he arrives to speak at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention on Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
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bagnewsnotes:

Bag’s Take-Away:

Well, Gingrich might as well have the South tattooed on his face.

The what: At last night debate, Newt received a standing ovation as he reiterated his belief that poor kids should work as janitors in response to Juan Williams’ question asking him if he understood that black people felt such employment would be aimed at them. He’s not going much further, everyone knows that, and to make sure, he’s branded himself with racism. The emblem is the Tea Party of South Carolina logo. Newt addressed the group Monday night.

(photo: XXXXXX caption: Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich walks past the projected Tea Party of South Carolina logo as he arrives to speak at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention on Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
 Initially, the media seemed to like Huntsman as the reasonable conservative. (Heh, no wonder he never got off the ground.)
 Now, he’s become this object of ridicule, framed with this big microphone and teeny platform, talking to nobody. And, doesn’t it look like the supporter on the left is cracking up over how ineffectual he is? Poor man’s fallen victim to the more immediate media framing: America hates losers.
via: The New York Times Lens Blog
(photo credit:  Cj. Gunther/European Pressphoto Agency  caption:  Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., a former governor of Utah and former ambassador to China, addressed supporters in front of the State Capitol in Concord, N.H. Mr. Huntsman, who had not campaigned in Iowa, finished seventh in the caucuses there on Tuesday.) 
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bagnewsnotes:

Bag’s Take-Away:

Initially, the media seemed to like Huntsman as the reasonable conservative. (Heh, no wonder he never got off the ground.)

Now, he’s become this object of ridicule, framed with this big microphone and teeny platform, talking to nobody. And, doesn’t it look like the supporter on the left is cracking up over how ineffectual he is? Poor man’s fallen victim to the more immediate media framing: America hates losers.

via: The New York Times Lens Blog

(photo credit: Cj. Gunther/European Pressphoto Agency caption: Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., a former governor of Utah and former ambassador to China, addressed supporters in front of the State Capitol in Concord, N.H. Mr. Huntsman, who had not campaigned in Iowa, finished seventh in the caucuses there on Tuesday.)

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