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A GIS Intro: Building an elections results map | The Urban Nomad

How to build your own pretty election-result maps, shaded by county (or by precinct).

Saturday Night Live: "We Don't Make Fun of Democrats, They Take It Personally" | FrontPage Magazine

Daniel Greenfield shares video of a classic SNL sketch: "Dukakis After Dark" with Jon Lovitz as Michael Dukakis and Phil Hartman as Teddy Kennedy. And this quote from producer Lorne Michaels: "Republicans are easier for us than Democrats. Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it's funny."

"Six Things Losing Candidates Say" from Rothenblog is Spot On | Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research

If you hear your candidate utter any of these phrases, don't bother volunteering for him, don't bother giving him money.

How Government Killed the Medical Profession -

A surgeon explains how the Federal Government's requirement to use standard coding for Medicare reimbursement has led to the bureaucratization of the entire medical profession: "The coding system was supposed to improve the accuracy of adjudicating claims submitted by doctors and hospitals to Medicare, and later to non-Medicare insurance companies. Instead, it gave doctors and hospitals an incentive to find ways of describing procedures and services with the cluster of codes that would yield the biggest payment. Sometimes this required the assistance of consulting firms. A cottage industry of fee-maximizing advisors and seminars bloomed....

"As the third party payment system led health care costs to escalate, the people footing the bill have attempted to rein in costs with yet more command-and-control solutions....

"Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, protocols and regimentation were imposed on America's physicians through a centralized bureaucracy. Using so-called 'evidence-based medicine,' algorithms and protocols were based on statistically generalized, rather than individualized, outcomes in large population groups....

"What began as guidelines eventually grew into requirements. In order for hospitals to maintain their Medicare certification, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began to require their medical staff to follow these protocols or face financial retribution....

"These rules are being bred into the system. Young doctors and medical students are being trained to follow protocol. To them, command and control is normal. But to older physicians who have lived through the decline of medical culture, this only contributes to our angst."

The American Spectator: Christopher Hitchens, Remembered: An Index to Remembrances

Links to eulogies of the late controversialist and journalist, including one by his brother Peter Hitchens.

The PJ Tatler » Tool Watch: 'Occupy Wall Street' Drones Mindlessly Repeat Whatever Frances Fox Piven Says

The Occupy movement is experiencing the lessons of history and the development of civilization the hard way. (Via Ace of Spades HQ.)

State of Ohio: Election Results

Ohio has state election results going back to 1940, plus turnout comparisons for presidential, gubernatorial, primary, and state question elections.

Economics in One Lesson | Foundation for Economic Education

Henry Hazlitt's simple yet profound discussion of economic reality and common economic fallacies.

Daily Caller: Mississippi NAACP leader sent to prison for 10 counts of voter fraud

"Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis. She was also convicted of voting in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross. In the trial, forensic scientist Bo Scales testified that Sowers's DNA was found on the inner seals of five envelopes containing absentee ballots."

Earmark Myths and Realities - By Sen. Tom Coburn - The Corner - National Review Online

The junior senator from Oklahoma offers a rebuttal to his senior colleague's defense of earmarks.