April 2, 2012 |
“Doubts on Romney’s Conservatism Help Santorum in the South,” reads the ABC News headline from March 13. The headline would have you believe that Rick Santorum trounced Mitt Romney in the Alabama and Mississippi GOP primaries. It obscures the fact that Santorum beat Romney by just 44-39 percent in Alabama and 42-39 percent in Mississippi. In other words, nearly half of GOP primary voters in these states voted for Romney.
The headline not only obscures the kinds ofpolitical divisions that divide the rural and more liberal urban parts of the South; it also feeds into the idea that Southern conservatives vote primarily on “family values” issues, and takes it on good faith that Romney — who has moved awfully far to the Right during primary season – is somehow the more civilized, sane, humane and/or liberal of the two.
In January, CNN contributor John Avlon wrote about the ugly stereotypes about South Carolina that he saw as that state’s primaries kicked off: “You know, the characterization of South Carolina as a swamp of sleazy politics and brutal attack ads, a Bible belt bastion of rednecks and racism, a state defined by Bob Jones University. Sometimes these stereotypes are floated in political conversations as evidence of how ‘real’ the state is in determining the true feelings of the conservative base.”
As discussed yesterday, here’s Peeper Dee #94.
It’s a take a photo-a-day, fun-time, everyone submit and get published thing-a-ma-doodle.
We’re welcoming submissions from you. And we welcome you to be submissive.
You don’t have to do it daily. But if you do one and you submit, I’ll add it to it even if I’ve posted the Peeper Dee already.
Or at home.
Or at church.
You can submit anywhere.
This week, we have three submissions so far. One from Sunny Lee, one from Tina, and one from little ol’ me.
Tina says this would be sexier if it had built in warmers and feet.
That’s what she said.
You have been forewarned.
Uploaded by sweetfurx4 on Apr 2, 2012
Marshmallow was born on March 1st with low birth weight (~60% of the normal expected weight at about 66g or 2.3 oz). A month later, Marshy is breaking one pound, about 7 times the birthweight. At this point, we’re just thankful that she’s made it through the first month.
This is an interesting project. Photographer Ilona Szwarc took a series of photos of American Girls with their American Girl Dolls.
The results range from interesting, to cute, to a little creepy. It’s definitely indicative of what art might do.
Here are two examples. Go see more here.