Who Was John Skeeter?

Lemuel Bass, to John Skeeter. 10 July 1737. 175 acres granted by Alex. Spotswood, Governor of Virginia, to Joseph Thompson, 16 June 1714, on west side of Orapeeke Swamp. Test. John Sumner, Henry Hunter, William Speight. (HathI-116)

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That Makes Perfect Sense

Confused about why the electorate turned so sharply against Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections? Don’t be. More from National Journal which explains why voters were so upset. And yes, assume snark [included].

“Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government says employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years. The Labor Department also says that 31,000 more jobs were added in August and September than it had previously estimated. The revised figures show that employers have added at least 200,000 jobs for nine straight months, the longest such stretch since 1995. The burst of hiring lowered the unemployment rate to 5.8 percent from 5.9 percent. That is the lowest rate since July 2008.” (AP)

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What Kinda Wing Nut Are You?



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These People Are In Charge of the House?

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Easiest and Hardest Places to Live in America

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Why An Ebola Flight Ban Won’t Work

A great piece on FiveThirtyEight.com by Nate Silver reasoning that a flight ban — popular with many Americans — to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus won’t work.


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Under Obama, Deficit Reduced by Two-Thirds

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A Third in U.S. Motivated for 2014 Elections – Gallup

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I’m Not Paranoid

From the October 14 Washington Post article, “Whites Are More Supportive of Voter ID Laws When Shown Pictures of Black People Voting.”

Sixty-seven percent of white Americans support voter ID laws, according to a new University of Delaware study of 1,436 U.S. adults. But when the voter ID question was accompanied by a photo of black people using a voting machine, white support for voter ID laws jumped to 73 percent.

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Much Ado About None of Your Business

Much is being made in political circles about Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ refusal to reveal who she voted for in the 2008 election for President.  So, what I’m confused about is when is your ‘secret’ ballot not secret?  Is she, as a candidate running to represent the good people (and the others) in Kentucky not entitled to the same rights as those who choose not to oppose Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell?  If the vote isn’t secret, why do we play hide-and-seek, wasting taxpayer funds providing partitioned booths to keep prying eyes off our paper ballots, or those ‘Wizard of Oz’ curtains on the voting machines if you’re not entitled to secrecy when exercising your right to vote?

Or, maybe the Republicans have it all figured out when they pass legislation designed to prevent you from voting in the first place.

Her choices in 2008 were for the Democrat, Barack Obama, or the Republican, John McCain. Last Friday, during an appearance on “Morning Joe,” Chuck Todd, the host of “Meet the Press” opined that Grimes had disqualified herself because of her evasive answer to the question of who she voted for in 2008.

I’m sure McConnell’s supporters would argue that a Grimes’ vote for President Obama proves she’s a liberal and shouldn’t be elected to represent Kentucky.  I would argue that a Grimes’ vote for McCain shows she’s an idiot and shouldn’t be trusted to represent anyone — making her, at least, McConnell’s equal.

Until Republicans finally accomplish their assault on voting rights for all but white men, Grimes is entitled to enter the voting booth without sharing with the world her choice for President of the United States.  The law protects that right for her and all other citizens.  If she decides to share her choice with the voters of Kentucky it’s okay with me.  If you ask me who I voted for, I’ll tell you — none of your damned business.

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