Thanks, Obama

Details emerge about man at center of Ala standoff – Houston Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Details-emerge-about-man-at-center-of-Ala-standoff-4245157.php

“He said he lived in Florida and had hurricanes hit. He wanted someplace he could go down in and be safe,” Creel said. Authorities say the bunker is about 6 feet by 8 feet, and the only entrance is a trap door at the top.

Such bunkers are not uncommon in rural Alabama because of the threat of tornadoes.

Greg Creel was a friend of Dykes, but he said he would not comment for The Associated Press. “I will only talk to the police and the FBI,” he said.

Michael Creel said Dykes kept to himself and listened a lot to conservative talk radio.

“He was very into what’s going on with the nation and the politics and all the laws being made. The things he didn’t agree with, he would ventilate,” he said.

Neuroscientist Agrees Congressional Gerrymandering is a Republican thing

NYT: The Great Gerrymander of 2012 http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/opinion/sunday/the-great-gerrymander-of-2012.xml

Confounding conventional wisdom, partisan redistricting is not symmetrical between the political parties. By my seat-discrepancy criterion, 10 states are out of whack: the five I have mentioned, plus Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Texas. Arizona was redistricted by an independent commission, Texas was a combination of Republican and federal court efforts,and Illinois was controlled by Democrats. Republicans designed the other seven maps. Both sides may do it, but one side does it more often. Surprisingly absent from the guilty list is California, where 62 percent of the two-party vote went to Democrats and the average mock delegation of 38 Democrats and 15 Republicans exactly matched the newly elected delegation. Notably, California voters took redistricting out of legislators’ hands by creating the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

A LOT (Capitalized for emphasis) of lazy thinkers go woth the “both sides are the same” b.s. so often it has become a mantra….to be exploited.