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Where Is Bubba Nation?

Bubba Nation is a subsidiary of the autocratic oppression of workers in sweatshops in China. [...]

Fact Check: Malcolm Gladwell’s Mythic South

As I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers over the last few days, I’ve been accumulating a sense of hokum as Gladwell tells stories and spins out anecdotes. My B.S. detector finally hit the limit with this claim (p. 169):

The triumph of a culture of honor helps to explain why the pattern of criminality [...]

North Carolina’s Ban On Equal Marriage Invites Mockery Of The South

Southerners don’t like to be made fun of for their nasty little regional culture, but then they go ahead and confirm the worst ideas that people have about them, engaging in loud public acts of cruel stupidity. A case in point is North Carolina’s passage yesterday of a state constitutional ban on marriage equality. [...]

Where the Hoaxes Live: the overlapping Geography of Obama Urban Legends

Google Correlate is a new research tool used to find out where in the United States the entry of certain search terms is concentrated, and which search terms’ levels of popularity are correlated with one another across the 50 states. The first idea is pretty straightforward: where are people more or less likely to be [...]

Fuck the South? Obama Set to Win with Hug the South Strategy

Four years ago tomorrow, we woke up to find that George W. Bush had won re-election to the White House. Many of us were incredulous that observers of Bush’s performance could possibly vote to put the man back in charge of the country. Some of us were furious at the “Red States” that collectively gave [...]

McCain Goes to Virginia, Declares Intention to Whip Barack Obama

Oh, yes he did:

“After I whip his you know what in this debate we’re going to be going out…”

The remainder of John McCain’s sentence was drowned out by the roaring applause of the audience in this Southern state.