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Name: Taylor Selseth
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Hometown: Ulen, MN
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Current location: Moorhead, MN
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Woo and BS on history message boards

I have not found a world history message board that is not full of nationalist and ethnocentric hacks. The Macedonian nationalists that think Alexander the Great was a Slav. The Indian nationalists who think the Indo-European languages originated in India. The Turkish nationalists who think Etruscan or Minoan or Sumerian is related to Turkish. And they always type in poor English and have a penchant for ALL CAPS.

UGH, here in Fargo winter always seems to blow in on Thanksgiving.

It seems like almost every year we get our first lasting snow within 2 days of turkey day. Right now the wind is howling and the snow is coming down is huge wet clumps.

A periodic "table"



That bench looks radioactive...

Colin Woodard: The GOPís Yankee Problem

A remarkable thing happened last Tuesday. The Republican Party was virtually extinguished from the land of its birth.

Iím speaking of Yankeedom, a great swath of the country from Maine to Minnesota that was effectively colonized by New England Puritans and their descendants. This cultural region - one of eleven that make up our continent ó includes upstate New York, the Western Reserve of Ohio, Upper Great Lakes states, the northern tier of Illinois, and part of Iowa. The birthplace of the G.O.P and the center of its support for the first century of its existence, today it is home to 54 million people, few of them genetically related to the early settlers of the Bay Colony, but all of them effected by the cultural DNA they left behind.

Itís a region that since its founding in the early 17th century has embraced the notion of the common good, even to the point of encumbering individual liberty to ensure its achievement. Itís a culture that actually considers self-denial virtuous (how strangely un-American that) and has greater faith in the possibility of improving society through public institutions than its peers. More utopian and communitarian than the other major cultural regions of the country, it has long been a challenge for Dixie conservatives seeking to weaken government, privatize services, and roll back taxes, regulations, and consumer safety protections.

A year ago in the magazine, I showed how the underlying political geography of the U.S. would doom Tea Party conservatism to regional, rather than national, relevance. The policy prescriptions embraced by the movement - a carbon copy of those said Dixie conservatives have been fighting for for a couple of centuries - run contrary to the values of Yankeedom and other regional cultures which together form a formidable block in the Electoral College, U.S. Senate, and Congress. I showed how the Tea Party had had difficulty electing its supporters to federal office in these regions, and how those they had were standing on cultural quicksand.


The rest of the article is here:
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2012/11/the_gops_yankee_problem041122.php

We Yankees in Minnesota showed the Teabaggers the door in the state legislature on Election day, and this is why.

Colin Woodard: The GOPís Yankee Problem

A remarkable thing happened last Tuesday. The Republican Party was virtually extinguished from the land of its birth.

Iím speaking of Yankeedom, a great swath of the country from Maine to Minnesota that was effectively colonized by New England Puritans and their descendants. This cultural region - one of eleven that make up our continent ó includes upstate New York, the Western Reserve of Ohio, Upper Great Lakes states, the northern tier of Illinois, and part of Iowa. The birthplace of the G.O.P and the center of its support for the first century of its existence, today it is home to 54 million people, few of them genetically related to the early settlers of the Bay Colony, but all of them effected by the cultural DNA they left behind.

Itís a region that since its founding in the early 17th century has embraced the notion of the common good, even to the point of encumbering individual liberty to ensure its achievement. Itís a culture that actually considers self-denial virtuous (how strangely un-American that) and has greater faith in the possibility of improving society through public institutions than its peers. More utopian and communitarian than the other major cultural regions of the country, it has long been a challenge for Dixie conservatives seeking to weaken government, privatize services, and roll back taxes, regulations, and consumer safety protections.

A year ago in the magazine, I showed how the underlying political geography of the U.S. would doom Tea Party conservatism to regional, rather than national, relevance. The policy prescriptions embraced by the movement - a carbon copy of those said Dixie conservatives have been fighting for for a couple of centuries - run contrary to the values of Yankeedom and other regional cultures which together form a formidable block in the Electoral College, U.S. Senate, and Congress. I showed how the Tea Party had had difficulty electing its supporters to federal office in these regions, and how those they had were standing on cultural quicksand.


The rest of the article is here:
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2012/11/the_gops_yankee_problem041122.php

We Yankees in Minnesota showed the Teabaggers the door in the state legislature on Election day, and this is why.

November in Fargo!

LOL, here in Fargo all the businesses' Rick Berg signs have disappeared.

But the Heidi Heitkamp signs are still out!

Wonderful facebook post by a cousin of mine:

i voted and i will just say this about my vote any two people who are in love deserve to be together regardless of age color gender or anything else! love knows no boundaries!


Oh, and this happens to be my Birther cousin's mother.

Lets give Dayton a DFL legislature!!!

Something really annoying about technophobes I have noticed...

Is that the woo-woos and technophobes ALWAYS conflate a technology with unscrupulous misuses of that technology. One sees this in discussions about nuclear energy ("nuclear weapons are bad, so nuclear energy must be banned!"), and with GMOs ("Monsanto is full of greedy assholes, so GMOs should be banned!!!")
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