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Mapping the Dead: Gun deaths since the Newtown massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School


gun deaths since Newtown map via HuffPo

The Huffington Post has tracked gun-related deaths in the United States since the Newtown massacre. Click here for a jarring interactive map of those who have died. The above map is a screen grab that just doesn't have the same impact.

Here is Jason Cherkis's post, One Nation Under The Gun: Thousands Of Gun Deaths Since Newtown.

And here are the faces of those whose lives were cut short by someone who thought it was important to "rack up" casualties, which is why he chose children as his targets:

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...Lanza kept a chilling 7-by-4-foot spreadsheet with 500 names as part of research into mass killings in the past. A source, who requested anonymity, said Lanza kept tabs on the number of casualties each killer racked up and the precise make and model of the weapons used.

“They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet,” said the source, who heard the details at a police seminar in New Orleans. [...]

Detectives believe Lanza targeted an elementary school because he considered it a “point of least resistance,” and he could rack up the greatest number of kills.

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"Romney Decries His Red State Southern Base as Lazy Moochers: the 47%"


Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

No, he didn't use those exact words, but in condemning 47 percent of the nation for paying no income taxes, Romney was denigrating the sacred base of the modern GOP: the Deep South.

In a nutshell, here's why: seven of the lowest ten paying states in income taxes are in the Deep South. Yes stretching from South Carolina to Texas, the states that have the highest percentage of people Romney considers leeches on the government are in the GOP Southern Strategy vote belt.  And if you toss in Idaho, which is a red state, you have eight of the lowest paying states in income taxes getting a sneering kick from Romney. [...]

The only blue state among the states Romney apparently reviles for being loaded with non-tax payers is New Mexico, with Florida – a swing state – also included. [...]

Here, according to the Tax Foundation are the top ten states with percentage of non-filers in 2008:

1 Mississippi

2 Georgia   

3 Arkansas  

4 New Mexico

5 Alabama

6 South Carolina    

7 Louisiana  

8 Texas

9 Florida

10 Idaho
In fact, the southern states, as BuzzFlash has pointed out before, are subsidized, in government dollars, by the taxpayers of northern blue states. [...]

BuzzFlash at Truthout covered Romney's hypocrisy about the Mississippi federal dependency syndrome in a March 2012 commentary entitled "Mississippi Freeloads on the Back of Blue State Taxpayers for Federal Subsidies to Survive."  [...]

In short, Romney's foundation for any chance of electoral victory is composed basically of welfare states.

Not to mention that there remains the outstanding question of whether or not Romney paid US income taxes in any of the years, particularly 2009, for which he has not yet released his tax returns.  

In addition, not paying income taxes does not mean not paying taxes.  ...

You can read the whole post here. I left out a lot, so please link over.


Map of the Day- How Glenn Beck Envisions 2012 Electoral Map


Snort. I'm not going to even bother linking to that rag called "The Blaze", I got this from Gawker. And as Gawker asks, "Question: why even give him Colorado?".


Here's what happens to women's contraception coverage if Affordable Care Act is overturned


Created by @AzureGhost

Map via Progressive States Network, along with a lot of other important information.

War on Women? Nah!

Think Progress also has more here.