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  •  I answered quickly earlier, but you do have (0+ / 0-)

    a point.

    My much much earlier comment above should probably have said "dozens" rather than hundreds. A lot of little towns have vanished.  I recently visited a couple places we used to hang out - small towns many years ago - with one to two to zero residents today.

    Western Kansas - which what my original comment above was about - is populated more sparsely than Central Kansas (and there's a lot less water!).  All the same, the number of little towns without cable is more likely dozens.

    The point, though, stands:  there's little choice to radio. There's little discussion at the coffee shop other than "Fox." There is little to no presence of anything to break through the Fox barrier.  Even for those who can afford cable, satellite or broadband Internet (where available), there's no motivation to seek out other information.

    Rush has been on radio and TV for 30 years. To people today in rural areas, that type of talk is simply "normal."  

    That brand of meanness is what is infecting Kansas politics today.  Just look at all the votes taking place in Topeka today.

    There's even preparing to amend the Constitution so that severely underfunding education is no longer addressable by the courts.  They're wiping out the power of an entire branch of government in favor of Teahaddism.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:10:14 PM PST

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    •  Just saw this. My best friend is from rural KS, (0+ / 0-)

      and grew up in an evangelical household. Ironically, she got pregnant her senior year, and the "Christian" college she'd been admitted to rescinded its admissions offer. Best thing that ever happened to her, since she ended up at KU and later Harvard.

      She's been my guide to how much things have deteriorated in KS over the years. Used to be far more common sense -- and even egalitarianism and women's rights -- prevailed there, but the American Taliban has taken over the joint, and her family, with a few exceptions, have been part of that take-over. Discouraging as hell, since I know a lot of her family, and absent the propaganda and mind-control of their neighbors, friends, and spiritual leaders, they'd be sensible, good people... somewhere else.

      "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by Kombema on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 03:35:18 PM PST

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