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Heard on All Things Considered this afternoon, a story about a new non-profit signing up "Christians" who are not registered to vote - to vote for conservative candidates who will uphold God's law. How does "United in Purpose" know who is a Christian, that such a person is unregistered, and what kind of Christian they are (so that confused people who think Jesus was a socialist and meant what he said about the poor, the hungry, the sick don't end up registered by UIP)?

Welcome to the wonders of data mining, in the form of a database financed by "Silicon Valley conservatives", containing (so far!) 180 million people in the US. UIP

buys lists to build a profile of each citizen, and then assigns points for certain characteristics. You get points if you're on a pro-life list or a traditional marriage list. You get a point if you regularly attend church or home-school your kids. You get points if you like NASCAR or fishing.

"If [your score] totaled over 600 points, then we realized you were very serious about your faith," Dallas says. "Then we run that person against the voter registration database ... If they were not registered, that became one of the key people we were going to target to go after."

So if you don't fish, loathe NASCAR, send your kids to public (or even private) schools, believe that marriage is for everyone and are pro-choice, you are not "serious about your faith".

Read the entire thing on the NPR site (or listen when the audio goes up). I don't know what's the worst aspect of this story: the featured "champion" (as they call their volunteers who call up or knock on the doors of people they consider good prospects) Tea Partier who is hoping for a "Red Sea experience" where god will "wash those people out that don't belong in office. And that's what keeps me going." Or the whole concept. The only thing that is encouraging is the epic fail that was reported by NPR (everyone listed as unregistered in Florida - everyone! WAS registered; in Ohio, no one would sign up with the Red Sea lady).

Is this something to be scared of for the 2012 election (UIP wants to register millions....)? am I the only one to be upset at being profiled like this? ...of course I would love to be called by a "champion" so I could tell them off!

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "You get what you deserve, even if you don't deserve it" (Issan Dorsey, Zen teacher)

    by kayak58 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 02:46:26 PM PST

  •  Wow...but (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, mapamp

    I thought it was all those Muzzies we had to worry about Islamizing our country.

  •  I can tell you right now (5+ / 0-)

    their search methods are flawed.

    I get spam for Christian dating all the time. I kind of doubt they have a category for Transgender dating.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 02:50:31 PM PST

    •  On the OTHER hand (0+ / 0-)

      After doing a search on women buddhist teachers, suddenly I was getting come-ons for hot Asian women in spam and on webpages. Was freaked out....

      "You get what you deserve, even if you don't deserve it" (Issan Dorsey, Zen teacher)

      by kayak58 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:20:58 PM PST

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      •  kayak - this is how Karl Rove did it in 2008 (2+ / 0-)
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        This was an area where Karl Rove excelled in 2008, data mining to find new enclaves of Christian voters who moved into key swing states. They started working on this in Feb 2001. The brother of a friend of mine, a pastor of a new church in Ohio, met with GWB three times between 2001 - 2004. This clergyman is poor as a church mouse and has never made a campaign contribution. But he can deliver votes. This will clearly be a key part of the GOP GOTV plan for election 2012.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:34:14 PM PST

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        •  Rove, of course. (0+ / 0-)

          Well then. All I can hope is that the database is as thoroughly flawed, and the 'champions' as hopeless, as NPR reported.

          "You get what you deserve, even if you don't deserve it" (Issan Dorsey, Zen teacher)

          by kayak58 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:44:21 PM PST

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          •  But Rove knows "The Math"... (1+ / 0-)
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            "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

            by Bluefin on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:10:05 PM PST

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      •  "hot Asian women in spam"?? (0+ / 0-)

        some kind of alt-Lady Gaga tribute band?

        “I do not want art for a few any more than I want education for a few, or freedom for a few. “ William Morris.

        by HugoDog on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 04:11:37 PM PST

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  •  this has been ongoing for a year at least (2+ / 0-)
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    I have seen no evidence but I have been watching to see if ministers will be prevailed upon to provide their membership rolls.  I am seeing ministers being encouraged to endorse conservative candidates by name from the pulpit and a movement to "empower" or radicalize the ministry in at least the more conservative sects

  •  HA! Just read that article (3+ / 0-)
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    mapamp, Nespolo, Bluefin

    "Champion" Kay is not very good at her job given that she got no takers. But isn't what this group is attempting to do "community organizing"? I thought I heard that was evil!

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:04:47 PM PST

  •  I heard this, as well (2+ / 0-)
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    Nespolo, Bluefin

    Let's see--I'm a Christian gal. Let's see how I stack up:

    Regularly attend church
    Love NASCAR
    Enjoy fishing

    No home schooling

    I would love for one of these yahoos to see how their bigoted racist selves would reconcile my extreme Liberal self to their little labels.

    Peace, Hope, Faith, Love

    by mapamp on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:18:36 PM PST

  •  This is How the Rightwing Was Built 35 Years Ago (2+ / 0-)
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    using database technology to identify potential conservative voters and, back then, direct mail to solicit them efficiency.

    This is a natural outgrowth of ways the rightwing has been organizing for generations.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:41:17 PM PST

  •  This makes my blood boil. (5+ / 0-)
    So if you don't fish, loathe NASCAR, send your kids to public (or even private) schools, believe that marriage is for everyone and are pro-choice, you are not "serious about your faith".
    I spend hours every week making newcomers and visitors feel welcome, cooking for hungry people, and teaching/leading small groups that focus on living like Jesus commanded--feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and loving those who are, whether by birth or circumstance different from me.

    I also believe that it is my responsibility as a Christian to vote for candidates who wish to do the same things.  For the last twenty years or more, those candidates have been Democrats.

    •  I practice those things too (2+ / 0-)
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      murasaki, Nespolo

      now, as a Buddhist. But I came to understand the teachings of Jesus through buddhism, and to appreciate them. I just found a different way. And I am 'serious about my faith'.

      "You get what you deserve, even if you don't deserve it" (Issan Dorsey, Zen teacher)

      by kayak58 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:49:02 PM PST

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