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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Post-election chitchat:
  • A cool red and blue and purple and lavender election map: Clark Howard created a blended map of the election results with a population density overlay. And the results are what the situation really looks like. As "a different class" noted:
    Oh hey look at all those blue spots in those “red” states. This is why it makes me ridiculously angry that Democrats just abandon the South to its right-wing fate.
  • Still need more Schadenfreude? Pundit Shaming may help.
  • Seattle tea partiers unhappy with being surrounded by liberals:
    "It's getting harder and harder for me. I was at Trader Joe's, and I was glaring at everyone around me," says Keli Carender, 33, co-organizer of the local group.[At a local Trader Joe's grocery...]

    "I kept thinking I was surrounded by people who are destroying freedom,"says Carender. "It's starting to make me angry, not wanting to be around these people."

    Carender, a leader of the Tea Party Patriots, is thinking of moving with her husband to Texas. Uh, Keli, you might want to try somewhere else unless you want to be pulling up stakes again in a few years.
  • Another hoary tradition goes boom: The annual New Year's Eve "possum drop" in  Brasstown, North Carolina, is no more, unless the judge who ordered an end to it is reversed.
    "Citizens are prohibited from capturing and using wild animals for pets or amusement," Judge Fred Morrison wrote in his ruling. "Hunters must afford wild animals the same right Patrick Henry yearned for: 'Give me liberty, or give me death!"

    The ruling would end a 19-year tradition of suspending a possum in see-through box covered with holiday tinsel and lowering it to the ground at midnight.

    The event draws thousands of the visitors to the hamlet. The organizer, Clay Logan, says the animal is not harmed in any way. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals disagreed and filed suit.
  • America's most diverse neighborhoods as measured by The Atlantic:
    Among the 100 largest metros, San Jose (California) is the most diverse. San Jose is 35 percent white (the largest group), 31 percent Asian, 28 percent Hispanic, 3 percent two-or-more races, and 2 percent black. In no other metro does the largest group have a share smaller than 35 percent.
    In order, the other top nine, with the percentages of their largest group, are: New York City, 39 percent; Oakland, 40 percent; Houston, 40 percent; Honolulu, 43 percent; Fort Lauderdale, 44 percent, Orange County (California), 44 percent; Memphis, 46 percent; San Francisco, 46 percent; Albuquerque, 47 percent.
  • Petition to deport secessionist petitioners hits 16,000 signatures: The White House provides space on its website for Americans to initiate petitions on various subjects. A formal response will be made to any petition that reaches 25,000 signatures in 30 days. Secession petitions started popping up shortly after the Nov. 6 election. The one for Texas has nearly 99,000 signatures. There are now petitions for all 50 states. There is no requirement that a signer be serious or live within the state or even be old enough to vote. In addition to the petition seeking deportation of secessionist, there is one with 4,500 signatures asks that the government "Peacefully grant the city of Austin Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas & remain part of the United States." Another with 2,300 signatures seeks to "Force all states to pay their portion of the national debt before they can secede from the union."
  • Gabrielle Giffords visited Nancy Pelosi.
  • Study finds no abortion-related mental health problems: In Public health researchers with the UC San Francisco group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health used data from 956 women who sought abortions at 30 different U.S. abortion clinics in a study of restrictive rules. Of that total, 182 of the women were turned away:
    We have found that there are no mental health consequences of abortion compared to carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term. There are other interesting findings: even later abortion is safer than childbirth and women who carried an unwanted pregnancy to term are three times more likely than women who receive an abortion to be below the poverty level two years later.
  • A satirical look at how you can determine if you're involved in the Petraeus scandal.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Petraeus? Still in the news. And have you noticed the similarities between Jill Kelley and those Salahi wackos? Just wanted to throw that out there! Anyway, Greg Dworkin dropped in to put us on an even keel and talk more post-election analysis. Then it was the steep climb over the mountain to understanding the stakes and procedure in the upcoming Senate rules reform fight. Part 1 of our deep dive (to mix the metaphors), with the exciting cliffhanger conclusion ... tomorrow!

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