Wednesday, March 11, 2009

No Pattern to Cell Only

No Pattern to Cell Only

I've been trying but I can't see a pattern on this list of states ranked by percentage of people who have cell phones only. Iowa is number five on the list. I see a cluster of plains and rural states at the top and New England near the bottom--but I also see next door states on opposite ends like North Dakota high and South Dakota low.

As for Iowa we're 22.2 percent of households and 18.9 percent of adults cell-only. It's probably a lot higher here in the People's Republic, where I've been wireless only for 7 1/2 years and I don't know anyone under 30 with a land line.

  • "I don’t see how you can get around a filibuster" on card check, says Chuck Grassley, "and it will be filibustered.” So let them, Harry Reid. make them talk. That's what Howard Dean said last night on MSNBC. I still love Howard, even if I don't love the way DFA in Johnson County has been the Dennis Roseman Personal Political Organization the past two years.

  • See! Tom Vilsack hanging with Cookie Monster! How the mighty fall. No, not Vilsack--Cookie Monster. His career hasn't been the same since he became politically and nutritionally correct and changed his tune from "C Is For Cookie" to "A Cookie Is A Sometimes Thing." The once mighty muncher is now reduced to pushing broccoli--broccoli!-- with the Secretary of Agriculture. Hey, Cookie Monster always had MILK with his cookies, that's healthy. OM NOM NOM NOM.

    As for Vilsack, he stays dressed in suit and tie, having learned his lesson from the infamous Winnie The Pooh costume.

  • Crazy Jim Bunning is at it again, teasing the Kentucky press with an internal poll:
    "Let's say I did the polling," the senator told reporters on a conference call this morning.

    What does that mean?

    "That means it's none of your goddamn business," Bunning said, who then followed up with a laugh. "If you paid the 20 grand for the poll, you can get some information out of it."

  • An interesting and very religulous piece by Michael Spencer in the Christian Science Monitor (reminder: now an online only publication) posits a major collapse of evangelical Christianity:
    Evangelicals have identified their movement with the culture war and with political conservatism. This will prove to be a very costly mistake. Evangelicals will increasingly be seen as a threat to cultural progress. Public leaders will consider us bad for America, bad for education, bad for children, and bad for society.
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