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Richard
01-28-2011, 13:36
Interesting graphic summary.

Richard :munchin


Why Your State Sucks: The Great American Map of Fail
Time, 26 Jan 2011

Let's face it, we totally judge people based on where they're from. Here's your handy cheat sheet to each state's worst quality.

There's no shortage of derogatory comments about some states, such as New Jersey or Florida, but have you gotten tongue-tied when meeting someone from North Dakota? Well, this map is your key to a proper comeback – and according to a Daily Beast poll, the Peace Garden State has the ugliest people. It's a little known, yet “scientifically proven” zinger that's might make a few North Dakotan enemies.

Each of the nifty fifty ranks last in something, though some milestones certainly outweigh the others. Some accolades are tame and actually quite bland. Ohio is the nerdiest state, and Iowa has the oldest residents – words that would cause nary a reaction when thrown out in a verbal spar.

Other states come as no surprise: Wisconsin, home to MillerCoors, has the most binge drinkers, New Yorkers, who head to the Big Apple each day via congested roadways and too few trains, have the longest commutes, and Michigan, no thanks to the struggling auto industry, has the most folks out of work. Some states' awards completely flip America's perception of them. Mormon Utah is first in porn watching? Sunny California has the grossest air? And what's the deal with STDs down there in Louisiana?

But scanning to the Great Plains and out West, you'll notice a few completely shameful stats. We don't want to know about the possible animal-loving going on in Washington state, and it appears South Dakota and Nebraska may have issues respecting women.

Regardless of where you're from, your state has a milestone that you and your statewide kin probably shouldn't be proud of. But the real question is: do you contribute to your state's worst quality?

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/01/26/why-your-state-sucks-the-great-american-map-of-fail/

1stindoor
01-28-2011, 14:21
So if I understand the graphic correctly...you being an educator contribute to the worst high school graduation rate...whereas me being the husband of an educator is content to have her work for the lowest wages.

mark46th
01-28-2011, 14:49
The los Angeles area, when the Spanish arrived in the 1700's, was called Valle de las Fumas, Valley of the Smoke. 250 years later, nothing has changed...

Richard
01-28-2011, 15:20
So if I understand the graphic correctly...you being an educator contribute to the worst high school graduation rate...

Actually -

Vermont ranked first, with 96.6 percent graduating. South Carolina ranked last with 55.2 percent; Washington, D.C., isn't included. :confused: The national rate of graduating students in 2009 was 69.3 percent.

http://politifact.com/texas/statements/2010/feb/05/bill-white/texas-has-43rd-best-graduation-rate-united-states/

Out of 308,427 students in the class of 2009 Grade 9 cohort,

• 80.6% graduated
• 8.6% continued in high school the year following their anticipated graduation
• 1.4% received GEDs
• 9.4% dropped out
The four-year, on-time graduation rate (79.1%) increased from the class of 2008 by 1.5 percentage points while the longitudinal dropout rate (10.5%) decreased.

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=8326&menu_id=2147483659

This timeline highlights changes in education policy and Texas’ statewide longitudinal graduation rate as calculated by TEA since the Class of 1996. As the state adopted the more rigorous National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) dropout definition and increased TAKS performance standards, declines in the graduation rate between 2005 and 2007 were seen. The graduation rate increased between 2007 and 2009.

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2147483784&menu_id=2147483659

I'm not sure where Time got their stats but... :confused:

Richard :munchin

Wolf07
01-28-2011, 16:12
Well, for once the unemployment in Michigan doesn't sound that bad...:D

1stindoor
01-28-2011, 16:20
I'm not sure where Time got their stats

Well, as the aforementioned spouse of a teacher...I can tell you the graphic had that part right.

Snaquebite
01-28-2011, 16:28
I know it gets cold and dreery in Washington State at times....But....DAMN :confused:

Dozer523
01-28-2011, 17:02
I know it gets cold and dreery in Washington State at times....But....DAMN :confused:

men are men, women are scared and sheep look over their shoulders.
No wait . . . that's Wyoming.

Dusty
01-28-2011, 17:47
I guess if you're from Texarkana, you're more or less screwed.

GratefulCitizen
01-28-2011, 17:53
Our neighbors to the north (Utah) are highest in porn usage.
Kinda gives new meaning to the term "Jack Mormon".

cetheridge
01-29-2011, 00:35
Well, I guess Georgia is "Most Sickly" because we have the CDC in Atlanta!

wet dog
01-29-2011, 01:10
men are men, women are scared and sheep look over their shoulders.
No wait . . . that's Wyoming.

No, that's Montana, in Wyoming we have sex is Bears.

She will go into heat once every 2 years and only for a week. Our chances are slim, but any bear will do.

A lot of biting, scratching, claw marks,.....

but fun.

badshot
01-29-2011, 01:13
Thanks to Richard I figured out why my darn horse kept running away when we were in the barn. As soon as I told her we weren't moving to Washington she let out a snort and went to her stall.


FYI: Its a toss up between Drunk Driving in MT and wife beating...

badshot
01-29-2011, 01:16
I don't know Wet_Dog, heard something about a preference to Squirrel's in Wyoming :D

wet dog
01-29-2011, 01:36
I don't know Wet_Dog, heard something about a preference to Squirrel's in Wyoming :D

Ya, you may be right, I think I'll stick to my own species and respectfully chase, charm, and or otherwise find myself in the arms of a pretty girl.

Hey, under DADT can I openly act heterosexual? The occasional reference to a nice set of legs under a summer dress on a lovely woman? Can I hold hands with my GF while we walk across post with me in uniform?

badshot
01-29-2011, 02:48
Think that's one for the Captain...

I do think they picked a real sh..y time for that crap though.

If you see a dead squirrel in your travels, especially after DADT, step slowly away...;)

Utah Bob
01-29-2011, 18:55
The map is outdated.
Colorado should be Meth use and medical marijuana.:rolleyes:

mojaveman
01-29-2011, 19:00
Washington and Utah.....?

I thought all of the wierdos were in North Hollywood. :p

wet dog
01-29-2011, 23:33
Washington and Utah.....?

I thought all of the wierdos were in North Hollywood. :p

Only some of them, just visited a young daughter of a friend of mine on La Brea and West Sunset Blvd., (going to school - college). How anyone would choose to live there. I'd rather be in Cairo, Egypt tonight.

ZonieDiver
01-30-2011, 05:11
Our neighbors to the north (Utah) are highest in porn usage.
Kinda gives new meaning to the term "Jack Mormon".

That caused me to spit coffee...which is also kind of a "Jack Mormon" thing to do, if the bishop drops by unexpectedly...

ZonieDiver
01-30-2011, 05:12
No, that's Montana, in Wyoming we have sex is Bears.

She will go into heat once every 2 years and only for a week. Our chances are slim, but any bear will do.

A lot of biting, scratching, claw marks,.....

but fun.

Sounds like a typical Friday for me...:D

ZonieDiver
01-30-2011, 05:14
As for Arizona's status on the map... I'll drink to that! :D

alelks
01-30-2011, 07:44
NC should read "Highest/Worst Automobile Insurance rates" especially for motorcycles. We are 1 of only 2 states that have antiquated laws.

echoes
01-30-2011, 08:31
After seeing my great homestate's contribution, I found this article dated today...

As Sir Richard says,

"And so it goes....":munchin

Oklahoma’s female inmate population skyrockets
Reasons for high female prison population examined
BY BARBARA PALMER Oklahoman 0 Published: January 30, 2011


In 1908, Kate Barnard, Oklahoma’s first commissioner of charities and corrections, traveled to Lansing, Kan., to investigate the alleged torture and mistreatment of Oklahoma prisoners incarcerated there because the new state had no prison.

Barnard, elected before women had the right to vote, had been instrumental in lobbying the first Oklahoma Legislature to adopt prison laws then among the most progressive in the nation. “In Oklahoma,” she had said, “we would do differently.”
When the prisoners at Lansing were brought back in 1909 to Oklahoma, 16 women were among them.

Today, Kansas lawmakers are earning accolades for prison reforms that have reduced inmate populations by creating alternatives for some offenders. In Oklahoma, the number of incarcerated women is at a historic high.

Though corrections officials say that rates of crimes and convictions by women in both states are comparable, today Oklahoma women end up in prison three times as often as women in Kansas.

The ‘hockey stick’
Mike Connelly, head of the evaluation and analysis unit at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, calls it “the hockey-stick look” — the shape of a graph charting the number of incarcerated women through the decades with a long, stable line that suddenly takes a swooping upward turn in the early 1980s.

How sharp? From 1910 to 1980, women made up an average of 3.5 percent of the state’s prison population. By 2010, that percentage was nearly 11 percent, and the population had climbed to 2,760.

Women’s prison capital
That Oklahoma puts more women in prison than any other place on the globe may shock some, but isn’t anything new, said Susan Sharp, a professor of sociology and women’s studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Nationally, Oklahoma has held that top ranking for 14 of the last 15 years.

Sharp says the imprisonment of women is due in part to the state’s culture and history, including a conservative streak that favors retributive justice.
“We are just harsher,” she said.

...Laura Pitman, the Correction Department’s deputy director of female offender operations, considers the high incarceration rate a public health problem masquerading as a crime problem — 40 percent of Oklahoma’s female prison population have been charged with drug offenses.
Improving access to drug treatment and creating more alternatives to prison for offenders with substance abuse problems, advocates argue, would not only reduce recidivism rates for offenders but would better serve the community now and in the future.

Read more: http://newsok.com/oklahomas-female-inmate-population-skyrockets/article/3536607#ixzz1CWq6sE4I

Saturation
02-01-2011, 19:53
I couldn't figure out what Washington was the "Best" at until I read about the horses and bears.....:p
It's bad that I noticed that was spelled wrong, right?

Quite shocked that Florida is being called out for identity theft when our ability to vote is still questionable!

ABNinRI
02-01-2011, 20:14
Rhode Island is spot on...

Arrest a guy with an ounce of dope, he gets 5 years, 3 months to serve.
Pathetic.