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Circular Charts Suck 'Outliers'

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Tom Jensen rethinks the enthusiasm gap.

Anthony Wells asks what went wrong in the British pre-election polls.

The Pew Research Center re-assesses the cell phone challenge to surveys.

Alex Lundry shares a Stephen Few paper on why circular charts suck.

 

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Farleftandproud:

I honestly want to go to Louisiana and really confront the voters down there of why they still like David Vitter. Here is his record. He is a Roman Catholic, and belongs to the same church as Barbara Mikulski, John Kerry and Tom Harkin, yet his ideology is so extreme. He grew up in New Orleans, which is a pretty diverse cosmopolitan place. He is a far cry from the Southern Baptist culture, yet his policies are very extreme. He and Jim Demint were the only senators to vote against Hillary Clinton's confirmation for Secretary of state. THat would be like me as a senator under a Republican president, picking Scott Brown or Olympia Snowe for HUD secretary. I would always confirm someone who I thought was qualified for the job. If a racist biggot was appointed to the Supreme court, than I would not be so supportive of them. Vitter clearly is the most partisan senator.

Here is his career highlights. Abstinence education
Vitter advocated abstinence-only sex education, emphasizing abstinence over sex education that includes information about birth control, drawing criticism from planned parenthood.[158] He said, "Abstinence education is a public health strategy focused on risk avoidance that aims to help young people avoid exposure to harm...by teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness."[159]

[edit] Same-sex marriage
In 2003, Vitter proposed to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.[160] In 2004, he said, "This is a real outrage. The Hollywood left is redefining the most basic institution in human history...We need a U.S. Senator who will stand up for Louisiana values, not Massachusetts’s values."[161] In June 2006, he said "I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one ... I think this debate is very healthy, and it's winning a lot of hearts and minds. I think we're going to show real progress."[162] In 2006, he told The Times-Picayune, “I’m a conservative who opposes radically redefining marriage, the most important social institution in human history.”[30]

In October 2005, at a Lafayette Parish Republican Executive Committee luncheon, Vitter compared gay marriage to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which came through the same geographical areas. Vitter said "It's the crossroads where Katrina meets Rita. I always knew I was against same-sex unions."[163]

[edit] Louisiana Family Forum earmark
Wikinews has related news: Senator David Vitter to earmark $100,000 for creationist group
In September, 2007, Vitter earmarked $100,000 in federal money for a Christian group, the Louisiana Family Forum,[164] known for challenging evolution by means of "teaching the controversy" which promotes intelligent design.[165] According to Vitter, the earmark was "to develop a plan to promote better science education".[164] Though the Louisiana Family Forum is largely forbidden from political activity due to its non-profit status,[166] The Times-Picayune alleged the group had close ties with Vitter.[164] However, they have criticized Vitter for his support of Rudy Giuliani.[167]

On October 17, 2007, the liberal organization People For the American Way, along with several other groups asked the Senate to remove the earmark.[168][169] Vitter later withdrew it.[170][171]

[edit] Child protection

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Farleftandproud:

For someone who is openly gay, hearing politicians like Vitter really sound like the way Hitler would be viewed by a jew.

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Farleftandproud:

I am straight but I am really am fearful of leaders who make homophobia a big part of their campaign. Morality should be be legislated. Vitter didn't have to associate himself with these groups, but he did. His hypocrisy goes above and beyond others like John Edwards or Bill Clinton. They did some unforgiveable things, but they also didn't try to legislate morality and abstinence education. I personally wish Vitter stepped down and let Bobby Jindal run for his seat.

I think AR and Louisiana have had the worst Democratic organizers in recent years. Melancon is a good candidate, and he is as about as conservative as you can be and still be a Democrat. It would be a travesty to see Vitter in Washington for 6 more years.

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