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:: 9.21.2006 ::  

"Life Targeting" Liberals

Yesterday, I came across this title: Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to The White House
Between half and three-quarters of a million Floridians are voteless because of past felony convictions. Had 1 percent of these individuals voted in 2000, splitting sixty-forty for Gore, the Democrats would have won the White House.

...and this story:
Police in the United States made a record number of arrests in 2005 according to the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report. The 786,545 people arrested for marijuana violations made up 42.6 percent of all drug arrests, and more arrests the total number for all violent crimes combined, including murder, manslaughter, and rape, robbery and assault.

...and then this book review in the Chronicle:
Republicans knew a good thing when they saw it, too. Smart business and church leaders were way ahead of them thanks to surveys such as the one in this book -- distributed en masse via new and improving technologies -- otherwise known as "Life Targeting." These business and church leaders knew it was a waste of time to preach to the sufficiently converted or the nonconvertible. What worked was tailoring messages to the people who were already on their side but just didn't know it yet. And these leaders were figuring out how.

Hence, Republicans developed their own Life Targeting strategies, which produced such detailed pictures of their subjects' habits that the Rove team was able to "predict with 80 to 90 percent certainty whether a person would vote Republican."

...and thought: Hmm. What if Karl Rove decided that a good way to help Bush win would be to take the vote away from as many liberals as possible, and that one way to do that is to incarcerate people who smoke pot?

Not that liberals are the only people who smoke pot, but it seems within the realm of possibility that while "Life Targeting" voters, he discovered that liberals are more likely to smoke pot than conservatives.

Or maybe I'm just being paranoid.

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