Clark Mountain Musings: July 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Ephesians 6:14-16 (NIV)
The Temple of Artemis is in the lower right corner, ancient Sardis, modern day Turkey.
Nothing like a mother's protection.
How Missouri Counties vote...

Here I present an analysis of every US Presidential election since 1860, which compares the two parties by Missouri county. It gives a good measure of the political leanings of each county and regions of the state. It also shows that the Show Me State rural counties have grown increasingly red through the years (despite the fact that they vote Democratic for local officials).

Average County Preference 1860 - 2008

The following map gives you an idea of how relatively Republican leaning or Democratic leaning each county has been over the past 148 years. A Republican win was assigned a 1 and a Democratic win was assigned a 2. A mean score was given to each county and is displayed on the legend. A 1.5 would be the ideal "swing" county.

Click here for a larger version of the above map (with counties labeled).

Click here for the text file of the data for this project.

16 Year Cycles 1868 - 2008

The next map displays the trends by county in 16 year increments (4 cycles) from 1868 to 2008. The values are the average percentage/party.

Note the increasing dark red color (strongly Republican) of counties in Missouri. Certainly the dark blue of traditionally strongly Democratic areas (such as the Bootheel/Southeast Ozarks, “Little Dixie”/Northeast Missouri) has lightened. St. Louis City seems to be the only area with has gone the opposite way and is now dark blue.

Click here for a larger version of the above map.

Individual Maps

The following maps present each 16 year cycle in sequential order.

Missouri Presidential Elections from 1860 to 2004

This video displays the results for each election cycle.

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul."
Joshua 22:5
View of the Kestel Reservoir at Bergama as seen from the ancient Acropolis. Note the mediterranean scrub on the hills.
Watermelons watch the Toronto Blue Jays.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV)
View of the Acropolis in Pergamon, modern day Bergama.
It's a battle between the two major parties in Korea. Now this is rough and tumble politics.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV)
View of the ancient Pergamon amphitheatre.

Does insurance/workers compensation cover accidents involved with "running with the bulls"?

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
Luke 12:2-3 (NIV)
View of Bergama looking down from the Pergamon Acropolis.
Angry fan as Real Betis was relegated to the 2nd division.

Monday, July 06, 2009

If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
1 John 4:20
View of Bergama from the Acropolis, Bergama is ancient Pergamon.
Ahmadi.. the mental and physical dwarf