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Which blue state gets the 2012 Darwin Award? (Reader Poll)(Results — California wins by a landslide!)

Which blue state gets the 2012 Darwin Award? (Reader Poll)(Results — California wins by a landslide!)

I’m still learning things about the Internet.  One of those things is the “Darwin Award.”

It came to my attention through this post at Israel Maztzav, And we have a Darwin Award winner!

In an earlier post, I reported that a ‘Palestinian’ had been shot and killed after pulling a gun on IDF troops in Hebron.

In that post, I reported a claim that the gun in question was not real. I said that if that were true, the ‘Palestinian’ deserves a Darwin Award. He just won it. It’s now been confirmed that the gun was not real….

Well, obviously he did it because he wanted to win a Darwin Award

The Darwin Award, as explained at the link in the quote above, is:

The Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor, originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions circa 1985. They recognize individuals who have contributed to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization due to their own (unnecessarily foolish) actions. 

And then …. I noticed this post in my bookmarks (via Instapundit), The Blue-State Suicide Pact:

With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embraced a program utterly at odds with their economic self-interest. The almost uniform support of blue states’ congressional representatives for the administration’s campaign for tax “fairness” represents a kind of bizarre economic suicide pact.

Any move to raise taxes on the rich — defined as households making over $250,000 annually — strikes directly at the economies of these states, which depend heavily on the earnings of high-income professionals, entrepreneurs and technical workers. In fact, when you examine which states, and metropolitan areas, have the highest concentrations of such people, it turns out they are overwhelmingly located in the bluest states and regions.

This is a result I have pushed pretty hard myself, Stick it to blue states a/k/a Country First.  Blue States may have a suicide pact, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play Dr. Kevorkian to them.

But sticking with self-inflicted wounds, which state gets the 2012 Darwin Award?

(Poll open until 6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, December 13)


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need to add Maine.
went GOP in 2010 after decades of Dem and King style IND and moved back to Dem in 2012.

Massachusetts, we elected the Fake Indian to the Senate and man who should have been indicted for fraud back to the House. Not to mention the past 4 Speakers of the Sate House of Reps are in the federal pen….what a cesspool.

Looks like a landslide. 🙂

I have to go with NJ/NY. Anyone else flip on this 121212 concert? I hope very few donate dollars to relief funds for these two blue states. They have overwhelmingly voted for government paternalism, and I say let the government be their only means of support. Darwin in action!

Speaking as a New York voter whose vote is always canceled out by several million of my neighbors, I had no choice but to vote for New York.

BannedbytheGuardian | December 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Not Michigan.

I am impressed that they took up my abortion suggestions posted here on LI. To target the actual disposal of the fetus . Here the state can return the process & costs & truth to the persons responsible not merely let it slide under medical waste.

In fact I would be giving them The Evolution Award . They are learning how to fight extinction,

How about Seattle? Yeah, I know it is not a state, but the Microsoft/Boeing/Costco/Amazon axis pretty much runs the state. Washington (Seattle) has given the country Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. We have contributed to the richness and diversity of the House of Representatives with Jim McDermott and Norm Dicks.

We demand to be included in any listing of stupid states.

This was a tough question with so many worthy candidates. I must say that my beloved MI is starting to show signs of rational thought, however. I went with CA, but it was close.

RI should be #2…

franciscodanconia | December 13, 2012 at 12:36 am

Illinois, as California and NY are so far gone they belong on a separate list.

As a 6th generation Californian, its gotta be us, both for size of our stupidity (in many billions), as well as the depth: multi-billion dollar bullet-trains from nowhere to nowhere, paying lifetime unemployment to illegals while non-illegals have time limits on their benefits, and the wonderful concept that “if we raise taxes some more, they’ll come back”.

California FTW!!!

You can shut the poll down, Professor. It’s not even close.

#Failifornia here i come!

oh, wait… i was born here. no wonder i can’t find a j*b, even with training, experience and references…

we are now the Fool’s Gold State.

Technically, the Darwin Awards are not an Internet thing, they have been around quite a bit longer. I first heard of them at least twenty years before I heard of the net.

It’s a bit tricky. It depends on low the Democrats get to peg “rich”.

If it’s only the “rich” above 250k then it would most likely be New York.

It it goes lower,say to 75k, then it’ll be California.

Either way, they’ve shot themselves in the foot but the bullet just hasn’t arrived yet.

May I nominate my own state Maryland? This past week we learned that Maryland – led by presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley – was approved to set up a medical exchange. While the federal government will fund the start up of the exchange, funds for operating the exchange will require a 3rd major tax increase for the state since 2007. (ObamaCare of course was supported by Maryland’s two deep blue senators Cardin and Mikulski.)
If the President refuses to make a deal with the GOP, sequestration will eliminate thousands of federal jobs that make up a significant percentage of Maryland’s tax base.
With Montgomery County’s bag tax, Baltimore City’s beverage tax and now Howard County’s ban on selling sugared drinks in county owned buildings, the local governments are becoming increasingly oppressive. Not to mention the speed cameras that are proving to be extraordinarily unreliable. (But not a single major politician has suggested scrapping the cameras and refunding the fines.)
I think that going over the fiscal cliff will be devastating to Maryland’s power structure. The state’s made itself vulnerable by becoming too dependent on the federal government.

    jdkchem in reply to Soccerdad. | December 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    So not only do you have to pay for their birth control but you have to pay a “bag” tax just to make sex with the little fluke beasties tolerable.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to jdkchem. | December 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Sandy Fluke couldn’t get laid in a prison with a handful of pardons.

      Damn, did I just write that? “Bad! Bad Glenfiddich!” 👿

Good to see my state is clearly #1 at something.

Dear Professor, your cynicism rivals my own. In fact you might be jaded. LOL

This is amusing – until you look down the road and envision a day when these Bankrupt Blues will look to Obama to seize/borrow funds from the Financially Solvent Reds.

In my mind it comes down to California versus the field. Since California includes lots of citizens with IQ’s like Sean Penn, PR agents like Paris Hiltons, drug problems like Lindsey Lohan and self-serving evil geniuses like the entire movie business management class, the state already gets too much attention, so I go with the field.

But which part? I chose Illinois, mostly because it had at one time a vibrant self-reliance, a tremendous economy, great universities (all similar to California) but now, unlike California, it’s just depressing. Governors routinely go to jail. Senators either are hacks, crooks or President. The voters are so brow-beat that they seem to think another day without bankruptcy of the state is some sort of a moral victory, and they keep voting for more of the same.

They’re just weird now. I voted Ill.

Glad you think existing in a morally and financially bankrupt state is “amusing”. It isn’t. And that day you envisioned has already come and gone.

The only thing is in the 70’s and 80’s CA paid out much, much more in fed taxes than was brought in. So today’s imbalance is just payback. You all just need to suck it up.

By the way, lets not forget that by raising taxes these states are increasing the burden on all of us, since state and local taxes are deductible on federal returns. By forcing the Fed’s to fund it’s own operations with higher taxes on everyone else, not to mention worldwide borrowing, these hapless idiots are sucking in productive captial from all over the world to fund their collective dreams.

TrooperJohnSmith | December 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

What? There was no “all the above” choice?

But yes, I voted for Califuc*ingfornia!