From Movato Real Estate Blog, this is an interesting blog post that leverages FBI crime data to create an interactive map analyzing crime rates over the last decade by state compared to the national average. "With the news always talking about major crimes and tragedies across America, you might think that crime is only getting worse. Actually, after looking at the numbers, we found that the national average of crimes per 100,000 people has been dropping steadily for a decade," the blog reports.
The U.S. government has released proof that it repeatedly spied on American citizens without being allowed to ... and you probably missed it. The National Security Administration finally dumped a heap of redacted documents revealing the surveillance violations made over the last decade. Hooray for transparency! Of course, it released them midday on Christmas Eve, when basically no one would be paying attention to the internet or in the mood to think about unchecked government snooping for at least the next 30 hours. read more
There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied 'round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a Republican or Democrat, but the president of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country's borders, and it was America versus the rest of the world, with the president of all the people at the helm.
Suddenly president Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president, has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.