Elitist Geographic Bigotry at it's finest!
Headline: Intolerance thrives in Palin's Pacific Northwest
by Catherine McNicol Stock
The headline should read "Intolerance thrives AGAINST Palin's Pacific Northwest."
"Sarah Palin's political views - ardently pro-gun, pro-censorship, antichoice and antigay - make John McCain's conservative credentials pale in comparison. What few observers have said, however, is these beliefs are not just extreme - they are radical, and even bear a comparison with some of the most notorious "rural radicals" of our time....
But we should never forget that in the late 20th century, ultra-Christian, antistatist and white-supremacist groups flourished in the states of the Pacific Northwest - called by many the "Great White Northwest" - the very region that Sarah Palin and her family call home. "
Rural radicals? Rednecks, hicks, white trash? Oh, you betcha, we're a scary bunch, Ms. McNicol Stock! Unlike those 'civilized' folks that inhabit your beloved degenerate cities.
Then WHY are the crime rates so much lower for rural, Northwestern locations??
If BS is a science, Ms. Stock is an Einstien! The Stats are consistent: Crime is higher in Urban areas than rural. This author, like most of the media, has NO basis except for her own ignorant prejudices for her silly conclusions.
The average annual 1993-98 violent crime rate in urban areas was about 74 percent higher than the rural rate and 37 percent higher than the suburban rate. Urban males experienced violent victimizations at rates 64 percent higher than the average combined suburban and rural rate and 47 percent higher than urban females. Although most violent crimes in urban (60 percent), suburban (68 percent), and rural (70 percent) areas were committed without a weapon, firearm usage in the commission of a violent crime was higher in urban areas when compared to suburban or rural areas (12 percent urban versus 9 percent suburban and 8 percent rural).
Mosher et al., using 1990 Uniform Crime Report data, also found that homicide rates were lowest in cities with populations under 2,500
Murder rates are highest in cities with populations greater than 250,000 and decline for each decreasing city-size category, to a low of 3.0 per 100,000 for cities under 10,000. A similar pattern is seen for robbery, where arrest rates are over six times higher in the largest, as opposed to the smallest, cities.
Bachman analyzed data from the National Crime Victimization Survey for the years 1973 to 1990, and found generally that individuals living in central cities had the highest rates of criminal victimization for all types of crime, while those living in nonmetropolitan (rural) areas had the lowest rates. More specifically, on average, individuals residing in central areas experienced nearly twice as many crimes of violence as those living in nonmetropolitan areas.....
In general, In California from 1987 to 1996:
Urban areas comprised about 97 percent of the population and reported about 98 percent of the crime.
Rural areas comprised about 3 percent of the population and reported about 2 percent of the crime.