After anointing Obama as the nominee on Tuesday, the media narrative has shifted to the West Virginia and Kentucky "Appalachian" contests. They are reduced to quaint curiosities in which poor, white, uneducated mountain people from a "bygone era" have been trained to make their way to a school gym and push a button just like real people for the delight and amusement of the media elite.
The "dueling banjos" video in this post entitled "On to Appalachia" is a good example. Presumably it is a reference to the retarded West Virginia inbred voter demographic making up Clinton's 20% to 40% margin of support there.
Because it's "silly season," as Obama called it, let's analyze that more closely.
The scene is from the movie Deliverance. It was filmed on the Chattooga River, which is the border between Georgia and South Carolina. Obama won both of those primaries. Other scenes were filmed in North Carolina. Obama won that primary, too.
The "banjo boy" was a teen actor selected during a casting call at Clayton Elementary School in Clayton, Georgia. Obama won 82% of the vote in Clayton County. The teen actor did not actually play the banjo. The recorded banjo playing was performed by Eric Weissberg, who studied music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Juilliard School of Music. (Coincidentally, Obama also won the Wisconsin primary.)
So in the final analysis, the political humor backfires given the strong Obama connection to "dueling banjos." Political humorists should find a better vehicle for poking fun at West Virginia voters.
Speaking of West Virginia, did you know that the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services data center is in Clarksburg, West Virginia? The nearly 1,000 acre complex houses the FBI's largest division, which operates the National Crime Information Center, Uniform Crime Reporting System, Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, and the National Incident-Based Reporting System.
Did you also know that the IRS's main data center is in Martinsburg, West Virginia? Data from every federal tax return filed in the United States is processed and stored at the IRS Martinsburg Computing Center. Your W4, W2, 940, and 1099 filings are processed there, too. Martinsburg also processes information for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which monitors large cash and other suspicious transactions and assists law enforcement with money laundering and terrorist funding investigations.
That sounds like a lot of complicated, high-tech work for a bunch of uneducated banjo players.
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