American Crossroads is one of those political action committees that likes to communicate via TV ads. They may be fine folks, I don't know. What I do know is that they seem confused about the number of states in America. In the ad slamming Harry Reid, the narrator says:
Recent data show Nevada ranks 50th in the money received from Harry's stimulus bill. That's right -- Senate leader Harry Reid has gotten his own state less help than every other state but one.
But one? Huh? If you rank 50th, and one state is worse, that means America has 51 states. Didn't someone involved in this production notice this? Watch the ad for yourself, above.
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here is the link. Of course, you can read the full story of Alberta's (and British Columbia's) potential statehood in Lost States.
If your summer vacation this year takes you to Yellowstone National Park, you might take a side trip to one of America's oddest geographic anomalies: Lost Dakota. Nobody lives there now... and there aren't even any signs or maps to help you get there. But in the corner of Yellowstone--where Montana, Idaho and Wyoming meet, there was a little patch of Dakota. Lost Dakota gets the full treatment in the book , watch the video above for a quick overview.
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Thanks to Mike DeBow for alerting me to a new attempt to create the 51st state. It's the brainchild of Alabama Rep. Mary Moore, a Democrat from Birmingham. She's upset about the possibility that a big employer in her district (a gambling racetrack) might be shut down by the state. Her solution is to create a new state, named "Seven" (because it's the 7th Congressional District of Alabama). It's not just the racetrack issue that has Rep. Moore angry. She and the other members of Alabama's black caucus are livid because the state government "has done nothing for us." In a series of speeches on July 1st, Gov. Bob Riley was called a terrorist, liar, racist and "a wet nurse to Mississippi casinos." I'm not exactly sure what that last insult means, but the imagery stopped me in my tracks. Anyway, the map above shows the location of the 7th district. You can read the Birmingham News report here. While I'm all in favor of citizens working to create new and better states, Mary Moore needs a little branding help. "Seven" isn't a name people can rally around. How about "7-11." It ties in nicely with the gambling angle... and might lead to some corporate money from the convenience store chain. If naming rights for a stadium can sell for millions, think how much an entire state could haul in! Or, if you have a better idea for the new state's name... leave a comment!
you can get a flag here.
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