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01-18-13, 11:07 AM (EST)
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"Political word game"
Here is a chart tool that looks up the occurrence of specific words within the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, which maintains short biographies of nearly every one of the 12,000 people to serve in the U.S. legislature since day one of the country.

Hover over a bar and it will tell you how many matches there are for a word within that Congress' bios. You can also click on one of the graph's bars and it will give you the names of the Congress critters with a word in their bio.

The trends are interesting...

Your assignment. Pick a word and tell us what the trend is.

My word: Lawyer. From a mere 5 matches in the 1939-1941 Congress to 147 matches in the 2013-2015 Congress.

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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
 Death byoffer 01-18-13 1
 RE: Political word game kidflash212 01-18-13 2
 RE: Political word game agman 01-18-13 3
   RE: Political word game cahaya 01-18-13 5
       RE: Political word game agman 01-18-13 7
 Harvard cahaya 01-18-13 4
 Affair cahaya 01-18-13 6
 Born Snidget 01-18-13 8
   RE: Born Estee 01-18-13 10
 Couldn't get the app to work. Estee 01-18-13 9
   RE: Couldn't get the app to work. cahaya 01-18-13 11
       RE: Couldn't get the app to work. kidflash212 01-19-13 12
           RE: Couldn't get the app to work. Estee 01-19-13 13
               RE: Couldn't get the app to work. cahaya 01-19-13 14
                   RE: Couldn't get the app to work. Estee 01-19-13 15
 Integrity? foonermints 01-21-13 16
 RE: Political word game Dakota 01-21-13 17

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01-18-13, 12:47 PM (EST)
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1. "Death"
from 1917 through 1963 - over 300 each congress

in the 2000s - under 50 each congress

While I appreciate that the two WWs, Vietnam and Korea all fall under the first time frame, I am surprised that 9/11/2001, Afghanistan, and gun violence haven't kept the numbers a little higher in recent years (if I am understanding what they are counting).

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01-18-13, 01:59 PM (EST)
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2. "RE: Political word game"
Tried Children - seems congresspeople rarely mentioned their kids until the 1990's.
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01-18-13, 02:03 PM (EST)
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3. "RE: Political word game"
I tried criminal and what a shock, nothing came up! I can't believe that there are no criminals in congress.



you don't suppose any of them could actually be lying do you?

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01-18-13, 02:14 PM (EST)
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5. "RE: Political word game"
Actually, 'criminal' does have some hits. The bars are small and you can scroll across the timeline to see how many per Congress. There is one for the current '13-'15 Congress, Thomas Udall.

They might be a criminal lawyer instead of a criminal Congressman!

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01-18-13, 02:31 PM (EST)
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7. "RE: Political word game"
Or the criminal lawyer could possibly be a criminal.

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01-18-13, 02:09 PM (EST)
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4. "Harvard"
... peaks out at 60 in '75-'77 Congress, down to 37 in the last ('11-'13) Congress.
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01-18-13, 02:24 PM (EST)
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6. "Affair"
Pretty consistent across the two centuries, with the highest levels in the '90's Congresses, peaking at 54 in the '93-'95 Congress.
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01-18-13, 02:31 PM (EST)
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8. "Born"
Checked with the word the, you can get 100% in all years.

Born, looks to be 100% for all congresses except the present one.

Fear of birtherism so you can't mention your origin at all? Or were some of our most recent congress critters hatch hatched?

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01-18-13, 02:52 PM (EST)
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10. "RE: Born"
I call either rigged bios or failure to search for the word 'died'. I know we've had at least forty zombies.
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01-18-13, 02:36 PM (EST)
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9. "Couldn't get the app to work."
I wanted to try four words.

Homosexual
Gay
Bisexual
Lesbian

I was expecting less than three percent.

Now if we counted things like 'and beat to death at the tender age of', the numbers would go up.

So tempted to go with 'white male', but I already had a good idea on the count.

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01-18-13, 03:12 PM (EST)
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11. "RE: Couldn't get the app to work."
I'm not sure why the search engine (near the bottom of the page, not the two graphs at top) won't work for you, but it seems to work fine in Firefox.

I checked your list of words...

Homosexual = 0 hits.
Gay = some hits, all related to names, e.g., William Gay Brown (how's that for a middle name these days?)
Bisexual = 0 hits.
Lesbian = 0 hits.

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present can be found here, courtesy of the New York Public Library. Click on Connect to Database to do your searches.

I looked up Tammy Baldwin, the lesbian Senator from Wisconsin and get this:

BALDWIN, Tammy, a Representative and a Senator from Wisconsin; born in Madison, Dane County, Wis., February 11, 1962; graduated from Madison West High School, Madison, Wis., 1980; A.B., Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 1984; J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wis., 1989; lawyer, private practice; Dane County, Wis., board of supervisors, 1986-1994; member of the Wisconsin state assembly, 1993-1999; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1999-January 3, 2013); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 2012 for the term ending January 3, 2019.

Nothing there about sexual orientation, so the bias is definitely decided by who prepares these biographies.

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01-19-13, 11:16 AM (EST)
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12. "RE: Couldn't get the app to work."
I don't think it shows a bias. Nowhere on my resume do I include my sexual orientation. I don't expect all the other US Senators to list heterosexual on their bios.
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01-19-13, 11:23 AM (EST)
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13. "RE: Couldn't get the app to work."
I expect the GOP has it as a primary requirement.

Seriously, I was curious to see if anyone had self-identified in their biography, plus the earliest time it had happened. A similar search for ethnic identifiers might get more results.

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14. "RE: Couldn't get the app to work."
Ethnicity doesn't show up either, although some religions do with some Congressmen being ordained ministers and/or affiliated with religious organizations.

So, the bios are quite vanilla, with no references to race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc., with the focus primarily on education, profession and affiliations.

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01-19-13, 01:21 PM (EST)
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15. "RE: Couldn't get the app to work."
the bios are quite vanilla

There's a Caucasian joke in there somewhere.

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16. "Integrity?"
No mention of it at all.

BS? My computer must have shorted out, like trying to calculate the volumne of the Universe.

tiny Liberated Barney!

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01-21-13, 01:39 PM (EST)
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17. "RE: Political word game"
Middle Class - peaked in 1852. I'm beginning to think they don't really care.

Agman's Spring Fling '12

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