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Map: Chicago-area rainfall totals. Click to see how much rain fell in your area.

DuPage County and the southern half of Cook County were the hardest hit by overnight storms Thursday and into Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Midway Airport, Oak Lawn and Oak Forest took the brunt of the storm, according to the most recent data.

The results of a McClatchy-Marist poll released this week found that 60% of Republicans would be upset if their child was gay.

The study of more than 1,000 adults asked several questions on LGBT issues, including “If you had a child who told you he or she was gay or lesbian, would you be very upset, somewhat upset, not very upset, or not upset at all?” 23% of Republicans said they would be “very upset” and 37% said they would be “somewhat upset.” In contrast, 12% of Democrats said they’d be “very upset” and 16% “somewhat upset” — higher numbers than I would like to see!

In line with what we already know about public opinions on LGBT issues, younger people were more likely to be accepting of hypothetical LGBT children. The groups more likely to be upset include white people, married people, people in the South and those who don’t know any gay people.

Other highlights from the study include the fact that 71% of people surveyed claimed to have a friend, colleague or family member who was gay, 37% of people claimed to oppose same-sex marriage and that 83% of people said that a Congressional candidate’s sexuality would not affect how they would vote.

The most divisive issue surveyed was over whether marriage rights should be a state or federal issue, with 43% favoring states’ right to decide, 50% considering it a federal issue and 7% unsure. 59% of Republicans thought it should be left in the states’ hands, while only 32% of Democrats felt that way.

Sometimes I wonder who writes the questions for these polls, but random as it seems at first glance, this is actually quite telling. Weird. 

just because data didn’t have human emotions doesn’t mean he didn’t have his own unique android feelings. if he were truly without emotions he wouldn’t care about anything. he showed concern for people, he cared for people, he missed people, he had wants, longings, like his longing to be human. he’s also aware of how other people feel, and attempts to help people in need. there’s no way he was completely emotionless, I just don’t buy it sorry. he may not have what humans recognize as emotions but there has to be something there.

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