Stars, Stripes and Republican Votes?

Study finds link between flag exposure and voting behavior


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Old Glory Study

A new study claims a single exposure to the American flag -- even among Democratic participants -- shift s support toward Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior.

The authors from the University of Chicago, Cornell and Hebrew University found that participants' Republican voting intentions increased despite their overwhelming belief that exposure to the flag would not influence their behavior. Some of the effects even lasted eight months after the flag exposure, according to the study.

It's a study that is similar to another recent Harvard study we told you about, here in the Grapevine, that found kids who attended at least one Fourth of July event, parade for example, ended up leaning Republican later in life.

Wynn, Lose or Draw?

Casino mogul Steve Wynn blasted President Obama's economic policies this week. During a conference call on his company's quarterly earnings, Wynn said -- quote -- "This administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime."

Despite Wynn's complaints, his company did very well in the second quarter. Net revenues from his Las Vegas operations were up almost 23 percent compared to last year and net revenues that included worldwide properties were up 32 percent. Last year, his properties netted over $4 billion.

Wynn said he could be doing even more if it wasn't for President Obama's policies.

Making a Name for Himself

And speaking of money, an Arab sheikh who is a member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family is getting a lot of name recognition. That's because, The Daily Mail reports, he has had workers write his name in the sand of his personal island in letters so large they can be seen from space.

"HAMAD" measures over 3,000 feet high and is two miles long and the letters actually form waterways.

No word on the cost of that project.