I received the following item in an email from my friend and co-host of this blog, Lloyd Agte. He received it from another friend. While I have not independently verified the percentages quoted in the statements in this article, my gut response is that they closely approximate the facts as they are known.  You can check the footnote for additional references.
Subject: Dear Red States (From New York forming a new country with the Blue States)
Dear Red States:
We're ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes and politics and we've decided we're leaving. "Legitimate rape" is almost reason enough!
We in New York intend to form our own country and we're taking the other Blue States with us.
In case you aren't aware that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast.
We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A).
To sum up briefly:
You get Texas , Oklahoma and all the slave states.
We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren.
You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin.
We get the Statue of Liberty.
You get OpryLand.
We get Intel and Microsoft.
You get WorldCom.
We get Harvard.
You get Ole' Miss.
We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs.
You get Alabama.
We get two-thirds of the tax revenue.
You get to make the red states pay their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families.
Please be aware that the E.S.A. will be pro choice and anti war and we're going to want all our citizens back from Afghanistan at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home.
We wish you success in Afghanistan, and possibly Iran as well, but we're not willing to spend our resources in these sorts of pursuits.
With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country's fresh water;
more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce;
92% of the nation's fresh fruit;
95% of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners);
90% of all cheese;
90 percent of the high tech industry;
most of the US low sulfur coal;
all living redwoods, sequoias and condors;
all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs;
92% of all US mosquitoes;
nearly 100% of the tornadoes;
90% of the hurricanes;
99% of all Southern Baptists;
virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson
and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite. Thank you.
Some 38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale;
62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws;
44% say that evolution is only a theory;
53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
We're taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.
Citizens of the Enlightened States of America