Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Grandfather" Them All

Liberals should face up to the fact that they've been had. The LAW OF THE LAND! (tm) that only terrorists and suicide bombers wanted to change six weeks ago, is now in tatters. Why? Because, except for the website, it is functioning precisely as intended. The law's supporters now desparately seek a method of changing that which they so recently said could not be changed. The new campaign slogan for every Republican should be:

If (insert name of Democrat here) likes his seat, I think you should vote to allow him to keep his seat. He should be grandfathered in, the same way he voted to grandfather your your health insurance policy and your doctor. But I don't think he really needs to know that the seat he will be keeping does not exist. The same way he didn't think you needed to know that the policy you were to be "allowed to keep" did not exist.

Don't let any of the arrogant little pissants squirm off the hook. Remember: each and every one of the bastards was the deciding vote in enacting the Big Fucking Deal.

Oh how they cheered! Yay! We did it! One hundred years of liberal dreams are now the law! Everyone will love us (eventually)! Every single one of them either lied or uncritically bought Obama's lie. There are no other possiblities.

And, to top it all off, they then voted to allow regulations, issued pursuant to Obamacare, in which that agency PREDICTED that between one and two thirds of all individual AND EMPLOYER policies would be cancelled.

I can't get the chart showing that estimate to load onto Blogger. It is here.

Again, every Democrat in the Senate and the House voted in favor of allowing those regulations with that estimate. Every. Single. One.

None of them, not one, deserves to retain their position. They are either too stupid or too mendacious. Either of those should disqualify them for office. We should send all of them home as soon as possible. It's the only possible "fix".

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Question

President Obama claims not to have known about Fast & Furious.

He says he didn't know about Benghazi.

He says he didn't know about the IRS dumping on Tea Party applicants for exempt status.

Sebelius says he didn't know about the Obamacare website debacle.

He will soon say he didn't know that his signature law was predicted by his own administration to prevent millions from keeping their health insurance policy if they like it. (Period!)

He says he didn't know that the spies at the NSA were actually doing spying. On us.

He says he didn't know that the spies at the NSA were actually doing spying. On our allies.

He says he didn't know that there was no such thing as a shovel ready job (at least as far as government bureaucrats are concerned).

He didn't know that making loans to "green" companies like Solyndra was throwing money away.

That is a truly astonishing level of ignorance being professed by or about the most powerful man in the world.

Nixon's presidency ended when the question being asked was "What did he know and when did he know it?" I think Obama's presidency will end with the question "What didn't he know and when didn't he know it?"

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Will you have a chair?

From Power Line:

There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.

That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every 1 person working full-time year round.

This cannot continue, and Reynolds Second Law states that something that can’t go on forever, won’t.

The only question is what happens when the music stops.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Schrodinger's President

From Richard Fernandez:

And so Chavez can rule for so long as he lives. And he lives for as long as Castro says he does. Since no one is allowed to examine Chavez without the permission of the Cuban officials no one can gainsay the continued existence of the virtual Hugo Chavez except Fidel Castro.
Chavez is in a box. There are only two possibilities: He is alive or he is not. The likelihood of him being alive cannot be determined, so I am going to arbitrarily assign it a probability of precisely 50%. Therefore, according to Schrodinger, until the box is opened, Chavez is both alive and dead.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

An "In Kind" Contribution?

Presented without comment:

From TwitPic.

Monday, October 29, 2012

All of Those Polls

There's a new poll every few seconds, it seems, and all of them pointing in different directions. Assuming that all of them are polls of likely voters, it seems to me that the largest factor giving rise to the variations would be the weight accorded to the three voting groups, Democrat, Republican and Independent, whether or not they adjust for that factor.

Sometimes the D/R/I split for a given poll is announced, and sometimes not. Frequently, however, along with the overall result (Romney by 1, Obama by 2...) the poll will also provide the split among independent voters. When that occurs, with a couple of relatively safe assumptions, you can figure the D/R/I split yourself with my handy dandy spreadsheet.

First, open MS Excel. Put in your column and row labels, just like I did. Then the fun part starts. In the column labeled "Total Voters" enter estimates of the D/R/I split, but only for Dems and Reps. The entry for Ind shoud the 100 less the sum of the first two rows. Remember, boys and girls, this is only an estimate.

Next comes our first assumption: That 95% of the members of each group is already committed to the candidate of his or her choice. So in the column labeled "5% undecided voters", tell the spreadsheet to muliply the appropriate row of "total voters" by 0.95.

Then comes our second assumption: That 90% of party-affiliated voters will vote for their own candidate. So in the column labeled "%age voting R" enter 0.10 in row 1 (D voters) and 0.9 in row 2 (R voters). In row 3 (I voters) enter the percentage given by the poll as voting R. Similarly, in the column labeled "%age voting D" enter 0.90 in row 1 (D voters) and 0.1 in row 2 (R voters). In row 3 (I voters) enter the percentage given by the poll as voting D.

Next, in the column labeled labeled "votes R", tell the spreadsheet to muliply the appropriate row of "decided voters" by the entry in the same row in the column to the left. And in the column labeled labeled "votes D", tell the spreadsheet to muliply the appropriate row of "decided voters" by the entry in the same row in the column to the left.

Finally, have the spreadsheet prepare a total of the "votes R" column and the "votes D" column, and then, in the last column, tell the spreadsheet to subtract one total from the other.

Now, boys and girls, we are ready to play. Remember the estimated D/R/I split we entered in the "total voters column"? Well, to figure the D/R/I split in the poll you are trying to figure out, simply adjust the D and R amounts until the last column of the spreadsheet matches the overall result given by that poll. Voila, this is likely to be very close to the D/R/I split in the poll, even if the pollster doesn't provide that information. Your mileage may vary.

You can do this at home. No adult supervision is required. Send lots and lots of money to me at Man with Shovel and I will send you your very own spreadsheet.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Must. Try. To. Resist.

Via Instapundit (of course):

Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”

Have you ever seen a matrix? It's a fancy name for a spreadsheet with rows and columns (but its not limited to only two dimensions). Like a bingo card. If sufficient resources line up with adequate opportunity: Bingo! One (or more) dead terrorists.

God help us all, President Peace Prize is playing Disposition Bingo.

Its completely unfair to say that, I know. But I just could not resist.