Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lying Liar Lies about Lies

Romney strategist shows reckless disregard for the truth (which should be the headline under surprising news stories such as "Area Dog Bites Man").

Stuart Stevens, a senior Romney strategist [skip]

What about the tough response from Politifact? [pants on fire - Robert ]

"Do you know how many times they did that to Barack Obama in 2008?" he said. "Quite a few.


In fact in 2008 Politifact rated 2 (two) Obama claims "pants on fire." Now when I was in elementary school we defined a "few" as "more than two but not a lot" so two is not quite "a few".

Since 2008, Politifact has rated two more Obama claims "pants on fire." In contrast they have rated 8 Romney claims "pants on fire" already. They only began following him relatively recently. In the relatively recent past, Romney's winning pants on fire ratings at more than 3 times Obama's rate. And Obama is President.

He still has work to do to catch Michelle Bachman and "chain e-mail" (and I haven't checked who else). I'm sure he will manage.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The DFHs are Going Too Far

I have my vices. Lots of them. One is occasionally reading the Rude Pundit. But these OWS hippy flower children have ruined everything. His Rudeness has gone all earnest and sincere.

I can't take it anymore.

Are rude blankets tax deductible ? Whatever happened to proudly lowering the level of debate ?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Beyond Parody

Does Steoen Colbert have the world's easiest job or the hardest ?

He decided to parody

a request for an advisory opinion sent to the FEC on behalf of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads which stated: “While these advertisements would be fully coordinated with incumbent Members of Congress facing re-election in 2012, they would presumably not qualify as ‘coordinated communications.”


Is that easy as just reading it or hard as going faster than light ?

update: He did it



I am now much closer to believing the CERN to Grand Sasso Neutrino result.

Also Buddy Roemer is desperate for publicity.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OK it's official -- Obama is determined to do the opposite of anything Krugman advises.

President Obama says aloha to Hawaiian shirt tradition at APEC conference


Kugman obvously thought that, since Obama is from Hawaii, he could recommend Hawaiian shirts without getting a smack in the face (I mean he didn't even mention that Obama used to smoke pot).

Liquidity Traps And Hawaiian Shirts

Hempton’s suggestion:

[Bernanke] should not only announce that the Fed is buying Italian debt. He should do it whilst wearing an Hawaiian shirt and carrying a marijuana pipe. (I would even buy him the pipe…)


OK, it turns out that I have some inside information: in his academic days, Bernanke actually DID have a taste for Hawaiian shirts, often wearing them to the office. I don’t know about the marijuana bit.

Unfortunately, when he went to the Fed they turned him into a central banker.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Department of WTF !?!?


The usually well informed Jonathan Bernstein writes

"the Bush years [snip] the Minerals Management Service [snip] I’m not aware of cases of fraud and corruption"

Uh Jonathan try googling
"Minerals Management Service" prostitutes
or
"Minerals Management Service" cocaine


Someone call MediaMatters

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201109280006

Actually don't. If they read that post at the Ten Miles Squared, their heads might explode.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Forget the Women's world Cup. We are beating the Japanese where it really counts

Robot Soccer



Also I've never seen so many players sent off for flagrant fouls. I think my countryrobots have been studying the strategy of my country of residence

When will Robotic Beings Rule the World ?



While the final triumph of the robots is inevitable (they keep getting better and better while we just add flab). Their candidates -- Mondale, Dukakis, Gore and Kerry -- haven't done so well.

They have sunk to the level of trying to trick us about what won in 92 and 96 by naming their top candidate "Big Dog"




They need to work on the irritation hornet's nest sound (marginally worse than the Dukakis X37) but still much more convincingly alive than Mitt Romney. No ?
Shorter meets QOTD

QOTD "The election seems to pit the immovable object against the irresistible force — except, kind of, the opposite."

Shorter Jon Chait

The election pits the removable object against the resistible force

Longer shorter Jon Chait

The election pits the removable obstruction of Republican sabateurs against the feeble force of Obamanian technopopulism.

We also have a candidate for "Worst URL ever"

http.../is_nate_silver_wrong.html

joins

http.../i_water_dry"

http.../is_the_pope_shi'ite"

http.../do_the_Woods_Shi_in_the_Bear"

http.../does_the_Sun_rise_in_the_South_by_Southwest.

and

http.../download_free_virus

in the final bonus "no way am I gonna click that even if you pay me" round.