Salt in the Wound

January 27, 2010

Polls only mean so much.  How representative is the sample?  Even to the extent that a given opinion, as worded, is genuinely held by a certain fraction of the population, what exactly does that mean, and how deep does it go?  How transient is it?  Etc.

So, as with any poll, however carefully scientifically controlled, however carefully conducted, take these data with a grain of salt.

That said, I was interested to hear this week that President Obama is the “Most Polarizing President Ever”. Read the rest of this entry »

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A blogger (commenting on this news story) calls our attention to a schoolboy who, for the offense of having a creative, inquisitive mind, had his property confiscated and his home searched, and was told that both he and his parents need “counseling”. Read the rest of this entry »

“The government is just a bunch of stupid idiots with guns.”

Celebrate Good Times

January 20, 2010

Red Massachusetts

Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley yesterday in the race for the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, 52% to 47%.  If you haven’t been following it, here’s the skinny:

This probably means that Democrats no longer have enough votes (60) to overcome Republicans’ filibuster of the health-care bill in the Senate.  That means that the Democrats’ version of health-care “reform”—already getting less and less likely as time went on, given that they hadn’t passed it before this year, an election year—is probably now dead.  We won.  Thank You, God, and a big thank-you to the people of Massachusetts. Read the rest of this entry »