Friday, February 22, 2013

Cheap shots: Dinner before tender

I wish ThinkProgress would stop doing this:

Fox Host Calls Universal Preschool ‘Immoral Crazy Talk’

 host Gerri Willis called the effort “immoral“:
WILLIS: I have to tell you, I think it’s immoral to make all of these promises, when you know you can’t afford it, we can’t afford it. Preschool for everyone, are you kidding me? We don’t have the money for that! … This is just crazy talk and I think it’s immoral to put this across as something that’s actually doable, when it’s not.
It would be delightful and hilarious if she had said that universal pre-K was immoral crazy talk, but she didn't; she said that it was immoral to hold out parents' hopes of having it when (according to her, and no doubt she is wrong) they can't. Making your opponent's words say something they weren't meant to say is a Republican trick.

Also too, the way they then proceed to bury their silly joke in solemn discussion, proving to the skeptical that preschool is not immoral or crazy. They could have used the time better [jump]
showing that it's not undoable (using CAP's own numbers: about $10 billion a year, the approximate cost of a month in Afghanistan or refurbishing one aircraft carrier.
The Yellow Kid. Via Wired.

Weirdest allegation made against Nate Silver:

David Brooks, New York Times:
One of the features of the era of big data is the number of “significant” findings that don’t replicate the expansion, as Nate Silver would say, of noise to signal.
No, he wouldn't. Just no. Sid Caesar might have said it, or Mel Brooks. Is Mel any relation?
Ming Dynasty "Zhengde" imperial ware yellow glaze and red coloring porecelain jar with kylin & phoenix pattern in relief
Comment on a post by M. Bouffant (irrelevant to the post, which was a very nice photograph, although yellow plays an important part in both):

Anonymous said...
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with еnablе of yοur роwег anԁ courage.
Stіr in оnіonѕ, сelery, chopρed yellow bell pepper
аnd prеρaгe dinner before tendег.
Yellow Pig. By Miriam Shenitzer.

What's it all about, Dickwad?
At a town hall in Phoenix on Wednesday, KTVK asked the former Republican presidential nominee if he regretted insulting the man
“Of course not,” McCain insisted. “I call people jerks all the time, they call me a jerk all the time. That’s what it’s supposed to be about, it’s supposed to be fun.”
Raw Story (
Except when Susan Rice talks about you, because that's totally below the belt.

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