October 23, 2008

HOPE ON Project, Day 4: Let’s Never Find Out Part 4 — ‘Number One’

Filed under: Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:04 pm

Note: This is the fourth of what will be 13 daily posts on why Barack Obama is a dangerous, objectionable, and objectively unfit candidate to be president of the United States (while many of the other candidates are not). Previous Posts — Part 1 (Obama “Part of the Problem” on Fan and Fred); Part 2 (“Energy”); Part 3 (“Punished”).

The daily videos involved are from NeverFindOut.org, a project of Let Freedom Ring (donation link is here).

This post is part of the HOPE ON Project (Help Ohio Prevent Electing Obama Now).

Today’s SOB Alliance author is Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion. Update: Other SOBers weighing in (this is surely not a complete list) — Return of the Conservatives, Right Runner, Maggie Thurber. Brain Shavings has related thoughts on the consequences of a victory by “Number One.”

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Video (direct YouTube link):

Transcript:

Senator Obama, you are Number One.

Your 2007 voting record makes you the most liberal member of the US Senate. Left of Hilary Clinton, Left of Ted Kennedy, and even Left of your running mate, Joe Biden — Barely. He was Number Three. You, Senator Obama, are Number One.

What happens when we elect America’s most liberal Senator to the White House? Please America, let’s never find out.

Paid for by Let Freedom Ring, which is responsible for the content of this ad.

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Matt’s Comments (“The One: He’s Not Just the Messiah; He’s a Socialist“):

It is actually worse than the ad makes it sound. Obama isn’t just a liberal, he’s to the left of the only declared socialist in the US Senate!

Last week, Ohio Senator George Voinovich was quoted saying that Barack Obama was to the left of Ted Kennedy and that Obama was, in fact, a socialist. Governor Mitt Romney, an actual McCain-Palin surrogate, might have a problem with that (see clip) but I think that the evidence exists to make a pretty strong case that Obama is a socialist.

What shall we use as a measuring stick? How about a politician who is a declared socialist? There is one in the United States Senate and his name is Bernie Sanders. The National Journal has Sanders ranked #4 in 2007. Barack Obama was top of the class. But it might interest you to know who else was “to the left” of the socialist. Barack Obama chose him to be his running mate: Joe Biden finished third. Even George Voinovich gets this one:

“There’s a guy in the senate, Bernie Sanders” said Voinovich, “who brags about being a socialist. And if you compare Barack Obama’s record with Bernie Sanders’ record, they’re not too far apart.”

Obama’s response to Joe the Plumber’s question about why Obama wanted to punish him if he were to achieve the American Dream and achieve success was that he wanted to “spread the wealth around.” If that isn’t a restatement of the socialist doctrine of redistribution of wealth, I don’t know what is.

Let’s not find out, America…

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Additional BizzyBlog Comments:

Here’s what has been totally ignored in the discussion of Obama’s radicalism: what he might do with Executive Orders.

Nervous much? You should be.

Say hello to a return of the offshore drilling ban, which the current President Bush foolishly didn’t revoke until just a few months ago. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid won’t have to lift a finger.

What other natural resources would a President Obama arbitrarily lock up (as President Clinton locked up low-sulfur coal in Utah in the mid-1990s)?

Perhaps say hello to a return of the misnamed Fairness Doctrine by presidential fiat. No debate; it just happens.

Here’s another thing that has been totally ignored: Presidential Pardons.

If you think President Clinton’s unprecedented last-minute pardon binge was bad, wait until you see what an outgoing President Obama might do. Can you say “Citizen Mumia“?

The history of Democratic executives taking advantage of effectively unaccountable powers during their final days in office is sordid. One example: Ohioans bitterly remember early 1991, when outgoing Democratic governor Dick Celeste granted 68 last-minute pardons and commutations of death sentences, many of them to hardened criminals like Debra Brown.

I believe that Obama supporters’ increasingly thuggish tendencies (to be covered and demonstrated in a future post) reflect the candidate’s and the campaign’s mindset. Imagine what such a person might do with the awesome powers of the presidency.

“Never Find Out” indeed.

AP Poll Report: A 3.5-Point MOE Means a 14-Point Spread

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:49 pm

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Commenters are saying AP is correct in its interpretation.

I don’t think so, because if the commenters are right, newspapers would routinely write up, say, a 6-point lead by McCain or Obama as being “within the 3.5-point margin of error.” That is, the one trailing could be 3.5 points higher, and the one leading could be 3.5 points lower, meaning that the person reported as leading could conceivably be trailing. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen it reported that way, because, as I understand it, the margin of error is 3.5% for the entire poll, not 3.5% for each poll component.

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Associated Press lead reporter Liz Sidoti, other contributors (AP Director of Surveys Trevor Tompson, AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius and AP writer Alan Fram), and the wire service’s supposedly vaunted editors apparently don’t understand what a polling margin of error is.

In a Wednesday story I found in four different places (CBS News, AP-Google, Breitbart, Yahoo! News), Sidoti et al let a paragraph stand claiming that a 3.5% margin of error in the poll results they were reporting meant that the real results could vary by as many as 14 points.

Here are the key paragraphs found in each story (bold is mine):

The presidential race tightened after the final debate, with John McCain gaining among whites and people earning less than $50,000, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows McCain and Barack Obama essentially running even among likely voters in the election homestretch.

The poll, which found Obama at 44 percent and McCain at 43 percent, supports what some Republicans and Democrats privately have said in recent days: that the race narrowed after the third debate as GOP-leaning voters drifted home to their party and McCain’s “Joe the plumber” analogy struck a chord.

….. Polls are snapshots of highly fluid campaigns. In this case, there is a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; that means Obama could be ahead by as many as 8 points or down by as many as 6. There are many reasons why polls differ, including methods of estimating likely voters and the wording of questions.

Uh, no. A 3.5% margin of error means Obama could be ahead by as many as 4.5 points or down by as many as 2.5. That’s a seven-point spread.

Zheesh. If I didn’t know better, I would be thinking, with their apparent failure to grasp basic math, that Sidoti et al are auditioning to join Martin Crutsinger and Jeannine Aversa as AP business reporters.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Positivity: Regular Guy — ‘Stayin’ Alive’ song really does assist in saving lives

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From the University of Illinois:

Article Launched: 10/18/2008 09:25:09 PM

Luckily, I managed to miss most of the disco era. Sure, I was alive, but I hadn’t reached my teens so I watched the whole mess from afar.

The closest I got to disco fever was a copy of the strange “Disco Duck” album released by DJ Rick Dees, who was making fun of the whole fad. I didn’t realize I was supporting satire at that point. I just thought the duck voice was funny.

Like a lot of people my age, I have supported disco through the years, but with a wink and a nod. I continually find myself amazed as the Village People song “YMCA” gets families to dance and sing since that’s the last thing the lyrics suggest.

But songs like that ultimately make us have fun, and that’s the point. Having fun and saving lives.

Yes, disco saves lives. Just ask the doctors from the University of Illinois.

Research at the university shows that doctors and students can maintain the ideal number of chest compressions during CPR if they listen to the Bee Gee’s hit “Stayin’ Alive” while resuscitating a patient.

Apparently, the most effective CPR requires 100 beats per minute. The song features 103 beats per minute. The research did not indicate how the falsetto voice of the brothers Gibb may have influenced the findings.

The researchers also said the ability for the song to get stuck in your head played a huge role because they also tested the number of compressions people could do while just thinking about the song. This also worked, although most people did more than 100 compressions, probably because they wanted to get the song out of their head.

What I want to know is why did they choose disco? …..

Go here for the rest of the story.