Saturday, December 30, 2006

So sad

Navy had their bowl game against Boston College won. But they butchered their run-out-the-clock offense and it cost them the game. QB ran out of bounds after getting a first down and saved 25 seconds for BC. The fumble on the pitch was unnecessary. Had they run out the clock properly, they could have turned over the ball to BC deep with only a few seconds left on the clock.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Davidson freshman gets ESPN coverage

I got to see Davidson win at Chattanooga Monday evening. Stephen Curry, Davidson's slender, 6-0 freshman guard put up 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. If he doesn't get named to some freshman All-American teams, it will be an injustice. He's already been named Southern Conference player of the month.

ESPN has a nice story about him.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Does ingesting liberalism make one stupid?

Baseball Crank has a good post on a silly column in Salon which could only have been written by someone under the influence. Of course, alcohol wears off eventually.

As the Crank demonstrates, the Salon author has to be almost willfully stupid to make the comparisons he makes.

Covering up for liberal criminals

Robert Musil points out that the NY Times seems to have left out the most important part of the story about the crash of Air America, the liberal radio talk show network. It seems they left out the part about the crimes. The crimes dealing with ripping off large sums of cash from a Boys Club.

I'm sure it was a crime accompanied by compassion for the victims.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Liberal economic statistics are lies

When liberals quote a stat about the economy, they are lying. You can absolutely take it to the bank. Of course, why should they be any different about the economy than they are about the environment, civil rights, the war, or anything else.

Alan Reynolds wrote a column for WSJ pointing out that the income inequality stats which liberals love to throw out are total BS. His entire column was published here.

State Ethics Commission violates ethics rules

When aging lefties fight aging lefties

Bill Hobbs pointed out this marvelous story of self-parody by Nashville's umbrella bureaucracy of all organizations which cater to the wacko lefty instincts of aging baby boomers. They hired a Black Panther ex-con rabble-rouser and had to fire him because he lied about his computer skills. What a bunch of racist tools!

Did you know that AP is dishonest, partisan propagandist?

Of course you did. Big Lizards points out some more agenda-driven lies from AP.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Even the Times thinks Krugman is a hack

Robert Musil points out that more reporting of an economic nature from the Times is woefully incomplete (i.e. basically inaccurate BS). But we expect nothing else. What is amusing, however, is that the Times doesn't consider its own columnist worthy of citation even when his crackpot theories support their own agenda-driven reporting.

Could the Times editors be smart enough to realize that citing Krugman weakens their case?

ISG -- a good summary

Baseball Crank provides a great way to view the work of the ISG Group:
After thinking about it a few days, though, it occurred to me what the ISG reminds me of: the Model UN from high school. Now, for those of you who did not attend a Model UN conference, the idea was that each school's delegation represented a country and you were supposed to be like the real UN, sitting down to hammer out compromises on an array of international issues. In fact, a lot of people were there to get away from their parents for a few days, party and pick up girls . . . which maybe isn't so different from the real UN after all, when you think about it.

That said, the emphasis at the Model UN was all on reaching compromises and consensuses, but it quickly became obvious to me, even as a teenager, that this was an absolute sham because everybody wanted to make a deal and nobody actually had any real interests at stake or real leverage other than the hollow threat to not make a deal.

This is essentially what the ISG is: Model UN for retired public servants, a bunch of people sitting around reaching meaningless compromises. There are two ways to make decisions: do what you think is right, or reach a compromise that represents a middle ground between what two or more people think is right. But consensus-based decisionmaking only has a chance at working when the people reaching the consensus actually represent the contending interests and can compel them to accept the deal.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

MSM agenda journalism

Dafydd has a good one.

Dems don't know Shiite

The news yesterday told you all you ever really needed to know about the Democratic Party and its supporters. The new chair of the House Intelligence Committee doesn't know Shiite from Sunni. And William Jefferson, the crook from Louisiana, joined a long list of Democratic crooks and slimeballs who have been embraced by their party (see e.g. Ted Kennedy, Bill and Hillary, Algore, Marion Barry, Alcee Hastings, Garry Studds) despite their criminal activities.

The Democratic Party -- stupid, corrupt and proud of it.

Monday, December 11, 2006

AP is still lying (and still covering up)

Confederate Yankee provides a rundown on the latest in the AP lying scandal from Iraq.

Why would anyone trust anything these jerks report?

AP lies and cover-up

Here is a column in the NY Post which points out that the AP doesn't always tell the truth. And will go to great lengths to see that the truth never gets out.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

ISG clueless?

I agree with John.

Yes, they ARE that stupid at the NY Times

Robert Musil confirms that no matter how bad you thought the reporting has been at the Times, it just keeps getting more clueless. Debunking the methodology of a story which claims that real estate prices have fallen far more than statistics indicate, Musil points out something that should seem obvious to anyone who wasn't dumb enough to work for the Times:
Auctions of houses of the type described in this article generally produce prices quite a bit lower than what could be obtained if the house were marketed in the usual way. That's why the "usual way" is "usual." So it is nothing short of idiotic for Mr. Leonhardt and the Times to look to such an auction in Naples, Florida for the "truth" and "reality" of the housing market in the "finding" that "on average, the houses that changed hands at the auction had fallen about 25 percent in value since 2005."

Here's a hint for Mr. Leonhardt and his handlers at the Times: Pretty much any competent realtor or probate or bankruptcy attorney will tell you that an auctioned house brings in about 25% less than the then-current market value of the home - although the statistical spread can be wide. This effect is not a secret. Many home buyers look to buy homes from probate sales, for example, even in the absence of an auction. But "normal buyers" generally don't go to such auctions - only speculators and bottom fishers normally go. One reason for that is that unlike normal real property sales such auctions allow for no financing or any other contingencies. In other words, don't even think about making a bid at such an auction and then going to your bank for the appraisal and loan and detailed home inspection. At an auction, you pretty much just write the check for the full purchase price on your way out the auction house door. That kind of thing tends to push prices down - and a 25% reduction on usual market prices is a pretty good result in a house auction.

Since the auction described by the Times yielded prices about 25% off year-ago prices, the auction appears to actually suggests that the Naples single family home market has not changed much over the last year. But Mr. Leonhardt completely misses all of that.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Does "progressive" really mean primitive?

Dr. Sanity has a post on the inquiry into why liberals have so much trouble understanding economics and markets. Conclusion -- they are still primitive in their evolution.

Algore -- sla

I imagine that most of you saw this at Hugh Hewitt, but I just had to highlight what an incredible sla Algore really is.

Typical liberal

On CNBC now, a debate about New York's new law banning the use of trans-fats in restaurants. When the spokesman opposing the ban said that the science isn't at all clear on the issue, the liberal immediately responded by saying that he had no credibility because his group accepted contributions from corporations.

With "analysis" like that, is it any wonder the law of unintended consequences keeps kicking them in the ass?

Listen to the market

Larry Kudlow compares the message of Paul Krugman with the message from the financial markets. Given Krugman's track record of being almost always wrong almost all the time, I doubt there is anyone left who actually puts his money where Krugman's mouth is.

Krugman would have a better track record throwing darts.

Lawyers should go to jail

Sadly, I have to say that I am not at all surprised to read this. Plaintiffs' lawyers in asbestos cases were known for an absence of ethics in the area where I practiced 25 years ago. Fortunately, I never had to deal with them, but if the stories I heard from other lawyers are even 1/10 accurate, they were a pretty shady bunch. Before I slander a whole group, let me restate that -- I sure heard lots of stories about the plaintiffs' lawyers in asbestos cases. Clearly, a lot of them had honesty problems. I can't speak for every apple in the whole barrel, but there sure seemed like a bunch of rotten ones.

Monday, December 04, 2006

The UN's fraudulent Global Warming offensive

I posted earlier on Christopher Monckton's takedown of the UN's study on global warming. Here is his follow-up. Note that he asks the Stern folks a simple question about a fundamental assumption upon which everything depends and they can't or won't answer it.

Why not? Because the house of cards falls down if reasonable assumptions are made.