How the MSM fakes their polls

We are entering a time of perpetually faked polls on the part of the MSM.  Here is the latest one. It won’t be the last.

These people have no shame.

None at all.

Here Comes the Gay Marriage BS

Everybody supports gay marriage now. Everybody. It’s a trend. All over the world, people are marching arm in arm, because they love gay marriage so much.

Or, at least, that is what the MSM is about to tell everyone.

It’s all BS.

There will be polls that will show that everyone just loves gay marriage now. The polls will all be faked, just like they faked polls for the illegal immigrant debate, and just like they faked polls for the health care debate.

31 states have passed constitutional amendments against it, and another 15 states outlaw it. This is not because there is a groundswell of support for the idea. The idea is despised, in fact.

These newspaper people think you are awfully stupid, and that you can be swayed to do something you don’t like just by reading that a poll suddenly pronounces it popular.

In part, these articles are aimed at Justice Kennedy, the man who will decide the matter for the nation, when the california gay marriage case makes it to the Supreme Court. Kennedy is swayed by public opinion, so they think they can fool him into thinking that the country is turning gay.

 

 

David Brooks: Western Europe is Really Smart. We Aren’t.

What has happened to David Brooks’ mind? In all of liberal-dom, (and you have to count Brooks as part of that, at this point) there is the most fantastic avoidance of reality. The game seems to be “explain away reality, no matter what”.

Today, he talks about why Germany is recovering, the the U.S. is not.

He says:

The two countries followed different policy paths. According to Gary Becker of the University of Chicago, the Americans borrowed an amount equal to 6 percent of G.D.P. in an attempt to stimulate growth. The Germans spent about 1.5 percent of G.D.P. on their stimulus.

This divergence created a natural experiment. Who was right?

The early returns suggest the Germans were. The American stimulus package was supposed to create a “summer of recovery,” according to Obama administration officials. Job growth was supposed to be surging at up to 500,000 a month. Instead, the U.S. economy is scuffling along.

The German economy, on the other hand, is growing at a sizzling (and obviously unsustainable) 9 percent annual rate. Unemployment in Germany has come down to pre-crisis levels.

So obviously, Keynesian economics is a joke, and free markets work. But that is not the conclusion he draws. No, he thinks the American people are foolish for not taking over control of the economy.

The crucial issue is getting the fundamentals right. The Germans are doing better because during the past decade, they took care of their fundamentals and the Americans didn’t.

But that’s complete nonsense. He just told us why they are doing better. It’s because they did not try to stimulate the economy with an idiotic, wasteful stimulus bill.

Everything is reduced, in Brooks world, to a simplistic academic theory of one sort or another. The world is a big, bouncy, confusing, contradictory place. But Brooks, with his lame imitation of a half baked college professor, pretends to have the sullen key to every problem. It’s because the Germans have a “consensus based economy”. It’s because they follow a “model”. It’s all wrong. It’s because they were more free market than we were. But he tries to pretend it was because the government manages everything better:

The situation can be expressed this way: German policy makers inherited a certain consensus-based economic model. That model has advantages. It fosters gradual innovation (of the sort useful in metallurgy). It also has disadvantages. It sometimes leads to rigidity and high unemployment.

Over the past few years, the Germans have built on their advantages. They effectively support basic research and worker training. They have also taken brave measures to minimize their disadvantages. As an editorial from the superb online think tank e21 reminds us, the Germans have recently reduced labor market regulation, increased wage flexibility and taken strong measures to balance budgets.

Yeah. They became free marketers, that’s it. It has nothing to do with government regulating everything.

It seems that for an Obama acolyte, nothing gets through.

If you look around the world today, you see that a two-class system is coming into being. Some countries are undertaking fundamental reforms. In those places, weaknesses have been exposed. Orthodoxies have been shattered. New coalitions have formed.

This is happening in Britain, where a center-right government is reining in a government that had spun out of control. It’s also true in Sweden and other consensus-based countries, where there is so much emphasis on consistent, long-range thinking.

In other countries, political division frustrates long-range thinking. The emphasis is on fixing things for next month or next quarter. The U.S., unfortunately, is struggling to get out of Group 2.

The worst thing about modern academics is that they take the simple and pretend it is complex. Western Europe has sucked off the American teat for quite a while now. Because they do not have to pay for militaries, they could spend on social welfare programs. But then they decided to cut their birthrate, and so now they cannot afford those social welfare plans even if we pay for all the security of the world. Now, Muslims are taking over in many cities, because they reproduce and the snooty Europeans don’t. The only reason they are breaking out of their “model” is that they are going broke. Because of government control of their economies.

How could an intelligent guy like Brooks get everything exactly backwards?

He has been hanging around Obama too long.

He’s Just Differently Gruntled

Congressman Carnahan’s office was firebombed  a while back. Of course, the left wing bloggers went nuts trying to claim it was the Tea Party.

Turns out it was one of Carnahan’s own former staff that did it. Now, he claims it was a disgruntled campaign worker. Or at least that’s the story now. Of course, there has been a long practice of playing dirty tricks like this on your own side and then blaming it on your opponents. It seems Democrats just love to do this sort of thing. Maybe he was really disgruntled, and maybe he did it as part of some plan to discredit the Tea Partiers.

David Brooks goes on and on about how we must be strong; we must do the hard things in life. We must really work to be fair to all sides in a debate. And then he says this:

The ensuing mental flabbiness is most evident in politics. Many conservatives declare that Barack Obama is a Muslim because it feels so good to say so.

Many conservatives think Obama is a Muslim? That’s the laziest thing ever written. About 18% think Obama is a Muslim, but 11% think Elvis is still alive (this is called the Elvis factor). So slightly more than those who believe something manifestly idiotic think Obama is a Muslim. And those are not all conservatives, by the way, either.

So from that, the lazy David Brooks gets “many conservatives declare that Obama is a Muslim because it feels good to say so”.

But isn’t it lazy and sloppy to generalize from something that is barely in excess of the Elvis factor? And if a few more people believe Obama is a Muslim than think Elvis is still alive, does it matter at all? Considering polling. What percentage of the people polled are having mental problems? What percentage are senile? What percentage don’t pay any attention to anything political at all, ever? It’s easy to get to 18%.

What is stupid is to make a big deal about it.

And then, some people might be inclined to think Obama is really a Muslim because he constantly says how great Islam is, and he constantly criticizes Christianity. So, a few single digit percentage points are added onto the Elvis factor because of Obama’s own public stances.

From this, Lazy David Brooks concludes that “many conservatives” think Obama is a Muslim. But since the President has now exhibited a long history of lying about virtually everything, a willingness to mislead and dissemble, no wonder some people don’t believe him when he says he is a Christian. His actions speak to the contrary.

The fault is not in the laziness of Brooks’ stupid, stupid, unfair, morally weak electorate.

The fault is in Obama, dear Brutus.

How amazing. Brooks writes a column telling us that we need to face hard facts and do the work to look at things as they are. And then he writes this stuff.

Amazing.

More Baloney from WaPo

A judge blocked the use of embryos in stem cell research. This is not a big deal. Everyone knows that the real advances are in the area of adult stem cells, where no embryos need to be destroyed. But the Washington Post pretends that it is a crippler:

The ruling stunned scientists and other advocates of the research, which has been hailed as one of the most important advances in medicine in decades because of its potential to cure many diseases but has been embroiled in controversy because the cells are obtained by destroying days-old embryos.

“This is devastating, absolutely devastating,” said Amy Comstock Rick, immediate past president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, a group of patient organizations that has been lobbying for more federal funding.

“We were really looking forward to research finally moving forward with the full backing of the NIH. We were really looking forward to the next chapter when human embryonic stem cells could really be explored for their full potential. This really sets us back,” Rick said. “Every day we lose is another day lost for patients waiting for cures.”

That’s all baloney. Anything treatment from embryonic stem cells is decades away, and real scientists admit this. However, adult stem cells are already producing real cures and treatments. And, scientists are producing cells from adult stem cells that have the same characteristics as embryonic cells. Rarely does a stem cell story in the MSM tell the real truth.

These people are hell bent on destroying embryos. End of story.

James Cameron, the Poseur.

James Cameron chickened out of a debate:

The Avatar director was determined to expose journalists, such as myself, who thought it was important to ask questions about climate change orthodoxy and the radical “solutions” being proposed.
Cameron said was itching to debate the issue and show skeptical journalists and scientists that they were wrong.
“I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads,” he said in an interview.
Well, a few weeks ago Mr. Cameron seemed to honor his word.
His representatives contacted myself and two other well known skeptics, Marc Morano of the Climate Depot website and Andrew Breitbart, the new media entrepreneur.
Mr. Cameron was attending the AREDAY environmental conference in Aspen Colorado 19-22 August. He wanted the conference to end with a debate on climate change. Cameron would be flanked with two scientists. It would be 90 minutes long. It would be streamed live on the internet.
They hoped the debate would attract a lot of media coverage.
“We are delighted to have Fox News, Newsmax, The Washington Times and anyone else you’d like. The more the better,” one of James Cameron’s organizers said in an email.
It looked like James Cameron really was a man of his word who would get to take on the skeptics  he felt were so endangering humanity.
Everyone on our side agreed with their conditions. The debate was even listed on the AREDAY agenda.
But then as the debate approached James Cameron’s side started changing the rules.
They wanted to change their team. We agreed.
They wanted to change the format to less of a debate—to “a roundtable”. We agreed.
Then they wanted to ban our cameras from the debate. We could have access to their footage. We agreed.
Bizarrely, for a brief while, the worlds most successful film maker suggested that no cameras should be allowed-that sound only should be recorded. We agreed
Then finally James Cameron, who so publicly announced that he “wanted to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out,” decided to ban the media from the shoot out.
He even wanted to ban the public. The debate/roundtable would only be open to those who attended the conference.
No media would be allowed and there would be no streaming on the internet.  No one would be allowed to record it in any way.
We all agreed to that.
And then, yesterday, just one day before the debate, his representatives sent an email that Mr. “shoot it out ” Cameron no longer wanted to take part. The debate was cancelled.