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The BoBo of The Week Award

The BoBo of The Week Award

It’s that time again! So sorry for posting this up so late – you know how it goes – the real world stuff gets in the way sometimes! So – without further adieu – the winner this week goes to:

This guy, Jon from A Lie a Day for this post:  Conservatives are Cowards.  Actually, that’s not the post I was originally going to give him the beat down on – but – when I went back I saw that one and just knew he must have written that just for little ol’ me!!  Here’s the original post I was going to give him the award for:  Time to Reap What we Have Sewn -  The gist of that post was that Ronald Reagan and Dubya were directly responsible for the failures of AIG, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.  I was going to set his ass straight and remind him of the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 that Jimmy Cahtah enacted and then was revised by Billy Boy Clinton in 1996 that essentially told any mortgage lenders that if they didn’t accept high-risk loans for the “disadvantaged” they would be considered racists and would never do business in the housing market again – then I was also going to remind him of the 2006 updated to that crafted by Congress, and ignorantly signed by GWB, that allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to create the sub-prime loan vehicle.  The Democrats crafted that thing in such a way that there would be absolutely no oversight.  But – that’s not the one he gets an award for – so – I guess I won’t tell him about all that or the fact that the two Managers of Freddie and Fannie who were recently found guilty in a civil suit and have to repay millions back, including fines, are economic advisors to Barack Obama.  (Isn’t it funny how all of Obama’s associates continue to turn out to be criminals?)

So – let’s get down to the post that prompted me to change my mind about the award:

First, Jon, I need some clarification here – the title of your blog – are you publicly acknowledging that you are attempting to spread one lie a day here?  You know, from my vantage point – it appears that is exactly what you are doing. He says:

I have noted before how fear filled the right wing’s bed wetting brigade can act with something goes bump. I have always considered it to be a notable factor in the make-up of many of those on the right.

Well, it appears I was right.

Me, being the actual researcher that I am and having an insider knowledge of how studies are actually conducted, decided to go check out his links. The first link just references back to a previous post of his that spews some stupid bull shit about how we conservatives are fear mongers and blah blah blah. The second link is to an on-line newspaper article that quotes a University of Nebraska study that was reported in “the prestigious Science journal.”  So – I checked out the Science Journal website – here’s what they say about their journal:

Science is a weekly, peer-reviewed journal that publishes significant original scientific research, plus reviews and analyses of current research and science policy. Our offices in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, U.K., welcome submissions from all fields of science and from any source.

Competition for space in Science is keen, and many papers are returned without in-depth review. Priority is given to papers that reveal novel concepts of broad interest. We are committed to the prompt evaluation and publication of submitted papers. For the quickest and most efficient processing of your manuscript, please follow the guidelines and procedures laid out in this author help site.

Please pay particular note to the statement “Priority is given to papers that reveal novel concepts of broad interest.” That’s where this study falls. Even though they consider themselves a peer reviewed journal – apparently, not all studies are scrutinized to ensure the data is statistically valid. Here’s what I found in the news article regarding the study:

In the study, 46 volunteers were asked about their political views on such hot button issues as immigration and gun control, which have a strong correlation to voting booth behaviour.

All righty then!!!  One of the key aspects of any study is that you need to do a power calculation to determine the statistical reliability and validity of the sample itself.  The reason for the power calculation is that you need to have an appropriate sample that is generalizable to the target population as a whole.  In any real study you need to have a study group and a control group.  Since this paper gives no details about the study design – and the fact they measured all 46 volunteers – this leads me to believe there were no controls.  Additionally, the newspaper article did not link back directly to the study – so – we have no way of reading the actual report to critique for ourselves.  We also need to know whether or not the researchers controlled for any biases or made corrections for the random/cluster effect or even took in to account for alternative reasons for the results.  Lastly, we don’t know what analysis tool they utilized to determine the statistical validity of the results.

What we need to know is one of the following:  the alpha value, the degrees of freedom, the standard deviation, or the p-value, in addition to confounders.  But – even without knowing any of these, I can tell you with certainty that a sample of 46 volunteers is not a statistically valid or reliable sample given there are almost 150 million registered voters that align themselves as liberal, conservative, independent, and all others in between.  There is no possible way that the results of 46 college students are a representative sample that can be generalized to the entire voter population.

The next question I’m sure Jon might ask me is – how do you know they were college students?  Well, dipshit, this would be one of the very few University studies that wasn’t based entirely on college students.  Where the hell do you think the universities get their subjects?

So – I need to ask you, Jon, why didn’t you include that small little detail in your post?  Is it because when you read it you knew that it had to be bogus?  Was it because libtards like you will take everything out of context and just use pieces of articles that suit your purpose to continue spreading lies?  Why is this the only section of the entire news article that you quoted on your blog?

a new study in the prestigious journal Science says that people with right wing views blink and flinch far harder than liberals when confronted with startling stimuli.

In the first study to directly link politics and physiology, the University of Nebraska led study suggests that people who hold conservative views on things like foreign policy and gun control, are more frightened than those with a more left-leaning bent on those issues.

Let me take a moment here, Jon, to point something out for you – but, given you are such an educated and knowledgeable liberal – I’m just sure you already know this – do you see that part in the article up there where it says “the University of Nebraska led study suggests….” Do you see that word, “suggests”? Here’s what this means in terms of statistical analysis, reliability, and validity – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! This tells me, the guy who actually knows statistics and is in the process of doing my own research and has been published myself in journals, there is no statistical significance to their findings.  If there were, that is exactly how the study results would have been presented to the public.  Rather, what this means is that it is a hack job and is being rushed to print to mislead the public about conservatives and to have USEFUL IDIOTS like yourself continue to distort the truth for them just furthering their liberal agenda.  Here, try this out – I too conducted an observational study, honestly, in which I watched and followed 10 homeless panhandlers.  My study suggests that panhandlers are not homeless, and they are in fact making an average of $60,000 a year from their panhandling efforts.  What do you have to say about that?  Actually, I did observe two of the ten leave at the end of the day, change out of their “bum” clothes into nicer clothing and drove their mid-sized cars, that they retrieved from the parking garage at $12 a day or $65 a month, to go to their homes.  I was able to infer by the cars that they were driving and the homes they drove up to that they would have to be making at least $60,000 a year to be able to afford the cars and the homes.  But, this was an observational study with no statistical significance – but – my findings do indeed “SUGGEST” exactly what I said.

Hey, Jon – you nimrod – learn to read between the lines and quit being a shill for the loony left there. Here’s how he ended this post:

And that is why the Bush administration worked so hard to keep everyone freaked out from 2001 to 2006; It help in their political efforts.

This clearly would not apply across the board to everyone who has conservative views and it does appear to apply to protective issues more than broader issues. That said, this is the first step in confirming a detail that I have long suspected; Many of those on the right who have been screeching the loudest are doing so because they are afraid.

As s follow up to this study I think that there is another effect that should be reviewed. I would love to see the effect that ever increasing scare tactics has on how voters vote. I bet it moves them to the right, at least a little, no matter where they are on the political spectrum.

You really are an idiot aren’t you? So – you say you wouldn’t apply it across the board (is it perhaps because you also understood that only 46 people were OBSERVED) but then you go on as if you are some kind of all knowing omnipotent individual to continue the smear yourself by stating that we speak up only out of fear. Actually, if you really understood the conservative movement, you would know we speak out because of lilly livered little pussies like you who want to turn this country in to a socialist state that goes completely against our constitution and what our forefathers intended. We really do believe in protecting this country from enemies. Unfortunately, there are morons out there like you who don’t realize that the threats are real. Iran really is in the process of building nukes. North Korea really did have nukes and are continuing their program again. The islamofascists really do want to kill you and me. There really are bad guys out there that want to harm us and our way of life and want to take that from us. Sometimes, the only way to deal with fanatics like this is to kill them before they kill us. But, you don’t get that because you would rather try to talk to them and get to know how they feel – just before they take that machete to your head.

Regarding your second assertion – the idea that you want a follow up study to determine the effect of “scare tactics” on voters. This just proves to me that you live with your head in the sand. I guess you live in that pre-9/11 world where you think everything was just peachy-keen. Let me tell you about the world I grew up in -as the son of a career Army Airborne Infantry service member – I travelled around the world.  I was living in Germany when the Palestinian terrorists killed the Israeli Olympians in Munich.  I was living in Germany when the Arabs blew up the Abrams building in Frankfurt.  I lived under terrorist alerts as a child.  I’ve seen what those bastards could do.  I remember the images of the Marine Baracks being blown up in Lebanon in 1983.  I remember the images of Leon Klinghoffer being thrown overboard of the Achille Lauro from his wheelchair by Palestinian terrorists in 1985.  I remember the images of one of our Navy seamen being thrown out of the back of a TWA plane on to the tarmac in Lebanon by Hezbollah terrorists in 1985 after they shot and killed him.  I was living in Greece and serving in the USAF when our American ambassador’s car was blown up and his head was found on the street in 1987.  Are you getting the point here?

For this idiotic post just passing on lies and continuing to spread results of a faulty study that has no significant findings and for the fact that you are too stupid to open your eyes to reality – you get The BoBo of The Week Award!  Congratulations – wear it proudly!


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