Archive for June, 2014

Revenge of the Shit Poll

Shit polls have made a comeback!

Shit polls have made a comeback!



Dewey Wins!! Ah yes, what have we here, some teabagger economist from a women’s college just beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary! Wow, but did you see the really good part? According to all of the “polls” Cantor had a 34 point lead. Yes, 34 points. Gee, that’s one whopping confidence interval, isn’t it?!!! One whore pollster was identified as John McGlaughlin, who does not play guitar, but maybe would be better at that than he is at scientific polling. Indeed, in the only indicator based on empirical reality, Brat beat Cantor 55-45….a landslide, really. Not even close. This is what we’ve come to with whore pollsters. I look forward to much more of this. Hopefully, all these people will go broke and we’ll get back to doing science. Shit polls are shit.

Religious Nutjobs influencing Education

Fired for being too cool.

Fired for being too cool.

I used to believe the Jesus crowd. How they were really supportive of science and education. They really wanted to be “universities” and not “bible colleges” and shit like that. Well, we’re seeing those  true colors in South Carolina from the Southern Baptist Convention controlled Charleston Southern University. They have apparently fired a teaching -award-winning sociologist who came to Charleston Southern mostly because of the potential for tenure—he had previously been non tenure tracked (and very successful) at College of Charleston. And, no, there’s nothing more to this. This guy is happily married to a woman. I have it on good measure that he’s an upstanding guy and an awesome teacher (from one of his former colleagues at College of Charleston).

These low-life dickhead administrators  at Charleston Southern thought it was proper to fire someone from an associate professor without tenure job because they felt that his image on a can threatened their commitment to the prohibition of alcohol. Because they think that anyone who drinks alcohol is going to hell. I’m betting their students disagree. I’m not even going to bother with the facts that poor Roof had no control over his image and shit like that, who fucking cares? Why? Tell us, please. Why did you fire this guy? Admit it. You think that any association with alcohol is a serious offense because you think that alcohol is a grave sin. Put that up front and center for your hiring of new professors from now on. Better yet, put it up in bold on your recruitment materials for new students “any student caught drinking or promoting drinking will be expelled.”  Don’t bury it in some student code, put it on the front of your website. You won’t get many students or professors wanting to come to CSU,  and they’ll all suck.  All of these colleges should  suffer from the defection of students who realize that they are paying top dollar for an inferior product. You’d fire your best people for being on a beer can and getting no money from it? What else would you do? Is there anyone worth a shit who wouldn’t down a beer now and again? Or at least be tolerant of those who would?

Why Obamacare will foster gun control.

He's got a gun!

He’s got a gun!


While the gun nuts in the NRA successfully weakened direct responses to gun safety and violence in the Affordable Care Act, the overall bill will be the doom of radical gun nuts. Everyone hates the insurance industry. They have a very lucrative oligopoly, and consumers are required to have insurance on their homes, cars, businesses, and now for our health. It’s that last one that is finally going to get the gun nuts. Before Obamacare, most Americans injured by gun crimes and accidents (which is probably a dramatically increasing figure given the types of guns now prevalent and the decreasing attention to gun safety), were the working poor. People who generally did not have insurance, and eventually because of injury and disability wound up on Medicaid. The insurance industry doesn’t give a rat’s ass about government costs from gun violence, only their own costs.  Most gun victims are young, and before Obamacare, that made it even more likely that they were uninsured. Before Obamacare, young people with good jobs and insurance tended not to be gun owners and tend to be responsible if they were, and the middle classes are much less likely to be victims of gun crime as well. When the uninsured barista at Starbuck’s gets shot by some asshole and winds up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills,  she’d wind up on Medicaid and the taxpayers will pick up the tab.Now, she’s on Obamacare and the insurance company has to pony up.

Insurance companies have a different stake on gun violence now—much like what happened with automobile safety in the 1960s. The gun industry is now going to be costing the insurance industry big time, and the insurance industry is going to fight back with regulations to make gun injuries less common. Billions of dollars are at stake every year. Nobody cared when it was the USA paying the tab (particularly since CMS cannot record how much it is costing us in Medicaid, Medicare, or in the VA….). But you can bet your AK-47 that Blue Cross is on it. Every time some dumbass drops their pistol in a Wal Mart, all of those bills are going to be paid by an insurance company—-and they are going to go after the gun owners and manufacturers. They’re going to demand that you buy gun insurance, just like they did for car insurance. They’re going to demand that you have a high quality gun safe and store your weapons properly. They’re going to want trigger locks, smart safety systems, limits on magazine capacity, eliminating destructive bullets, preventing the sale or production of  cheap pistols which can only be used for shooting people at close range. Gun prices are going to soar with the increased regulation, and assault weapons will be the first to go. Gun manufacturers will once again be able to be sued for defective products. It’s gonna be awesome!