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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Sen Schumer: NRA is a Fringe Group Doesn't Represent Average Gun Owners
Note the unemployed Estwing framing hammer made in Rockford, Illinois.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 10:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top||

#1  ..and it can equally be said that the Senate is composed of a fringe group that doesn't represent the average citizen either.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/21/2013 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Who are the unhinged to make judgements about who lies out on the fringe? This guy has been looking in the mirror too much.

The NRA is composed of citizens both men and women, voters, Schumer's constituents, military personnel who have served our country, governors, Congressmen and women, police officers, disabled shooters as well as world-class competitive shooters, hunters, people who support the firearms industry. So where does Chuckie get off being so arrogant.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/21/2013 10:41 Comments || Top||

#3  So, it's OK to screw with the facts to get your point across.

NO?

Well Ummm, we'll do it anyway, we won't get caught, if anybody complains, we'll just SCREAM "CHILD KILLER".
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/21/2013 11:59 Comments || Top||

#4  What do you suppose the number of pro-2nd people is who, for whatever reason, are like minded but not official NRA members. They must know that if somebody is going to eff with an open, safe, responsible neighbor they will eff with anyone.

No, it is the Entertainment Industry which promotes guns as entertainment, most often in a completely irresponsible and unrealistic way. Bobby c said it was too much John Wayne and Howdy Doody or something, saying he was quoting the opinionist who shall not be named following the Belcher murder/sui. That guy was talking the city gangsta culture; so any opinions of how the gangsta' rap & video culture handles its relationship with guns? Hollywood at least sets up a scenario where a gun is involved, howz about the performance artists who name themselves after guns and talk about murdering people for walking down the wrong street. Sounds pretty fringe to me.

Oh, and I must have missed bobby c's halftime opinion about the Pat's Talib. Look it up, he was arrested for brandishing and threatening to use a handgun on his sister's boyfriend. How is that different than Belcher other than not being piss drunk and stoned enough to pull the trigger? (Belcher toxicology was BAL .17 at time of death, nevermind what it had peaked at, also missing from the report was the statement "and no other narcotics", telling me he was likely sniffing something too. But the NRA, theyz dangerous).

Some people can smell afternoon tornadoes early in the morning. They did their shopping the second week of November. What this recent activity is, are the people who still had the nah they wouldn't..until bobby c telegraphed the punch. Democrats didn't have a problem with the fringe occupy groups, if fact I would like to know the connection of that Denver bunghole to the Occupy Denver dopers.

Think about this. At nearly a moments notice all these purchases ran inventory out. That is quite a bit of money there. You know what that means, that means those people had to have money available - they are the productive members of this society as well.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2013 12:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Because Bostonians were shot down in the streets, farmers with toe to toe with the two most professional armies of the day, lost toes at Valley Forge, and stormed Yorktown to preserve their right to squirrel hunting, right Mr Shumer? We know your opinion about the 2nd being obsolete, pehaps we could also hear your opinion about how when the 1st was written there is no way the founding fathers could predict mp3 and 3-d surround sound movies? Anything else need tossed out, perhaps search and seizure?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2013 12:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Whenever I think average gun owner, I think Chuck Schumer.
Posted by: regular joe || 01/21/2013 12:31 Comments || Top||

#7  R.J., I'll bet the thinking "average gun owner" does think of Chuckie, only as a way to demonstrate his second amendment right.
Posted by: Angairong Spaiger6091 || 01/21/2013 13:36 Comments || Top||

#8  The demonization of gun owners as the 'Other' continues...
Posted by: Steve White || 01/21/2013 14:03 Comments || Top||

#9  Divide, label, demonize, then conquer "One Nation Under God, Indivisible."
Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 01/21/2013 14:12 Comments || Top||

#10  What was one of the first things Mugabe did in Zimbabwe?

Disarm the farmers and general populace. And, no, there wern't murders everywhere, the war was over. It just makes a whole load of sense to disarm your opposition and then go and kill them...
Posted by: Injun Stalin7884 || 01/21/2013 22:47 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
MP rebukes magistrate, snatches owner of illegal brick kiln from cops
[Bangla Daily Star] A politician took away an offender from a mobile court in Rajshahi city yesterday after it handed down a sentence.

Lawmaker Enamul Haque from Rajshahi-4 constituency (Bagmara) first rebuked the mobile court's magistrate over the phone for convicting Ahsanul Kabir of operating a brick kiln illegally.

As the magistrate refused to withdraw the verdict, the MP went to Ahsanul's aid, said Executive Magistrate M Sujauddoula.

The mobile court, comprised of officials of the Department of Environment, police and fire service, went to the kiln at Sikdari Kalapara village around 12:00 noon.

"We found the kiln was still functioning without any licence," said Sujauddoula.

The kiln was fined last year for the same reason. There was also a high court directive following a writ petition to stop its operation.

The mobile court sentenced Ahsanul to six months' imprisonment and ordered that the brick kiln be shut down. It doused the kiln's fire with assistance from the Fire Service and Civil Defence.

Owner of the kiln, Ahsanul was seated in a minibus guarded by a havildar and seven constables when the politician's motorcade turned up at the site around 4:00pm.

The MP asked police to leave the accused with him, said Saidur Rahman, acting officer-in-charge of Bagmara Police Station.

Lawmaker Enamul threatened the magistrate of "dire consequences", even though the magistrate repeatedly told him to put up bail for the accused or appeal to a higher court.

At one stage, the executive magistrate took shelter at Bagmara Upazila Nirbahi Office as the situation worsened, said witnesses.

"This is sad. A politician should not behave like this," M Sujauddoula told The Daily Star.

The politician's mobile phone was found switched off around 6:00pm. The phone was switched on an hour later when his assistant personal secretary received the call and said Enamul was in a meeting.

Around 8:00pm, the APS said Enamul was playing badminton, adding that the politician had not snatched the accused from the court. None of the calls made by this correspondent were answered since then.
Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top||

#1  Another righteous blow against assault brickbats.
Crazy Cat will be pleased.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/21/2013 4:52 Comments || Top||

#2  A politician took away an offender from a mobile court in Rajshahi city yesterday after it handed down a sentence.

In America we call those pardons, usually preceded or followed by campaign donations.

"We found the kiln was still functioning without any licence," said Sujauddoula

Why get a license when a kickback bribe payment has already been made?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/21/2013 10:48 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Obama sworn in for second term
[Dawn] US President Barack Obama was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts for a second term in office on Sunday in a brief, intimate private ceremony at the White House.

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God," Obama said, in the Blue Room of the White House.

Roberts, who stumbled when swearing in Obama to open his first term in 2009, read each line of the oath out loud, before the president repeated it with his right armed raised and his left hand on a family Bible.
Posted by: Fred || 01/21/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top||

#1  See also DAILY TIMES.PK > OBAMA TAKES OATH AMID NEW THREATS, i.e. strifes at home + abroad, + not having the luster or inspiration of his 2008 campaign.

VERSUS

* FOX NEWS thiS AM > GOP AT LOWEST POINT IN DECADES, MAY BE FORCED TO RE-EVALUATE ITSELF.

OOOOOOO, thats a Purgin', ala Mensheviks-vs-Bolsheviks.

* IIRC SAME > FAILED, DISHONEST AMERICAN LEADERSHIP CLASS SEEN IN COLLAPSE OF POPULAR CELEBRITIES + SPORTS HEROES.

* GUAM PDN > WORLD: [Excessive]DEBT CRISIS THREATENS UNITED STATES.

VERSUS

* DAILY TIMES.PK > CHINA "STRONGLY DISSATISFIED" WID AMERICA'S ISLAND REMARKS, as made by SecState Hillary in support of JAPAN agz CHINA vee on-going Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute.

A friend + I both agree that the Bammer is an Anarchist, albeit he believes Obama is a Purist widout agenda, while I believe that Obama is an Anarchist-for-Globalism/OWG - my friend also believes that, vee a bad US Economy, POTUS Bammer will find a way to declare Martial Law in the USA + stay in power as POTUS for a 3rd Term or more. I nominally agree, but IMO however severe US Econ Probs per se won't be enuff as the Bammer will likely have the significant support of to many PCorrect BETTER-SAFER-TO-BUST-THE-BUDGET/DEBT-CEILING-THAN-NOT-BE-REELECTED GOP-Right on any "QES" or "Stimulus" he attempts to enact. NO NEED FOR MARTIAL LAW IFF THE GOP-DEMS ARE GOING TO ALLOW THE BAMMER TO KEEP BUSTING THE CEILING(S).

A major Nuclear Crisis/Confrontation wid CHINA is the better condition for the Bammer to seemingly declare Martial Law in the US, espec iff China refuses to back down vee either Japan or the US.

TO AVOID A LIMITED OR FULL-SCALE NUCLEAR WAR, CHINA MAY DEMAND IMPORTANT + UNILATERAL TERRITORIAL CONCESSIONS VEE US ALLIES IN EAST ASIA, PERHAPS ALSO VEE THE US ITSELF.

"CONCESSIONS" THAT NEITHER THE AMER PEOPLE OR US OVERSEAS ALLIES WILL LIKE, I.E. LED TO INCREASINGLY ESCALATORY MASS PROTESTS + ARMED DISOBEDIENCE IN MANY US STATES + CITIES + WASHINGTON, + DESPITE THE BAMMER COUNTER-ARGUMENT THAT HE KEPT THE US "OUT OF [Nuclear]WAR"???

A Bammer 3rd term or longer is consistent wid my belief that the Bammer is an Anarchist-for Globalism/OWG, moreso iff none of the GOP-DEM POTUS Candidates come 2016 are themselves NOT Anarchists andor Globies.IMO THE BAMMER WILL NEED THE THIRD TERM OR MORE TO ENSURE THAT THE "NATIONALIST", "SOVEREIGN" USA IS DE FACTO UNDER THE GRIP OF "GLOBALIST", "ANTI-SOVEREIGN" OWG + OWG NAU???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/21/2013 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Sworn in now, sworn at for decades.

will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States

Really preserving it well there Zero.

An oath breaker to the last.
Posted by: OldSpook || 01/21/2013 1:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Any estimate on the cost to taxpayers of today's events in D.C. ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 9:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes, but the burning question on the morning news is what dress michelle's famous arms will wear. Seriously.

I'll prove it, and add to Besoeker's point. The selection started at twenty dress submissions. Each submission involves a top line designer putting together a design, manufacturing the dress. The dress is then sent to DC because they only work with a mannequin. In DC, michelle and entourage critique each dress, where comment and suggestions are delivered back to the designer with the dress. Changes are made, sent back to DC, where we will wait, anxiously as you are told, for which designer she will wear. The winning pick is expected to be worth $16million in endorsement business.

Add to that cost, the cost of paying people to research that story, put together a TV segment, and present it. That is just the danged ole dress, haven't even gotten to the shoes.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2013 10:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Yes, but the burning question on the morning news is what dress michelle's famous arms will wear. Seriously.

You left out her hair - it's already a 'burning topic'.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/21/2013 11:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Any estimate on the cost to taxpayers of today's events in D.C. ?

Probably another $10T unless Congressional Republicans grow a pair.
Posted by: gorb || 01/21/2013 11:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Indeed.

Rock'em Child Beiber Style!

(does happy horse dance)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2013 11:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Sad day for America.
Posted by: bman || 01/21/2013 12:26 Comments || Top||

#9  I could hear the Myrlie Evers-Williams invocation from the next room. I began to feel my heart racing and neck veins bulging. At about the 1.7 minute point I could take it no longer and raced to the door. A 2 mile walk and petting the neighbor's dogs settled me down. My BP and pulse quickly returned to normal. I'm alright now; well, as alright for me goes under the current administration.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 13:04 Comments || Top||

#10  A two term James Buchanan. Yuck.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/21/2013 13:08 Comments || Top||

#11  Today's Denver Postpole had a photo of Michelle (arms covered) holding the family Bible as zero placed his hand on it for the private ceremony in the White House. Didn't that burn his hand?
Posted by: Angairong Spaiger6091 || 01/21/2013 13:30 Comments || Top||

#12  Has anyone noted the apparent composite look of the "bible" used in the private ceremony? Seen from the top, it appears to have several different color page sections and what might be a second binding, almost as if it was a book-in-a-book. If that were so, does anyone else wonder what that might portend? Curious, if only for the look of the image, and the need to have a private ceremony.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/21/2013 13:45 Comments || Top||

#13  A copy of "Dreams From my Father" no doubt.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 13:48 Comments || Top||

#14  Interesting, NoMore. I blew up the image of the book, and it does indeed look weird - for a Bible or any other book.

As for the ceremony on Sunday, that's because the President has to be sworn in on/by the 20th of January. For some reason (undoubtedly NOT religious*), they didn't want to have the Inaguration on a Sunday, hence the private swearing-in.


*I suspect Bambi wanted to use the symbolism of the MLK holiday - not that he ever experienced discrimination (except the positive kind, since he was given everything all his life).
Posted by: Barbara || 01/21/2013 14:05 Comments || Top||

#15  Daughter brought home a little flyer with his oliness; who is he? what does he do?

Fine questions indeed, I said.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2013 14:23 Comments || Top||

#16  who is he? what does he do?

Fine questions, indeed. Along with "who sent him?"
Posted by: SteveS || 01/21/2013 14:48 Comments || Top||

#17  There is much more work to do: more chronic unemployed, more food stamps to be delivered, more debt, more spending, more printing, more regulation....
Posted by: Airandee || 01/21/2013 15:40 Comments || Top||

#18  The Battle of Athens, TN
Posted by: Thavise Chererong6562 || 01/21/2013 15:52 Comments || Top||

#19  Why did I not hear of this in civics class? Found this earlier this week and no one seems to be aware of this monumental event. Anyone remember learning about the 40's air bombing in Tulsa?

I thought so.

Another point of what's wrong with out gum't education today.
Posted by: Angairong Spaiger6091 || 01/21/2013 16:35 Comments || Top||

#20  I HEARD he screwed up the Oath, and it had to be renewed, I'd love to hear the screw-up. (Or was it, did he mmis-Quote it deliberately)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/21/2013 17:44 Comments || Top||

#21  Last term he screwed up the oath and they re-did it privately later. This year I think he just chose to be sworn in twice for the fun of it - once, as mandated by law, on the 20th, then again today for show, as part of the coronation proceedings.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/21/2013 18:55 Comments || Top||

#22  It wasn't an inauguration, it was victory lap.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 19:10 Comments || Top||

#23  Richard Nixon started a second term as well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/21/2013 19:40 Comments || Top||

#24  Somehow I don't think the media will go public with a Scandal of that Magnitude. Todays WaPo is more likely to cover up the story than anything else.
Posted by: Charles || 01/21/2013 20:11 Comments || Top||

#25 
"in America, anyone can become President. It’s one of the risks we take.”

-- Adlai Stevenson
Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 01/21/2013 20:34 Comments || Top||

#26  Lets just tell it like it is, he is such an arse, nevermind the mooslimb western Christian haters, when I even hear him begin to speak, I understand. An analogy: He is like a Cape Coloured: the Whites, (the West-Christian/sensible people) don't want him, the Blacks, (Muslims) don't want him, he's a fokken goffel. Sonavabeaitch edjit riding a Unicorn.

Posted by: Injun Stalin7884 || 01/21/2013 21:58 Comments || Top||

#27  Ja, ja Ingun dis is reg ek se.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 22:00 Comments || Top||

#28  Did I mention that he is an arse. He might be your CIC, but with every order he gives, I would smell the air first.
Posted by: Injun Stalin7884 || 01/21/2013 22:03 Comments || Top||

#29  Same pot as Zuma, Molema, and Mugabe. He just comes home to a different address.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 22:06 Comments || Top||

#30  Heh, double-speak in kaffir. They always used to lie to one when asked how far to the nearest watering hole was, "pa douzi" = "really close" when in actual fact it was katchana-really far away. That was a laugh until we sussed they were lying, and then the war was on, which, thanks to the Dimmocrats in charge forced a political loss lost forever.

Why has this geezer not been done for F&F, let alone the Benghazi debacle, and how did the Hildebeast recover so quickly without a truncheon up her butt?
Posted by: Injun Stalin7884 || 01/21/2013 22:19 Comments || Top||

#31  Soz, B, that sounded like i was saying you were speaking kaffir double-kaffir speak, it isn't so. I peronally value your words most highly on this forum.
Posted by: Injun Stalin7884 || 01/21/2013 22:36 Comments || Top||

#32  See also PRAVDA.RU > WHAT IS EXPECTED OF OBAMA?

* TOPIX > THE ONE SUBSTANTIVE FOREIGN POLICY POINT IN OBAMA'S INAUGURATION SPEECH.

TWASN'T, + what very little there was Amers have heard before from the Bammer or any number of his POTUS predecessors + US Politicos.

* CHINA DAILY > [Daily Bail] US BORROWS US$6.0BILYUHN PER DAY, US$4.0MILYUHN PER MINUTE..

versus

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > CHINA MILITARY HAWKS TAKE THE OFFENSIVE.

RELATED TOPIX > US POSITION ON ISLAND DISPUTE A "BETRAYAL": CHINA.

In China's view, the US is DE FACTO BREAKING ITS VOW OF NEUTRALITY as per SecState Hillary's latest pro-Japan remarks.

* TOPIX > [Fox News Channel] AT START OF SECOND TERM, OBAMA FACES GATHERING STORM ABROAD.

China + Iran + US-World Economy + Debt Burdens + EU breakup? + expanding Jihad.

* SAME > US BUDGET WOES COULD LIMIT OUTREACH TO ASIA, + many places elsewhere in the World.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Washington Examiner] UTAH SHERIFFS WARN OBAMA OF DEADLY WAR [local uprising = armed rebellion?] OVER GUNS.

Locally perceived Gun Ownership, Possession Rights ala the US Constitution.

IMO the Mormons are trying hard not to say that their + every American's right to own Guns is how Mormons per se will protect themselves from historical, often violent or bloody ANTI-MORMONISM???

Also read, MORMONS = "BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY" VEE ANTI-MORMONS, "GUNS" = "GOOD FENCES" = "GOOD NEIGHBORS/NEIGHBORHOODS".

* SAME > CHATHAM HOUSE SPEAKER: IRAN WILL MAKE NUKES.

ARTIC = ...
- ISRAEL presently in panic or nervous mode over the broad ME + Iran situation, i.e. anti-Israeli "Arab Springs" + Iran's Nucprogs.
- Obama nominee JOHN KERRY = seens a "soft", while CHUCK HAGEL is deemed as pro-Isolationist???
- ISRAEL BELIEVES THAT OBAMA WILL PREFER A NUCLEAR IRAN AS ACHIEVED THRU DIPLOAMCY + INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, vee initiation of anti-Nucprog Military Strikes wid dubious or highly uncertain outcomes.
- OBAMA = USA = INCREASINGLY CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK + HARD PLACE???

Yuuupp.

* SAME > [The Nation] THE PENTAGON AS GLOBAL NRA.

ARTIC = ...
- POTUS OBAMA seen as HAMSTRUNG WEAKLING domestically, but a SUPERMAN overseas.
- US seemingly endlessly flooding the world wid advanced weaponry while calls increase at home for stronger Gun Control measures

* WORLD NEWS > RICK SANTORUM: IRAN COULD GET A NUCLEAR BOMB IFF CHUCK HAGEL CONFIRMED AS US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/22/2013 0:27 Comments || Top||


Science
How President Obama's campaign used big data to rally individual voters
From MIT Technology Review.
The Obama 2012 campaign used data analytics and the experimental method to assemble a winning coalition vote by vote. In doing so, it overturned the long dominance of TV advertising in U.S. politics and created something new in the world: a national campaign run like a local ward election, where the interests of individual voters were known and addressed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top||

#1  Photo ID with verification in order to vote. Wonder how that would affect things?
Posted by: OldSpook || 01/21/2013 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  If the GOP had been using technology to such an extent, and had won, want to bet how much we'd be hearing about this? Calls to 'ban individual-tageted campaigning', constant references to 'the Sinister Reach of the Republican Campaign Machine', the Republican Campaign Computer photoshopped as Time's Man of the Year...
Posted by: Bulldog || 01/21/2013 2:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Not so sure about the "ward election" and big data theory. When you have 48 million people on Food Stamps, who are they going to vote for, the guy that say's he's..."going to put America back to work" ?

A more likely scenario is that the Dems have reached the gov't dependency tipping point. If the Champ is successful in granting "amnesty to illegals", we really are finished.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 2:36 Comments || Top||

#4  What Besoeker said X100.

Despite what all the Republican pundits were saying about "broken glass" conservative voters before November, the real broken glass voters were ever person (outside of active duty military) who gets a check from the government.

No person who gets a government check can ever be made to understand an argument for its diminishment or removal, even if the result of keeping their precious brings down the nation.

The times we are living through prove this.
Posted by: no mo uro || 01/21/2013 8:08 Comments || Top||

#5  That's exactly how a former roommate of mine voted; says he went for Obama because he'd keep the unemployment checks rolling in.
Posted by: Raj || 01/21/2013 10:58 Comments || Top||

#6  I've been seeing a lot of this stuff recently about how the Dems had a magic bullet and the Republicans were incompetent or absent at data analysis (especially the threads on slashdot where they not only said both of these, but also said that apparently democrat-leaning people working for the repub effort were above reproach and still to be regarded as competent...)

Anyway, to make a long story short, whenever this topic has come up before in places other than the MIT Technology Review, it came attached to a whole bunch of 'tells' of the sort I've come to associate with con artists.

I don't really expect anything different from present-day MIT, they're probably too deep in the academic-liberalism mindset to do anything else. Someone let me know if this is really worth reading instead of more of the same.

The other thing bugging me... if the Democrats really did have a "magic bullet" technical advantage _like_ this, would they talk about it or make up something fake-but-semi-plausible to divert from what they really did?

I think this whole "Big Data" thing is fake-but-plausible to distract from what they really did.

What that is, I dunno, maybe Beo is partly right.

My personal hunch: they worked to suppress the Republican vote in some not-very-obvious ways that will keep them from trying that strategy again if the details become public.

But it explains why they keep trying to get the Republicans in Congress to swallow poison pills.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/21/2013 12:15 Comments || Top||

#7  tl;dr: they're not telling us the whole truth, and some of what they're telling are lies. The whole truth is probably something else. I dunno, I have a lot of hunches. HTH, HAND.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/21/2013 12:29 Comments || Top||

#8  As a data analyst I question whether this administration used the unemployment, welfare, Medicare, SS disability... rosters as seed files for the data mining.
Posted by: Airandee || 01/21/2013 15:37 Comments || Top||

#9  The Battle of Athens, TN
Posted by: Thavise Chererong6562 || 01/21/2013 15:53 Comments || Top||

#10  Is there an echo in here (#9)?
Posted by: Barbara || 01/21/2013 16:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Snowy, it's basically a true account. The O campaign leveraged big data analytics, including Facebook and Twitter, to identify people who would vote for him, and then people connected to those people who could be socially persuaded / pressured to vote for him, etc.

In addition, they bussed everyone they could get onto a bus to vote, early, with free food etc. as the reward. So a much larger proportion than usual of e.g. students and welfare recipients cast ballots.

Meanwhile, on the libertarian/right side we had purists who decided not to sully themselves by casting a vote for Romney, who has cooties.

It wasn't just the big data analytics, it was translating that to a get out the vote effort that produced the small majority for O. And that effort in turn was successful because it was based on a solid understanding of their demographic, including the horizontal, peer-affiliation of current 20 somethings, which made them very susceptible to the peer pressure ploy and to the 'coolness' factor of celebrity endorsements.
Posted by: lotp || 01/21/2013 16:17 Comments || Top||

#12  Meanwhile, on the libertarian/right side we had purists who decided not to sully themselves by casting a vote for Romney, who has cooties because he's actually competant.

Yah, I don't think that "just happened." I think they _worked_ for that. And that's part of what they're not talking about.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/21/2013 16:33 Comments || Top||

#13  "the real broken glass voters were ever person (outside of active duty military) who gets a check from the government. "
Sorry no mo uro, I'm getting less than 30% of what I paid for SSDI per month. Major back surgery from three shoot downs in Nam and no compensation is fraud on our gumt's part. A gum't check, in some cases, does not indicate the recipients fraud.
Posted by: Angairong Spaiger6091 || 01/21/2013 16:48 Comments || Top||

#14  Thank you for your service Spaiger.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2013 17:14 Comments || Top||

#15  Obviously, sir, you are the exception that proves the rule. You deserve a government check. That doesn't negate the fact that legions of others do not.

Thank you for your service, #13.
Posted by: no mo uro || 01/21/2013 19:20 Comments || Top||

#16  More succintly ...

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > OBAMA'S SECRET WEAPON IN [2012] RE-ELECTION: PAKISTANI SCIENTIST RAYID GHANI. Data/Info Tech Wizard.

ARTIC = Until 2010 Elex + MR. GHANI, US Dems previously were unable to effectively or accurately streamline Datas in favor of reliable or realistic, streamlined forecasts.

On a separate note - NICE LEGS!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/21/2013 23:47 Comments || Top||



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