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November 20, 2008

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kim

I yam what I yam.
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kim

Well, Jay Tea is J. G. Thayer, leaving WizBang and going to Contentions.
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Pollyusa

Thought you might find this funny. I did

Rove’s advice to Obama in WSJ

There is also a thorny local controversy. Should the new president replace U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who prosecuted Mr. Obama's fund-raising patron, Tony Rezko, and is investigating high-profile Democrats? Karl Rove WSJ 11/20/08
Jane

Andy McCarthy thinks he will get out of that mess by "promoting" Fitzgerald, and replacing him with someone who will help out his BFF's.

bad

Andy McCarthy believes Fitz is an honorable man. An honorable man would refuse the promotion to see justice done.

Charlie (Colorado)

Remember, Hemingway wrote at about a 6th grade level by those measures.

Patrick R. Sullivan
Hemingway wrote at about a 6th grade level by those measures.

That's being kind.

RichatUF

Obama will fire all the US Attorneys, including Fitzgerald, and blame it on the politicization of the Justice Department during the Bush Administration. All the outraged leftists, over the 8 that were fired, will now praise Obama for his bold action and the MSM will provide its usual, uninformative, sycophatic coverage.

Jane

Andy McCarthy believes Fitz is an honorable man. An honorable man would refuse the promotion to see justice done.

I dunno about that bad. Fitzgerald is not out of line in believing that his successor will do the honorable thing, and it really isn't his place to second guess him. So that's a bit too strident for me.

katie

lol...it tells me kabuki village is written by a man (well...there are those who would say I have manish tendencies in the aggressive arena) and that I am just above dunderhead level...which works for me

Patrick R. Sullivan

Interesting; when I put in my blog's general url--LUN--I get 87% for manliness, and undergraduate level reading ability required.

However, most of what is in my blog's posts are not my writing, but newspaper (or other) articles explicating some point of (mostly) microeconomics.

When I entered this url which has more of my writing, I get a bump to 89% maleness, but suddenly I'm writing for geniuses.

And
this post gets 94% male, and still requiring genius level reading ability.

I guess that some of the articles I quote are written by females and pedestrian level journalists.

JM Hanes

"I Am What I Write"

"You are what you eat" -- debunked at last. As for probably a guy, writing at college, if not post-grad, level, imagine the odds on getting that right! What I'm waiting for is the test that determines whether you are who you say are on the net.

Hillary Clinton

What I'm waiting for is the test that determines whether you are who you say you are on the net.

Damn straight!!!


JM Hanes

katie:

IRC, on an earlier gender detection writing test, a preponderance of the women posting at JOM were tagged as men too -- which is either an interesting result or a seriously flawed model.

RichatUF:

A depressingly believable scenario.

clarice

It always says I'm a man--I blame my legal writing training.

Perhaps if I wrote flouncier like Noonan..

Jane

Yeah, I was 90% man or something in that JMH. Oh the horror!

Øprah

No way, Hillary. We should all be grateful they haven't figured that one out yet.

Bill Clinton

I hear ya Oprah.

RichatUF

JM Hanes-

I started the week trying to look at the coming 4 years positively, but ran out of steam in about 2 days. I think I'll just be really grouchy (but I'll try to keep the AoS HQ language to a minimum, but grouchiness explains my evening comment on the previous thread) and think in worst case scenarios from here on out. Obama is going to be a disaster and the GOP is going to help his cause-think I might go to Alaska, but -50F for winter daytime highs has given me pause.

DrJ

on an earlier gender detection writing test

I'm pretty sure the earlier test we batted about here examined one's web browsing history to infer gender. There was no writing examination in that one.

Semanticleo-No, wait!-TCO-no- NotSean-heh-*&(#^-Your Idiots!

Typical TM! Anything to avoid owning up to the McCain/Palin disaster and the death of the Republican party. Too hot for you wingers to handle, huh? Huh?

JM Hanes

DrJ:

I've got the link on my other computer, but to take the test I'm talking about, you pasted in an example of your own writing, with a minimum length of something like 500 words.

kim

Your a moraine.
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DrJ

JMH, I must have missed that one. Odd. Or it was a very long time ago.

katie

I am not offended by the gender break down...I think it is funny since I have been told I approach many things liek a guy (is that praise or insult???)

So you get wackos here too I see..noting the odd posting above that has nothing to do with this thread...watch out ladies..he is going to threaten to spank you soon

JM Hanes

Rich:

Considering the kind of nose dive lefties seem to suffer in defeat, you still sound relatively healthy to me! It's been a real roller coaster ride, and I'm about to back off for some deep breathing myself.

Darcy Olsen at the Goldwater Institute recently had some interesting thoughts on the way forward. I found myself agreeing that we're all way too invested in national politics at the expense of the ground game at state and local levels. In addition to rebuilding the kind of grass roots organization that once ushered a wave of conservatives into office, Olsen points to a whole host of opportunities for states to slow or confound the federal juggernaut which appears to be looming on the horizon. She cited potential ways to preemptively amend state constitutions, for example, along with other less high-profile forms of legislation.

Somewhat ironically, such an approach is far more consonant with Republican/Conservative decentralizing principles than continuing to fight all our battles in Washington -- especially when we've been losing both there and in our own urban areas at home. State politics are a lot less glamourous, but ultimately perhaps not really less consequential. If nothing else, this election should be a cautionary tale about what happens when candidates and campaigns emerge from the Senatorial swamp. Time to shore up our governors, implement innovative and/or experimental alternatives to federal mandates, and build a broader base by connecting with voters where they live. It seems to me that's also one of the very few ways to get around or counter the pernicious influence of the mainstream, national press, which is more than unlikely to start carrying any water for us in the foreseeable future.

Katie:

I think the wacko above is an inside jokester. It's funny, but we actually seem to have less trolls than usual, despite how many of them promised to return after the election to delight in our expected misery. An Instapundit link will probably disturb the peace soon enough, though.

JM Hanes

Here you go, DrJ: The Gender Genie.

clarice

She may well be right, JMH, but at the moment there are some big national fights which seem essential--one of those is the proposed card check union election provision. I am persuaded it would destroy the economy--

JM Hanes

Interestingly enough, Clarice, Olsen addressed that issue in particular, and even supplied the wording for a state specific constitutional amendment. Strictly from memory, I believe it required secret balloting in any legally binding election/polling. Or something along those lines. I'm sure they've got it somewhere on their website.

Daddy

"Commerado, this is no Blog. Who touches this touches a man."

With apologies to Walt Whitman. I believe that's the opening inscription to "Leaves of Grass".

DrJ

Thanks, JMH. I entered various text lengths from the abstract of a recent proposal. The program found that the writing was either male of female, depending on the portion entered.

Seems it looks for a few key words that it then pegs to gender.

Does this mean I'm a hermaphrodite? Or bisexual? :)

hit and run

So my blog comes in for 80% male and high school.

No wonder I've basically given up blogging these days. If I can't even succeed in attempts at junior high humor, there's really no point in continuing. ::sigh::

bad

lol hit

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I am 65% male.

bad

Way to go Sara!!

or

I'm so sorry....

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Well bad, last night I got a comment calling me a "disgusting pig" for voting Yes on Prop 8. I'll take 65% male over that. But then maybe it it the male part that makes me a "disgusting pig." (no offense to males or pigs intended). They also cast a "karma spell" on me that all my children will be gay.

bad

LOL Sara, that is funny on many levels.

sbw

Clarice, we've already put our congresscritter on notice about the union card check. If he chooses to support it we want him to explain what it is about the secret ballot he doesn't believe in.

clarice

JMH, If you find it let me know..Maybe I can flesh it out and write it up--or if you'd like, you can and send it to AT. I think that is the first major fight and MUST be dealt with. Really.
Rush says the first thing is to revise the party's primary rules. That, too, is important--for example, the party has to insist on closed primaries, open only to party members or the oppo will be certain to vote for the weakest candidate of the lot.

clarice

Good, sbw--we really have to work hard on every possible approach to kill this.

katie

Jm,

Good to know. My troll sense may be irrationally heightened. Lots of ugle emails to me at Kabuki Village coming from a website sadlyno I am positing on what the sadlyno is...sadly no class? sadly no joy even though they won?

Jane

They really don't seem to have any joy, do they?

Odd, really.

PB

Attention Dan Brown, Malcolm Gladwell or Paul Muad'Dib!

When this URL is entered into the Readability Test: forecast.weather.gov/, the rating is Elementary School.

But, when the same page specifies a city, state, (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Genius is scored!

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Bloomfield+Hills&state=MI&site

Secrets within secrets; mysteries upon mysteries; conspiracies folded into conspiracies.

PB

Attention Dan Brown, Malcolm Gladwell or Paul Muad'Dib!

When this URL is entered into the Readability Test: forecast.weather.gov/, the rating is Elementary School.

But, when the same page specifies a city, state, (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Genius is scored!

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Bloomfield+Hills&state=MI&site

Secrets within secrets; mysteries upon mysteries; conspiracies folded into conspiracies.

Thomas Collins

This post made my day! You may be a famous blogger, TM, but I am more of a MAN than you are (83% odds that my blog is written by a man versus 75% for yours) and I apparently am a GENIUS while you are one of those college students who stay in school forever! :-)))

JM Hanes

"They really don't seem to have any joy, do they?"

It can be tough when your joy is predicated on someone else's misery, especially when the folks you want to crow over keep refusing to wallow to your satisfaction.

MayBee

That, too, is important--for example, the party has to insist on closed primaries, open only to party members or the oppo will be certain to vote for the weakest candidate of the lot.

I have mixed feelings about that.
I don't think a state should have to pay for the cost of closed elections. If they are closed, the party must pay.

Barney Frank

Semanticleo-No, wait!-TCO-no- NotSean-heh-*&(#^-Your Idiots!

Was it clarice or someone else who pointed out that our dear moron trolls can never get the your/you're thing right?

Porchlight

especially when the folks you want to crow over keep refusing to wallow to your satisfaction.

So true, JMH. Reminds me of the Grinch up on his mountain grinding his teeth because the Whos down in Whoville weren't wailing in misery after he stole all their stuff.

katie

Jane and JM...my ode to the lefties and the love letters I am getting...wow are they unhappy! Does BDS not have some sort of end point?

Sue

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/11/lib-global-warming-alarmist-takes.html#comments>You want ugly? I'll give you ugly. I don't normally comment on people's looks, but in this case, his policies and demeanor are as ugly as he is so I don't feel bad.

katie

Seriously Sue...warn a girl with coffee in her mouth before something like that pops up..uggg...I feel queasy.

He looks like a Muppet character gone horrible, horribly wrong

Jane

I think I'm getting more manly by the minute.

I just got a 91% probability that I am a man from said gender analyzer.

peter

65 % male LUN

Sue

::giggle::

I'm sorry. That was rather childish of me so using the Muppet analogy made me giggle. Childish again, I know. But dang, he is one ugly man.

katie

Nothing wrong with findingthe childish humor in things...especially since so much of politics is in fact childish...indeed it is like one giant junior high cafeteria

centralcal

Sue: Yesterday, I had the same reaction as you did to the picture of Waxman and posted about the same thing, too - as ugly inside as he is outside.

You know how they have the ugliest dog in the world contest? I swear that picture of Waxman reminds me of last year's winner!

Sue

c-cal,

Maybe next year we could enter Waxman?

Sue

Split the prize money, because for sure he'll win.

Thomas Collins

Greg Mankiw's blog has a 76% chance of female authorship (with college undergrad writing level).

This is fun! Plugging in blogs to these analyzers is going to rival Brickbreaker and bar hopping as ways to idle away my time!

Daddy

This is sort of on-topic:

Back in the old days (1980's) when I used to vent my conservative point of view by writing letters to the editor, (San Francisco Chron/Seattle Times) I stumbled on a way to greatly increase my chances of getting published. I would finish my letter by adding a quote from a Classical author. "As Tacitus tells us"...I would conclude, and then throw in some line of his I could dig up in 5 minutes from the Histories that would buttress my point. Cicero, Seneca, or just referencing Plutarch worked also, but Tacitus seemed to do best. It struck me that the folks who published these letters were suckers for such stuff. I wasn't saying anything different than previously, but it appeared that my hi-falutin' references to dead Classic Authors now elevated me above the level of the Conservative hoi pollloi, and somehow appealed to the wannabe intellectual status of whichever editor was deciding which letters to publish.

That being said, I suppose TM could improve his intellectual ratings on these gimmicky blog analyzers by slavishly patronizing Obama, ala FDL/Daily KOS/Chris Matthews/MSM etc with pithy Classical verbiage from dead Romans, but, as Tacitus tells us, "Adulation bears the ugly taint of subservience."

Elliott

What a great idea, Daddy! It sounds fun so here goes: I fear that that the press coverage of your governor will not improve, even with the election at an end. For, as Tacitus tells us, "It is an instinct of human nature to hate the man we have wronged."

kim

You pine for your darling civic on a hill? As Poe tells us "Quoth Obama, Nevermore".
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clarice

Daddy, did you see the news about the Stevens' case witness, admitting he lied?

kim

Russert is, at this moment, still explaining to God, clarice.
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Elliott

****the man YOU have wronged****

Elliott

Should have kept reading:

There are people whose rule it is to belaud every defiance of constituted authority: they may learn that even under bad emperors great lives may be led, and that compliant and sober conduct, if combined with industry and energy, is far grander than the headlong career of a self-made martyr whose sacrifice is perfectly useless to the State.
clarice

elliott, Taranto has the pdf of the speech Mukasey was giving when he was stricken (on today's Best of the Web). In it he notes the outrageously false criticisms of the President's actions re the WOT. It would be an interesting exercise to break down those criticisms and compare them to the press accounts of this administration's means to deal with the very same complicated problems. My guess is we will find no difference of note in the way things are treated, except in the flithy lying media's account of those actions.

clarice

As for the 2d part of that quote, elliott, that's exactly what I argues in classics class about Antigone. Exactly what I argued. Well, why not? I like Tacitus. Always struck me as a sensible observer.

clarice

***argueD***

Kurt

I entered the url for my sorry excuse for a blog (discontinued about five years ago) and it said man (66%) and college level. I was curious to see how some other blogs were rated, though, and I was amazed to see that proteinwisdom only came up as junior high school level. With all the references to postmodern theory, I thought it would have rated at college level. But I guess they're just looking at sentence length and all that.

Daddy

Clarice,

I did finally see a bit on the Ted Steven's witness, but was amazed how that news was completely overtaken locally by Sarah Palin and Gobblegate. Thanks for your links to Stevens on the other thread. And please let me apologize about Nonplussed. It was not at all aimed at you. I had just finished my Tacitus riff, and swapping over I ran into Nonplussed. It is one of those words I can never remember its meaning because it only pops up every decade or so in Charles Darwin Biographies, like sanguine and diffident, so I always have to go to the Dictionary. I was simply funning with TM on pandering to the Blog analyzer. But as Tacitus tells us, "If other's think one's an ass, then one probably is."

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