August 6, 2004

Quantitative terror analysis

Terror alert timeline and graph of terror alerts vs. Bush’s ratings. Findings:

  • Whenever his ratings dip, there’s a new terror alert.
  • Every terror alert is followed by a slight uptick of Bush approval ratings.
  • As we approach the 2004 elections, the number and frequency of terror alerts keeps growing, to the point that they collapse in the graphic. At the same time, Bush ratings are lower than ever.


Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense.

A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's driving record is none of our business.

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.

You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.

-- Friends don't let friends vote Republican. --

seriously- who's the flip flopper?

north korea: * caught selling scuds to the middle east. * building nuclear weapons * building submarines with nuclear payload missiles capable of reaching the U.S.

Iran: * supporting terrorists * used Ahmed Chalabi against us * building nuclear weapons

Pakistan: * sold nuclear secrets * safe haven for terrorists

Iraq * tasty oil reserves

Nice strawmen, geniuses.

But seriously, Jon, any thoughts on correlation vs. causation?

Not full of all that straw.

Make what you want of the graph... it's statistically correct, however as we know from your favorite "fair and balanced" channel FOX News, you can do anything you want with statistics.

Your OP wasn't straw-berry, just the cut-and-paste e-chain letters that followed.

And I don't have television, btw, much less cable.

How do you like that? Caught re-phrasing red handed! Who's the genius now?!?

you lost me... who's been caught doing what? How about yesterday's Freudian slip?

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we," -Bush

I was caught re-phrasing my own post. Spiders who throw stones shouldn't... hmmm, that's not it.

Stuttering wha?

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