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  • A.B.Campbell 9:50 am on May 20, 2010 Permalink
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    Euro falls prey to natural consequences of socialist policies. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/stock-exchange-euro-europe/2010/05/20/id/359638

  • A.B.Campbell 9:38 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: billy joe shaver, country music, ,   

    Greatest Hits: The Billy Joe Shaver Trial 

    Texas Crime Rates 98-2008

    Texas Crime Rates 1998-2008 - Disastercenter.com

    Recently found not-guilty for aggravated assault, here some gems from the three day trial of Billy Joe Shaver in Waco Texas:

    “Hopefully things will work out where we become friends enough so that he gives me back my bullet.”Billy Joe Shaver (regarding the man he shot)

    “He was a big bully, the worst I ever seen — a big bad one. And I been all around the world.”-Billy Joe Shaver (describing the man he shot)

    “I’m from Texas. If I was a chicken shit I would have left.”Billy Joe Shaver (regarding why he shot the man instead of leaving)

    “I get more woman than a passenger train can haul,” -Billy Joe Shaver (regarding whether or not he was upset the man was interested in his ex-wife)


    “I don’t think Billy Joe would do anything wrong. Whatever happened, I don’t think it was Billy Joe’s fault.” -Willie Nelson

    “Not-guilty” – The Jury

    • pslarkin 10:37 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My favorite gem: “I’m from Texas. If I was a chicken shit I would have left.”

      You did leave. You left in cloud of dust after shooting a dude in the face for being a Texan. Why leave the scene of a crime if you are confident in the legitimacy of your actions?

      When in Texas “Chicken Shit” is a flexible insult. Oh Billy Joe Shaver. You are exactly what you claim not to be.

    • Don Lando 11:55 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Betcha don’t say that to his face.

    • pslarkin 4:24 pm on April 13, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thats a solid bet…..unless I happened to be standing behind Willie Nelson. He wouldn’t even see it comin and you know Billy Joe wouldn’t give a damn. Billy Joe would shoot through a peaceful stoner to hit his target. Thas jus the Texan way yall.

    • Mein Schatz 12:54 pm on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Personally, I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t a courtroom brawl resulting in new charges of “assault with a deadly weapon” when the first hillbilly throws his false teeth at the second hillbilly, blinding him and ending in cousin on cousin dry-humping in the aisles.

      • pslarkin 10:10 am on April 18, 2010 Permalink

        Schatz that is hilarious. Thank you.

  • A.B.Campbell 6:15 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: nasa, photographs, ,   

    A Cosmic Garden. 

    Hobys Rosette

    Hobys Rosette

  • A.B.Campbell 4:19 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink
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    More than meets the eye: Obama’s Approval Rating On Key Issues 

    This week, Zogby International published the latest approval data for president Barack Obama. Obama’s approval rating continues to hold in the high forties. On specific issues things do not look so great, in may cases mirroring ratings seen during president Bush during his second term in office.

    Today, I thought I’d explore the issues data a little deeper – specifically, what are the odds that two citizens will both agree on Obama’s performance, either approving, or disapproving, and what are the odds that those two citizens will not agree?

    Probability Two Citizens Agree: Obama's Approval Rating On Key Issues

    More often than not, two citizens will agree that Obama's performance on key issues has been poor.

    The odds are, folks are going to have a low opinion of our current president, and more folks will likely disagree about his performance than both approve.

    • Mein Schatz 10:05 am on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not exactly sure what you are measuring with the “both agree/disagree” category. is this a measurement on a specific issue or a comparison of two populations? i’m a little confused. could you elaborate?

      • The Bruce 11:27 am on April 8, 2010 Permalink

        The Both Positive category measures the probability that two citizens will agree that Obama has handled the key issues well. The Both Negative category measures the probability that two citizens will agree that Obama has handled the key issues poorly.

    • The Bruce 1:12 pm on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wasn’t too surprised by the odds of the Both Negative outcome, I was however very surprised by how low the probability of a Both Positive outcome is.

  • A.B.Campbell 8:20 am on April 2, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Job creation,   

    Republican/Democrat Job Creation Graph (Congress) 

    I found the original graph here, while examining PSLarkin’s Bush/Obama job loss graph redux search rankings.

    Republican/Democrat Job Creation Graph (Congress)

    Republican/Democrat Job Creation Graph (Congress

    • Mein Schatz 7:47 pm on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I find these graphs a bit dubious, considering it is relatively difficult to correlate any actions of a current Congress or Administration directly to job losses or gains. I have found that these arguments often go nowhere, as job loss/creation follows cyclical patterns much like the economy, construction patterns, and the make-up of the Congress itself. One could argue that job numbers in any given quarter more reflect the decisions made by the congress of five, ten, or even twenty years previous than those of the current government. I would like to see that graph: compare the make up of the government ten years ago with the current trends. I think that would be most enlightening.

      I am usually more convinced by specific cause and effect arguments relating to specific legislation or congressional/presidential actions than by generalized graphs showing large, multi-variable trends with little correlative evidence.

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