Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

It’s Tax Day Eve!  Do you know where your accountant is?

According to Faux News, Americans LOVE the Eye Are Ess.  Hard to believe, right, unless you compare their loves and hatreds with other high-profile entities.  Looky here:

10. – 16. I’m going to read you the names of several individuals. Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each one. If you’ve never heard of someone, please just say so. (RANDOMIZE)

SCALE: 1. Favorable 2. Unfavorable 3. (Can’t say) 4. Never heard of



Barack Obama…………………………….50%

The Internal Revenue Service…….49%

The Democratic Party…………………42%

The Republican Party…………………40%

The Tea Party Movement……………36%

Nancy Pelosi……………………………….29%

Harry Reid………………………………….16%

– Fox News Poll; 4/6-7/10

Another way of interpreting these data:  “Barack Hussein Obama is as popular with the American people as the Internal Revenue Service.”  If you’re a wingnut, this is the way to go.

For my part, I like the fact that the Tea Party Movement is considerably less popular than the IRS and both major political parties.  This tells me there’s hope for even the oldest, whitest, least educated Americans who comprise their teabagging ranks.  As for Pelosi and Reid, well hell – I heard even their dogs don’t wag their tails and get up to greet them when they stumble home.

Of course, let’s not lose sight that this is all Faux News at work, which is as reliable and accurate a news source as your average coloring book.   Less fun, too.

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24 Responses to Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

  1. Camiel Toe says:

    Grrr. I love a man who treats “data” as a plural noun.

  2. Ruh Roh says:

    This is seriously bullshit. There’s no way half the population has a favorable view of the IRS. I personally don’t know a single person who would say that, and that includes IRS agents I know.

    The rest makes sense. 29% for Nancy Pelosi just tells you that she has a big family, and that she’s generous as Christmas.

  3. mkhall says:

    I have a favorable view of the IRS, so there’s one. The tax code is a stinking mess modeled after the reading of entrails, but that’s the fault of the legislators who created it, not the agents stuck with the thankless task of executing and enforcing it. (And running the risk of being blown up at work by some potato-headed tea-bagger, to boot.)

  4. Piles says:

    I doubt that anybody who ever had to deal with the IRS on anything other than sending in a tax form has a favorable opinion of them. Everybody I know who had to call them, or meet with them, or even had a routine question walked away screaming with frustration and outrage. That asshat who flew his plane into the building was dead wrong, but millions of Americans felt a twinge of sympathy.

  5. mkhall says:

    No, I recently had several dealings with them, due to my own stupidity. (Ended up in the hospital this time last year and managed to completely forget to submit my forms, not noticing until December that they were unmailed.) I was frustrated with their voice response system, but then no one has yet made a VRU that isn’t programmed by Satan. Otherwise the agents I dealt with with were pleasant and helpful, going so far as to give me advice on how to ensure that the machines opening the mail would promptly process my paperwork.

    Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think for a moment that the IRS is all rainbows and puppies. I just don’t get the visceral hatred so many people seem to have for them.

    Now the DMV, on the other hand, can rot in hell. 😉

  6. CB Hudirolf says:

    I knew edxactly one IRA agent in my life, and I despised him before I knew what he did for a living. When I found out, my reaction was, “That figures.” I wouldn’t have pissed down that bastard’s throat if his lungs were on fire.

  7. Mister E says:

    If a Fox poll shows the president at 50%, you know it’s actually higher……but even so, if 50% of the population is okay with the president at a time of 10% unemployment, he’s doing pretty well.

    Similarly, if Reid is coming in at 16%, that’s pretty good, too considering he’s a wiped ass with a monkey brain and all the class of a playground pervert.

  8. The Taliban says:

    We LOVE the IRS. They taiught us everything we know.

  9. Yono Senada says:

    Camiel Toe:

    you made me LOL!

  10. I think the IRS is a great group of people doing a very patriotic service and too few people appreciate them. They should have a day off a week at full pay and free paid vacations. And I really did drive over 350,000 miles this year on business at fifty five cents a miles, i swear to God.

  11. anonymous says:

    Funny but the “Faux” (as you call it) news ratings and the number of its followers, is almost twice as high as the number of viewers who watch the main stream media. In other words, most Americans prefer to watch “Faux” News than the MSM.
    You have twisted the data to suit your posting. There is greater number of uneducated people in the Democratic Party than in the Tea Party.
    CBS, MSNBC,CNN, ABC ratings are all way below “FAUX” news.
    You have your figures wrong and posess a very fertile imagination.

    • Squathole says:

      Those aren’t my data, Anonymous, those are Faux’s. I haven’t twisted a damn thing. Besides, the point of this post was (1) humor, and (2) the IRS. What numbers are you talking about?

      But let’s talk about your sentence: There is greater number of uneducated people in the Democratic Party than in the Tea Party. (Here Anonymous channels George Bush’s famous, “Is our children learning”). I’m willing to believe that — show me the data. In fact, today’s NYTimes’s front page story was a survey that finds that percentage of teabaggers with college degrees is greater than that of the general population (37% vs 25%). But that’s not the same claim you make here.

      Thank you for praising my fertile imagination. A steady application of fertilizer is responsible.

      PS Here’s the NY Times story.

  12. mkhall says:

    So if popularity equates to accuracy or rightness, then Obama’s decisive win in the popular vote means he was the right choice for president. Right?

    You teabaggers bring to mind the immortal words of Harlan Ellison, who once said of Nixon’s VP: “Spiro Agnew masturbates with copies of The Reader’s Digest.” By your account the air must fill with the sound of furious fapping every time Beck’s show airs.

    • Squathole says:

      Kevin, that crack about Agnew is decidedly hilarious. Never heard it before.

      While Anonymous isn’t one of the bigger thinkers who visits here, he can count, and he picks and chooses when to assign his belief that quantity measures quality. More people watch Faux news than any other source (so how do you square that with claiming the liberal media is so influenctial?), so Faux news is better and more accurate. Similarly, more peoplpe go to baseball games than art museums, so baseball is more, what, educational? Entertaining? Better? More people voted for BHO than McPain/Ailin’ so that means Obama is, wait. No, that can’t be. Start over.

      Besides, I suspect he can’t count past 21 without help from a close friend’s digits.

      • mkhall says:

        The quote is from either The Glass Teat or The Other Glass Teat, two books collecting Ellison’s 1970s media columns. That quote got Harlan on Nixon’s official White House enemies list.

        By the way, congratulations on the creation of this Anonymous character. You’ve got the nuance down, my friend! It’s almost believable. I might’ve gone for the cheap laughs and had it spout some Sister Sarah crap in defense, but you played it cool and professional. (It IS a sock-puppet account, right?)

        I have a hunch getting to 21 might be a problem for him, though, if you catch my drift.

      • Squathole says:

        Kevin: Thanks, but he’s not one of mine. I don’t know who he is, although I have his email address, and I suspect he visits while gobbling down teevee reports when he should be doing his homework. His verbatim recitation of radio blowhards like Beck and Hammity are an endless source of amusement, as is his fondness for reiterating the same crap on the assumption that repetition is corroboration. (Wittgenstein’s example of checking to see if the newspaper report is accurate by buying multiple copies of the same paper.)

        If I were to fabricate him, I’d give him a better name! Like Fred Foamer or Little Sir Echo.

  13. anonymous says:

    Your fearless leader Obama could not get elected again even for the position of dogcatcher.
    Let’s see what happens after the Nov. 2010 elections. Then we will see who is laughing. Get some Prozac now cause you are going to need it comes Nov.
    Insult us all you want. After November we will be laughing.

  14. Dawgbowl says:

    I love the way these teabaggin fools do this “Just You Wait” routine. I guess aftyer you’ve had your ass thumped as badly as the Republicans did, that’s the best they can do — threaten a grim future.

    The party in power usually loses seats in mid-term elections. That will happen this time as well; the only question is how many. My bet is, not nearly enough to lose a majority in either house. That means, the Party of No is still on the outside playing defense.

    Then I’ll laugh again, Anonymous, like I’m laughing now.

  15. anonymous says:

    This is exactly what the Liberal left is all about in America today. Thugs, goons, and fascist brownshirts behavior to intimidate.

    “Allee Butsch suffered a broken leg from the beatdown outside to the SRLC dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. She had her leg operated on over the weekend and it will take her months to recover. Her boyfriend Joe Brown suffered a broken nose, a broken jaw, and a concussion. They were attacked after leaving the Southern Republican Leadership Conference dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant.”

    “Police are looking for a Caucasian male who appeared to be dirty, in his 20’s, 6′1″ tall, thin build with a thin face. He had a beard and auburn color hair in a pony tail. He was wearing a light color T shirt and dark color pants. Up to 5 men beat the couple after they left the GOP event on Friday night.”

    Nothing new here since the same types of thugs , this time they were Black Panthers, were using voter initimidation tactics at the last presidential elections in Philadelphia by blocking the voting booths. Obama’s A.G. Eric Holder refused to investigate the charges of intimidation.

    Gee, what a big surprise!

    • mkhall says:

      Hey, Anon, you forgot to use the keywords “SEIU” and “Purpleshirts.” Did your cut and paste fail you? Remember, kids: Parrot all the Teabag Talking Points and you can win big, big prizes!

      Oh, and he’s your “fearless leader,” too, unless you’re ready to renounce your citizenship. Suck it up, child — if I could survive eight years of President Drooling Lackwit you’ll be able to survive eight years of President Intelligent Centrist.

      And for the record, Obama’s way, way too right-wing and corporatist for my taste. Don’t waste your time insulting me with Democratic slurs because I’m not one.

  16. anonymous says:

    why don’t you wait until all your eggs have hatched, before you are celebrating by counting the chicks?
    You call what Obama won a thumping victory? Don’t make me laugh,please.
    Thumping and a landslide is what Johnson did to Goldwater, or Nixon did to McGovern. A landslide and a thumping is what Reagan did twice with Dukakis and Mondale.
    Obama won by a majority, not a landslide by any measure in politics.
    This Democratic party of today is nothing like the Democratic Party of Truman ,Stevenson , Johnson or Kennedy.
    These people now are the extreme Left in America who have highjacked and taken over the Democratic Party I once used to belong to. Not anymore. I do not want anything to do with extreme leftwingers such as what the Democratic Party has become in the last 10 years. I will work very hard to defeat their ideas and their candidates.

    • Frank of Oregon says:

      Well gaw-lee, if Anonymous is going to work very hard to defeat their ideas and candidates, they’re in real trouble right? HAHAHAHAHA

      Don’t you think you ought to graduate from 8th grade first? Even though you’ll be 24 ?

  17. anonymous says:

    Typical leftist drivel. You leftist rectal orifices are so snooty and condescending you make me laugh. Anyone who disagress with your leftist bullshit has to be and ignoramus because you are the absolute owners of the truth and knowledge. Yeah,sure.
    And Obama is a centrist?
    Yeah sure, and a pig is Kosher food.

  18. Inquiring Minds says:

    Yo anonymASS,
    No matter what party is in office the job of government should be to make sure every citizen has food, shelter, education, health care & to ensure their safety. It should have regulations implemented & enforced to safe guard it’s citizens from unscrupulous and/or abusive industries. Last I looked, we’re failing misarbly. The democratic party isn’t the end all best thing to happen to civilization but I think their agenda comes closer to this than the republicans. From where I sit the pubs seem to want to cram their ideologies down everyone’s throat, regulate what goes on behind closed the doors & in bedrooms of consulting adults, as well as what goes on in the privacy of your doctor’s office.
    That said, a few of questions for you.
    1. Are you aware that you come off as a pimply faced adolescent who probably gets off trying to seem all grown up, politically aware & savvy?
    2. You say you don’t want anything to do with left-wingers of today’s Democratic party…..the same party that strives for political & social reforms to gain justice & equality for all citizens…..but you don’t have any problem with the right-wing nuts? You know, the gun toting, war mongering, bible thumpers who have no social morals or consciousness?
    3. How would you know what the democratic party was all about back in the middle of the last century? Are they teaching it in your history class? BTW you didn’t include one of the best of the ‘crats of that era, FDR. Bonus question for you….are you aware that FDR had much the same resistance to all the political & social changes he helped bring about much the same as Obama is now?

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