Friday, November 02, 2012
Assistant Quote of the Day
"Hardcore conservatism’s loathing of science has lurked around GOP politics for so long that it's easy to forget how nasty it is. Over 40 years, that disdain has slid from 'pointy-headed intellectuals' to something very like a jock slapping a math book out of a kid’s hands and saying, 'NICE NUMBERS, FAG.' But this is what you do when you can’t crunch the numbers yourself or when they will not save you. You shoot the messenger."
Gawker's Mobutu Sese Seko on the sudden, virulent rage directed at Nate Silver from the right and how it's manifested itself in a dismissal of his numbers as being the work of an obviously gay guy
Seriously, read Seko's post from start to finish. If nothing else it's worth it just to hear him refer to "Unskewed Polls" idiot Dean Chambers as "the Meat Loaf of numbers" who "corrects for bias in polls by making them say things that don’t make him angry" and whose polling results "are generated in the same way that a kid turns an F into an A by drawing an extra bar down the right side of it."