- I'll be doing a book event for American Taliban tonight in San Francisco:
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, California 94117
- From an email:
A friend is a professor at Ball State University and shared this. I though it was brilliant.
On that church's ridiculous idea, one of my students said, "Why don't they just download the Korans to their Kindles and angrily delete them?"
A good ol' fashioned book burning for the 21st century. Too bad those neanderthals are stuck in the 13th century.
- Pollsters are dealing with a major challenge in their line of work -- the proliferation of cell phone-only households. While most pollsters weigh their samples to boost the number of 18-29 year olds and ethnic minorities, the groups most likely to be cell-only, Gallup does not. In fact they do no weighing. And that may be a reason for their crazy wild swings in the generic congressional ballot.
Gallup does not "weight" its samples by the party identification of respondents. Gallup might argue that this methodology leads to purer, more accurate, results than predetermining the number of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents within its samples. However, at least in the current political era, this approach is likely to give the GOP an advantage on the generic ballot.
First, Gallup uses random digit dialing (RDD) to draw its national samples, meaning that everyone with a landline telephone number, whether listed or unlisted, has an equal chance of being included in a Gallup survey. Pollsters and market researchers have used RDD for decades and, on the surface, it appears to be a completely representative and totally fair methodology. The problem is that telecommunications technology has caught up with survey research. RDD does not contact potential respondents who have only a cell phone, a growing segment of the population and the electorate-and a group comprised disproportionately of people who identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, in particular members of the Millennial Generation (18-29 year olds) and ethnic minorities. In short, Gallup's RDD methodology, if not corrected by weighting based on party identification, is likely to under sample Democrats and give the GOP an advantage relative to the Democratic Party on the Gallup generic ballot.
- Under this new Catholic definition of sex, not a lot of people are having it.
"This would seem to require at a minimum that a man's penis penetrate a woman's vagina, that the man ejaculates while penetrating the woman's vagina, and that neither the man nor the woman intends to render the act non-procreative as either an end or a means. Those who contracept aim to render their act of intercourse non-procreative (i.e., unsuitable for the procreation of children). So they intend a non-marital and hence non-consummative act.
- Funny how many critics of American Taliban actually make the same arguments I do.
- KY-Sen: Rand Paul commits to speak at important political picnic, then backs out, afraid to stand on a stage with Democrat Jack Conway.
- Gay people can quote the Bible too.
- American Taliban, in action.
- From Pastor Dan tweets:
Number of times Jesus condemns homosexuality: 0 Number of times he condemns divorce: 4 Adultery: 9
Number of New Testament verses condemning the rich: 20+ Number condemning gay marriage: 0
Yup, Jesus was all about the CLASS WARFARE!!!!
- The 2010 Oscar winner for short animated film, Logorama, is now available for viewing here. Pretty awesome.
- Philadelphia-area Kossacks are invited to join our own Adam B for a panel he's moderating next Tuesday at 4:30pm previewing the upcoming Supreme Court term, featuring SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein, Stanford Law professor Pam Karlan, Penn Law professor James Feldman and George Mason Law professor Ilya Somin. This free event is will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is sponsored by the American Constitution Society chapter at the school, as well as the Philadelphia Lawyer chapter. RSVP here.