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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Douglas Wilson on the ACORN Stings

Douglas Wilson: We Need a Control Group

Well, the San Bernadino sting video is now out, and ACORN has got to be reeling. But before we stick a fork in this brand of community organizing and call it done, we still have to apply the scientific method. As fascinating as these journalistic methods are, we still need a control group. We have to get a guy and a girl to play the same roles, and make the same number of visits, with the same kind of request, to randomly selected H&R Block offices. See what happens.


Kamilla said...

Hi Ilion,

Thanks for visiting my blog. It's nice to find another fan of Doug Wilson *and* Chesterton.


Ilíon said...

I also like Maire Brennan.

And, I think I like Loreena McKennitt, though I have only "The Book of Secrets" -- which I'd been listening to for years and not really *hearing* what a couple of songs are about!

Wait! Doesn't Loreena McKennitt have an album with a photo of a "disco ball" on the cover? If so, I also have that one, but apparently forgot to rip the songs to my computer.

MathewK said...

Personally i'd like acorn and its affiliates to be relocated to the nearest goal. That's where criminals belong after all.

Ilíon said...

You know, Kamilla, I was confusing Sarah McLachlan for Loreena McKennitt. It's Sarah McLachlan whose album seems to be about lesbianism (and I didn't realize it for years! because I was listening to the *sound* of her voice and not even trying to understand the words).

Wakefield Tolbert said...


You'll be interested to know that over on "Science Blogs", under the sub web of Dispatches from the Culture Wars, the defense of these wormy ACORN sprouts is quite vigorous.

Curious--a site dedicated to "science" (so we're told) is now delving into various "proofs" that for the most part lie outside the domain of what is usually considered the sciences (polysci does not count for these folks, and yet they're passionately political).

Likewise, the so-called "denialism" site supposedly dedicated to exposing scam artists and hucksters is now doing a scientific shill for...yeah....socialized meds.

My, the world has changed..

Wakefield Tolbert said...

"Denialism"--by some guy named Hoofnagle.


Ilíon said...

I'm not all all surprised, W. "Science" worshippers are generally "liberals" (and 'atheists') and for persons with that mindset, *everything* is politics ... because politics is all they have to serve them in place of religion.

kh123 said...

Well, considering that their science posits for biochemical machinery engineering itself from Campbells Soup, I'm not surprised that their political calculators would posit for several trillion dollars worth in spending = "deficit neutral".

Then again, I'm sure Soviet calculators and People's Republic abacuses came up with similar rosy economic projections.

Wakefield Tolbert said...

Well, kh123, that IS a crisp way of putting things.

Ilíon said...

Hey, Wakefield.

OT: I think I've seen that you've commented on the UK "health system's" "Liverpool Care Pathway." Have you seen this? -- TimesOnline: 3,000 NHS staff get private care

Wakefield Tolbert said...

So the lofty NHS has 3000 employess leapfrogging their own waiting lists by getting private care.

Well, that's one heck of an endorsement of government mandates and "single-payer" type systems.

Looks like even the socialists in Europe sometimes can't stand the bane of socialism.

Of course, the counter-argument here, Ilion, is that (of course!) we'd not let that kind of embarassment happen in the good old USA, since what we are doing would merely to merely have "competition" to the big bad wolfy private medical insurers.

Ilíon said...

Continuing the OT about the "Liverpool Care Pathway" --

Here's a story I'd read some time ago, but wasn't able to find the other day. It has a less happy ending than the one about the daughter who rescued her mother from the "Liverpool Care Pathway" before the "caring professionals" "allowed" her to die -- MailOnline: My husband had beaten cancer, then doctors WRONGLY told him it had returned and sent him to a hospice who let him die It seems that the "caring professionals" wrongly diagnosed him as having a recurrance of cancer ... then put im into an induced coma, then "allowed" him to die.

Here's a good article/essay by Wesley J Smith -- Hazardous Pathway

Wakefield Tolbert said...

What can one say to that, Ilion?

Some nifty video vaults have been dug up by the Samizat media and have found that after all this mockery and derision of "death panel" chatter and "lies" from outlets like Fox and the teabag terror lords, it seems that Robert Reich made mention that indeed, innovation WILL slow up a bit under socialized meds, and they will have to let Granny bite the dust after all if Granny is just too darned expensive to the plan.

The cats might have to fight and claw to get out of the bag, but they ARE getting let out from time to time...