RAINBOWS, UNICORNS, & POLLS

CLAP YOUR HANDS AND BELIEVE!

In the 2016 election, polls consistently told those of a left leaning persuasion exactly what they wanted to hear.

“Trump doesn’t even have a chance. EVERYONE hates him.”

Those polls were reinforced by Dem politicians, Republican politicians, the news media, Hollywood celebs, late night TV hosts and the all-knowing political talking heads.

TRUST US. HE WON’T BE NOMINATED!

The polls said that during the primaries. They assured America (and apparently themselves) he had less than a 1% chance of nomination. Jeb WILL win. “Trust us… we KNOW stuff. We are pollsters!”

OK, BUT HE’LL NEVER BE PRESIDENT!

When he got the nomination, in defiance of all “acceptable” predictions and the leadership of both parties (including the one in which he was nominated)… all the polls and supporting players commenced to assure us (AND themselves) he couldn’t beat Hillary. Within hours of his election win there were still professional prognosticators on record giving Hillary a 98% chance of victory.

The polls leading into the election were so one-sided that Hillary actually had a house built on her Chapequa property to house HER WHITE HOUSE STAFFERS.

Before the election.

TOLDJA TIME

I noted several times during the lead up to the vote that pollsters methodology appeared to be EXTREMELY loose. If not intentionally trying to skew results, they were obviously ignoring any semblance of realistic sampling. It was starting to look like their polls may have been taken entirely in the halls of their New York offices, and they were using miniscule sample sizes to project the vote of all 50 states.

They assumed they knew the outcome, and they at very best got lazy. That is the most generous assessment I’m prepared to make.

POST MORTEM

Sure, Hillary DID squeak out a popular vote win, thanks to California, but that in no way exonerates pollsters. Even before the election, everyone knew EXACTLY how the states were weighted electorally. Everyone knew how elections are scored. They were projecting an ELECTORAL win, not a pyrrhic victory… and it simply didn’t happen.

Whether it was done intentionally by pollsters hoping to sway the result with a bandwagon effect, or it was a signal that sampling methods seriously need to be updated… here’s a thought; QUIT LISTENING TO POLLS.

It’s become glaringly obvious that polls are being skewed to CREATE an outcome, not project one. That’s a huge difference.

You may be excused for falling for it once, but after that it is entirely on you. Making the same mistake over and over can’t be blamed on ignorance, only stupidity.

IN RELATED NEWS

Polls say Trump is almost universally unpopular. Even his dog hates him. You can take it to the bank.

These polls are, after all, done by professionals. They KNOW things.

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Seriously Hollywood?

WELCOME TO THE BIG TOP

Imagine going to the circus. The clown car enters the ring… and a clown hops out, grabs a microphone, and launches into a breathlessly sanctimonious lecture about the need for gun control.

Is THIS what you came for? NO.

But every day now we get effectively the same thing from movie stars, TV celebrities, late night hosts, rappers, and now even football players.

THEY HAVE A RIGHT YA KNOW

Now I KNOW they have a platform that enables them to share their opinions, and they certainly have a first amendment to right to say what they want without regard to whether I find it noteworthy or even offensive.

The only possible exception is the football players using their employers’ gametime to make a political statement… which is imminently questionable if their employer objects to them doing so, just as the greeter at Wal-Mart might get fired for standing at the front door in his company smock insulting people as they enter… but that’s another subject.

They ALL have the right to voice an opinion.

MY QUESTION

Why the hell should we listen?

Do Hollywood characters have some special insight about political matters I don’t? A ton of them are at best high school grads, and their only claim to fame is reading lines someone else wrote and pretending to be someone they are not. Did becoming a famous TV doctor or movie action star make their opinion of what I should think valid?

Do rappers who became famous uttering lyrics about murdering cops or abusing women really deserve to lecture me about social justice or misogyny? Not sure they are the right guy for the job.

[To be fair, they aren’t the right guy to sing, either. “Untalented” does that begin to describe that noise.]

BOTTOM LINE: IT ISNT ENTERTAINING

If you are in the entertainment business, then entertain. HALF the country may agree with you, but the other half doesn’t, and unless you just enjoy driving your brand into the dirt, stick to what you know.

It isn’t politics.

It apparently isn’t business, either.

You need not believe me… a glimpse of box office proceeds and NFL revenues should tell you straying into 1-sided political discourse when it isn’t your real job is a poor business model.

There is pretty much nothing less enlightening than a self-aggrandizing lecture from some overpaid under-educated Hollywood twit. So thanks for thinking of us… but shut up and act. You aren’t paid because you’re smart, you’re paid because you play someone who is.

Learn the difference.

I’m Rob Jones… and I approve this message.

ETIQUETTE IN THE NEW AGE

Dear Miss Manners

As you know an African American shot 8 white people in a church this weekend. In order to avoid being politically incorrect, I’ve decided to treat this as done by others, but have a few procedural questions.

1) Not sure of protocol on order. Do we pull down black monuments before looting, or after?

2) I understand this social injustice entitles me to a free video equipment upgrade. Can I wear a belt while claiming my new flatscreen, or does tradition require my pants drag?

3) It’s embarrassing to admit, but a hair weave will not do me much good. Is it ok to loot a saddle shop instead? Or maybe Barnes & Noble. I haven’t read Hannity’s last book.

4) I’m travelling from out of town. Who do I see about buses to the event?

5) During the riot portion, tradition requires I throw bricks at black people unrelated to the events I’m protesting. Something about that strikes me as stupid. Is it ok to skip that?

Last question is not so much about protocol as just a general query about purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I DO want to strike a blow for social justice. It’s just a lot of this seems self serving, unrelated to what we’re protesting, and frankly counterproductive. What am I missing?

I’m Rob Jones, and I approve this message.

NO-GO ZONES and ISIS STRONGHOLDS

yellowjacketsI might not have a bunch of counter-terrorism credentials, but where I live… if you boast you “scored a major victory in the war-on-yellowjackets” every time you hit one or two with a can of Raid AFTER they sting you, and you STILL haven’t burned the nest to the ground… I don’t care how old you are, come Thanksgiving they’re gonna have you sitting at the kids table.

Just sayin….

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FeeltheBern and other anomolies

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You know… there was a time a socialist didn’t have a snowflake in Hell’s chance of becoming the nominee of a major US political party.

Then again there was a time we didn’t need a disclaimer on a cup explaining that hot coffee will burn you.

Pictured: Advance Team for Bernie Sanders arrives
Pictured: Advance Team for Bernie Sanders arrives

If you’ll pardon an observation…  Bernie seems to have an inordinately strong following among children whose parents failed to teach them not to jump in the van with the creepy old guy offering free candy.

Go figure.

 

I'm Rob Jones, and I approve this message.
I’m Rob Jones, and I approve this message.