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Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

No. I got that from, “I see Guth has now made headlines on Yahoo and MSN. Just looking at the comments on the articles, yes you guessed it Guth is not popular. How proud is KU now of having some liberal loon amongst faculty. Yes Guth supporters you do hold the minority view.”
Your unwillingness and/or inability to see the logical fallacy in your own comment doesn’t mean it’s not there.
So, instead of addressing the critique of the content of your post, you continue to lob ad hominem attacks (another logical fallacy, by the way…). Seems productive!

September 21, 2013 at 4:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

Let’s take a moment and break this down…because it’s Saturday, and I’m done with my chore list. Also, if understanding logic and logical fallacies (or extreme logical leaps and assumptions) makes me a liberal, fair enough—I’m not inclined to think that is an insult (even though I am not, as far as US politics is concerned, a liberal). But assume away!

Your logic:
1-“I see Guth has now made headlines on Yahoo and MSN. Just looking at the comments on the articles, yes you guessed it Guth is not popular.”
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n-“Yes Guth supporters you do hold the minority view.”

Reality, part 1:
From 1, let’s say that you (a) read all the comments on yahoo and msn about this tweet, (b) coded them as ‘supportive’, ‘neutral’, and ‘not supportive’, and (c) ensured that each person was only coded once (that is, only counted one comment per person).
As of yesterday, when I saw one of the yahoo stories on this, there were over 1500 comments. But, you have plenty of time to read and code all the stories on these sites, so we’ll assume you have.
Now, after coding, let’s say you found that less than 50% of the comments on were ‘supportive’—the only thing you could say is, “a minority of the commenters on yahoo and msn are supportive of Guth’s tweet.” It tells us nothing about anyone else but those that commented on yahoo and msn.

Reality, part 2:
Working backwards, Guth supporters hold the minority view. That means less than 50% of people (let’s say people in the US) support Guth’s tweet. So, in order to say that, we would need a representative sample of people in the US, where less than 50% of people (taking into account the margin of error) said they were supportive of the tweet. We don’t have that, so we really can’t say anything about whether supporters, non-supporters, or even those that are neutral are in the minority view.

A little logic and some knowledge about the representativeness of internet comments and public opinion polling goes a long way. Regardless of my opinion about the tweet, or KU’s reaction to it, the conclusion in your comment is not supported by any fact or evidence. So there’s that.

September 21, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

Are you actually implying that comments on yahoo and MSN are representative of US public opinion?

Try looking at an actual public opinion poll. Here's some on gun control: http://pollingreport.com/guns.htm

September 21, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback appoints his chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, to the Kansas Court of Appeals

"I have seen in him a good father, loving husband, a caring friend, and a leader"

Okay, but what about that qualifies him to be on the KS Court of Appeals?

"I'm sure what he will do will be based on much research and multiple views"

Yes. He can cite himself and his own 'research' while at the KS Policy Institute....

August 20, 2013 at 10:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Democrats plan strategies to take on Brownback, Kobach and others

"Democrats will face a steep deficit among registered voters. Of the state's 1.73 million registered voters, approximately 45 percent are registered Republicans, 30 percent are unaffiliated and 25 percent are Democrats."

I'd be interested to know how many Republicans changed their party ID in the last few years. To me the 45% figure is right in some ways and wrong in others. How many of those 45% are right-wing Republicans, and how many are moderates?

Also, moderate Republicans, please pay attention and vote in the primary elections! Stop allowing the right-wing candidates to win those legislative, board, etc. seats. Many of those seats are essentially elected in the primary race.

August 18, 2013 at 6:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback tells regents that cuts to higher education were part of trades at end of session

Not just those that voted for him. Also those that did not vote. Show up and make decisions based on what you know they will do (not the nonsense that they spew).

August 16, 2013 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU officials regroup after Legislature put brakes on health education building

I would like some more information about this:

"KU also sought the release of $25 million that was returned from the federal government as part of a FICA refund related to payroll taxes paid by the medical center in the 1990s"

July 5, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

His moment of Truth? Ben McLemore goes No. 7 in NBA Draft to Sacramento Kings

Hopefully the ownership change will help?

June 27, 2013 at 10:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

His moment of Truth? Ben McLemore goes No. 7 in NBA Draft to Sacramento Kings

He also got a lovely endorsement from Aaron Rodgers

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/...

Such a good person, and a great player. I wish you the best Ben.

June 27, 2013 at 10:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House Speaker Merrick blasts regents, KU over funding, salary issues

Even if your anecdotal story (i.e. personal experience at KU) is true--which is entirely possible as you are generalizing to an entire population of professors based on your n = 1 (i.e. your own, singular, individual experience).

I’m sure the KU faculty is the exact same as it was back in 1979.

I mean really? One case generalized over 30+ years? (And that is the best case scenario where I assume that you are not spewing a load of nonsense…)

June 25, 2013 at 7:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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