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Parking issue

Cappy (Anonymous) says…

"Sorry, but I have always known that you aren't supposed to back into parking stalls. No sympathy here."

It wasn't for backing into the stall, the ticket my mother got was because the trunk of the car was partially hanging over the sidewalk.

March 18, 2009 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Same-Sex Marriage: How Will it Affect Our Society?

"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts." - Nikki GiovanniYour response to error is pompousness, what does that say about you?

October 24, 2008 at 10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Same-Sex Marriage: How Will it Affect Our Society?

fuel, this sentence shows that you don't have a clue what you're talking about."If the results do not show a statistically significant finding, then the null hypothesis is supported."No matter what the finding, you could not tell if it was statistically significant because you could not tell what caused any variation. How are you going to measure the variation that was caused solely by gay marraige and not other factors? You can't. It's impossible. You have no way of knowing what caused any observed variation, what about this don't you understand?What about this statement: "You can use statistics to test the impact of public policy"Straw man. Your posts are full of these logical fallacies and invective. In short, you are a fraud. But go ahead, post again, call me some names, make some straw man arguments and non-sequiturs, then top it off with a demand that I do some research because you can't explain your position well enough on your own.

October 23, 2008 at 11:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Same-Sex Marriage: How Will it Affect Our Society?

fuel--that would only show a correlation, it wouldn't be proof of anything. You couldn't reject the null hypothesis because it would be impossible to tell what caused the change. You can't use statistical hypothesis testing for public policy, it is impossible. The rate of divorce before same-sex marriage and after could have changed for 100 different reasons. You've dug yourself a hole so deep you can' stop digging now can you. After all, you talked like you were sooo smart, now you've been shown that you're wrong, and you, just like George Bush, can't admit when you're wrong.

October 23, 2008 at 4:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sweet irony

rachaelisa--what, then, is the difference between a socialist and Obama?

October 23, 2008 at 4:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study shows gap growing between rich and poor

denak (Anonymous) says: For those who believe that our poor are still rich, try living on less than 6,000 a year. If you don't think people do just that, go look at some places in West Virginia or Mississippi. They live in shacks with no heat or clean water. There are people in this country that truely live in 3rd world conditions.*****************************This simply isn't true. The stereotypical poverty you think occurs is actually quite rare. According to the government something like 37 million Americans are living in "poverty" but what are their lives actually like?46 percent of all poor households actually own their own homes.Only six percent of poor households are overcrowdedThe typical poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)Nearly three quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars97 percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.78 percent have a VCR or DVD player.89 percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.Overall, the typical American defined as poor by the government has a car, air conditioning, a refrigerator, a stove, a clothes washer and dryer, and a microwave. He has two color televisions, cable or satellite TV reception, a VCR, or DVD player, and a stereo. He is able to obtain medical care. His home is in good repair and is not overcrowded. By his own report, his family is not hungry, and he had sufficient funds in the past year to meet his family's essential needs. While this individual's life is not opulent, it is far from what you suggest.

October 22, 2008 at 10:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Same-Sex Marriage: How Will it Affect Our Society?

witchfinder, that's not really my argument, but I would add that while you are correct in pointing out that same-sex marriage has not led to these things, it has only been around for a short period of time. Perhaps a similar extension of rights occurred when minorities were granted suffrage, and then later that was expanded to women--that situation didn't occur overnight either. The whole point is when you make the argument based on a "human rights" theory, if that argument suceeds, you must face the consequences of what else would natrually flow from that argument.

October 22, 2008 at 7:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Same-Sex Marriage: How Will it Affect Our Society?

Poor fuel, thought he was so smart that he would just blow dumb little me away with his convoluted criticism of methodology. Now he's resorted solely to invective because he's out of arguments and out of his league.

October 22, 2008 at 5:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Same-Sex Marriage: How Will it Affect Our Society?

Can't answer can you?

October 22, 2008 at 5:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Same-Sex Marriage: How Will it Affect Our Society?

fuel, you can't recreate a nation-wide or even a state-wide social experiment in a control group. Statistical hypothesis testing is impossible in this situation. "I don't know of any sound theory that supports the notion that same sex marriages are a detriment to others."Straw man."Only an experimental study needs a control group; not every research study is experimental"You mentioned having to disprove the null hypothesis, but you now contend that no control group is required? What then do you compare the variation to in order to see if it is statistically significant? Quit trying to bring up BS about methodology, it's just a dodge to avoid my substantive argument."Also, how did I lie? I simply advised you to adhere to an adage. "Oh I see, you just brought that up out of thin air. Well thanks for the reminder to do something I was already doing.

October 22, 2008 at 5:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )