Stupid People

C'mon people, it's multiple choice.

It's a civics quiz:

Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

Gah. 49 percent?

So I tried it.

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

Average score for this quiz during November: 77.6%
Average score: 77.6%

I probably would have got those other three if I hadn't been too busy in school learning about how socialism is the wave of the future. To be fair, a few of those questions were kind of tricky. "What would a government do if..." Wait--a smart government or a dumb government?

[Courtesy of the David Boze blog.]

Sig

This is depressing.

Do you really think they cherry-picked these people? I thought it was rather instructive that they were more familiar with the Republican candidates than the Democrat candidates.

Sig

Let's agree not be crazy.

Neoceocon has a great article on avoiding the dangers of Obama Derangement Syndrome. I have already been accused of this, in essence if not in name, for asserting that I will not vote for Obama in 2012. (Apparently it's prejudicial to disagree with a political agenda and believe that you'll still disagree with it in four years.)

Her basic argument is that we should not take counsel and direction from our fears about what an Obama presidency will do, but instead focus on evidence as it arrives. It's good advice.

Here's the first batch, from a since-removed Change.gov posting of President-elect Obama's agenda for urban policy:

Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

The bitter gun clingers at NRA-ILA have a summary here, along with a cached copy of the agenda so you can read it yourself.

The cached page also had the bit about raising the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. Let's have a moment of silence to admire the stupid.

I was going to buy a pistol, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't save for a so-called assault weapon before they skyrocket in price--and then become unavailable.

Sig

The NSA is listening to your phone sex.

In which Sig does not reveal state secrets.

[11Oct08 Update]Is it unreasonable to expect the media, when reporting on a story potentially very damaging to the credibility of a national agency involved in the war on terror, to at least acknowledge the connection between sources of the story and prominent anti-war groups?

Unfit to serve

In which Sig complains bitterly about the lies of a soon-to-be-former soldier in his unit.

[With a grammar fix, updates, and more linkage]

"As a side note, when SIGINT people think you are standoffish and weird, you probably should seek professional assistance."

On machine guns and pistols

In which Sig follows Heller with great interest.

I felt more welcome in Afghanistan.

In which Sig refuses to make predictions about the impending March 15 war protest at the Tacoma Mall.

This is unfortunately not that surprising.

If this had happened at an abortion clinic, it would be considered a terrorist act by right-wing nutjobs and proof that all "anti-choice" people are full of hate and venom.

Because it happened at a military recruiting station in New York, it will be billed as an understandable expression of frustration over the inability of the country's leadership to listen to the will of the people, and probably the work of a lone, troubled yet brave young man who dared to speak truth to power who just needs counseling to help him better express his dissatisfaction.

I wish more states were like Georgia, where a military ID is considered functionally equivalent to a concealed carry permit. Service members should not be considered safe targets just because we're back stateside.

Sig

Exactly

In which Sig does the milblog echo chamber thing and links to somebody else instead of writing something himself.

Cthulhu is looking better all of the time.

Quoth the candidate's wife,

Barack Obama is the ONLY person in this who understands that. That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.

Speak for yourself, sister. I find your sweeping statements about my soul offensive on a philosophical, theological, and personal level. The condition of said spirit is between myself and my creator, kthxbye.

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