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The 2016 Goat Rodeo!

The 2016 Goat Rodeo!

Our pal Professor Hubbard continues the analysis we need to figure out how the 2016 Goat Rodeo races along.

His post this week picks up where we left off last week and looks at the polling results from the Dim’s Debate: Hillary won. The interesting thing is that while she won, Sanders didn’t lose.

The real bit of news that caught my eye, however, is that the favorability of the non-politicians/politicians spread increased increased by 0.1%, at the same time that Fire’em All Fiorina slimed her way to earth.

Please go read Prof. Hubbard’s blog. The very funny Baskin-Robbins of Bat Shit Crazy section is worth the click alone, but there’s a lot of insight here.

The Goat Race, Cont.

The chase

The chase

Our blog’s pal and favorite math prof. Matthew Hubbard puts his weekly forecast up on Sundays at Above the None of the Above blog. You may recall that during the 2012 Goat Rodeo, Prof. Hubbard’s predictions were more accurate than Nate Silver.

And in a nice bit of convergence, his findings match the Media’s point-by-point, BUT his post comes out earlier than theirs. You want to bookmark Above None of the Above, you really do.

Oh, and in a homage to Mock, Paper, Scissors, Prof. Hubbard is giving nicknames to the candidates. Thanks Matt!

Housekeeping Note

blogging-addictionI’m doing the morning blog round-up on Crooks and Liars for this upcoming week (starts Monday and concludes next Sunday), and so if you have any tips on great stuff you’ve read (or written, don’t be shy), let me know.

I always prefer to promote the small(er) blogs over the big guys: Duncan and Digby (excellent as they are) don’t need a boost in page views, but little-known writers do need some help getting noticed; and frankly I find that the best writing on the web is often not A-list bloggers but from us small fry, writing with passion about things we care about.

You can send tips to me here: Tengrain AT mockpaperscissors DOT com or on the official tip line:

As always, thanks Scissorheads for all you do!

Blogger Down

One of the best writers on the web, Jurassic Pork over at the indescribably delicious Welcome Back To Pottersville is in financial trouble. There was a death in the family and getting his bride to and fro for a last visit with her mom has put them in serious arrears.

If anyone can toss JP a lifesaver, it would be a good deed and a Karma booster for sure.

It’s That Time Of The Month!


In which we link to every blog on the blogroll!

Why do we do it, you ask? Because we love you, and it increases your blog’s Authority in the Google Algorithm, which in turn increases the likelihood that your blog will be found during a search. We smaller bloggers need more linky-luv than the so-called A-List bloggers to be found and read, and the best way to do that is for us to link to each other more often. Marcos, Duncan, and Heather are doing just fine, so let’s not worry about them.

Now, the Algorithm is likely to be changed soon, according to this story, but Mock, Paper, Scissors will continue to link to you because we really do like your blogs! And let’s face it, we are always thrilled whenever someone links to us, amiright? Of Course I Am!

If your blog is not in the blogroll, please remember our policy: include MPS in your blogroll and we’ll include your blog in ours (exception: we don’t include commercial websites). Send an email to Tengrain AT mockpaperscissors DOT com (I need to know about your blog and address before I can include it) and your blog will be included next month.

And now, on to the links after the jump:

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The Amazing Rudy G., Cont.


Rudy Giuliani

The real reason I was reading Rolling Stone (not for the Razzies coverage, though that was fun), was because one of my two favorite political writers posted something delightful about Rudy G. that is about as close to required reading as it gets:

Rudy Giuliani, American Soviet

The Russians believed in exceptionalism, too

By Matt Taibbi February 21, 2015

Rudy Giuliani is giving me Soviet flashbacks.

With his bizarre foot-in-mouth rants about how Barack Obama doesn’t love “America” the way “we” do, Rudy — and other “They hate us!” exceptionalist ‘Muricans like Eric Erickson and Steve Forbes — are starting to remind me of the frightened, denial-sick communist die-hards I knew as a student in Russia.

Not to go too far down memory lane, but in 1990, I went to Leningrad to study. The Soviet empire was in its death throes and most people there, particularly the younger ones, knew it…

Click the link, it’s not a long read, but there are some really worthy insights and chuckles.

My Favorite Day Of The Year: B.A.D.


Woot-woot! My pal Skippy reminded me that it’s Blogroll Amnesty Day, Scissorheads!

Now I like to think every day is B.A.D, and last year Mock, Paper, Scissors linked to every blog in our blogroll 10 times (I counted), but today is special because of the history of B.A.D., essentially that some of the so-called A-List bloggers gave themselves amnesty for cutting off of their blogrolls all of the non A-List bloggers. Sort of like a clique in high school.

(As Driftglass said of the MSM, “There is a club. You are not in it.)

And so there came to be a rebel alliance of all of the rest of Blogtopia (and yes, Skippy did coin that phrase) and thus we celebrate the anniversary of the Day of Long Knives every year.

The rules are simple:

  1. you are not allowed to complain or mention your blog’s low traffic until you have been posting daily for a year.
  2. If you’re little, link other blogs that are new or still growing their audience, and encourage them to practice their craft daily.
  3. Then, show them how.

The Prime Directive of B.A.D. is to link to 5 blogs that have less traffic than your blog (and how you are supposed to know that remains a mystery) that you think deserve more traffic. And maybe some blog bigger than yours will link to you. But the point is this: solidarity amongst the smaller, independent voices because we are writing some of the best work on the internet.

So without further a-do, I’m linking to the following 5 blogs chosen at random from the blogroll:

Every one of them is a proven winner – now go read them and give 5 blogs some linky-luv. That’s an order from the “Godfather of Small Blogs” as the Big Bad Bald Bastard calls me. (See what I did there?)

Instead of putting some change in the kettle this Christmas…

…considering throwing it into the virtual hat over at Welcome Back To Pottersville.

Long-time readers know that I admire greatly the work that Jurassic Pork brings to the blog-o-sphere, and we would all be greatly diminished without his muscular writing and unsurrendering-and-take-no-prisoners approach to Wingnuttia.

Winter is a hard time for many of us and JP is once again running on fumes. Any contribution you can make to keep him on the web is money well spent. His Donate button is on the top of the right-hand column.

Many thanks,


Best Wishes To Kevin Drum

Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum has been diagnosed with cancer. We send our best wishes (and prayers, such as they are) to Mr. Drum and we hope for a speedy recovery.

The Weak In Review…

…is up over at Liberland.

I cover the usual suspects, in the usual way. This week featuring secession, Huckabee, Cruz, the coming civil war, the need to fire-bomb Dallas, and I thanked Rand Paul from all of us.