You Can Say That Again (Part Infinity)

Meanwhile, last night at the GOP Karaoke Machine in New Hampshire…

‘Infinite Loop’ Rubio is still waiting for that Windows NT patch.

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Can You Hear Me, (Are You Listening, Redux)?

"It's for you!" (Stolen from Dr. Zaius)

“It’s for you!”
(Stolen from Dr. Zaius)

I’m not sure if this is creepy or just inevitable. One data mining company, Dstillery, used its intelligence-collection capabilities at the Iowa caucuses last week. Here’s what they learned by correlating the locations of phones:

  • Caucusgoers [sic] who were expecting a child or had a young baby tended to be Republican, and they showed up in greater numbers where Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was victorious.
  • Other family behaviors – those associated with both working and stay-at-home parents, buyers of kids’ clothing and back-to-school supplies – were high at caucus sites that went to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. On the Democratic side, they were split between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
  • Caucusgoers [sic] in counties won decisively by Donald Trump tended to have stronger household interests – grillers, do-it-yourselfers, lawn and garden and hardware. He didn’t do well with business leaders — those whose online behavior indicates they are business owners or executives. More of those folks showed up where Rubio support was decisive.
  • Sports fans (NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, baseball and fantasy leagues) showed up in greater numbers at caucuses won by Rubio and Sanders. NASCAR fans, however, correlated with Trump and Clinton support.
  • Techies – information-technology decision-makers and technology buyers – correlated with Rubio and Sanders support.

Now, how they know so much about the phone owners (expecting a child seems pretty specific information) is unexplained, but I find their denials of snooping, um, disturbing:

“All this is totally anonymous,” [Dstillery CEO Tom Phillips] said. “We don’t really care who the person is and we don’t have any knowledge of who the person is… We just want to know what the consumer behaviors are attached to that particular device.”

And there is a lot of salt to take:

In a harbinger of more (slightly spooky) technologies that could be ahead for political campaigning — if they aren’t already in use — Dstillery also cross-referenced which devices had been used on university campuses during the previous two weeks to determine how many caucusgoers [sic] were students — roughly 5.4%, according to the analysis. And those voters showed up in greater numbers where Sanders and Rubio scored decisive wins.

While a phone being on campus might draw you to conclude student supporters, but campuses have staff, too, visiting parents, friends, and so on.

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The Morning Quote (Again and Again)

More, please.

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Fashion Week, Continued

hello, sailor

More than the clothes, it’s the look.

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

¡JEB! the Smartest Bush®

¡JEB! the Smartest Bush®

He’s threatening us:

“I can promise you it will happen in the next presidency — there will be a conflict, there will be an attack, there might be an outbreak of a disease. Something is going to happen. … 9/11 is an example of that,” Bush said before the Rotary Club of Nashua.

You mean like the last time a Bush was preznint? Babs-the-Impaler is starting to look at entrails and muttering curses under her breath at the fruit of her loins.

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The Evening Quote

"My braces are too tight."

“My braces are too tight.”

“Not just that debate, but every debate before it, I’ve shown consistently the ability to answer important and difficult questions I think in a very compelling way.

“We raised more money after this debate than any debate we’ve ever had and we’re excited about it. And there’s a reason they attacked me more than anyone else.”

That’s what they’re excited about?

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Some Fries With Your Stupid, Ted?

I think that they’re onto something:

Yes, some New Hampshire voters tried to perform an exorcism on Ted Cruz, saying that there was an evil spirit in him (and that was why Cruz is so ugly, too) but Beelezebub didn’t flee the body.

If the evangelicals continue to hold ad hoc exorcisms on Cruz, I’m all for it.

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The Morning Quote

Yuuge wall.

Yuuge wall.

I’ve been wondering why we never hear any reaction from Mexico about ‘Vanilla Isis’ Trump’s boast that he will build a wall on our southern border and Mexico will pay for it:

“We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it’s going to be completely useless,” said former Mexican president Felipe Calderón when asked about this at the AmCham Egypt for Business Conference on Sunday.

“The first loser of such a policy would be the United States,” he added. “If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going to provide prosperity to the United States, he is completely crazy.”

It’s also worth noting that more Mexicans are LEAVING the United States than entering it. It’s a net loss already.

(NBC News)

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Rubio to ¡JEB!: ‘Your Mother Wears…’

“…the crown jewels?”

Careful young padawan, Babs-the-Impaler has a pike with your name on it.

But isn’t this just bizarre? Oh, that’s Henry the 8th (I Am), and the Burger King filling in for Poppy and Chimpy.

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You Can Say That Again!

"This notion that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he's doing."

“This notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”

Good lord, whatever the virus is that’s attacking Rubio’s speech-like synthesis AI programming is still running. Today’s example is the interview from the Sunday Talkies: The Marco Mechanism repeats his now infamous talking point three more times:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Democrats are circulating that video from last night, Senator Marco Rubio joins us live right now. What went wrong?

RUBIO: Well, actually, I would pay them to keep running that clip because that’s what I believe passionately. It’s one of the reasons why I’m not running for reelection to the Senate and I’m running for president. This notion and this idea that somehow, oh, this is an accident — ObamaCare was not an accident. Dodd-Frank was not an accident. The deal with Iran was not an accident —

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you’re getting pounded for repeating that speech.

RUBIO: Well, look, we raised more money last night in the first hour that debate than any other debate. As far as that message, I hope they keep running it and I’m going to keep saying because it’s true. Barack Obama — yes, has he hired incompetent people to implement laws and run agencies? Absolutely. But when it comes to the — what he’s trying to do to America, it’s part of a plan. He has said he wanted to change the country; he’s doing it in a way that is robbing us of everything that makes us special. I’m going to keep saying that because that not only is it the truth, it is at the core of our —

STEPHANOPOULOS: But even after Chris Christie called you out for what he called canned speeches, 25-second canned speeches, you repeated again, he says, there you go again. That was not a good moment for you, was it?

RUBIO: It’s what I believe. And it’s what I’m going to continue to say because it happens to be one of the main reasons why I am running. I — this is the greatest country in the history of mankind because of a certain set of principles. Barack Obama wants us to abandon those principles that he has spent seven years putting in place policies that rip them from us: undermining the Constitution, undermining free enterprise, undermining our standing in the world, weakening America, apologizing for us on the global stage. The reason why I’m running is if we elect someone like that for the next four years, I think it may be too late for American to turn around.

The Marco mal-wear seems to be build upon an endless loop. It’s going to use up all his RAM.

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