Lies, damn lies and statistics

Last night I was invited to examine the methodology of surveys conducted by the John Locke Foundation. Having been in the market research business for more than 20 years, I consider myself at least partially qualified for the task.

To those not familiar with the industry, there is as much art as science involved. For example, knowing how to ask questions to get unbiased responses is one aspect of the art – assuming of course that you actually want unbiased responses. This is especially challenging for researchers who come to their projects with ideological biases and agendas. The tobacco industry, for example, is widely known for its abuse and misuse of all kinds of research.

Shuler One of DCCC's "Red to Blue" 22

Noted without comment:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on Thursday announced the 22 candidates who will be early beneficiaries of its “Red to Blue” program — which will provide fundraising and strategic assistance to non-incumbent candidates the party has deemed as top contenders for November’s elections. - House: ‘Red to Blue’ Candidates Will Get DCCC Greenbacks

What is your purpose?

Dear Bloggers.

We have been graced, again, by the presence of one John Hood.

John Hood is President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also a syndicated columnist, television commentator, and a radio host. He has authored three books and written articles for national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Nation's Business, and Reader's Digest, while also appearing on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and other channels. Photo from the John Locke Foundation website.

Following a previous response by this man, I sent an email to several of the people that post here to discuss BlueNC's purpose. So, now I think it is time for all of us to answer the question, what is your purpose?

Supercharging the grassroots and netroots

Yesterday at Daily Kos there was one of those "best ideas ever." The author called it "Open Source Campaigns." It will probably (hopefully?) pick up traction and be prominent there and at MyDD.

No reason BlueNC and NC in general should not be at the leading edge.

The idea is simple: organize the skills of the netroots folks into a clearinghouse for helping candidates with tasks that do not need on-site volunteers: web site design, graphic arts, data analysis and database management, etc.

As a first-time candidate in a local election (Forsyth County Board of Education) I can attest to the need for such services with my website effort and in other areas. Something along the lines of what was described by the diarist would be a huge force-multiplier.

The Prince Of Puppets

I have to tell you, this is about as sad as it gets. Grown men and women in Wake County who actually give a damn what John Hood thinks about anything, and especially about public education. I guess when your bossman is Art "the Puppetmaster" Pope you get accustomed to people sucking up to you, but this sorry spectacle is beyond belief.

First Romanian Killed in Iraq

The first Romanian to die in combat in Iraq was killed in an attack last night:

The Romanian Defense Ministry identified the soldier as corporal Bogdan Hancu, a 28-year-old military policeman from the eastern city of Iasi. He is Romania's first combat casualty in Iraq.

The country has 860 troops in Iraq as part of the multinational force.

Romania has its own history of enduring a brutal dictator, but this poverty stricken nation's decision to enter this war was also affected by the millions in aid that they received from America:


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