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  • I have to call BULL5H!T on Bing Politics

    Posted on February 24th, 2013 phpguru No comments

    As someone who builds systems to analyze data for a living, I was excited to see Bing encouraging television viewers to take advantage of its real-time political survey at bing.com/politics, one of the largest of its kind, during the recent State of the Union address by President Obama.

    I was diligent to take a screenshot of the data being displayed on that night. Now I’m very glad I did. I suspected they may try to fudge the numbers after the fact, and boy, have they ever!

    I’ve seen this kind of data misrepresentation plenty of times in business, but never for political motives, never so obvious, and never using data that was captured and displayed in real time. It’s both embarassing and troubling, but not surprising. It should come as no surprise that even with all the terabytes of data streaming around the internet in every moment, Bing (owned by Microsoft, the same Liberals behind MSNBC) would make such an obvious effort to pad the numbers. But did they really think no one would take a screenshot?

    Take a look below at my adjusted overlay (top) and draw your own conclusions. It looks to me like Bing wants you to believe that sentiment toward the President and his various messages during the #SOTU address were overwhelmingly positive. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you look back at the actual streaming data coming in real time during the address (middle), and compare it to what they’re reporting today, I think you’ll agree: their current portrayal of the data is completely inflated (bottom).

    Why would Bing do this? Could it be that an overwhelming negative response to the president’s bloviating doesn’t fit in with their narrative of how great a job this guy is doing? It just goes to show you, folks, you can’t trust the media to tell you the truth, even when they use real-time data & graphics!

  • Why Michelle Obama Gets Twice as Many Tweets as Mitt Romney

    Posted on September 4th, 2012 phpguru No comments

    Politico just reported that according to Twitter, the maximum TPS (Tweets Per Second) during Michelle Obama’s DNC2012 speech peaked over 28,000 while during Mitt Romney’s speech last week, that same metric was half, peaking around 14,000 TPS.

    Here’s why: Republicans following Mitt Romney are more likely to be a little older, a little wiser, hard-working business folks in middle America with way too many things to do, and far less spare time. More importantly, the average Elephant is paying very close attention, intently listening to the content of what is being said, sorting fact from fiction. More Republicans simply don’t have as much time to futz around with the latest tech gadget or time-sucks like Twitter or Facebook. Also, to be GOP is to show respect for free speech, even if we vehemently disagree. We know millions of our forefathers died to protect the Dem’s right to bloviate, and we’ll show you we’re respectful by listening, and not fiddling with our smart phones, while you dig your own grave this November.

    By contrast, the average Democrat is more likely to be be younger, more frivolous and more concerned with and interested in celebrities and the Hollywood culture than Politics. Donkeys are more likely to take advantage of ample leisure time, often at work when the boss isn’t paying attention, to learn the ins and outs of a successful tweet, and how to find the next trending video on YouTube. Us eager voters only hear every third or fourth word of the speech, because we’d rather be updating our Facebook status about the glitz and glamor than actually pay attention to what is being said. We know what’s being said already. We learned everything we need to know about Obama in 2008. We believe Obama just needs more time to fix everything. In the end, it’s about being a good person and doing what’s right, even if it means we have to rewrite parts of The Constitution.

    Disagree? John Stossel found American poor are the most wealthy poor the world has ever seen. More than 80% of poor people aren’t actually poor: they have HDTVs, Video Game consoles, smart phones, you name it. Fact check that.

    There you go, perfectly explained. Any questions?

  • How Things Work and Why They Don’t

    Posted on July 17th, 2012 phpguru No comments

    In case you’re confused about the 2012 election coming up, let me put things into perspective for you with a simple example.

    Business owner Bill, together with employees Phil & Jill together earn $100.

    Obama takes $40 of it, then borrows $40 from China, giving him $80 to work with. So he hires Fran for $50 to do a $25 job, and Stan for $25 to do a $15 job. With the $5 he has left, he buys a burger, fries and a coke.

    With the $20 he collects in taxes from Fran & Stan’s paychecks, he buys a pack of smokes for $5 and puts $5 gas in the black SUV so he and his wife and kids can take in a $5 round of golf. He makes Biden caddy for free, and Michelle and the girls order the groundskeepers to plant tomatoes in all the sand traps.

    Afterwards, Obama spends the last $5 on some ice cream for the girls and takes a media opportunity to tell the folks they shouldn’t driving gas guzzlers, but instead, looking for alternative energy solutions. Biden comes out of restroom with toilet paper stuck to his shoe and says, “Yeah, and global warming, too.”

    Michelle tells the press her mission is to prevent bad parents from feeding their kids things like burgers, fries, coke and ice cream.

    After sending $40 to the IRS, Bill, Phil, and Jill have $60 left. Bill takes $30, donates $10 to charity, leaving him with $20 of which he spends $10 on prescription drugs. He puts $5 in his kids college education fund, leaving him with $5.

    Phil keeps $5 after giving $5 to his church and putting $10 gas in his car to drive 35 miles to his 2nd job.

    Jill, a single mom who’s husband is deployed to Afghanistan, has $1 left after spending $5 on groceries for their 5 kids and paying $4 against her student loan for a degree in a field that isn’t currently hiring.

    Obama’s campaign is based on explaining how he has created jobs for Fran & Stan, and how it’s Bill and Phil, those upper income earners, who should be paying their fare share. After all, Bill didn’t build that business, and Phil should spread the wealth around a little.

  • Kyl Blocks New START, But Just Long Enough To Actually Read It

    Posted on November 20th, 2010 phpguru No comments

    Liberals are notorious for reacting with emotion from the moral high ground. Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to be more logical in their approach. This is a frequent topic on talk radio. The onslaught of hatred and virility in the blogosphere directed at Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is a prime example. The Arizona Senator recently decided to withdraw his support for the START treaty Obama signed with Russia back in April, which means that it may not be ratified during the lame duck session. With a Republican congress heading to D.C. in January, it also means that there’s a chance New START might never be ratified. Editor: It most likely will, just not during the Lame Duck session.

    Now, I think we can all agree that the world has too many nuclear bombs. But contrary to an overwhelming amount of negative criticism from all the Left and even some of the right, if you dig deep enough into the story, you’ll find that Mr. Kyl is simply pointing out the lack of some wording in the documents, and recommending more time to discuss it. It’s not that he wants to play a game of global thermonuclear war. Nothing could be more preposterous, yet the hype from the left about it being `a threat to national security if we do not ratify START immediately` is just rubbish. Nobody’s going to press a button. At least, nobody who signed the START. Some whack-job in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Pakistan… maybe, but not USA or Russia. START is just between USA & Russia. And who’s to say that we can’t make it even better by analyzing what its terms are for just a moment?

    If there’s one thing I wish for, it’s that the Democrats would start reading the legislation they’re so haste to sign, start thinking logically for a change. We don’t send you to Washington to pass as many laws as possible. It’s not a race, and it’s not about quantity. You don’t get more points for adding more laws, particularly ones you haven’t read, like the Obamacare bill, Ms. Pelosi.

    I just sent Mr. Kyl the following letter.

    Mr. Kyl,

    You have a fan in Tempe, AZ. It takes a huge amount of confidence to stand up to the President, everyone on the Left, many folks on the Right, and most of the world, to make the decision you did vis a vis ratifying the Start treaty.

    Even though at face value I can understand how a Democrat can read a headline like, `Kyl (R) blocks Russian Nuke Treaty` and gasp in horror, I commend you for forcing the document to be analyzed with more scrutiny.

    Contrary to Obama’s and Biden’s statements that not signing immediately would `jeopardize national security` [1] [2] I think anyone who is intellectually honest would agree that no red buttons are going to be pushed any time soon and it makes perfect sense to make sure all parts of the treaty make sense before ratifying it.

    It was very refreshing to hear that a Senator, one of our two great Arizona Senators, took a stand to pause long enough to simply read, analyze and discuss something that is so important to our National Security. Particularly, your actions are duly noted, given such behavior as the recent Democrat push to sign Obamacare into law without a shred of discussion. Didn’t Pelosi declare that “we have to sign this bill so we can find out what’s in it?” Thank you for not doing that with START!

    Furthermore, if Obama and Biden really cared about our national security, they wouldn’t be pulling national guard troops away from the Texas border, and they would’ve answered Arizona’s plea for more help on ours.

    I wanted to let you know that just now, even typically-left Arizona Republic is catching on to the bigger picture [3], is backing you up, and at least trying to set the record straight a little bit.

    Thank you, sir, for making a tough decision and sticking to it, even though a bunch of liberals are screaming at you. I’m proud to be represented in Washington D.C. by you.


    Salient Digital
    Web Developer, Photographer, Pug Owner
    Tempe, AZ


    [1] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/opinion/18thu1.html?scp=1&sq=national%20security%20start&st=cse

    [2] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/19/world/europe/19start.html

    [3] http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2010/11/21/20101121kyle-start-treaty-robb.html

  • Are Libelous Liberals at Google Slandering Michael Savage Trickle Up Poverty?

    Posted on November 1st, 2010 phpguru No comments

    I am a bit furious right now. We know Google has scammed Uncle Sam (and thus, every American) out of some $60 billion in taxes over the past few years. We, in the internet marketing business, are also quite familiar with the fact that Google routinely censors ads it doesn’t like, even threatening to cancel your Google account. This can effectively ruin, or at least greatly hinder, a company’s online marketing campaign.

    So, woe be unto you if Google doesn’t particularly care for your type of business. With their two-thirds marketshare, Google has a long list of vague things they don’t allow you to advertise, but inconsistent application of their policies often result in plenty of ads and sites (often your deep pocketed competitor’s) making it into the listings.

    Well, it appears that Google may be up to some more sinister tricks here.

    I just looked up Michael Savage’s new book, “Trickle Up Poverty,” on Google Books.

    I find not one, but two links for the book there. Neither of them contain a preview.

    To my horror, the top search result contains what appears to be a slanderously edited cover image including a hammer and sickle.

    Did an early or foreign release of Trickle Up Poverty contain a hammer & sickle on the cover? Or does Google want it to appear as though Michael Savage is a communist?

    I am extremely interested in knowing why an erroneous, inflamatory cover image of Trickle Up Poverty would be the number one link on Google Books when searching for the title. I just purchased Trickle Up Poverty at the San Jose airport Hudson News over the weekend. It was on the “Hudson News Recommends” table. Trickle Up Poverty is also #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

    But it has no communist symbolism on it anywhere. Quite the contrary. The second cover image is the actual design of the book that I am glad I bought. I am hopeful that someone from Europe or Asia will comment and confirm that the hammer and sickle design is, in fact, a legitimate or early release version in non-U.S. markets.

    How is the book? AXcess News rates it 5 out of 5 stars, and the Dakota Voice calls it “essential reading.” Another reviewer agrees,

    “If you buy ONE book this year, make it Trickle Up Poverty.”

    My own review is forthcoming. I’m only a few chapters into it and already feel like I’ve been asleep for the last two years. Most reviews award from one to five stars. To quote Spinal Tap,

    “This one goes to eleven!”

    On page after page, Savage gives us wake-up call after wake-up call, with more proof than a CSI murder trial. On average, Savage provides over 50 footnotes per chapter, giving avid fans and protesters alike, the research, articles, interviews and actual transcripts of Obama and his Czars from the past several years, on which the book is based.

    In case the rats over at Google Books change their results on link above, I’m attaching proof below. This is an un-altered screenshot taken Nov. 1, 2010 at 7:55pm MST.

  • Another Twitter Follower I am Proud Of

    Posted on October 2nd, 2010 phpguru No comments

    MancowMuller is now following me on Twitter. What a cool guy.

    Mancow, I really Miss you & Turd on the morning show in Chicago. I moved away over 8 years ago, and still have yet to find a better morning talk radio show. Laura Ingraham is my current pick. I guess she’s a great 2nd choice. I need to download your past shows and put it on my iPod.

    My wife and I still listen to White Cotton Panties. “Bread is not my friend!” ROFL.

    Also, I still use ” … sofa king good… ” all the time. It gets past every profanity filter there is.

    Mancow, for the month of October, Pick a Charity of your choice, and all the proceeds I get from my online T-Shirt Shop FeelGoodGear.com I’ll give to your favorite charity.

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  • Why Twitter is Cool

    Posted on September 26th, 2010 phpguru No comments

    Check out this email I just received.

    Karl Rove is now following me on Twitter

    Karl Rove is now following me on Twitter

    It was funny – I saw this when I checked my email this morning and exclaimed,

    Hey, Karl Rove is following me on Twitter!

    My wife said,

    Who’s Karl Rove?

    We were just stepping into the local Starbucks. I glanced on the cover of the New York Times, and Karl Rove was featured in the first line of a front page story. I nudged my wife, pointed and said,

    See? Look, Karl Rove.

    The New York Times article summarizes Mr. Rove’s career, and also hints as to why he’s been more in the news lately:

    Already a prominent presence as an analyst on Fox News Channel and a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Rove is also playing a leading role in building what amounts to a shadow Republican Party, a network of donors and operatives that is among the most aggressive in the Republican effort to capture control of the House and the Senate.

    Democrats were happy when Mr. Rove left the White House in 2007 and don’t appear to be too thrilled about his return to the public eye.

    Anytime Democrats are not happy about something… that’s good news for Republicans, business owners, everyday Americans and the middle class. Great news.

    Anyway, that’s why Twitter is cool. Instantly connect to the world… you care about. I’m directly connected to the the shapers of This Great Country we love so dearly. This got me thinking,

    I better step up my game, now that Karl Rove is watching me.

    Once someone I respect is paying attention, I want to straighten up, stand tall, and look and perform my best; live up to my ideal; project excellence with honor.

    Ironically, this is exactly what Karl Rove does (and a few others, Beck, Hannity, Ingraham, O’reilly, Broomhead) to the Liberal establishment. Once these guys aim their discerning eyes at you and speak the truth, the laser-focused exposure on the ridiculous behavior we are getting from these insane Dems in power makes them realize they have to clean up their act, stand up straight and improve their game. Bigtime.

    As more truth is revealed about ObamaCare, the Stimulus, and the Dems socialist globalist agenda, The People are wising up, and Dems are all realizing that their days are numbered. And no, they don’t like it one bit.

    Keep it up, Karl!

  • New Democratic Party Logo? How about a New Organization Instead

    Posted on September 22nd, 2010 phpguru No comments
    Democrat New Logo

    Democrats have a new logo. Like it?

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    So there’s a new Democratic Party Logo. Some bloggers have poked fun at it. And why shouldn’t they? Our elected officials are mocking you every day with pure insanity. Guys, you don’t need a new image, a new branding. Trust me, the Ass fits you just perfectly. No, what you need is a new organization…

    Democrats for Understanding History.

    Instead of doing what you do now, you’d get together every day in Washington D.C. and study the constitution, the founding fathers, and the history of the greatest country on God’s Green Earth, the United States of America.

    Maybe a little history lesson every day will help you to stop screwing up our country by turning us into a 3rd world banana republic with your globalist socialist agenda that is killing the middle class.

    The poet and philosopher George Santayana said,

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    For the love of God, people, socialism doesn’t work! Please stop taking our money to spend our great grandchildren into oblivion!

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  • What’s in the the Health Care Bill

    Posted on July 22nd, 2009 phpguru No comments

    Here’s another one from my brother. A must read:


    It’s worse than you can possibly imagine.

    Peter Fleckstein (aka Fleckman) is reading it and has been posting on Twitter his findings. This is from his postings (Note: All comments are Fleckman’s)

  • Help Say No To Obama Care

    Posted on July 16th, 2009 phpguru No comments

    I’ve been quiet lately. This is at least, in part, due to the daily onslaught of news which seems even more absurd than that from the last day.

    As if the passage of the 1000+ page quote-on-quote Economic Stimulus package bill wasn’t enough, as if all the bailouts weren’t enough, ObamaCare certainly is firmly in the top position of the most absurd things our government has done or is trying to do.

    Investors Business Daily says It’s Not an Option.

    Just one look at the Organizational Chart of the House Demograts Health Care Plan should leave you extremely confused.

    Please call your congressman and urge them not to support ObamaCare. This is the kind of change we DON’T need.

    Instead, check out John Shadegg’s market-based plan

    And here’s another idea… if lawmakers are so convinced socializing American medicine is the way to go, why not force THEM to be on the plan FIRST? That’s exactly what HR615 proposes. I urge you to Call Your Congressman and Contact Elected Officials to tell them NOBAMACARE!