Mathematical impossibilities

I'm always mystified by the folks who have no trouble spotting the problem with this:

or who can appreciate the humor behind this:

Chicago fans on both sides of town will have to wait until next season to see their favorite team in the playoffs after the Cubs and White Sox were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday...

but who are utterly unable to wrap their minds around this idea (emphasis mine):

...Even now, frantic liberals are gibbering that Republican austerity measures somehow killed Detroit, even though Democrats held absolute power for fifty years.  You’ll hear the same things right before the end at the national level too.  In the very near future, you’ll be told your Social Security and Medicare benefits are being cut because evil rich people don’t want to pay enough taxes to fund them.  It won’t matter that there literally isn’t enough money in the entire world to cover Uncle Sam’s long-term liabilities...

Read the whole thing.


Hanna, Godwin's Law, and 1858

I hereby suggest a broadening of Godwin's Law, the tongue-in-cheek adage which says "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."  I would say add a "y" on to "an" and eliminate "online" and that's about right:

An update on an earlier post here, from YNN (with video from Cortland yesterday):

CORTLAND, N.Y - ...The crowd gathered in opposition to Hanna's recent budget vote; a republican proposal to cut health care funding by about two trillion dollars.

"To actually privatize Medicare, to end Medicare as we know it, turn it into a voucher system and raise the age of eligibility to 67," said Mary Clark of Citizen Action New York. "We shouldn't have to work until we die. You have more people on social security than any other congressional district in upstate New York."

The congressman said the current health system is unsustainable, and drastic cuts are needed to combat the federal deficit...

[....] The protesters called on Hanna to reconsider his position. Outside, the group was met by some of Hanna's supporters, making for a heated exchange.

Demonstrators shouted chants at one another, and some of the counter-protesters compared the protesters to Nazis...

Hanna's response:

While Hanna says he's pleased his constituents are voicing their opinions, the bitter words are just that.

"It's not helpful and it doesn't add any value. If you're going to solve a program, you need to work together."

If somebody has any suggestions about how exactly to do that, I'd like to hear 'em.  As we've written about here and here and probably in a bunch of other posts, too, there's a pretty deep divide.

Prior to Wednesday's Cortland activities, an article had appeared at National Journal (via the Utica O-D) re: Hanna and his support for Paul Ryan's budget proposals:

Under the unified theme “Don’t Make Us Work ‘Til We Die,” other seniors, workers, and advocates plan to make similar visits to local congressional offices across the country, with ideas including activists dressing as zombies at the office of Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., is also among the targets.

Zombies indeed.

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