That is very sloppy programming, where no answer within the alloted time defaults to the first choice (which, in this case, happens to be “Barack Obama”). A lack of response should either be ignored by the pollster (and most polling companies won’t tell us how many people refuse to answer) or counted as “no answer”.
Of course, some people will suspect that this is deliberate poll-rigging (although one shouldn’t rush to attribute to malice anything which can be adequately explained by stupidity). Even if that is the case, then it’s still sloppy programming because, if you’re rigging the poll to take silence as a vote for Obama, you don’t have the program say so out loud and thus provide evidence of your chicanery.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Britain will help the Iraqi government dispose of what’s left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, still stored in two bunkers in north of Baghdad, the British embassy in Baghdad announced Monday. …
Really? They found Saddam’s chemical weapons? Shouldn’t that be news?
… Saddam stored the chemical weapons near population centers so that he could access them quickly, despite the danger to his civilian population. Most of Iraq’s chemical weapons were destroyed by military forces in 1991 during the first Gulf War or by U.N. inspectors after the fighting. …
So the UN knew about them? And didn’t bother mentioning that fact? Uncanny.
… The head of the Iraqi National Authority, Mohammed Al Sharaa, said the remnants “represent a great challenge to the Iraqi experts to safely dispose.” He called the agreement with British authorities “a good opportunity for Iraqi experts to benefit from the well-known expertise of U.K. experts.” British Ambassador to Iraq Simon Collis said Britain is glad to assist in what he called “this difficult and dangerous task.” (H/T: IMAO)
When does Bush get his apology?
“It’s a morbid observation, but if everyone on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem.” –Newsweek Senior Writer Jerry Adler, 31 December 1990 issue.
They can’t force you to drive one, but they can tax you prohibitively if you don’t. Thanks again, Chief inJustice Roberts… (H/T: IMAO)
UPDATE: In IMAO’s comment section, FormerHostage wrote: “Yeah its The Onion but this is waaayyyy to close to that video the Global Warmers put out a while back that showed people who doubted Global Warning being blown up.” Here’s a link to that one, in case you’ve forgotten it.
Just pledged to the “Occupy vs. Tea Party” reality show on Kickstarter. Four days to go.
UPDATE: The goal was reached a some point in the last 24 hours. It’s a go.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently posted an official denial of the existence of mermaids: “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” This happens at the same time that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has seized the internet domain BelieveInMermaids.com – Exactly what are they trying to hide?
It’s Father’s Day, which (as you all know) is traditionally celebrated by sending money to Barack Obama. I guess that’s so he can take the day off with his sons or something. (Five mentions of the nonexistent sons so far and counting.) When was the last time he mentioned his daughters, by the way?
Anyway, the way Obama turns anything and everything into another opportunity to extort money from people these days, maybe he should be running for Nigerian Prime Minister rather than American President…
“Recalling the governor will create a circumstance where nobody ever makes a hard decision again … A recall would spread instability and uncertainty among your people and across the country.” –Bill Clinton back in 2003, when the governor in question was a Democrat (Gray Davis, CA). (H/T: iOwnTheWorld)