Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Prelutsky Vs. Gallup


I'm wondering if I should become a professional pollster. For one thing, it must pay quite well, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many people doing it. For another, whereas I trust my results, I’m not so sure about those other guys because they tend to be paid by people with a vested interest in the results, whereas I’m just a chap cursed with the curiosity of a cat.

I mean, am I really expected to believe Gallup when he insists that 47% of Americans still think Obama is doing a bang-up job? Really? Is that why his party has lost 14 seats in the Senate and another 70 or so in the House over the past four years, along with several governorships and a slew of state legislatures? It’s certainly not because the voters have been mesmerized by those two dullards, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

Also, unlike some people, I don’t make my poll questions tricky. When I want to know which of the Fox News hosts and contributors my readers like and hate the most, I don’t pussyfoot around. I just ask them and they tell me.

What surprised me the most is that 35 different people at Fox were somebody’s favorite and 17 were judged the most obnoxious. Interestingly, there were eight names that showed up on both lists.

There were five who achieved double digits on the Favorites list: Megyn Kelly, 49, Bret Baier, 31, Charles Krauthammer, 26, Jeanine Pirro, 13, and Greg Gutfeld, 11.

They were followed by Neil Cavuto, 9, Bill O’Reilly, 9, Brit Hume, 6, Bernie Goldberg, 5, Andrea Tantaros, 5, Sean Hannity, 5, Chris Wallace, 4, and Dana Perino, 4.

Catherine Herridge, Harris Faulkner, Molly Line, Laura Ingraham, Greta Van Susteren, Steve Hayes, Ed Henry, Bill Hemmer, Jon Scott, Anna Kooiman, Ann Coulter, David Hunt, Shepard Smith, Jedediah Bila, Steve Ducey, Kimberly Guilfoyle, John Stossel, Kristen Powers, John Bolton, Andrew Napolitano, Ralph Peters and Lou Dobbs, all received one, two or three votes.

When it came to the worst of Fox’s talking heads, it was no contest. Juan Williams led the pack with 72 votes. He was followed by Alan Colmes, 33, Bob Beckel, 29, Geraldo Rivera, 23, Bill O’Reilly, 14 and Shepard Smith, 11.

Those receiving between one and four votes were James Carville, Megyn Kelly, Karl Rove, Kirsten Powers, Martha McCallum, Greg Gutfeld, Laura Ingraham, Eric Bolling, Bill Hemmer, Leslie Marshall and Sean Hannity.

One voter mentioned that he had a separate list that mentioned Dick Morris and Marc Lamont Hill as the two people he was happiest to see gone from Fox.

Because I have pretty much limited my Fox viewing to Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly during the week and Chris Wallace and Howard Kurtz on Sunday, I have to admit I had neither seen nor heard of some of the people on the lists.

For my part, although I would have a difficult time choosing between Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly as my favorite hosts, I’d have no problem casting a 71st vote for Juan Williams because as hard as I try to avoid Obama’s number one toady, he keeps popping up on both Baier’s and Chris Wallace’s panels.

If New York City was any other city, there would be a recall movement to dump Mayor Bill De Blasio, who kept referring to the human vermin calling for the killing of cops as peaceful demonstrators. But if New York City was any other city, a former community organizer would not have been elected with 73% of the votes.

In the aftermath of the killing of two cops -- one Hispanic, one Asian – by a black sociopath who had traveled from Baltimore to kill white cops, De Blasio paid lip service to the brave men and women of the NYPD. It reminded me of the liberals who would invariably claim to respect members of the military during the Iraq War, while simultaneously reviling their actions, which they deemed cold-blooded murder.

We hear such a constant refrain about poverty in America, especially when the Democrats start calling for a raise in the minimum wage or for additional tax dollars going to welfare that one might actually get the idea that Americans are starving to death. However, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy, those allegedly living at or below the poverty line have a great many items I suspect are missing from the homes of people who actually work for a living.

For instance, 92% have microwaves, 81% have air conditioning, 74% have a car or truck and 31% have two or more. Over 50% have VCRs, DVD players, cable or satellite TVs and/or video game systems. Thanks to the generosity of the American taxpayer, it’s no wonder that so many of these louts prefer staying home or, when the mood strikes, marching and chanting for blood in the streets.

If Time Magazine ever gets away from naming the Man or Woman of the Year and decides to devote a year-end issue to the Sucker of the Year, the honoree will be a middle class American wearing a barrel.

In a recent statement, Obama decided that North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony wasn’t an act of war, but merely an act of vandalism. I imagine that if the schmuck had been president in 1941, he would have dismissed the attack on Pearl Harbor as a joint Japanese-American construction project intended to renovate the Hawaiian waterfront.

In the aftermath of the cyber-attack, North Korea’s own Internet connection went down. Kim Jong-un is boiling mad and has vowed to find out who was responsible for cutting the string between the two tin cans.

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