Patterico's Pontifications


Private Sector Velocity

Filed under: General — JD @ 3:14 pm

[guest post by JD]

This is a new made-up TOTUS phrase, a rhetorical squirrel, used to attempt to imbue their flawed and failing product with the characteristics of one they wish they had. In the instant circumstance, Obama touted to be like Travelocity. Let’s see how they stack up.

If people logged onto Travelocity and after a couple days were able to create an account — after filling out a paper application, and after calling a 1-900 number, then they are very similar.

After hours/weeks/months you then get to go shopping. If Travelocity only showed some of the available hotel rooms, and only to some of the account holders, it wouldn’t last long. If 30% of the people who booked a hotel room on Travelocity arrived at their destination and the hotel had no record of the reservation, their business model would collapse. If Travelocity didn’t bother to create payment and subsidy systems, and allowed the hotels to calculate estimated payments from the government, and had no mechanism at all to take payments for hotel rooms, they would go out of business with private sector velocity.

If Travelocity compelled people to reveal all of their pertinent information, and then created a website that was an abject security nightmare and failure, Travelocity would have multiple class action suits filed with private sector velocity. Fortunately, the Feds in ObamaCare have no legal obligation to inform you that they failed to even try to secure your personal info.

Private sector velocity is a SQUIRREL lie they are trying to sell. Does Travelocity have a tortious interference claim against Teh One?


Obama on SportsCenter and Piers on Obama

Filed under: General — JD @ 1:12 pm

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Tops on his bucket list is to host the Top 10 on ESPN. Popstar Prez should just start now, and quit destroying whole sectors of the economy.

Obama revealed what’s at the top of his bucket list post-White House: “At least I know what I want to do when I retire … host ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 list,” Obama quipped as he turned to Disney’s Robert Iger

Piers Morgan thinks Obama is the perfect physical specimen.



Obama RCP Polling

Filed under: General — JD @ 1:04 pm

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President Obama Job Approval
Poll Date Sample Approve Disapprove Spread
RCP Average 11/10 – 12/3 — 40.1 55.5 -15.4
Gallup 12/1 – 12/3 1500 A 41 51 -10
Rasmussen Reports 12/1 – 12/3 1500 LV 44 55 -11
The Economist/YouGov 11/30 – 12/2 1000 A 39 57 -18
Reuters/Ipsos 11/22 – 11/26 1191 A 38 56 -18
CNN/Opinion Research 11/18 – 11/20 RV 41 57 -16
CBS News 11/15 – 11/18 1010 A 37 57 -20
ABC News/Wash Post 11/14 – 11/17 RV 41 56 -15
FOX News 11/10 – 11/12 1006 RV 40 55 -15

Couple these polls with the ongoing brazen lies about being fixed, and you can understand why Obama is doing a sit down with Crissy Tingles this week.

To be clear, the website is not fixed. It is a security nightmare, it cannot always calculate subsidies accurately, there is a 30% error rate on the back end, and its load times and error rates are only acceptable when compared to how bad it was previously.

Even were it fixed, flawlessly, it would still result in millions of people having policies that they liked be cancelled, and those numbers will swell when the illegally delayed employer mandate and small business exchange hit, conveniently, right after the Congressional elections.

Time for an army of SQUIRRELS, I suspect. Minimum wage should be $20 per hour.


Quote of the Day

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:12 am

“The threat is a masterful example of sub-literate drivel from a self-important tool who thinks he’s learned law from ten minutes on Google, seven of which were spent looking at lolcats.”

The threat in question is a threat to sue Above the Law for stating that this shockingly offensive advertisement is racist:

There is a two-pronged attack on behalf of the law firm now that the ad has been widely publicized: 1) law firm claims it was “hacked” and never approved the commercial, and 2) Jim DeBerry, the guy who (according to TIME) appears in the commercial, has written an email, sounding like it came from a Nigerian scammer (example: “we are respect your first amendment rights”), to claim that the ad is not racist and threatening to sue Above the Law for saying it is.

Read all about it at Popehat.

I think I found the lolcat in question, by the way:

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P.S. Despite the imagery of cats and shoes, I cannot prove that image was created by shoe and cat fetishist Neal Rauhauser.

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