Innumeracy and wordsmith “intellectuals”

Insty today hit a raw nerve:

TAXING THE RICH: The math just doesn’t work. But as we’ve seen, Obama and the dems seem deep in the grip of innumeracy — or, alternatively, they hope the voters are.

It goes further than just the 0bama administration. In the circles of “wordsmith” intellectuals, who live or die by their pen, articulateness is all too often confused with intelligence. When one engages some of these people (say, J’ism school grads) in discussion on nonverbal subjects — including totally apolitical ones — one often encounters astonishingly limited minds in the numerical (and, to a lesser extent visuospatial) realm. The word “innumeracy” is only a mild poetic exaggeration in many cases, and dead-on accurate in some others. A school and college system that increasingly allows pupils/students to avoid grappling with math and science only makes things worse.


Dumbest Times Square bombing theories

Correspondence Committee has a roundup of news about the arrest of the failed Times Square carbomber, a disgruntled [sarc] Catholic Flemish separatist [/sarc] named Faizal Shahzad (from a high-status [sarc]Flemish[/sarc] Pakistani family) working for the [sarc]Vlaams Belang[/sarc] Taliban.

In the immediate aftermath of the event, but also following the arrest, various politicians, such as NY’s ueber-RINO mayor Bloomberg, and various “blow-dried bozos” (as Michael Moynihan describes them) in the lamestream media put on amazing displays of mental contortionism to somehow assign the blame to Tea Partiers, opposition to 0bamacare, or even a failing mortgage. [In fact, it turns out he suffered from a bad case of Bush Derangement Syndrome.] Mary Katharine Ham has a contest for the silliest such attempt. The “winner”:

And, finally, we have Contessa Brewer [heh] of MSNBC [Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap] taking the silly crown so early in the game and with an enthusiasm which will be hard to top:

“I get frustrated…There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country.” [Audio available here.]

Brewer continued, “…There are a lot of people who want to use terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry.”

Indeed, a Tea Party terrorist might have been more useful for someone who is intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way and use it as a justification for bigotry. To be fair, he could end up being a Pakistani-American who trained in a Pakistani terrorist camp who is also incensed about federal intrusion into his life via Obamacare and inflamed by his inability to qualify for a loan modification, but we should probably hold our horses.

[Other MSNBC donkey-clowns, meanwhile, fear another terrorist attack “might strengthen the Tea Party”. ] Mary adds:

In other news, a white powdery substance was sent to the Arizona governor’s office today, requiring a lockdown of the building. There was a hazmat team on site. It’s unknown what the substance is or from whom it came. Unlike Brewer, I hope this turns out to be a false alarm of some sort. But if it weren’t liberals who are mad at the Arizona governor, you can bet this incident would make it into all the networks’ “Republic is crumbling” montages and lamentations about the loss of civility, false alarm or no.

And of course the pathetic joke Attorney-General claims the attack was thwarted, when in reality only an alert Vietnam Vet T-shirt vendor (and the bomber’s lack of knowledge of chemistry) prevented a calamity.

UPDATE: Leon de Winter does not spare his sarcastic pen concerning the lamestream media’s assiduous avoidance of the true elephant in the room. Go read it all.