Thursday, November 25, 2004

Jim Lindgen: Taking the Volokh Conspiracy Down

Along the lines of this thread over at Greedy Clerks, I cannot understand why Professor Volokh has invited this clown, Jim Lindgren, to be a member of his blog. Volokh's blog is probably the best blog out there for sensible people. Although I disagree often with Volokh and his co-conspirators, I have always respected his, and his fellow bloggers', intellectualy honesty. This Lindgren fellow, however, is a complete partisan nutjob:

His latest idiocy is a post about Dan Rather that basically has NOTHING at all to say. I mean people get over this whole Rather-gate thing. Anyway, the funniest part is where Lindgren puts up some pics of Rather, and includes a picture of Dan and Castro. I mean big f-ing deal, a reporter took a pictuer with Castro. Wow! (And I especially like that his pictures run into Todd Zywicki's somewhat interesting post on the "Wine Wars." Way to go Jim!)

Here's another silly post: Jim shows us that he can cut and paste. He simply cuts and pastes some guy's "debunking" of the most "popular" vote-fraud conspiracy theories from the election. Apparently, he read instarepublican, and saw a link to this "debunking" so he cut and pasted it to Volokh's blog. That's some cool analysis there Jim. Is that how you get tenure at major law schools these days? (More cutting and pasting here, here and here.)

Anyone who has even a rudimentary understanding of statistics could have a field day with this stupid post by Lindgren. Memo to Jim: Clark County was not 4.2 percent "more democratic" than the rest of Ohio in 2000. . . . it was probably closer to 8 percent "more democratic" than the rest of Ohio, but even that is a VERY rough estimate because we would need to know the size of Clark County and the size of "the rest of Ohio," i.e. Ohio minus Clark County. I am in no mood to explain, but anyone who has taken college stats will see the flaws.

And because I really don't like the guy, I can't help but point out that he does not know how to correctly use the word "whom." I've always thought that this was the greatest sign of someone who is really pretentiously stupid: trying to use whom and getting it wrong. If you don't know, just use "who." No one cares.

Update: Oh wait, I spoke too soon: here's his latest bile. Very thoughtful, Ohio's provisional ballots are trending slightly towards Bush. Big fucking deal. Bush won. Kerry conceded. We knew that.


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