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Spooky

A while back, someone posted a quotation from Abraham Lincoln in a comment here. The following weekend, I saw that quotation on a plaque in a gift shop. Last weekend Ms. Conspiracy and I went to the mall and visited the “As Seen on TV” store and I commented about all the pictures of Billy Mays, only to see a comment about Billy Mays here. Finally,  this morning I sent out a work email titled “Magic Bullet” and come home to find that someone with that name has commented here.

These are just some of the really odd coincidences that have been happening between this blog and real life.

Spooky.

17 Responses to Spooky

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    BatGuano September 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    plate of shrimp.

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    SvenMagnussen September 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    I recommend the movie “Enemy of the State” for some background. Oh, and Doc, when Gene Hackman tells you to take your clothes off, he’s talk’n birthday suit.

    Also, watch “The Good Shepherd,” to see how it all got started.

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    Majority Will September 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Synergistic synchronicity or floccinaucinihilipilification?

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    J. Edward Tremlett September 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    You how people are really into weirdness right now? Like how the Mayans invented television?

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    Gregory September 15, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    J. Edward Tremlett: Like how the Mayans invented television?

    They very well could have. But without any shows for people to watch, it was an abject commercial failure.

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    Jerry Reed September 15, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    Hey Doc, where did you find the plaque with the Lincoln quote … and do you know who fabricated it? I’d like to find a copy for myself

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    Majority Will September 15, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Jerry Reed: Hey Doc, where did you find the plaque with the Lincoln quote … and do you know who fabricated it? I’d like to find a copy for myself

    They are manufactured at Area 51.

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    Majority Will September 15, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    BatGuano: plate of shrimp.

    Barnard 33

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    Benji Franklin September 15, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Hey Doc!

    Get un-spooked! Our surprise at noting coincidences always results from misapprehending event probabilities when we examine too small of a sample over too short a time. It’s like a 50 year old Kansan accidentally meeting both his high school sweetheart and his Chinese pen-pal while crossing a street in Paris, France. Unlikely? No. As a class, such events are inevitable and bound to happen among the endless random juxtaposition of the events that comprise travel-related world-wide social interaction. It would be MUCH more unlikely, if such events NEVER occurred!

    Benji

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    Dr Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross) September 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    I admit it I brought up Billy Mays because of how birthers love their capslock key or as I call it the Billy Mays key

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    Majority Will September 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Has anyone realized that October 1st is an &?

    What’s up with that?

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    J. Edward Tremlett September 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    Gregory:
    They very well could have. But without any shows for people to watch, it was an abject commercial failure.

    the one where they all keep vanishing at the same time every day was a real hit, until it went off the air. then they did, too.

    (insert Twilight Zone theme, here)

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    Dr. Conspiracy September 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    SvenMagnussen: Also, watch “The Good Shepherd,” to see how it all got started.

    That was a great movie.

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    Dr. Conspiracy September 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    Benji Franklin: Get un-spooked! Our surprise at noting coincidences always results from misapprehending event probabilities when we examine too small of a sample over too short a time.

    Yeah, I know. I read Warren Weaver’s book: “Lady Luck: The theory of Probability” when I was still a teenager. He talks about the probability of remarkable coincidences. I have a MS in Mathematics and I even took a PhD level course in statistics, but it’s still spooky.

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    Black Lion September 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Former Fla. GOP chair apologizes to Obama

    The Associated Press
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer is apologizing to President Barack Obama for opposing his back-to-school speech last year.

    Greer, who resigned in February after allegations of misspending party money, gained national attention last year after saying Obama’s plans to address school children was an attempt to indoctrinate them to his socialist agenda.

    Greer on Tuesday said he and his children look forward to this year’s speech.

    Greer said in a text message, “Many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the president for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our party today.”

    Greer is facing theft and money laundering charges from his time at the party.

    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/13/1823313/former-fla-gop-chair-apologizes.html#ixzz0zi2zXMHn

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    charo September 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    “These are just some of the really odd coincidences that have been happening between this blog and real life.”

    I am ever the curious one. Would you mind relating a few more? No motive here.

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    Black Lion September 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Even more spooky is not only an article regarding a GOP individual apologizing to the Presdent, but a GOP person actually indicating that the Tea Party is bad for the GOP…

    “The long election cycle of 2010 is finally (almost) over. Yes, the general election still remains, but that’s almost an afterthought, since it is shaping to be the most boring and inconsequential federal election in a generation (seriously, will it make any real practical difference whether the Republicans pick 5 or 50 House seats?). The real action in this election cycle was in the Republican primaries, they are almost over, and we already know who won: (drum roll, please!) President Obama. American conservatives have suffered a crushing and lasting defeat. The center of gravity in American politics has shifted permanently and irreversibly to the left (and conservative ideology will eventually follow).

    The saddest thing is that this conservative calamity is mostly self-inflicted. More and more conservatives get Oprah-cized (one of their favorite leaders, Sarah Palin is sometimes called “the conservative Oprah”, and in my humble opinion Glenn Beck deserves that title too). They now believe that expressing their feelings (e.g. by nominating quixotic candidates) is more important than trying to influence government policies (e.g. by nominating viable candidates). They withdraw from practical politics and instead join a protest movement. They march in the streets in tricorn hats while the liberals (whom they unwittingly help to put in office) are creating new entitlements and raising taxes.

    ……

    “Even if Republicans capture the House this November, they will have a barely functional majority – a 225-210 split is about the best we can realistically hope for – and will be almost certain to lose the House again in 2012, potentially even by a worse margin than in 2008. Such a scenario would be devastating to conservative causes, since Obama would claim that his own re-election victory combined with his party wrestling the House from the GOP (and expanding their Senate majority) gives him a clear mandate to implement his agenda (rather than pursue bipartisanship). And make no mistake, that’s the mandate Obama plans to get before pursuing his remaining agenda. All the talk about the importance of this year’s election in stopping Obama is just talk. There’s nothing to stop! Obama was done with his first term several months ago. He knew from the very start that his popularity would decline and that his party would likely lose seats in the midterm elections, so he could not have possibly planned to leave any important part of his first-term agenda for the second half of that term. He did what he could (and that’s a lot) in the first 18 months or so, and the rest will just have to wait for a new mandate. If anything, a small and rudderless (but increasingly ideological) GOP majority in the House will actually make it easier for Obama to win re-election.”

    http://www.frumforum.com/the-real-winner-of-the-republican-primaries