Our exchange on Friday about polling data reminded me of one of my favorite websites, Real Clear Politics. It is an unusual source of information in this polarized day and age, because it publishes articles and commentary from all parts of the political spectrum, links to blogs written from different perspectives, and provides background that helps to give useful context to metrics like poll results. RCP publishes an average of polls and also offers information on whether the polls are of all voters, or likely voters, or some other sample, which is useful in trying to figure out whether the poll results actually mean anything.
This link — http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html#chart – is to an RCP chart which shows, in visual form, the trend lines in President Obama’s poll ratings, and then provides some of the detailed information in column form underneath. It suggests that his approval ratings have dropped somewhat, while his disapproval ratings have increased more significantly. This result is not surprising, it seems to me. Once you stop campaigning and start governing, you are bound to make decisions that will upset some people. That is likely what has happened here.
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The cast of Lost in Space
Lost in Space may have been the worst TV show I’ve ever seen. It was on when I was a kid, and even as kids Jim, Cath and I thought it was ridiculous. It featured one of the most annoying characters in TV history — Dr. Smith, the mincing, cowardly, screeching stowaway. The other elements of a bad TV shows also were present in abundance. The show’s unbelievable concept was that one family, plus a guy who had the hots for the oldest daughter of the family, would go out to search for habitable planets. Earth must have been in pretty bad shape if it could only send out one family (plus Major Don West) to scout for a new world!
Every episode had the same basic plot. The spacecraft would land on a new planet, the Dad would order everyone to stay inside the ship while he and Major Don went out to explore, Dr. Smith and Will Robinson would ignore the orders and venture out onto the strange planet, the robot would go with them to protect Will Robinson, they would be captured or otherwise get into trouble, they would be rescued or escape, the ship would have engine problems, and at the last minute the ship would take off as bad guys or planet disasters were hot on their heels.
The only good thing about the show was the robot, its arm-waving signal, and its cry of “Danger, Will Robinson!” But the robot (which clearly was not well-designed for exploring a new planet, since it moved using treads and was completely top-heavy ) could not save the show from being terrible beyond all imagining. The worst episode I can remember was one where they landed on a planet of mobile vegetables, and Dr. Smith became one of the vegetable creatures, complete with green make-up and a kind of broccoli headdress. I have to believe that Lost in Space killed his career. If it didn’t, it should have.
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