For The MSM: A Free Review Of Set Theory

Whole vs. part? AP just doesn’t get it…

Most of us who dragged our sorry behinds through the US educational system were exposed to set theory. You know: Venn diagramming, sets, universes, whole, part, unions, intersections, differences, yada, yada, yada.

Set theory is so important to mathematics, that it is pretty much a subject all its own. Without an understanding of set theory, one can be pretty handicapped throughout a rational adult life. Which is why I am reaching out a helping hand to AP and all of the mainstream media outlets that carried the story pictured to the above-right. Yes, Yahoo! News. And AOL news. MSN, ABC, NBC, …. OK. Pretty much everyone out there.

Let’s start our lesson: when all members of a set are present in a comparison, you have the universe in that comparison, and you cannot label it anything other. Got that? It’s pretty basic. So, when Øbama’s budget was rejected in the House by a vote of 414 – 0, it was not the GOP that rejected the budget, but the House which, notably, includes 193 Democrats. But, still: 414 – 0 means that the whole of the house rejected Øbama’s budget – just as they did last year!

Let’s analyze a specific line from the story, shall we?

Democrats have defended Obama’s budget priorities but they largely voted “no” Wednesday night.

Largely. Yes, the entire universe of a set could, ostensibly, be characterized by the term largely; however, the more typical interpretation of largely  would suggest that there were some who didn’t vote no. But, my goodness, there were none! So, then, if I use AP’s definition of the term largely, I could say that humans largely breathe air in order to survive. Objects on or about earth largely feel the pull of gravity.

All contrived arguments regarding why all 193 democrats in the House voted to reject aside, I can find only one: sanity in the form of self-preservation. Undoubtedly, these 193 democrats are rational enough to be able to see the writing on the wall. Any –  ANY – overt support of Øbama’s economy-and-nation-destroying budget would not play out well in the 2012 elections. And, though I would personally love to see 2012 finish with no liberal politicians in office, that dream is pretty unrealistic (after all: places like New York, Detroit, New Orleans, and most of the west coast still vote), and probably would be too abrupt a turning than what remains of the fabric our our society could endure.

People, if such items foisted on us by the alleged journalists of the MSM don’t raise your eyebrows and cause you to question the veracity of every soybean-based ink or electronic; every analog or digital word these people spew, then I have no hope left for this country. Because the media, largely, is lying to you. The media, largely, attempts to paint the picture to vilify their enemies; to promulgate the concept that American is in irretrievable decline.

And, for this, the media should be largely rejected…

-Pateratic

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