Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blame Atrios, not Obama

The breathless headline is catchy. "Michelle Obama's 'Get Moving' Program Linked to Pedestrian Deaths". But don't click that link to Mark Levin's pathetic attempt to turn his trash into traffic treasure. TBogg translates perfectly with his trademark snark.

The basic story is the Governors Highway Safety Association is just appalled that "after four straight years of steady declines, pedestrian deaths were up during the first six months of 2010, the latest figures available to be studied." They darkly surmise the First Lady's program to get people to exercise more is putting them in danger as they embrace her call to pedestrianism.

James Joyner takes an academic approach and checks the actual stats and gives us the horrifying rise in the death toll. According to the report, "1,891 pedestrians were killed in the first six months of 2010, up from 1,884 in the same period in 2009." OMG, that's "a 0.4 percent increase" or in other words (counting on my fingers) 7 more deaths.

Of course, this mayhem is wrongly being pinned on Michelle Obama. I mean who listens to her anyway? This tragedy clearly needs to laid at the feet of Atrios. If it wasn't for his diabolical campaign to make everyone move to Manhattan, give up their cars and take mass transit, none of this would have happened. Clearly these victims are being mowed down on their way to bus stops and subway stations.

On a totally unrelated note, I have a suggestion for prissy men who are offended by boobs. Newsflash guys. Those "twin turbos" are not generally removable. Next time try looking at her face instead of her chest.

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