Category archives for misc

Lott’s latest conspiracy theory

As well as his work on guns, John Lott has produced some bizarre claims about the Florida 2000 election. For example: African-American Republicans who voted were 54 to 66 times more likely than the average African American to cast a non-voted ballot (either by not marking that race or voting for too many candidates). To…

John Lott at it again

John Lott in his Fox news column claims: During the 2000 election, with Bill Clinton as president, the economy was viewed through rose-colored glasses. According to polls, voters didn’t realize that the country was in a recession. Pgl has the graphs to show that the US was not in a recession in 2000.

No, global warming hasn’t stopped

John Lott claims: The final numbers will be out in March, but the initial information makes it look as if 2007 will be the coldest in a decade. So much for the claim that “the probability that 2007 would be the hottest year as 60 percent.” NASA has 2007 tied for second, but he’s referring…

Jason Soon defends John Lott

Jason Soon is very angry that I dared to criticize John Lott in this post. I wrote about Freedomnomics (where Lott claims that women’s suffrage caused a massive increase in the size of the government): Lott doesn’t like women’s suffrage Soon writes:

Town Hall haiku

Sadly, No has turned all the partisan right-wing commentary at Town Hall into haikus. An example: Ann Coulter Fact: Women are dumb. Didja hear that, Time? Newsweek? I want the cover! And they weren’t being unfair. Here it is from Coulter: Women shouldn’t vote: “What changed … that explains the growth of government? The answer…

Mary Rosh and Karl Rove

Josh Marshall suggests that Karl Rove was getting his allegations of voter fraud that lead to the U.S. Attorney firing scandal from an article by John Lott. He doesn’t have a link to the article, but here it is, posted to Freerepublic by Mary Rosh.

Dubious figures about guns

Carl Bialik, the Wall Street Journal‘s “Numbers Guy” writes about some of the dubious numbers used by both sides on the debate about guns. This one should be familiar to my readers:

John Lott in the Australian

The editorial in the Australian today stated: With memories of the 35 killed at Port Arthur still raw, many Australians would be shocked to learn that the gun lobby in the US pounced on the Virginia Tech massacre to call for extending the right of citizens to carry concealed weapons. Not those who get the…

Are you smarter than John Lott?

The Christian Science Monitor reports on a plan to effectively do away with the electoral college: Picture it: On election day in some future year, a presidential candidate ends up with the most popular votes but not enough electoral votes to win. It’s a repeat of the 2000 election in which one contender, Democrat Al…

Ever since Lott started at the American Enterprise Institute there have been people there who have wanted to get rid of him. I was forwarded a copy of Lott’s final email to AEI staff. It suggests that he was abruptly forced to leave: From: John Lott Sent: Sun 4/2/2006 4:00 AM To: Everyone Subject: Goodbye…