First off, Major Hasan, the Fort Hood Shooter is not dead. He’s in custody, wounded. Interesting how he was dead for much of the day yesterday. You’d think they’d get that straight.
Second, Hasan is not os “Muslim Descent.” There is no such thing. Islam is a religion. He is a Palestinian American.
Third, even though it is true that Fort Hood is the largest military base in the world, it is not (necessarily) true that it has “suffered a disproportionate share of losses” in the Iraq and Afghani wars. It is bigger. It has more. Proportionate means you adjust for size, stupid newsman.
Fourth, and this is on a different topic, the fact that unemployment has passed 10% does not mean anything different than if it passed 9.9% or 10.1 percent. If we were not decimal …. say we were octal …. the “magic number” would be different, right?
Fifth, all the rational sciencey people who complain about the 10 percent threshold are mainly doing so to make themselves look smart. But they will lose their smart cred the moment they turn around and resume their daily worship of 0.05 p-values (instead of 0.049 or 0.051).