Pharyngula

How can I resist this poll? It’s on a site called Pray for McCain-Palin, which is hilarious in itself, and here’s the poll on that page:

Senator McCain’s Pick of Sarah Palin as Vice Presidential Running Mate

Solidified my vote for him: 66%
Didn’t change my vote for him: 5%
Made me less likely to vote for him: 4%
Didn’t change my vote against him: 1%
Solidified my vote against him: 25%

Prayer won’t help you now, Jebusites. The Pharynguloid hordes are coming.

Comments

  1. #1 BaldySlaphead
    October 14, 2008

    I do so hope I haven’t invalidated their poll by voting “Solidified my vote against him” just because I’m not actually entitled to vote in your election.

  2. #2 Aureola Nominee, FCD
    October 14, 2008

    Done. “Solidified my vote against him” now at 29%.

  3. #3 Chris Hughes
    October 14, 2008

    30% now — and I’m not a US voter either!

  4. #4 Kristinmh
    October 14, 2008

    Yeah, I’m not entitled to vote in the election either (being a Canadian etc). I suppose that’s why PZ calls them “pointless polls”.

  5. #5 Al-Aurens
    October 14, 2008

    Well, crap. I voted ‘Didn’t change my vote against him.’ So much for a coordinated attack on my part. D’oh!

  6. #6 Zeno
    October 14, 2008

    The problem with polls like these is that the true answer for me is merely “Didn’t change my vote against him.” The probability of my voting for him was already zero. However, that’s just not a satisfactory response in terms of its impact, so I think I’ll go for “Solidified my vote against him,” which is a bit more emphatic.

    Of course, I made up my mind about John McCain and Sarah Palin before reading the Sacramento Union column that pointed out how Sarah Palin is exactly like Golda Meir! Except for Meir being a socialist and Palin a right-winger, Meir being a young political activist and Palin a beauty queen, and Meir being the leader of her country and Palin a flash in the pan. At least living in Alaska is exactly like living on an Israeli kibbutz. If only I had seen that before making up my mind against her!

  7. #7 Ramases
    October 14, 2008

    “Solidified my vote against him” now at 33%.

    However, “Didn’t change my vote against him” has stayed at 1%

    I rather feel it likely that “Didn’t change my vote against him” would be the most likely honest vote of most on this forum.

  8. #8 Diego
    October 14, 2008

    36% now.

  9. #9 ElJay
    October 14, 2008

    Vote early, vote often : just delete cookies and have at it. Again and again.

  10. #10 BaldySlaphead
    October 14, 2008

    Bugger. I’m really, really sorry if my non-US status has knackered their methodologically-sound poll. It was so valuable until I cast my vote too.

  11. #11 eric
    October 14, 2008

    39% with less than 700 total voters. Only 700!! The pharynguloid hordes seem to be absent!

  12. #12 «bønez_brigade»
    October 14, 2008

    Voted for “solidified against”, though options 2-4 also would’ve worked for me.

    Currently:
    Solidified my vote for him: 47%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 4%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 3%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 2%
    Solidified my vote against him: 44%
    Total Votes: 756

  13. #13 Faid
    October 14, 2008

    “Jebusites”? “Pharynguloids”?

    Now I know how to call my next Spore creatures.

  14. #14 varlo
    October 14, 2008

    Two solidifieds now neck and neck at 46%

  15. #15 Anon
    October 14, 2008

    46% for against, 45% for.

  16. #16 Cuttlefish, OM
    October 14, 2008

    We pray for peace, we pray for rain
    And now we pay for John McCain
    We pray with everything we’ve got
    And once again… it won’t do squat.

  17. #17 Pen
    October 14, 2008

    It’s OK fellow non-Americans. It’s perfectly fair and democratic for us to vote on their polls when their decisions affect us so profoundly. What isn’t fair is that we can’t vote in their elections and nevertheless have to suffer the ‘leadership’ of their choosing. Speaking as a non-American, non-US-resident, but US tax payer by force of law, I think I should be entitled to a vote in any case. I’m praying to the unicorn in my garden that they choose Obama.

  18. #18 Cuttlefish, OM
    October 14, 2008

    @#16—dammit, line 2 “pay” = “pray”

  19. #19 Olaf
    October 14, 2008

    Slightly odd that all the options are in symmetric pairs except “Made me less likely to vote for him” – why no “Made me more likely to vote for him”?

    Oh yeah, because no-one with the necessary training to design this sort of thing correctly would get a job designing unvetted political polls for random websites.

  20. #20 Seeker
    October 14, 2008

    The tally stands at 55% for solidified against now, even though I’m uneligable, seeing that the US lies at the other side of the Atlantic.

    But seeing that my near-bankrupted bank needed to be nationalized because of the US-generated crisis, costing me part of my pension-fund and costing me a raise in taxes, I do feel that I should be able to vote against the joker who consistently degraded market regulations.

  21. #21 Turgood
    October 14, 2008

    Solidified my vote against him now at 58%.

  22. #22 JBlilie
    October 14, 2008

    The tide has turned now …
    And the real tide is flooding in the right direction too ;^)

  23. #23 negentropyeater
    October 14, 2008

    I’m really scared, this group seems to have special magical powers and be in direct communication with God, look, they claim that Bush got elected thanks to them :

    Since that time, we have watched as our prayers were answered with President Bush becoming President.

    So, if it “worked” once, it is highly likely that it will work a second time (creotard reasoning skills required).

    So, looks like God is also voting in this election, like in the previous ones, Barack Hussein Obama (a covert muslim, an anti-American terrorist, a baby killer, a communist) can’t possibly win !

  24. #24 Noise
    October 14, 2008

    W00t, 64% solidified against, 26% for. 1356 votes.

  25. #25 E.V.
    October 14, 2008

    And now we pay for John McCain

    A typo, yes and perhaps a Freudian slip, but oh so apt.

  26. #26 tacitus
    October 14, 2008

    This is a “Freeper’s” website (someone who belongs to that rabidly right-wing Free Republic bulletin board). They are always “Freeping” polls, so this would seem like poetic justice.

  27. #27 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    This is a “Freeper’s” website (someone who belongs to that rabidly right-wing Free Republic bulletin board). They are always “Freeping” polls, so this would seem like poetic justice.

    A dollar says he resets the stats within the hour.

  28. #28 Curt Cameron
    October 14, 2008

    For those of us who are more security-conscious and have javascript turned off normally, you have to enable javascript from a site called “superstats.com” in order for the poll to appear. I was thinking at first they had taken it down.

  29. #29 Mike
    October 14, 2008

    up to 68% solidly against!

  30. #30 noncarborundum
    October 14, 2008

    I rather feel it likely that “Didn’t change my vote against him” would be the most likely honest vote of most on this forum.

    Not for me. Before Palin, there was no way I was voting for him; now, there’s no way in hell I’m voting for him.

  31. #31 True Bob
    October 14, 2008

    69% solidified against, with 1628 votes.

  32. #32 zilch
    October 14, 2008

    Now at 70% “solid waste”. Too bad this doesn’t represent the real vote…

  33. #33 Scooby1967
    October 14, 2008

    69% now…

  34. #34 Mozglubov
    October 14, 2008

    @ #25

    Well spotted, well spotted indeed.

  35. #35 Greg Laden
    October 14, 2008

    Do people think we can’t see them?

  36. #36 Phil
    October 14, 2008

    That didn’t take long… “solidified against” is now over 70%. I notice there’s a prayer option: “Pray for those reading these earnest prayer requests who mock God and his people.” Who, me?

  37. #37 clinteas
    October 14, 2008

    Pharyngulated already……

    //And now we pay for John McCain//

    Let’s hope not !!

  38. #38 Bill Ockham
    October 14, 2008

    As there is no real honest answer available, I figure that “…less likely to vote for him,” makes the most impact on the fundies. Great to see that the horde has responded.

  39. #39 Crudely Wrott
    October 14, 2008

    A quatrain by Cuttlefish in the morning makes me as happy as a clam. I’m heading off with an extra spring in my step today.

    Please, Cuttle, more morning rhymes?
    Please try one of mine, ahem:

    No time for polls today
    Politics wins anyway.
    So what if McCain-Palin
    Are seen rapidly failin’?
    Obama and Joe Biden
    Also make me feel like hidin’.

  40. #40 BobC
    October 14, 2008

    I selected “Solidified my vote against him” which is now at 74% instead of 25%.

  41. #41 woody
    October 14, 2008

    Solidified my vote for him:
    17%
    Didn’t change my vote for him:
    2%
    Made me less likely to vote for him:
    4%
    Didn’t change my vote against him:
    3%
    Solidified my vote against him:
    74%

    Thisn’s flipped, folks…

    Total Votes: 2041

  42. #42 Debi Linton
    October 14, 2008

    Pray for McCain. Vote for Obama.

  43. #43 CadicusTheDamned
    October 14, 2008

    Thought of you when I saw this:
    http://www.theonion.com/content/news/900_pound_giant_squid_joins_cast
    Also, I will go vote in the poll.

  44. #44 Patricia
    October 14, 2008

    Ha, voted and here are the current stats:

    Solidified my vote for him: 15%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 1%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 4%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 3%
    Solidified my vote against him: 76%

    Total Votes: 2393

  45. #45 Lee Picton
    October 14, 2008

    Using Firefox, I accidentally voted more than once – until the appropriate answer tripped over from 76% to 77%! Well and truly pharyngulated!

  46. #46 Desert Son
    October 14, 2008

    Results are at 76% Solidified Against.

    PZ posted:

    The Pharynguloid hordes are coming.

    Weren’t the Pharynguloids a group a bit north of the Visigoths? Always wondered what it felt like to be part of a horde. Issue me a broadsword, wouldja? When do we march on Rome?

    No kings,

    Robert

    P.S. To the NSA agents assigned to monitor Professor Myers’ blog, please understand the above post about “marching on Rome” was said in jest, referencing historical events of times long past. I continue to love apple pie and baseball. Also remember to get up and walk around every so often, and don’t stare too long at the computer screen. Refocus on something across the room every couple of hours to help prevent eye strain. Good health begins with you!

  47. #47 Tom
    October 14, 2008

    I have come to believe that voting in the nutcase polls PZ links to is my Primary Patriotic Duty.

  48. #48 Capital Dan
    October 14, 2008

    Ouch:

    Solidified my vote for him: 13%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 1%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 4%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 3%
    Solidified my vote against him: 78%

    Oh yeah… This little Freep is going to reset those stats any second now. He or she is probably just sitting there wondering what is happening in their perfect little world. Why is it not making sense?

    This is the sort of thing that could give a godbot a permanent stutter.

  49. #49 Mariana
    October 14, 2008

    John Cleese on Sarah Palin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMyNk8J1c8g

    I wish a member of MP were consulted about current events every day. Preferably John Cleese or Terry Jones, but I’d take the others too.

  50. #50 rob
    October 14, 2008

    Solidified my vote for him: 12%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 1%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 4%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 3%
    Solidified my vote against him: 80%

    Total Votes: 3027

    The Poll crashers strike again!

    Internet polls should all have a disclaimer:

    “Results are good to within +/- 100%

  51. #51 LarryT
    October 14, 2008

    PZ needs to market tee shirts “I am part of the Pharynguloid horde. Be very afraid” emblazoned across a large cephalopod

  52. #52 Scaryduck
    October 14, 2008

    “Reform, Propserity, Peace” – makes me want to invade a sovereign naton, just for giggles.

    Now at 81%

  53. #53 Flying Embers
    October 14, 2008

    I voted, and voted often. My 5 browsers were unanimous on Solidified my vote against him, which just now edged into 81%.

  54. #54 Tilia
    October 14, 2008

    Wouldn’t
    “Made me less likely to vote for him”
    make them more afraid?

  55. #55 Carlie
    October 14, 2008

    I tried to vote and it reset me back to the main page without giving me any results. Either it’s crashing under the combined weight of Pharynguloids, or it’s been taken down.

  56. #56 charley
    October 14, 2008

    It isn’t that prayer doesn’t work, it’s just a matter of finding the right thing to pray to. I’ve been praying to my laundry basket that Obama would win. The results are promising.

  57. #57 FastLane
    October 14, 2008

    Solidified my vote for him: 10%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 1%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 4%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 3%
    Solidified my vote against him: 82%

    Desert Son:

    P.S. To the NSA agents assigned to monitor Professor Myers’ blog, please understand the above post about “marching on Rome” was said in jest, referencing historical events of times long past. I continue to love apple pie and baseball. Also remember to get up and walk around every so often, and don’t stare too long at the computer screen. Refocus on something across the room every couple of hours to help prevent eye strain. Good health begins with you!

    I LOL’d. Very nice.

  58. #58 Ouchimoo
    October 14, 2008

    83% @ my vote against him. I LAUGHED because it caught me off guard how high it was in comparison to the others.

  59. #59 Porky Pine
    October 14, 2008

    I don’t see the poll. Did it get taken down?

  60. #60 Cut and Paste
    October 14, 2008

    From their FAQ

    2)What if I’m not a Christian? We do not prohibit those of other faiths from joining us in prayer. The prayer threads are places where debate is avoided. There is a time and a place for discussing those matters, and many other places on Free Republic where this occurs, but the prayer thread should be treated just like a prayer chapel. Peaceful. And focussed on petitioning the Almighty for His favor.

    4)I don’t think Candidate X is really a Christian. Why should I pray for them? Whether or not someone meets your criteria for being a Christian or not is immaterial. Scripture still admonishes us to pray for our leaders and those in authority.

    I like the assumption that if you are not a christian, your prayers still count in their efforts. Do atheistic good vibes count? If so, I’ll contribute anti-vibes to them.

    Also, where’s the page for prayer for Obama and Biden, both are sitting senators, thus “Authority”. according to 4, they should be prayed for too. This page smells of mendacity.

  61. #61 Anthony
    October 14, 2008

    Now we all know they say that prayer works in mysterious ways but this one is really going to leave them scratching their heads.

  62. #62 GreedyAlgorithm
    October 14, 2008

    Is there an RSS feed I could switch to that skips all of the posts labeled “pointless poll”? ’cause I really don’t give a damn, and PZ, you just keep yambling about them. We get it, you can send people to crash polls, now leave that shit to the internet and resume blogging about actually interesting things.

  63. #63 chris
    October 14, 2008

    So, looks like God is also voting in this election,

    Wait, can he? Is god American?

  64. #64 matt
    October 14, 2008

    God was born in a manger in the middle east. That makes him a terrorist, not an American.

  65. #65 Mike C
    October 14, 2008

    So, looks like God is also voting in this election,

    Wait, can he? Is god American?

    No, she’s black and jewish!

  66. #66 raven
    October 14, 2008

    Wait, can he? Is god American?

    God was born in a manger in the middle east. That makes him a terrorist,

    You are both wrong. According to the RCC, god is a small cracker costing a few pennies.

  67. #67 JimC
    October 14, 2008

    The Pharynguloid hordes are coming

    Very funny!

  68. #68 --PatF in Madison
    October 14, 2008

    From their website..

    “..we have watched as our prayers were answered with President Bush becoming President. Our nation being kept relatively free from harm’s way.”

    Do these people live in the same country I do? Haven’t they heard of 9/11 or the Iraq war? What about the housing collapse and the credit crunch?

    Further words fail me.

    Buncha meatheads.

  69. #69 --PatF in Madison
    October 14, 2008

    From their website..

    “..we have watched as our prayers were answered with President Bush becoming President. Our nation being kept relatively free from harm’s way.”

    Do these people live in the same country I do? Haven’t they heard of 9/11 or the Iraq war? What about the housing collapse and the credit crunch?

    Further words fail me.

    Buncha meatheads.

  70. #70 GMacs
    October 14, 2008

    So they talk about “prayer threads,” and they say that you can don’t have to be Christian. You can pray to ANY name deity you wish, and, since they are “not a place for debate”, they have to deal with it.

    I’m tempted to bring the presence of the Church of His Noodley Appendage.

  71. #71 Berto
    October 14, 2008

    I eat polls for breakfast, yum yum…

    We’re at 82% now! :)

  72. #72 tatiana
    October 14, 2008

    Really, you’ve got to check out teenmomsforpalin.com

    Between that and Jesus’ General and you’re keyboard is simply not safe from spewage.

  73. #73 Art
    October 14, 2008

    IMHO the proper response is: “Made me less likely to vote for him”

    Okay, I wasn’t really planning to vote for McCain before he selected Palin. But, based on the possibility of a ‘road to Damascus’ moment on the way to the polls, stepping into the booth and finding a large armed person with a gun demanding I vote for McCain, or a sudden cerebral hemmorage that changes my thinking there was some small chance I might vote for McCain.

    My visceral reaction to his selection of Palin was so profound that I really doubt sudden revelation, armed threats or brain damage could so easily shift my vote. What was a very small percentage shifted much closer to zero.

    I went from ‘no, but we can still talk about it’ to ‘Save your breath, I would rather be smeared with bacon and slowly eaten alive by rats while Sun Young Moon wearing a clown outfit cracks jokes and informs me at great length about the details of his philosophy’.

  74. #74 BigBob
    October 14, 2008

    Whoa. I saw 83% then 82, now it’s 81%.
    Something is stirring…

  75. #75 Johnny
    October 14, 2008

    Great fun, now 80% solidified against voting for him! And I’m not even American!

  76. #76 moother
    October 14, 2008

    seems like someone has been praying for this poll… christards are gaining back some poinks.

  77. #77 «bønez_brigade»
    October 14, 2008

    @ 74-76,
    Settle down now. It’s probably nothing more than just a little balancing going on, that’s all.

  78. #78 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    Is there an RSS feed I could switch to that skips all of the posts labeled “pointless poll”? ’cause I really don’t give a damn, and PZ, you just keep yambling about them. We get it, you can send people to crash polls, now leave that shit to the internet and resume blogging about actually interesting things.

    “Waaaaaah! I don’t like all the things PZ blogs about!” Jebus, do you search the internet for blog entries you have no interest in just to comment on how uninteresting they are to you?

    If you have something better to do, go do it. No one’s holding a gun to your head.

  79. #79 Kevin
    October 14, 2008

    From their about us page—They prayed for George Bush to be elected and consider his presidency a positive reflection of xian values. I am sure it is not their intention to promote atheism….but they do make it look appealing!

  80. #80 Johnny
    October 14, 2008

    Is there an RSS feed I could switch to that skips all of the posts labeled “pointless poll”? ’cause I really don’t give a damn, and PZ, you just keep yambling about them. We get it, you can send people to crash polls, now leave that shit to the internet and resume blogging about actually interesting things.

    Forgive me if I’m being stupid as I’m new to these blogs but whenever I don’t want to read a blogpost I just scroll down past it. And there are so many ways to do it, arrow keys, page down button, scroller wheel on the mouse, clicking the down button on the right hand side of the webpage… you’re spoilt for choice really! Sounds like you’re just a whiny little bitch Greedy Algorithm and need to drink a big cup of STFU. No offense.

  81. #81 Zeroeye
    October 14, 2008

    Sarah Palin doesn’t even own her domain name. There is a poll at http://www.sarahpalin.com , check it out.

  82. #82 Patricia
    October 14, 2008

    How the hell could I have written the above when I just now got up?
    Two Patricia’s is going to get way too confusing.

    Anyway – 5550 votes for Solidified my vote against him 80%.

  83. #83 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    Two Patricia’s is going to get way too confusing.

    Or one of my better dreams.

  84. #84 Porky Pine
    October 14, 2008

    Where are you people finding this poll? When I follow the link, I get this:

    Latest Updates:

    Changes made to the Specific Requests Page (10/6/08)

    YouTube Videos and Commentary Added to the Links Page (10/4/08)

    I followed all the other links in the webpage and find no polls there also.

  85. #85 Porky Pine
    October 14, 2008

    Duh! NVM. No script was hiding it on me.

    Carry on.

  86. #86 rich fraser (richmanwisco)
    October 14, 2008

    I just noticed that using Firefox allows you to vote as many times as you want. But to see the results I have to use Internet Explorer.

  87. #87 craig
    October 14, 2008

    I dunno, “solidified my vote against” is honest enough, because while the chances of me voting for him were 0% before Palin, after Palin the chances are much more emphatically 0%.

  88. #88 Rowan
    October 14, 2008

    Happy to join in! I had to click “made it less likely for me to vote for him.” As a non-American, this is true.

  89. #89 Qwerty
    October 14, 2008

    Solidified is at %80.

    I voted for solidified as McCain is a gasbag and Palin is an airhead.

  90. #90 «bønez_brigade»
    October 14, 2008

    Much better:

    Solidified my vote for him: 6%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 2%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 6%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 6%
    Solidified my vote against him: 80%

    Total Votes: 6381

  91. #91 clinteas
    October 14, 2008

    //Really, you’ve got to check out teenmomsforpalin.com//

    Do they have pics??

  92. #92 Mad Hussein LOLscientist, FCD
    October 14, 2008

    80% “solidified my vote against”

    Sure, I’ll pray for McCain-Palin…….. to get totally creamed all over the place. Are you listening, Ceiling Cat?

  93. #93 clinteas
    October 14, 2008

    Hey Mad Hussein LOL,

    i just commented on your comment on Abbies comment on Rachel LOL…..

  94. #94 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    I dunno, “solidified my vote against” is honest enough, because while the chances of me voting for him were 0% before Palin, after Palin the chances are much more emphatically 0%.

    For me, it went from “only if the other guy was Hitler” to “not even then”.

  95. #95 Last Hussar
    October 14, 2008

    Back up to 81%.

    You do realise that their referer stats will have PZ at the top? No doubt there will be righteous indignation, and possibly threat of smiting. Though it’s not as if we called for McPalin to be assassinated. Hey Ms Coulter, Mr Limberg- do you know anyone who calls for the opponent to be killed?

  96. #96 Last Hussar
    October 14, 2008

    Back up to 81%.

    You do realise that their referer stats will have PZ at the top? No doubt there will be righteous indignation, and possibly threat of smiting. Though it’s not as if we called for McPalin to be assassinated. Hey Ms Coulter, Mr Limberg- do you know anyone who calls for the opponent to be killed?

  97. #97 rich fraser (richmanwisco)
    October 14, 2008

    I just noticed that using Firefox allows you to vote as many times as you want. But to see the results I have to use Internet Explorer.

  98. #98 clinteas
    October 14, 2008

    rich fraser @ 97,

    //But to see the results I have to use Internet Explorer.//

    Then youre doing it wrong.

  99. #99 chgo_liz
    October 14, 2008

    Olaf @ #19: good catch! Interesting that even the prayerful types aren’t deluded into thinking Palin makes McCain more electable.

  100. #100 Mark Mattern
    October 14, 2008

    I’m using Opera, can’t see the results.

  101. #101 clinteas
    October 14, 2008

    @ 100,

    Im using Firefox on a non-Windows OS,and I see them.
    Probably a JS thing.

  102. #102 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    You do realise that their referer stats will have PZ at the top? No doubt there will be righteous indignation, and possibly threat of smiting.

    Then they shouldn’t make their poll public.
    Or only allow people who support Palin to vote in it.
    Or stop pretending internet polls mean anything at all.
    Or not have one.
    Or just get it over with an make up the results they want to see.

    But they can’t complain that the question they asked didn’t get the answer they were expecting.

    Really. Pharyngulites voting on a poll en masse is no less fair than putting the poll on a pro-Palin website where most of the people who will even see the poll are Palin supporters to begin with. Because I can guarantee you if 99% of the referer tags was from a single pro-Palin website and the vote went their way, they wouldn’t complain at all.

    (Quick note: I realize you’re not suggesting crashing the poll is wrong and this wasn’t directed at you.)

  103. #103 Zach
    October 14, 2008

    Solidified my vote against him: 81%

  104. #104 Paul Johnson
    October 14, 2008

    The Pharynguloid hordes are coming. Godless hordes of pollthirsty savages.

    But even Pharynguloids need laws.

    Our laws will be simple

    1. No killing women or children (preferably anyone really)
    2. Pay your debts (especially if theres a court order involved)
    3. Pollcrash til the end
    4. Never betray your blogger (unless they claim to have found Tengri while walking through the Pharyngulan Steppe)
    5. Cephalopods are awesome.

  105. #105 Leslie in Canada
    October 14, 2008

    It is a bit sad that I can’t say that this solidified my vote against him as I can’t vote in the US election. But I was heartened that the McCain-Palin prayer folk expressly DO NOT PROHIBIT me from praying for the team even if I am not an xian. Odin will be so pleased.

  106. #106 Dale Husband
    October 14, 2008

    Maybe as a result of P Z Myers and his fans, stupid polls like that above will no longer be offered. I wish!

  107. #107 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    But I was heartened that the McCain-Palin prayer folk expressly DO NOT PROHIBIT me from praying for the team even if I am not an xian.

    That’s only because they can’t. If McCain wins, on the other hand….

  108. #108 GreedyAlgorithm
    October 14, 2008

    “Jebus, do you search the internet for blog entries you have no interest in just to comment on how uninteresting they are to you?”

    No, but I do have a bunch of blog entries that show up in my RSS reader that I have no interest in. Do you know a nice way to make them go away?

    “…whenever I don’t want to read a blogpost…there are so many ways to do it… Sounds like you’re just a whiny little bitch Greedy Algorithm… No offense.”

    This whiny little bitch is also lazy as hell and would like a way to skip the blog entries he doesn’t care about without ever seeing them. Anyone know how? They’re even nicely categorized as “Pointless polls”. I use Google Reader and would prefer not to switch.

  109. #109 Aeryn
    October 14, 2008

    BWA HA HA HA HA

    Ahh… I love a good poll crash. “Solidified my vote against him” now at 83%!

    And it’s the truth. I mean, McCain irritates me and I was voting for Obama already, but I’m MUCH more frightened of a Palin presidency than a McCain presidency. I’m now voting against Palin as much as for Obama. (And for the record, Biden’s not bad either. I would vote for him if he were top of the ticket.)

  110. #110 shen
    October 14, 2008

    against up to 83%

  111. #111 moother
    October 14, 2008

    hey, get this… there are SPECIFIC requests as to what (exactly) you, ahem…. we, should pray for

    http://prayformccainpalin.com/specificrequests.html

    haha…. suppose we all start praying for these things but for Hussien-al-Obama and /biden you think they stand a better chance then?

    my favorite was:
    * Pray for the peace of mind of the candidates & their families and that they will be able to weather Satan’s attacks

    ha! satan beats god every time (i play scrabble)!

  112. #112 Bjørn Østman
    October 14, 2008

    Solidified vote against him now at 84%.

    I usually abhor masses of people, because of the stupid things people can do. I’m not anti-social at all, but I do avoid being part of a mob at all times.

    Except when the Pharyngulites crash a poll, that is. Pure bliss.

    On that note: In order to get the words “Pharyngulite” and “Pharynguloid” into the dictionary, they need to be used a lot. So I suggest everyone to do just that. Include them in your emails, blog posts, letters, etc. as much as you can, and eventually we will have made this mark on the English language as well.

  113. #113 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    On that note: In order to get the words “Pharyngulite” and “Pharynguloid” into the dictionary, they need to be used a lot. So I suggest everyone to do just that. Include them in your emails, blog posts, letters, etc. as much as you can, and eventually we will have made this mark on the English language as well.

    Unfortunately, by the time they do they won’t mean anything like what they do now.

    Although that reminds me of something Terry Jones said during an interview (paraphrased from memory): “We set out to do something different, that couldn’t be categorized. And now, when you see that ‘pythonesque’ is a word in the Oxford English Dictionary, you realize that we failed.”

  114. #114 SpendidMonkey
    October 14, 2008

    Pray along with pastor Arnold Conrad as he prays,

    I also would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god–whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah–that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their God is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and election day.

  115. #115 MFacchin
    October 14, 2008

    Yes! Up to 86%!

  116. #116 Coragyps
    October 14, 2008

    “Sarah Palin, the courageous governor of Alaska”

    Whisky? Tango? Foxtrot?

  117. #117 gaypaganunitarianagnostic
    October 14, 2008

    Re 114: That said pastor did not crumble into black ash on the spot is verification of atheism

  118. #118 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    “And Lord Dad, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re Billy’s going to think that their God his dad is bigger than you, if that happens.”

    It makes so much more sense now.

  119. #119 nipsey russell
    October 14, 2008

    interestingly, my corporate firewall blocks this site (“The site you requested is blocked under the following categories: Spam URLs “.
    This is the first time i have been happy with the service provided by my corporate firewall!!!

  120. #120 Slaughter
    October 14, 2008

    Nipsey, mine did, too, but said if I pressed “control” and went to a new window it would work — and it did! 85% now say it solidified their vote against McCain. I think he represents my state, but it’s been awhile since we’ve seen him. Like since 2000.

  121. #121 BlueIndependent
    October 14, 2008

    Hey! Where’s the “Not only guaranteed my vote against him, but confirmed to me he’s a mad man” option?

  122. #122 Dancaban
    October 14, 2008

    Oh! Dear! My vote was number 13,666 cast.

    I’m dooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmeeeeeddddd!!!!!

  123. #123 Kevin
    October 14, 2008

    Wow. That poll has been officially Pharyngula’d.

  124. #124 tsg
    October 14, 2008

    I think you mean “Pharyngulated”.

  125. #125 Jared
    October 14, 2008

    Senator McCain’s Pick of Sarah Palin as Vice Presidential Running Mate
    Solidified my vote for him: 3%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 1%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 5%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 4%
    Solidified my vote against him: 86%

  126. #126 AlanWCan
    October 14, 2008

    …and then of course they take it down as soon as it stops going your way. What a bunch of wimps.

  127. #127 Bob L
    October 14, 2008

    You can vote more than once in that poll. How delightful.

  128. #128 Dahan
    October 14, 2008

    87%
    Crushed.
    I’m surprised he’s still got it up.

  129. #129 Moses
    October 14, 2008

    Senator McCain’s Pick of Sarah Palin as Vice Presidential Running Mate

    Solidified my vote for him: 3%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 1%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 5%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 4%
    Solidified my vote against him: 87%

    Snicker…

  130. #130 The Chimp's Raging Id
    October 14, 2008

    Well and truly Pharyngulized:

    Solidified my vote for him: 3%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 1%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 5%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 4%
    Solidified my vote against him: 87%

    Total Votes: 16503

  131. #131 Richard, FCD
    October 14, 2008

    Vote number 16660

  132. #132 Last Hussar
    October 14, 2008

    Of course two of the options are effectively redundant, as they mean the same as two of the others- “Solidified means I was going to vote ‘x’ anyway” which is the same as “Made no difference”. Think they meant “more” or “less” likely. Thats the problem with these liberal elites- we tend to pick up errors.

  133. #133 Jeanette
    October 14, 2008

    “Solidified against” is now at 88%. But it was at 89% the last time I looked, so anyone who hasn’t voted, get in there because they’re on to us.

  134. #134 Cannabinaceae
    October 14, 2008

    Still 88% – the holding action is working; now we need to flank. I’ve put my two census units in! (e.g. I also misvoted from work).

    But: don’t you think this might be an inverse Poe? Maybe that swallow-jiz-for-Jez was an inverse Poe too.

    If it really had Poe-nature, how would we cerebrophiles know any better than a fundatard would know they (we) were being (pro)Poe’d?

  135. #135 Cannabinaceae
    October 14, 2008

    ShitFuckDamn.

    My sophisticated parenthesizing has left things ambiguous. (We) are (stipulationally) being inverse-Poe’d; (They) are being (pro)-Poe’d.

    Sorry. This pusillanimous* DOS shit makes editing-n-shit a PITA.

    *Dumbass fundie cowardice, duh. Or some other cowardice/dumbassitude. Never attribute to incompetance, that which may be blamed on fundie dumbassitudinal malice.

  136. #136 Jonathan
    October 14, 2008

    @96:

    That’s right, they’ll smite us… with more prayer!

    From the “Specific Requests” page:
    Pray for those reading these earnest prayer requests who mock God and his people

  137. #137 Falene
    October 14, 2008

    Solidified my vote for him: 2%
    Didn’t change my vote for him: 1%
    Made me less likely to vote for him: 4%
    Didn’t change my vote against him: 4%
    Solidified my vote against him: 89%

  138. #138 the great and powerful oz
    October 14, 2008

    #96
    Posted by: Last Hussar | October 14, 2008 12:42 PM

    You do realise that their referer stats will have PZ at the top?

    What? You haven’t got refControl?

    Try here https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/953
    or here http://stardrifter.org/refcontrol/

    (you’re welcome!)

  139. #139 brightbluelizard
    October 14, 2008

    Another Canadian here, and I also think that it’s a shame we can’t vote in an election which so hugely affects us. Oh pretty please those of you hordes who are American -Pharyngulate the actual elections too! Canada doesn’t want McFailin either!

    And um, Leslie from Canada: you wouldn’t happen to have lived in a place called Aggasiz, BC would you?

  140. #140 Kalyn
    October 15, 2008

    90% now =]

  141. #141 felix
    October 15, 2008

    91% against
    muhahaaahaaaa

  142. #142 sleepyinsaudi
    October 15, 2008

    solidified my vote against him 92%! That was fun!

  143. #143 Mrs Tilton
    October 15, 2008

    Zeno @6,

    At least living in Alaska is exactly like living on an Israeli kibbutz

    Sarah can see Israel from her house, you know.

  144. #144 MH
    October 15, 2008

    Thanks, the great and powerful oz. I’d never heard of refcontrol before.

  145. #145 Paul Burnett
    October 15, 2008

    Oops, we’re busted:

    Due to the hijacking of this poll by anti-Christian websites (google is my friend), the poll has been removed. Thanks for the nearly 61,000 hits I received in a 24 hour time frame. You benefitted McCain Palin in ways that you do not realize.

    They didn’t even post the final results.

  146. #146 Vic
    October 15, 2008

    “You benefited McCain Palin in ways that you do not realize.”

    Apparently this joker thinks he’s some sort of Obi Won Kenobi. In ways you don’t realize? Did we unleash some sort of giant octopus that’s going to attack Democrats?

  147. #147 Scepticus
    October 15, 2008

    Wait….this is an ANTI-Christian website?!

    Im out of here.

    Damn you all

  148. #148 Donovan
    October 15, 2008

    Hijacked? How did we hijack the poll? Don’t we get a vote, or just right wing Palin drooling Jesus lovers? I mean, it’s a poll, right? People go to the website and voice their opinion, but since you didn’t get the results you wanted, then your poll was “hijacked” by anti[personal agenda] people?

    Don’t ask questions if you can’t handle answers!!!

  149. #149 Patricia
    October 15, 2008

    Oh, come on,PrayforPalin people, don’t get mad because you don’t have a blog with a large readership that you can ask to go to the polls. We didn’t use technology to auto-vote, each person personally visited the page and casted a vote. How is that hijacking?

    Kudoes to Donovan’s comment.

  150. #150 tsg
    October 15, 2008

    Hijacked? How did we hijack the poll? Don’t we get a vote, or just right wing Palin drooling Jesus lovers? I mean, it’s a poll, right? People go to the website and voice their opinion, but since you didn’t get the results you wanted, then your poll was “hijacked” by anti[personal agenda] people?

    Like I said in #102: had the vote turned out the way they wanted because hordes of people from a single pro-Palin/Christian website crashed it, it would be valid.

    Here’s an idea for your next poll, guys: only have the option you agree with as a response. Or, better yet, just make up the results you want to see. It’s what you’re going to do anyway by crying “it doesn’t count because all those people who don’t agree with us voted.”

  151. #151 Jesus4Life
    October 16, 2008

    You guys are idiots. Palin changed your vote against McCain, despite the fact that in the last debate, all Obama could do was build Palin up, AFTER McCain had praised her and bashed Osama Biden Laden? Biden is a moronic hypocritical asshole. Obama is a renegade Muslim terrorist who just wants to destroy Christianity. Oh wait, that’s what you guys want isn’t it? All you have to do is destroy the purpose of polls just because you can. What dumbasses. If you don’t agree with someone, leave them the fuck alone and rot in hell you dipshits.

    You racist, baby-killing, evolution-supporting assholes are going to rot in hell. Enjoy the flames.

  152. #152 Ichthyic
    October 16, 2008

    Oh wait, that’s what you guys want isn’t it?

    yes.

    we’re coming for you.

    …and it won’t be pretty.

    I figure you’re towards the back of the line of those who will be eaten by Cthulhu.

    sucks to be you.

    *rolleyes*

    are you one of those morons so often caught on camera screaming inanities at Palin and McCain rallies?

  153. #153 Ichthyic
    October 16, 2008

    Thanks for the nearly 61,000 hits I received in a 24 hour time frame. You benefitted McCain Palin in ways that you do not realize.”

    I’m sure there’s another ten dollar check donated to the Republican party in it.

  154. #154 «bønez_brigade»
    October 16, 2008

    *feeds troll*

    @Jesus4Life,
    “If you don’t agree with someone, leave them the fuck alone…blahblahblah”

    Then you won’t be back, good.

    BTW, throwing “evolution-supporting” into the insults — now that gave me some lulz. I guess that means sincere theistic evolutionists will be right there roasting with me, hmmm.

  155. #155 Sean Ellis
    October 16, 2008

    “If you don’t agree with someone, leave them the fuck alone”

    Erm, am I missing something here? It’s a poll. Its sole purpose is to show whether someone agrees or disagrees with a position. If we disallow dissent, what’s the point?

    I notice that the pro-McCain/Palin sites didn’t get their act together to pitch in and help balance the poll, which would have been a better indication of support than taking the poll down.

    BTW, I particularly liked the near-juxtaposition of the following two statements: “Obama is a renegade Muslim terrorist” and “You racist … assholes”. Pass me a new hypocrisy-meter, this one overheated.

  156. #156 Rev. BigDumbChimp, KoT, OM
    October 16, 2008

    If you don’t agree with someone, leave them the fuck alone

    Ok, tell all your bible waving, anti-homosexual, book burning, false morality enforcing, fuckneck buddies to leave us all alone and we will kindly return the favor.

    Hypocritical lying piece of shit.

  157. #157 Rev. BigDumbChimp, KoT, OM
    October 16, 2008

    Obama is a renegade Muslim terrorist who just wants to destroy Christianity. Oh wait, that’s what you guys want isn’t it?

    Of all the dumb things you said, that is the dumbest.

    Do you even think before you type / speak?

  158. #158 FastLane
    October 16, 2008

    Of all the dumb things you said, that is the dumbest.

    Do you even think before you type / speak?

    No. No he doesn’t.

    This hs been another episode of simple answers to simple questions. =)

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