“One, Two, Five” “Three Sir!”

Tim Blair has a very interesting discussion going occasioned by the NYT Editorial Page’s grasp of math. The editorial is such a muddled mess that I can only think of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch clerics

or better yet the Spanish Inquisition sketch:

Cardinal Ximinez : NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise!
(Cardinal Ximinez of Spain regards them with a nasty grin. He is flanked by Cardinal Biggles [in aviator’s helmet] and Cardinal Fang.)
…Surprise and fear…fear and surprise…. Our two weapons are fear and surprise…and ruthless efficiency…. Our three weapons are fear, and surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope…. Our four…no…

No one expects the New York Times Editorial!

Pinch : NOBODY expects the Op-Ed! …Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the our own brilliance, and Maureen Dowd in a nice red uniform – Oh damn!

PS- zeppenwolf’s comment in Tim’s thread is a must read.

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