Devastation Has Been Visited Upon Us

By Jesse Taylor
Sunday, October 12, 2008 16:28 EDT
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imageIn today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jack Kelly reveals the secret link between Bill Ayers and Barack Obama – their Fleisch-Kincaid reading levels:

Excerpts from “Fugitive Days” and from “Dreams From My Father” both scored 54 on reading ease and a 12th-grade reading level on the Flesch Reading Ease Score, Mr. Cashill found. Scores can range from 0 to 121. Excerpts from “Fugitive Days” averaged 23.13 words a sentence. “Dreams” averaged 23.36 words a sentence. Excerpts from Sen. Obama’s second book, “The Audacity of Hope,” average 29 words per sentence, and a ninth-grade reading level, Mr. Cashill said.

Look at the output generated by what I’m entirely confident was a comprehensive and furiously in-depth copy-and-paste session on the part of Mr. Cahill! Ayers and Obama end up on the same grade level, with almost the exact same number of words per sentence, a feat which I am indelibly sure cannot be gamed or contorted by any sort of purposeful selection of similarly long and/or wordy passages. Instead, assuming that the ability to determine a similar grade level and even sentence length proves an incontrovertible authorial link between any two sources, I Googled for things that had a twelfth-grade Fleisch score. Lo and behold, I found out that the Department of Defense does for 67% of its materials, which leads to the obvious and problematic question: why is Bill Ayers the secret head of the Department of Defense?

The MSM will never cover this important story, but we shall follow it tirelessly. Beware, forces of evil – our ability to run things through free wizards which mimic formulas used for rather narrow analytic purposes can change the world. For instance, if Sarah Palin were a Smurf, she’d be Vanity Smurf. Burn.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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