Thursday, November 1, 2012
by Clifford F. Thies Are the polls making you crazy? Do you want the real dope, the skinny, the inside information? O.K., here, being as we are libertarians, we will not be judgmental. We we do not hesitate to feed the disease. The Washington Redskins Rule This predictor is that if the Washington Redskins win their last home game prior to the election, the party of the incumbent will win the election. On Sunday, at 1 pm, the Redskins will play their last home game prior to the election, against the Carolina Panthers. According to the bookies, the Redskins are a 3 point favorite. Coincidently, Romney has a 3 point advantage over Obama in the Rasmussen Poll. The Sixth Day Rule In every election since 1845, when the Congress nailed down the election day as the day after the first Monday of November, the Republicans have won every election held on November 6th. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln. 1888, Benjamin Harrison. 1900, William McKinley. 1928, Herbert Hoover. 1956, Dwight Eisenhower. And, 1984, Ronald Reagan. What is strange and eerie about this rule is that the Republican Party didn't even exist in 1845. How did the Congress know? Astrology The consensus among professional astrologers appears to be that Obama will win. As best as I can figure their reasoning out, an election prediction requires interpreting the charts of both candidates. As one astrologer puts it, "It is difficult to see how the activation of these placements [of the stars] could reflect a victory for Romney on election day, and ultimately they seem to be indicative of the scenarios of upset, frustration and loss that he experienced in other instances in his life when this same axis has been activated." Perhaps somebody out there can make better sense of this forecast: Unwrapping the Torah According to one Torah scroll "unwrapper", letter sequences indicating Obama-Romney appear twice; and, in both cases, the closest letter sequence indicating President is closed to the Romney part than to the Obama part. These letter sequences are determined with the aid of computer-scans of the Torah in Hebrew, and algorithms that follow skipping rules, such as "every other letter," or every third, and so forth, until an answer the word or words are found. The world's most famous de-coder of the Torah through the use of algorithms to discover letter sequences through skipping rules is Robert Aumann, the Nobel Laureate economist, who helped to develop game theory and to apply it to geopolitical strategies such as mutual assured destruction. While we, at L-R, appreciate his contributions in the area of economic science, we remain skeptic of the search for hidden messages and other forms of gnostic or secret knowledge.