Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Media Finally Catches Up With Matt Damon

Earlier this month renowned political genius Matt Damon treated us to his incisive wisdom on the selection of John McCain, acting "terrified" at the prospect of McCain dropping dead and the novice mayor of a small town walking around with a gaggle of rugrats and the nuclear codes. As evidence to buttress his fears, Damon cited actuarial tables as evidence McCain was practically a goner.

Well, we've been waiting patiently, but finally the media has caught up with the program.
If John McCain is elected and goes on to win a second term, there's as much as a one-in-four chance America could see its first woman president — Sarah Palin.

It's actuarial math.

The odds highly favor either McCain or Barack Obama completing a first term in good health. After that, McCain's odds are still fairly solid, but his chances of dying or being in poor health go up faster than Obama's, mainly because of his age.

An Atlanta actuarial company specializing in individualized estimates of life and health expectancy has run the numbers for McCain, 72, and Obama, 47. The firm, Bragg Associates, calculated the odds of the candidates dying in office, adjusted for their known health problems.

McCain would be the oldest president to begin a first term in office. By the end of a second term, Jan. 20, 2017, he would have a 24.44 percent chance of dying, compared with 5.76 percent for Obama, the firm estimates.
Stunning, isn't it, that a man 25 years older than another would have a higher chance of dying.

Sheer. Fucking. Genius.

Of course, they pretend that Obama has quit smoking and downplay his respiratory problems and family's history of cancer.
He classified the Democrat as a smoker with minor upper respiratory problems, probably linked to his smoking. Obama announced in February that he was trying to quit smoking again, with the aid of nicotine gum.

"We don't consider you a nonsmoker until you stay quit for 12 months," said Brooks.
He was trying. Seven months later, nobody has asked him about it.
But Obama has a family history of cancer. His mother died of ovarian cancer and his maternal grandfather died of prostate cancer.
Based on this, should I be concerned that Crazy Joe mighr become president?

H/T Hot Air.

In cased you missed it, here's the Mensa member filling the airwaves with his knowledge ... that he reads from cue cards.

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