Lisa, I want to buy your rock…

A little post-hoc-ergo-propter-hoc from W:

[Bush] credited his administration terrorism fighting strategy: reorganizing the government’s intelligence and military communities to confront the threat; pre-emptively targeting potential threats and making no distinction between terrorists and their supporters; and nurturing democracies.

“While there’s room for an honest and healthy debate about the decisions I made — and there’s plenty of debate — there can be no debate about the results in keeping America safe,” Bush said.

I’m reminded (EDIT: as were the folks at The Wonk Room) of a classic Simpsons episode (‘Much Apu About Nothing‘):

In response to an infestation of bears in Springfield, a Bear Patrol is summoned:

Later, a full-force Bear Patrol is on watch. Homer watches proudly.

Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a
Lisa: That’s specious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, dear.
Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Oh, how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn’t work.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: It’s just a stupid rock.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: But I don’t see any tigers around, do you?
[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]
Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

That’s the kind of unfalsifiable logic that keeps the churches full on Sundays…


One Response to Lisa, I want to buy your rock…

  1. Charlene says:

    So, since Homer had already bought Lisa’s rock, the U.S. government set up the Homeland Security Dept, and the TSA.
    I would beg to argue, that Lisa’s rock would have been just as effective, and a lot more economically sensible than the above mentioned government agencies.

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