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hgc
23rd March 2010, 02:37 PM
Tonight on Hardball, Representative Barbara Lee (D-Ca), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, had an arithmetic incident.

There's no video up yet, so I'll paraphrase as closely as I can.

Matthews: Did every member of the Congressional Black Caucus vote for this bill?

Lee: We had one member vote no. But 99.9% of our membership voted for this bill.


The CBC has 42 voting members (+ 1 non-voting DC Delegate).

Has "99.9%" come to mean something other than than a perfectly quantifiable concept? Something of a non-numeric cliche for "almost all?" I wish public figures would protect the integrity of numbers. One day, "99.9%" could end up like "decimate" -- divorced from its numeric intent.

shadron
23rd March 2010, 02:44 PM
It's the new "99 and 44/100's percent". This is also a litmus test for whether you're old enough.

I Ratant
23rd March 2010, 02:52 PM
That has to do with purity and floating.

Cavemonster
23rd March 2010, 02:55 PM
23 Skidoo?

BenBurch
23rd March 2010, 03:12 PM
It's the new "99 and 44/100's percent". This is also a litmus test for whether you're old enough.

I miss Marilyn Chambers.

hgc
23rd March 2010, 03:16 PM
It's the new "99 and 44/100's percent". This is also a litmus test for whether you're old enough.


Oof. I actually use "99 and 44/100's percent" as a non-numeric cliche, on occasion. But, you know, it was already transformed by Madison Avenue into a cultural touchstone.

Skeptical Greg
23rd March 2010, 03:16 PM
I'm sure it floats too; and I'm not talking about soap ..