Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Why ARE Conservatives So Stupid?



"Biology and political orientation."



"A number of studies have found that biology may be linked with political orientation. This means that biology is a possible cause of political orientation, but, may also mean that which ideology you identify with changes your ability to perform certain tasks..."

"WATCH: Idiot With Confederate Flag Sets Himself on Fire Attempting Ice Bucket Challenge (Video)." (Go to site for video)



"The ice bucket challenge is incredibly stupid, yet simple: You dump a bucket of ice water on your head. You would have to be a Confederate flag-waving  moron to screw it up. Unfortunately for this guy, he’s a Confederate flag-waving  moron who added alcohol to the mix.

"Decked out in his patriotic American flag vest and carrying his traitorous Confederate flag, our friend Cam began by drunkenly nominating a couple friends. “Alright, let’s get the water goin’ over here,” he said.

"Then he lit his head on fire.

"The plan seemed to be for Cam to light his hat on fire, then have a friend throw the water on him. Seems simple enough. The friend doused him with water, as expected…
…But there’s a TWIST!

"Either something 'extra' was added to the bucket or the amount of water used was insufficient — but our pal Cam went up like an overcooked ‘marshmaller.’ Apparently, Cam has never been to grade school, either, because he completely forgot 'Stop, Drop, and Roll.'

"Screaming, he ran off screen as his friend shouted at him to 'roll on the f*cking ground.'


"'Holy shit!' he exclaimed. 'Dude, my hair’s f*cked up!..'"

More from Biology And Political Orientation...

"A 2011 study by cognitive neuroscientist Ryota Kanai's group at University College London published in Current Biology, found a correlation between differences in political views and differences in brain structures in a convenience sample of students from University College London. The researchers performed MRI scans on the brains of 90 volunteer students who had indicated their political orientation on a five-point scale ranging from 'very liberal' to 'very conservative'. Students who reported more 'conservative' political views tended to have larger amygdalae, a structure in the temporal lobes that performs a primary role in the processing and memory of emotions. On the other hand, more 'liberal' students tended to have a larger volume of grey matter in the anterior cingulate cortex, a structure of the brain associated with monitoring uncertainty and handling conflicting information..."

And here are the results of genetic stupidity...



Wait, there's more...

"Republicans Killing America: US Poor Now In Worse Shape than Many 3rd World Nations!"



"You start talking about poverty in the United States with a right-winger and I can practically guarantee that the first thing they’ll bring up is “how good America’s poor have it,” because with them, it’s race to the bottom. Well, guess what, baseball fans?

"We hit the bottom.

"A new report detailing research done by Brookings suggests that the poor living in the United States are among the poorest people in the world. The Brookings research found that the United States has between 2% and 5% — that’s roughly 6.6 and 16.5 million Americans — living in poverty at the level found in the poorest nations of the world, around $2 per day per person. Which means that, right now, there are anywhere from 6.6 to 16.5 million Americans living in poverty rivaled only in cities like Lagos, Rio de Janerio, and Mexico City. The only reason they appear to have it better is because of the widespread waste culture and scavenging..."

And more...

"GOP candidate: Colorado gay congressman will behead Christians who don’t worship sodomy."

Credit: YouTube
Rush's long-lost kid brother?
"A Republican nominee for a seat in Colorado’s statehouse accused Democrats of lacking a sense of humor after he said a gay U.S. congressman would soon start beheading Christians.

"'This weekend I sent out an email alert to my constituents in which I used hyperbole,' Gordon Klingenschmitt said in a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday. 'You know what hyperbole is. It’s a literary device where you exaggerate to make a point. Well, apparently some Democrats do not have a sense of humor and they were offended by some of the things I said using hyperbole this weekend.'

"An email alert sent out by Klingenschmitt over the weekend stated that Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) wanted to execute Christians, reported Right Wing Watch..."

More evidence suggesting that Conservatives are fearful and feel disgust more than normal people from Wikipedia's Biology And Political Orientation...



Persons with right-wing views had greater skin conductance response, indicating greater sympathetic nervous system response, to threatening images than those with left-wing views in one study. There was no difference for positive or neutral images. Holding right-wing views was also associated with a stronger startle reflex as measured by strength of eyeblink in response to unexpected noise. A study of subjects' reported level of disgust linked to various scenarios showed that people who scored highly on the 'disgust sensitivity' scale held more politically conservative views..."

Rather than harvesting a few thousand Conservative brains for further research, education may solve the problem of Conservative stupidity...



Or we can just post this pic to the Conservative sites and forums:



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Of the 800-plus essays we've posted since the inception of this site, 167 of them have been filed under the label, "Conservatives Are Stupid."

We've made many suggestions to cure their unfortunate malady, but the best suggestion? Criminalize Conservatism.

Disenfranchizing them would help, but that can be included in the New Rules after Conservatism is made illegal.

Criminalizing the GOP won't do the trick, they'll just change the name of their party to something else.  There are too many to deport or even to correct the problem until stem cell research makes new advancements.

Conservatism is the problem, stupid people make the problem worse, and because Conservatism is a vast criminal organization that has relentlessly throttled the life out of America's democracy, there is only one solution and that is to...

...criminalize Conservatism.



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"In politics stupidity is not a handicap."

Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"We're Like Animals To Them."

"'We're Like Animals To Them': An American City's Daily Racism," is an important, short essay by Markus Feldenkirchen at http://www.spiegel.de that tells the story of American racist exceptionalism.


Police in Ferguson, Missouri, charge at demonstrators after being hit by water...

"As they pull up to the place where Michael Brown was killed, shot six times by a policeman, they sink to the ground and stare at a cross bearing his name.

"'I don't get it,' says Jurmael, 22. He and Tyler, 21, live in the neighborhood. Like Brown, they are African Americans and are close to his age. 'I do get one thing though,' Tyler says. 'The name on the cross could just as well be one of ours.'

"Michael Brown was stopped on Canfield Drive by a white officer for the same reason that people are stopped everyday by the police. Roberts and Greer even have a name for the 'offense' -- a common one in Ferguson, Missouri: 'WWB,' 'Walking while black.' Every black person living in Ferguson knows the meaning of the abbreviation because it is a constant part of their lives.

"Persistent Racism


"It took the shooting of 18-year-old Brown on August 9, a young man who was unarmed, before anyone took an interest in the everyday reality of the city's African-American population and their demoralizing harassment by the police. It also took this tragedy before people began to ask an important question: Why does a city whose population of 21,000 is two-thirds African American have a police force that is 95 percent white? And why, a half-century after Martin Luther King, Jr. launched the civil rights campaign and the end of segregation, are African-Americans still complaining today about persistent racism...?"

Conservatives are compassionate, caring people though. Just ask blogger Marc Belisle what the difference is between Conservatives and real Americans...

Here, Brown is taken by a horse-drawn hearse to his final resting place.

"Two days ago, reporting from #Ferguson, Washington Post Political Reporter Wesley Lowery was covering an almost all white protest in support of officer Darren Wilson, when a counter-protest developed. Lowery wrote on his Twitter account:

"'At one point tonight, Michael Brown protesters chanted "hands up, don't shoot!" Darren Wilson supporters responded: "Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!"'

"In that one chanted word, 'Shoot!' is encapsulated a whole history of racism, violence, injustice, hatred, privilege, and inhumanity. This is the wretched unseemly underbelly of American society. A society initially built, in large part, by the labor of slaves.

"We are generations removed from the Civil War, a century removed from widespread lynching, half a century removed from Civil Rights. Yet, the injustice codified in our founding has been handed down like a Confederate revolver, an overseer's whip, until today, when certain white Missourians, perhaps swept up in a sort of mob mentality, but nonetheless, cheered for the death without trial, without due process, of a young, unarmed black male..."

While the South waits to "rise again," they sink in the morass of their own misery...

"Where slavery thrived, inequality rules today."



"EARLIER THIS MONTH, Standard and Poor’s Rating Services, a credit rating firm that rarely weighs in on social issues, published a scathing report on income inequality and social mobility in the United States. The firm warned that current levels of inequality were 'dampening' growth, and predicted that 'inequalities will extend into the next generation, with diminished opportunities for upward social mobility.'


"This unusual report on inequality, like Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book on the same subject, addresses unequal fortunes, declining mobility, and stagnating economic growth as national or even global problems, which demand similarly large-scale solutions. But scholars are also well aware that these problems vary greatly from place to place. Consider a recent, much-publicized study of social mobility by economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues at Harvard and Berkeley. As the illuminating map generated by that study shows, children born in some regions—Salt Lake City and San Jose, Calif., for example—have a reasonable shot of moving up the social ladder. By contrast, many parts of the former Confederacy, it seems, are now the places where the American dream goes to die..."

Speaking of "compassionate Conservatives..."

"Ferguson’s booming white grievance industry: Fox News, Darren Wilson and friends."

Ferguson’s booming white grievance industry: Fox News, Darren Wilson and friends
Supporters of officer Darren Wilson in St. Louis, Missouri, August 23, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif)
"White defenders of officer Darren Wilson are raising money by slandering Mike Brown, with some help from Fox News."

"Not surprisingly, a thriving franchise of the nation’s booming white grievance industry has opened up in Ferguson, Missouri, over the last week.  It’s worth examining closely. As usual, it consists of two parts lies, one part paranoia, but at its heart it’s a big grift.

"The weekend featured multiple protests supporting Darren Wilson, the missing Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed Mike Brown on Aug. 9. His superiors apparently withheld Wilson’s name long enough for him to delete all social media accounts and skip town, but his supporters are declaring Wilson, not Brown, the victim here. A GoFundMe site raising funds for Wilson’s defense – though he’s not been charged with anything – garnered not only $250,000 in donations, but so many ugly racist rants GoFundMe administrators had to disable comments for the site. (They’ll have no trouble taking a cut of the racists’ money, of course.) Wilson’s supporters say they’ve raised $374,000 online and at local events, 'to support his family,' one woman told MSNBC..."

But you know how black people stick together, like that Holder guy who paid off black rioters to make Conservatives look bad...

"No, Eric Holder Didn't Pay Gangs to "Start Riots" in Ferguson."

No, Eric Holder Didn't Pay Gangs to "Start Riots" in Ferguson

"Proving once again that common sense is no match for confirmation bias, this weekend an article titled 'Ferguson Gang Leader Admits "Eric Holder Paid Us To Start Riots'" began racing through social media, racking up over 50,000 Facebook shares by Monday morning.

"According to the story, Missouri's 22nd Circuit Court is handling claims that the Attorney General paid gang members 'to loot and spread civil unrest' in Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown, evidence of which presiding Judge Rineheart reportedly described as 'incredibly convincing.'



"The article, which first appeared on National Report Saturday, began spreading through right-wing blogs like 2127 News and Viral Survival ('The #1 Newsource for Preppers and Survivalists') shortly afterward, resulting in hundreds of outraged responses ranging from 'This is White House genocide" to "SHOCKER!!! (NOT!).'

"The story, of course, is completely false. 'There is no Judge Rineheart (or any similar name) on the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri,' a court spokesperson told Gawker..."

Those (Republicans) who are "color blind," see what they want to see...as long as they (Republicans) can blame the black guy in the White House...

"People Who Don't Think Race Matters In Ferguson Think Obama's Remarks Are Racist."



"Few people were surprised when conservative commentators started criticizing President Obama for commenting on the Michael Brown shooting and aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri, and a new Pew poll shows why: white and Republican Americans are more likely to think race is getting too much attention in Ferguson. Conservative commentators calling the president racist are just the most prominent and extreme examples of people who think Obama is addressing race issues that don't exist.

"In the last week, right-wing blog WND published a column by Larry Klayman arguing that the president was the 'Racist in chief' for siding with his 'black brothers' against 'whitey.' Fox News' Todd Starnes wondered why the president offered condolences to Michael Brown's family, but didn't offer his condolences to the cop who shot him. Daniel Greenfield at FrontPage magazine wrote that the president 'tends to avoid explicitly racist rhetoric. Instead he empowers those who do...'"

Why is everyone worried about racism anyway, didn't we settle that back when the South rebelled against the U.S and we beat them senseless?



But if you're angry and sad over a new American hero, you need help don't you...



Because the truth of  the matter is that the Conservative ring masters are reaching out to the clowns in their racist base to hide their true agenda in the din and clamor of their mad dog bigotry -- helping their rich masters get and keep all of our money they can...It's easy to see once you follow the money.



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To many of you, moving from racism to greed is a giant leap.  But with Conservatives greed rules over everything.

When your core belief in a participatory democracy is that the rich should rule, you have no choice but to declare Class Warfare and proselytize the dumbest and most fearful authoritarian members of that democracy -- the ecumenical Christians and the racists.



The strategy has been known since the days of Machiavelli; use fear and hate will follow. And the Conservatives have used it successfully in capturing elections today, even though Machiavelli would have recognized the strategy as his own.

Their oughta be a law.



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"Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police
who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal."

Dr. Benjamin Spock.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

History For Conservatives


Their grasp of logic aside, Conservatives get history so wrong because they are basically functional illiterates, but sometimes a little fibbing helps The Cause...



Historical comparisons are usually too inconvenient for today's Conservatives...



VERY inconvenient...

"Looking back at Labor Day's turbulent origins."



"Monday, September 1, will mark the 120th celebration of “Labor Day” as a legal, national holiday. What is the history of the 'Labor Day' holiday? It had a turbulent, complicated beginning. Understanding more about this can help us to rethink the significance of this holiday today.


"American labor in 1894 was a volatile force. The industrial revolution had radically transformed work, replacing skilled labor with machines, and giving birth to two powerful new institutions: factories and corporations. The economy had been rocked by deep depressions – 1873-1878; 1883-1886; 1893-1896 – when millions lost their jobs and millions more experienced wage cuts. Massive numbers of immigrants – an average of half a million a year between 1880 and WWI – arrived and applied for the low paid, dangerous unskilled jobs that were available. After the brief experiment in political and economic democracy called “Reconstruction” (1867-1877), the four million freed slaves, their descendants, and their northern relatives, found themselves stripped of their newly won rights, from the ballot box and the workplace to the school room and public transportation. Women’s suffrage advocates, who had hoped that the ending of slavery would quickly be followed by the extension of voting (and other) rights to women, were deeply disappointed. None of these developments took place without a struggle, and there were strikes, protests, marches, and rallies continuously in the last decades of the century..."

Conservatives prefer myths to history anyway...



But why should Conservatives care if history repeats itself?

 

And America has always been divided so who cares about Conservative propaganda?

(Thanks, https://www.facebook.com/Reichwingrepublicanfacts)
And so we conclude our history lesson for Conservatives...



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Conservatives can't be bothered by history...or biology...or anything that contradicts their underlying core "philosophy": serving the greediest and wealthiest among us.

Cons look forward to Armageddon and to a New American Age of Feudalism. Combined with their anticipation of some sort of "rapture," we're all in a huge amount of trouble by not reading our history...for example, the history of organized crime.



"In addition to what is considered traditional organized crime involving direct crimes of fraud swindles, scams, racketeering and other Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) predicate acts motivated for the accumulation of monetary gain, there is also non-traditional organized crime which is engaged in for political or ideological gain or acceptance. Such crime groups are often labeled terrorist organizations..."

When criminal organizations continue to get wealthy by exploiting the People it's time to criminalize those organizations. -- Joyce, Jnr.



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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

George Santayana.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

America The (NOT SO) Beautiful?

Conservatives would be shocked to know that the composer of America The Beautiful, Katherine Lee Bates, was a lesbian and " Christian socialist and an ardent foe of American imperialism...(and that)...Bates (1859-1929), a well-respected poet and professor of English at Wellesley College, was part of progressive reform circles in the Boston area, concerned about labor rights, urban slums and women's suffrage.

Let's sing the song that we all know so well:

"Oh Beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain...

"Ozone-Depleting Compound Found In Unexpected Concentrations Despite Ban."



"New research from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows that large quantities of a chemical responsible for depleting the ozone layer are still being emitted, even years after an international ban.


"New measurements have revealed that despite the Montreal Protocol, which limits the use of a variety of ozone-depleting chemicals, releases of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) continue. There should be zero emissions of the compound under the international agreement, but NASA measurements show an average of 39 kilotons are still emitted every year. That's about 30 percent of what peak emissions were before the substance was regulated.

"For purple mountains majesties, above the fruited plain!

"California Drought Leaves Homes Without Water."



"PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said.

"The situation has become so dire that the Tulare County Office of Emergency Services had 12-gallon-per person rations of bottled water delivered on Friday in East Porterville, where at least 182 of the 1,400 households have reported having no or not enough water, according to the Porterville Recorder (http://bit.ly/1rsgwsZ ).

"Many people in the unincorporated community about 52 miles north of Bakersfield also have been relying on a county-supplied 5,000-gallon water tank filled with non-potable water for bathing and flushing toilets, The Recorder said..."

"America, America!

"Death in the suburbs: Why Ferguson’s tragedy is America’s story."

Death in the suburbs: Why Ferguson's tragedy is America's story
A man is arrested as police try to disperse a crowd during protests in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014. (Credit: AP/Jeff Roberson)
"What's happening now in Missouri isn't new, and the changing face of America is making it much more common."

"A man in a black helmet and gas mask, assault rifle tucked at his side, shoots a fireball of tear gas into a dark, smoky sky. On the cover of the St. Louis Post Dispatch this Tuesday, the image looked like a still from a war movie.

"Its setting, however, could not have been more banal: a six-lane blacktop, flanked with Sherwin-Williams, Sam’s Club, Burger King and other fixtures of suburbia. It’s called West Florissant Avenue, but check it out on Google Streetview: It might as well be Anywhere, U.S.A.


"In a nutshell, that has been the dissonant visual effect of the scenes in Ferguson, Missouri. Video-game firepower in a landscape of numb routine. Civil unrest in the suburbs..."

"God shed his grace on thee...



"And crown thy good with brotherhood...



"From sea to shining sea!"



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Ms. Bates would be in shock if she were alive today.  Her "brotherhood" has been ignored and buried by Conservatives and their propagandists and they have made sure that their plans for a New American Age of Feudalism will be brought to you with the sound  of  gunfire in the background.

There are approximately 270 million to 310 million guns in the United States, close to one firearm for every man, woman and child, and coupled with police brutality and racism Ms. Bates' song will go down as dead on arrival.

You say there's no such thing as the "vast rightwing criminal conspiracy?" The arming of  America and the militarization of our police weren't done by accident and the race between the Conservative takeover of America and planetary extinction is in a dead heat.

Still think criminalizing Conservatism is a bad idea?



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"America! America! God shed his grace on thee. Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free! "

Katherine Lee Bates, in her America The Beautiful.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

"Nothing Is More Despicable Than Respect Based On Fear." Albert Camus.



The existential philosopher had it right, and the Conservatives use an ancient truism as the basis of their sales pitches to those who easily panic when exposed to fear: Fear breeds hate.

"Conservatives Big on Fear, Brain Study Finds."



"Peering inside the brain with MRI scans, researchers at University College London found that self-described conservative students had a larger amygdala than liberals. The amygdala is an almond-shaped structure deep in the brain that is active during states of fear and anxiety. Liberals had more gray matter at least in the anterior cingulate cortex, a region of the brain that helps people cope with complexity.

"The results are not that surprising as they fit in with conclusions from other studies. Just a year ago, researchers from Harvard and UCLA San Diego reported finding a "liberal" gene. This gene had a tiny effect, however, and worked only for adolescents having many friends. The results also mesh with psychological studies on conflict monitoring.

"What It Means 

"There is a big unknown underlying these findings. Supposing that the size of one's amygdala really does increase the likelihood of being a conservative. Is the size of the amygdala determined at birth, or does it perhaps increase with frightening childhood experiences, such as authoritarian parenting and corporal punishment?..."

Here's just one way out of hundreds to scare the pants off of the Conservative Sheepets -- by their own leaders.

"Iowa Republican: Immigrant Children May Be “Highly Trained” Muslim Terrorists."



"Even as the right wing is taking great pains to remind the black community why no black person should ever vote for Republicans, Tamara Scott, a committeewoman of the Iowa RNC also wants to remind the Latino community that Republicans hate them just as much as they hate blacks.

"During her weekly radio show, Scott took a few minutes to plop this gem on her no doubt aging, white and very angry audience:

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Look at him! You can just tell his dreams are of Allah and the death of America!
"'When we see these kids, you and I think young kids, we think maybe 12-year-olds, maybe even homeschoolers — excuse me, middle-schoolers. But we know back in our revolution, we had 12-year-olds fighting in our revolution. And for many of these kids, depending on where they’re coming from, they could be coming from other countries and be highly trained as warriors who will meet up with their group here and actually rise up against us as Americans...'"

But those who serve and protect us will keep fear away...



Yup, serve and protect...



So our kids can grow up and do anything they want to do in life...




And safe and sound in our neighborhoods...



...because now we're safe and secure thanks to our brave policemen and policewomen...



Because our fearless Conservative leadership will keep us safe, secure, and well-fed!



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Over sixty years ago America's Conservatives discovered the tricks and techniques of their pals on Madison Avenue, and the most effective came from the social psychologists under contract to the Mad Ave guys: Sow fear...and hate will follow.

Liberals and progressives, being more honest and candid folks, fell behind in using marketing techniques and started losing at the polls after a long period of success when voters still remembered who was responsible for the worst economic depression in world history.

And what about the issues that really count like racism and poverty?

Forget about issues and polite political discourse with American fear mongers. Conservatism is all about the money, and social issues are merely used to proselytize those among us with the trappings of an authoritarian personality combined with the greatest amount of inborn fear.

So Conservatives win at the polls by default, combining their incessant lies with fear and hate on their way to turning class warfare into a New American Age of Feudalism.

There oughta be a law.



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"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust
of the people tempered by fear."

William E. Gladstone.

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