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Posted by Motown_Johnny in General Discussion
Sun Jul 24th 2011, 11:13 AM
We already have scientific evidence that conservatives react more strongly to stimuli that elicit a fear response. We also have scientific evidence that Conservatives tend to believe false reports even when they are proven to be false. To me this fits the definition of a mild form of dementia. /


Deep-seated political differences aren’t simply moral and intellectual: They’re also biological.

In reflex tests of 46 political partisans, psychologists found that conservatives were more likely than liberals to be shocked by sudden threats.

Accompanying the physiological differences were deep differences on hot-button political issues: military expansion, the Iraq war, gun control, capital punishment, the Patriot act, warrantless searches, foreign aid, abortion rights, gay marriage, premarital sex and pornography.

"People are experiencing the world, experiencing threat, differently," said University of Nebraska political scientist John Hibbing. "We have very different physiological orientations."


Why the Facts Don't Matter in Politics
Posted on: September 15, 2008 2:54 PM, by Jonah Lehrer

I think this experiment helps explains a rather disturbing amount of our political discourse. What it neatly demonstrates is that the main reason so many campaigns traffic in dishonest allegations and pseudofacts is that, when it comes to voters, the facts don't really matter. Most of us are just partisan hacks:

Political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler provided two groups of volunteers with the Bush administration's prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. One group was given a refutation -- the comprehensive 2004 Duelfer report that concluded that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction before the United States invaded in 2003. Thirty-four percent of conservatives told only about the Bush administration's claims thought Iraq had hidden or destroyed its weapons before the U.S. invasion, but 64 percent of conservatives who heard both claim and refutation thought that Iraq really did have the weapons. The refutation, in other words, made the misinformation worse.
A similar "backfire effect" also influenced conservatives told about Bush administration assertions that tax cuts increase federal revenue. One group was offered a refutation by prominent economists that included current and former Bush administration officials. About 35 percent of conservatives told about the Bush claim believed it; 67 percent of those provided with both assertion and refutation believed that tax cuts increase revenue.


Dementia Facts Medically Edited by: Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD

Dementia is a term that describes a collection of symptoms that include decreased intellectual functioning that interferes with normal life functions and is usually used to describe people who have two or more major life functions impaired or lost such as memory, language, perception, judgment or reasoning; they may lose emotional and behavioral control, develop personality changes and have problem solving abilities reduced or lost.

There are different classification schemes for dementias roughly based (and with overlap) on observed problems; some frequently used are cortical (memory, language, thinking, social) , subcortical (emotions, movement, memory), progressive (cognitive abilities worsen over time), primary (results from a specific disease such as Alzheimer's disease and secondary (occurs because of disease or injury).
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Posted by Motown_Johnny in General Discussion
Wed Apr 27th 2011, 05:11 AM

and you seem to be ignoring:

Two great choices for Supreme Court.

The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The Matthew Shepard Hates Crimes Prevention Act (which they said could not be done)

Children's Health Insurance

Tobacco Regulation

Credit Card Reform

Student Loan Reform

The Stimulus (including the largest tax cut ever, the largest investment in clean energy ever, the single largest investment in education in our country ever)

Health Reform

Wall Street Reform

The New G.I. Bill

The Food Safety Modernization Act (the most expansive food reform bill since the 1930s)

The Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal

The New Start Treaty (even when the (R)s said he would never be able to get it passed)

Locking up over half the loose nuclear material in the world in less than half of his first term, something most (R)s thought impossible.

Most of that list is from The Rachel Maddow Show and is included in this clip ...

In that clip she also estimates that ~85% of what President Obama said he wanted to accomplish in his first term had been accomplished in the first half of his first term.

Have we gotten everything we want? Oh Hell No! But the idea that this guy isn't worth reelecting is simply ridiculous from my point of view.

Remember that once this final campaign is over he doesn't need to worry about running again. His legacy will be his main focus and I am reasonably certain that he will want that legacy to be viewed as being liberal.
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Posted by Motown_Johnny in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Apr 21st 2010, 10:27 PM

We already know that Stevens stuck it out until he was 90 but that seems to be unusual. I assume some of it was not wanting Shrub to name his replacement. Souter retired a few months before he turned 70 and O'Conner retired at age 76.

Ginsburg turned 77 last month and there are rumors that she will retire next year. Only rumors mind you but they are out there. If so that would make 3 Obama appointees in his first term. I will assume that there won't be any more until at least 2013.

Now let us assume that our President wins a second term.

Scalia and Kennedy were both born in 1936 and Breyer in 1938. So in 2013 Breyer will turn 75 and both Scalia and Kennedy will turn 77. (if my math is not in error)

I would like to pause here for a moment to point out that I wish them all good health and a long and happy retirement. I am just trying to guess when that retirement might start. With Souter leaving by age 70 and O'Conner at 76 isn't it possible that in this hypothetical 2nd term President Obama might get one or even two more chances to appoint a Supreme Court Justice? Scalia and Kennedy will both be over 80 before that term ends and even Breyer would be in his late 70's.

Might we not be looking at a 5 or 6 Justice "Obama Block" on the court for the next 20 years?

Speculation built upon Speculation, I know. Still, it is a happy thought. If we need something for our base to focus on might this not be it?
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Posted by Motown_Johnny in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Apr 19th 2009, 11:39 AM

The combination of...

A) V.P. Cheney's admissions that he "signed off" on the enhanced interrogation techniques

B) The description of those techniques in the recently released memos

C) The report by the International Red Cross that witnessed the use of those techniques and stated definitively that it was torture

...represents a specific quantity of evidence upon which a decision can be made to either launch an official investigation or not.

If no investigation is launched, I see only two possibilities when looking forward and IMO neither is acceptable.

#1) The Justice Department will require more evidence than that which the combination of A,B and C represents to launch any investigation.

#2) The Justice Department will give up any pretense of equal distribution of justice to all Americans without regard to their social status.

Anyone see a third choice I have overlooked?

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Posted by Motown_Johnny in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Mar 13th 2009, 01:45 PM
The Nine Principles ( 'cause I can't count to ten)

1. America is good. ( and therefore justified when doing bad things )

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life. ( which removes my personal responsibility for my life )

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday. ( 'cause I couldn't possibly be much worse )

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government. ( the gays scare me )

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it. ( unless you were in the Bush Administration, or voted for him )

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results. ( or equal opportunity, so don't take away my advantages. I can't compete on a level playing field )

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable. ( I don't share )

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion. ( as long as I don't disagree with Rush )

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me. ( and I want less government because I want fewer people working for me )
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They have boxed themselves in, again

Face it, Obama is gonna be a good president. maybe even a fantastic president. Compared to shrub he is going to look great no matter what.

So everyone who has claimed that he is to liberal, or will lead from to far to the left are hurting the repugs.

Everyone in the middle who don't follow an ideology and don't pay terribly close attention to the details will conclude that the liberals do a better job than the conservatives and that leading from the left works better than leading from the right. Even if Obama is a centrist (which I think he will be) the 10% in the center who split tickets and will vote for either side will begin to identify themselves as liberals.

Payback.. it's gonna be a bitch (for them)
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Holy Crap

I voted in the primaries this year, at the same location. I got there just after 7:00 and was the third one to vote in my precinct. I can only assume that the two who voted ahead of me were working the polls since nobody else was there.

Today I showed up before the polls opened and had At least 1500 and possibly 2000 people ahead of me.

I have been voting in the same location for the last 12 years, and had voted there back in the 80s also. Never saw anything that even slightly resembled this turnout.

The two things worth noting other than the turnout were:

1) One woman's water broke while in line, so she was escorted to the front of the line to polite applause and quiet cheers from the rest of us in line.

2) Many people did not know what precinct they were in, so when the line marshals tried to move people from the main line forward to a short precinct line it was a cluster fuck. No maps to help. Even the people working there were not certain where the boundaries were (and one guy was listed as a different precinct than his voter registration card listed).

Other than that it was pretty straight forward. Some people impatient but nothing out of hand. Just some mild rudeness.

FYI I am on Detroit's east side. We are all (or almost all) Democrats.

Edit to add... when I left the line was just as long if not longer, still a couple thousand people there waiting to vote
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Yesterday was the last day of Sen. Obama's Grandmother's life. Today is the last day where only white christian men were elected to lead this country. Tomorrow we begin a new era.

I am not a writer and I know I can't begin to properly describe the true impact that today, and tomorrow, will have on the lives of every American for generations. I can however see a special moment when it jumps up and slaps me in the face.
Sen. Obama's speech in Charlotte North Carolina tonight had moments that will be shown to school children for decades.

Madelyn Dunham's passing will be remembered as a symbol. A passing of the torch from the greatest generation to that of their grandchildren. From a generation which desegregated our armed forces and passed civil rights legislation to a generation where the commander in chief of our armed forces can be the most qualified person regardless of race. This is a moment dreamed of not only by African Americans such as MLK, but dreamed of by all Americans who understand the true promise of this nation and hope to continue on a path toward fulfilling that promise. RFK said in 1968 that the believed a black man could be elected President in 40 years. On November 4th 2008 those prophetic words can be realized.

I can only say in closing that my heart goes out to Sen. Obama and his entire family. God Bless you all and God Bless America

Rest in peace Madelyn

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