The authors test the hypothesis that low-effort thought promotes political conservatism. In Study 1, alcohol intoxication was measured among bar patrons; as blood alcohol level increased, so did political conservatism (controlling for sex, education, and political identification). In Study 2, participants under cognitive load reported more conservative attitudes than their no-load counterparts. In Study 3, time pressure increased participants’ endorsement of conservative terms. In Study 4, participants considering political terms in a cursory manner endorsed conservative terms more than those asked to cogitate; an indicator of effortful thought (recognition memory) partially mediated the relationship between processing effort and conservatism. Together these data suggest that political conservatism may be a process consequence of low-effort thought; when effortful, deliberate thought is disengaged, endorsement of conservative ideology increases. Abstract from “Low-Effort Thought Promotes Political Conservatism,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  (via hambonetoblerone)

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stfuconservatives:

A fun visual representation of how unbelievably pointless and wasteful Florida’s drug testing law is. Not pictured: the fact that that $178 million dollars went to a company owned by the governor’s wife.
-Jess

But, but that would be a conflict of interest! From a Republican!

stfuconservatives:

A fun visual representation of how unbelievably pointless and wasteful Florida’s drug testing law is. Not pictured: the fact that that $178 million dollars went to a company owned by the governor’s wife.

-Jess

But, but that would be a conflict of interest! From a Republican!

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imbloggingme:

“Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million At Private Meeting”

Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million At Private Meeting To Beat Obama

Nobody is surprised by this.

Drawing on a sample size of several thousand, correcting for both education and socioeconomic status, the new study looks embarrassingly robust. Importantly, it shows that prejudice tends not to arise directly from low intelligence but from the conservative ideologies to which people of low intelligence are drawn. Conservative ideology is the “critical pathway” from low intelligence to racism. Those with low cognitive abilities are attracted to “rightwing ideologies that promote coherence and order” and “emphasise the maintenance of the status quo”. Even for someone not yet renowned for liberal reticence, this feels hard to write.

This is not to suggest that all conservatives are stupid. There are some very clever people in government, advising politicians, running thinktanks and writing for newspapers, who have acquired power and influence by promoting rightwing ideologies.

But what we now see among their parties – however intelligent their guiding spirits may be – is the abandonment of any pretence of high-minded conservatism. On both sides of the Atlantic, conservative strategists have discovered that there is no pool so shallow that several million people won’t drown in it. Whether they are promoting the idea that Barack Obama was not born in the US, that man-made climate change is an eco-fascist-communist-anarchist conspiracy, or that the deficit results from the greed of the poor, they now appeal to the basest, stupidest impulses, and find that it does them no harm in the polls.

The Right’s Stupidity Spreads, Enabled By A Too-Polite Left
George Monbiot  (via somepolitics)

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Nixon,Bush AND Reagan? Fuckk ehh
He can’t be president because he is completely out of touch with any part of America that isn’t stupidly wealthy. He’s never had friends who didn’t have servants, he’s never lived anywhere that wasn’t a mansion. To him, the poor aren’t people, they’re a hypothetical situation, a fantasy construction, a fairy tale.

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Nixon,Bush AND Reagan? Fuckk ehh

He can’t be president because he is completely out of touch with any part of America that isn’t stupidly wealthy. He’s never had friends who didn’t have servants, he’s never lived anywhere that wasn’t a mansion. To him, the poor aren’t people, they’re a hypothetical situation, a fantasy construction, a fairy tale.

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Jon Stewart Explains Republican Mitt Romney

  • Jon Stewart: It's like putting ten percent down on a car, then using the value of that car to get another loan and repay yourself that ten percent and and maybe a little twenty percent... on top for your troubles and then walking away, leaving the car on the hook for the payments.
  • But, for Bain Capital to borrow money from other people, knowing that those debts might never be repaid, while still profiting themselves, I don't know. I don't know how I feel about that business practice. Does it make anyone else uneasy?
  • [video of Romney]: I think it's simply immoral for us as a nation and as a generation, to keep spending more and more money, by borrowing money from other people knowing that those debts will never be repaid during our lifetimes.
  • Stewart: I don't know who that ruggedly handsome guy is but I agree one hundred percent. So there you go and his pitch to Americans seems to be, elect me as your president. I have twenty five years of business experience doing something I believe this country should never ever do.
truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Here’s what Mitt Romney said after he won the Florida Republican primary last night:“While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about …”… What do you think he said? Not getting the economy moving. Not keeping America safe. Not improving people’s lives.“While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about: defeating Barack Obama.”Then he launched a “One-Term Fund” drive to get his backers to contribute $1 million to make Barack Obama a one-term president.It may not take the Romney camp very long to get to a million — they announced today that just 9 percent of their money comes from donors giving less than $200.It’s also clear that there’s lots of money to be raised from far-right Tea Party types appealing to a very personal dislike of Barack Obama. When Romney tells a reporter that we need a president “who believes in American principles” or that President Obama will be just a “footnote in history,” that’s who he’s talking to.Last night Romney summed it up in one line — for them, it’s all about beating one man and sending his family packing from the White House.Everything else the Republicans say or do is just means to that end.Our campaign is different. It’s about bringing people together to protect the progress we’ve made and make a lot more in a second term.
Jim MessinaCampaign ManagerObama for America

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Here’s what Mitt Romney said after he won the Florida Republican primary last night:

“While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about …”

… What do you think he said? Not getting the economy moving. Not keeping America safe. Not improving people’s lives.

“While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about: defeating Barack Obama.”

Then he launched a “One-Term Fund” drive to get his backers to contribute $1 million to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

It may not take the Romney camp very long to get to a million — they announced today that just 9 percent of their money comes from donors giving less than $200.

It’s also clear that there’s lots of money to be raised from far-right Tea Party types appealing to a very personal dislike of Barack Obama. When Romney tells a reporter that we need a president “who believes in American principles” or that President Obama will be just a “footnote in history,” that’s who he’s talking to.

Last night Romney summed it up in one line — for them, it’s all about beating one man and sending his family packing from the White House.

Everything else the Republicans say or do is just means to that end.

Our campaign is different. It’s about bringing people together to protect the progress we’ve made and make a lot more in a second term.

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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“This country is bankrupt; all great nations go down because they extend themselves overseas. …let’s defend this country, and stop pretending we can tell other people how to live!”

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“This country is bankrupt; all great nations go down because they extend themselves overseas. …let’s defend this country, and stop pretending we can tell other people how to live!”

Ron Paul, calling for less foreign military involvement, and a rededication to strict, domestic military defense.

He’s a racist, homophobic, sexist piece of trash, and he’s probably either crazy or stupid… but he’s the only Republican on the field right now that I could support to any degree. If Romney or Gingrich or Santorum wins the Presidency with the Congress we have now, then we won’t have a nation by the next elections. Ron Paul might set us back to the Dark Ages, but he wouldn’t completely flush the country down the drain. And then, once he’s out, we can elect someone smart and modern-minded to repair the damage he caused. If it’s Mitt or Newt or Rick, there won’t be anything to repair.

I want to vote for Barney Frank, or Sherrod Brown. I’ll take Obama if that’s what’s on the menu.

Hey, look. This is stupid.

housekeysofthekingdom:

““The Amish do not carry health insurance. The government respects their principles. Christian Scientists want to heal by prayer alone, and the new health care reform law respects that. Quakers and others object to killing even in wartime, and the government respects that principle for conscientious objectors. By its decision, the Obama administration has failed to show the same respect for the consciences of Catholics and others who object to treating pregnancy as a disease.””

Cardinal-Designate Timothy Dolan

Don’t they make these people go to school? I figured a Cardinal-Designate would have gone to college, taken some critical thinking courses, or logic classes. Or sixth grade public school, which is where I know for a fact that modern Texans learn about analogies.

Analogies are fun! Here’s how they work:

Amish don’t want health insurance. - The Catholics don’t want abortions. = The Amish don’t have to get health insurance. - The Catholics don’t have to get abortions.

Christian Scientists don’t want health care. - The Catholics don’t want abortions. = Christian Scientists are allowed to pray for healing instead of getting science’s medicine. - Catholics are not forced or required to get abortions.

Quakers don’t believe in killing for any reason, even in wartime. - Catholics don’t believe in killing fetuses. = Quakers are allowed to be conscientious objectors. - Catholics are not mandated to terminate their pregnancies.

Those are all GOOD analogies, as opposed to the BAD analogy up above. Let’s try another set, this time from Bizarro World! In Bizarro World, “respecting someone’s beliefs” actually means “unconditionally capitulate to the whims of politically-motivated religious extremists!” This is the Bizarro World that the Cardinal-Designate appears to want. Here we go!

Amish don’t want health insurance. - Catholics don’t want abortions. = The federal government disbands the insurance companies. - The federal government overturns Roe v. Wade.

Christian Scientists don’t want health care. - The Catholics don’t want abortions. = Every hospital gets shut down, every clinic gets bulldozed, doctors are outlawed. - Every abortion clinic is closed for business.

Quakers don’t believe in killing for any reason, even in wartime. - Catholics don’t believe in killing fetuses. = We overturn the Second Amendment, confiscate the weapons, disband the military, and disarm the police. - We let a politically-motivated band of religious extremists dictate what medical procedures a woman can have.

Man, Bizarro World sure is fun! It sounds like the Cardinal-Designate up above wants to live there! He must think that it would be swell if his religious beliefs were more important than everybody else’s religious beliefs. He seems to believe that it is possible to respect one set of religious beliefs by ignoring everyone else’s beliefs. Man, Bizarro World is wacky!

But, let’s try our hands at another set of analogies, this time from the Counter-Bizarro World, where the federal government actually tramples on beliefs the way that the Cardinal-Designate whines about! This is what would happen if the authorities actually did not respect your religious beliefs, as the Cardinal-Designate claims!

The Amish don’t want health insurance. - Catholics don’t want abortions. = Fuck the Amish, they’ll get health insurance when and where the law says. - Mothers-to-be would be compelled to get abortions in cases where it endangers the live of the mother, even if she’s Catholic.

Christian Scientists don’t want health care. - Catholics don’t want abortions. = People would be treated for injuries and illness, even if they’d rather pray to their invisible sky friend. - And, fetuses would be aborted if they were the product of incest, or if they were found to have abnormalities that would prevent them having a healthy, happy life, even if the parents cry about it.

Quakers don’t believe in killing, even during times of war. - Catholics don’t believe in killing fetuses. = Quakers can be drafted like everyone else. - Catholics would not be allowed to birth children if they have already demonstrated themselves to be unfit parents.

Now, Counter-Bizarro World is a pretty dark place, and I wouldn’t want to live there. But, I don’t want to live in Bizarro World, either. Here’s the thing, anti-choice asshole Cardina-Designate: Your beliefs get the same weight and respect as everyone else’s: No less, and usually not more. Your beliefs and feelings are not being attacked by the fact that the government will not overturn legal rulings and condemn millions of women to lifelong suffering.

Here’s a rule of thumb: Nobody who has taken a vow of chastity has a right to say shit about abortion.