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Trump, Republicans and mass stupidity

Republicans. Yes, Donald Trump still leads the Republican race. And yes, the Republican establishment is gathering around a nut case who speaks at a slightly higher level. And some Republicans are already in mourning.

Yes, Cruz and Trump are already attacking each other’s WIVES..check out what Trump retweeted.

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Yes, the REAL Trump retweeted this.

OMG.

Of course, some of the reaction to Trump’s candidacy is downright embarrassing. Some students at Emory University felt “traumatized” that someone wrote pro-Trump slogans in chalk on their campus:

Well, all hell broke loose. As the Emory Wheel (the student newspaper reports):

Roughly 40 students gathered shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the outdoors space between the Administration Building and Goodrich C. White Hall; many students carried signs featuring slogans such as “Stop Trump” or “Stop Hate” and an antiphonal chant addressed to University administration, led by College sophomore Jonathan Peraza, resounded “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” throughout the Quad. Peraza opened the door to the Administration Building and students moved forward towards the door, shouting “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

They’re in pain! In pain! OMG, somebody soothe them!

Oh goodness. This is almost as bad as others feeling that they had the right to block streets that lead to a Trump rally.

Mass stupidity. The Onion came out with a photo shop of Air Force One with people standing on its wings; it claimed that the people were Cuban refugees.

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Snopes ended up publishing a story reminding people that The Onion story was satire! What does it say that
Snopes felt compelled to publish this story?

March 24, 2016 Posted by | moron, morons, politics, politics/social, social/political | , , , , | Leave a comment

Why I oppose the GMO labeling laws (at least the one’s I’ve heard of)

Ok, here is a labeling law that I approve of:

food sellers who use plant ingredients should be required to label their foods by the phase of the moon at which the said plants were harvested.

*I want to know!*

Oh sure, there has been no convincing evidence that the time of harvest has any bearing on the safety of the ingredients, but no one has proven that it is safe to harvest during a new moon!

Oh as far as the scientists who say that concern is baseless: they are all in the pockets of big agriculture. Besides, those scientists aren’t god; they don’t know everything!!!!

What are they afraid of????? Hmmmmm?

January 9, 2014 Posted by | moron, morons, science | , | 4 Comments

Stomach Turning Delusion…

I’ll probably leave for my run in about half an hour; the day looks good for a run. But I am still recovering from two tough (but fun) weekends so the run will be moderate (perhaps 5-6 miles).

As far as amount to run: remember that training to run well is different than training for health. The trick for me is to train enough to reach my current potential but not so much that I end up injured.

After this marathon is over, I’ll probably run a bit less and walk and swim more: running: probably 8, 6, weekend race OR 10-14 miles,
walking: 4 and a 10-14, swim: twice a week, weights: 3 times a week (like now).

Posts
Rachel Maddow has a nice piece on conspiracy theories. I know that there will ALWAYS be cranks and woos; the problem is that some of these theories are finding an ear in the US Congress. She also has a few good books to recommend (about 9-11); I might get the Popular Mechanics one.

And yes, this is apolitical; there are liberal conspiracy cranks too.

Martial Arts and woo
I’ve chuckled over this:

And when this master fought an outside fighter it didn’t go so well for him:

But the question is: HOW did such delusions take root? I was puzzled; my experience with martial arts involved boxing, wrestling and judo. You practiced competition in practice; I knew full well what throws, holds, and punches felt like. But in some forms of martial arts: well you can’t practice real knife fighting or really poking someone eyes out. Sam Harris explains:

It’s a little hard to see how Yanagi’s delusion got up and running, but once everyone began falling all over themselves, it is easy to see how it was maintained. Imagine it from his point of view: if you thought you might be able to knock people down at a distance, and then your students complied and fell down on cue, year after year, you might begin to believe that you really had these powers. To a lesser extent, this is a problem in many martial arts: because to train most techniques without getting hurt, you have to allow little elements of fantasy to creep in. Does poking someone in the eye really end a fight? People who have done this in combat probably know, but millions of martial artists pretend to poke each other in the eyes throughout their training, without ever knowing what would happen if they tried it for real. You can’t train with real knives, because you’d get killed on the first day. So you train with plastic or rubber knives, and you begin to lose sight of just how far you’ve departed from realism. This happens to some degree no matter how tactically sound the instruction is.

Of course, in Yanagi’s case, it is harder to see how a new student would suddenly get knocked off his feet based by virtue of his own self-deception. But there’s so much social pressure to confirm the stated dogma. It’s not that people need to fake these things consciously. They can be led by a stepwise process to fake it without ever having to confront the fact that they’re faking. It is like faith healing or speaking in tongues. A person can be inducted into a performance by the performances of others.

So what about common, day-to-day delusions? Well, Mike Huckabee posted a note about a medical team saving the life and limbs of one of the wounded Boston Bombing victims:

The Boston police who faced bullets and explosions to track down the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are undeniably heroes. Especially Officer Dick Donohue Jr., who exchanged fire with the suspects while trying to aid another officer they’d shot and killed. But let’s also extend the honor of heroes to the EMTs and doctors who took truly heroic measures to save Officer Donohue’s life. In the firefight, he was struck by a bullet in the thigh that severed his femoral artery. By the time he reached the hospital, he had lost all the blood in his body. He was given CPR, transfusions and emergency surgery. During that time, his heart completely stopped. It took the surgeons 45 minutes to get his pulse restarted. But they not only saved his leg, they’re cautiously optimistic that he will make a full recovery and walk again. He will live to see his six-month-old son Richie grow up, and to tell him all about the time his dad was dead for 45 minutes. But the heroic surgical team at Mt. Auburn Hospital refused to let him go.

So far, so good. Nice post..I like it.

But then came the predictable reactions:

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Never mind the problems with a deity that is focused on a tiny part of a multi-billion galaxy universe. Now you have “god guiding the hands of the surgeons”???? (how? with what mechanism?)

Seriously, why rely on medical teams and science? If “god can work through…x, y, z”, then why not trust their deity to work through, say, Honey Boo Boo to do the operation?

Note: I am NOT talking about people who use their religion to calm themselves and do a better job; I am talking about the notion of some puppet master pulling strings.

Seriously, I wish that individuals that believed this crap would be ineligible to receive treatment derived from skill and modern science. Ok, I don’t, but it is frustrating to live with a times. It is almost as if we are 3’rd world nation with better technology, thanks to….science.

April 25, 2013 Posted by | huckabee, moron, morons, religion, running, science, superstition | , , | Leave a comment

Republican tension: tone deafness WRT the national picture.

Yes, Ted Nugent is popular with the non-intellectual die hard conservative crowd. So a Texas Republican US Representative has asked him to be his guest at the State of the Union and to give an address afterward:

Ted Nugent, the gun-loving, bow-hunting rocker whose staunch defense of Second Amendment rights and inflammatory insults of President Obama have made him a hero with many conservatives, will attend the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Mr. Nugent, who is also a National Rifle Association board member, will be a guest of Representative Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican who recently made headlines by threatening to file articles of impeachment against Mr. Obama if the president issued executive orders that strengthened gun control laws.

In a telephone interview from his ranch in Texas on Monday, Mr. Nugent said that he planned to sit in the House of Representatives gallery during the president’s speech and that he would hold a news conference afterward, an event that seemed likely to turn the decorous setting of the State of the Union into a tabloid spectacle.

Frankly, this is music to my ears. Sure, this is a probably a very popular move with this Representative’s constituents; heck this will probably help the Republicans lock down a certain constituency: social conservatives who love guns and hate President Obama.

However, something tells me that they already win this crowd. 🙂 This is a classic example of playing to your base so hard that you hurt your party’s national chances. But hey…I am all for it!

February 12, 2013 Posted by | moron, morons, politics, republicans | , | Leave a comment

To the “clever” person who left this on my wife’s car

Photo on 2012-12-02 at 21.17

Let’s compare resumes.

December 3, 2012 Posted by | moron, morons, politics, politics/social, republicans | , | Leave a comment

Breaking Republicans of their Dumbness Addiction will be difficult

Seriously, I think that things like this is what Gov. Bobby Jindal was referring to:

President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as “Delphi” to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. That’s according to a four-hour briefing delivered to Republican state senators at the Georgia state Capitol last month. […]

This is NOT satire from The Onion or some other like magazine.

November 15, 2012 Posted by | moron, morons, politics, politics/social, republicans | 7 Comments

Oh Noes! Obama’s campaign is now sunk!

The Republicans have a fool proof plan. Oh well….Hello President Romney.

November 3, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, moron, morons, religion | 1 Comment

I am supposed to respect these people……how???

Note: yes, I know, one can always cherry pick people to make the “other side” sound as dumb as possible. BUT I am referring to the type of people you see in this video (and there are a LOT of them) and not to all Romney voters. And remember Mitt Romney said that those who support President Obama were those who didn’t take responsibility for themselves:

He did say “47 percent, those who were with him…”

(text from here)

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.

And they will vote for this president no matter what…. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.

Remember, that is from the “top of the ticket”.

November 3, 2012 Posted by | Mitt Romney, moron, morons, republicans, republicans politics | Leave a comment

Deer Crossings? HAS to be troll…or an intentional act

October 19, 2012 Posted by | humor, moron, morons | Leave a comment

“Study it out”: I am supposed to respect people like these?

The ignorant are sure of themselves.

October 13, 2012 Posted by | moron, morons, republicans | Leave a comment