Cognitive Dissonance

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A friend of mine just shared this on Facebook (and tagged a shitload of people) captioned as such: 

"If Obummer sees what were [sic] all posting anyhow then this is so crazy it just might work. Imagine his suprise [sic] when the I.R.S. hands him a stack of posts from all walls in America. Oh wait they won’t bcuz all the emails get lost lol!"

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck….. I just don’t even know what to say to this tomfoolery. I quit.

A friend of mine just shared this on Facebook (and tagged a shitload of people) captioned as such:

"If Obummer sees what were [sic] all posting anyhow then this is so crazy it just might work. Imagine his suprise [sic] when the I.R.S. hands him a stack of posts from all walls in America. Oh wait they won’t bcuz all the emails get lost lol!"

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck….. I just don’t even know what to say to this tomfoolery. I quit.

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darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars. 

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

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Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman published an op-ed today in The American Conservative urging the Republican Party and conservatives to embrace marriage equality, stating:

Today we have an opportunity to do more: conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry. I’ve been married for 29 years. My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.

All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience. Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience.

Judging by the comments and reactions on Twitter, Huntsman touched a nerve by calling out conservatives. So one question, then…

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Oh, I think they mad.

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Wyoming Rep. Hans Hunt to fellow citizen: If you care about what we do here, GTFO

Wyomingite and Universalist Minister Audette Fulbright wrote her representatives to express her concerns about expanding carry laws in schools and fracking. As she wrote: “Here is the response I got from Rep. Hans Hunt:”

“Rev. Fulbright,

“I’ll be blunt. If you don’t like the political atmosphere of Wyoming, then by all means, leave. We, who have been here a very long time (I am proudly 4th generation) are quite proud of our independent heritage. I don’t expect a ‘mass exodus’ from our state just because we’re standing up for our rights. As to your comments on fracking, I would point out that you’re basing your statement on ‘dangers’ that have not been scientifically founded or proved as of yet.

“It offends me to no end when liberal out-of-staters such as yourself move into Wyoming, trying to get away from where they came from, and then pompously demand that Wyoming conform to their way of thinking. We are, and will continue to be, a state which stands a head above the rest in terms of economic security. Our ability to do that is, in large part, to our ‘live and let live’ mentality when it comes to allowing economic development, and limiting government oversight. So, to conclude, if you’re so worried about what our legislature is working on, then go back home.

Sincerely,

Hans Hunt

Representative Hans Hunt
House District 02”

Yes, that happened.

My reply:

“Dear Rep. Hunt,

Regarding your recent email to Rev. Fulbright – Serving in the legislature is a privilege, not a birthright, and you serve all your constituents, even if they just moved here yesterday. You were a Wyomingite by accident. Over 60% of us, according to the last survey, were born somewhere else and become Wyomingites by choice.

If you’re incapable of playing well with others, perhaps it’s you that needs to go back home.

Cheers,
Meg Lanker-Simons”

I’ll just leave his email here: hans.hunt@wyoleg.gov

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The impotent right-wing rage on my Facebook feed is incredible…

From “Hitler took guns!” to “Hitler surrounded himself with kids!” to “OBAMA IS A NAZI BUT CONSTITUTION I LOVES MY GUN!” to “IMPEACH THE FÜHRER!” that’s got to be a record for going all Godwin.

The comments about Secret Service are just precious. It’s like Obama is the first president in the history of ever to use a Secret Service detail for himself and his family. That doesn’t make him a hypocrite. Newsflash: Ronald Reagan used Secret Service AND supported gun control. Chew on that for little bit. Bet it tastes like your own foot and hypocrisy.

For fuck’s sake, y’all. You can still own a gun. No one is taking that away. What we’re looking at now is maybe you don’t need a military-grade, semi-automatic assault rifle with a high capacity magazine for home defense and deer slaying.

And by the way, if you can’t get a deer in a few shots, it deserves to get away.

Chill. The. Fuck. Out.

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Ann Coulter visited Sean Hannity‘s show Monday night to discuss President Obama‘s recent cabinet picks as well as his possible actions on gun control. Coulter said she had just come back from England where they have “not bought into” the “diversity enthusiasm” of the States. “The liberals,” Coulter claimed, are “pushing and pushing and pushing” to have more mass murderers of color. “If you compare white populations, we have the same murder rate as Belgium,” Coulter said. “So perhaps it’s not a gun problem, it’s a demographic problem.
Mediaite‘s Anjali Sareen detailing Ann Coulter’s latest racist comments this Monday on Hannity.  But remember kiddos, the right-wing isn’t racist. In fact, YOU’RE the racist for even thinking that. Racist. /sarcasm

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Here’s my issue: We have had two of the deadliest shootings happen within the last six months. Both of which claimed children. You know, like the one sleeping in your house right now. Both happened in places everyone had every right to believe were perfectly safe. And the Right’s response? “Everything’s fine. Stay the course.”

Everything is NOT fine. People are dying. Not soldiers. Not militia members. Children. Teachers. Mothers and fathers. No one signed up for this. There were no volunteers. There was just carnage. And all you can do is post the 2nd Amendment in fear that the Great Satan Obama is going to swoop in with his UN flunkies and melt your guns into food stamps to give to unemployed drug dealers.

So yes. It’s time to examine things again. It’s time to think about what’s available to whom. It’s time to take a good look at whether or not we should be making assault weapons legal to buy for any psycho with a clean driving record. Do I want to take your guns? No, not at all! I like guns. I like to shoot them. I like to hunt and eat wild game. And I like to know that I have a level of protection. But I can feel protected with a .22 pistol. And I can hunt with a 12-gauge or a .30-06.

I don’t need a semi-automatic AR-15 with pistol grip, laser sights, high-capacity clips and armor-piercing rounds. That rifle has one use, and one use only. Assault. Which, as you might recall, is against the law.

And here’s the thing. No one’s going to take your guns. If you already have an assault rifle, well, good for you. They can’t take it from you. But they can make it more difficult for the people that are going to hurt other people to get their hands on them. Will school shootings still happen? Yes. Will the wackos on the left still want to take your guns? Yes. Will they? No.

I don’t like gun control. But I’ve realized that something needs to change. A ban on assault rifles, high-capacity clips and armor-piercing rounds isn’t going to turn us into the Soviet Union. After all, people still shot other people in the 90’s, too. It just didn’t happen as often.

Legit Conservative, responding to a friend posting the Second Amendment because said pal wanted to remind folks what America’s all about. I thought his response was marvelous — similar to Joe Scarborough’s change of heart today.

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Seriously.

Legit Conservative is on my radio show regularly, and he provides great commentary and answers to religious questions (he works with the church ministry at his non-denominational church). He’s also my partner in crime for when we taste weird junk food on-air. If you’d like to respond, email him at cogdistc@gmail.com or tweet at him @OlLegitty

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Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them. It’s all so unfortunate – for women, not men. Feminism serves men very well: they can have sex at hello and even live with their girlfriends with no responsibilities whatsoever.

It’s the women who lose. Not only are they saddled with the consequences of sex, by dismissing male nature they’re forever seeking a balanced life. The fact is, women need men’s linear career goals – they need men to pick up the slack at the office – in order to live the balanced life they seek.

So if men today are slackers, and if they’re retreating from marriage en masse, women should look in the mirror and ask themselves what role they’ve played to bring about this transformation. Fortunately, there is good news: women have the power to turn everything around. All they have to do is surrender to their nature – their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs.

Suzanne Venker, writing for Fox News about how she’s super mega concerned that feminism makes men not want to get married. She’s currently promoting her book, How to Choose a Husband with statements like: “I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a subculture of men who’ve told me, in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married. When I ask them why, the answer is always the same. Women aren’t women anymore.” Oh, and she has a quiz to determine if you need this book. Questions include “Deep down, do you feel superior to men?” “As a general rule, do you pursue men (as opposed to letting men pursue you)?” and “Are you a product of divorce?”

A few things: This woman is Phyllis Schlafly’s niece. Schlafly rose to prominence by campaigning against the ERA and is generally a terrible person. I’ll let this 1908, 1958, 2008 exchange demonstrate this:

Could you clarify some of the statements that you made in Maine last year about martial rape?

I think that when you get married you have consented to sex. That’s what marriage is all about, I don’t know if maybe these girls missed sex ed. That doesn’t mean the husband can beat you up, we have plenty of laws against assault and battery. If there is any violence or mistreatment that can be dealt with by criminal prosecution, by divorce or in various ways. When it gets down to calling it rape though, it isn’t rape, it’s a he said-she said where it’s just too easy to lie about it.

Was the way in which your statement was portrayed correct?

Yes. Feminists, if they get tired of a husband or if they want to fight over child custody, they can make an accusation of marital rape and they want that to be there, available to them.

So you see this as more of a tool used by people to get out of marriages than as legitimate-

Yes, I certainly do.

Speaking of legitimate, Schlafly also backed Todd Akin. Venker has bought Auntie Phyllis’ bullshit hook, line, and sinker. In defense of Michele Bachmann as a modern submissive wife, she wrote, “Indeed, the opportunities women enjoy today are not the result of a bus load of feminists shouting for change. Rather, it has been a natural progression — aided in large part by men. It’s male engineering, ironically, that has freed women from their former domestic lives.”

Uh-huh.

Here’s Venker reminding us that we women must find a man to support us in this gem from 1911 2011. Because babies:

“The other, very taboo thing to say to young women is ‘you need to look for a man who can support you.’ And the reason why you want to do that is not because you’re never going to make your own money and go out into the world; it’s because you’re going to hit a point - particularly in those years when the children are not in school, the first five years - when you are not going to want to be bothered with making an income because you’re going to want to be with those babies.”

The furor over her Fox News article, quoted at the beginning of the post, forced her to issue a statement on her Facebook page. Venker wrote, “The vitriol spewed forth on the Internet is precisely the reason so many people – men, especially – keep their mouths shut when it comes to gender issues. That’s called thought control, and feminists are the ringleaders… I made a point that’s hard to hear — that women should surrender to their nature — and people chose to extrapolate all kinds of meanings from this statement.” THINK OF THE MENZ WHO CAN’T TALK ABOUT THIS YOU GUISE!

Does it really need to be said that Venker’s views leave no room for anything else other than a conceived-in-perfect marshmallow-fluff marriage between two upper class heterosexual WASPs?

But perhaps the hashtag on her Tweet promoting her article on Fox News explains it all:

Is it any wonder she’s a hero to the MRA charmers out there?

(via cognitivedissonance)

Update: She issued a new explanation to The Daily Beast's David Freedlander today:

"All I can say in my defense is that it can be so hard when you write as much as I’ve written—three books, articles, blogs—you think you have said something but you haven’t. It’s like I am thinking something and I am so clear about it and I think what I have said is that. I don’t know. I don’t know. I didn’t think that much about it…

I am not advocating a strict division of gender roles. I am not suggesting that women can’t compete with men in the workforce or that men can’t handle strong women. People are extrapolating these things because the article is, I admit, rather open-ended.

[Rather], women, once they have children would prefer to work part-time or not at all when their children are young. Their career trajectory will be different than that of men. Feminists don’t like that. They want everybody to want the same thing, career trajectories to be the same. Women may say I really want to exercise or hang out with my friends and have coffee or go shopping and have a cushier life, and your guy will be happy to do that, and go to the office all year long for 40 years to allow you to do that. Men don’t have that option. And there is nothing wrong with having different road maps.”

Ahem. May I give you some practical PR advice? 

Just. Stop. Talking.

Stop. Like now.

Or alternately, keep going. Please. Make sure that no one takes you seriously ever again.

(via cognitivedissonance)

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Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them. It’s all so unfortunate – for women, not men. Feminism serves men very well: they can have sex at hello and even live with their girlfriends with no responsibilities whatsoever.

It’s the women who lose. Not only are they saddled with the consequences of sex, by dismissing male nature they’re forever seeking a balanced life. The fact is, women need men’s linear career goals – they need men to pick up the slack at the office – in order to live the balanced life they seek.

So if men today are slackers, and if they’re retreating from marriage en masse, women should look in the mirror and ask themselves what role they’ve played to bring about this transformation. Fortunately, there is good news: women have the power to turn everything around. All they have to do is surrender to their nature – their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs.

Suzanne Venker, writing for Fox News about how she’s super mega concerned that feminism makes men not want to get married. She’s currently promoting her book, How to Choose a Husband with statements like: “I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a subculture of men who’ve told me, in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married. When I ask them why, the answer is always the same. Women aren’t women anymore.” Oh, and she has a quiz to determine if you need this book. Questions include "Deep down, do you feel superior to men?" "As a general rule, do you pursue men (as opposed to letting men pursue you)?" and "Are you a product of divorce?"

A few things: This woman is Phyllis Schlafly's niece. Schlafly rose to prominence by campaigning against the ERA and is generally a terrible person. I'll let this 1908, 1958, 2008 exchange demonstrate this:

Could you clarify some of the statements that you made in Maine last year about martial rape?

I think that when you get married you have consented to sex. That’s what marriage is all about, I don’t know if maybe these girls missed sex ed. That doesn’t mean the husband can beat you up, we have plenty of laws against assault and battery. If there is any violence or mistreatment that can be dealt with by criminal prosecution, by divorce or in various ways. When it gets down to calling it rape though, it isn’t rape, it’s a he said-she said where it’s just too easy to lie about it.

Was the way in which your statement was portrayed correct?

Yes. Feminists, if they get tired of a husband or if they want to fight over child custody, they can make an accusation of marital rape and they want that to be there, available to them.

So you see this as more of a tool used by people to get out of marriages than as legitimate-

Yes, I certainly do.

Speaking of legitimate, Schlafly also backed Todd Akin. Venker has bought Auntie Phyllis’ bullshit hook, line, and sinker. In defense of Michele Bachmann as a modern submissive wife, she wrote, “Indeed, the opportunities women enjoy today are not the result of a bus load of feminists shouting for change. Rather, it has been a natural progression — aided in large part by men. It’s male engineering, ironically, that has freed women from their former domestic lives.”

Uh-huh.

Here’s Venker reminding us that we women must find a man to support us in this gem from 1911 2011. Because babies:

"The other, very taboo thing to say to young women is ‘you need to look for a man who can support you.’ And the reason why you want to do that is not because you’re never going to make your own money and go out into the world; it’s because you’re going to hit a point - particularly in those years when the children are not in school, the first five years - when you are not going to want to be bothered with making an income because you’re going to want to be with those babies."

The furor over her Fox News article, quoted at the beginning of the post, forced her to issue a statement on her Facebook page. Venker wrote, “The vitriol spewed forth on the Internet is precisely the reason so many people – men, especially – keep their mouths shut when it comes to gender issues. That’s called thought control, and feminists are the ringleaders… I made a point that’s hard to hear — that women should surrender to their nature — and people chose to extrapolate all kinds of meanings from this statement.” THINK OF THE MENZ WHO CAN’T TALK ABOUT THIS YOU GUISE!

Does it really need to be said that Venker’s views leave no room for anything else other than a conceived-in-perfect marshmallow-fluff marriage between two upper class heterosexual WASPs?

But perhaps the hashtag on her Tweet promoting her article on Fox News explains it all:

Is it any wonder she’s a hero to the MRA charmers out there?

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Gov. Gary Johnson Files Complaint In Federal Court Against Commission On Presidential Debates

govgaryjohnson:

October 19, 2012, Washington, DC – Citing survey data showing former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has in fact achieved the narrow criteria required for inclusion in the Monday debate, earning more than 40 percent of the vote in “head-to-head” polls against President Barack Obama, the Libertarian Party nominee’s campaign today filed a complaint in Federal Court in the District of Columbia maintaining that Johnson has, in fact, met the Commission on Presidential Debates’ criteria for inclusion. The complaint asks the Court to compel the CPD to include Johnson.

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Why not let him and Jill Stein debate? God forbid we hear more than two people.

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Sign your name to call on Speaker John Boehner to remove Rep. Todd Akin from the House Science and Technology Committee

Wait…

Rep. Todd Akin is on a SCIENCE COMMITTEE? He doesn’t know how the science or biology works!

He recently said: 

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare… If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

As Sarah Seltzer pointed out, women aren’t ducks. This is the latest in a series of untruths from radical members of the GOP. Akin tried to walk it back on Former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show, saying:

"I made that statement in error. Let me be clear: rape is never legitimate; it’s an evil act that’s committed by violent predators. I used the wrong words in the wrong way. What I said was ill-conceived and it was wrong, and for that, I apologize."

You know what’s ill-conceived, Todd? Pregnancies resulting from rape. Because they do happen. From the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology:

The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.

CONCLUSIONS: Rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence. As we address the epidemic of unintended pregnancies in the United States, greater attention and effort should be aimed at preventing and identifying unwanted pregnancies that result from sexual victimization.

That’s from people who actually do the science for a living, Todd.

He continues to dig the hole deeper, explaining that he “never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it. There isn’t any legitimate rapist. [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.”

Seriously. Stop.

Just stop. 

Multiple prominent Republicans have called for Akin to leave the race — if he doesn’t do so today, the path to nominating another candidate becomes nearly impossible for the Missouri GOP.

Even Rush Limbaugh has condemned Akin, claiming he doesn’t know how the science works. THAT Rush Limbaugh, you know, the one who thought you had take a birth control pill every time you had sex. That one.

But THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE?! Really?

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Happy Birthday, Phyllis Schlafly!

I read some of your ramblings in high school, fifteen or so years ago. And I’d like to thank you for helping to mold me as a progressive activist, and making me understand why the ERA is a big deal.

In your incoherent desire to see women in my generation retreat from a battle our grandmothers and mothers fought, I felt my spine and my resolve harden to KEEP PUSHING FURTHER. This serves me well when I think nothing I do matters. I look up quotes from you, like this 2007 gem: “By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.” AND THE FIRE IN MY BELLY RAGES.

So Phyllis, bravo on being the antihero at best, and the villain at worst. You’re sixty years older than me, and a century behind. I hope you sleep fitfully tonight, stuffed with birthday cake and bile, knowing the War on Women is far from over, and the women of my generation have begun picking up the artillery of those who came before us.

We come from all walks of life, all ages, all races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, and all points on the spectrum of gender.

And we will outlive you by decades and outrun you by miles.

Sleep tight, Phyllis.

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Because America totally gets a ctrl+alt+delete on Inauguration Day.
Either that, or she’s a firm believer in the Etch-a-Sketch theory.
Remember that one time right before Barack Obama took office and gas prices immediately dropped, the bailouts under George W. Bush were erased, the national debt reset, foreclosures immediately stopped, every single person had a job, and eagles flew out of Joe Biden’s ass, singing “God Bless America” as he danced with sparklers? And then Obama went and undid all that stuff, instituted the dreaded “Sharia Law,” made being a Christian illegal, and replaced the American anthem with “O Fortuna,” and Joe Biden cried as Obama dunked his sparklers in the tears of good patriots? Remember that?
Yeah, neither do I.

Because America totally gets a ctrl+alt+delete on Inauguration Day.

Either that, or she’s a firm believer in the Etch-a-Sketch theory.

Remember that one time right before Barack Obama took office and gas prices immediately dropped, the bailouts under George W. Bush were erased, the national debt reset, foreclosures immediately stopped, every single person had a job, and eagles flew out of Joe Biden’s ass, singing “God Bless America” as he danced with sparklers? And then Obama went and undid all that stuff, instituted the dreaded “Sharia Law,” made being a Christian illegal, and replaced the American anthem with “O Fortuna,” and Joe Biden cried as Obama dunked his sparklers in the tears of good patriots? Remember that?

Yeah, neither do I.

(Source: facebook.com)

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