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High crimes and misdemeanors!

19 May 2017 1 comment

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

The hyperbole is getting thick enough to cut it with a chain saw!

Arguing Against Reality…Reality Doesn’t Care How You Feel

Thanks to the so-called “progressive” left, the number of reality-challenged induhviduals in this country, particularly in today’s universities, is growing at unprecedented rates.  At all too many institutes of alleged higher education, the next generation (and that should really scare you if you think about it) is being told to “follow your heart”  as you chart your future.  Moreover, they are instructed to do so no matter what anyone tells them to the contrary, for in so doing, they are being “authentic.”  This turns one’s life into an “heroic” narrative that all too many are embracing even when the contrarian is the cold, hard facts of reality.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Probably one of the most recent instances of this are alleged transgenders, and those hyperventilating on their behalf, who want to ignore their own biology because their heart tells them otherwise and to demand access to the public restroom of the gender to which they identify (again, regardless of what their chromosomes are rather clearly tell them).

So, why is it these induhviduals, and those advocating for them, are not considered anti-science in the same way Creationists are?  Why aren’t they considered science deniers the same way those who question anthropomorphic Globaloney  WarmingTM are?  They are much more boldly flying in the face of Science by denying obvious biological reality. 

The fact that they don’t call themselves by their desired gender, but have to invent the word “transgender” for identification purposes lets you know they really know what they are.  Simply put, no, gender is NOT a social construct; it is a biological reality created by the type of chromosomes you inherit from your parents.  It is not a complicated issue.  And young people who are confused about their gender identity need to come to grips with how they were created and what they are as determined by the physical reality of their own body.  They shouldn’t be coddled with lies about their feelings and told to follow those nebulous impulses originating from who knows where.

As for following your heart, those promulgating and believing such drivel should seriously heed God’s warnings about that in Jeremiah 17:9:

The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?

The last phrase indicates the capability of strong self-deception.  The heart is not to be trusted, and young people with little to no experience of the realities of life especially should not “listen to their heart” no matter how attractive and/or romantic and/or heroic such a path might sound.

This is not just Old Testament wisdom.  Listen to Jesus’ warning/explanation in Matthew 15:19:

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

So, you want your life to be characterized ultimately by such attributes, by all means, “follow your heart!”  But if you don’t, consider God’s wisdom (Proverbs 23:19):

Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way.

Your heart needs to be guided, not listened to.  And guided in God’s way, not your own.

Modern Journalism 101

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The Troglodyte Strikes Back

Originally posted in September of 2007 in response to a specific study that became “all the rage” for a moment, particularly in the liberal media.  It serves an another example of how there is a lack of critical thinking in the MSM.


The Study

You may have heard by now that another study has been published that alleges, if the MSM were to be believed, that there is further proof that the liberal mind is…um…better? That is, of course, not what they say outright, but one can almost see the gloating faces of the LA Times as they report on the study, and while the study authors themselves are appropriately demure about their conclusions as befitting “objective scientists” (Dr. Amodio, the lead author, is quoted in the LA Times article as cautioning against concluding that their results are to be interpreted as indicating the superiority of one over the other), the words chosen to discuss the data and conclusions are sufficiently suggestive that there is little question what was on their minds.

The Translation

The full reference is Amodio, et al., “Neurocognitive correlates of liberalism and conservatism,” Nature Neuroscience (2007), 10 (10): 1246-1247. Here’s the [annotated] abstract:

Political scientists [Politics is a science? Hmm. Does that mean we are the experiment?] and psychologists have noted that, on average, conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles [translation: conservatives are troglodyte stick-in-the-muds], whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty [translation: see how smart and flexible and innovative we are?]. We tested the hypothesis that these profiles relate to differences in general neurocognitive functioning using event-related potentials, and found that greater liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity [and we can use big words! (OK, that’s not quite fair; it is a neuroscience journal after all, and they seriously should expect the reader to have some knowledge of the subject. Sorry about that.)], suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern [we’re more sensitive and responsive than conservative oafs!].

Then in the introduction, the paper’s authors state (again, with [annotations] as an aid to translation):

Across dozens of behavioral studies, conservatives have been found to be more structured and persistent in their judgments and approaches to decision-making [inflexible neanderthals] as indicated by higher average scores on psychological measures of personal needs for order, structure, and closure [See how paranoid those troglodytes are? The babies need order, structure, and closure!] Liberals, by contrast [See?! We’re different!], report higher tolerance [Yeah! We’re tolerant (of everyone except conservatives)!] of ambiguity [See how secure we are?] and complexity [and we’re smart, too!], and greater openness to new experiences [Wow! Bring it on! We can handle it!] on psychological measures.

Then in discussing their conclusions:

This association suggests that a more conservative orientation is related to greater persistence in a habitual response pattern, despite signals that this response pattern should change [those dummies can’t learn from experience or admit when they’re wrong, but we can].

Stronger conservatism (versus liberalism) was associated with less neurocognitive sensitivity to response conflicts [conservatives are insensitive and can’t deal with conflict; liberals can].

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Liberal Stupidity Again On Display

So again, how will rendering me defenseless protect you from violent criminals and nutjobs???  <- Read this post for the full essay.

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Yes, evil does exist!

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Gun-free zones = a safe, target rich environment for criminals.

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And our media once again demonstrates the intelligence of a head of cabbage…

 

And in memoriam:

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

And he’s the freak show?

22 Apr 2013 1 comment

Doug Wilson has a must read short essay entitled “Our Gosnell Gulag” over here.  The media bias on this story has been stunning in its audacity.  Apparently, the “right to know” is only the “right to know what we believe you should know.”

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

His opening paragraph to whet the appetite:

The Gosnell moment, for that is what it is, presents a clear opportunity for a real change of cultural heart. There are moments when some suppressed or ignored horror comes sharply into focus, and after that, it is not really possible to go back to the way it was before. This is what happened when Solzhenitsyn published his Gulag, for example. Something that had been successfully accommodated became impossible to accommodate any further. It was a conscience moment, which, given the nature of the case, most often come to us unsought. But they do come.

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His observation and challenge to us as a society:

The standards and workarounds that we have devised for ourselves are arbitrary and demented. But they are also fragile, and one blast of reality can collapse the entire thing. The value of the Gosnell house of horrors is that it is just such a blast of reality. It reveals just how arbitrary and just how demented our entire national policy on this subject has been. Think about it.

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Yes, think, not feel!  Here’s another one of the key points:

First, let us talk about the arbitrary nature of what we allow and what we don’t. Partial birth abortions (which Obama does not want restricted) do exactly what Gosnell was doing, only with the baby half in and half out. This makes a major ethical difference, apparently. Regular abortions do these things with the baby all the way in. Gosnell does these things to the baby with the baby all the way out. And he’s the freak show? If he put the baby back inside the mother, in a reverse Caesarian, and cut the spinal cord then, is he a responsible medical professional again? If it happens here, in the middle of the room, it is a protected constitutional right. If he carries the baby over to the corner where the light is better, then he can be charged with murder. And he’s the freak show? What about the lawyers and lobbyists that insist on this? What can be said on behalf of a nation that is even a little bit okay with this?

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Again, think about that last question.  His next paragraph is highly clarifying of the absurdity of this liberal argument:

It is like having laws that say you can shoot your mom in the kitchen, but not in the living room — and then demanding that everybody continue to respect the majesty of the law. But demented is as demented does. When the Court upheld Roe, their argument was that they did not want to undermine respect for the judicial system by overturning a terrible law. Right — there is nothing like doubling down on lunacy to help persuade everybody that everything is just fine.

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

The final paragraph is, or should be, chilling to bone:

And the earth and sky fled from their places, and America came forward trembling to speak with the Ancient of Days. And America said, “Lord, when did we ever see you struggling on a table, and go get scissors to snip your spinal cord?” And the Lord will say . . . but perhaps we don’t want to hear what the Lord will say. But it has something to do with why there is a Hell.

May God have mercy on us!

Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here…

29 Mar 2013 1 comment

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