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  • Holder sees 'racial animus' in opposition

    07/13/2014 10:17:38 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 July, 2013 | Justin Sink
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents. “There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus." Holder said the nation is in “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years...
  • Barack Obama's Constant State of Cognitive Dissonance

    01/25/2014 2:08:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/25/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Contradicting the faultless, albeit far-fetched image he has of himself, Barack Obama is a man harassed by truth. That's why, judging from his inability to accept personal responsibility, Barack Obama must be living in a constant state of agitated cognitive dissonance. The late Leon Festinger is the social psychologist who proposed the theory of cognitive dissonance. According to Festinger, until the person suffering with perceptual disharmony can find a way to justify wrong actions and decisions, it's impossible to achieve a calm mental state, especially when those wrong actions and decisions challenge the way the cognitively dissonant individual sees himself.That's...
  • Black college students at predominantly white campuses feel internal cultural tension

    07/21/2013 7:03:16 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 161 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 7/21/13 | Silas Allen
    NORMAN — When George Lee first came to the University of Oklahoma in 2009, he felt out of place. Lee, who is black, grew up in a low-income, predominantly black neighborhood in Bryan, Texas, near College Station. But when he arrived at OU, he said, he felt pressure to change how he spoke and acted to integrate himself into the dominant culture. He felt like he couldn't be the same person he'd been in his old neighborhood, he said. He felt like he was being asked to trade part of his “blackness” for the values and characteristics of the dominant...
  • Climate Change May Be Ruin Of Perry Campaign (Mega Walloping Barf Alert!!!)

    08/22/2011 4:22:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 22, 2011 | Left wing lunatic RICHARD COHEN
    Whatever global warming might or might not have done to polar bears, it has put Rick Perry's presidential candidacy at risk. The Texas governor clings to an ice flow of diminishing credibility, emerging in just about a week's time as intellectually unqualified to be president. He engaged in a brief dialogue with a child about evolution and came out the loser. Perry said there are some gaps in the theory. If so, he is one. Maybe more important, Perry waxed wrongly on global warming. He rejected the notion that it is at least partially a product of industrialization, asserting that...
  • Political Leanings Revealed by the Eyes

    12/28/2010 11:32:59 AM PST · by anymouse · 28 replies · 1+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Mon Dec 27, 2010 | Stephanie Pappas
    (snip) A new study suggests that liberals are more likely than conservatives to follow other people's eye movements. People normally respond to "gaze cues," or the direction that another person is looking, by glancing to see what caught that person's attention. The new study, to be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, finds that liberals respond much more strongly to such cues than conservatives. The finding is the latest in a series of clues that liberals and conservatives may be subtly different on a biological level, said study researcher Michael Dodd, a psychologist at...
  • Study links conservative views to brain structure

    12/30/2010 7:51:19 AM PST · by FredJake · 44 replies · 13+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 12/29/2010 | Joe Newby
    If you're a conservative, it might be your brain's fault. So says British scientists who scanned the brains of two members of the British Parliament and about 90 students. Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent for the UK Telegraph, reported Wednesday that those with conservative views have larger amygdalas, the area of the brain associated with anxiety and fear. They also have a smaller anterior cingulate, an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and optimism. Prof Geraint Rees, of the University College London and head researcher for the study, told the Telegraph: "We were very surprised to find...
  • We Paid for This? Are They Nuts!

    08/01/2003 8:01:14 AM PDT · by publius1 · 12 replies · 766+ views
    The “Conservatives are Crazy” Study: Paid For by Taxpayers Congressional investigators call for a new look at funding academic research. An academic study of conservatism that lumped together Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Ronald Reagan, and Rush Limbaugh was funded by federal grants, according to congressional investigators. The study, "Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition," was written by John T. Jost, a professor at Stanford University, Jack Glaser and Frank J. Sulloway, professors at the University of California, Berkeley, and Arie W. Kruglanski, a professor at the University of Maryland. It was published in the American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin. Congressional...
  • Politics and Eye Movement: Liberals Focus Their Attention on 'Gaze Cues' Much Differently...

    12/10/2010 7:22:01 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12/9/10 | Dodd, Smith and John R. Hibbing.
    ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2010) — It goes without saying that conservatives and liberals don't see the world in the same way. Now, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that is exactly, and quite literally, the case. In a new study, UNL researchers measured both liberals' and conservatives' reaction to "gaze cues" -- a person's tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person's eye movements, even if it's irrelevant to their current task -- and found big differences between the two groups. Liberals responded strongly to the prompts, consistently moving their attention in the direction suggested to...
  • Look: What your reaction to someone's eye movements says about your politics

    12/09/2010 5:37:25 AM PST · by decimon · 47 replies
    http://www.eurekalert.org ^ | December 9, 2010 | Unknown
    Liberals focus their attention on 'gaze cues' much differently than do conservatives, study findsIt goes without saying that conservatives and liberals don't see the world in the same way. Now, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that is exactly, and quite literally, the case. In a new study, UNL researchers measured both liberals' and conservatives' reaction to "gaze cues" – a person's tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person's eye movements, even if it's irrelevant to their current task – and found big differences between the two groups. Liberals responded strongly to the prompts, consistently...
  • The eyes have it (Rapid eye movement: cure for depression. I wonder: would it cure liberals? ;) )

    01/08/2003 6:39:54 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 36 replies · 1,530+ views
    UK Independent News ^ | jan. 8, 2002 | UK Independent News
    It sounds like a quack remedy -just moving the eyes from side to side to treat emotional suffering. But it works, says Julia Stuart, for anything from childhood abuse to post-traumatic stress disorder 08 January 2003 It sounds too good, and frankly too bizarre, to be true. After just three 90-minute sessions, people suffering emotionally after severe trauma such as rape, a car accident or abuse, can be rid of their debilitating symptoms. Add the fact that the therapy involves moving the eyes rapidly from side to side, and that it was discovered by an American while out for a...
  • The Psychology Underlying "Liberalism"

    09/12/2002 12:29:46 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 7 replies · 217+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | September 12, 2002 | John J. Ray
    What is “Liberalism?" In my previous article in Front Page Magazine, I argued that people who describe themselves (and are described by others) as "Leftists", "socialists", "social democrats", "Communists" and (in North America) "liberals" do have some things in common. And that is important. However unsatisfactory and apparently simplistic the Left/Right division of the political world may be, there is any amount of research showing it to be a powerful, ubiquitous and perhaps inescapable way of identifying both people and political parties (e.g. Budge et al., 1987; Ray, 1982; Bobbio, 1996). An important part of what I proposed was that...
  • Psychology of Leftism - revised (was: The Psychology Underlying “Liberalism” )

    09/13/2002 10:29:11 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 31 replies · 1,275+ views
    blogspot.com ^ | Friday, September 13, 2002 | John J. Ray
    Psychology of Leftism - revised Friday, September 13, 2002 *********This is a revised and extended version of my paper that originally appeared in Front Page Magazine on 12th September, 2002********* The Psychology Underlying "Liberalism" John J. Ray University of New South Wales, Australia HomePage: http://geocities.com/jonjayrayEmail: jonjayray@hotmail.com. What is "Liberalism"? In my previous article in Front Page Magazine, I argued that people who describe themselves (and are described by others) as "Leftists", "socialists", "social democrats", "Communists" and (in North America) "liberals" do have some things in common. And that is important. However unsatisfactory and apparently simplistic the Left/Right division of the...
  • Top psychiatrist concludes liberals are clinically nuts!Makes case ideology is mental disorder

    02/17/2008 9:10:42 AM PST · by semaj · 32 replies · 752+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 02/15/2008 | unknown
    "Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness." "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."
  • Case Closed for Free Will?

    04/17/2008 12:12:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 347+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 14 April 2008 | Elsa Youngsteadt
    Coffee or tea with lunch? Which pants to wear to work? Which movie to watch? Your mind might be made up before you know it. Researchers have found patterns of brain activity that predict people's decisions up to 10 seconds before they're aware they've made a choice. In the 1980s, psychologist Benjamin Libet of the University of California, San Francisco, caught people's brains jumping the gun on consciousness. A few hundred milliseconds before a person thought he or she decided to press a button, brain areas related to movement were already active. The result was hard for some to stomach...
  • Cognitive Dissonance Revisited: The Key to Defeating the Progressives

    03/08/2010 4:58:22 AM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 8 replies · 199+ views
    ”The mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in a person is relieved by one of several defensive maneuvers: the person rejects, explains away, or avoids the new information, persuades himself that no conflict really exists, reconciles the differences, or resorts to any other defensive means of preserving stability or order in his conception of the world and of himself.” -Encyclopedia Britannica My post last year about kids defying the ACLU brought me back to a point I have been making for several years. Socialism collapses...
  • Socialism and the Two Kinds of People

    12/22/2009 10:30:23 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 15 replies · 1,004+ views
    Conservative Underground ^ | 8 Dec 2009 | Linda Kimball
    The sociopolitical concept known as socialism and/or communism is not new. In fact, it is very ancient. Some ancient Greeks attempted to make communism a reality. That experiment ultimately failed. Plato spoke of it admiringly, even though he understood that it was not feasible. However, the first attempt at building socialism was in ancient Shinar. It came about when the terrible-willed Nimrod (Amraphel in the Old Testament, also Gilgamesh and Hammurabi) the great-grandson of Noah “killed” God and then declared himself “two-parts god, only one-part man.” The pyramid-shaped ziggurat (Tower of Babel) built by Nimrod symbolizes socialism/communism, a sociopolitical system...
  • Whose shady foreign cash?

    10/13/2010 3:41:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 12, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Democrats deserve a Guinness World Re cord award for their election-season cogni tive dissonance. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and White House senior adviser David Axelrod accused Republicans last week of benefiting from "money from foreign corporations" -- which liberals claim the US Chamber of Commerce is funneling into domestic political ads. Endangered Democratic candidates across the country are dutifully parroting the line of attack. It's beyond comical to watch the party that cries "RAAAACISM" whenever conservatives question their shady foreign funny money suddenly sounding the alarm over non-US campaign cash. And it's beyond galling to hear Democrats fret...
  • Dissonance and Victimhood ("AIDS virus was invented by whites to exterminate blacks.")

    05/06/2010 11:11:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 981+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 07, 2010 | Gary Jason
    Obama's longtime minister was the infamous Rev. Wright. One of the tenets of Wright's peculiar theology that shocked and outraged most European-Americans was that the AIDS virus was invented by whites to exterminate blacks. While this issue was swept under the American political rug by the mainstream media (Obama simply resigned from the church, and the issue immediately died), the question remains why so obviously a false and pernicious belief is so prevalent in the black community. I would suggest that the answer is to be found in the well-established psychological theory of cognitive dissonance. This theory has three tenets....
  • Resolving the Cognitive Dissonance of Islam

    11/05/2009 11:35:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,303+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 06, 2009 | D.L. Adams
    The negative spiritual and intellectual consequence of believing two mutually exclusive concepts is "cognitive dissonance." Our interaction as a society with Islam is a direct cause of "cognitive dissonance" for us as individuals and as a culture.  Resolution of the contradiction requires the rejection of one of the concepts as false. If we continue to ignore our cognitive dissonance about Islam the consequences are dire: we will lose our civilization. Islam is much more than a religion; it is a complete civilization that includes politics (caliphate), jurisprudence (Sharia law), war (jihad), and a deliberately misleading "religion of peace." The doctrine...
  • The New Face of Psychiatry

    10/13/2009 6:59:23 AM PDT · by FromLori · 14 replies · 821+ views
    To ensure that psychiatry “permeate every educational activity of national life” and “infiltrate the professional and social activities of [all] people” was a global goal that originated with British Brigadier General Dr. John Rawlings Rees in a 1940 speech to the National Council for Mental Hygiene. He ended on an ominous note: “Though our knowledge be incomplete … I think we must imitate the Totalitarians and organize some kind of fifth column activity.” Canadian colleague Dr. Brock Chisholm chimed in with sinister comments of his own at the close of the war in 1946, in a speech to the World...
  • Cindy Sheehan, Re-revisited (Barf Alert)

    08/30/2007 11:59:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 682+ views
    Yahoo! News/The Nation ^ | August 30, 2007 | Katha Pollitt
    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post saying Cindy Sheehan would probably not do very well against Nancy Pelosi, and therefore I was sorry she had decided to run. I said she was more valuable to the antiwar movement as an activist. I said leftists waste a lot of time on futile electoral contests, and cited examples of such contests. These remarks, which were couched in terms of deepest respect for Cindy Sheehan, have evoked much bile and wrath in this blog's comment section and elsewhere in the blogosphere. So much fun are commenters having discussing what a traitor...
  • I Discuss the Texas Frozen Embryo Case on the Nationally-Syndicated Mike McConnell Show

    06/07/2007 10:45:05 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 8 replies · 482+ views
    GlennSacks.com ^ | 6-7-07 | Glenn Sacks
    Glenn Sacks Discusses the Texas Frozen Embryo Case on the Nationally-Syndicated Mike McConnell Show (Audio Available) Fathers' rights advocate Glenn Sacks discussed the controversial Texas frozen embryo case on the nationally-syndicated Mike McConnell Show yesterday. The case involves Augusta Roman and her ex-husband Randy Roman, who during their marriage tried for several years to have a child (and had one miscarriage) before undergoing infertility treatments. The day before the embryos were to be implanted, Randy told her that he was troubled by certain aspects of their relationship and wanted to wait to implant the embryos until they had resolved their...
  • My wife and I choose family --- and Plan B

    08/11/2006 11:31:16 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 193 replies · 3,632+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 11, 2006 | David L. Ulin (LATimes)
    Not long ago, in an act of near-adolescent abandon, my wife and I had unprotected sex. We were not trying to have a baby; rather, in the heat of the moment, we never quite got around to using birth control. When we realized what had happened, . . . my wife called her doctor and asked for a prescription for Plan B, the "morning after" birth-control pill. ***** Of course, I'm not immune to emotion either, especially For my wife and me, the decision to use Plan B was hardly casual. Although we both support abortion rights and favor the...
  • I've given up on trying to teach anyone here anything (They gave Socrates hemlock, now this guy.)

    02/12/2006 7:39:47 AM PST · by a true thinker · 336 replies · 7,739+ views
    There's no helping you. This site is now just a diversion -- like a train wreck. This site is inherently for and about raving egomaniacs, and Jim's site policies -- which amount to excluding reality and actual dialogue in favor of political/militaristic pornography -- is conducive to cognitive dissonance, which at the times your worldview is threatened leads you into psychotic breaks (on the political cognitive plane, that is, and just maybe in other realms too). Not to mention that your baseline politics is based in mythology about American demographics, science, economics, ethics etc. You spoonfeed each other in the...
  • The X Factor of Harriet Miers (MOOSEMUSS and Miers)

    10/06/2005 2:25:34 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 62 replies · 1,223+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | October 6, 2005 | Douglas Kern
    My teammate X was sprawled on the hotel bed, muttering "Why? Why?" as he contemplated the failure of his legal genius. X was the smartest member of my law school's moot court team. He wasn't the finest of public speakers and his legal writing style wasn't textbook perfect, but who could question his monumental intellect? He won the award for highest first-year GPA. He read abstruse law and philosophy journals for fun. He debated with professors after class, exercising a subject mastery that left onlookers slack-jawed. And when he proudly announced to his moot court teammates that he had found...
  • Clooney: Liberal 'As Loud As I Can'

    10/02/2005 2:24:13 PM PDT · by doesnt suffer fools gladly · 72 replies · 2,162+ views
    Clooney: Liberal 'As Loud As I Can' Actor George Clooney tells Newsweek's Film Critic David Ansen he's upset 'liberal' has become a dirty word. "It blows my mind, because [unlike conservatives] we don't have to put the word 'compassionate' in front of it to say we actually give a s--t about people. I'm going to keep saying 'liberal' as loud as I can and as often as I can," he says in the October 10 issue (on newsstands Monday, October 3). Ansen talked to Clooney while he was in New York promoting the New York Film Festival debut of "Good...
  • DOES LT. COL SHAFFER HAVE AN "ASSOCIATIVE MEMORY"? (J-POD BARF ALERT)

    08/17/2005 8:51:04 AM PDT · by spycatcher · 82 replies · 1,874+ views
    NRO ^ | Aug 17, 2005 | John Podhoretz
    Interesting e-mail from reader B.G.: "I believe your skepticism regarding Lt. Col. Shaffer’s memory – 'whether the otherwise obscure name of "Mohammed Atta" might have become part of their recollections after the fact because it became so famous' – deserves your reevaluation. "I would contend that whatever Shaffer knew about Mohammed Atta and the Brooklyn cell would have been reinforced in, and not 'become part of,' Shaffer’s memory on and in the days immediately after 9/11. Other elements of the story, such as having three meetings to transfer this information cancelled at the last minute, and the resulting feelings of...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Cognitive Dissonance Theory, Cults, and Mind Control(applies to N. Korean regime)

    11/29/2003 6:47:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 733+ views
    SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND GROUP DYNAMICS Studies have shown that today's cults use a stronger form of control than those of 50 years ago. The advent of new psychological experiments in the 60's and 70's have produced the modern methods of mind control which are far more sophisticated than the BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION TECHNIQUES and THOUGHT REFORM developed by the Chinese. To understand mind control you need a basic understanding of BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION TECHNIQUES. What is "behaviour modification." Simply described, it is "reward or punishment for actions" association. It was used on you as a child whenever you were being commended or...