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Kelly Ann Conway
First Woman to Successfully Run Presidential Campaign
(Tip o' the hat to Jim Woosley)
The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 7 parts.
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Letters to the Editor
from A.X. Perez, Jim Woosley, Jeff Fullerton, T.J. Mason, and J. Neil Schulman
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The Grudge Report
by L. Neil Smith
My wife’s family had a schism going, back when I first met her, thirty-six years ago. One side had voted for and ardently supported President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The other side wanted mothing to do with the man. But the real family split came when Roosevelt expired during his fourth term in office. One grandfather came into the other grandfather’s shop and proclaimed, “Boy, am I ever glad that sonofabitch is finally dead!” Neither side ever spoke to the other side again.
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Donald Trump and English Patriotism: An Unexpected Wrinkle
by Sean Gabb
The election last week of Donald Trump took nearly everyone by surprise. For some of us, it was a moment of joy, for others a terrible shock. I was in the first category. The British Government was in the second. From Theresa May downward, the Ministers had spent a year heaping scorn on Mr Trump. The scale and nature of their insults will not be quickly forgotten. Their earliest punishment appears to be that they have been told to approach Mr Trump only through Nigel Farage. I have no doubt there will be other humiliations. Part of me is delighted. I like Donald Trump. I like Nigel Farage. Even if she is better than David Cameron, I remain suspicious of and hostile to Mrs May. Let her and her ministers eat dirt for a few weeks, and then come to a more reasonable view of British interests. All this does, however, leave part of me uncomfortable. This article, I must warn you, will be more than usually solipsistic. On the other hand, I have always tried to be intellectually honest, and I feel obliged at least to describe my present difficulty.
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If you haven’t read/voted go read What Shall I Write Next? by L. Neil Smith.
FAKE NEWS? I am sure you have seen much blather about FAKE NEWS in the propaganda organs of The Establishment. What is that all about? It is a new term (notice how they are always making up new terms when we get to ignoring their old ones?) a new term I say, replacing CONSPIRICY THEORY. No longer will ideas and opinions differing from the "narrative" of The Establishment be called a CONSPIRACY THEORY. Now it will be FAKE NEWS!
Just how stupid do they think we are? Oh… right.
Who will rid me of these troublesome sonsabitches?
The mainstream media is not only not your friend, it is your sworn enemy, and I‘d think you‘d have learned that through the campaign.
—Sarah Hoyt, “The Finger of Blame”
I am sure you have seen these “Hitler in the Bunker” things. Here is another:
Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) has had many useful and important insights about this here election thing. For Example:
The Cognitive Dissonance Cluster Bomb
by Scott Adams
Earlier this week CNN.com listed 24 different theories that pundits have provided for why Trump won. And the list isn’t even complete. I’ve heard other explanations as well. What does it tell you when there are 24 different explanations for a thing?
It tells you that someone just dropped a cognitive dissonance cluster bomb on the public. Heads exploded. Cognitive dissonance set in. Weird theories came out. This is the cleanest and clearest example of cognitive dissonance you will ever see. Remember it.…
This brings me to the anti-Trump protests. The protesters look as though they are protesting Trump, but they are not. They are locked in an imaginary world and battling their own hallucinations of the future. Here's the setup that triggered them.
1. They believe they are smart and well-informed.
2. Their good judgement told them Trump is OBVIOUSLY the next Hitler, or something similarly bad.
3. Half of the voters of the United States—including a lot of smart people—voted Trump into office anyway.
Those “facts” can’t be reconciled in the minds of the anti-Trumpers. Mentally, something has to give. That's where cognitive dissonance comes in.
There are two ways for an anti-Trumper to interpret that reality. One option is to accept that if half the public doesn’t see Trump as a dangerous monster, perhaps he isn’t. But that would conflict with a person's self-image as being smart and well-informed in the first place. When you violate a person's self-image, it triggers cognitive dissonance to explain-away the discrepancy.
So how do you explain-away Trump's election if you think you are smart and you think you are well-informed and you think Trump is OBVIOUSLY a monster?
You solve for that incongruity by hallucinating—literally—that Trump supporters KNOW Trump is a monster and they PREFER the monster. In this hallucination, the KKK is not a nutty fringe group but rather a symbol of how all Trump supporters must feel. (They don’t. Not even close.)
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