‘The Righteous Mind,’ by Jonathan Haidt
You’re smart. You’re liberal. You’re well informed. You think conservatives are narrow-minded. You can’t understand why working-class Americans vote Republican. You figure they’re being duped. You’re wrong.
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
This isn’t an accusation from the right. It’s a friendly warning from Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia who, until 2009, considered himself a partisan liberal. In “The Righteous Mind,” Haidt seeks to enrich liberalism, and political discourse generally, with a deeper awareness of human nature. Like other psychologists who have ventured into political coaching, such as George Lakoff and Drew Westen, Haidt argues that people are fundamentally intuitive, not rational. If you want to persuade others, you have to appeal to their sentiments. But Haidt is looking for more than victory. He’s looking for wisdom. That’s what makes “The Righteous Mind” well worth reading. Politics isn’t just about manipulating people who disagree with you. It’s about learning from them.
Read the rest HERE.
The giant Kabul base of the security firm once known as Blackwater has its own swag. Photo: Academi
By September, the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan will be down to its pre-surge level of 68,000. For the next year after that, politicians and generals will debate how rapidly to bring additional troops home. And while all that happens, the world’s most infamous security company will retain its big compound in the capital city of Kabul.
Academi, once known as Blackwater, operates a 435,600 square-foot “forward operating base” — which is what the U.S. military calls its warzone outposts — called Camp Integrity. Among other things, it’s a hub for information about the sprawling campaign against Afghan narcotics. And it even has its own t-shirt for sale, shown above, on Academi’s online swag store.
Check out the artist and him doing the above out of books…interesting. Go HERE>
Here are some news stories you could find in Friday’s Wall Street Journal:
- The Federal Reserve is holding an international conference of central bankers to reassure themselves that their “easy-money policies” are working and won’t cause too much inflation this time.
- The IRS is ramping up audits of the most successful people in the economy. If you make more than $5 million in a year, you can pretty much expect a time-consuming audit.
- “Federal regulators are preparing a drive to tell workers at nonunionized businesses they have many of the same rights as union members, a move that could prompt more workers to complain to employers about grievances ranging from pay and work hours to job safety and management misconduct.”
- “The Department of Energy has placed nearly one-third of its clean-energy loan portfolio on an internal ‘watch list’ for possible violations of terms or other concerns, according to a copy of the list obtained by The Wall Street Journal, highlighting how such concerns have spread beyond the now-bankrupt Solyndra LLC.”
- The European Union is beefing up its permanent bailout fund to keep failed businesses alive.
- States are circling Amazon and other online retailers, about to pounce with new taxes.
- The Labor Department has “stepped up pressure” on PulteGroup, demanding thousands of records on its contracts with employees and subcontractors.
That’s one day’s stories about new government assaults on wealth creation and new political transfers of wealth. And so maybe it’s no surprise that the paper also carries these stories:
Read them HERE
Dean Terry and Bradley Griffith set a dangerous precedent by adding an “enemy” feature to Facebook.
We aren’t sure why, but for some reason President Obama and the Democrats keep creating and promoting hashtags despite the fact that conservatives inevitably take over the hashtags in order to mock them. This time the hashtag is #Gen44, and was meant to be a place where young Obama supporters expressed their admiration for him. Instead conservatives are dominating the hashtag with tweets that criticize the President and some of his most naive supporters.
You can count Dick Morris among the growing number of Americans horrified by the increasingly brazen behavior of the President.
In this Dick Morris Lunch Alert, he delved into some alarming developments which are not receiving much attention in the MSM. The National Defense Authorization Act, passed on New Years Day, gives the government the power to detain American citizens, indefinitely and without trial. No other President has ever had that power, Morris claims. And it turns out that although the Obama administration pretended not to want it, Carl Levin told reporters after it passed that White House negotiators had insisted on the provision.
Why the subterfuge?
In the March 16 Executive Order, Obama gave himself the right to take over all of the energy industry, (oil, coal, natural gas, electricity) and to initiate a draft, unilaterally, without consent of congress not only in times of war, but during peacetime. An unprecedented, breathtaking power grab, he says.
If oil prices continue to go up, Morris suspects Obama will try to take over the oil industry – nationalize it, which he says will be the day we become a Socialistic dictatorship. Morris thinks Obama is more dangerous than ever because he understands he’s not going to get reelected and now has a scorched earth policy towards this country:
Read the rest HERE
An Unfortunate T-Shirt Hits Florida Streets In Wake Of Trayvon Martin Killing
Go and read this, it is horrible what the rapper lovers will do to make money on the death of a young man and their hatred of the killer.
I doubt you will find Sharpton, Jackson, MSNBC, Obama, etal come out that they want the sale of this shirt stopped at once and how horrible it is.
America waits with bated breath while Washington struggles to bring the U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster. But many of those same politicians caused the crisis, and if left to their own devices will do so again.
Despite the mass media news blackout, a series of books, talk radio and the blogosphere have managed to expose Barack Obama’s connections to his radical mentors — Weather Underground bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and others. David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks.org have also contributed a wealth of information and have noted Obama’s radical connections since the beginning.
Yet, no one to my knowledge has yet connected all the dots between Barack Obama and the Radical Left. When seen together, the influences on Obama’s life comprise a who’s who of the radical leftist movement, and it becomes painfully apparent that not only is Obama a willing participant in that movement, he has spent most of his adult life deeply immersed in it.
One of two things must be true. Either the Democrats are unfathomable idiots, who ignorantly pursue ever more destructive policies despite decades of contrary evidence, or they understand the consequences of their actions and relentlessly carry on anyway because they somehow benefit.
I submit to you they understand the consequences. For many it is simply a practical matter of eliciting votes from a targeted constituency at taxpayer expense; we lose a little, they gain a lot, and the politician keeps his job. But for others, the goal is more malevolent – the failure is deliberate. Don’t laugh. This method not only has its proponents, it has a name: the Cloward-Piven Strategy. It describes their agenda, tactics, and long-term strategy.
Nothing new, right? Most of us here are all pretty onto this. Thing is, that article was written in 2008 prior to the election. Read the rest and see that it reads like a prophecy.
Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”
“His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller.
The conservative black pastor who was once the chapter president of the Garland, Texas NAACP called Jackson and Sharpton “race hustlers” and said they are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.”
Jackson, for example, recently said Martin’s death shows how “blacks are under attack” and “targeting, arresting, convicting blacks and ultimately killing us is big business.”
(but then, this is how jackson and sharpton make their money, stirring up the race wars)
New Black Panther Threats Get George Zimmerman Kicked Out of College So far, the president, Sharpton, Jackson and the DOJ are silent on the threats, etc, by this black party! God forbid some white party did the same…
Obama’s Latest Healthcare Propaganda Video
Last week, just ahead of Supreme Court arguments today, the White House released a new healthcare propaganda video reminding people just how “important” the legislation was to the future of the country. In the clip below, Obama claims in order to create jobs and get the economy moving again, healthcare must be reformed in America. The problem is, his healthcare plan, which is highly unpopular and has been since it was forced on the American people, kills jobs and limits economic growth. Ironically FDR, the president responsible for our out of control entitlement programs that will bankrupt our country, is featured in the video. Just like the entitlements FDR pushed through, ObamaCare’s price tag has already nearly doubled.
Again showing you just how much the first family hate America by bringing ghetto to the White House. There is a GYM there she could of used but no, she wants to pollute the White House as much as possible.
A newly found photo that appears to have been taken by the White House itself shows that Michelle Obama last month conducted a sweaty workout session in the East Room as part of an appearance she will make on TV’s “The Biggest Loser.”
The ornate and historic East Room is a national treasure that has been used for events like presidential press conferences, command performances by the world’s greatest musicians, the signing of historic legislation like the 1964 Civil Rights Act, shimmering White House parties, presidential awards of military and civilian honors, and the funeral of Abraham Lincoln.
Our enemies seen eagerly nodding in approval.
Via Beltway Confidential:
President Obama called nuclear disarmament as “a moral obligation,” as he suggested that the United States is leading by example to bring about “a world without nuclear weapons.”
“American leadership has been essential to progress in a second area — taking concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama said yesterday during a speech in Korea. “I believe the United States has a unique responsibility to act — indeed, we have a moral obligation.”
Long time ago it should have been done!
(JPost) — The Foreign Ministry decided Monday to cut off all contacts with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a senior diplomatic official said.
The move came following the decision by the council last Thursday to send a fact-finding mission to the West Bank to probe the impact of the settlements on Palestinian human rights.
From now on, the officials said, Israel’s ambassador to the UN organizations in Geneva will not appear before the council, answer any phone calls from the council, or cooperate with them in any way. The ambassador is not going to be withdrawn from Geneva, however, because there are a lot of other organizations that Israel does fully cooperate with and will continue to do so.
The official said that Israel will make efforts to get other countries on the council to follow suit, even though he acknowledged that this will be difficult.
No decision, however, has yet been made on what sanctions to take against the Palestinian Authority, which initiated this action at the UN body. Amid speculation that Israel may once again cut off monthly tax revenues that it transfers to the PA, as it did following UNESCO’s decision to accept the Palestinians into the organization in November, the source said that there are other measures that can be taken. He did not elaborate.