Political Divide

David Paul Kuhn: The Enduring Mommy-Daddy Political Divide.

Tufts University psychologists showed people headshots of white Democrats and Republicans. Participants guessed the political affiliation significantly above chance, about 55 to 60 percent. That’s better than the house advantage in blackjack. The key difference? The study, published this January, found that Democrats projected “warmth” and Republicans projected “power.”

This contrast between “warmth” and “power” characterizes our politics. The health care debate appears mired in innumerable details. But it has always concerned a far deeper debate over two competing ideas of government – to nurture or to safeguard. The dynamic is so intimately familiar to us because it is conventionally familial. The health care clash, like American politics, remains rooted in our mommy and daddy parties.

Read more here.


Good Reasons

Burt Prelutsky lists a few good reasons to despise liberals.

When it comes to politicians in general, it’s extremely difficult to avoid using obscenities. In fact, when it comes to left-wing politicians, I find it takes every last bit of will power I possess. Really, aside from those occasions when I’m cut off in traffic by some yutz who’s busy texting or twittering or when I commit an unforced error on the tennis court, I’m not given to cursing. But five minutes of liberal blather and I find myself turning into a reincarnated George Carlin.

My problem with left-wingers isn’t simply that I believe they’re wrong about everything, but that they’re such blatant hypocrites. They not only don’t say what they mean, but even in the face of objective evidence, they will deny having said what they said and will never admit they made a mistake. What’s more, they will condemn conservatives for having done and said what they, themselves, said and did. That includes demanding regime change in Iraq, voting to invade Iraq, making racist remarks and engaging in voter fraud.

Those on the Left incessantly blame George W. Bush for the financial meltdown even though it was primarily Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank and Barack Obama, along with their congressional cronies, who forced the banks and lending institutions to give home loans to people who could barely afford to rent a cave. For good measure, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both of which had contributed generously to the campaign coffers of Obama, Frank and Dodd, turned a blind eye to the insane practice.



Can psychiatry be a science? See The New Yorker.


Religion in American Politics

Here’s the Introduction (pdf) to Religion in American Politics: A Short History by Frank Lambert.


Christian Invention?

Is the bodily resurrection a later Christian invention?

Some skeptics of Christianity claim the doctrine of Christ’s physical resurrection from the dead was a later development, not something believed and proclaimed from the inception of Christianity. Others will admit that the doctrine was part of Christianity from its inception, but both groups claim the resurrection appearance pericopes that overtly stress the physicality of Jesus’ resurrection body were later inventions of the church. As evidence for this claim, they assert that our earliest gospels—Matthew and Mark—lack overt references to the physical nature of Christ’s resurrection. It is not until we come to the gospels of Luke and John that we find such pericopes. They hypothesize that in the latter half of the first century some Christians began proclaiming a non-physical resurrection of Christ, so Luke and John invented material to counter this teaching.



God Made Serpents

Nicholas C. DiDonato: God Made Serpents: Addressing Evolutionary Theodicy via Analogy of Being here.


Frank Rich

Power Line weighs in on the latest column by Frank Rich.

Frank Rich of the New York Times retired as a drama critic in order to take up his new role as the paper’s full-time drama queen. As an op-ed columnist for the Times, his assignment, apparently, is to write in such a hysterical fashion that Paul Krugman seems rational by comparison.

Currently, the most-recommended article on the Times web site is Rich’s column, “The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged.” The “axis,” as described by Rich, includes 1) a murderer, 2) kooks, 3) Tea Partiers, and 4) Republican politicians and Presidential candidates. The point of Rich’s column is to suggest, in his usual subtle fashion, that these groups are more or less interchangeable.

Read the rest here.


More Gore

Jules Crittenden has more thoughts on Al Gore’s latest op-ed.

With global warming on the ropes, it finally becomes convenient for Al Gore to deliver a spirited defensiveness. Been wondering where he was. Here’s his NYT op-ed, “We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change.” Good use of irony, given the extent to which Gore and all those settled scientists have been focused on wishing warmalism here. But he’s right. You can’t wish climate change away. It’s been changing constantly for 4.5 billion years now.


Two Libertarianisms

Brian Doherty: A Tale of Two Libertarianisms. See here.


Undercover Boss

As a person who has managed many businesses over the years, I can honestly say that the most frustrating part was always the disconnect between the corporate office, and those that work the front lines, i.e. store employees. As a Manager, I always did my best to respect and fully support those in my employ, after all, they were the real experts about the job I was asking them to do. I guess this is why I have become so fond of Undercover Boss. I have watched last night’s episode twice, and I’m not ashamed to admit, tears flowed down my cheeks both times.



I had to laugh at the following letter to the Editor from my local newspaper.


Conservatives promulgate the myth of liberal media bias, when conservative media bias is clearly the case.

If you scan radio stations while driving Interstate 5, five air Rush Limbaugh at the same time; none play progressive thought.

Fox News is political propaganda masquerading as “fair and balanced” news, failing at both. Listeners are brainwashed by reactionary lies without benefit of alternative views. Ample evidence where right-wing-nuts lied and misrepresented exists on

Progressives, such as MSNBC, invite authentic conservatives, like Pat Buchanan, onto their shows. MSNBC honestly calls itself “The Place for Politics.”

Thom Hartmann invites opposing callers, doesn’t screen them or shout them down like Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. Randi Rhodes instructs, “Don’t just believe me, look it up yourself!”

Meanwhile, Fox unethically edits footage and shills sycophantic cretins, unleashing them upon faux progressives, who get shouted down by Fox hosts such as Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly or have their microphones cut off.

Progressives believe in truth, tolerance, fairness and gradual reform with moral and political considerations. These positive traits aren’t evident on Fox.

Progressives reject authoritarian government and defend freedom of speech, association, religion and property rights, while defending the rights and dignity of the disadvantaged.

What planet is this guy living on?



Ann Althouse dissects Al Gore’s latest op-ed in today’s NYT.


Arguing Global Warming

Mark Landsbaum: Arguing Global Warming with Arnold.

California has the most destructive and costly global warming law in the nation, if not the world. In a perverse way, it’s the governor’s crowning achievement. That says a lot about a fellow who drove the state into virtual bankruptcy, accelerated unemployment to at least 12 percent, while dramatically increasing government spending, taxes and the government payroll. But those destructive acts pale next to what’s in store if his preposterously titled Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is enforced as planned.

California is the pivotal battle in the global warming war. If the tax-and-cap crowd succeeds here, it’s only a matter of time before their poisonous solution spreads coast to coast. We are, as warmists say, reaching a tipping point.

Read the rest here.


Focus on the Family

James Dobson said his final goodbye today as host of the “Focus on the Family” radio show he started more than 30 years ago.

Story here.


A New Kind

CT reviews Brian McLaren’s new book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith.


Political Views

The National Journal ranks the political views of members of the Senate.


Restoring Image

The WSJ on the IPCC’s upcoming attempt to restore its image.

In the next few days, the world’s leading authority on global warming plans to roll out a strategy to tackle a tough problem: restoring its own bruised reputation.

A months-long crisis at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has upended the world’s perception of global warming, after hacked emails and other disclosures revealed deep divisions among scientists working with the United Nation-sponsored group. That has raised questions about the panel’s objectivity in assessing one of today’s most hotly debated scientific fields.

The problem stems from the IPCC’s thorny mission: Take sophisticated and sometimes inconclusive science, and boil it down to usable advice for lawmakers. To meet that goal, scientists working with the IPCC say they sometimes faced institutional bias toward oversimplification, a Wall Street Journal examination shows.



The Watchers

Reason interviews Shane Harris, author of the new book, The Watchers: The Rise of the America’s Surveillance State.

You can read an essay adapted from the book at the WSJ.



The Secular Coalition for America is meeting with White House aides today.



(Via The Volokh Conspiracy)

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