Category Archives: Cognitive Dissonance

Benghazi Is Not A Tom Clancy Novel

On CNN yesterday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) expressed dissonant disapproval of the president’s failure to teleport reinforcements to the US consulate in Benghazi. You have to admire the way he twists reality here: Look, we have to make priorities and … Continue reading

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Anarcho-Misogyny Apologetics in East Blogistan

One of the bloggers most responsible for Neal Rauhauser inflation in the wingnutosphere has some interesting views on the subjects of promiscuity, choice, and responsibility. A volunteer flagged me with this beauty last night; I could hear the heavy breathing as … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: South Carolina Stockholm Syndrome

In its most bizarre manifestation, the Republican war on women shows up in the cognitive dissonance of female Republicans. Here’s South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on The View yesterday, via ThinkProgress: Remember, Haley also denies that her state’s voter ID … Continue reading

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Fishing License Tax Open Thread

Correspondent Mia Raven caught this t-shirt at Rick Santorum’s Montgomery speech. I’ve seen this meme before, and it’s always struck me as funny when middle class white people complain about the existence of fiduciary taxes. My personal favorite TAX on … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Conservatism in Decline

In its quantitative form, politics is about vote counts and polling data. In its qualitiative form, politics is about the state and the relative power of the many kinds of people in it. Today’s conservative problem is the diminishing power … Continue reading

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Elon James White’s Teachable Moment for Rick Santorum

At the 2:50 minute mark, he simplifies why Republican women are drawn to Rick Santorum’s candidacy, even though he espouses (pun intended) some of the most repressively anti-women social ventures imaginable in the 21st Century … Quite simply, Rick Santorum … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Dissonant Candidates

Like I said the other morning, Newt Gingrich was a giant ticking bomb of inanity (Newtron bomb?). Those former staffers who accused him of being unserious were dead-on. Only an unserious candidate would say ‘please don’t vote for me:’ “I … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Highway Hackery

Warning: this may give you whiplash. In 2009, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was too big, but in 2011 it was too small. Really! The background: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) nixed any hope of … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Upton Dissonance

Yes, it’s that time again. The Morning Awful will be dominated by fundraiser appeals until the inkwell is full. These blogotubes are getting set to take it to another level in the new year, and rather than hold separate fundraisers … Continue reading

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A Thousand Words

So this photo went out on the wire: And Reuters cropped it: Which Little Green Footballs’ Charles Johnson calls “proof” that (A) activists were armed with knives (B) Reuters is cropping photos for propaganda purposes, i.e. like FOX News. Problem: … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance

Doof quote of the day goes to Lindsay Graham: Graham described the bill as an instrument of those who would ban guns altogether. “We’re talking about a constitutional right here,” he said, explaining that he could not support a bill … Continue reading

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