Monday, September 26, 2011

Cognitive Dissonance…

 …means holding conflicting ideas simultaneously; disagreeing with what you know. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance (lack of agreement). They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions. Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming, and denying.

I’m trying to find alternatives to titling most of my posts about Republicans, “Fucking Hypocrites.” ‘Why,’ you may ask? Because to Republicans, when a Republican does something, it’s a glorious, patriotic, freedom-loving act, but if a Democrat (or anyone else, for that matter) does the exact same thing, then 9.9999 times out of 10, it’s a satan-worshipping, communist-loving, freedom-hating act. Now, I’m probably going to want to title all my posts ‘Cognitive Dissonance.’

My friend, Mark, posted a link to a FOX “News” video about a rock band, Clutch. He lightly expressed his bemusement that the conservative site would do a story about this type of music. Following his lead, I made a wisecrack about a BP commercial before the clip. That was it. No politics.

Then Kathy entered the thread.

She’s another one you’ll get to know on this blog, like the aforementioned Richard on previous posts.

Ah, conservatives. Ya gotta love their cognitive dissonance.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty – and all the shady characters in between.


Originally posted six or seven months ago on the book of faces…

Clutch and Fox News...what what what?

Fox still gets no love from me though.

Bill Mancuso
Thanks to the commercial I was forced to watch before the clip, I’m convinced that the Gulf Coast would have been a disaster area if not for all the wonderful things BP is doing to make it a paradise.

Let's hope BP isn't hurt too badly, as B Obama is going to need a re-up on the truckloads of campaign cash they gave him in 08.


I know, right?

Good thing, or he may have dropped the hammer on them for that little incident that happened...

Mark is Kathy’s friend, so I understand the complicit small-talk with her. In fact, he is often at odds with her blind, right-wing lemming mentality. Also, I seem to be the only one to ever firmly attack the blind, right-wing lemming mentality when it rears its ignorant head. Most people are just too nice to get into fights. I’m glad I don’t have that problem. You know, the fear of beating morons upside the head with facts. I do, however, agree that Obama was spineless in his handling – or not handling – of the oil spill. I don’t think it had anything to do with his donations, though. I just think he has this mentally deficient idea that people always do the right thing – as opposed to always protecting their profits.

Bill Mancuso
Oh, we're going political now - OK. Seeing as how the Democrats are the ones in bed with the Oil & Gas industry and not the Republicans (GAHAHAHAHAHAHA - sorry I just made myself laugh - actually, they're both friendly with the Oil & Gas industry but the Republicans are a SHITLOAD more), Obama never would have won without that massive .0001% worth of truckloads of cash into his campaign. If only BP didn't donate that $77,000 out of his total $750,000,000... We should have voted for McCain. He only received $37,000 from BP. However, the oil and gas industry overall contributed $2,400,000 to McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and only a third of that ($898,000) to Obama's.

What do you suppose "President McCain" would have done about the oil spill? I bet he would have beat the shit out of Tony Hayward (CEO of BP) and then personally swam down to the blowout site with an American flag with a giant cork at the end of the flagpole and stuck it right into that gusher. He also would have had a Ka-Bar gripped in his teeth - ready for deep-sea battle just in case he found any of those sabotaging hippie frogmen still hanging around. He ain't no pussy like Obama. Right?


One dipshit idea by Republicans is that liberal hippie environmentalist frogmen swam a fucking mile under water to sabotage the blowout preventer to make deep water oil drilling “appear” dangerous. Is there no fact a Republican can’t ignore in order to further their stupid agendas? Swim a mile under water.

Bill Mancuso
What I meant to say was the oil & gas industry always donates to both parties just to cover their bases. So the jury will ignore that previous bit.

President McCain wouldn't have made it to April 2010. You can bet your Range Rover that President Palin would have handled shit swiftly and intelligently, though.

Nate was being facetious about Palin.


Bill Mancuso
A boss that displays herself and family on her own reality show whilst simultaneously complaining about her family's invasion of privacy by the media and Hollywood elites! Yeah, buddy! Leadership in action!


I believe Kathy tried to take my negative BP comment and turn it into a negative comment about Obama because we had previously gotten into a “conversation” about politics. She is a hardcore right-wing lemming and they feel socialist Obama was crusading against poor, innocent BP by trying to get them to pay for the cleanup of their oil spill. When it was pointed out that either BP pays for what they did or we taxpayers do, well, all my conversations with Republicans mysteriously ended there. I am a hardcore seeker of truth. The two do not mix. I will post that “conversation” at a later date. I hope you read it. It’s lengthy, but, boy, it sure is a corker!

I’ve also noticed that when Republicans are confronted with facts, they generally do one of three things. Ignore them and switch to a different topic or deny them and continue repeating things that were made up or ignore them and never comment again.

Some other debate tactics are to get personal and name-call, or they proclaim that you are doing what they are really doing (like, after they lie and you point out the lie, they say ‘You’re the one who's lying!’), or they say a whole bunch of things that have nothing to do with the topic in an attempt to obfuscate. All of these are the tactics of people who are not working from facts and instead rely on making things up. Eventually, when you run out of lies, you have to figure out how to evade or deflect.

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