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May 14, 2016

The Man Who Would Be Last

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 3:10 PM

Last night’s closing segment of “Real Time” had Bill Maher addressing the accusation that Donald Trump’s popularity is the fault of Liberals. Like so many things Conservatives say, this is the exact opposite of the Truth. But as we all know, in political debate in America, facts don’t matter. They don’t. Regardless of political leanings, when people are confronted with facts that contradict something they believe, they will simply refuse to accept that they are wrong. Most of what Conservatives believe to be true is not, while a substantially lower percentage of what Liberals believe is false. Studies have shown that even Liberals normally willing to be persuaded by new evidence will still cling to about ten percent of their belief system against evidence to the contrary. By comparison, Conservatives are persuaded by almost nothing that contradicts their beliefs, even personal experience. To Conservatives, facts are just somebody’s opinion about Reality. What matters is what you believe to be true. Even when it isn’t. Here’s how Bill Maher (more…)

April 19, 2014

The Myth of the Never-Changing Parties

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 11:16 AM

Recently I got into a Twitter argument with a Conservative who actually called the observation that the Republicans have not always been Conservative and the Democrats have not always been Liberal a “bullshit liberal lie.” Then he called the Democrats “the party of the KKK.” Then he said I was the one who was historically ignorant. Okay, so he’s hurling around “KKK” like it’s an epithet (which it is), but apparently he doesn’t know that neo-confederates in the South consider Nathan Bedford Forrest a hero and the work of the Ku Klux Klan to be “social justice.” (Not everyone agrees. I side with the SPLC on this one.) So is being a member and early leader of the KKK a bad thing to Conservatives or not? If the KKK was a good thing, then why throw out the connection between Democrats and the Klan as a bad thing? If you’re proud of the work of the Klan, then you should be proud of Democrats, not contemptuous of everything any Democrat has ever done. Cognitive dissonance has never been seen as a bad thing by Conservatives. They don’t know the meaning of the word “hypocrisy.” (Seriously, they can’t possibly know given how steeped in hypocrisy they are.)

How do you debate political issues with someone who is obviously so historically ignorant about Politics in America? How do you discuss where America ought to go as a nation with people who think that because they were Republicans, that Lincoln (more…)

December 31, 2009

Picking My Brain 09-12-31

Filed under: Brain Pickings — Tags: , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 10:40 AM

My first attempt to do these by video. Please let me know what you think. About any of it. Oh, and, sorry, I couldn’t resist channeling Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel at the end there. That kind of thing will happen.

April 24, 2009

I’m Just a Blogger (With a Liberal Stand)

“I’m Just A Blogger (With A Liberal Stand)”

Original Words and Music “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)” by John Charles Lodge
Additional Lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider, 2009

I’m not the president or someone of his worth
Seeing so many problems
And just trying to succeed
As they’re unraveling we hear so many words
Lots of rhetoric spoken
Now it’s plain to see
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