tea party Has Low IQ

By: SayNoToTea , 5:45 PM GMT on January 30, 2012

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Have you ever talked to someone on the far right and even after you explain fact over fact they just don't get it and keep spouting the same ignorant viewpoint? I watched a conversation of Skyepony with one of these people a few days ago and was amazed that she wasn't pulling her hair out after she gave factual information and instead of it being given any credibility it was the same old party line material spouted time and time again. No different than after i watched an episode of Palin's TV show where she hunted caribou and then told a friend that she is no hunter. In the episode she asked if her gun "kicked," had to have someone else load it for her, walked out of camp never firing the gun or checking her sights, she never carried her gun ant took five shots before she hit her target. It was pretty evident that while she may admire hunting and the great outdoors, she's no hunter. Try convincing my right wing friend that. No facts can dissuade him that she is the real deal, hank the hunter, great Alaskan. Well now after reading the article below it's a bit easier to understand why.


Study Suggests Low IQ, Social Conservatism, And Prejudice Go Hand In Hand
by Frances Martel | 3:51 pm, January 28th, 2012
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Are claims that conservatism is “anti-science” as valid as those that science is “anti-conservative?” No one has really asked or found an answer, but a new study from Brock University in Ontario will be sure to spark that very conversation. Psychologists have found that racism and general prejudice as well as social conservatism are linked to low IQ levels.

According to Live Science, the claim is not a Colbertian “reality has a well-known liberal bias claim, but one that those with low IQ levels tend to gravitate to simpler worldviews, that can lead to prejudice and adherence to a rigid mindset:

The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.
The Blaze notes that the study is very specific in indicating that it was looking for social conservatism, not economic or political conservatism, and the scientists do note that they found many exceptions to the rule on both sides, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t anger social conservatives, surely. For one, linking any school of thought to stupidity, particularly one that many adhere to who already believe they are the underdogs in the philosophical wars is not going to go over well with that group. The other issue is that, with the exception of the very in-depth methodology of the study which no casual observer will read, the explanation for how they got this conclusion– and why they didn’t check, say, economic liberalism’s relationship to low IQs instead– will lead the reader to a presumption of bias in the academics. It’s a treacherous route to take, and other scientists interviewed for the Live Science piece have taken note:

“They’ve pulled off the trifecta of controversial topics,” said Brian Nosek, a social and cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia who was not involved in the study. “When one selects intelligence, political ideology and racism and looks at any of the relationships between those three variables, it’s bound to upset somebody.”
LiveScience has all the details of the method the study used to achieve its result.

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22. unclemush
9:16 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Link Is Nevada's Tea Party too dysfunctional to trip up Mitt Romney?
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21. unclemush
4:05 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Link The GOP rush to the right.My longer-suffering readers will know that one of my great obsessions is with the phrase “both sides are guilty.” You know how it works. The Republicans in Washington do something extreme, like hold up an appointee to the Fed because he doesn’t have the right qualifications, even though he won a Nobel Prize in Economics. Then, when the howls start, they produce evidence that the Democrats once did something vaguely similar, which indeed they probably did, but upon close examination it wasn’t really remotely comparable. Then the media say: “Ah, you see, both sides do it.” This both-sides-ism is one of the great curses hanging over Washington, and it’s a fantastic racket for conservatives: aware as they are that the mainstream media worship the idea of “balance” (the worship itself the result of the admittedly effective lobbying by right-wing pressure groups since the late 1970s), they know that if they can just publicize one little example that appears to suggest parity in the bad-faith department, they can get away with whatever.
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20. richteas
7:53 PM GMT on February 01, 2012
"I'm not concerned about the very poor!"-(Mitt Romney)

Poor Mitt! He was born with a mouth in his head.

(and speaking of his head, the next time you see him 'profiled', think...Wayland Flowers and 'MADAME'.
I see Her everytime he shuts his mouth, which isn't often enough!)
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19. unclemush
5:55 PM GMT on February 01, 2012
fas·cism   [fash-iz-uhm] Show IPA
noun
1.
( sometimes initial capital letter ) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
2.
( sometimes initial capital letter ) the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism.
3.
( initial capital letter ) a fascist movement, especially the one established by Mussolini in Italy 1922–43.
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18. Patrap
5:07 PM GMT on February 01, 2012
Our Classy Republican Dim Witted Light Bulbs do it again,

'Gasland' Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans

WASHINGTON -- In a stunning break with First Amendment policy on Capitol Hill, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Republicans also denied the entrance of a credentialed ABC News news team that was attempting to film the event.

Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Gasland" was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing. The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building. Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, is currently seeking to secure a procedural maneuver that would allow the detained film crew to re-enter the hearing, which is open to the public. Miller's motion is not expected to succeed.

It is unclear at the time of this writing whether the journalists will face charges.

"Gasland" received strong critical acclaim and takes a critical eye toward the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a process in which several tons of highly pressurized water and chemicals are injected into the ground, allowing valuable natural gas to escape. The practice is decried by ecological experts for destroying ecosystems and polluting groundwater. The energy industry keeps the actual content of fracking chemicals secret.

Fox had hoped to film Wednesday's hearing for a follow-up to "Gasland." A colleague of Fox's at his production company was unable to comment on the morning's events, but HuffPost expects a statement soon and will update this story accordingly.

Fox did not have formal Capitol Hill credentials, but such formalities are rarely enforced against high-profile journalists. Temporary passes are easy to obtain, and if Republicans had objected on procedural grounds, they could have simply sent the the crew to the front desk, rather than ordering police to arrest journalists. The right to a free press is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Documentary crews are almost never denied access to public meetings of elected government officials.

A separate ABC News crew, which did have official Capitol Hill credentials, was also denied access to the public hearing.

Capitol Hill police were not immediately available for comment.
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17. Patrap
4:25 PM GMT on February 01, 2012
Remembering Columbia and her Crew, comment #544
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16. Patrap
4:22 PM GMT on February 01, 2012
CLUELESS: Mitt Romney: 'I'm Not Concerned About The Very Poor'

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on Wednesday that he's "not concerned about the very poor," citing the social safety net in place for that segment of the populace and adding that he's focused on the middle class.

"I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it," the Republican front-runner said Wednesday on CNN, following his victory in the Florida primary. "I'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."

CNN's Soledad O'Brien pressed him on his comments, adding that they may sound odd for Americans who are very poor.

"Well you had to finish the sentence, Soledad," he replied. "I said 'I'm not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net but if it has holes in it, I will repair them.' The challenge right now -- we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor. And there's no question it's not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle-income Americans."

"We have a very ample safety net," said Romney. "And we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. But we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor."

Programs in the "safety net" are also suffering during the economic recession. Medicaid, for example faces cuts as states attempt to balance budgets at a time when more people are using the program. GOP lawmakers have also eyed cuts in food stamps as food prices rise, even though more Americans are using the the program as a consequence of the economic recession.

Romney's statement is part of a pattern of previously poorly-phrased remarks that give his competitors fodder to call the former Bain Capital founder -- who is worth between $190 million and $250 million -- out of touch with the economic recession.
"Don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom," he said last October in Las Vegas, the hardest-hit metro area by the foreclosure crisis.

In January, Romney said, "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me" to explain why he favored competition among health insurers. "If someone doesn't give me the good service I need, I want to say I am going to get somebody else to provide that service to me."
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15. unclemush
12:09 PM GMT on February 01, 2012
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14. unclemush
12:05 PM GMT on February 01, 2012
Link Sarah Palin For President: Because America Needs To Laugh Again (VIDEO)
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13. unclemush
11:31 AM GMT on February 01, 2012
Link Analysis: Financial titans rally to Romney's cause
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10. Patrap
3:15 AM GMT on February 01, 2012
..really a shoo in aint she?


Iz very Creepy.
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9. originalLT
2:53 AM GMT on February 01, 2012
I thought Callista looked familiar, but I just couldn't place her-- now I see!
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8. Patrap
2:30 AM GMT on February 01, 2012
.."Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.. ?"

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7. originalLT
1:09 AM GMT on February 01, 2012
Re Post #6, understand why she did it, don't agree however. If someone is acting civil, and causing no problems, he should be served, despite his views. Sets a dangerous precident, if one accepts such actions. Remember what the late Archie Bunker said to the Meathead, (and try to read this in Archie's voice) "Everyone's entitled to his opinion there, even if it's stupid".
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6. unclemush
4:19 PM GMT on January 31, 2012
Link Stacey Campfield, Tennessee Senator Behind 'Don't Say Gay' Bill, Removed From Knoxville Restaurant After Anti-Gay Remarks
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5. SayNoToTea
4:13 PM GMT on January 31, 2012
Once again the far right proves the above article correct as they jump on the catholic bandwagon. Just a simple fact check would show them that we're not talking religious institutions per se, but instead private enterprises ran by these religious institutions. The same ones that are required to follow EEO rules and therefore many to most of their employees are not necessarilly followers of the organizations beliefs.

The rule doesn't apply to houses of worship, but does apply to church-affiliated hospitals, colleges, and social service agencies.
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4. unclemush
9:54 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
Link Tea Party unlikely to influence Fla. primary
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3. unclemush
10:04 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Link Santorum pushed to limit malpractice awards but sought larger payout for wife
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2. Patrap
8:40 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Can u imagine being at the Dinner table with Newt, Willard, Santorum, Paul, Bachman, Cain, Perry,and asking who would like to say Grace?

: )

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1. Upnorthwizard
6:46 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Great article! This very subject is a main discussion around our house. Well put and I will be sharing this with others. Thank you.
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