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AdLib On January - 1 - 2011
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Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

The following questions were taken from the 2008 Civic Literacy exam.

Take the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) Civics Quiz

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  1. Smedley Butler says:

    Way to take your money out of corporate America’s mouth!

    “Following speeches by Conway and Wisconsin Professional Firefighters Association Mahlon Mitchell, the firefighters marched to the M&I Bank across the street and picketed the bank and withdrew $192,000.”

    http://www.dane101.com/current/2011/03/10/firefighters_target_mi_bank_for_executive_support_of_walker

  2. KQuark says:

    I guess Dems just need to talk stupid better.

    “In a new Kaiser Health poll, just 52% of Americans knew that the health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama is still in place. Meanwhile, one fifth — 22% — of all Americans believe that the law has been overturned, while another 26% aren’t sure what’s up with the law.”

    The biggest thing this shows is Obama did not lie during the HCR debate. Most Americans coverage is not going to be affected and the lie is the bill is a government takeover. I know the major parts of the bill to cover the uninsured have not kicked in yet. But that part of the law will not effect most people either save for premiums being subsidized and better coverage.

  3. Khirad says:

    Oh, this doesn’t help…

    Arizona shooting victim arrested after threat
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_congressman_shot_victim_arrested

  4. escribacat says:

    Phonyton Post now using the term “Obamacare” in its headlines:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/15/health-care-reform-repeal_2_n_809510.html

    The term Obamacare is charged with negative connotations. Do ya think HP is just too damn stupid to realize that or is their agenda becoming more transparent?

  5. bito says:

    Civics Quiz

    Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

    The following questions were taken from the 2008 Civic Literacy exam.

    I haven’t taken it yet, but I suspect that every one here will do better than 49%.

    H/T The Monkey Cage

    • kesmarn says:

      🙁 I only got a 96, b’ito.

      But there’s another reason for a sad face, too.

      Our elected officials. Turns out they know less than the average Joe who votes for ’em…

      Additional Finding
      Elected Officials Score Lower than the General Public

      Officeholders typically have less civic knowledge than the general public. On average, they score 44%, five percentage points lower than non-officeholders.

      * Thirty percent of elected officials do not know that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence.

  6. Khirad says:

    This is about as off topic as you can get, but my grandma is watching a sermon of her pastor on her computer loud enough so I can hear it from the next room (her hearing, not passive aggressive), and let’s just say he thinks there’s no debate about the infallibility of the Bible and exhorts his church to show love to those that don’t know His love. And yet, he says it as a battle cry, in a tone that sounds like a threat.

    Seriously, it’s jarring and quite frankly scares the shit out of me.

  7. bito says:

    Wow, what an impressive panel of foreign policy experts in the video. They have really thought this out thoroughly.


    Fearing High Gas Prices, Sean Hannity Proposes Re-Invading Iraq and Kuwait To ‘Take All Their Oil’

    H/T ThinkProgress

    • SueInCa says:

      OMG Bito that is funny. My suggestion to them is to look closer to home for who is spinning the prices of commodities over the top, Goldman Sachs and about 15 other enities who were given a special exemption from the CFTC to speculate in commodities. If there is a shortage, why are there no gas lines? Exactly who in the Arab world has raised their prices?

      If they were actually journalists, instead of playing a role on the newest Hollywood set, they would have researched the situation and learned how it is really happening. GS and friends are placing bets on the prices of commodities to go up. That is what is happening. They give cover to the people/corp supplying the commodities to raise prices and the companies who do so pay them back a percentage for how long those prices went up.

      Read: Griftopia by Matt Taibbi. He covers this in that book. It is another gambling table for them to work. Bush administration(first) started handing these out. When a congressional aide heard it mentioned in 08 in a meeting he asked for copies of the letters of exemption and the CFTC realizing they had blown it, blew it further by saying they had to ask for permission from Goldman Sachs. CFTC heads including Brooksley Born did not know the letters existed.

      • bito says:

        Very good synopsis of the situation, Sue. What worries me is how many Fox robots and neo-cons are yelling “Hell, Yeah, we fought for that oil, we liberated them, let’s go take it, besides they’re Islamists anyway.
        Instead of going to war on oil and fighting against ANY financial reform and regulation, they should be storming Wall Street speculators.
        Railing against Big Gubmunt and burrowcrats is so much easier than trying to understand the basics of the financial world.
        It would take more than 140 character tweet from Simple S’arah, so it must be hard. If she can’t understand it, who can?

  8. bito says:

    Gotta love it. 😀

    Fox ‘shoots hunter’ in Belarus
    A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said on Thursday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8258540/Fox-shoots-hunter-in-Belarus.html

  9. bito says:

    This is a nice read, you can feel the emotion in their description of being with Gabby when she opened her eyes.

    Press Gaggle by Senator Gillibrand and Representative Wasserman Schultz Aboard Air Force One en route Andrews Air Force Base

  10. Khirad says:

    Univ. Confirms It Was Responsible For Tucson Memorial T-Shirts Criticized By Conservatives

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/au-confirms-it-was-in-charge-of-making-those-t-shirts.php

    First of all, they’re unpatriotic. Second of all, they’re dumbfucks.

    Where oh where might they have found a stock of navy blue shirts on such short notice?

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  11. Khirad says:

    Long time Portland resident shot in Tucson also witnessed Kent State.

    Just bizarre.

    http://www.kgw.com/news/Man-with-Portland-ties-shot-recovering-in-Tucson-113725459.html

  12. bito says:

    Patsy,k’es, you may like this.

    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2011 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection list. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
    The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.

    * Amason, Jessica and Richard Blakeley. “This is Why You’re Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks.“ HarperCollins/Harper Studio, 2009.
    * Brereton, Catherine, Philip Steele, and Hannah Wilson. “Warriors Versus Warriors: Ten Fighters, Five Battles, ONE WINNER.” Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Kingfisher, 2009.
    * Elkeles, Simone. “Rules of Attraction: A Perfect Chemistry Novel.” Bloomsbury/Walker. 2010.
    * Hasler, Nikol. “Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex and Safety.” Zest/Orange Avenue Publishing, 2010.
    * Keplinger, Kody. ”The D.U.F.F.(Designated Ugly Fat Friend).” Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Poppy, 2010.
    * Neri, G. and Randy DuBurke. “Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty.” Lee & Low, 2010.
    * Rainfield, Cheryl. “Scars.” Westside Books, 2010.
    * Summers, Courtney. “Some Girls Are.” St. Martin’s Griffin. 2010.
    * Volponi, Paul. “Rikers High.” Penguin Group/Viking, 2010.
    * Von D, Kat with Sandra Bark. ”The Tattoo Chronicles.” HarperCollins/Collins Design, 2010.

    http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/yalsa-names-2011-quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers

  13. boomer1949 says:

    So, has anyone seen this from MediaMatters? WOW!


  14. bito says:

    Tonight’s local news from Tucson. The first story is on Cristina’s funeral on the video.
    http://www.kvoa.com/home/

    • kesmarn says:

      b’ito, I’m a coward. I can’t watch. They started to cover it on Nightline and I had to turn it off…

      • bito says:

        Sorry k’es for not answering you, I was busy drying my eyes after reading Michelle’s Letter.

        • kesmarn says:

          It’s a wonderful letter, b’ito.

          Isn’t it strange that it takes a tragedy like this to bring us back full circle to the more noble sentiments that were everywhere on election night, when we realized that we had elected our first black president?

          He called us to be our best selves back then and he did the same thing last night.

          • bito says:

            I was thinking of his speech today, the one he gave in Chicago on election night, too.
            Amazing the hate spewed at these two wonderful,warm and sincere people.

            • Chernynkaya says:

              I was just listening to Chris Matthews talking to Uncle Pat Buchannan about the speech. Puchannon was saying how great it was, but getting in a dig about how Obama also called for people to stop blaming. He was implying that Obama was calling on Dems to STFU about rhetoric. Matthews accepted that implication and said something really telling: “Well, he [Obama]has his job, and I have mine!”

              In other words, as as I read it, Chris was admitting that HIS job was to churn out controversy--not to rise above it. Ok, I get it, but it was pretty blatant.

              Then after a long disagreement with Puchannan, Matthews said goodnight, and “You and I will disagree. We should, or we won’t be working here anymore.”{Laughter.]

              It’s all an act--theater. No principles about anything.

            • kesmarn says:

              There were tears that night, too, b’ito. For a different reason, of course.

              Just caught a small glimpse of some quotes from Limbaugh today. The absolute, polar opposite of the Prez and/or his wife. Amazing is the word for it.

              He said that the shooter is probably resting easy in the knowledge that he has the total support of the “Democrat” party. Said for one purpose only, I’m sure: to produce outrage. Sad.

  15. Chernynkaya says:

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  16. kesmarn says:

    How much you wanna bet this guy calls himself a Christian?

    Via Winston-Salem Journal:

    State Rep. Larry Brown said during a discussion of his legislative goals for the year that the government should not spend money to treat adults with HIV or AIDS who “caused it by the way they live.”

    Edit: If — God forbid — Boehner needs medical attention for smoking-related ailments, will Brown insist that no government money be spent?

  17. kesmarn says:

    In the “When Will They Ever Learn?” department:

    The FBI on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old Palms Spring, Calif., man on charges of making intimidating phone calls to a Democratic Washington state Congressman Jim McDermott that included threats to kill him, his family and friends.

    Authorities said that Haberman made threatening expletive-laden calls to McDermott’s Seattle office on Dec. 10 around midnight. The rants included outrage over Congressional spending.

    NPR has transcripts of the phonecalls in question.

    According to the transcript of one call to McDermott’s office, Habermann said, “He thinks he can steal money from people and give it away to losers and get away with it.” It continues, “I’ll [expletive] hunt that guy down and I’ll [expletive] get rid of him.”

    In the other call, Habermann allegedly said, “If he ever [expletive] around with my money, ever the [xpletive]again, I’ll [xpletive]kill him, OK.”

    This is the second arrest made in relations to to threats against Democratic senators since the shooting of Arizona Democrat and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Earlier, a Colorado man was arrested for making threats against the staff of Senator Michael Bennet’s staff.

  18. kesmarn says:

    Could anyone blame this guy for not ever wanting to leave his house again?

    The NYT has a story on a man who was present during the Kent State University shootings and then was wounded last Saturday in Tucson:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/us/13survivors.html?_r=3&partner=rss&emc=rss

  19. Chernynkaya says:

    From Fact-check.org:

    A ‘Job-Killing’ Law?
    House Republicans misrepresent the facts. Experts predict the health care law will have little effect on employment.

    A thorough review, citing MANY sources. BUT--

    When we laid out some of our findings to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office, spokesman Brad Dayspring, told us: “This is a job-killing law, period. Anyone who argues otherwise is ignoring the construct of the health care law and the widely accepted facts.”

    And will the corporate MSM point all this out? Yeah, right! But I’ll be civil and say that Mr. Cantor simply refuses to face facts, instead of calling him a lying piece of scum-sucking corporate toady.

    http://factcheck.org/2011/01/a-job-killing-law/

    • Khirad says:

      They do know how to lie about the right things. I wish the Dems would pick up on this rhetorical efficiency (hopefully without the lie part). Many have either anxiety of losing a job or of finding one and they just have to get out the phrase “X is Democrat Party [sic] killing jobs.” It really doesn’t matter what X is. I’ve seen FactCheck debunk countless of “job killing” claims or “government jobs” paying twice as much type bullshit. They play dirty, but they are shrewd. This is the difference between the GOP elite and the baggers.

      __
      Edit, totally forgot the word bureaucrat instead of merely a government worker. Gotta fit that in there. Generalize it into a faceless resentment.

      • Chernynkaya says:

        Khirad, I posted the full article earlier, but here’s what Ithink you are talking about (I made it into a post.)

        Successful campaigns utilize a “meme,” or slogans (Just Do It!), iconic images (Abu Ghraib), catch phrases (“wardrobe malfunction”) or symbols (the peace sign). Just as engines of dominant culture create memes, so can social change groups.

        Example:
        The Department of Labor and the MSM refer to worker exploitation as “low wages.”

        However, worker centers could start a “wage theft” meme. This meme overthrows the dominant assumption that wages are the property of the boss. Rather, in this new narrative, wages are the property of workers that have been stolen by the boss.

        A common defense narrative spun by an employer is that these are hard economic times; everyone has to tighten their belts. The public sees the employer as benevolent; the job provider, the workers, protesting, are ungrateful!

        But through the wage theft meme, workers become the victims of the bad economy. The boss becomes the unreasonable one. The public will identify with the righteous worker who is trying to stand up for their right to recover their private property.

        The left is losing the battle over narrative, which means we often lose the larger war over legislation and fiscal policy. Think of common current rhetoric surrounding climate change legislation (“it kills jobs”), public sector jobs (“we have to cut back to decrease the deficit”), etc. We need to develop strong, compelling, narratives --ones that are both true and not insulting to our intelligence.

        http://www.truth-out.org/storytelling-organizing-how-rescue-left-its-crisis-imagination66814

        • Khirad says:

          Hot damn! Precisely.

          It’s comforting others are thinking along the same lines (in much more sophisticated terms).

          You see the Republican memes and they spread like wildfire. They are simple to grasp, and not obtuse policy, but very direct the stark way they are framed and set motion to within a familiar narrative to the general public. It extends beyond political circles into everyday speech, and in turn, becomes part of our daily conversations and parlance (Obamacare). This inculcation/inoculation can thus feed on itself and grow (my vocab fails me when I’m really tired -- looking for another word/s there).

          It’s the common complaint that they can turn people against their own interests -- but it’s not just with wedge issues -- it’s with language packaging itself. And by god, Dems overthink it, or aren’t smart enough to figure out the simple stuff, or aren’t lockstep enough to pound away a meme into the national consciousness.

    • bito says:

      Yeah, but everyone knows that FactCheck is non-partisan!
      (sure am glad you didn’t call Mr. Cantor a lying piece of scum-sucking corporate toady. Nice to see you showed some restraint.)

  20. Chernynkaya says:

    AdLib, I believe it was you who first introduced me to the idea of story telling as political narrative, was it not? Anyway, here is a short but good article about that:

    Storytelling as Organizing: How to Rescue the Left From Its Crisis of Imagination

    http://www.truth-out.org/storytelling-organizing-how-rescue-left-its-crisis-imagination66814

    • bito says:

      May have been Johnathon Swift, I hear he had a little book on political stories. 😉

      • Chernynkaya says:

        No--I haven’t spoken to Jonathan in AGES! it musta been AdLib.

        • bito says:

          Cher, it was another good link. This quote will make me change my ways. Focus!!

          What are some assumptions in the dominant culture you think need to be changed? Make a list. You can carry this assumption list with you and keep a running tab of times when they show up, or when you surface new ones. Choose one assumption to work with for the moment…Are there institutions where it lives? Are there ways it is felt in popular culture? Now think about actions you could take to challenge that assumption and change the story. Are there physical points of intervention that could expose this assumption?

          If only it wasn’t for that damn ADD. 😉

  21. Khirad says:

    Man arrested after threats to Rep. Jim McDermott: ‘I’ll kill his family’

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/356097

    You gotta read this. For reals.

    In a related note:

    Speaking shortly after the Giffords shooting Brian Baird said:

    “Many members (of Congress) have been really afraid that something like this was going to happen sometime soon,” said Baird, a Democrat who represented the 3rd District for 12 years before retiring last month.

    http://tdn.com/news/local/33dd1c02-1d4f-11e0-9b18-001cc4c002e0.html

    His district (my native district) is very similar in demographic composition to Gabby’s.

    • bito says:

      Mr. Baird has some good points:

      He predicted that more police will be stationed at town hall events, and those events will become a hassle for law enforcement agencies struggling to find enough staff to keep up their regular patrols. Businesses will become leery of hosting Congressional events unless security is provided. And voters, fearing violence, may think twice about coming to such meetings, Baird said.

      The prospect of violence could also drive good members of Congress to quit and keep other strong candidates from running, he said.

      “I can guarantee you, spouses are concerned,” Baird said.

      What business won’t require posting an insurance bond, security and waivers in the future?

      • Khirad says:

        Of course he’ll never live this down:

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        He took some positions I disagreed with, like breaking to support the Iraqi surge, but he was a good man in a genuinely swing district. He decided to retire, and might’ve lost this time around. As you get the picture, he was indeed one of those who faced some of the most frequent threats in the country (there’s deep conservative swathes in the district akin to Cochise).

        But my point to the topic at hand is that he was not a demagogue of the left and he sounded a lot like the LD GOP chairman’s email who resigned.

        Shouldn’t it be a perilous sign to our democracy that spouses will have to consult one another before running for elected office like they are enlisting in the Army to be deployed to a combat zone?

        It’s odd to note that he started out his congressional career by standing outside a similar supermarket in his coat and the rain handing out leaflets and talking to anyone that would listen.

        White House Press Secretaries have always passed along the honorary flak jacket. Will Members of Congress have to trade in their coats for real flak jackets?

    • Chernynkaya says:

      I saw that last night on KO! he said he wanted to protect his $3 million trust fund!!!

      Sorry, I have to admit this: I feel the very same way towards him as he does towards McDermott. I know, I know…

  22. Chernynkaya says:

    I found this an interesting read from a psychiatrist who has treated paranoid schizophrenics for 30 years. (And I learned paranoia is now referred to as Delusional Disorder.)The author, Peter Kramer, also wrote “Listening to Prozac”--which I vaguely recall had some controversy or other. It is written with compassion and a helpless pragmatism. It is not primarily about the shooter, but he does address the influences of the media.

    http://www.salon.com/news/jared_loughner/index.html?story=/mwt/feature/2011/01/13/loughner_working_with_paranoids

    • bito says:

      Cher, what a good article from someone who deals with this daily. TY for the link.

      When they argue their case that the plots they discern are real, paranoid patients arrive armed with examples of views more outlandish than their own. After all, my patients do not deny Darwinism or global warming. If they claim that the president of the United States is a conspirator secretly intent on socialism, it’s a sign that they are far down a sad road. The public embrace of implausible beliefs creates a context of credulity.For my purposes, journalists and politicians who countenance conspiracy theories are the opposite of co-therapists; they are enablers. They stand as exemplars of a mode of being that scorns doubt, celebrates grievances, and reframes ordinary disagreements as indicators of sinister intent.

    • Khirad says:

      That was a really good article.

      And, I don’t know enough yet, but not only are most not violent, but I don’t think of Palin’s characterization of Loughner as ‘evil’ was fair. I think he did one HELL of an evil thing -- but, I’m waiting to see more. The questions on it mitigating his responsibility are really troubling me though. It’s complex. I’m fine if he spends the rest of his life in the state hospital (are there federal ones? -- or at least psychiatric blocks in federal prisons?) depending on the diagnosis. I’m not fine with him being eligible for parole.

      I am confused here though on the clinical taxonomy. Is Delusional Disorder the new term for Paranoid Schizophrenia? A subset of Schizophrenia, or was he describing, as it sounded like he was, a disorder separate from Schizophrenia altogether?

      Because, I knew a guy who was Schizophrenic. When he didn’t take his meds he had hallucinations, was uncooperative and did periodic stints in the hospital’s psych ward; but he was like anybody else on his meds -- you wouldn’t be able to guess.

      This sounded like it was something different. As he suggested with the possible autism link, it sounded like it wasn’t chemical but wiring (well, it’s all chemical, but you know what I mean -- I’m fumbling for the right terminology).

      • Chernynkaya says:

        Khirad, I don’t think he was talking about schizophrenics, but about paranoids--or those with what is now called delusional disorder. But the fact that he talked about Loughner conflated it for me too, because I am assuming Loughner is suffering from schizophrenia AND paranoia.

        • Khirad says:

          Yes, that’s the point that confused me.

          But, lazy me, I could have just looked it up.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delusional_disorder

          I don’t know if that Wynn grammar guy had things about ‘conscious dreaming’ or if it was from Zeitgeist, but in the only time I’ve ever agreed with Charles Krauthammer (who should have stuck to his original profession) this sounds to me like a synonym for hallucination regardless of where he got the term.

          It does say DD is distinct from schizophrenia and does not include auditory or visual hallucinations. And do those with DD sometimes appear ‘not there’? I imagine them from the description in the article to always be anxious and on edge, but I’m just kind of curious at this point for the psychology of it -- this detail doesn’t matter so much to the larger point which I imagine is still just as valid.

          Sounds like one helluva stubborn and frustrating mental illness to treat, as he recounted. Almost like an obsessive disorder.


          By the way, anyone ever seen a decently priced DSM-IV (the TR’s are especially pricey) at a used book store? They always elude me. All I have is a pocket guide. I was wondering if students scoop them up or people don’t generally part with them. I know this little addendum is really odd, I just kinda always wondered if their apparent scarcity was just coincidence or not. Maybe it’s a conspiracy!

          • Chernynkaya says:

            I have friends whose son developed schizophrenia at puberty. I was so tragic, so incredibly painful for everyone. The thing is, prior to his diagnosis, I only thought he was shy and quiet--I never saw anything my untrained eye would say was schizophrenic. He was fortunate--if one can say that--in that his family was wonderful: Loving and upbeat by nature. I saw them struggle with various drug treatment, the ups and downs. Our sons were about the same age at the time, and I remember thinking it was a nightmare.

            In a way, delusional disorder,according to Dr. Kramer, is largely untreatable. Like, as you mention, OCD. But aren’t their drugs for OCD?

            That reminds me, I have a BRILLIANT book called “The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force” by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz. He has had success treating OCD with classic meditation techniques.(That’s why I bought it--no, I don’t have OCD, but sometimes wish I had a touch of it.) If you are interested in either, I highly recommend it!

            • Khirad says:

              Yes, OCD is actually sometimes partially treatable with social-anxiety drugs like Paxil.

              But, as a hilarious episode of Monk showed, medication can have it’s own side affects outweighing the benefits (though much less comical).

              I think Dr. Amen, whose on PBS occasionally talks about neuroplasticity, as well. I’ll keep that book on my mental rolodex. Mnemonic: Doktor Black Plastic

              I’d also assumed that not everyone was so fortunate as the schizophrenic, and I only met him twice, I knew was. Things are never that simple, just that he was functional and could get by with them and his very supportive wife (god bless her, so many leave spouses for less).

              He complained a lot of the lights being really bright, but that this was a side affect of the medication, not hallucination.

              I can’t imagine what the Loughners went through with their son. It’s emerging that they struggled to do their best. For every success story, while they don’t commit terrorism, there’s others who end up in the middle of a city talking to themselves on the sidewalk, homeless.

              I haven’t seen it at all yet, and thank goodness, but I always fear for a further stigmatization of mental illnesses (not to mention those loners, and the bubbly talking heads’ strange fear of them).

              So far though, there’s actually been the reverse: more concern over the (in)adequacy of mental health services (ahem, ahem, Gov. Brewer).

              And to that I ask the Randists: what is the market solution to that? What money is to be made privatizing state hospitals? In the barest bones government orthodoxy don’t we throw these people over the cliff like the Spartans threw their ‘unfit’ babes? After all, not a buck to be made off them.

    • Questinia says:

      Pater Kramer puts it really well: how the media can “redirect impulses”.

      Delusional people do get their cues from the environment after all, they are fed the stimulation around them. If the coins of the realm are hate, bullets, and government takeovers then you very well may see those elements as part of the delusional material.

      • Chernynkaya says:

        That just makes sense intuitively, even if we can never prove it empirically. And I loved how he prescribed NPR.I have a lovely image of delusionals listening only to The Prairie Home Companion!

        • PatsyT says:

          Ketchup does have mellowing agents…..

        • Questinia says:

          Giggling with Garrison!

          It’s “grounding” 🙂

        • bito says:

          Cher, I posted a study on this the other day from the Monkey Cage. Proved? Perhaps not. Studied? yes?

          Political Vitriol and Political Violence

          Is there any evidence that vitriol leads to violence? Yes. See this paper (pdf) by Nathan Kalmoe, a doctoral student in political science at the University of Michigan:

          Does violent political rhetoric fuel support for political violence? Political leaders regularly infuse communication with metaphors of fighting and war. Building from theoretical foundations in media violence research, I field a nationally-representative survey experiment in which subjects are randomly assigned to different forms of the same political advertisements. I find that even mild violent language increases support for political violence among citizens with aggressive predispositions, especially among young adults.

          • Chernynkaya says:

            I saw that, Bito, and it was well worth reading! I have used it to make the point “elsewhere” too. I think that most people understand that there is a definite link, even if not proven beyond a doubt.

  23. bito says:

    I think David Corn at Mother Jones wraps up Palin and her “speech”
    in this:

    She could have assailed them in a somber and serious manner, but she chose not to. After all, that’s not how Palin got to where she is: a political celebrity who at a time of mourning turns a national tragedy into a Facebook post that at its core is about her.

    And to me that is all she is: a Facebook poster.

  24. bito says:

    Gabby opened her eyes ❗ ❗ ❗

  25. bito says:

    Loughner was thrown out of job-help center

    Jared Lee Loughner sought help getting a job several times last year at a Pima County employment center, but the last visit turned into a familiar fiasco: Loughner was ejected as he protested his constitutional rights.

    Loughner’s job history is coming under increasing scrutiny as investigators try to figure out how Loughner could afford a $550 gun plus hundreds of dollars in ammunition and magazines.

    On Sept. 29, Loughner made the last of at least four visits to the Pima County OneStop center at 340 North Commerce Park Loop, just west of downtown. He came in carrying a video camera and recorded the staff in the office, according to an account written by a co-director of the center and obtained through a public-records request.

    http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/0bb54d4e-1ead-11e0-97a1-001cc4c03286.html

    • Khirad says:

      That was one of my FIRST questions. How did he afford the weapon?

      I also saw he had on his application Eddie Bauer. What were his references? It’s rough in Tucson as everywhere else, even for low-wage High School type jobs (with increasingly older workforce). How was he getting jobs?

  26. bito says:

    This was put up at UMC.

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    More Photos:
    http://pics.kold.com/ChannelGallery.aspx?c=4919


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