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  •  Doing crazy things is not (5+ / 0-)

    the same as being crazy.  Some of the sanest people I know do extremely nutty things now and then.  OTOH, I am manic-depressive and rarely do things that would call attention to me as having a mental illness.  I'm kind of a closet crazy person.

    Teabaggers are a breed apart.  It didn't take me long to find out that reason is not in their toolbox.  There is no real fact that they cannot refute, no matter how many hoops they have to jump though to do it.  Attempting to have a rational discussion of issues with people like this only leads to near-debilitating frustration for those who even occasionally inhabit the real world.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 07:41:17 PM PDT

    •  Crazy, especially in the context of "doing (3+ / 0-)

      crazy things" is a nonsense term. It is defined in terms of the normal vs abnormal spectrum and, at the very bottom, little or nothing else.

      As I have elsewhere had cause to argue today, normality is a drag, a crutch and a totally pointless and vapid state. We should all eschew normality.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 07:44:51 PM PDT

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      •  Being "normal" is (4+ / 0-)

        an affliction from which I have never suffered.  When I was younger, I was considered weird.  Now that I am older, I'm eccentric.  It's something I've been training for all my life.  :-)

        When I talk about doing crazy things, I guess I'm mostly referring to things which carry a significant risk or a kind of "just for the hell of it" mentality.  Of course, "risk" can be in the eye of the beholder.  What seems totally nuts to me might border on ordinary for others.

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:10:00 PM PDT

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    •  "Refuting" an argument by (4+ / 0-)

      screaming, "Fuck you, [racial slur]," is not refutation, of course, but it passes for powerful discourse in their circles. I fully expect to see it in a presidential debate, if not from Romney's pampered little lips, from a Fox commentator.

      Occupy Wall Street. Occupy Main Street. Occupy everything. Force a tsunami of change on the nation.

      by Black Max on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 08:05:41 PM PDT

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    •  Sounds like religion (1+ / 0-)
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      It didn't take me long to find out that reason is not in their toolbox.  There is no real fact that they cannot refute, no matter how many hoops they have to jump though to do it.  Attempting to have a rational discussion of issues with people like this only leads to near-debilitating frustration for those who even occasionally inhabit the real world.
      This is shockingly similar to the behavior of people of faith.  And it is telling that teabaggers are some of the most devoutly religious people in the country.  Their delusions about Barack Obama are intertwined with their delusions about religion.

      It all goes back to the concept of faith, which I entirely reject, faith being "belief in something for which there is no evidence."  I have faith in nothing, which is what makes me an atheist.  I am also deeply bothered by the fact that "faith" is something that in our society is held up as being honorable, noble or admirable when it should be seen for what it is: delusional.

      Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

      by democracy inaction on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 09:53:54 AM PDT

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