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  •  Fools for Jeebus (24+ / 0-)

    The right is rife with excuses and justifications for ignorance and  lies. From their deliberate mis-reading of:

    1 Corinthians 4:10 - (KJV)
    10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
    The idea that it doesn't matter if people say you are wrong, and whatever empirical fact says, whatever you choose to believe is true because you are a "christian" is strong among the right.

    Combine this with the ends justify the means belief in "lying for Jesus" (the idea that, as long as the victim becomes a "christian" due to your lies, the lies are holy) which is a stated policy of at least the Mormon church, and obviously a policy of other churches if not so blatantly acknowledged, and you have a recipe for con men to control a huge swath of misinformed and delusional people: e.g. the American right wing.

    The right actually REVELS in the idea that people say they are wrong and that the facts prove them so. It simply proves their "holiness" and confirms their "higher truth," you know, the kind of truth that doesn't rely on stupid facts, evidence, and the burden of actually being true.

    "But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." - Carl Sagan
    •  Nice. Wish I could stay, but I have to go (8+ / 0-)

      supervise the replacement of a large pane of glass by a company that calls itself "Pane in the Glass." :)

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:12:39 AM PST

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    •  $$$$$$$. (0+ / 0-)

      The enemy, here, is 50  to 100 families with billions of dollars of inherited money.

      They're not too bright.

      They have cheated their way through the University of Arkansas, more than not.

      They're convinced that taxes are theft.

      Where they're not out-and-out paranoids, they hire lunatics to be paranoids for them.

      Hence, the Birchers in congress. Want to see their madness in full glory:

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 02:39:27 PM PST

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