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  •  H.L. Mencken said: (5+ / 0-)
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    "Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy"

    I think that for today's conservatives, it's the fear that some American they hate is getting away with something.  I don't know, for example, if they are really afraid Obama is going to nationalize the car companies.  I think they are afraid some union guy is overpaid, and that's enough to let the companies die.  I don't think they are scared welfare is going to kill us all.  I think they are afraid some black guy somewhere is cheating the systemn, and that's enough to dismantle it.

    BREAKING: Alan Simpson not just an gaffe-prone old fart, but a demigod empowered to cut social security, disband Congress, override President. Shazzam.

    by Inland on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 06:27:33 AM PDT

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    •  True, their outrage is genuine and visceral (3+ / 0-)
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      when they think that somebody somewhere whom they don't like and don't approve of, somebody not of their own faith and tribe, might get one dime of their own money.  Competition for resources on a pack basis goes deep in the brainstem.  

      It's oddly at variance with the teachings of good old whatshisname, uh, Jesus.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 06:31:53 AM PDT

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      •  If Jesus were to come back today (2+ / 0-)
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        it would be the christians who crucify her again.

        QUICK! HIDE GRANDMA! T3H DETH SKWADS IZ COMINGZ!!!1

        by Bulldawg on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 06:41:26 AM PDT

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      •  Important point you mentioned: brain stem. (1+ / 0-)
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        Fear initiates from the amygdala, and THEN the cortex is used for risk-assessment in response. You don't have to analyze WHY you're scared, it's the initial kick that starts the ball rolling.

        The nation can be made to produce a far higher standard of living for the masses of the people if only government is intelligent and energetic... (FDR, '37)

        by ShawnGBR on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 06:50:58 AM PDT

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        •  And live MRI studies of political ranting (2+ / 0-)
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          have shown that the cortex pretty much disengages.  

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 07:34:02 AM PDT

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          •  This, by the way, is why (1+ / 0-)
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            "think of the children" is a such a powerful meme. The need to protect one's offspring has been present since long before the cortex evolved; it's handled by our "old brains."

            The schools will probably teach kindergartners to play nice with everyone. — Will Phillips, on how marriage equality would affect education

            by ebohlman on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 12:06:40 PM PDT

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        •  By the way, love the clever construct (1+ / 0-)
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          in your title.  Very a propos.

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 07:39:22 AM PDT

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          •  Thank you. Please use it. (1+ / 0-)
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            If it became a meme, I'd be happy. It's snappy, it sums up what the opposition is doing instead of working towards solutions that benefit anyone but themselves and their financial backers, and it does seem to dull the roar when they discover their answers in diaries like this may be part of the study!

            Did anyone else notice that, or just me?

            The nation can be made to produce a far higher standard of living for the masses of the people if only government is intelligent and energetic... (FDR, '37)

            by ShawnGBR on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 08:07:23 AM PDT

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