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November 12, 2016

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Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...I mean FFS, how do you even begin when confronted with such paranoia?

It isn't paranoia, it is histrionics, they revel in being victims, and not being one, have to create imaginary scenaria so they can have their victim groups, support groups, moral outrage, etc., etc.

R. Sherman

An Update.

Note this line: "Detectives say the woman told them she was just trying to make a joke."

Watch the video again and ponder the mother's rationale. I'm not sure there's a better metaphor from the start of the video to the finish of her excuse for the Leftist mindset.

Shiggz

Would love to see a photoshop of a riot.

"Literacy challenged democrats burn down local restaurant"

One protestor says "take that McDonalds Trump and your golden arch towers! And stop taking the mcrib away!"

wtp

It isn't paranoia, it is histrionics,

Started to respond to this but couldn't quite put in words, well without writing a book, what I was trying to say. Then I encountered this from Dilbert creator Scott Adams...

This brings me to the anti-Trump protests. The protesters look as though they are protesting Trump, but they are not. They are locked in an imaginary world and battling their own hallucinations of the future. Here’s the setup that triggered them.

1. They believe they are smart and well-informed.

2. Their good judgement told them Trump is OBVIOUSLY the next Hitler, or something similarly bad.

3. Half of the voters of the United States – including a lot of smart people – voted Trump into office anyway.

Those “facts” can’t be reconciled in the minds of the anti-Trumpers. Mentally, something has to give. That’s where cognitive dissonance comes in.

There are two ways for an anti-Trumper to interpret that reality. One option is to accept that if half the public doesn’t see Trump as a dangerous monster, perhaps he isn’t. But that would conflict with a person’s self-image as being smart and well-informed in the first place. When you violate a person’s self-image, it triggers cognitive dissonance to explain-away the discrepancy.

So how do you explain-away Trump’s election if you think you are smart and you think you are well-informed and you think Trump is OBVIOUSLY a monster?

You solve for that incongruity by hallucinating – literally – that Trump supporters KNOW Trump is a monster and they PREFER the monster. In this hallucination, the KKK is not a nutty fringe group but rather a symbol of how all Trump supporters must feel. (They don’t. Not even close.)

In a rational world it would be obvious that Trump supporters include lots of brilliant and well-informed people. That fact – as obvious as it would seem – is invisible to the folks who can’t even imagine a world in which their powers of perception could be so wrong. To reconcile their world, they have to imagine all Trump supporters as defective in some moral or cognitive way, or both.

As I often tell you, we all live in our own movies inside our heads. Humans did not evolve with the capability to understand their reality because it was not important to survival. Any illusion that keeps us alive long enough to procreate is good enough.

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/153080448451/the-cognitive-dissonance-cluster-bomb

This. This, this, this, and SOOOO much this. Especially #1.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

WTP,

Number 1, without a doubt, but a brief recap of traits of histrionic types:

a) Be uncomfortable unless he or she is the center of attention. Yep

b) Dress provocatively and/or exhibit inappropriately seductive or flirtatious behavior. Purple hair, piercings, &c.

c) Shift emotions rapidly. Check

d) Act very dramatically, as though performing before an audience, with exaggerated emotions and expressions, yet appears to lack sincerity. As these pages of David's demonstrate.

e) Be overly concerned with physical appearance. Rigid conformity by being "unconventional", see b) above.

f) Constantly seek reassurance or approval. Everyday Feminism on the hoof.

g) Be gullible and easily influenced by others. Res ipsa loquitur with the groupthink and Adams' description.

h) Be excessively sensitive to criticism or disapproval. "Triggering", "microaggressions", need for "safe spaces".

i) Have a low tolerance for frustration and be easily bored by routine, often beginning projects without finishing them or skipping from one event to another. One reason their "art" is such dreck.

j) Not think before acting. See your Number 1.

k) Make rash decisions. Ditto

l) Be self-centered and rarely show concern for others. Except, perhaps, their own ilk, however, see m).

m) Have difficulty maintaining relationships, often seeming fake or shallow in their dealings with others. BFO

n) Threaten or attempt suicide to get attention. As evidenced again by some of the Nobel worthy prose in our oft quoted web site.

This is not to say Adams is wrong, but the histrionic traits set the conditions for the cognitive dissonance which, in a feedback loop, amplifies the acting out portion of the histrionic traits.

jabrwok

Some things never change.

To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

http://townhall.com/columnists/charleskrauthammer/2002/07/26/stupid_vs_evil

RNB

I've talked to several people since the election who are convinced that Trump is going to round up gay people, send them to concentration camps...

I first heard that rumor from a gay friend in 1996. The Republican monster who was poised to commit this atrocity was Bob Dole. Bob Dole. 'Go-Along' Bob. The supine, inoffensive perpetual Minority Leader of the Long Exile of the Republicans in the Senate.

And I've heard the same rumor at every presidential election since. Even ones the Republicans won. Somehow, the Black Marias never come around but that rumor does -- four years later. And is believed.

brilton

@ Nikw211 | November 13, 2016 at 11:01

Australian journalism lecturer Wendy Bacon tweeted during the Lindt cafe siege (and bear in mind two innocent people lost their lives later that day): “Clearing of cars in CBD gives you idea of how pleasant carless city might be (despite context).” I don't need to say any more there.

I don't know what it is with the Left and their desire that (other people) should not be allowed to drive cars (well actually I do), but I recall a listener texted the ABC Radio National afternoon show a while back with the wonderful notion that cars should be banned all together. Living in a semi-rural region where people routinely have to commute 50km to work every day (and then back), and where my family has to travel 220km just to visit friends & relatives in the state's capital city, without any of the public transport infrastructure that larger cities enjoy, well, it just makes me want slap ignorant, elitist, inner city dwellers like that around their stupid faces.

JJM

Yoko Ono and Hillary Clinton actually share a common bond: they both owe their success and wealth entirely to their husbands.

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