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Christian Conservatives Failed to Sway Voters

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 16:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


“Millions of American evangelicals are absolutely shocked by not just the presidential election, but by the entire avalanche of results that came in,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Ky., said in an interview. “It’s not that our message — we think abortion is wrong, we think same-sex marriage is wrong — didn’t get out. It did get out.

“It’s that the entire moral landscape has changed,” he said. “An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them.”

Conservative Christian leaders said that they would intensify their efforts to make their case, but were just beginning to discuss how to proceed. “We’re not going away, we just need to recalibrate,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president and chief executive of The Family Leader, an evangelical organization in Iowa.

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  1. They don’t need to recalibrate. They need to get their heads and souls out of the 15th Century! They need to stop acting like a bunch of misogynistic, sexist, racist, intolerant thugs and embrace the true teachings of their lord Jesus. Jesus could embrace a prostitute and show her a better (if not easier) future. These pinheads cannot embrace the concept that 2 men or 2 women may truly love each other, and use that to help build a better future for all of us. They refuse to accept that a man of color is suitable to be President of the United States. They hold that rape is the fault of the raped, not of the rapist, and that women are meant to be subservient to men.

    So, why was Mitt Romney totally unsuited to be POTUS? Simply because he follows a “faith” that accepts that women are subservient to men, that same-sex relations are inherently evil, and that those who do not follow/accept his faith are inferior. He may be the nicest person on earth, but because he holds firm to these beliefs, he had to be rejected totally for the position of leader of ALL Americans. The American people consist of persons who adhere to all faiths, religions, races, sexual orientation, and beliefs. The person that leads us must be tolerant of all, and totally faithful to the Constitution to which they have sworn. Unfortunately, Obama has fallen somewhat short in that last point, but compared to Romney, he is the far better choice, in my humble opinion.

Fox News guest: Obama won by lying about ‘rape camps’ under Romney

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 16:24 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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  1. FOX must raid the insane asylum to get these talking heads. And I thought there were drugs to control such hallucinations.

Too many aboriginal women have died. It’s time for action.

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 16:22 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


How many more mutilated women’s bodies will it take? How many more haunting ghosts of the disappeared?

Not Mexico. In smug, self-satisfied, humble-to-a-fault, little old Canada.

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BBC suspends all investigations by Newsnight

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 16:14 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


The British public broadcaster has suspended all investigations by its flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight, after a politician was wrongly named on the internet as a paedophile.

Allegations are that the police leaked the (wrongly) suspected identity of a child molester to the BBC. Once more, Her Majesty’s Press and the police are accused of dubious, even witch-hunting tactics. (This does not mean that there are no crimes to be investigated.)

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Fox News Audience Abandons Ship After Obama Wins

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 13:40 by John Sinteur in category: News


As further evidence of the tunnel-vision conservatism of Fox News, the Nielsen ratings for election night show just how intolerant their audience is of any information that is undesirable or contrary to their worldview.


The sharp drop-off in viewership that occurred only on Fox reveals the sensitivity that the Fox viewer has to actual, truthful information. That is something that Fox exploits eagerly as they load up their programming with false and prejudicial stories. And that accounts for why Fox viewers have been shown to be so much less informed than consumers of news from other sources. They have such an aversion to anything other than Fox’s pre-seasoned, right-wing brand of pseudo-knowledge that they won’t even stayed tuned to Fox if there is a chance they might be exposed to raw reality.

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  1. That’s a nice graphic but I’m inclined to think the largest factor is that the age of the FOX viewers means they needed to 1) go to bed or 2) tune in to Leno.

  2. reveals the sensitivity that the Fox viewer has to actual, truthful information

    Oh, for Pete’s sake, what a bunch of hooey. If you lean Republican, you’re going to be less enthusiastic to leave the TV on with pictures of partying Democrats and less interested in watching Obama’s victory speech. Pretty normal behavior. You think the lefties stayed up for Bush’s re-election victory speech? Please.

  3. Plus, Republicans all have jobs to go to in the morning…


Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 13:39 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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  1. What’s a patriot doing driving a Toyota?

  2. Born, died, buried, …and will rise again on 21 January 2013. (Inauguration Day). See? all very christian 🙂

Apple, its mojo and Doug Kass

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 13:24 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Robber Barons


In early October Doug Kass, the president of Seabreeze Partners and a frequent guest on CNBC, published a manifesto on The Street listing 10 reasons he believed Apple had “lost its mojo.”

Nine of his 10 reasons were fundamental and irreversible. Things like the death of Steve Jobs. The increasing complexity of Apple’s product line. The loss of its ecosystem advantage. And worst of all: “Apple is selling an equal to worse product than the competition for more money.”

If he was correct in mid October, it would follow that he was even more correct this week, when Apple — which was trading for $674 a share when Kass started his campaign — traded for as low as $533.74.

But no. Having helped knock more than $130 billion off Apple’s market valuation, Kass on Friday cheerfully announced that he is buying Apple again.

“Hey, I never said it was a forbidden fruit,” he told the Wall Street Journal. Then he preceded to tick off five reasons he’s turned bullish on the stock. You can read them here.

Here’s the thing: None of his five reasons for buying Apple now address the fundamental concerns he raised in October. Steve Jobs is still dead, Apple’s products are still more expensive than the competition, etc. etc.

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Overconfident Romney was so sure of victory that he spent 25 grand on victory fireworks

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 13:20 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you


Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was so confident of victory against President Barack Obama that he spent $25,000 for victory fireworks, had already drawn up a list of White House appointments and took it easy on election day when his opponents were still working hard to get out the vote.

Political insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that Romney didn’t think he could lose and was genuinely “shell shocked” when he lost the Presidential race in an electoral vote landslide to Obama.

“He was supremely confident and delayed conceding the race as long as possible because he just didn’t believe he would lose,” says one senior aide. “It was overconfidence based on inaccurate assumptions and flawed data.”

In conversations with campaign insiders, a portrait of a clueless campaign emerges, driven by a candidate so sure of himself that he ignored all the obvious warning signs.


“Mitt is not accustomed to losing,” says one friend. “It was a bitter pill for him.”

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  1. Would that be the austerity fireworks display?

Electoral Vote

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 13:17 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


Mark Newman of the University of Michigan has produced a map of the presidential election in which each county is colored red or blue depending on who won it.

It is pretty striking how many counties Romney won. It is also striking that Obama got 2.5 million more votes than Romney. If the blue counties are as blue as the red counties are red, that means that more people live in the small number of blue counties than in all the red ones combined. In other words, while there aren’t many blue counties, that’s where most of the people live. To give an example of this disparity, 3.8 million people live in the 469 square miles of the city of Los Angeles. This is half a million more people than the combined populations of Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, which together cover 1.6 million square miles. These four states are 3,400 times larger than Los Angeles but have appreciably fewer people. In other words, while the land area of the red counties is vastly greater than that of the blue counties, there are hardly any people living in many of them.

The map clearly shows Obama’s strengths: the Northeast, the upper Midwest, the West Coast, and the Colorado-New Mexico axis. There is also some strength in the South. In Southern Florida, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties are full of New York transplants who are strong Democrats. There is also a blue band that curves down from North Carolina. These care counties with large black populations.

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The Neuroscience of Speed Dating Choice

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 1:10 by John Sinteur in category: News


Haven’t you lay awake at night wondering if 36 voxels in your rostromedial prefrontal cortex (RMPFC) can predict your future romantic decisions? If you have, you’re in luck. Cooper and colleagues (2012) conducted an fMRI study to answer this burning question in the affirmative.

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Caption competition

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 1:08 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. She may be slow, but we’re going steady.

  2. A scene from the movie adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Slime’

  3. Is that you Rainer?

  4. Slow, self absorbed, aging, narcissistic, slimy monolith of the Republican Party walking obediently into the sea under the direction of Karl Rove (represented by the mantis, although the mantis is kind of skinny for the analogy to work real well). Am I doing this right?

  5. “Fly my trusty steed! Fly like the wind!”

  6. Run Shadowfax! Show us the meaning of haste! … Hello?

  7. Man! T’is a snail!

  8. “OMG, a hermaphrodite?”

  9. Looks like I’ll be late for work…again!

  10. Some relationship just don’t work out…..

  11. Some relationships just don’t work out….

  12. Forward!

  13. Forward!
    OK, before you remove my comment, let me explain. That snail is moving slowly, but it sneaks up on you and changes the world. While it’s slowly plodding along, Faux Almost-News is making fun of it, throwing twigs in its way, and threatening to poor salt on the poor thing. Meanwhile, that snail crosses your garden and makes about 5,000 other snails. I mean, really, have you ever put just one little snail in an aquarium to help clean the tank? One day the tank is really, really clean. The next day you wonder what all those little black dots are on the rocks, and a few days later – voila – snail heaven. Before you know it, that snail has dismantled don’t ask, don’t tell; stopped massive job losses; stabilized the economy, expanded student loans, and won a reelection. All quietly, without any fanfare, without any boastfulness, just by plodding along. I’ll bet the Faux prognosticators were wondering, just exactly what do all those little blue dots on the electoral map mean? And, by the way, that mantis does kind of resemble Obama.