Do you have time to read a not-all-that-long article that is actually pretty smart and well-thought out? (Okay, there's some numbers in it and references to scientific studies, but you can just skim over those parts like I did.)
If so, I recommend that you read Sharon Begley's Newsweek article in which she explains how belief in death panels and impending socialism is caused by the same kind of thinking that lets people believe that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, that George Bush planned 9/11, and/or that Real House Wives of New Jersey qualifies as a genuine form of entertainment…
Some people form and cling to false beliefs about health-care reform (or Obama's citizenship) despite overwhelming evidence thanks to a mental phenomenon called motivated reasoning, says sociologist Steven Hoffman, visiting assistant professor at the University at Buffalo.
"Rather than search rationally for information that either confirms or disconfirms a particular belief," he says, "people actually seek out information that confirms what they already believe." And God knows, in the Internet age there is no dearth of sources to confirm even the most ludicrous claims (my favorite being that the moon landings were faked).
"For the most part," says Hoffman, "people completely ignore contrary information" and are able to "develop elaborate rationalizations based on faulty information."
I recommend reading the whole article, even though it doesn't really get to the heart of the matter as far as I'm concerned.
Chupacabras, I'm telling you. They're conspiring with the Jawas and the Canadians to keep these rumors afloat.
If only people would read my pamphlet!
Tags: 9/11, Barack Obama, Birthers, Conspiracies, George W. Bush, Health Care, Kenya, Protesters, Town Hall, Truthers
Now that the America's several-month-long honeymoon sexual intercourse session with Barack Obama is finally over and it's quietly weeping with the sheets pulled up under its chin while Obama watches basketball and clips his toenails in the other room, let's all grab some some keepsakes to remember this very special moment in our relationship with the President…
Tags: Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, Birthers, Hawaii, Health Care, Kenya, P.K. Winsome, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
Thought you were done dealing with horror-movie-ish political attack ads for a few years?
Oh Noooooos! We're about to inaugurate a foreigner as our preznit!
Quick! Somebody send this compelling collection of never-before-refuted hard facts to Congress. Maybe there's still time to inaugurate Sean Hannity instead.
Tags: Barack Obama, Constitution, Indonesia, Kenya
Right-wing hack writer Jerome Corsi has finally found a place where he's even more unwelcome than in the Kerry family living room…
Jerome Corsi, author of "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," was picked up by Kenyan authorities shortly before he planned to hold a news conference to promote his book, which has widely been denounced in the U.S. for repeating discredited rumors about the Democratic presidential nominee's background and upbringing.
Corsi later boarded a plane leaving the country, Kenyan police and his publicist said, amid questions about whether he went voluntarily or under duress.
Corsi, who when not writing reactionary political screed, spends his time blabbing on white supremacist radio, became douchebaga non grata in Kenya when he claimed that Barack Obama donated $1 million to the campaign of current Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Both Obama and Odinga vehemently deny this.
Because what he said about them merits more than mere deportation.
Tags: Barack Obama, Jerome Corsi, John Kerry, Kenya