Sunday, January 3, 2016

Things I Learned From "The Twilight Zone"

Every year I spend my New Year's curled up on the couch with a pizza, a bottle of wine, and the Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy channel.  This year SyFy has given us TZ geeks a special treat by showing every episode from all 5 seasons in order (though they're still hacked to death for commercials).  Now I have the Definitive Collection on DVD, but there's something really cool about watching and live tweeting the marathon with fellow zone-heads on social media.  Through the years I've taken a few lessons from the show, and I'd like to break from my usual political musings in the blog to share a few.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Resolutions and Wishes for 2016

Hi, folks.  Here once again with my list of resolutions and wishes for the coming year.  Needless to say that 2015 has been an interesting year in almost every aspect.  And while I can spend an entire year coming up with stuff to put here, I figure I'll just limit it list to the top whatever pops into my head.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

War on Christmas 2015

Because apparently plain red cups (and political correctness) make the Baby Jesus cry.

Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus ... SO I PRANKED THEM ... and they HATE IT!!!! #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow --> Joshua Feuerstein
Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015

This is from the Facebook page of Joshua Feuerstein, who is apparently rather miffed that Starbucks doesn't put "Merry Christmas" on their new minimalist design Christmas cups.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Resolutions and Wishes for 2015.

2014 has been, to say the least, an interesting year. And if this past election is any indicator, 2015 promises to be equally interesting. With that in mind, here is my annual list of resolutions that we should take to heart for the coming year. Please feel free to break them all at any time.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Texas' "Pray the Gay Away" Stance Exposes Right-Wing Cognitive Dissonance

From Wikipedia (which I try NEVER to use as a reference, but in this case will serve adequately enough)...

In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who (1) holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time or (2) is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values. This stress and discomfort may also arise within an individual who holds a belief and performs a contradictory action or reaction.

Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. When inconsistency (dissonance) is experienced, individuals largely become psychologically distressed. His basic hypotheses are listed below:

1."The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance"

2."When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance"

Texas GOP Advances "Pray The Gay Away"

Solidifying its place in the ass-end of social evolution, the Texas Republican Party voted this past Thursday to include anti-gay language that would endorse "reparative therapy" in its party platform. The vote taken at their convention in Fort Worth is aimed at rebuking bans on such therapy in California and New Jersey.

From the Associated Press...

Under the new proposed plank, the Texas GOP will "recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."

Sarah Palin Gives Her $.02 On Bergdhal (She really should have saved her money)

You know, there are some people who really, REALLY should just keep their opinions to themselves. Especially if they don't want folks to start asking questions which may prove more than a bit uncomfortable to THEM. Sadly, Sarah Palin does not feel this applies to her.

Criticizing the president's praise for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released after five years of captivity in Afghanistan, she opines... (h/t Talking Points Memo)

"No, Mr. President, a soldier expressing horrid anti-American beliefs – even boldly putting them in writing and unabashedly firing off his messages while in uniform, just three days before he left his unit on foot – is not 'honorable service.' Unless that is your standard."