Bill Maher ended his show last night going after both Michele Bachmann and Antonin Scalia for being so open about their religious beliefs, saying even though Scalia’s viewed as more serious than Bachmann, “they’re the exact same idiot.” Maher argued that anyone who honestly believes in things like the end times or Satan cannot be allowed to make decisions for the rest of the country.
Maher said, “If you believe we’re living in the end times, like Michele Bachmann does, we get to take away the car keys.” He brought up her comments about said end times for America, as well as Justice Scalia’s references to Satan as a real entity in a lengthy New York magazine interview.
Maher was stunned at how honest Scalia was about his belief in Satan, saying, “I kept waiting for the transcript to say, ‘Ha ha, I’m just fucking with you!’” He warned that people like this ruling on important political issues is like “smelling a gas leak and calling an exorcist,” explaining why people like Bachmann and Scalia can’t really be trusted to be a part of American government.
What does Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Rush Limbaugh Sarah Palin, Antonin Scalia, and Ted Cruz all have in common? Mental illness
FACT: Conservatism is a mental disease.
Study of Bush's psyche touches a nerve.
A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained Bill psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity". As if that was not enough to get conservative blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the right-wing talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction.
All of them "preached a return to an idealized past and condoned inequality". Right wing nut jobs are demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report, Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, received $1.2m in public funds for their research from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. The authors also peer into the psyche of President George Bush, who turns out to be a textbook case. The telltale signs are his preference for moral certainty and frequently expressed dislike of nuance.
"This intolerance of ambiguity can lead people to cling to the familiar, to arrive at premature conclusions, and to impose simplistic cliches and stereotypes," the authors argue in the Psychological Bulletin.
One of the psychologists behind the study, Jack Glaser, said the aversion to shades of grey and the need for "closure" could explain the fact that the Bush administration ignored intelligence that contradicted its beliefs about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
The authors, presumably aware of the outrage they were likely to trigger, added a disclaimer that their study "does not mean that conservatism is pathological or that conservative beliefs are necessarily false".
Another author, Arie Kruglanski, of the University of Maryland, said he had received hate mail since the article was published, but he insisted that the study "is not critical of conservatives at all". "The variables we talk about are general human dimensions," he said. "These are the same dimensions that contribute to loyalty and commitment to the group. Liberals might be less intolerant of ambiguity, but they may be less decisive, less committed, less loyal."
"This intolerance of ambiguity can lead people to cling to the familiar, to arrive at premature conclusions, and to impose simplistic clichés and stereotypes,"