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Conservative Anti-Intellectualism Based In Job Gentrification

The low IQ and low knowledge level of Republican Conservatives going back to the Bushit is legend in this country. The anti-intellectualism of the right provided the fire to elect George W. Bush, and fueled the rise of noted idiots like Sarah Palin AKA The Sno Ho’. While many pundits would like to tie the rise of that to the deleterious effects of right wing media like Fox News, the politicization of stupid by a series of folks starting with Bush Jr along with the plethora of conservative wonks, or a political base of the “great unwashed”, AKA “white trash” fundamentalist christians, and Joe the plumber blue collar types…

I think the answer is something quite different, and a lot more pedestrian.

For years the US Government, the top tiers of he education establishment, and even corporate America have pushed the concept that a better educated (and by this we mean college educated) populace is required to operated the mechanics of first, the industrial, and then a post industrial and now, internet based world. As the country migrated from industrial to a service economy, a great many people were displaced. The former factory workers became the unemployed, as the Government, and then industry continually raised the entry qualification barrier to new jobs higher and higher. This reached the level of ridiculousness, wherein  companies, and some parts of the government required a college degree for someone whose job was to empty the wastebaskets, put paper in the copier, or work in the mail room. Discounting entirely the value that Joe, the proverbial plumber, had worked for 20 years, showed up every day, and done his work.

Downgrading the very core values of responsibility, hard, work, and reliability which built this country in the first place. While eliminating jobs.

Politicians tend to talk at this group of folks, very few take the time to really understand their issues and talk to them. It is far easier to demagogue.

This reached a peak when the Bushit and his minions tried to privatize the Government – shifting what had been half a million to a million Civil Service jobs into the private sector of “Beltway Bandits”. The old Civil Service System was broken into Grades from 2 – 16, with the lower levels supplying the workers doing maintenance, clerical, and blue collar facilities. To take a job above a certain level required a college degree, and to reach the highest managerial and professional levels required advanced degrees. These grade 2-12 jobs became the brick and mortar of the black middle class not only in Washington DC, but in every city where there are Federal Offices post WWII. Someone with a high-school education could enter the system, and could possibly advance to a managerial level position making very good money though their career.

What privatization did was to eliminate those low level entry jobs, and convert them to requiring a college degree. The result of which was to eliminate in large part minorities…as well as the working class whites. Let’s call its what it is…Job Gentrification.

When I started in the computer/telecommunications industry there were no colleges or universities offering degrees in computer science. The heavy hitters at the time consisted of folks with degrees in Mathematics or Electrical Engineering. Of course there probably were no more than 2,000 of us worldwide in the telecom side. In the late 80’s I taught a class at one of the local universities having to do with advanced computer systems architecture – which in those days was mostly the big mainframes and supercomputers with an honorable mention to the PC type systems. The first day I walk in, surveyed the class – and to my surprise I knew half of the students and had worked with them on the very same giant computer systems I was talking about. These were the guys who wrote the software, managed the systems, and even in several cases had been key players in inventing some of the technologies! They all had reached the top of the grade at which they could no longer progress in the Government without a degree.

Had a discussion with a Headhunter (recruiter) a few years ago, who informed me I wasn’t qualified for a job due to the lack of a industry (company) certification… When I pointed out to her, I was one of the guys who helped invent the technology in question in the first place, and held patents in the area – and that the guy who “invented the Internet”…

Had no industry certification.

Things were/are much, much worse for the unemployed factory worker – who didn’t have access (money) to education, and was locked out of they types of well paying jobs, doable by someone by taking a few classes at worst.

THAT, to my believe is the real base of the resentment against “intellectualism”. Do they have a right to be angry? Yes. Do they have the right to delve into racism, blaming minorities for their plight? No. They are being used as useful fools…Again.

Donald Trump talks at a fourth-grade level. Maybe that’s why the Fox News audience loves him

The culture of anti-intellectualism in America is fueling hateful, racist demagogues — in politics and on TV

It’s a cliché to say that democratic states can’t function properly without an informed electorate. But it’s absolutely true. And this is why, heading into the 2016 election year, I’m nervous about the future. With Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential contenders, even many Republican die-hards are shaking in their boots.

But Trump isn’t the cause, just the symptom. The deeper cause is a strain of anti-intellectualism that runs through the roots of American culture. And while this strain is found on both sides of the political spectrum (see some liberals on vaccines and chemtrails), it’s mostly concentrated among religious conservatives on the political right. For those who espouse anti-intellectualism, conspiracy theories have the same clout as legitimate science, the opinions of non-experts are just as credible as those of the experts, and ideology takes precedence over the cold hard facts.

The US has fostered a culture of anti-intellectualism more than “most other Western countries.” While traveling through Europe and the UK for extended periods of time, I’ve often been quite envious of how respectful other countries are toward those with knowledge in the fields of science and the humanities. In the UK, for example, it’s generally not seen as “uncool” to have a higher degree from a good university. Often, it confers the degree-holder a certain social respect and admiration. Many of the top comedians in the UK have attended institutions like Oxford and Cambridge, including Michael Palin, Eric Idol, John Cleese, David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade and Stephen Fry. And shows such as “QI,” which combines academic discussions with uproarious, irreverent humor, are popular hits.

Not only is the U.S. unique for its love affair with anti-intellectualism, but this romantic relationship appears to have grown stronger over the past few decades. A primary reason for this is no doubt the huge influence that conservative media have had on American culture, such as Fox News, which is currently the most trusted news network in the country. The problem is that “Fox News” is a misnomer. The network is, to quote Jon Stewart, more of a “relentlessly activist” organization for conservative causes than an intellectually honest conveyor of information. Indeed, there are to date at least seven academic studies that have found that Fox News’ viewership constitutes the most misinformed audience out there.

From climate change to healthcare, the Iraq War to the country of Obama’s birth (no, it’s not Kenya), denizens of Fox News are more confident about falsehoods than viewers of any other news network. Several studies even found a positive correlation between how often one watches Fox News and the degree to which one’s worldview is misinformed.

What’s most dangerous about Fox News, though, isn’t its cynical use of Orwellian doublespeak, as in “Fair and Balanced” and “No Spin Zone,” to conceal a conservative agenda. Nor is it the network’s repeated failure to accurately report the facts. Rather, the most dangerous consequence of Fox News is that it discourages that most important form of rigorous curiosity called critical thinking. If people want a single phenomenon to blame for the gradual decline of the American empire, direct your wagging finger at the devaluation of critical thinking skills.

It’s not an accident that Fox News wants an audience that isnt preoccupied with carefully dissecting complex social, political, economic and religious issues. Critical thinking is perhaps our very best strategy for apprehending the true nature of reality, and as the great comedian Stephen Colbert once declared, “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” In other words, critical thinking could lead to liberalism — or worse, to that most dreaded form of liberal fanaticism called secular progressivism.

Scientific studies actually back up this line of reasoning. Consider a 2012 studypublished in Science, one of the most prestigious journals in the world. This study found that when people are prompted to use their critical faculties, they become less likely to affirm religious statements. In other words, there’s a causal link between “analytical thinking” and religious disbelief. Perhaps this is why the Republican Party of Texas literally wrote into its 2012 platform that, “We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs [that] have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs.” God forbid children start questioning their “fixed beliefs” about religion — or politics…Read the rest Here

 

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Texas Republican Governor Helps Terrorists, Wants to Ignore Constitution

And you thought former Texas Governors George Bush and Rick Perry were stupid?

Yet another dumber than dirt Texas Governor, helping terrorists

Texas governor jeopardized secret investigation of Islamic State suspect: sources

Two Texas politicians made public details of an investigation into a terrorism suspect while it was still in progress, potentially jeopardizing the inquiry, three sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released details from documents that were still under court seal, the sources said. A spokesman for Governor Abbott had no immediate comment. Patrick’s office was not available for comment.

The suspect, Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, 24, appeared in court on Friday accused of providing material support to Islamic State overseas. He entered the United States as an Iraqi refugee in November 2009 and lived in Houston, according to a court document.

Abbott and Patrick are both Republicans and their party has been fiercely resisting Democratic President Barack Obama’s plan to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country over the next year, arguing that they pose a security risk to the United States. The Obama administration has rejected that assertion.

One of the sources said investigators believe Abbott and Patrick may have learned confidential details of the investigation from the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Texas. The group’s members include local and state law enforcement officers. There was no immediate comment from the task force.

The sources said the politicians’ statements on Thursday night disclosing a terrorism suspect’s arrest forced federal authorities to wrap up their inquiries and rush out public statements and court papers on the case earlier than planned.

Hardan was already in custody at the time, but interviews of potential witnesses were still being conducted when the disclosures were made, the sources.

Texas Governor Wants To Amend The Constitution So States Can Ignore The Federal Government

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Friday proposed a series of amendments to the U.S. constitution that would permit states to override the Supreme Court and ignore federal laws.

One of the proposed measures would allow a two-thirds majority of the states to override federal regulations, while another sets the same threshold for overturning decisions by the Supreme Court. The governor also wants to change the Constitution to block Congress from “regulating activity that occurs wholly within one state,” and to require a supermajority of seven Supreme Court votes before a “democratically enacted law” can be overturned…More from Governor Dipshit here

Here the 9 Amendments to the US Constitution proposed by Gov Abbott

I mean ..Think about it, There have only been 17 Amendments to the Constitution in the past 300 years (the first 10, were the Bill of Rights)…

Ans this Bozo wants to pass 9?

 

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Conservative State Welfare Queens

Which states rely on the Federal Government the most for funding?

You got it in one – conservative, Republican States.

Maybe it is time to cut the Conservatwit Welfare Queens off.

Some of the most conservative states rely most on federal government aid

They staunchly oppose federal meddling, but conservative states are among the most reliant on federal funding for revenues.

Mississippi and Louisiana are the two neediest states, with federal aid accounting for 43 percent and 42 percent of their respective overall revenues in fiscal 2013, according to an analysis published Wednesday by the Tax Foundation, which advocates for policies that lower taxes and broaden the tax base.

Both Southern states also rank among the most conservative, according toGallup’s latest ranking: Mississippi was first, and Louisiana ranked third.

The relationship is loose, although the overlap is real: Five states are among both the 10 most conservative and the 10 most reliant on federal funds. Four states are among both the 10 most liberal and the 10 least reliant on federal funds.

The Tax Foundation’s analysis is based on a crude calculation of Census revenue data: Divide each state’s “intergovernmental revenue” (i.e. revenue from other governments) by its “general revenues,” a category that includes most — though not all — state revenues. That federally sourced revenue comes in many forms, including Medicaid payments, education funding assistance and infrastructure financing.

A rough pattern emerges by region, too.

The South is home to five of the 10 most reliant states. The West and Midwest are each home to two, and the Northeast is home to one.

The most reliant states tend to collect less revenue on their own and house larger poor populations, the Tax Foundation notes.

Of the 10 states least reliant on federal revenue, four are in the West, three are in the Northeast, two are in the Midwest and one is in the South.

North Dakota is the least reliant state, with federal revenue accounting for just 19 percent of its fiscal 2013 revenue, according to the analysis.

 

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Republican Governor Using Tax Money to Build Mansion – While Closing DMVs to Stop Black Voters

 

Ralph Gilges walks his dog Dixie outside Alabama’s abandoned beachfront governor’s mansion in Gulf Shores, Ala. Work began earlier this month to fix the 7,500-square-foot gubernatorial mansion that wasn’t repaired after Hurricane Danny in 1997. A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says BP grant money left over from the 2010 oil spill will cover the $1.8 million in renovations.

Alabama Governor Uses BP Spill Money To Fix Up A Second Mansion For Himself

As storms once again battered the state of Alabama over Christmas, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley moved to divert funding from the 2010 BP oil spill recovery effort to finance the renovationof a second Governor’s mansion on the Gulf Coast.

Yet that beachside mansion, which Alabama governors beginning with famed segregationist George Wallace have enjoyed, was not damaged by the BP oil spill. It was damaged more than two decades earlier by Hurricane Danny, and has sat empty ever since.

While Alabama’s oyster industry and coastal communities continue to suffer from the effects of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout, the repairs to the governors’ mansion areestimated to cost between $1.5 million and $1.8 million. Though Bentley says he will stay there only “on occasion,” the administration said the property would be “primarily” used to wine and dine corporate executives considering the state for investment.

While the funding comes from a grant, not taxpayer money, the state plans to divert other BP settlement dollars to cover the state’s General Fund shortfalls. Bentley has been widely criticizedfor prioritizing the far-flung beachfront property at a time when the state is struggling to provide basic services to its residents.

In October, citing a budget crunch, the state closed more than 30 DMVs — all in rural areas with a majority-black population. After an outcry from residents, lawmakers, and civil rights groups, the governor agreed to keep the DMVs open one day per month. Arguing that this isn’t sufficient to give residents the ability to get the voter IDs they need to access the ballot box, the NAACP and other groups are currently suing the state.

Yet Bentley argues that the mansion repairs are a priority for economic development, and says the move has no connection to the fact that he recently lost two beachfront properties in a messy divorce.

 

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Rev. Graylan Hagler Goes Toe to Toe with Faux News Racist

This “Man of the Cloth” is far too polite…Rev. Graylan S. Hagler is Senior Minister of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ of Washington, DC. Rev Hagler is known in the DC area as a candidate for the DC City Council At Large Seat, as well as his outspoken support of Palestinian Human Rights, and oppression under Israel.

Watch black pastor’s epic smack down of conservative reporter: ‘You don’t have the character to even listen’

Rev. Graylan Hagler confronted Dan Joseph of the conservative Media Research Center on Monday for refusing to acknowledge that white supremacy was still an issue that needed to be addressed the United States.

On Monday’s edition of the WJLA’s NewsTalk program, Joseph asserted that Trump was leading the GOP presidential race because voters were tired of political correctness.

Hagler, however, argued that political correctness was another phrase for “respecting other people.”

“Political incorrectness is racist, it’s xenophobic because it really in a sense diminishes people’s humanity,” Hagler explained. “It characterizes people in negative ways, it stereotypes people in ways that are ultimately destructive.”

The pastor contended that the political success of Trump was tied to America’s history of racism, and to the way some whites feel threatened by the election of President Barack Obama.

“People basically tried to restore the Confederacy and did so after the compromise,” Hagler noted. “And we’re really facing this white supremacist paradigm all over again.”

Joseph countered that white Americans were “afraid to say what they believe because they know that if they do say what they believe that they will accused of being racist bigots.”

“You are failing to admit that there is a paradigm in this country, a historical paradigm that is built upon white supremacy,” Hagler interrupted.

But Joseph said that he was more concerned that the Black Lives Matter movement had been wrong about the circumstances of the death of Michael Brown than he was with an “historical pattern.”

“You need to wise up and open up your eyes and see that there has been an historical pattern in this country of white supremacist violence against black people!” the pastor exclaimed. “I’m saying you need to sit down with people long enough to know something about them, to know something about what’s going on.”

Hagler pointed out that he had tried to start a discussion with Joseph before the show over a vulgar tweet the conservative journalist directed at the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Just like we were waiting to go on this show, you don’t have the character to even listen long enough,” Hagler remarked. “He told the Black Lives movement to basically [F-word] themselves after Paris. It’s that type of provocative language.”

“My mama and hopefully your mama taught you to be respectful of people,” he continued. “And if she taught you to be respectful of people then that is political correctness.”

“The last thing the Black Lives Matter movement is doing is being respectful,” Joseph opined. “They are saying all cops are bad, they are saying all cops are racist, they are rioting in the streets.”

“Because the Black Lives Matter movement is a disgusting anti-American liberal movement,” he added. “The way that they’ve been taking the things that are not facts and telling the country that they are in order to promote their agenda, that is wrong.”

 

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Trump Supporters Shout Sig Heil, and Threaten to Lynch Black Protester in Las Vegas

In this first video of the incident at a Trump rally in Las Vegas a day before the Republican candidate debate on CNN, Trump supporters can clearly be heard yrlling Sig Heil

In the second video, Trump Supporters are yelling “Light that motherf**ker on fire!”

 

 

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Trumpazoid Former Police Chief Arrested for Terrorist Threats

More of the batshit crazy Trump Reich wing…

‘Libtard’-hating ex-police chief accused of pointing gun at woman who passed his Hummer

A former Pennsylvania police chief infamous for his profane video rants — punctuated by gunfire — against “libtards” has been arrested on harassment and terrorist threat charges.

Mark Kessler was charged last week on one misdemeanor count of harassment in connection with an Aug. 19 confrontation with a Frackville borough councilman at a supermarket checkout, reported the Standard Speaker.

Kessler accused the other man, William Creaser, of talking about his daughter, and he said the former Gilberton police chief shoved him in the chest and wagged a finger in his face, police said.

“You better watch your back, I know where you live,” Kessler allegedly told the man.

Creasy said the former officer also pestered him with slanderous emails, and he worried that Kessler might harm him or his family.

Prosecutors charged Kessler with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an Aug. 22 confrontation outside a drug store.

Shannon Heiber said Kessler pulled alongside her began screaming obscenities after she passed his Hummer and pulled into the drug store parking lot.

“What are you doing? You’re lucky my kids are in here or you know what would happen,” Kessler allegedly told the woman.

She said Kessler started to pull away at that point but stopped suddenly, backed up and showed her a firearm he had stashed under his seat.

Heiber said she was still afraid Kessler would harm her because he had acted so violent and angry while his children were riding in his vehicle.

Kessler was fired as police chief by city officials in Gilberton after his video rants went viral.

He later claimed he had produced the videos with a federal government agency to draw out sovereign citizens and other “lone wolves” willing to commit violent acts.

Kessler claims his videos efforts helped investigators interrupt an alleged plot to bomb a federal building by the Georgia-based XXX Minutemen.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in American Genocide, Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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