Open thread: 10 (politically incorrect) truths about human nature

Some interesting reading from Psychology Today.

1. Men like blond bombshells (and women want to look like them)
2. Humans are naturally polygamous
3. Most women benefit from polygyny, while most men benefit from monogamy
4. Most suicide bombers are Muslim
5. Having sons reduces the likelihood of divorce
6. Beautiful people have more daughters
7. What Bill Gates and Paul McCartney have in common with criminals
8. The midlife crisis is a myth—sort of
9. It's natural for politicians to risk everything for an affair (only if they're male)
10. Men sexually harass women because they are not sexist

Wonder if David Almond and Hairdresser Joe will use all this in their defense?

Comments

Hah!

Interesting article. I found myself saying "Bullshit" a whole lot while I read it, too. I found myself wanting the author of the article to supply links to the sources of the information, as I would on a blog entry - I'm spoiled.

As for Boylan - he's not smart enough to compare himself to Clinton. That would be anathema for him (and he wouldn't know that word.)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Political Pope Culture Myths?

Wonder if David Almond and Hairdresser Joe will use all this in their defense?*A

Yes! In fact, they have taken a fast Art Pope pop Culture quiz, and got some of the answers from them.

1. Men like blond bombshells (and women want to look like them)

* Hairdresser Joe " Yes! When I did hair in South Central LA!"

* Prevert David " Where is South Central LA and what is a blond?"

2. Humans are naturally polygamous
* Hairdresser Joe " No way! I know for a fact that Republican Presidental candiate Mitt Romey has only one marriage licence"

* Prevert David " True! And Newt, McCain along with Fred, and Rudy have 45 wives between them.

3. Most women benefit from polygyny, while most men benefit from monogamy

* Hairdresser Joe " True! Senator Vitter has donated to that cause many times."

* Prevert David " Holy Foley Crap! I have millions of past Hustler and Playboys mazs and 0 Gay mazs.

4. Most suicide bombers are Muslim

* Hairdresser Joe " Ha! I live in South Central LA early in my life and the only suicide bombers were former Japanese Co-eds pilots from UCLA during WW2."

* Prevert David " What was WW2? And are those Co-eds in the " Girls gone Wild video?"

5. Having sons reduces the likelihood of divorce

* Hairdresser Joe " Not true! My 2 nd wife had 14 daughters from a previous marriage and I still ended up with the support payments."

* Prevert David " I will let you know after this week, when I explain to my wife why I am not a State Rep anymore!"

6. Beautiful people have more daughters

* Hairdresser Joe " Are you kidding! Have you been to Moore County in the last 100 years!"

* Prevert David " I have! But have you seen my daughter?"

7. What Bill Gates and Paul McCartney have in common with criminals

* Hairdresser Joe " They both started out as rockers in their family garage?"

* Prevert David " Were they not the presidental and VP candiates in 1968 against LBJ?"

8. The midlife crisis is a myth—sort of

* Hairdresser Joe " I am only 25 and feeling up women poltical leaders is consider a political contact sport"

* Prevert David " Dang right it is a myth that I was caught with my pants down on the job."

9. It's natural for politicians to risk everything for an affair (only if they're male)

* Hairdresser Joe " How do you know that? Remember I am a hairdresser!! "

* Prevert David " Yes! Now I am out of a job!"

10. Men sexually harass women because they are not sexist

* Hairdresser Joe " You got me! I am a equal harassment toucher when in a mixed political meeting."

* Prevert David " Women harass me! I finally got tired of it and did something else to get even with them."

Larry Kissell fundraising.

from swingstage,

NC-08 Robin Hayes $150K(Q1) $309K(Q2) $375K(COH)

NC-08 Larry Kissell $12K(Q1) $141K(Q2) $101K(COH)

It isn't bleak, but he isn't one of these:

Democratic challengers who outraised Republican incumbents: Charlie Brown (CA-04), Russ Warner (CA-26), Jim Himes (CT-04), Michael Montagano (IN-03), Frank Kratovil (MD-01), Andrew Duck (MD-06), David Nacht (MI-07), Kay Barnes (MO-06), Eric Massa (NY-29), Vic Wulsin & Steve Black (OH-02), John Boccieri (OH-16), Darcy Burner (WA-08). Go Team Blue!

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

the much more important numbers

amount raised by Robin Hayes at this point in 2005 was higher than what he has now.

amount raised by Larry Kissell was $0 until about November or so in 2005.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

not to mention

there doesn't seem to be any $$$ raised by Larry's Primary challenger.

Larry Kissell is MY Congressman

Not really

Larry also had the surprise factor at this point in 2005. Hayes still has more than enough to self-finance.

$100,000 COH - $50,000 Debt = $50,000. Not too different from this point in 2005.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

huh?

At this point in 2005 Larry was on a mission trip, not in the country. He didnt decide to run until October or November of 05. So yeah, I would say there is a huge difference between not even thinking about running and having 100,000 cash on hand with 30+ points in name recognition.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

They had less miles to run last time

and the Hayes campaign is going to be taking them seriously all next year ... it's a different, harder game this time. Hayes wasn't doing as much to get reelected at this point in 2005, either.

And it's going to be at least 3 quarters before they have another $50K+ quarter in PAC/DCCC contributions. If they're spending $45K a quarter, they're going to start running in to problems quickly.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

that would be correct

Except he had raised more at this point in 05 than he has now. So, while he might be expecting a fight, and while he can self fund, its usually a very bad sign.

Look at the self funding of Chucky last cycle and how "useful" that was.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

NC-11 ain't the best comparison

Similarities between NC-08 in '08 and NC-11 in '06:

-Assuming LK wins the primary, DCCC support and NCDP targeting
-Rich, self-financing Republican (looks likely)
-Netroots support (so far)
-Incumbent percieves a serious challenge

Differences:

-Recent and ongoing corruption possibly outweighs 3 year old CAFTA vote, unless (and I hope not) more jobs start leaving NC-08
-Heath had superstar status and superstar money (easier for the challenger to get attention)
-More excitement for Congressional Elections in '06
-Heath was at the top of the ticket (easier for the challenger to get attention)
-Ideology and policy will matter more to donors and voters this time, instead of just the letter next to the name (as it was last time) - depending on your view of things, this helps LK, hurts LK, or it's a push
-Heath had less campaigns to compete with within NC as well as nationally

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

differences

  • While I agree that Hayes recent and ongoing corruption is significant, I think that the CAFTA backstab is going to sting well after we get rid of him
  • I consider Kissell a superstar, and I doubt I'm the only one
  • While there may have been more relative excitement for Congressional Elections in 2006, I believe that the 2008 presidential elections will be a rising tide that will lift all boats
  • Unfortunately policy tends to matter less than personality, fortunately we seem to have an abundance of winning personality in NC-08 (as I believe Betsy Muse said, Kissell is the kind of guy you'd let watch you kids)

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Where Liddy At?
Where is Liddy?
Anyone seen Liddy?

Clarifying

Taylor's corruption was bigger than CAFTA. Hayes doesn't have any that the media is keen on reporting or that is staring people in the face (unless something comes out of his tobacco plant closing windfall).

Larry's not going to have the saliency this cycle that Heath had last cycle. C'mon.

Let's just hope Hillary isn't the nominee.

Larry's a great guy. I won't say a thing against Larry Kissell.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Those numbers don't surprise me

Especially when you go through each of the PACs and find that most of them are Dem. House Leadership and Campaign PACs. Nor does the lack of debt service surprise me. But the $60K in the spent column stunned me.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Number 4 is easy

Islamic fundamentalists are willing to blow themselves up for their god. Christian fundamentalists are willing to blow every one else up for theirs. Other than that, doesn't seem to be a lot of difference between the two except for a differing choice in sun-baked literature to pick-and-choose verses from to make wholly insane points.

Whaddaya gonna do.

PS: Thoroughly enjoyed Sicko. Well, belay that. I thought the movie was superlative. A lot of the subject matter moved me between shame and anger at what piratization has wrought and how easily Americans have allowed it. Bravo, MM, well done.

"The most unamerican thing you can say is 'You can't say that'" - G. Keillor

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Apparently -

it has more to do with sex and less to do with God.

What distinguishes Islam from other major religions is that it tolerates polygyny. By allowing some men to monopolize all women and altogether excluding many men from reproductive opportunities, polygyny creates shortages of available women. If 50 percent of men have two wives each, then the other 50 percent don't get any wives at all.

So they get competitive, and blow themselves up. Probably the same logic works for Christian fundies, too. They're allowed to have sex - if they're straight and married. I'm not sure if they're allowed to enjoy it or not.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

FYI

I'll be traveling on business Tuesday and Wednesday and will have almost no time for blogging, except maybe late at night.

Thanks to all for holding down the fort.

James

I'll have some posts ready.

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

stupid work comp has ie

and therefore my post got eaten. But Dole has fundraising numbers out, and they are anemic

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Dole fund raising down in 2nd quarter

http://www.newsobserver.com/politics/story/638801.html

Dole fund raising down in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole raised $823,000 in the second quarter this year, bringing her 2007 total to $2.6 million, said her political consultant, Mark Stephens.

Dole, a Salisbury Republican, is running for re-election in 2008; no one has declared to run against her yet.

She spent $559,000 in the second quarter, leaving her with $1.76 million in the bank.

Stephens said Dole's drop from the first quarter came in part because the campaign was working on infrastructure, hiring staff and buying equipment. Dole also held fewer fund-raisers and generally was busier in the Senate, focusing especially on trying to block the immigration bill that collapsed in July, he said.

The campaign sent out two direct-mail solicitations, part of Dole's effort to develop a deep base of individual donors. About 12,000 people have given to her so far this year, Stephens said.

"We'll be ramping up a ton in the third quarter," Stephens said. He said Dole plans to hold several fund raisers in the state during the August recess.

Excuses, excuses.

Which one?

He said Dole plans to hold several fund raisers in the state

Would that be Kansas, where her husband lives?

The District of Columbia, where she lives at the Watergate?

Or, the state of Denial - where her fundraiser lives?

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

It would have to be

at the Watergate so she can still commute by broom. Just sayin'.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

So What's She Spend Her Money On?

She spent $559,000 in the second quarter,

It sure wasn't coming down here to see her constituents.

What do you get when you cross the Invisible Man with Elizabeth Dole?

The same thing.

Good question, how do we find this out?

John Edwards is great!
- Sam Spencer, BlueNC, 7/3/07

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

It should be on the reports

I think that they have to itemize expenses, don't they? Betsy nows more about this than I do.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

early details

She apparently sent out 2 mass mailings trying to get more donors (those darn contribution limits). She also hired staff and bought "equipment". No further explination at this time.

The details should be online fairly soon though.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

ack! spelling!

Betsy nows more about this than I do.

ahem. I meant - Betsy KNOWS more about this than I do. So does Blue South. Thanks, Blue.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Her fundraising numbers

are just like her poll numbers - down.

I have an audio techie question

what's the best way to transfer music from cassette to CD? I've got a ton of old stuff on cassette that I still listen to but I want to get some of it into my iTunes. Help. :-\

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Get it professionally done

But the most cost-effective way is to use a simple music suite ($10 at Best Buy) and a stereo-to-microphone jack ($5 at Radio Shack) and record it in PCM wave format ... of course, then you have to edit the music yourself, and you have to have a good cassette player (not a Walkman) with audio out. iTunes should convert the files from wav to iTunes format easily ... though you need enough GBs to handle PCMs.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

really, now I wonder what it said....

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Joe Hackney Helps Me Out

It was a cartoon picture of Joe Hackney that said "Joe Hackney Helps Me Out." I was trying to do like a "Mark Warner is Good" thing, but some folks thought that it looked sarcastic, so I abandoned scant originality and just did "Joe Hackney is Good." You can see here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/north_carolina_democrats/839973012/

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Where Liddy At?
Where is Liddy?
Anyone seen Liddy?

Excellent New Blog Aggregator

Check it out, y'all

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Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Via Ed Cone.

a good view of how corporations screw with our minds and make us think THEY are perfect.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me