Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 12:00 a.m. MST
Gingrich is an intellectual? Seriously?"Gingrich has one of
the loosest, least rigorous, most pretentious minds in politics. He loves ideas,
hes just no good at them; and the idea of ideas is not enough to make a man a
serious intellectual. The bloopers in his works of history fiction and
nonfiction, and nonfiction that turns out to be fiction are legendary."
The New Republic, November 3, 2011.Gingrich's pretending to be an
intellectual while embracing the distinctly anti-intellectual positions of the
GOP is not fooling anyone.
Great Article!Agreed!!!The college Drop-outs [Limbaugh,
Hannity, Beck] are the mind and voice of the GOP.And as for Academia
-- They have even gone so far as to formed their own scholastic creditials
-- Limbaugh's - Limbaugh Institute& - Glenn Beck University. Loved this line from the article :"Nevertheless, the
Republican base requires that candidates tack away from science toward the
theistic position only God controls climate. More to the point, Rush Limbaugh
says that climate change is a hoax and so it must be."And
tobacco doesn't cause cancer or emphysema, right Rush?Ditto-head
might as well mean "DoDo"-head.
Up until very recently Gingritch thought that global warming was a potentially
catastrophic issue that needed urgent attention. When he decided he was going to
run for the Republican nomination, he immediately changed his mind.For years Gingritch argued that we needed to reform end of life care in this
country. Then Obama proposed doing just that, and Gingritch was one of the first
ones on the "death panels" bandwagon.Gingritch supported
the individual mandate to purchase health insurance for many years. When Obama
proposed it he started calling it unconstitutional socialism.If the
big criticism of Mitt Romney is that he is a flip-flopper, Newt Gingritch is
certainly far worse.
The GOP is pathetic. It really is.
Conservatism is failing. It has been for 400 years since Galileo had the
audacity to tell the truth about the earth not being the center of the universe.
Conservatives couldn't conserve thier traditions over science and progress then,
and they can't do it now.The tea-party is a small pebble in the road
to progress. They don't see they are like ants trying to stop an intilectual
freight train that's been gaining speed for nearly 5 centuries. We've done away
with serfdom, feudalism, the Inquisition, witch hunts, theocracy, dueling
plagues and child labor in the west. They would love to bring it back but the
rest of the world is following progressive values, not conservatism. I could never be part of conservative stagnation.
The New York Times had an excellent editorial recently that evaluated the
qualifications of a good leader, and concluded that religion could be a
liability if it restricted the open mindedness of a person. The Republican
party has effectively become a religion and closed its collective mind to all
nuanced thought. They have only one acceptable stand on most issues including,
abortion, the death penalty, evolution, global warming, Keynesian economics,
taxes and health care, and no amount of new information, or persuasion can
CHANGE THEIR MINDS. This is nothing like the party of Teddy Roosevelt, Barry
Goldwater, or even Ronald Reagan. We can't prosper as a nation when half the
nation has taken all rational discussion off the table.
The republicans have the most intellectual and experienced candidates for
president. Much more capable than the cabal we have at the moment.Then
the writer uses the global warming scam to butress her idea that the GOPers are
dumb. When its the GOPers that are the more curious and inquisitive regarding
this marxist plan to redistribute wealth on a grand scale. They ask the real
questions like: Who stands to profit from the over-hyped scam? They see how
utterly rediculas Carbon credits are. They ask about leftists ties to the
Chicago Carbon Exchange and wonder why the DNC media gives the players a free
pass on the corruptions surrounding the global warming game.
What a liberal shill. The funny thing is that the so called
"uneducated" talk show hosts know more about what is going on than the
highly educated thinktanks.The conservative talk show hosts were
saying that Egypt was going to end up in chaos, and look at it now, chaos with
no end in sight. The conservatives warned that Obama's policies were not going
to reduce unemployment, and it didn't. They also warned that the Debt comittee
would end up a failure, and it has failed in its purpose. They are more correct
and educated about the political world than the politicians are.If
you want to talk global warming, first find me an journal article that meets the
95% confidence interval (results are accurate 95% of the time) criteria that
nearly all other scientists have to meet before publishing.
Wow!A truthful column.
Gingrich is fairly smart; he shows flashes of it, but then seems to reject it in
favor of pandering to the base. @RedshirtConfidence intervals
are just things you set to whatever interval you want. For instance this paper
in Nature...Warming caused by cumulative carbon emissions towards
the trillionth tonne 30 April 2009 "results in a most likely peak
carbon-dioxide-induced warming of 2 °C above pre-industrial
temperatures, with a 595% confidence interval of
1.33.9 °C."If they wanted to calculate a 95%
confidence interval they could have. It'd probably yield something like .8C to
4.4C. Alternatively you can see it yields 95% confidence that it's at least
1.3C. Are you not going to care about the paper just because they didn't do
that? It's not like they aren't stating it's a 90% confidence interval.
Claim: *'Obama's TARP Slush Fund' - David Asman - Fox Business -
02/24/10 Reality: *'Univ. of Maryland study finds Fox
News viewers to be misinformed on key issues' - By Ryan Witt - Examiner -
12/17/10 'Over 40% of respondents said President Obama started TARP
even though TARP was signed into law by President Bush on October 3rd of
2008.' Reality: *Fox News Viewers know LESS THAN
people who dont watch any, news: Study Huffington Post 11/21/11
Fox News Viewers are less informed than people who dont watch any news,
according to a new poll from the Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Republicans had BETTER get used to talking with 'anti-intellectuals'... they've worked HARD to make people as such.
Gingrich's rise in the campaign is a surprise since he doesn't meet the basic
qualifications required by the Religious Right.
"NO."Here we go again, with another "blame game"
while nothing gets done in Congress again by the GOP. President Barack Obama
must carry the blame for the failure of the debt crisis supercommittee because
he was "absent from the whole process," Republican presidential
candidate Michele Bachmann "BOASTED". But the Minnesota congresswoman
pointed out that the House GOP legislators bent to such an extent that they were
willing to raise taxes if that is what it took to get a deal. She failed to
state, just as long as it's not done to the super ultra elete rich Koch
Brother's and friends. "Politicians derive power from the authority of
their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to
enrich and shield themselves." Insider Trading, IPO Gifts, Self-Serving
Earmarks, Encouraging Campaign Donations. Insider Trading - using government
information not available to the public at large to predict which companies'
stocks will rise or fall. WE NEED "real GOP transparency." The
middle-class are hurting, the poor get poorer, more homeless on the streets, the
elderly suffer, the disabled and Veteran's rot, the hungry rot, Congress could
care less about them. That's my TRUTHFUL views.
Republicans' struggle with anti-intellectuals?. Yea, themself.President Obama will pardon the turkeys. Unless of course the Republicans step
in and block that.The latest fashion trend in Hong Kong is
eyeglasses without any lenses in them. People just wear the frames. The feeling
is that they make you intelligent, even though they're totally useless. Kind of
like the GOP congressional supercommittee. I'm not sure Rick Perry
understands Thanksgiving. When they asked him if he was going to deep-fry a
turkey, he said, "Well, if he's found guilty." Last week
in New Hampshire, Herman Cain said that presidents don't need to know every
detail of every country in the world and he said he's going to take that message
across America to all 30 states. Cain said that we should focus on
our neighbor to the south, Mexico, and our neighbor to the north, Cold Mexico.
It looks like the supercommittee chosen by President Obama to come
up with a plan to solve the deficit has failed. The best idea they came up with?
A bake sale. Unless of course the Republicans step in and block that also.Where's these GOP jobs?.That's my truthful views.
Re: RedShirt | 8:10 a.m. Nov. 22, 2011 USS Enterprise, UT What a
liberal shill. The funny thing is that the so called "uneducated" talk
show hosts know more about what is going on than the highly educated
thinktanks.The conservative talk show hosts were saying that Egypt
was going to end up in chaos, and look at it now, chaos with no end in sight.
Reply: President Obama came home after a 9-day trip to Asia. Well,
he got to see some stuff he never sees at home, like jobs. Where's these GOP
jobs here in America for the past decade?. As for Gingrich's rise in the
campaign, that's caused by the Koch Brother's looking for more tax loop holes,
and more ultra super rich elete "Tax Payer" funded entitlements, and
they think they found a new player in their bag of tricks.
Newt Gingrich and the Bilderburgers - The secretive Bilderberg society, a group
some believe conspires semi-annually to foster global government, will hold a
steering committee meeting in Washington. Among those involved in the
discussion of the latter subject will be former U.S. Sens. Gary Hart and Warren
Rudman, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, journalist Leslie Gelb and
Secretary of Defense William Cohen. McCain, at the special invitation of
Kissinger, will speak at breakfast. House Speaker Newt Gingrich
agreeBilderberger goals must be met. The UN and IMF will get billions of dollars
from U.S. taxpayers, and a Gestapo Secret Police network will stifle dissent by
Americans who resist the "New Civilization." Newt Gingrich and the
Illuminati. Two years in advance, billionaire Jews who comprise the inner
circle of the Republican Party leadership have chosen the nominee of the Party
to run for President in the upcoming 2012 elections. Newt Gingrich, premier
neocon and corrupt former House Speaker, has been given the nod. Already a
campaign war chest of over $20 million has been gathered for Gingrich's use.
Eventually, up to a quarter billion dollars will be amassed.Dump
Newt Gingrich and the Koch Brother's con?.
As long as the left holds all the microphones, conservatives will be portrayed
this way. If the news was truly "fair and balanced" conservatives and
libertarians would be swept into office. DNews does a good job however, all
To "atl134 | 10:01 a.m." you show your ignorance of scientific
principals and publishing standards. First, you cannot ever have a CI greater
than 100%, just like you cannot ever be correct more than 100% of the time.Next, you show that there are no journal articles that meet the
criteria. You see, the thing is that you can't just declare a confidence
interval to be applied to your research. If their models are less than 95%, why
are we even considering them? It is cold fusion all over again, except this
time there is a political adgenda behind it.To "Brother Chuck
Schroeder | 10:48 a.m." I normall just ignore you, but I guess I will
respond this time. You seem to forget that while the Republicans were
controlling Congress, you know, the body that creates the laws, we had
unemployment between 5% and 6%, it was only AFTER the Democrats took congress in
2007 that things went down hill.
To Solidarity: If you needed brain surgery who would you want to do it? A brain
surgeon, or someone with good common sense? That's why I trust people who have
earned a PhD in Climatology over the deniers who post on this forum.
It is a sad state when Newt Gingrich is seen as the "intellectual
giant" in a field of mice. Gingrich, the politician, has come far in his
pursuit of the cash cow, but his analytical skills are lost in the morass of
confusion and noise he generates whenever he speaks.Posing as a
historian with strategic analytical skills for those with a conservative agenda,
he is simply, as George Will put it, "a retail politician" willing to
sell himself to supplement his Tiffany's revolving credit account. However, for
any educated person with a modicum of intellectual ability, Gingrich is
certainly not very convincing.William F. Buckley and the
intellectual center of conservative thought would be appalled with Gingrich and
the current crop of wingnut talking heads. Rather than develop serious
arguments based upon conservative principles, these pretenders, as Parker notes,
have retreated into jingoistic smear to intimidate their opponents and frighten
the base with fear-mongering that the "world as we know it is coming to an
end".Today, this anti-intellectual component of conservative
thinking has developed into a media empire which is long on financial support
and short on meaningful ideas.
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