Posts Tagged ‘cognitive dissonance’


I’ve been hard on Cenk for his fluffy opinions, but he appears to be trying now. TYT is hiring investigative journalists, so they say. Here, he at least comments on some opinion polls concerning Americans and their hypocritical, completely skewed views…


For the Record–

My own response to that opinion poll: of course they are doing it for their religion. Who are you to dispute their own reasons for what they do? They come right out and say it. That should be enough. It would be incumbent on you to show why they are lying…








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Pennsylvania’s Finest:

“…Fuck you!

…If you didn’t get enough first time around, go fuck yourself and get some more.”

(shoots machine gun).

“You get that?  You get that one?  Huh?  You bunch of fucking cock suckers.”
Mark Kessler

Displaying the confidence and maturity that men reach around their 42nd month of life, Gilberton, PA police chief Mark Kessler makes numerous implied threats via Youtube.  Kessler is a provocateur, a ranting raver who does not back down and escalates his rhetoric in the hopes of getting a rise.

The posting that alerted a large hunk of the Web originates in a Tweet:

“Chief Mark Kessler



The video is Kessler firing off his M-16 again, without comment, and it is the separate Tweet that reveals his implied threat – which many aren’t finding so implied.  The smiley icon at the end would seem to negate the message.  But, one can’t simply ignore the active verb, arguably a command, “SHOOT.”  People in America have faced serious legal repercussions for similar threatening language.


Witness the case of Facebook poster Justin Carter who faces 8 years in federal prison for sarcastic typing:

“‘Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.’”
According to the parent, the teenager from Texas followed up that remark with the phrases “LOL” and “JK”— Internet shorthand for “Laugh out Loud” and “Just Kidding.”

Here police chief Mark Kessler rants and raves about having actor Jamie Foxx hung upside down on a cross, claiming that Foxx called for riots if Zimmerman was found innocent.  He provided no source or quotation, of course.

“Fucking shit bag.  …Here’s a guy who’s making millions and millions of dollars off us, off the white people, because we’re stupid, and we go to watch this communist, racist piece of shit.  We go to watch his movies.  And then he comes out and starts carrying on.  He ‘hates white people.’  He hates white people?  There’s no ifs ands or buts about it.  Jamie Foxx is a communist that hates white people!  …He’s calling on people to riot if Zimmerman walks.”

Jamie Foxx said:

“And I said I don’t want anybody to forget about [the Treyvon Martin killing], because they can’t forget about the fact that they lost their son.  And the thing is, we’re not asking for anything out of the ordinary. We’re asking for justice.”

Extreme right wing propaganda “news” has no need for quotations, and they make them up as they go:

Jamie Fox, If Zimmerman Is Acquitted, Rioting, Looting, And Indiscriminate Violence Is Acceptable As Long As You Feel Within Your Heart Its For A Good Cause.”

This dangerous, virulent scare mongering goes around the web as so-called “fact” before anyone can respond.

At the BET awards show, Jamie Foxx wore a Trayvon Martin t-shirt, and:

“Despite the clear statement via his outfit, Foxx did not specifically address Martin’s death while accepting his award.” source

A fake reality, in this case a highly racist and acerbic delusion spreads without check.  There is no counterbalance and no opportunity for correction as the right extremists remain blinkered and content in their racial victimhood fantasies.  They have a new enemy to yell about, Jamie Foxx, a new scapegoat, and ranting, frothing, armed and dangerous blustering fools like Kessler are all the authority needed.

Kessler doesn’t present himself as evil or likely to initiate violence.  A lengthy disclaimer at the start of his radio show belabors how he is concerned with protecting life and only interested in defense.  He says he has no interest in initiating any violence.  His inflammatory rhetoric that follows, however, betrays a possible mental illness.  He’s not completely irrational, but the outrageousness of his shouting and venting leaves one wondering.

Like a lot of extreme right wingers, Kessler rants in defense of private property and against the evil government.  His use of the term communist is peppered throughout the show.  He apparently has no concept of neoliberalism or how things actually work in the halls of power.  Obama is a communist, and so is Jamie Foxx, and the rest are simply “libtards.”  This witty term, a preferred one of Kessler’s, obviously combines liberal with retard.  This short-circuit to thinking about issues places them in strict black white terms.

Ideology clearly confuses Kessler, as at one point he rails against Obama’s government allegedly trying to appropriate water rights from a private party in Missouri or thereabouts.  This private water is defended by Kessler’s framing, and Obama/government is demonized.  The idea of public water resources is beyond what Kessler could conceive and why one owner should control or own “10,000 acres” of life-sustaining water isn’t made clear.  Fine and well, he believes in private ownership above all, right?

A minute later, I’m not kidding, he and a caller decry the Chinese allegedly buying up US water and shipping it across the ocean to China.  This is the market in action, no?  This is buying and selling the water, the free market of right wing dreams.  By what rationale can buying the water and sending it across the ocean be a problem, if private parties can do whatever they want with it?  He complains that George Bush Sr. is allegedly buying up aquifers.  Kessler and the caller, “Steve,” bemoan corporations gobbling up vital water supplies.

How can they simultaneously hold diametrically opposite views about the water?  Like most right wing ideologues, Kessler doesn’t think through the implications of his cherished dogma and his first impressions, his emotional responses.  There’s enough cognitive dissonance floating around here, with anti-this, and anti-that, that consistency is unnecessary.  The only consistency seems to be “freedom,” and “guns.”  The rest of the details are malleable.

Similarly Kessler holds to a near fanatical love of the military and militarism.  He has an emotional component toward warriors and what his own father allegedly “fought for” in the United States armed forces.  Of course the military is one of the most socialistic organizations in the nation.  It’s socialism on display, a government program funded by taxes which owns everyone and everything involved, and it does the government’s bidding – around the world regardless of legalities.  Even Kessler should be able to notice that no wars have been “declared” since World War Two.

I don’t disagree with some of the things Kessler says concerning abuse of power, the corruption of government institutions, the rights of people, and common sense things like that.  But, Kessler uses these positions as jumping-off points time and again, to see how far he can venture out.  He truly is a provocateur, as several examples from his radio show illustrate.

Kessler’s own son was to be charged by Pennsylvania State Police for shooting another kid with a bb gun.  Not a serious crime, and one wonders if this was motivated by a desire to silence Kessler, who has admittedly made many, many enemies in the other police forces.  He then claims that the charges were dropped because “3,000 heavily armed” militia men came to his son’s defense and were ready to basically start an insurrection.  Kessler was extremely pleased that a new “American Revolution” may have been initiated right in his own town over the bb gun issue.  Dangerous?

Mark Kessler also singled out a “Million Muslim March” that is scheduled in Washington DC this September 11th.  Apparently this is true, and called for by a group called American Muslim Political Action Committee.  The headline there reads, “Join AMPAC on a Historic Moment on 9/11/13 for Establishing the Humanity and Justice through Civil Rights Movement.”

Kessler announced on his show that this “adds insult to injury,” and he wants to show up that day wearing a MOSSAD t-shirt, at which point he lavishes praise on the MOSSAD for their toughness and reputation regarding assassinations.  Hoping this might cause some kind of incident this upcoming 9/11, one wonders what else Mark Kessler has planned.

Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog while designing plots for fictional characters to take over the world.


What is a semi-automatic gun?

I’ve heard a lot of odd arguments, many of them based in “political realities” rather than reality realities. This oddball singling out of “semi-automatic” weapons seems to be a completely ignorant misunderstanding about what they actually are. Nearly all firearms today are semi-automatic. That is, any gun with a removable magazine, is semi-automatic. The spring inside the weapon and the action of the firing moves the next round into the chamber once it is discharged.

Stephen King should know this. He says he owns 3 handguns. Are they revolvers, which are arguably also semi-automatic, as a rotating chamber advances the next round into the firing position? The alternative is some kind of 18th century flintlock?

“Single shot percussion pistol”Allen and Wheelock Center Hammer Single Shot Pistol

So, this is pretty basic fact finding, determining what we’re discussing in the first place. A semi-automatic pistol is certainly a danger, and a lethal weapon. It is a problem, one that I’ve studied for quite some time in terms of self-defense, rights, tyranny, spree killings, insanity, etc.

The cognitive dissonance comes into it when people who apparently own semi-automatic weaponry, say things like this:

“If that’s the case, let me suggest that ‘fuck you, Jack, I’m okay’ is not a tenable position, morally speaking.”

But King makes no effort to rid himself of these semi-automatic firearms that he in other places argues in favor of.

“Autos and semi-autos are weapons of mass destruction. When lunatics want to make war on the unarmed and unprepared, these are the weapons they use…”

Yes, guns are destructive … and?

(They aren’t “weapons of mass destruction” however, ie. nuclear weapons.  That is clear hyperbole.)

“[Stephen King] said blanket opposition to gun control was less about defending the second amendment of the US constitution than ‘a stubborn desire to hold onto what they have, and to hell with the collateral damage’.” (Guardian)

Why hasn’t King himself started the disarmament by getting rid of his own weapons?

“He assured gun owners that no one wanted to take away their hunting rifles, shotguns or pistols, as long as they held no more than 10 rounds. ‘If you can’t kill a home invader (or your wife, up in the middle of the night to get a snack from the fridge) with ten shots, you need to go back to the local shooting range.'”

Here is the crux of the problem. It’s a non-solution. It’s an empty, hollow, ineffective “feel good” liberal strategy which is in the politically feasible column, but not in the actually useful column. King has penned a halfway token gesture, insulting those — LIKE HIMSELF — who continue to own firearms, but pretending that the 10 shot cap (on individual clips) is the big moral question of the day. That’s a flimsy rationale, and the inherent bankrupt hypocrisy of his position discredits him.

That’s not the only cognitive dissonance found in the piece. King wrote a novel called RAGE, which was later quoted by a spree killer in a school shooting incident. King ordered the book removed from the market, but then had this to say about violence in the culture:

“The idea that US gun rampages stem from a culture of violence was a ‘self-serving lie promulgated by fundamentalist religious types and America’s propaganda-savvy gun-pimps'”

What? Come again? First of all it’s the “liberal” and “progressive” camps who usually seek violent culture as a motivator for acting out similarly. This is not without some support.

But, with the RAGE incident in evidence, King denies that this could have any affect on a spree shooting kid who quoted his own book, prompting him to self-censor it?

So why did he pull the book?

This is profound cognitive dissonance, possibly stemming from guilt. Guilt does a lot of strange things to people’s minds, and Mr. King is not immune.

“Plenty of gun advocates cling to their semi-automatics the way Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson clung to the shit that was killing them.”

The way Stephen King clings to his own 3 handguns?

“If this helps provoke constructive debate, I’ve done my job.” -Stephen King

I’ll take him at his word. Faulty reasoning is not “constructive debate” but calling out its logical inconsistencies perhaps is.

Ohio Romney Rally – Interviews with Supporters


(May induce nausea and fits of hysterical, nervous laughter.)


This could be so powerful if the camera man did his thing right beneath police surveillance cameras, and cameras mounted on private buildings (London calling, and NY).  Then he could just point up to the cameras already running 24/7 to better make his point.  As is, it’s a bit abstract and doesn’t communicate the point to the targets.  They interpret it as a personal thing as opposed to a societal thing.  Still very disturbing to watch, tense and full of suspense.

Surveillance Camera Man (3:40)