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February 15, 2010


May her muses haunt her.

Imagine, forcing all those micro-organisms to live in such a controlled environment.


Oh. Good. Grief. What a load of crap. All they have done is make "science" a joke.


Are people who are “wrong” on the issues beyond redemption, because of their physiological inability to help themselves?

That's what I'm thinking. We just disagree on who is right and who is "wrong". ::eyeroll::


'....libs write a paper, other libs review it, and the rest of us will be told to embrace it as "science".'

Utterly inconceivable. That could *never* happen, and if it did, no one would believe it.


Thomas Collins

See LUN for a book on the relationship between psychology and political views which book Kristof is unlikely to discuss.

I can't wait for Kristof to write an op ed discussing the neurophysiological deficits of those who question the global warming settled science!


Ummm, Tom, I followed the link about the kid expelled from school, and it was not just a spork. The item had a knife blade. But I still find the school policy completely unreasonable. I'm almost old enough to have ridden dinosaurs to school, so some folks might think that my recollections are invalid, but when I was in public school nearly every boy had a pocket knife, and the schools' floors were not slippery with blood. As a matter of fact, here in SW Minnesota, in the late Sixties, we brought our shotguns into the senior high school if we didn't have cars and put them in our lockers. Then we would go out hunting with the teachers and administrators after school. Not only did we not fill the local ER with gunshot trauma cases, but no one ever thought of "playing" with the guns to simulate assaults. A decade earlier, a cousin was a member of his Minneapolis high school's shooting team, and he was required to keep his pistol in his locker, because the school didn't have a setup with a gun safe and a teacher to be constantly on call to log guns in and out. Phooey on modernity.

E. Nigma

Cause and effect, what's that?

I think to an intuitive observer from another era, the subtle analysis might indicate that Mr Kristof and his brethren most closely resemble "scientific socialists" (i.e. Marxist-Leninists) who enjoy using "science" to club their political opposition.

Next up, Sarah Palin, and other capitalist "wreckers" are sent to the Psych Ward, "for their own good, and the good of the society".
Nichloas Kristof, humanitarian. At least that's what my trained instincts say.


"Libs are just friendlier,"

"From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 Million legal abortions occurred".

I can't imagine anything more unfriendly to a child than to abort him/her. I don't think there is any truth to a statement saying "libs are just friendlier"


I like these thoughtful analyses, since they always come out when libs are feeling bad about themselves.

What's the Matter with Kansas?

Rick Ballard


How can you say that they're not friendlier with practitioners of infanticide? I'm sure that Moloch rates them as his very friendliest followers. Think of them as grinning idiots, clapping and cheering for the lions in the Coliseum.

Rob Crawford

It's always enlightening when the left lets their "progressive" roots show; eugenics is never too far from their minds, no matter what they say.

Cecil Turner

Yet another study showing libs are smarter than cons. Don't believe 'em? Just ask 'em. (They'll tell ya. Many times.)


From what I've seen libs generally turn out simpering, limp wristed, selfish, little creeps and conservatives generally turn out self sufficient, community minded, givers.
Maybe conservatives should start spanking their neighborhood lib kids. :)

Charlie (Colorado)

Are people who are “wrong” on the issues beyond redemption, because of their physiological inability to help themselves?

I suspect he's right, and liberals will just have to depend on those of us with stronger blink reflexes to protect them.

Rob Crawford

Maybe conservatives should start spanking their neighborhood lib kids. :)

Well, it does take a village...

We do commune.

Yep, and 200 seems to be the population limit.


Gotta love this: "American companies complain about the difficulty of competing with foreign companies that don’t have to pay for employee medical coverage." Of course, this shows the typical lack of logic in liberal arguments. How do they think other nations pay for their nationalized health care systems? Magic money? Miracles out of nowhere? No, they have to do one or all of the following: (a) tax the corporations directly; (b) reduce the level of quality or quantity of health care; and (c) tax the people, in turn leading to less domestic market for their goods and a desire on the part of workers for higher wages to offset the cost of the higher taxes. There ain't no free lunch.

Danube of Thought

Kristof has entered the realm of unadulterated bullshit.


Do you suppose the NYT is now being written exclusively as a psychological sop to dummies on the upper West side of NYC and in academic enclaves around the country?
You know--we small band are not losers we are just too good and mentally balanced for the rest of this country.

What will they say to eachother when the Eurozone with all its rich social benefits and no defense costs to speak of collapses, leaving them with no exemplar of the good life?

Dave B

I guess we need a study to understand that conservatives are the grownups with common sense, life experience, a sense of right and wrong and the liberals act like spoiled children with a naive outlook on life who will only realize when they finally grow up just how stupid they really were.


--Kristof has entered the realm of unadulterated bullshit.--

I agree with everything in that statement except the tense.

Rick Ballard

"How do they think other nations pay for their nationalized health care systems?"

"They" refers to liberals so no thinking enters into the discussion. As to how the sinking socialists "pay" for any of their nincompoopery - they borrow and hide the extent of the borrowing until they can't pay. Then they go after the sinister banksters who facilitated the scam.


liberals act like spoiled children

That would explain the aversion to spanking.



when they finally grow up

Does this happen?

Club Cuba.

Clarice, 10:56, they'll talk up the benefits of vacationing in Cuba or Venezuela instead of Greece or Spain. C'mon, Caribbean; that Mediterranean is so last century.

Thomas Collins

Clarice queried:

"Do you suppose the NYT is now being written exclusively as a psychological sop to dummies on the upper West side of NYC and in academic enclaves around the country?"

I think the answer is that the NYTimes has decided that, above all other goals, it must keep its bitterly clinging to effete thinking base. It is no more than a niche paper.


Isn't blinking at a sudden loud noise a perfectly reasonable response?

I also wonder how the spanking part of the study looks when you look at minority groups.

Patrick R. Sullivan

Back on June 12, 2003 Kristof was pretty quick to sense danger in Walter Pincus's WaPo column that contradicted Kristof's May 5th Times column that promoted Joe Wilson's story about being sent to Niger at the behest of Dick Cheney.

His first opportunity to answer was the next day, and he took that opportunity.

Scientist Nick

Science proves there are two kinds of people: there are gullible paranoids who tend to see the world in stark, black-and-white terms, perceive the social order as vulnerable or under attack, tend to make strong distinctions between “us” and “them,”
-and then there are people like us.

I've never been wrong except once.

But sometimes I wonder about you.

Jack is Back!

Whereas, left-wing nut jobs in academia like the Bishop gal are so paranoid and insular they arm themselves with shotguns, revolvers, bombs and other necessities of protecting themselves from unfounded risks. Well, that and a bank robbery or two just to keep the nerves taut.


Conservatives may be more responsive to health reform, he suggested, if it is framed as a national security argument.

And the First Lady recently called obesity a threat to our national security.

Very interesting.


Friends, New York Timer's Darwinian's, lend me your ears!

If I may make a bold scientific pronouncement to assist Mr Kristof.

Charles Darwin 150 years ago came up with something called Darwin's Point. He theorized that in wild animals such as jack rabbits, being scared of being eaten in their wild environments, that their ears would remain erect and pointed like Spock's Vulcan ears. Then, as they got domesticated and no longer were scared of their environment, their pointed ears drooped from evolutionary disuse into the bunny ears we love on the Easter Bunny today.

Darwin discovered that if you take your thumb and forefinger and move it along the crest of your own ear you will find the human equivalent of the remains of Darwin's Point, where our ancient ancestors supposedly, who were much more attuned to the frightening stuff in their environment, had to have ears like Mr Spock for survival. Here's some ">http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=darwin's+point&oq=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=nrd5S87JLoXgtgPI6cTLCA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CB0QsAQwAw"> pics and a ">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin's_tubercle"> link.

It seems to me that Kristof needs to examine the prominence of Darwin's point on the ears of all his buds at the NYTimes and among the test subjects, and compare them with the Darwin Points possessed by Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, etc, and instead use evolutionary science to determine which groups among the population exhibit recessive fearful tendencies and which the "evolved" benign bunny rabbit liberalism. And since in all the pictures Satan has big Vulcan ears, I suggest he break his new studies down into the Satanists (Conservatives) and the Easter Bunny's (Liberals).

That to me makes at least as much sense as the un-scientific bilge Kristof is currently passing off as a legitimate research.

Can I have my Nobel Prize now?


Whereas, left-wing nut jobs in academia

Doesn't tenure itself indicate a kind of siege mentality?


There are two kinds of people, those you can put in a category and those you can't.


People used to think it was necessary to "spank" adult members of the community, military trainees, and prisoners. In some countries they still do. In our country, it is considered sexual battery if a person over the age of 18 is "spanked", but only if over the age of 18.

For one thing, because the buttocks are so close to the genitals and so multiply linked to sexual nerve centers, slapping them can trigger powerful and involuntary sexual stimulation in some people. There are numerous physiological ways in which it can be sexually abusive, but I won't list them all here. One can use the resources I've posted if they want to learn more.

Child buttock-battering vs. DISCIPLINE:

Child buttock-battering (euphemistically labeled "spanking","swatting","switching","smacking", "paddling",or other cute-sounding names) for the purpose of gaining compliance is nothing more than an inherited bad habit.

Its a good idea for people to take a look at what they are doing, and learn how to DISCIPLINE instead of hit.

I think the reason why television shows like "Supernanny" and "Dr. Phil" are so popular is because that is precisely what many (not all) people are trying to do.

There are several reasons why child bottom-slapping isn't a good idea. Here are some good, quick reads recommended by professionals:

Plain Talk About Spanking
by Jordan Riak,

The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children
by Tom Johnson,

by Lesli Taylor M.D. and Adah Maurer Ph.D.

Most compelling of all reasons to abandon this worst of all bad habits is the fact that buttock-battering can be unintentional sexual abuse for some children. There is an abundance of educational resources, testimony, documentation, etc available on the subject that can easily be found by doing a little research with the recommended reads-visit the website of Parents and Teachers Against Violence In Education at www.nospank.net.

Just a handful of those helping to raise awareness of why child bottom-slapping isn't a good idea:

American Academy of Pediatrics,
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
American Psychological Association,
Center For Effective Discipline,
Churches' Network For Non-Violence,
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
Parenting In Jesus' Footsteps,
Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children,
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 26 countries, child corporal punishment is prohibited by law (with more in process). In fact, the US was the only UN member that did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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