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Puncturing The Logic of The “War on Christmas”

December 10th, 2011
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Simon’s Thoughts

July 14th, 2011

In homage to the great Hank Kingsley, I present the latest edition of Simon’s Thoughts:

  •  If the Republicans in Congress really cared about this country (as in “Country First“) then they wouldn’t be playing these disingenuous games with our fragile economy (debt ceiling, bringing the tax rate on the wealthy to a reasonable level, etc.). An economy that is fragile, by the way, because the Republicans and George W. Bush screwed it up. I’m not alone in that assertion, either.
  • Rupert Murdoch has been revealed to be who he truly is. Click here to see.
  • Only a matter of time before the blowback on Fox News starts. Heh.
  • My daughter–not yet three–now tells me exactly how our day will go in great detail. Next: she’ll start laying out my clothes for work every night.
  • Oh, and speaking of Murdoch…I’ve been watching Olbermann’s new show online–don’t have Current channel on cable. It’s nice to catch Keith’s highlights. He can go too far sometimes, but it’s good to see him back.
  • Ronald Reagan raised taxes eleven (11) times. Just sayin’.
  • Love Marc Maron’s podcast. Check it out.
  • I don’t feel like I’m in my mid-40s. Then again, what does mid-40s feel like?
  • Gotta love the guy who makes less than $45,000 a year who will fight to the death to stop a slight tax adjustment for millionaires and billionaires. Goes back to the old saw: people have been conned to vote against their own interests. One reason is they think they’ll be rich someday. News flash: you probably won’t be. Sure, you’ll probably do well if you work hard and have some luck, but the odds of you becoming the next Warren Buffett make it ludicrous for you to carry water for the monied elite.
  • We’re burning through the principal when we should be living off the interest.
  • Lest you think I’m hugely impressed by President Obama, all I can say is I actually voted for Biden. No kidding. He was right about Afghanistan, Iraq and the economy.
  • I just can’t seem to get excited about U2. Just don’t think they’re that great. Good, but not great.
  • Gotta love Breaking Bad. Cranston is the bomb, yo.
  • The Royal Wedding: really, America? You truly give a crap about these bizarre birth-lottery winners?
  • I love a good sandwich. 
  • I recycle. Do you?
  • Michelle Bachmann: American Idiot.
  • Call me heartless, but I don’t get the whole “In Loving Memory” vinyl window sticker on cars. Especially when they are parallel to a “Calvin Peeing on a Ford Emblem”.

A Public Service Message from the Republican Party

September 17th, 2010

Oklahoma: Land of the Non-Secular Aluminum Siding Salesman

August 3rd, 2010

This speaks for itself. Oh my.

George Lakoff on Disaster Messaging

July 8th, 2010

The Difference Between Framing and Messaging

Framing is the most commonplace thing we do with thought and language. Frames are the cognitive structures we think with. They are physical, embodied in neural circuitry. Frames come in systems. Their circuitry is strengthened and often made permanent through use: the more the circuits are used, the stronger they get. Effective frames are not isolated. They build on, and extend, other frames already established.

All words are defined in terms of conceptual frames. When the words are heard, the frames are strengthened — not just the immediate frames, but the whole system.Fit matters. The brain is a “best-fit” system. The better a new frame “fits” existing frames, the more effective it will be; that is, the more people will think, and make decisions, using that frame.

Frame conflictThe activation of one brain circuit may either activate or inhibit another. A frame that fits a system will activate other frames in the system and make them stronger. Strongly activated frames will weaken frames that they inhibit.

There are progressive and conservative frame systems. Activating the conservative frame system, weakens the progressive frame system — both individual frames for particular issues, but also the system as a whole.That is how framing works. There are consequences.

Learn More: George Lakoff: Disaster Messaging.