A Few Thoughts On Liz Cheney

Make no mistake, Liz Cheney is no less a serpent than her father.
She happily went along with the party of Trump until a certain line got crossed and, well, I’m sorry, but that line was so way, way past where any sane person would place it, I don’t care at all what happens to her.
Tough shit, Liz. See ya.

There was one thing that puzzled me at first, though. Given that she did go along with the Trump program so happily until January 6th, why was she suddenly drawing the line? Why…


[This excerpt deals with the need for political parties to tell voters a coherent story. It’s from Chapter Seven in The Political Brain by psychologist Drew Westen.]

WRITING AN EMOTIONAL CONSTITUTION

“Success (in politics] has less to do with brains than guts…. Democrats have failed at the basics: defining their message, attacking their opponents, defending their leaders, inspiring their voters…. Americans don’t like what Republicans stand for, but they don’t know what Democrats stand for.”

— JAMES CARVILLE AND PAUL BEGALA

In a classic experiment, cognitive psychologists asked their subjects to try to remember the following paragraph:

The procedure is actually quite simple. First…


[This excerpt deals with the need for political parties to tell voters a coherent story. It’s from Chapter Seven in The Political Brain by Drew Westen.]

WRITING AN EMOTIONAL CONSTITUTION

“Success (in politics] has less to do with brains than guts…. Democrats have failed at the basics: defining their message, attacking their opponents, defending their leaders, inspiring their voters…. Americans don’t like what Republicans stand for, but they don’t know what Democrats stand for.”

— JAMES CARVILLE AND PAUL BEGALA

In a classic experiment, cognitive psychologists asked their subjects to try to remember the following paragraph:

The procedure is actually quite simple. First you…


[This is a chapter from Cognitive Linguist George Lakoff’s book “Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values And Vision”.]

Understanding frame analysis means becoming aware of one’s own mind and the minds of others. This is a big task. We were not brought up to think in terms of frames and metaphors and moral worldviews. We were brought up to believe that there is only one common sense and that it is the same for everyone. Not true. Our common sense is determined by the frames we unconsciously acquire, and one person’s common sense is another’s evil political ideology. …


Over and over again, on television, online, and in print, “opening up” or “reopening” the economy or some variation thereof is repeated over and over again as if the simple act of setting up shop guarantees you a profitable income stream. It’s magical thinking. The reality is that businesses in those sectors of the economy that have had to cease operations will all face a pronounced lack of demand for some time to come. To resume operations is to accept that, for a time, your once-profitable business will become a money pit and activity will have to be subsidized until…


“Old seltzer men never die, they just lose their schpritz”. Seldom does an obituary make you smile but this one did for me.
Bottled seltzer water, delivered to your door, is one of those post-war New York memories, the meaning of which words alone cannot convey.
Ya hadda be dere.
According to my Brooklyn mom, Rose, the secret to her lighter-than-air matzohballs lay in substituting seltzer for plain tap water in the preparation — a secret she had pried out of the top chef of a popular hotel in the Catskill Mountains. …

Richard Hambrick Prothro

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