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July 21, 2009

My Facebook Quiz Experiment

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I admit that boredom will sometimes drive me to taking those silly little quizzes on Facebook. I think everyone does, no matter how much we try to avoid them, and we have all wasted 5 minutes in worse ways! If there is even the slightest chance we can learn a little more ourselves than it is worth the time…am I right?

I have made it a point on this blog to stress the importance of people learning about conservatism from actual conservatives. It is simple - the left has an amoral culture in which ends justify means. This in turn makes any kind of lie, character assassination, or contextual distortion permissible.

In spite of the liberal media's smoke screen, when I personally approach a political issue with someone from the inside out – they actually express support for the conservative viewpoint more often than not (although they may not even know it is a conservative viewpoint). What I mean by the ‘inside out” is to begin by identifying our common goal (ie. make health care affordable for everyone). Next, I offer solutions to achieve this common goal and then identify it as a 'Conservative' solution. The key is to disarm the Left's noisily constructed stigma it has attached to conservatism.

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The Experiment: I decided to design a quiz which was issue rather than stereotype oriented, and see what results I would get. The quiz would indicate whether people had a conservative or liberal standpoint, on at least the issues it mentions. Understandably, a 10 or 15 question quiz has to rely on generalizations to a certain degree but I avoided the typical ones I have seen in similar quizzes.

In truth, this quiz was primarily geared towards liberals and those who are undecided. If I could get them to recognize for even a moment that they might not really be all that liberal or maybe what they thought we conservatives believed all this time was not quite accurate...this was my ultimate intent.

The Quiz: "Find out where your beliefs put you on the political spectrum! You might be surprised..."

1) Hard-working taxpayer money should be used to pay for health care, food stamps, and other social services for illegal immigrants.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

2) Skin color should be a factor in hiring, university admissions, and government contracts.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

3) Standards and qualifications should be raised or lowered depending on skin color.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

4) The government knows best how to spend the money I earn.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

5) Some groups of people deserve special protection under the law - more than me and my family.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

6) Dictators and terrorists are actually reasonable and just misunderstood.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

7) The federal government has (its own) money to spend on programs for people.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

8) I should be forced to subsidize art regardless of how sexist, pornographic, or offensive.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

9) The government is capable of deciding what an "acceptable" standard of living is for everyone.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

10) Everyone should be forced to pay for government funding of 'medical procedures' and scientific research even if they are morally against it.

a) yes

b) no

c) don’t know

Scoring: I am not sure what formula Facebook used to score people but I imagine it is something similar to this: 1) 6 or more "no's" is a conservative response 2) 6 or more "yes's" is a liberal response and likewise with "don't knows" being an undecided response.

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Conservative:

You are individualistic and independent! You trust yourself to know what is best for you and your family. You don't believe that some politicians in Washington should take your hard earned money to spend on what they believe to be moral or workable!

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Liberal:

You are a dreamer who thinks that that the government can be trusted to make life fair for all. You think in terms of society rather than the individual. You trust that the government will do the 'right' thing with your tax dollars...once they figure out what the 'right' thing actually is!


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Don’t know/Undecided:

You either: really don't care about the world around you or can't comprehend simple political issues. In both cases you are perfect fodder for flashy campaigns and sound byte politics. In other words just the kind of sheep the politicians love!

My User Results: At the time of writing I had 46 users. Of that group less than 12 were friends which I knew to be politically conservative. There were at least 7 friends which I knew to generally consider themselves liberal. Of the remainder, I did not know what their political leanings were but we can at least assume 50% liberal and 50% conservative.

The results of this quiz showed that every single user scored as a conservative! Even those people I knew to consider themselves liberal and voted as such in the past scored as conservatives!
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Could you be an unwitting member of the right-wing conspiracy?!


Final Thoughts:

Clearly, the results were interesting but they are not surprising. Why? Because our Conservative ideals make the most sense; they make moral and practical sense. When people, even liberal leaning people, actually take a moment a look at what we want and what our solutions are - they have no choice but to agree with what we have been saying all along. I sincerely hope that a few of those folks who took this quiz, and were surprised to have themselves labeled "conservative", might dig a little deeper next time into an issue. Perhaps they might open their minds and not listen to what Liberals say Conservatives stand for. Perhaps they will listen to what common sense tells them...

July 10, 2009

Jim Cramer: The Boo-yah Marxist

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Once in awhile something comes up which really blows my mind. Usually it is something that slips under the radar- on the outer edges of some well covered main event. One of these well covered events was the verbal slap-down by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart of CNBC's Jim Cramer back in March 12, 2009. Jim Cramer, the host of 'Mad Money', is the loud-mouthed stock analyst who barks out his opinion to people calling into his fast-paced show. Personally, I could never get into the guy’s whole presentation. The last thing I need to see more of is a sweaty, bald headed freak screaming "Boo-yah!" and any serious investor, who buys individual stocks, is not going to rely on this guys advice. Mad Money is 'irrational exuberance' defined and symptomatic of the carnival atmosphere endemic in our financial markets.

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That being said, if you followed this clown’s advice and got burned - It's really hard to feel sorry for you. Sound investing is about making unemotional decisions based on long boring research.

I recommend watching Jim Cramer's appearance on 'The Daily Show' here. It is a great example of the Left eating itself and it is hard to argue when Jon Stewart explains how he is at least a more honest ‘snake oil’ salesman than Cramer. When Stewart tells Cramer that investing is not a game -the crap really hits the fan.

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Wait, did I say, “…a great example of the Left eating its self”?

Indeed, I did! If you think that a populist (Stewart) was standing up for the 'little guy' against a typical example of an evil capitalist (Cramer)...you would be dead wrong.

The truth is, Jim Cramer was not the target Stewart and others thought him to be. In one of those ‘under the radar’ things, we found out exactly who this big mouth stock picker really is.

Two months after Jon Stewart humiliated him in front of the world, Cramer appeared in the '10 Questions' feature in Time magazine (read/listen here). Question four asked if posterity would look back on the “financial innovations of the last several decades with regret". Do you know what this supposed arch-capitalist said? He said, "the only guy who really called this right was Karl Marx. Marx understood what would happen if you let the market run amok."

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Flabbergasting! This is worse than any horrible stock call Cramer ever made! Karl Marx, who not only lived during a time when the markets, as we know them, either didn't exist or were barely developing, called 'this' right? Karl Marx, who lived during a time when the Hapsburg's and Romanov's ruled, called 'this' right?

Cramer completely drops sail for kook-land when he continues, "Of, course, it was done by right-wing Republicans. They brought our nations to our knees..."

RIGHT-WING REPUBLICANS?! Well, Jon Stewart thinks it was people like YOU, Jim Cramer - Which is kind of funny because normally Jon Stewart is saying stuff like that about Republicans. (Is your head spinning yet?)

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The ’10 questions’ article gets even better. When asked about inflation in question five(as a result of the Obama deficit), Cramer defends Obamanomics and says, "...perhaps we learn from history and worry about inflation after we worry about taking a Great Depression off the table." Have you ever read a history book Jim? If you did, you would know that Hoover’s concern over inflation was not the cause of the depression (and this man was giving financial advice on CNBC)!

Another jewel of insanity was Cramer's response to a question six about whether or not young people will be afraid to enter the stock market. His reply is, 'Yeah...Unless we bring back the regulations that we had pre-Bush, unless we prosecute the bad actors..." You mean the bad actors like market-hating Marxists who made a living off of short selling, hedge funds, and stock picking? Hey, that’s Jim Cramer!

Who is this train wreck? We know now, from his own words, that Jim Cramer is not a capitalist - he just played one on TV. I am not sure he is really a Marxist - because that would require an ethos however misguided. What Jim Cramer is in reality, is a greedy worm who is just as likely to make money selling stock tips as he would be informing on a neighbor if he lived in the Soviet Union. He is an opportunist.

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There was a calculated purpose on Cramer’s part for saying what he did in the Time article. He does, after all, work for a liberal news outlet and after his slamming on 'The Daily Show' he had to do some damage control. He has a career to think about. In order to please the 'powers that be' in the Drive-by Media, he used the article to 1) protect his network, 2) profess Marxism, 3) blame a right-wing conspiracy 4) support Obama and 5) blame Bush…Ah, the ‘Formula of Celebrity Redemption”. True, it is usually done with more finesse but “Boo-yah” Cramer wasn’t known for being subtle. All he has to do now is lay low, hope this whole "Stewart-thing" continues to blow over and his career should be safe.

Such is life in the media playground of the Left. You never know when it will turn on you to serve its own purpose. Jim Cramer appeared to be an arch-capitalist villain who left The Daily Show with his tail between his legs, but maybe he was always just a delusional Liberal or just delusional. Maybe when he saw how quick a big dog like Stewart could crush him, the Time article was a way to beg for his career back and declare his allegiance to the powerful Left. Who knows? One thing is certain - for God’s sake don’t get stock tips from a Marxist. What's next, a mediocre comedian becoming a senator? Oops, too late...

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