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Liberals Only Watch and Read What Affirms Their Prejudices

Liberals are a few mouse clicks away from more accurate depictions of news events, but they never make the effort



Awhile back, I wrote an article about liberals living behind a self-imposed all-encompassing “information iron curtain.” The major contention was that although they are a few mouse clicks away from encountering alternative and, potentially, more accurate depictions of news events, they never make the effort.

Anything that the New York Times, or the rest of the Leftist media machine espouses, is okay with liberals and they never think of questioning their hallowed information sources. Those on the right, of course, are exposed to Leftist views week in and week out because the Left dominates public discourse. So, naturally we seek alternative information sources to to gain a fuller picture of news and information.

My article drew several comments, but one of them was among the most notable I’ve ever received. Printed below, nearly verbatim, with a few typos and grammaticals fixed up, and some headings added for compartmentalization, is a most illuminating set of observations.

Liberals are Humorless

I adored your “self imposed information iron curtain” phrase. I will be stealing that and using it whenever I can. I will give you credit for it.

If I try to use wit and humor or irony with liberals, forget it. They have no humor when it comes to politics. They also KNOW NOTHING. They are good with insults – he is stupid, he is a liar, you are wrong, you are stubborn – you know the drill.

Ask them a factual question and all you get is, “I never heard that. Where did you hear that?” It never occurs to them that they are behind a self-imposed information iron curtain. They think they have won the argument when they say, “oh, you must watch Fox News.” They don’t realize they are exhibiting their personal information iron curtain and that they only watch and read what affirms their prejudices.

A Multitude of Sources

I get my information from many sources, albeit most are conservative and thoughtful. Whenever I try to watch those awful networks, all I hear is lies and distortions so why should I willingly subject myself to them?

The thing is they can never trap me. If they have the nerve they will ask me, well what about this? They think they have got me and there’s no way out. However, I always know the answer or I can look it up. When I shame anybody who thought they could trap me they invariably say, “I don’t want to talk about it,” not realizing it was they who brought it up.

If someone shows me I am incorrect, I immediately say, “Thank you; I didn’t know that.” They know that I am willing to self correct; something they never do.

A Way to Vent

At this moment, I despise most lefties intensely. I have been in such a rage for two and a half years and the only way I can ‘vent’ it is to write. I have been writing and posting essays on blogs. My essays describe, from my personal vantage point, the changes that have taken place in my beloved country over the last three years. I cover not only personal experiences, but public ones. I described in detail both political conventions, and all of the debates, as well as my specific gripes.

Still, most of my friends are liberals. Ouch. One of the essays I wrote is about conservatives are nicer than liberals. It hits the spot for me because I deal with both, all the time, so I know where of I speak.

Thank you for your column and that great succinct phrase.

Philadelphia, PA

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Provocative Questions to Get You Moving

What would make you pause and think about what’s really important?



Suppose I asked you four questions to make you pause, think about what’s really important, perhaps take some action steps, and get you moving in a positive direction. What might I ask?

Here are four such questions:

* What would you do if you truly only had six months to live?

* What would you read if you could only pick six books for the rest of your life?

* If you could return to any age what would it be?

* If you could live anywhere other than here, where would it be?


By way of example, here is each question with my own answers to help stimulate your thinking:

What would I do if I truly only had six months to live? I would visit everyone who ever mattered to me one more time; visit all my childhood haunts; visit three or four tourist destinations in the world that I’ve wanted to see; eat like an incredible pig; parcel out my assets carefully and accordingly, safeguard my daughter’s financial future and well-being to the best of my abilities; and donate many items to charity.

If I could only read six books for the rest of my life, they would probably be The Timetables of History, Childhood’s End, The Call of the Wild, The One Hundred, From Dawn to Decadence, and The Culture of Celebrity. Runners-up would be The Demon-Haunted World, Crime and Punishment, Moby Dick, MacBeth, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and The World of Our Fathers

If I could be any age what would I be: 38, because at that age I had the optimal mix of capabilities and faculties, unbounded potential, and unbridled enthusiasm. My career as an author was beginning to bloom and amazingly I hadn’t yet been on my first of 45 cruises.

If I could live anywhere other than here, where would it be and why aren’t I there? The places I could settle include Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Monterrey, CA; Sausalito, CA; Tucson, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Vancouver, British Columbia; London, England; Paris, France; Vevey, Switzerland; Montreux, Switzerland; Bruges, Belgium; Helsinki, Finland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Stockholm, Sweden, and any place where it is spring, birds are chirping, and large lakes invite you to swim.

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21 Ways That People with Work-life Balance Are Different from Others (Part 3)

Even in our fast-paced society, slowing down is continually attainable



Here is the final set of seven ways the people who have attained work-life balance set themselves apart from the rest:

15) The typical person is easily distracted by daily noise and interruptions. Those with work-life balance monitor and manage their personal space to minimize distractions.
* carry ear plugs
* sound proof your workspace
* find alternative work locations and spaces, such as a picnic table or park bench * visit

16) The typical person focuses on finishing the workday in order to drop back and relax. Those with work-life balance are productive at work and have a life for the rest of the day after work.
* leave work at a reasonable hour
* reduce TV watching and web surfing
* employ your den as a mini-gym
* engage in invigorating leisure

17) The typical person engages in inactive leisure, i.e. watching TV, web surfing. Those with work-life balance employ leisure for novel experiences, learning, and physical activity.
* live closer, not farther from work
* rediscover hobbies
* join group activities
* peruse local event notices and attend

18) The typical person intermittently invests in his or her own well-being. Those with work-life balance strategically purchase goods and services that support their well-being.
* buy in multiples when all supplies will eventually be used up
* make strategic purchases…
* if it saves one hour a week
* if it takes up little space, is portable, expandable, flexible, can be traded in

19) The typical person longs for the good old days when the pace of life was slower. Those with work-life balance recognize that even in our fast-paced society, slowing down is continually attainable.
* acknowledge and accept the world as it is
* seek to change aspects of your personal environment over which you have control
* consider the 80-20 rule and ignore low-payoff tasks and activities
* emulate the role models in your industry, organization, or profession

20) The typical person over-collects work-life balance tips hoping that such information will rub off on them. Those who have work-life balance ingest the insights of others, and ultimately follow the beat of their own drum.
* put what you learn into motion
* adopt new behaviors until they become habits
* establish new personal systems
* develop rewarding rituals

21) The typical parent passes their hectic lifestyle on to their children. Those who have it teach their children what is needed to continually experience work-life balance
* remember: children learn most from observation
* exhibit behaviors that you want them to emulate
* include them in activities, ask for their opinion
* act accordingly: actions speak louder than words

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