Tag Archives: empathy

  a really sincere cultural think piece

Science: Jerks Don’t Understand Sarcasm, Explaining 95 Percent Of Our Letters To The Editor

Everyone would like to think that the ability to get irony and sarcasm has something to do with being smart — it just makes sense, after all, that picking up on the subtle cues that a statement isn’t meant to be taken at face value has something to do with intelligence, or discernment, or something like that. And god knows when we don’t pick up on a sarcastic remark, we definitely feel dumb. While we suspect that there’s probably something to that, some recent research published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that, in children at least, the ability to understand irony and sarcasm appears to be related to the child’s ability to empathize with others. Read more on Science: Jerks Don’t Understand Sarcasm, Explaining 95 Percent Of Our Letters To The Editor…
  rumors on the internets

John Boehner Too Busy Being Orange To Do Much Else

Elana Kagan is “okay” as far as Harvard lesbians go, but most Americans would rather have an empathetic Supreme Court Justice, someone who knows deep down inside that ripping bong should be legal. [Matt Yglesias] Read more on John Boehner Too Busy Being Orange To Do Much Else…
  email of the day

‘You Remind Me Of Timothy McVeigh, The Domestic Terrorist’

Not for the first time, we are sort of at a loss to explain how certain bewildered Wonkette visitors find themselves in the unfortunate position of reading the trash that passes for writing on this site. If you are a million-year-old subscriber to motherfucking Juno, shouldn’t you have some sort of pre-installed Internet Pornography Filter that prevents you from even accessing gutter filth like Wonkette? Shouldn’t it redirect you to the Cat Fancy discussion boards, where you can help improve the lives of real people and their Scottish Folds? Read more on ‘You Remind Me Of Timothy McVeigh, The Domestic Terrorist’…
  talking points

Will A Justice Sotomayor Try To Run Afghanistan From The Bench While Stripping Words From Important Oaths?

Sonia Sotomayor has been an official Supreme Court nominee for all of an hour, so the HONEYMOON’S OVER. Now both her defenders and her detractors can get to the hard work of justifying their jobs by shouting at each other on television, sending out terrible shrill press releases for members of the media to immediately throw in their junk mail, and just generally acting like crazed assholes who make you nostalgic for the days when the Senate would quietly debate a nominee for a few days before saying, “Enh, looks fine to us.” Read more on Will A Justice Sotomayor Try To Run Afghanistan From The Bench While Stripping Words From Important Oaths?…
  crazy nonsense empathy

We Have A Supreme Court Nominee!

“President Obama has chosen federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, two sources told CNN on Tuesday.” Jeffrey Rosen is rolling in his grave. Read more on We Have A Supreme Court Nominee!…
  road to recovery

Michael Steele Will ‘Empathize’ You Up The Butt

Now look what happened after we wrote up the last “empathy” post: Michael Steele chimed in! He was guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s radio show today — TALKING FREELY AND AT LENGTH TO THE PUBLIC, whoops — and oh… oh god: “Crazy nonsense empathetic! I’ll give you empathy. Empathize right on your behind. Craziness!” This must be the Urban Dictionary definition? [Ben Smith] Read more on Michael Steele Will ‘Empathize’ You Up The Butt…
  hitlering from the bench

What Is This ‘Empathy’ Word, And Why Does It Make Barack Obama Hitler?

This is where we are with the Republican party right now: Barack Obama could appoint Ronald motherfucking Reagan and eight of his perfect clones to run the entire Supreme Court, and the right wing politicians and pundits would stand in firm opposition to this illegal Puerto Rican socialist community organizer Nazi faggot activist “Hollywood actor” and throw teabags at his grave. This nomination process is already hilarious, and we have several more months of it. Remember last week when Obama said he wanted “empathy” as a characteristic for his Supreme Court nominee, and how that word went over on the right, as soon as they dictionary.com’d it? They’re still going on about that, with two arguments: (1) even after dictionary.com-ing it, they still don’t know what it means and so it’s an evil liberal word, and (2) Hitler. Read more on What Is This ‘Empathy’ Word, And Why Does It Make Barack Obama Hitler?…