Study: The Cute, It Does In Fact Burn

A study (almost certainly paid for by you, so you might as well hear about what you bought) finds that overly-cute images cause rage.

Dyer said she and her colleagues aren’t yet sure why cuteness seems to trigger expressions of aggression, even relatively harmless ones. It’s possible that seeing a wide-eyed baby or roly-poly pup triggers our drive to care for that creature, Dyer said. But since the animal is just a picture, and since even in real life we might not be able to care for the creature as much as we want, this urge may be frustrated, she said. That frustration could lead to aggression.

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Or the reason might not be specific to cuteness, Dyer said. Many overwhelmingly positive emotions look negative, as when Miss America sobs while receiving her crown. Such high levels of positive emotion may overwhelm people.

My guess would be simpler: People do not like to feel they are being manipulated and super-cute images are designed to be an easy-peasey lay-up of manipulation. See the cute puppy, say "Aaah."

People can of course be manipulated, and will even pay to be manipulated (Hollywood is built on this principle), but when the manipulation becomes obvious, people react negatively.

Thus, people will celebrate a film for being "moving" -- by which they mean the film successfully manipulated their emotions -- and scorn another movie for being "manipulative and cloying." And what they mean by the latter is simply, "I detected the machinery of manipulation, and I was offended by it."

In cute pictures, the gears of manipulation are right up front and out in the open.

Okay, I like cuteness some, but now I am sort of feeling angry. The shoe is too much.

I think this happens with pets and children, both of whom use Cuteness to get what they want. When you don't detect their agenda, it's adorable.

But the second you realize a kid -- or a dog -- is just being Cute to get a Treat, suddenly it's not adorable. You feel snookered.


(By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head. I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me, and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job. So now that you've indulged me twice in a row I'll try to find something more political.)

Thanks to @harrietbaldwin.

Actually... This same reaction explains positive and negative reactions to the same political speech. Friendly partisans want to be "moved" and buy into all of the manipulative content in the first place; whereas unfriendly partisans aren't in the mood to be moved, and, more importantly, don't make the buy-in into all the manipulative catchphrases and rhetorical equivalencies.

The unfriendly partisan sees it as what it is-- a piece of craft designed to elicit as specific response, not much different from a simple con -- and feels hostility towards it.

Posted by: Ace at 03:12 PM



Comments

1 (By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head. I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me, and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job.)

Get me a juicebox, Wicket.

Posted by: zsasz at January 24, 2013 03:14 PM (jI5Zg)

2 I like Hello Kitty. Have since I was 5, about 147 years ago. She's pretty cute, but does inspire a lot of rage. There's even a Hello Kitty Hell website out there.

Posted by: Hobbitopoly at January 24, 2013 03:15 PM (M7CrI)

3 WOW. little did I know that I was pissing off all the Morons and 'ettes with the Daily Kitteh every morning.

Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2013 03:16 PM (53z96)

4 My guess is it's a Bogus study so they can acquire more
Tax payer dollars to investigate further ...

But thats just me....

Posted by: American Dawg at January 24, 2013 03:16 PM (trA4n)

5 We're getting a lesson in Legislation By Emotional Manipulation with guns.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at January 24, 2013 03:16 PM (+z4pE)

6 Put up a cute baby hawk picture you goddamned bastard.

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at January 24, 2013 03:16 PM (+lsX1)

7 (By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head. I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me, and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job.)



We are lucky to have a place to read this. Just today I saw a cute kitten, read the antics of Diane Feinstein and learned that turtles piss out of their mouths.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at January 24, 2013 03:16 PM (l3vZN)

8 Cats are pure evil no matter how cute they look.

Posted by: dantesed at January 24, 2013 03:17 PM (++FkS)

9 I'm gonna fucking kill that kitten if I ever find it.

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at January 24, 2013 03:17 PM (BrQrN)

10 Ace is putting up cute pictures just to be able to write what he wants.

I feel snookered.

Posted by: JohnE. at January 24, 2013 03:18 PM (nRTou)

11 - WOW. little did I know that I was pissing off all the Morons and 'ettes with the Daily Kitteh every morning.


Posted by: Vic
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We forgive you for that 'cause you provide such a great service every morning....
But would it hurt ya to put up a Doggeh Pic every once in a while ?

Posted by: American Dawg at January 24, 2013 03:18 PM (trA4n)

12 That kitten's a Nazi.

Posted by: zsasz at January 24, 2013 03:18 PM (jI5Zg)

13 I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head.

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Its OK..... your posts are the price we pay to read the comments......

Posted by: fixerupper at January 24, 2013 03:19 PM (nELVU)

14 Cute things piss people off? Gah?

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at January 24, 2013 03:19 PM (pmDdf)

15 The only thing that would piss me off about that kitty pic was if I found out they'd glued it into the shoe so they could get the pic.

Posted by: Rodent Liberation Front at January 24, 2013 03:19 PM (OQpzc)

16 To moi? its not so much teh 'cute itself.... so much as the people who continuously try to point out... and post... cute.

I don't like Cats... its a very simple proposition.... and someone shoving 'cute' cat pics at me irritates me... as its supposed to make me like, somthing I do not... or (they think) somthing must be 'wrong' with me...

Same with those Forest Rats known as Squirels...

Note... Puppies are cute... but you hardly ever see puppy pictures.... Babies? Cute... but no ad nauseum pictures of babies....

And pictures of Cute Women? Never irritating...

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 24, 2013 03:19 PM (lZBBB)

17
"I'm Smuggling Cocaine Heroin In My Coochie"

Drudge is carrying this story, but you need to go to Smoking Gun to see a picture of the girl.

Posted by: jwest at January 24, 2013 03:19 PM (ZDsRL)

18 He's shitting in that shoe, you know.

Posted by: zsasz at January 24, 2013 03:20 PM (jI5Zg)

19 Cute supermodels help me to get my rage on.

Posted by: Roy at January 24, 2013 03:20 PM (VndSC)

20 Uh, that's ok. Nobody really reads shit like this anyway.

Posted by: The Last One at January 24, 2013 03:20 PM (MDQQ7)

21 Hmmm, like Baraka surrounding himself with tykes to manipulate us into buying into his gun-grabbing?

Yeah, that does lead to rage for me.

Posted by: logprof at January 24, 2013 03:20 PM (WqKmU)

22
6Put up a cute baby hawk picture you goddamned bastard.

http://youtu.be/ko945qYvsaU

Posted by: wheatie at January 24, 2013 03:20 PM (fH4X9)

23 Dude, you have a man streak. Cuteness is.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at January 24, 2013 03:21 PM (QupBk)

24 "I'm Smuggling Cocaine Heroin In My Coochie"Drudge is carrying this story, but you need to go to Smoking Gun to see a picture of the girl.

Is she cute? Cause if not I'm definitely going there to feel some calmness after looking atthat fucking kitten.

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at January 24, 2013 03:21 PM (BrQrN)

25 mean streak, dammit

Posted by: toby928© for TB at January 24, 2013 03:21 PM (QupBk)

26 Drudge is carrying this story, but you need to go to Smoking Gun to see a picture of the girl.


That's a man, baby!

Posted by: EC at January 24, 2013 03:22 PM (GQ8sn)

27 (By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head. I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me, and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job. So now that you've indulged me twice in a row I'll try to find something more political.)


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Ah, thanks Ace. Wha....? Fucker.

Posted by: Soona at January 24, 2013 03:22 PM (E0Glk)

28 Apropos of nothing, hairless lab rats make great pets.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at January 24, 2013 03:22 PM (QupBk)

29 Babies doing things naturally: cute.

Dressing your babeh up as food: aggressively cute and a turn-off.

Posted by: logprof at January 24, 2013 03:22 PM (WqKmU)

30 Posted by: wheatie at January 24, 2013 03:20 PM (fH4X9)


Heya Cutey!

Posted by: ChickenHawk (via Foghorn Leghorn) at January 24, 2013 03:22 PM (lZBBB)

31 Watching Kate Upton play with bunnies and baby lambs is cute.

Watching Kate Upton play with anything is cute.

Posted by: EC at January 24, 2013 03:23 PM (GQ8sn)

32 Write what you want. You are the most important cute person up on that stage.

Posted by: Dewey at January 24, 2013 03:23 PM (zu1j7)

33 The kitten pic makes me feel better. Got some bad news today, so its a brief respite from that.

Thanks ace.

Posted by: Jollyroger at January 24, 2013 03:23 PM (t06LC)

34
Is she cute?

She looks exactly how you would expect someone smuggling cocaine in her coochie to look.

Posted by: jwest at January 24, 2013 03:23 PM (ZDsRL)

35 By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head.

I spend hours testing and refining my comments before a single keystroke hits the blog.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (QupBk)

36 23 Dude, you have a man streak. Cuteness is.


Posted by: toby928© for TB at January 24, 2013 03:21 PM (QupBk)


In the Eye of the Beholder...

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (lZBBB)

37
Ace, I thought you were gonna write more about Obama's #1 fan from CNN??

Posted by: soothsayer at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (9Q7Nu)

38 speaking of partisanry, apparently Chris Christie called Obama's inaugural a "my way or the highway" speech. however he then said it is just one speech you know, we'll see.

a perceptive one.

Posted by: JDP at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (60GaT)

39 It's like when you see a baby picture of Hitler and for some reason you just expected that he would have that little mustache but when he doesn't you get really angry. Like you got cheated a little bit.

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (+lsX1)

40 Same with those Forest Rats known as Squirels...

Unless they're on water skis.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (ZKzrr)

41 HA ! A drug sniffing dog discovered the the stash in her vacootie - , evidently the fish smell didn't detour this dog from performing his duty....

Posted by: American Dawg at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (trA4n)

42 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (8y9MW)

43 ALL my kitty cares about is FOOD. All the cute shit he does, is about that. ONLY.

Posted by: jeanne at January 24, 2013 03:25 PM (GdalM)

44 Leg humping is a drug dog's signal that he's found something.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at January 24, 2013 03:25 PM (QupBk)

45 40 Same with those Forest Rats known as Squirels...


Unless they're on water skis.


Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at January 24, 2013 03:24 PM (ZKzrr)


Jumping the Shark?

Posted by: Arthur Fonzereli at January 24, 2013 03:25 PM (lZBBB)

46 "(By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head. I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me, and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job. So now that you've indulged me twice in a row I'll try to find something more political.)"

That's because you are cute without being overtly manipulative, Ace.

Posted by: West at January 24, 2013 03:26 PM (1Rgee)

47 Ace, I find your forays into banal fluff like this to be rather cute. My rage is building.

Posted by: mugiwara at January 24, 2013 03:26 PM (U8y4G)

48
manipulation by Cute is over the line.

Manipulation by scantily-clad, oiled-up supermodels in FMPs,seductively wrasslin' around with other supermodelsto sell me, um...what was the product again? That's totally ok. First Ammendment, bitches!

Posted by: Jaws at January 24, 2013 03:27 PM (4I3Uo)

49 That's because you are cute without being overtly manipulative, Ace.

It's the fur. You want to stroke it, or pick nits out.

Either or

Posted by: toby928© presents another finely crafted comment at January 24, 2013 03:27 PM (QupBk)

50 Cute is weak. The Strong hate the weak. The weak must be destroyed.

Posted by: Conan Schwartzenmuller at January 24, 2013 03:27 PM (elmLU)

51 This is the very justification I used to start a new club.

The Harp Seal Club.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at January 24, 2013 03:27 PM (DRgeg)

52
my Coodles are not coming along very well

did you ever try to give a cat a perm?

Posted by: soothsayer at January 24, 2013 03:27 PM (9Q7Nu)

53 http://www.theonion.com/articles/kitten-thinks-of-nothing-but-murder-all-day,9783/

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at January 24, 2013 03:27 PM (ZKzrr)

54 One of my guns made crazy-tits banned list. LAME

Posted by: gigg at January 24, 2013 03:27 PM (41VCE)

55 My other assault weapon is an F150.

Posted by: toby928© presents another finely crafted comment at January 24, 2013 03:28 PM (QupBk)

56 The kitten pic makes me feel better.

Likewise. And it sure beats a baby photo of TFG or Mooch any day.

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 24, 2013 03:28 PM (mRPM8)

57 " and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job."
- Ace
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Maybe you can tuck a little something extra for us in the envelope at the end of the week....

Posted by: American Dawg at January 24, 2013 03:29 PM (trA4n)

58 Helena Mattsson's cuteness causes raging turgidity in my pants.


http://tinyurl.com/bkjsuuy


NSFW

Bunk

FAP

Posted by: dananjcon at January 24, 2013 03:29 PM (jvd3N)

59 I don't know that I buy it. Not entirely, anyway.

Basically, she's calling it cute over-load. I think ace comes closer with his "I don't want to feel manipulated," but I don't think it's quite that, either.

I think part of it has to do with people's motivations (both the presenter and the receiver). So when I see those stupid ASPCA commercials with rich has-been actors/musicians telling me I should send money to the ASPCA, I get mad and want to kick a puppy. But when I see (for instance) Doom Kitteh, I laugh.

Seeing something cute for the mere sake of seeing something cute, and seeing such things relatively infrequently doesn't make me want to punch a hippy. Seeing something cute to make me "feel" the way someone else wants me to feel- specifically to manipulate me into doing something I don't want to do- makes me "Hulk SMASH!" angry.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at January 24, 2013 03:29 PM (8y9MW)

60 One of my guns made crazy-tits banned list. LAME

The list was designed to capture as many guns as possible under that ridiculous umbrella of "evil black rifles".

I also happened to notice it did not mention some models by name, though it had a related one on the list. Example: the HK MR556 is mentioned but the MR762 is not. So is the MR762 not banned?

Posted by: EC at January 24, 2013 03:29 PM (GQ8sn)

61 Why do you hate me?

Posted by: Bigby's Dimpled Baby Hands at January 24, 2013 03:30 PM (3ZtZW)

62 Boots with zippers? With that I cannot abide.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at January 24, 2013 03:30 PM (xz0nG)

63 I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me, and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job.

It's not just a job, it's an adventure!

Actually, I'm amazed this thread is at 60+. You've got something pretty cool here.

Posted by: AmishDude at January 24, 2013 03:30 PM (xSegX)

64 I'm not sure I understand how popping bubble wrap is an indicator of aggressive thoughts.

Anyways, I think a theory that the cuteness makes you feel comparatively stronger and perhaps invokes a protection mode in the subject. I could imagine a scenario in nature where the protector makes "popping" noises around babies and such as a way to ward off any would be predators.

Posted by: Serious Cat at January 24, 2013 03:30 PM (UypUQ)

65 That is an assault shoekitten.

Posted by: George Orwell at January 24, 2013 03:31 PM (6phWK)

66 I don't need to read twenty paragraphs of explanation as to the psychological effects of cuteness so much as you need to write about it so that your shameful predeliction for posting things like kitten pictures and ABBA videos can be repackaged in a dry, analytical thought piece.

Now post some pics of busty Japanese girls squeezing through pet doors, or there will be fuckin murders.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at January 24, 2013 03:31 PM (mOyDx)

67 Insty links to a study that "proves" people know their own smell.

A/K/A "He who smelt it, dealt it."

Posted by: RoyalOil at January 24, 2013 03:32 PM (imtbm)

68 Yet a dog never smells his own.

Posted by: toby928© presents another finely crafted comment at January 24, 2013 03:32 PM (QupBk)

69 Let the felicide begin.

Posted by: Lurking Flaneur at January 24, 2013 03:32 PM (ay6+/)

70 Pet doors with tentacles please.

Posted by: George Orwell at January 24, 2013 03:32 PM (6phWK)

71
Breaking one of my longstanding rules, I went back and actually read the article about cocaine coochie girl.

Apparently, she was only carrying 100 grams (3.5 oz.). Now, if you were going to go to the trouble and risk of smuggling drugs, wouldn't you stuff more than that up your cooch?

Posted by: jwest at January 24, 2013 03:32 PM (ZDsRL)

72 I think the "rage/aggression" is really just a heightened "protective" emotion.

I see a cute baby, I get overprotective/defensive of the baby. This equates to a drive to do violence upon those who would harm the baby. Hence, it reads as aggression. Not towards the subject of the picture, but towards everyone in the world outside the picture.

Posted by: wooga at January 24, 2013 03:33 PM (zqbIA)

73 Nice little Blog you have here , it would be a shame if something happened to it.....

Posted by: Amish Mafia ! at January 24, 2013 03:33 PM (trA4n)

74 So in other words, cute is rage. Pretty is hate. Got it. Paging George Orwell.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 24, 2013 03:33 PM (fLln5)

75 (By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head. I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me, and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job. So now that you've indulged me twice in a row I'll try to find something more political.)


Dude. You indulge us by letting us do horrible, terrible, unspeakable things in your sandbox. I'm thinking we're the ones who owe you.


Not to mention if I didn't have this hive of scum and villany to vent about, idefk, my ravage of raptors, all work and no play . . . .

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at January 24, 2013 03:33 PM (VtjlW)

76 People get angry looking at cute things? That's a new one to me. The picture of the kitten in the boot only exists to be cute. There's no manipulation there. You look at it to look at something cute. It's not like someone would sneak that picture into a book of Holocaust photos or something, in which case it would be utterly out of place. If you google "Kitten in a boot," you're not looking for hard-hitting, gritty commentary. You're looking for an adorable kitten that's small enough to fit in a boot.

If a small child is being cloying, that's not cute. It's playacting, and it's the kind of thing that would have gotten me a swat across the butt from my mom when I was a kid.

And I actually DO think it's cute when pets deliberately try to look mournful if you don't give them a treat. But YMMV.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 03:33 PM (4df7R)

77 Wait - this is your job? Jesus man, no wonder you're filled with rage. Spending $80,000 on undergrad and law school to write about kitten pictures would drive anyone into a state of apoplectic fury.

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (+lsX1)

78 think this happens with pets and children, both of whom use Cuteness to get what they want. When you don't detect their agenda, it's adorable.
But the second you realize a kid -- or a dog -- is just being Cute to get a Treat, suddenly it's not adorable. You feel snookered.


Not exactly. This dad can tell you that when your kids are trying to get you to do something you are willing to do anyway, their transparent attempts at manipulation are themselves cute, and you are happy to have the attempts succeed.

Posted by: Emperor of Icecream at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (ZMzpb)

79 They feed on souls to maintain their cute!

Souls!

Posted by: Mikey NTH - sees the gods of the copybook headings on the horizon at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (hLRSq)

80 But would it hurt ya to put up a Doggeh Pic every once in a while ?


Posted by: American Dawg at January 24, 2013 03:18 PM (trA4n)

I did do a puppeh and a kitteh in one pic a few days ago.

Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (53z96)

81 Not to mention if I didn't have this hive of scum and villany to vent about, idefk, my ravage of raptors, all work and no play . . . .

Multi-state murder spree. Been there, done that.

Posted by: toby928© presents another finely crafted comment at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (QupBk)

82 I'll cite this study at my trial for murdering Steven Spielberg.

That's if I ever happen to bump into him, like down at the record store. I don't have a plan or anything.

...

(Looks at kitty picture.)

...

brb makin a plan

Posted by: oblig. at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (cePv8)

83 I also happened to notice it did not mention some models by name, though it had a related one on the list. Example: the HK MR556 is mentioned but the MR762 is not. So is the MR762 not banned?

For mine, they just included all of them..
hi-point carbine

Regardless of caliber, or configuration. It fires 9mm pistol ammunition and has a 10 round capacity. These fuckers are nuts. I chose that for my home because I feel a longer gun is a little safer for home use than a handgun. I have a novice gun person in the house and I wanted to make sure he would not shoot himself in an emergency because he is not used to handling a handgun. For the same reason many people prefer a shotgun for home defense. These guys are not even providing a reasonable argument. I hate our political masters.

Posted by: gigg at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (41VCE)

84
>>Helena Mattsson's cuteness


She's got a lot of forehead.

Posted by: garrett at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (vSxMb)

85 Now post some pics of busty Japanese girls squeezing through pet doors, or there will be fuckin murders.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at January 24, 2013 03:31 PM (mOyDx)

**Hmmm.... pet doors and murderin!!
Cut. Jib. Letter.

Posted by: dananjcon at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (jvd3N)

86 Ban Tactical Assault Cuteness.

Posted by: johnd01 at January 24, 2013 03:35 PM (ukNFU)

87 Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at January 24, 2013 03:29 PM (8y9MW)

Question though.... if you do not like somthing, is a Baby one of that animal.. "cute"?

ie.... are pictures of Baby Snakes 'cute'? Pictures of Baby Tarantulas???

Lion Cubs? Cute.... I like Lions.... Kitten Pictures.... irritate me... as I don't like Cats...

So.... for somthing to be 'cute'... you need to have some positive or at least Neutral feelings for the parent Object (at least thats my theory).

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 24, 2013 03:35 PM (lZBBB)

88 - Apparently, she was only carrying 100 grams (3.5
oz.). Now, if you were going to go to the trouble and risk of smuggling
drugs, wouldn't you stuff more than that up your cooch?

Posted by: jwest
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I'm sure she had enough room and as I understand it she's adding a Pergola next month.....

Posted by: Amish Mafia ! at January 24, 2013 03:35 PM (trA4n)

89 @72...

Yeah, and I'll bet the sight of seeing a cute kitten lost in a dangerous place, such as a busy subway, would make the average person tense up and feel a little hostile to people around them.

Posted by: Serious Cat at January 24, 2013 03:35 PM (UypUQ)

90 She's got a lot of forehead.

Like a built-in cupholder.

Posted by: toby928© presents another finely crafted comment at January 24, 2013 03:36 PM (QupBk)

91 Everyone knows it's the sharp elbows that will drive the moron horde to murder. Not kittehs.

Posted by: Bosk at January 24, 2013 03:36 PM (n2K+4)

92 Ace, don't apologize. The last two posts are actually very political if you read between the lines, since two of the worst aspects of the current liberal hegemony are:

1. The use of sentimental and mawkish images to manipulate voters. (It's for the children!)

And,

2. The lack of awareness thattexts of legislationcreated by the minds of lawyers (like movie scripts) rarely turn out the way the drafters planned.(Like The Shining, we'll know what's in Obamacare once we start filming the bastard.)

Posted by: The Regular Guy at January 24, 2013 03:36 PM (qHCyt)

93 >>Helena Mattsson's cuteness


She's got a lot of forehead.



Posted by: garrett at January 24, 2013 03:34 PM (vSxMb)

EXACTLY!!

Posted by: dananjcon at January 24, 2013 03:36 PM (jvd3N)

94 That is an assault shoekitten.
Posted by: George Orwell at January 24, 2013 03:31 PM (6phWK)


"Assault shoekitten" needs to be added to the AoSHQ style guide. It is TOO CUTE not to be added. Yes, I said cute, dammit!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 03:36 PM (4df7R)

95 The cocaine coochie chick is totally a man. Or a tranny.

Posted by: Ian S. at January 24, 2013 03:37 PM (B/VB5)

96 This dad can tell you that when your kids are trying to get you to do
something you are willing to do anyway, their transparent attempts at
manipulation are themselves cute, and you are happy to have the attempts
succeed.


The cuteness of transparent manipulation wears off at around the age of 13.

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at January 24, 2013 03:37 PM (+lsX1)

97 Cute women got me married three times.


Okay. I'm also pretty easy.

Posted by: Soona at January 24, 2013 03:37 PM (3PSr2)

98 If babies weren't so cute, we would be extinct.

Posted by: Max Entropy at January 24, 2013 03:37 PM (2koZc)

99 Question though.... if you do not like somthing, is a Baby one of that animal.. "cute"?


Not really. But there are certain things that most people think are cute (for e.g.: kittens and puppies), so if someone is showing those to me while attempting to get me to do something, they're trying to manipulate me with cuteness.

Actually, I call it "emotional blackmail" and anyone with children has seen it more times than they care to count.

You: "Why are you out of bed? Go back to bed!"
Kid: "I just wanted a hug..."
You: ...

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at January 24, 2013 03:38 PM (8y9MW)

100 That must explain why the media calls Obama such a great orator, when he's probably one of the weakest speakers in recent history. He's visually unappealing rarely looking like he enjoys speaking, a very stiff affect and almost zero eye contact. He relies on rhetorical crutches of strawmen and confrontation rather than persuasive devices. He needs teleprompters to keep him disciplined to his message and utterly falls on his face when speaking off the cuff. He handles questions from even friendly reporters in a combative manner. In short, he's just an awful example of how a speaker wants to be perceived by his audience.

Posted by: 2nd Amendment Mother at January 24, 2013 03:39 PM (L4CWX)

101
>>> Kid: "I just wanted a hug..."

: Hugs are for shower time.

Posted by: Jerry Sandusky at January 24, 2013 03:39 PM (9T5IF)

102 Think manipulative politicians were cute kids that honed their craft at a young age? Am surprised the didn't try to say there were puppies and kittens also slaughtered in massive numbers by guns.

Posted by: Deli LLama at January 24, 2013 03:39 PM (lGu1O)

103 Cute pictures don't piss me off. Using pictures of starving children to try to get more in donations or surrounding yourself with children as human shields while you drone on about gun control...that pisses me off.

But not at the children, but the people intentionally doing this.

Posted by: blindside at January 24, 2013 03:40 PM (x7g7t)

104 Aw. We're one big, happy dysfunction family of cuteness, longbows, sharp elbows, and the occasional opinions and movie reviews. I have a warm fuzzy feelin' right here.

No, I'm serious, it's warm and it's fuzzy. I think one of the damn kittehs crawled in here while I wasn't watching...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Meadow Party 2016 at January 24, 2013 03:40 PM (GBXon)

105 Think manipulative politicians were cute kids that honed their craft at a young age?

Senator Edward Haskell, D-OH

Posted by: toby928© presents another finely crafted comment at January 24, 2013 03:41 PM (QupBk)

106 @103: I saw something on Insty a few weeks ago that people no longer react to pictures of starving African children because nothing ever helps. Or raaaaacism. One of those two. Anyway, Sally Struthers hardest hit.

Posted by: Ian S. at January 24, 2013 03:41 PM (B/VB5)

107 Think manipulative politicians were cute kids that honed their craft at a young age? Am surprised the didn't try to say there were puppies and kittens also slaughtered in massive numbers by guns.
Posted by: Deli LLama at January 24, 2013 03:39 PM (lGu1O)


Manipulative politicians were the kids who pouted their lip and cried and screamed to get what they wanted as children, and whose parents never told them to shut up, sit down, and eat their damn broccoli.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 03:41 PM (4df7R)

108 -97
Cute women got me married three times.


Okay. I'm also pretty easy.

Posted by: Soona
--------------------------------------
Lets do the Math
1st divorce your left with half your stuff...
2nd divorce your only left with a 1/4...
3rd your down to an 1/8....

I think you just qualified for O'bamas entitlement programs....

Posted by: American Dawg at January 24, 2013 03:41 PM (trA4n)

109 Cute isall we've got when we've got to be tough enough and rough enough to fight Billy Petrolle. From the hip. Get it?

Posted by: USS Diversity at January 24, 2013 03:42 PM (MPjT8)

110 Well, I know what is really going on here. There was in fact no kitten in the shoe. It is a lie propagated by the Joooish media of which this blog is obviously a part.

Posted by: The More I Say at January 24, 2013 03:42 PM (eEfYn)

111
I don't agree with the premise of the study and feel manipulated.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 24, 2013 03:42 PM (p/cQy)

112 Cute couch.

Posted by: Guy who fucks couches at January 24, 2013 03:42 PM (9T5IF)

113 >>>By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head.
I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me,
and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job. So now that you've
indulged me twice in a row I'll try to find something more political.

I think I speak for me* when I say this. Your eclectic thinking is the draw. I can analyze events just fine without much help. But my approach is so rigorous, predictable and methodical that it misses a lot of potential possibilities for different analysis. A broad more creative approach can bring those possibilities to the surface. In essence commenting here for me is jonesing for creativity in looking at a situation, stealing yours, then applying my rigorous elements of thought to it.

Since it is your creativity that drives all these new possibilities, how on Earth could I suggest that you need to put boundaries on your thought when the boundaries I put on my own thought is what creates the need for additional creative input?** That would be like buying a piece of art to hang on the wall to spruce up the room, then painting over it with the same paint on the walls so it matches.




*Your mileage may very.

**See that rigor? You can almost hunt with it it's so stiff.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at January 24, 2013 03:42 PM (0q2P7)

114 If babies weren't so cute, we would be extinct.

There was some study somewhere that proposed that a lot of kitteh behavior had come about directly by imitating human infant behavior. So yes, the furry little bastards really are manipulating us.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Meadow Party 2016 at January 24, 2013 03:42 PM (GBXon)

115 Posted by: 2nd Amendment Mother at January 24, 2013 03:39 PM (L4CWX)


Or.... as a certainMilitary Manonce told me while looking at aforeign miltary unit Parade.... "All presentation, no substance"...

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 24, 2013 03:43 PM (lZBBB)

116 Not a kitteh fan. I like dogs better....

Posted by: Hello, it's me Donna let it burn really.really bummed at January 24, 2013 03:43 PM (9+ccr)

117 Cute post, Ace! *wink*

Posted by: Y-not at January 24, 2013 03:43 PM (5H6zj)

118 1st divorce your left with half your stuff...
2nd divorce your only left with a 1/4...
3rd your down to an 1/8....


Takeaway: Quit hiring Xeno as your divorce lawyer.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Meadow Party 2016 at January 24, 2013 03:44 PM (GBXon)

119
I saw something on Insty a few weeks ago that people no longer react to pictures of starving African

Baby flies aren't cute without the shoes.

Posted by: garrett at January 24, 2013 03:44 PM (9T5IF)

120 Posted by: The More I Say at January 24, 2013 03:42 PM (eEfYn)


Kittens are Hallal! Its time for a Fatwa!

Posted by: Islmaic Rage Boy at January 24, 2013 03:44 PM (lZBBB)

121 100 That must explain why the media calls Obama such a great orator, when he's probably one of the weakest speakers in recent history. ...In short, he's just an awful example of how a speaker wants to be perceived by his audience.

In future, when he speaks he should hold a shoe and a kitten. This will dramatically improve his oratorical appeal.

Posted by: George Orwell what knows where thou concealest thy ţr0n at January 24, 2013 03:44 PM (Lxw+T)

122 So Empire of Jeff how many rules does this video violate?
http://youtu.be/6Cu-1eF-ssQ

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 24, 2013 03:45 PM (fLln5)

123
You morons are all just so cute and snuggly …itsends me into
a murderous fucking rage!


Posted by: Czar of cuteness and hatred at January 24, 2013 03:45 PM (XLuH2)

124 well, if you have to be bothered by someone cute is better than ugly. if we have to have some angry scold of a hypocrite nagging us to eat healthy while she shovels chittlins and grits into her oversized mouth she could at least look like carla bruni.

Posted by: yankeefifth at January 24, 2013 03:45 PM (Z9EHQ)

125 "Assault shoekitten" needs to be added to the AoSHQ style guide. It is TOO CUTE not to be added. Yes, I said cute, dammit!
Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 03:36 PM (4df7R)



That's it. When I get home tonight from the regingering, I am finding an assault shoekitten with baby lambs.


For the Horde!

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at January 24, 2013 03:45 PM (VtjlW)

126 @103: I saw something on Insty a few weeks ago that people no longer react to pictures of starving African children because nothing ever helps. Or raaaaacism. One of those two. Anyway, Sally Struthers hardest hit.
Posted by: Ian S. at January 24, 2013 03:41 PM (B/VB5)


Here's my thing with the "destitute Third World" trope: the rest of the world figured out how to dig a well and keep it away from the latrine holes and livestock pens centuries, even millenia, ago. If you still don't know how to do this, despite decades of people SHOWING YOU HOW and GIVING YOU THE TOOLS, then you're past help.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 03:45 PM (4df7R)

127 114 If babies weren't so cute, we would be extinct.

I think you meant "boobies."

Posted by: George Orwell what knows where thou concealest thy ţr0n at January 24, 2013 03:45 PM (Lxw+T)

128 Weird news of the day: Ace thinks hobos are cute.

Posted by: JDTAY at January 24, 2013 03:46 PM (a0nis)

129
Take the kitten, throw the shoe.

Posted by: Iraqui Journalist at January 24, 2013 03:46 PM (9T5IF)

130 In future, when he speaks he should hold a shoe and a kitten. This will dramatically improve his oratorical appeal.


Posted by: George Orwell what knows where thou concealest thy ţr0n at January 24, 2013 03:44 PM (Lxw+T)


Shoes are good....

Posted by: Khruschev at January 24, 2013 03:46 PM (lZBBB)

131 people no longer react to pictures of starving African children because nothing ever helps

They're starting to realize we're not helping, we're enabling ongoing dysfunction and corruption which is what produces the starvation.

There's a number of pretty smart African writers who've gotten savvy to this lately too and started advocating for the withdrawal of western aid

Posted by: @PurpAv at January 24, 2013 03:47 PM (GlnE7)

132 Ace you do NOT need to reach for anything political...

seriously quite content to just watch the filibuster and Di Fi Donkey princess shows....

Posted by: sven10077 at January 24, 2013 03:47 PM (LRFds)

133 That's it. When I get home tonight from the regingering, I am finding an assault shoekitten with baby lambs.

*DIES OF CUTE*

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 03:47 PM (4df7R)

134 Obama's America: A chicken in every pot and a kitten in every shoe!

Posted by: JDTAY at January 24, 2013 03:47 PM (a0nis)

135 Shoes are good....
Posted by: Khruschev at January

not so sure about that. banging your shoe on a table says one thing, banging a kitten on the table is something altogether different.

Posted by: yankeefifth at January 24, 2013 03:48 PM (Z9EHQ)

136 114 If babies weren't so cute, we would be extinct.

Apparently given that almost all first world nations are in demographic decline, kids aren't cute enough to actually want them around.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at January 24, 2013 03:48 PM (0q2P7)

137 The last time I saw pics of busty Japanese girls, I think Sasquatch was tossing horseshoes in the background.

Posted by: ontherocks at January 24, 2013 03:48 PM (aZ6ew)

138 131 Purp Av,

I turned on the UN as I aged because I grasped it is simply a confab to screw the free people of Earth....

Mugabe gets NO heat from the UN.

That is all you need to know.

Posted by: sven10077 at January 24, 2013 03:48 PM (LRFds)

139 Let's get going on those big titty pet door pictures. This wait is fucking infuriating.

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at January 24, 2013 03:48 PM (+lsX1)

140 Here's my thing with the "destitute Third World" trope: the rest of the
world figured out how to dig a well and keep it away from the latrine
holes and livestock pens centuries, even millenia, ago. If you still
don't know how to do this, despite decades of people SHOWING YOU HOW and
GIVING YOU THE TOOLS, then you're past help.


Seriously.

Though, much of the problem is one of human nature. If you give someone something, especially over a long period of time, they begin to feel entitled to it.

So those "poor, starving villages" are poor and starving because they expect rich white folks to show up with pallets of food and water.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at January 24, 2013 03:48 PM (8y9MW)

141 98
Mother Nature just manipulates the hell out of us doesn't she?

Posted by: Tuna at January 24, 2013 03:48 PM (M/TDA)

142 Wait, could that be why we are all so peaceful and non-ragey regarding the Obamas? They're obviously not "cute", because if they were we would be all ragey...

Can't believe I just wrote that...

Posted by: Hello, it's me Donna let it burn really.really bummed at January 24, 2013 03:49 PM (9+ccr)

143 So yes, the furry little bastards really are manipulating us.

And if that doesn't work, they resort to violence.

Again, like children. And proggs.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at January 24, 2013 03:49 PM (ZKzrr)

144 not so sure about that. banging your shoe on a table says one thing, banging a kitten on the table is something altogether different.


Posted by: yankeefifth at January 24, 2013 03:48 PM (Z9EHQ)


Yeah... it says... tenderizer....

Posted by: Alf at January 24, 2013 03:49 PM (lZBBB)

145 If babies weren't so cute, we would be extinct.

lots of ugly ones out there, not enough brave people to point it out.

Posted by: yankeefifth at January 24, 2013 03:49 PM (Z9EHQ)

146 Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at January 24, 2013 03:42 PM (0q2P7)

Jeez.....When Ace says that if you suck up he'll give you a free platinum subscription to AOSHQ, he meant...you know... a BJ, not actual, written, sycophantic blather.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 24, 2013 03:49 PM (GsoHv)

147 not so sure about that. banging your shoe on a table says one thing,
banging a kitten on the table is something altogether different.


It says more about you than the kitten.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at January 24, 2013 03:49 PM (xKC/c)

148 Shoes are good....

Posted by: Khruschev at January 24, 2013 03:46 PM (lZBBB)
Manolo Loves The Shoes!

Posted by: Basement Cat at January 24, 2013 03:49 PM (mRPM8)

149 108 -97
Cute women got me married three times.


Okay. I'm also pretty easy.

Posted by: Soona
--------------------------------------
Lets do the Math
1st divorce your left with half your stuff...
2nd divorce your only left with a 1/4...
3rd your down to an 1/8....

I think you just qualified for O'bamas entitlement programs....
Posted by: American Dawg at January 24, 2013 03:41 PM (trA4n)


--------------------


Actually, my marriages were when I was always drinking to the point no coherence of reality. All three of them told me take it all if I wanted......just fucking go.

Posted by: Soona at January 24, 2013 03:50 PM (3PSr2)

150 136 MikeTheMoose,

Quite...well when you have an organized body of people who get control of the national purse strings and make their fans feel they can wait until they are 37 to grow up.

I like babies, I wish I had two or five more children.

My boy is 13, soon I will be alone with wife against the world again.

Posted by: sven10077 at January 24, 2013 03:50 PM (LRFds)

151
Anybody who wouldn't dip this bear in gasoline and laugh while throwing it in the furnace is just crazy and shouldn't be allowed near firearms.

http://tinyurl.com/yembxk

Posted by: spongeworthy at January 24, 2013 03:50 PM (r5w1L)

152 So, if cute = angry, then it must follow that angry = cute. (That's math, that is).

No wonder we like it so much when AtC goes all stompy.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at January 24, 2013 03:51 PM (8y9MW)

153 not so sure about that. banging your shoe on a table says one thing,
banging a kitten on the table is something altogether different.

It says more about you than the kitten.
Posted by: Blanco Basura at January 24, 2013 03:49 PM (xKC/c)

indeed! if you are screaming "we will bury you" while you are doing it I am not sure which is more effective. I would go with the shoe, partly but not only because I do not want to ruin a good suit.

Posted by: yankeefifth at January 24, 2013 03:51 PM (Z9EHQ)

154 @151

Word.

Posted by: JDTAY at January 24, 2013 03:51 PM (a0nis)

155 142 Ms Radish,

It's true the boy used to bomb me with chem weapons if I did not pay him heed, luckily some brave scientist and engineer fabricated a filtration and emanation control device that allowed me enough time to defuse the situation....

eventually he and I made peace and set up an arms destruction program centered in the lavatory that he has pretty ruthlessly adhered to.

Posted by: sven10077 at January 24, 2013 03:52 PM (LRFds)

156 If babies weren't so cute, we would be extinct.


This fails to explain how Henry Waxman made it to adulthood.

Posted by: Cicero, Semiautomatic Assault Commenter at January 24, 2013 03:52 PM (QKKT0)

157 Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at January 24, 2013 03:51 PM (8y9MW)

I actualy used that when my Daughter would throw a tantrum....

'Oh.... isn't that cute...'

Dam it would piss her off.... LOL

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 24, 2013 03:52 PM (lZBBB)

158 well, I'm not sure about this study's results, but I do know that I piss my wife off all the time....

Posted by: wiserbud at January 24, 2013 03:52 PM (gCa4h)

159 Henry Waxman, they stabbed it with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (fLln5)

160 145
All mothers think their babies are cute and besides I've known some really ugly infants hat have grown up to be stunning beauties.

Posted by: Tuna at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (M/TDA)

161
JANUARY 24--A Maine woman who was expecting to engage in a “threesome” with neighbors is facing criminal charges for allegedly brandishing several knives after the tryst failed to occur, police report.

Sabatino, who shares his home with roommate Shawna Chickering, 30, said that Nile “lives two trailers over.”

Ah, I knew there would be clue if I only searched for it.

Posted by: jwest at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (ZDsRL)

162 This fails to explain how Henry Waxman made it to adulthood.


Posted by: Cicero, Semiautomatic Assault Commenter at January 24, 2013 03:52 PM (QKKT0)


Baby Pigs... Cute...

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (lZBBB)

163 Posted by: @PurpAv at January 24, 2013 03:47 PM (GlnE7)

An old friend did a lot of business in Africa for many years. He sat down in his seat on the plane out of one of the hell holes he was working in (after being shaken down at customs), next to an elegant American (Black) woman. As they took off, she muttered to him, "Thank God for slavery."

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (GsoHv)

164 154
@151



Word.


Ave Q did a copy of the snuggle bear is the "Bad Idea Bears" two adorable bears that would tell you terrible ideas. Funny as hell.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (0q2P7)

165 You know what's cute? Secretary of State John Kerry.

Posted by: USS Diversity at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (MPjT8)

166 How does this explain Oliver on the Brady Bunch?

Posted by: garrett at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (9T5IF)

167 156 cicero,

Rats may eat their own, but even they have other options.

Posted by: sven10077 at January 24, 2013 03:53 PM (LRFds)

168 You know what's cute? The politically grandstanding of the Republicans when it comes to their grilling of Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Piers Morgan who is politically grandstanding on the graves of the children of Newtown at January 24, 2013 03:54 PM (F6KtL)

169 Anybody who wouldn't dip this bear in gasoline and laugh while throwing
it in the furnace is just crazy and shouldn't be allowed near firearms.



I'm waiting for the YouTube video where Poppin' Fresh is banging on the window of the oven, smoking and turning black.

Posted by: Cicero, Semiautomatic Assault Commenter at January 24, 2013 03:54 PM (QKKT0)

170 Sabatino, who shares his home with roommate Shawna Chickering, 30, said that Nile “lives two trailers over.”



The story almost writes itself.

Posted by: EC at January 24, 2013 03:54 PM (GQ8sn)

171 >>Baby Pigs... Cute...

You misspelled "tasty"

Posted by: Y-not at January 24, 2013 03:54 PM (5H6zj)

172 140

these cultures are just dysfunctional for a myriad of reasons totally separate from whether they expect the white man's help

Posted by: JDP at January 24, 2013 03:54 PM (60GaT)

173
or Danny Bonaduce for that matter? The creepy ginger girl on Small Wonder?

Cute can backfire pretty handily.

Posted by: garrett at January 24, 2013 03:54 PM (9T5IF)

174 People who get angry at the sight of cute things make me angry.

Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at January 24, 2013 03:55 PM (IlZPo)

175 161 JWest,

Life is full of recurring themes you knew it was either a trailer or a mansion...


no in between.

Posted by: sven10077 at January 24, 2013 03:55 PM (LRFds)

176 Can't be said enough. The Japanese a freaks. Stay away the Japs.

Posted by: dananjcon at January 24, 2013 03:55 PM (jvd3N)

177 Fuckin Nogs...I hate fucking Nogs. They think the're all cute and shit, and they just want to suck the life out of you. They should be hunted to extinction.

Posted by: Czar of cuteness and hatred at January 24, 2013 03:56 PM (XLuH2)

178 174 People who get angry at the sight of cute things make me angry.



Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at January 24, 2013 03:55 PM (IlZPo)


Ahhh... thats cute....

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 24, 2013 03:56 PM (lZBBB)

179 >>>But the second you realize a kid -- or a dog -- is just being Cute to get a Treat, suddenly it's not adorable. You feel snookered.

I don't. Dogs aren't that devious.

Posted by: Waldo Truth at January 24, 2013 03:56 PM (WIZUa)

180 The unfriendly partisan sees it as what it is-- a piece of craft
designed to elicit as specific response, not much different from a
simple con -- and feels hostility towards it.


Nice.



Wait are you manipulating me? I'm feeling insane with anger.

Posted by: eleven at January 24, 2013 03:56 PM (KXm42)

181 New not-cute post up.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at January 24, 2013 03:57 PM (8y9MW)

182 "I detected the machinery of manipulation, and I was offended by it."

This is why I generally don't like films. Friends tell me to just hit the "I Believe" button, but I don't trust Hollywood to not sneak some retarded liberal assumptions. Brain poison.

I can still enjoy films by mocking the liberal soapboxes and enjoying the explosions, but then the friends complain about me breaking their immersion ...

Posted by: ConservativeMonster at January 24, 2013 03:57 PM (FzhYM)

183 (By the way, I just realized how much you guys indulge me by letting me literally write whatever pops into my stupid head.
I tend to forget this a lot, and forget how much you do indulge me,
and forget how lucky I am to be able to do this job. So now that you've
indulged me twice in a row I'll try to find something more political.)

Awwwwwwwwwww........... Isn't that cuuuuuuuute?

Posted by: wyntre at January 24, 2013 03:58 PM (MrQiL)

184 When I get home tonight from the regingering


You colour it?!?!

*runs*

Posted by: EC at January 24, 2013 03:59 PM (GQ8sn)

185 The overt child cuteness exploitation angle offends me in commercials aimed at the wimmens.

And for some reason it pisses women off when I tell them that.

Posted by: eleven at January 24, 2013 03:59 PM (KXm42)

186 Wait I was only just getting started.

Posted by: eleven at January 24, 2013 04:00 PM (KXm42)

187 indeed! if you are screaming "we will bury you"
while you are doing it I am not sure which is more effective. I would
go with the shoe, partly but not only because I do not want to ruin a
good suit.


You could be more discreet and bang the kitten on the bed, enabling you to disrobe and spare the suit.

Or find a woman.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at January 24, 2013 04:01 PM (xKC/c)

188 JANUARY 24--A Maine woman who was expecting to engage in a “threesome” with neighbors is facing criminal charges for allegedly brandishing several knives after the tryst failed to occur, police report.Sabatino, who shares his home with roommate Shawna Chickering, 30, said that Nile “lives two trailers over.”

This happened in Maine, eh? The knives were probably to compensate for her lack of teeth.

(I KEED, Maine 'rons, I keed!)

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 04:04 PM (4df7R)

189 Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 04:04 PM (4df7R)

Shocked it didn't happen in Florida.

Posted by: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain at January 24, 2013 04:07 PM (bj+Nc)

190 @Anna,

Your mistake is in expecting me to recoil from my hypocrisy. I embrace it. Like a lover. I cup my hypocrisy's ass and stick my tongue in its ear. When I'm done, I tell my hypocrisy "You should put some ice on that."

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at January 24, 2013 04:08 PM (mOyDx)

191 At the WaPo, http://tinyurl.com/b22rkkp

on this poll, Hillary's approval rating is 87%.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Wily Wrepublican Wench at January 24, 2013 04:09 PM (kXoT0)

192 This happened in Maine, eh? Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at January 24, 2013 04:04 PM (4df7R)

My boss is from Maine, he could eat briers through fence.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Wily Wrepublican Wench at January 24, 2013 04:10 PM (kXoT0)

193 Posted by: 2nd Amendment Mother at January 24, 2013 03:39 PM (L4CWX)





Or.... as a certainMilitary Manonce told me while looking at
aforeign miltary unit Parade.... "All presentation, no substance"...

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 24, 2013 03:43 PM (lZBBB)







Also known as the Sukhomlinov Effect, or "in war, the army with the fanciest uniforms usually loses."

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 24, 2013 04:13 PM (TIIx5)

194 "Thus, people will celebrate a film for being "moving" -- by which they mean the film successfully manipulated their emotions"

Or, it means the film spoke truth, you cynical retard.

Posted by: John the Libertarian at January 24, 2013 10:15 PM (/rhjC)

195 C'mon, this shit isn't newsworthy.

Posted by: SFC MAC at January 25, 2013 08:07 AM (TLbgU)

196 "My guess would be simpler: People do not like to feel they are being manipulated and super-cute images are designed to be an easy-peasey lay-up of manipulation. See the cute puppy, say "Aaah."

People can of course be manipulated, and will even pay to be manipulated (Hollywood is built on this principle), but when the manipulation becomes obvious, people react negatively."

Your guess would be correct. I'm driven to a near-psychotic rage by most things that idiots consider "cute".

Fortunately for those around me,I am conscious of this fact and the psychological motivations behind it. So I know for a fact that with me, it is the cheap cynical manipulation that offends me. I'm sickened by the promise the "cute" spectacle seems to extend because I am acutely aware of the ugly and harsh nature of physical existence on this planet,and I am psychologically offended by the author of it,because usually it's deliberately framed in such a way for the photogenics by some sick fuck,who evidently is either unaware of the nature of existence themselves or thinks I am.

"But since the animal is just a picture, and since even in real life we might not be able to care for the creature as much as we want, this urge may be frustrated, she said. That frustration could lead to aggression."

Also, this explanation attempts to filter everything through the psychological lens of a fertile female,I'm aware of that fact too,and it makes me want to slap the theorizer for being a narcissistic retard.

Dumb bitch couldn't think of any other explanation that doesn't reference someone's "mothering" instinct. Rather than allow for the possibility that your explanation,which rings true from my own experience,is the truth she will instead insist that men have a latent mothering instinct of their own.

The part that pisses me off the most isn't the anti-scientific approach,or the idiotic conclusion from WonderGirl up there,it's the thought that somehow I'm paying for this study.

Posted by: libzRdumm at January 25, 2013 08:28 AM (LaeVK)

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