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Last week, Stephen Colbert revisited a segment he had done on Florida Representative Bill Posey, who sponsored a bill that "would require future presidential candidates to provide a copy of their original birth certificate," in order to put insane rumors of President Barack Obama's birthplace to bed.
Colbert thought a similar measure should be taken to end the whisperings that Posey was a human-alligator hybrid. Posey, in response to Colbert, said, "I expected there would be some civil debate about it, but it wasn't civil...There is no reason to say that I'm the illegitimate grandson of an alligator." And one wondered, "Does Posey not realize that Colbert is not speaking in earnest? His reaction seems uniquely stupid!"
Stupid, yes. But apparently it's not unique at all, according to a study from The Ohio State University, which proves, with math and stuff, that lots of conservatives seem to not understand the intrinsic, underlying joke of The Colbert Report:
Using data from an experiment (N = 332), we found that individual-level political ideology significantly predicted perceptions of Colbert's political ideology. Additionally, there was no significant difference between the groups in thinking Colbert was funny, but conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements.
While it is not true that all conservatives are stupid... it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
Perhaps they just studied the stupid ones
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and prove to be mentally ill...
Originally posted by Grimstad
reply to post by MysterE
While I agree with your intent, I’m not sure there is one thread here that doesn’t get injected with peoples political ideologies. Look at the avatars. People quite proudly wear their politics on their sleeves. And those are usually quite strong views against Obama, implying he is a fascist, a communist or a nazi. And while I can agree that calling someone stupid can be a little extreme, all I can say is, stupid is as stupid does.
Originally posted by MysterE
and prove to be mentally ill...
Is this a colbert style joke, or are you seriously saying that our ELECTED officials are mentally ill. Don't forget it is the people who put these "mentally ill" politicians in office.
Posey moved to Florida in 1956, as his father took a job in engineering with NASA. In 1969, he graduated from Brevard Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. He obtained his own work at NASA, but was laid off at the end of the Apollo Space Program. From 1974-1976, Bill Posey worked on the Rockledge Planning Commission. In 1976, he was elected as a member of the City Council, and from 1986 to 1992, he was a member of the Brevard County Business and Industrial Development Commission.
Professionally, Posey founded his own real estate company in the 1970s, and he eventually grew it into a major[clarification needed] realty corporation. He later became director of the state Association of Realtors. While serving in local politics, he also became a researcher on government accountability and transparency. Posey authored Activity Based Total Accountability, which outlines his suggestions for improving American politics.
"I expected there would be some civil debate about it, but it wasn't civil...There is no reason to say that I'm the illegitimate grandson of an alligator."
a lot of conservatives are going to pissed when they realize that Stephen Colbert's performance at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner was not, in fact, an awkward and ineffective attempt to praise President George W. Bush, but actually a bitter and satiric criticism of his incompetence!
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
I'm very conservative and the Colbert Report is my most favorite show on earth!!!!
I love it and I always laugh