Bill O'Reilly:You're not gonna persuade [Islamic extremist terrorists], because, by their very nature, they're nuts. They're crazy.
Sam Harris:They're actually not crazy.
Bill O'Reilly:Anybody who would kill themselves and think they're gonna get seventy-two virgins, um, you know, I gotta say, is insane.
Sam Harris:But it's actually no crazier than believing that a cracker literally turns into the body of Jesus. It has terrible behavioural outcomes, but it is equally unsupported by evidence.
Bill O'Reilly:No, no, no, no, I have to challenge you there. A cracker that people believe is the embodiment of Jesus hurts no one. It's a matter of faith. It's a positive thing for those who believe it, in the sense they try to love their neighbour as themselves. These people are going out killing--
Sam Harris:Right, different behavioural consequences.
Bill O'Reilly:There's a very big difference in that kind of faith.
Sam Harris:There's a very big difference in the outcome. There's no difference at the level of rationality.
The reason so many republicans are fixated on Ronald Reagan is because he was elected after Jimmy Carter’s one term presidency. They want Obama to be a one term president, and a Reaganesque character is the best chance they have at beating Obama’s swag. Anyways, I was absolutely convinced there was no possible way that Obama would be a one term president, but now I am having my doubts. I see how easy it is for the conservative spinsters to turn everyday events into disasters that Obama should have prevented or could have done more (if not overstepping his bounds).
I hope America is able to stay sane enough to reelect Obama in 2012, but honestly right now I’m mentally preparing for that not to happen. Keep your eyes on Fox News along with your ears on Rush Limbaugh. They’re the loudest sirens for the top 1% (richest Americans worried about staying rich) and uneducated idiots who are easily distracted by blind rage.