The other day, I posted a fun piece with the help of The Onion, my favorite site for lightening things up a bit. As a result, alert NQ reader, AF Catfish, provided me with the following article. It is not from The Onion, or even from Mad Magazine, but it could be. No, it’s from Slate, in their SCIENCE division. I swear, I am not making this up. And here is the title of this scientific expose. OK. Ready? Obama in Your Heart: How the president-elect tapped into a powerful—and only recently studied—human emotion called “elevation.” How very appropriate for a Sunday morning, isn’t it?? I know – I made sure I wasn’t drinking any cappuccino then, either.

Yes, Emily Yoffe, the writer, treats us to this informative study about emotions, and how Obama used them to bring in the masses. Now, many of us already knew it was rhetoric over substance, but here she lays it out for us in her Own way:

For researchers of emotions, creating them in the lab can be a problem. Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley, studies the emotions of uplift, and he has tried everything from showing subjects vistas of the Grand Canyon to reading them poetry—with little success. But just this week one of his postdocs came in with a great idea: Hook up the subjects, play Barack Obama’s victory speech, and record as their autonomic nervous systems go into a swoon.

In his forthcoming book, Born To Be Good (which is not a biography of Obama*), Keltner writes that he believes when we experience transcendence, it stimulates our vagus nerve, causing “a feeling of spreading, liquid warmth in the chest and a lump in the throat.” For the 66 million Americans who voted for Obama, that experience was shared on Election Day, producing a collective case of an emotion that has only recently gotten research attention. It’s called “elevation.”

Elevation has always existed but has just moved out of the realm of philosophy and religion and been recognized as a distinct emotional state and a subject for psychological study. Psychology has long focused on what goes wrong, but in the past decade there has been an explosion of interest in “positive psychology”—what makes us feel good and why. University of Virginia moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt, who coined the term elevation, writes, “Powerful moments of elevation sometimes seem to push a mental ‘reset button,’ wiping out feelings of cynicism and replacing them with feelings of hope, love, and optimism, and a sense of moral inspiration.”

* Oh, isn’t she witty?? And way to keep the bias out of this “scientific” piece.

Ah – so Obama has learned how to hit the reset button so that normally thinking human beings will be transported into La-la land. Everyone has now donned their rose colored glasses, and let all the bad reality just slip away. Oh, see how much happier they are than those of us still stuck in the real world!

This is just the beginning, though. Seems this idea has been around for some time:

Haidt quotes first-century Greek philosopher Longinus on great oratory: “The effect of elevated language upon an audience is not persuasion but transport.” Such feeling was once a part of our public discourse. After hearing Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, former slave Frederick Douglass said it was a “sacred effort.” But uplifting rhetoric came to sound anachronistic, except as practiced by the occasional master like Martin Luther King Jr. or Ronald Reagan. And now Obama.

We come to elevation, Haidt writes, through observing others—their strength of character, virtue, or “moral beauty.” Elevation evokes in us “a desire to become a better person, or to lead a better life.” The 58 million McCain voters might say that the virtue and moral beauty displayed by Obama at his rallies was an airy promise of future virtue and moral beauty. And that the soaring feeling his voters had of having made the world a better place consisted of the act of placing their index fingers on a touch screen next to the words Barack Obama. They might be on to something. Haidt’s research shows that elevation is good at provoking a desire to make a difference but not so good at motivating real action. But he says the elevation effect is powerful nonetheless. “It does appear to change people cognitively; it opens hearts and minds to new possibilities. This will be crucial for Obama.”

Wait, say what? First we have “moral beauty,” character and virtue being exhibited by Obama in his speeches (or so it seems to his followers), written by the Bozo on the left:

Then we have an acknowledgment that people who voted for McCain are pretty much right that the extent of this “elevation” is pushing a button, concluding with the benefits to OBAMA of the mind control (well, what the hell else is it when it wipes the slate clean, making normally rational people start believing in a hope-y change-y rainbow unicorn??)? Wow – that is some massive movement, all within one paragraph: character not demonstrated but framed in “words, just words” which many did not buy into but good for Obama those who threw away their analytical, rational selves. Check.

There is so much about Obama in this regard, though:

Keltner believes certain people are “vagal superstars”—in the lab he has measured people who have high vagus nerve activity. “They respond to stress with calmness and resilience, they build networks, break up conflicts, they’re more cooperative, they handle bereavement better.” He says being around these people makes other people feel good. “I would guarantee Barack Obama is off the charts. Just bring him to my lab.”

I’m sorry, sir, but you seem to be caught up in the Rainbow Unicorn of Hope yourself. Obama has actually demonstrated he is NOT calm, but rather testy (examples here, here and here), quick to anger, and a bully. You are buying into the MSM definitions of him, not the REALITY of him. Just like when they termed George Bush’s arrogant smugness as “charm.” Despite the attempts by the MSM to paint Obama as the new Buddha, he has shown in debates and unscripted interactions who he really is. Maybe you shouldn’t be watching MSNBC while you do your “research.” Just a suggestion.

I barely know what to say about this next part, so I will just leave it to you:

It was while looking through the letters of Thomas Jefferson that Haidt first found a description of elevation. Jefferson wrote of the physical sensation that comes from witnessing goodness in others: It is to “dilate [the] breast and elevate [the] sentiments … and privately covenant to copy the fair example.” Haidt took this description as a mandate. Since it’s tricky to study the vagus nerve, he and a psychology student conceived of a way to look at it indirectly. The vagus nerve works with oxytocin, the hormone of connection. Since oxytocin is released during breast-feeding, he and the student brought in 42 lactating women and had them watch either an inspiring clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show about a gang member saved from a life of violence by a teacher or an amusing bit from a Jerry Seinfeld routine.

About half the Oprah-watching mothers either leaked milk into nursing pads or nursed their babies following the viewing; none of the Seinfeld watchers felt enough breast dilation to wet a pad, and fewer than 15 percent of them nursed. You could say elevation is Oprah’s opiate of the masses, so it’s fitting that she early on gave Obama her imprimatur. And that for his victory speech was up front in Grant Park, elevation’s moist embodiment, feeling so at one with humankind that she used a stranger as a handkerchief.

Thank heavens Haidt is such a dedicated scientist. Ahem. How else would we know why Oprah was so moved to use someone she didn’t know as her handkerchief?

Are we PAYING for this research, by the way? You know, with our tax dollars?? Just wondering.

Back to the research:

The researchers say elevation is part of a family of self-transcending emotions. Some others are awe, that sense of the vastness of the universe and smallness of self that is often invoked by nature; another is admiration, that goose-bump-making thrill that comes from seeing exceptional skill in action. Keltner says we most powerfully experience these in groups—no wonder people spontaneously ran into the street on election night, hugging strangers. “We had to evolve these emotions to devote ourselves into social collectives,” he says.

When you start thinking about mass movements, all those upturned, glowing faces of true believers—be they the followers of Jim Jones or Adolf Hitler—you don’t always get a warm feeling about mankind. Instead, knowing where some of these “social collectives” end up, the sensation is a cold chill. Haidt acknowledges that in “calling the group to greatness,” elevation can be used for murderous ends. He says: “Anything that takes us out of ourselves and makes us feel we are listening to something larger is part of morality. It’s about pressing the buttons that turn off ‘I’ and turn on ‘we.’ “

Thank heavens someone finally said it. I mean, besides those of us in the reality-based world. It is important for a scientist to be able to step outside him/herself. And with Obama, what we have is massive turning back the clock on women’s rights, race relations, transparency of our “elected” officials (a PEBO who doesn’t have to submit ANY paperwork for the greatest job in the world, but demands that and much, much more from his subordinates. I’d sure like to see this Haidt guy do some research on that. Or anyone in the freakin’ MSM.).

Your patience with this article is about to be rewarded:

Even at its most benign, elevation can seem ridiculous to outsiders. Think of how Obama’s opponents love to mock his effect on people. During the campaign, if your chest was contracting while all about you chests were dilating, you may be a Republican. If you were unmoved by Obama, watching your fellow citizen get all tingly, even fall into a faint (too much vagus stimulation, and you’re going down), was maddening. “Other people’s reverence seems unctuous and sanctimonious,” says Keltner.

Obama himself seemed aware of the dangers that too much elevation might pop his candidacy like a helium balloon hitting a power line. Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer described Obama’s canny strategy to make his rhetoric more pedestrian for the final months of the campaign.

Or, one might still have one’s WITS about one, thus not being taken in by this charlatan, this snake oil salesman. But of course, anyone who was not moved to tears or into a faint by this lying, conniving, arrogant, bullying, race-baiting, misogynistic, homophobic unqualified first term senator was just because someone was a “Republican.” Newsflash: those of us who actually prefer qualified, intelligent, candidates who compose their own policy positions rather than steal them from others, and come up with their own words to use, not plagiarizing others, may simply be mature. I’m just sayin’. Despite the MSM’s characterizations of Hillary Clinton’s speeches, I attended two of them, and I am here to tell you she is moving, compelling, funny as hell, and brilliant. But not once did I feel faint. Nor did I ever feel faint when Obama was speaking, even as I watched his 2004 speech which seemed sufficient experience for those “elevated” people who swooned over his “borrowed” words. But that’s just me. And millions others. Whatever.

Oh, but you knew it wasn’t going to stop there. There had to be a way for the author to turn this back to Obama worship:

While there is very little lab work on the elevating emotions, there is quite a bit on its counterpart, disgust. University of Pennsylvania psychologist Paul Rozin has been a leading theorist in the uses of disgust. He says it started as a survival strategy: Early humans needed to figure out when food was spoiled by contact with bacteria or parasites. From there disgust expanded to the social realm—people became repelled by the idea of contact with the defiled or by behaviors that seemed to belong to lower people. “Disgust is probably the most powerful emotion that separates your group from other groups,” says Keltner.

Haidt says disgust is the bottom floor of a vertical continuum of emotion; hit the up button, and you arrive at elevation. This could be why so many Obama supporters complained of being sickened and nauseated by the Republican campaign. Seeing a McCain ad or Palin video clip actually felt like being plunged from their Obama-lofted heights.

Disgust carries with it the notion of contamination, which helps to explain the Republicans’ obsession with Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Jeremiah Wright and their frustration that more voters didn’t have a visceral reaction that Obama had unforgivably sullied himself by association with these men. But this time, elevation won. And expect that on Inauguration Day, even if the weather’s frigid, millions will be warmed by that liquid feeling in their chests. (Emily Yoffe is the author of What the Dog Did: Tales From a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner. You can send your Human Guinea Pig suggestions or comments to

Oh, yes – it was the REPUBLICANS’ problem that they, and all others not in the tank for Obama, were concerned about a CONFIRMED DOMESTIC TERRORIST, a convicted felon, and a racist in whose church Obama sat for over TWENTY years. And of course, it had nothing to do with the MSM downplaying those connections, even dismissing them )like Obama’s speechwriter groping a cut-out of the incoming Secretary of State of the United States), because those inconvenient people/facts did not fit their preconceived narrative of who Obama is. It wasn’t so much Republicans who wanted to highlight the nefarious associations of the PEBO, but AMERICANS who care about the sanctity of the Constitution, who care about with whom the PEBO chooses to associate himself. Unrepentant domestic terrorists, convicted felons (don’t forget Kwame Kilpatrick!), and anti-American racist ministers are not the kinds of people with whom a potential president should surround himself. In my humble opinion, of course.

In conclusion, what this “research” highlights is that Obama followers really did drink the Kool Aide. Vindication for those of us who did not, and managed to keep ourselves in emotional balance. Now we can say, “Told you so!” But, they’ll probably be too busy polishing their rose-colored glasses and looking for the rainbow unicorn to notice…

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  • Sonic Ninja Kitty

    I think Emily Yoffe was high when she wrote this. And I’m not talking that dorky ‘elevation’ theory, either.

  • AF catfish

    Glad you blogged about this RRRA! Well I for one am willing to believe people actually experience this elevation thing, because we’ve noticed all year that people around us were acting pretty darn wacky about Obama.

    I also like the section about anything opposing your object of elevation evokes disgust – hence the Obot reaction to Hillary, then McCain and Palin. Remember the press telling us what a disgusting negative campaign McCain was running? Excuse me? He wasn’t even willing to mention Jeremiah Wright. He ran spoofy celebrity ads. Then the night McCain concedes, Obots finally have praise for him.

    What strange times we live in. I wish we could figure out what makes people like US immune to this crap. Because it wasn’t just the stupid people I know who were pulled into Obot trances, some very well-educated, older, informed people were.

    • Tess

      Re Obama praising McCain at the end of the campaigns: my view of that was WHILE the O praised McCain, he gave him the finger.
      We’re talkin’ O keepin’ classy here.

    • Ferd Berfle

      What strange times we live in. I wish we could figure out what makes people like US immune to this crap. Because it wasn’t just the stupid people I know who were pulled into Obot trances, some very well-educated, older, informed people were.

      That One campaign was a con game. It happens all the time. This one was different only in scale. He fooled a lot of people, including many of my relatives. The only ones who weren’t fooled were the ones who are immune to conmen. If something is too good to be true, then it is false.

  • Tess

    Re Elevation: Y’all will want to know the very same Dacher (Dasher?) Keltner is in today’s Sunday NYT mag: Are you ready, guys?: TEASING KIDS IS GOOD FOR THEM.
    Now he tells us.
    Maybe it’s about the O’s hottie speechwriter? No, can’t be. Everyone (including my kids) knows O writes all of his own sppeeches.
    It reminds me of an online comment to the NYT article saying the O wanted to deliver a major speech in an Islamic capital – a guy wrote in and said “this sounds like a bad movie”.
    Doesn’t it all?
    I couldn’t go on without y’all. Thanks.

  • Magic Puzzle Box

    I love your straight talk in this time of madness, Reverend Amy. Can it really get any worse than this? I supposed I should be ready for anything by the time inauguration day rolls around. So that photo was of Obama’s speechwriter? I’d better check the earlier post on that….

  • Linda C.

    We all know the guy is an actor. Ronald Reagan delivered his speeches, and I was never impressed by them either. For the life of me I cannot figure out what we actually got from this great president.

    I believe there is an aspect of willful deniability. People want to feel good so they turn off their critical thinking skills. Critical thinking does not make one “feel good”.

    Unfortunately many are desperate in this country. They actually believed that Obama was telling the “truth” and are now mystified, but excuse it as “his team of rivals”. There was no rivals. There never was, just like Iraq, FISA, NAFTA, DOMA, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. All of his positions were smoke.

  • okasha skatsi

    This isn’t anything new. It’s your standard conversion experience, and we’ve known what it is since Paul fell down on the road to Damascus.

  • goldengrahme

    Testing…one, two…
    Ok, let’s try again with an abreviated comment…

    A lot of tax payer money is being spent on these
    bogus, pseudo-science projects. The American
    Pyschology Association has been skulking around
    Gitmo, playing with the heads of detainees. The
    more professional among psychologists are in a pitched battle with their leadership for the soul of their field of study and to regain a lost reputation. Good luck!

    As far at the “elevation” theory goes, it’s brainwashing 101, IMO. Seems you might get the same
    sort of high after an orgasm with the right person.

    Mr. Obama’s persuasive, mystical aura is an invention of clever handlers. The whole thrust of
    black ops psychology is human control. All technology and human sciences foster that
    agenda. Control the masses, control the wealth.

    That educated, articulate individuals have fallen
    under the spell is case in point. Enough said.

    • Sorry, folks – I just got back and saw that y’all are having trouble leaving comments. I have alerted the Administrator in case something is going on with the site.

      And thanks for all of the great comments! I was so glad I wasn’t eating or drinking anything when I first read this article. Holy COW. Even the researcher (Haidt) seemed majorly in the tank. Like his research was proving that the Obamabots HAD been drinking the Kool Aide, but then he had to find a way to turn it around and somehow make it negative abt Republicans.

      And yeah – we aren’t all Republicans (MANY of us are not), just people who are capable of not getting sucked in by a charlatan…

  • goldengrahme

    I think you can get the same “elevation” with the
    right partner during orgasm. These psychologists
    should be encouraged to practice their lame techniques on the hairy apes before turning them loose on humanity. On the other hand, that would not be fair to monkeys. Are you aware that a lot of our tax money goes into supporting bogus, pseudo-science?

    Are you aware that all of these experiments are
    basically designed to control human behavior for less than humanitarian purposes? The APA is deeply involved at Gitmo, defending its illegal intrusion
    there with high-minded jibberish. Many professionals are locked in a battle against leadership to save what is left of their reputations.

    This paean to Obama’s mystic aura is case in point.
    That the educated, articulate are falling for it en masse is proof positive. Enough said.

    It’s actually brainwashing 101.


      It’s called SEDUCTION.

      Now all we have to do is convince the MALE STREET MEDIA (MSM) that what 0bama is doing has to do with SEX — THEN we might see some “investigative” journalism.

  • yttik

    So this is why people gather on the tops of buildings waiting for the aliens to suck them up?

      Oratory—or hypnotic induction?
      October 25th, 2008

      Is Barack Obama a brilliant orator, captivating millions through his eloquence? Or is he deliberately using the techniques of neurolinguistic programming (NLP), a covert form of hypnosis developed by Milton Erickson, M.D.?

      A fundamental tool of “conversational hypnosis” is pacing and leading—a way for the hypnotist to bypass the listener’s critical faculty by associating repeated statements that are unquestionably accurate with the message he wants to convey.
      In his Denver acceptance speech, Obama used the phrases “that’s why I stand here tonight,” “now is the time,” and “this moment” 14 times. Paces are connected to the lead by words such as “and,” “as,” “because,” or “that is why.” For example, “we need change” (who could disagree?)…and…that is why I will be your next President.”

      Techniques of trance induction include extra slow speech, rhythm, tonalities, vagueness, visual imagery, metaphor, and raising of emotion. Hypnotists often have patients count. In a speech after the primaries closed, Obama said: “Sixteen months have passed (paused)…Thousands (pause) of miles…(pause)…Millions of voices….”

      My concern is what are the warning signs for those of us who are not lactating or for men. Is there an anti-serum.

      • TexasMirth

        Techniques of trance induction include extra slow speech, rhythm, tonalities, vagueness, visual imagery, metaphor, and raising of emotion. Hypnotists often have patients count. In a speech after the primaries closed, Obama said: “Sixteen months have passed (paused)…Thousands (pause) of miles…(pause)…Millions of voices….”

        I must be immune to trance induction techniques. Obama’s slow speech and vagueness accompanied by the numerous “uhs” annoyed me to no end. He lost my attention before he ever got to counting.

      • AF catfish

        All politicians probably use these NLP techniques, some probably picked them up unkowingly.

        However, the actual words of Obama’s speeches really cross a line that the speeches of other politicians do not. He makes himself the object of the hope.

        What makes us immune to his crap speeches when all around us people are swooning? It’s like everybody dropped acid only my tab was bunk.

      • yttik

        I’m not sure what the-anti serum is.

        LOL, perhaps some of us just have attention deficit disorder so badly, we can’t concentrate long enough to be brainwashed? That’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking to it.

        • TexasMirth

          perhaps some of us just have attention deficit disorder so badly, we can’t concentrate long enough to be brainwashed?

          Well, that explains it. I’m now thankful for my ADD.

  • bemused

    First, the experiment attempts to find an objective measure of emotional response by infering elevated oxytocin levels in a subject group that already, on average, has high levels, lactating women. The measurement technique was to record elevated milk flow in two ways and correlate that with an external presentation. However, the way this report describes the process leaves me skeptical. For instance, I trust blood levels more than secondary effects such as milk leakage.
    Oxytocin was picked because a flood of oxytocin appears to occur in both fathers and mothers when they first regard their newborns, and thus it is hypothesized that oxytocin mediates bonding somehow. Ir causes the “let-down” reflex (makes the milk flow), among other things. There is a mental leap, that bonding to infants, or having infants, is the same as being moved by a political speech. Again, it may be the shortcomings of the rehashed report, but I think this is weak.
    Third, the write-up is disorganized, so the general rationale for the experiment is lost in a pink fog.
    Finally, I don’t see the controls discussed or the confounding variables. All in all, as so many research articles conclude, “more work needs to be done on the subject of elevation.”

    September 24, 2008
    Support Bill Ayers – 4291 Current Endorsements –

    4291 Professors and academics support ‘Weather Underground’ member Bill Ayers and Not a single one of these very same people, ever signed a petition against the misogyny/sexism that went on during the Primary against Senator Hillary Clinton or in the General Election against Governor Sarah Palin. It is no wonder that the misogynist/sexism unleashed during this election cycle is growing and not waning in the least.

    What does that say about America when professors and academics stand up to support a former terrorist but can’t do the same for WOMEN candidates or The LGBT Community.


    I posted this over at

    in response to why none of these so called ‘smart’ people those that see themselves as ‘elite’ didn’t speak up. We shucks, it turns out they are are in a trance. Did the research say how long ‘elevation’ lasts? Any long lasting side affects?

    • Kal

      Wow. I was really shocked to see that Larry Tribe signed it too, given that he actually presents himself as being in favor of all civil rights….


      And scary. How to buy yourself out of trouble or the WH — its the American way.

  • Tess

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, Elevation indeed. I don’t suppose it makes a difference that he does NOT look like Al Sharpton?
    That list of names reads like a new list of Santa’s reindeer: “On Dacher, on Keltner, on Heidt and Longinus…”

    • oowawa

      On Dacher, on Keltner, on Heidt and Longinus…”

      I love it when posters are festive at this time of year!

  • socalannie

    Rev Amy, thanks for the laughs! You’re right, this article would make an hilarious Mad Mag satire! With all the insane obamania gobbledygook I’ve read over the past year, I would have to give this piece the blue ribbon. This woman really takes the kook, I mean cake.

  • Lizzy

    They should do a detailed comparison of Obama’s “elevating” and the work of cults: Jim Jones, David Koratch or Hitler. I cannot listen to O. His speeches are such manipulative lies; I don’t understand why people don’t see through it.

    • AF catfish

      Me too – I am way down in the “disgust” area during his speeches. And then being surrounded by his swooning Obots makes my chest contract, just as the article says. Only I’m not a Republican.

  • Well DAMN it — my first comment went off into never never land.


    Rev. Amy you have tied several seemingly unrelated subjects together and shown that they do in fact have a deep relationship.

    What is it with modern “scientists” — they seem unable to do the basic search of Journals. These techniques are very old. The traveling preachers shows (Neil Diamond’s song) used many of these techniques — but they didn’t have teleprompters, not a misogynistic speech writer to come up with the lofty words.

    I think these bozos were asking why EVERYONE hasn’t fallen under the spell. Well perhaps because millions of us do not appreciate being insulted and denigrated by the ONE. It makes it easy to see past the words and see the REAL person. Read his words — they are really nothing special — he uses tricks and techniques in his delivery.

    Marjo Gortner (self proclaimed false faith healer) has gone around to colleges and universities putting on seminars to demonstrate exactly how this mind bending works.

    Cults have been studied — as have the cult leaders. And I’ve not heard of a single cult that did not turn out badly. Too often the cult leader starts to believe his own rhetoric — that he is a god.

    Millions of people are realists — they can see behind the words and they see the con man. But according to at least one bozo in one of the quote above all of these people are “Republicans”. No a hell of us are former Dems, and Independents who know a con man when we see one in action. I have more faith in the realists the practical folk who voted against Obama.

    • AngryWhitePerson

      Yep. Most people want solutions not “potential.” In addition to Obama’s delivery, he routinely commits to ambigious language. Notice how he starts a conversation with “As I have repeatedly said…” or some such nonsense. Gets the listener to think he has always held that view, even when he contradicts himself an hour later.

      I just can not believe the Slate writer is attributing all the Obots to “elevation” and that someone actually published this shit, as ‘science” no less. What is elevation? More like LARGE GROUP AWARENESS TRAINING.

      The writer, like many Obots who will be crying in their soupcans this winter, indeed will have a bad break with reality if it hasn’t happened already.

      • My longer post won’t go through.

        What 0bama is using is called


        Very primitive brain stuff.

        And yes he is using Group Awareness feel good stuff. He is mind f***ing people’s brains.

        People who aren’t falling for 0bama are resisting the mind f***ing.

        I wrote a more technical piece — but spammy won’t let it through. The non technical stuff is simply mind f**king.

    • oowawa

      Well DAMN it — my first comment went off into never never land.

      Yep, for some reason, the spam filter is really looking at this topic closely. I lost three posts, then finally got a greatly abridged version to post. Now I’m hoping that all of my previous posts aren’t kicked back in to redundantly clog up the thread.

  • This subject was discussed with extensive excerpts on December 5 my SCANNER!!

    The Scanner–Politics 12/5/08 (Obama…Vagus Nerve “Elevation” Superstar?; Obama-Clinton Contemplate a Jump (see awesome video!); Hands Like Butter; “Conscience”; Politically-Motivated Abortion “Science” Blasted by Johns Hopkins Researchers

  • The Robot

    The “glowing faces”–these people have indeed experienced a religious ecstasy from their hopey-changey messiah.

    And yes, we saw Obama make the move toward more “pedestrian” speech.

    Part of the next phase is of course, continued control of the message. I understand that at Obama’s presser today, that the internet site “Politico” was represented, along with other giggling and swooning Generation Y “journalists.”

    The big media is dead — the Obama media will now fill the void. As with Bush, there are punitive measures for those disinclined to act favorably to the One — only now the leftists have control; and they are much, much smarter.

  • oowawa

    I wonder if Chris Matthews “elevation” experience, which gave him a thrilling leg tingle while listening to O’s lofty oratory, also caused him to lactate? I would hope the scientists investigate this further.

  • Thank you!!

    You have pulled several seemingly unrelated topics and have shown that there is indeed a deep connection.

    This elevation crap is OLD — it has been studied — it seems that this new crop of “scientists” aren’t into doing literature research (library work) of old Science or History Journals.

    The “traveling preacher shows”, Neil Diamond’s song comes to mind. The Evangelical and other religious groups/cults have their stars (and they train the up and coming ministers the tricks of the trade). Marjo Gortner (self proclaimed false faith healer) — google this name — he has exposed the cons. He was trained to be a traveling preacher from infancy.

    People have been flim-flamed by a con artist — who used words written by a misogynist con artist. This illusion they’ve created was deliberate — and the illusion hides the real man.

    I’m immune to this because I’ve heard every technique used to convince people to give their last penny to the traveling preacher. I’ve also studied these techniques so I can see beyond the words and see the mechanics.

    So Republicans (and Independents & DEMS) who don’t fall for this crap are the bad guys — filled with disgust? No we are realists — we see the real world and we KNOW when someone is trying to play mind games with us.

    In the end no good will come from the use of deceit and manipulation — all of these cults come to a bad end.

    OH — we also know that Obama is a Narcissist — and that when we look past his words — his list of associates would keep most Americans on the “do not fly list”.

    And another thing — when con man Obama started out calling a whole segment of the population NAMES — and was (and is) a sexist pig — it makes it very easy to see past his fancy words. Obama was projecting disgust at women and people who live in small towns (there is a long list of people under the bus). Smooth talk and rhetorical tricks don’t work after being insulted by the smooth talking con man.

    What a line of BS — was tax payer money involved in any of this “research”?

    Rev. Amy — you have hit another one out of the ball park!

  • oowawa

    The spam filter does not like this comment for some reason and keeps kicking it out, but I’ll try one more time:

    Okay, so it was been scientifically demonstrated that the vagus nerve is connected to the “elevation” emotion, and “the vagus nerve works with oxytocin, the hormone of connection.” And “since oxytocin is released during breast-feeding,” lactating women are good source subjects for studying the phenomenon.

    What I wonder is this: since Chris Matthew’s leg tingle while listening to O’s oratory was obviously also a manifestation of “elevation,” did he also notice a wetness on his chest coinciding with his leg tingle? This should be scientifically investigated.

    • oowawa

      Okay, I see my spam-filtered comments are being restored–so sorry for the repeat stuff. If you are curious about why the filter might be kicking out comments (as I am), you might look at these first 2 comments, cuz both were cut by the filter (I assume). I can’t figure it out.

  • oowawa

    The vagus nerve works with oxytocin, the hormone of connection. Since oxytocin is released during breast-feeding, he and the student brought in 42 lactating women and had them watch either an inspiring clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show about a gang member saved from a life of violence by a teacher or an amusing bit from a Jerry Seinfeld routine.

    Lactation was increased by the Oprah clip but not by watching Seinfeld. What I wonder is this: since Tweety’s leg tingle while experiencing O’s oratory was obviously also a manifestation of “elevation,” did he also notice a wetness on his shirt in the breast area coinciding with his leg tingle? This should be scientifically investigated.

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    • I have been present for a Hillary Clinton speech and she was very inspirational to me as well.

      I did a paper on her Women’s rights are Human rights speech and it is amazing. you can read it on, I am not sure if you can hear it or not. Maybe we should play that speech on every television in America 365 days a year until people realize that women have been getting the shaft thoughout history, while AAs get a free pass and get out of jail free card. We all know that racism ended on 11/4/08 at 9:30 PM (CST) and if we play Hillary’s speech maybe we can finally end sexism one day.

      • It IS a great speech – it’s on, and is also in the top 100 speeches of the 20th century. I think Clinton is very inspirational, but in a concrete action sort of way. So, yeah, no one is fainting or screaming, or crying their eyes out just hoping to cast their eyes upon her. Speaking for me only, I was inspired by her because I know she has worked HARD to get where she is, and has worked HARD for people all along the way in her life. I KNOW she will do what she says she is going to do because she has a TRACK record proving it. And dammit, I just like her! 🙂

        • Kal

          And the other inspirational thing about that speech is that everything in it is true, but it took until 1995 to get it spelled out in such a clear and compelling way by such a highly-placed woman at such an important event. It was a world-historic speech.

  • wodiej

    I can’t imagine why anyone would be mesmerized by a person without looking at the whole picture. But people followed Jim Jones and drank that kool aid. People were mesmerized by Adolph Hitler. Scary shit….I think there are alot of unhappy, desperate people searching futily for some sense of purpose. They also have no sense of right and wrong so they are not dealing w the Bush presidency w intellect or logic.

    • Dawnelle

      this is exactly why I hear myself grumbling all the time!!

      Brainless &/or BrainLOCKED twits that can’t get OVER the barriers they’ve created for themselves so they are always right and anyone who doesn’t agree is always wrong (in their not so humble yet quite delusional minds)

      and here those of us sit – those of us who are lucky enough to have the time or the brainpower to disseminate enough information all around us to see there ARE true borders even though it’s not all BLACK and WHITE.

      Some things DO MATTER and will CHANGE LIVES.

      Other things don’t. And only matter to those involved (and the busy body next door or on line who has no life but to make idle judgments of someone ELSE’S existence) pitiful really. lol

  • Touchet

    LMAO. These people are insane. Is it “elevation” or just plain crazy. Obama is the crazy people representative. Death to America by TV. Thats the books they will be reading 100 years from now.

    • Kal

      Lead pipes for Rome, tv for the US — very funny.