by baldilocksbaldilocks

Earlier today, I opined that chaotic thinking is one of the wiles of the Enemy, meaning the Devil.

Chaotic thinking is mostly jumbled thinking, and I suffer from it. There are so many thoughts whirling around in this head that it’s difficult to put them in some semblance of order, as I’ve whined about many times. But I think also that chaotic thinking can disguise itself as ordered: the inability to think the unthinkable. We all do this, too. We wall “crazy” ideas and approaching bad stuff out of our consciousness, and, because of that mental block, we refuse to prepare ourselves for the bad stuff. Many who do this habitually, lose their sanity when the bad stuff can no longer be ignored. Some commit suicide, as we saw in the wake of the 2008 Financial Crisis.

This type of thinking has a name: normalcy bias. It is

 …a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare and, on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations.

The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred, it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

As I watch what’s going on far outside of my door, horrible things are becoming more and more thinkable.

From a friend whose normalcy bias is also falling away:

You start to see the evidence, but ignore it…sort of. You think of arguments for the ‘defense’ of why it’s not necessarily true. But..something nags at you…

“No! That cannot be true!” That spot is not cancer; that money has to be there; the preacher did not lie; that man is not cheating; that child is not addicted…. A time comes when the evidence cannot be ignored. That’s a hard truth. It makes you hurt in your soul.

I think that is where we are in the US right now. The whole world actually.

Our Enemy—the author of world chaos–wants us biased by normalcy and, therefore, disarmed against him, his servants, and his unwitting dupes. He wants us un-shielded–spiritually, emotionally, and, yes, physically. So, armed with that knowledge, what are you going to do about it?

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.shields-firstcontact

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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From Vanity Fair:

She [Megyn Kelly] points out that Jeb’s in fifth place in the polls, and she wants to know, “What would it take to make you get out [of the race]?” Bush, looking as if he were wearing a scratchy, too tight suit, replies that he’s going nowhere.

I’m sorry but a man who wants to be commander in chief should be able to make a reply to that question that doesn’t sound like the setup for a Saturday Night Live one liner.

Raj: Incredible, you managed to screw up the screw up

The Big Bang theory The Tangerine Factor 2008

Yesterday I, along with Ted Cruz, hit the Bundy Brood in Oregon, although in fairness Senator Cruz was more diplomatic than I saying:

“Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds,” Cruz told reporters at campaign event in Iowa, according to NBC News.

“But we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence on others,” he said. “And so it is our hope that the protesters there will stand down peaceably, that there will not be a violent confrontation.”

While I am still seeing them as Al Bundy’s dumb relatives.

But while some in the media might find this amazing my shock is reserved for the White House who given a golden opportunity by these idiots is punting:

“Ultimately this is a local law enforcement matter and the FBI is monitoring the situation and offering support to local law enforcement officials,” Earnest said.

Yeah because armed men grabbing Federal Buildings (even one in the boonies) has noting to do with the government.

Actually, it’s not a local law enforcement issue, although I’d bet the FBI and White House wish it was. The larger reservation on which the federal facility sits is the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, created by a Teddy Roosevelt executive order in 1908. If the Bundy group is breaking the law on federal property, the jurisdiction properly belongs to federal law enforcement, not local police. Or has the Obama administration ceded the facility to the state of Oregon?

I guess I misjudged this White House, it isn’t a question of them being willing to fight enemies at home while cowering in fear at them abroad. Apparently they are willing to punt responsibility whenever facing an armed foe. Even when they can take responsibility without a lot of risk.

My God these people are cowardly,  no wonder our enemies walk all over us.

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