Hahahahahahaa....ok, I actually laughed much longer than the typed laugh takes to read when I saw the Drudge item called STUDY CLAIMS: Confident, resilient, self-reliant kids grow up to be liberals; Whiny children: conservatives.... My first reaction is great, as long as they grow up conservative I don't care what they are like as kids! Then I read the story...oh big surprise that this "study" (apparently things like statistics and environment aren't considered so the word "study is even to generous) was done by Berkeley profs and according to the article 95% of the 100-ish kids tracked grew up in Berkeley. I love how they describe those who became conservative as "rigid"! Of course personality traits of the non-conservatives sound nice!
Quoting the article: The whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults who hewed closely to traditional gender roles and were uncomfortable with ambiguity.
So if you believe marriage is between one man and one women, or you don't think we shouldn't have special treatment for gays in any aspect of society, or you wouldn't attend the SF gay pride festival...then you're rigid! And frankly being uncomfortable with ambiguity is a good thing....why should someone be ambiguous?
And: The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests. The girls were still outgoing, but the young men tended to turn a little introspective.
Implying the conservative isn't bright and doesn't have wide interests. And not conforming (whatever the hell that nebulous statement means) is good! Hmmm..Adultery is non-conforming, burning houses under construction is non-conforming, throwing pigs blood on a women wearing a fur is non-conforming...is that what you mean jackass? I'm not suggesting those are activities that all liberals condone, but the implication here is that not conforming to anything considered to be normal or appropriate by the whole is somehow better...and that is total crap. Oh, and "still hanging loose" is code for not having a job and still sponging off their parents!
Well at least the study's author recognizes "liberal Berkeley is not representative of the whole country" but then goes on to say the "results hold".....what a joke of a professor at what is considered a fine university.
Update (3/23): This is a hoot....Michelle Malkin gives some commentary and links that shows that all the subjects of this study were children at the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center which is only open to children of U.C. Berkeley faculty and staff. So all the children were offspring of UC Berkeley faculty who were rated the most left-wing in the country: 91% of teachers there were classified as liberal. What is so funny is that some still turned out to be conservative!...There is hope afterall!....oh, and the "results hold".