Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Barrack Obama, Chris Christie, Grateful Dead, Magic Mushrooms, Politics, Presidential Campaign, Presidential election, Republican, Republican primary, Rick Perry, Ron Paul on October 4, 2011 |
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Sweat beading down their foreheads as they race, elbows sharpened and raised, towards what has been unattainable so far, likeability. The Republican candidates for President of the United States continuously cannibalize their chances of being liked raising questions about what qualities the American public deem as likeable in a person. Empirical research suggests that openness categorized by a willingness to discuss alternative ideas, have new experiences, and accept different perspectives is at the top of the list. Rather than figuratively chasing shadows, Republican candidates may benefit from a mystical experience courtesy of the hallucinogenic trigger in magic mushrooms (chasing shadows literally).
The latest research lead by a postdoctoral student in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Katherine MacLean, uncovered that the psychedelic drug may increase the key personality dimension of openness. Each of the study’s 52 participants “tripped balls” two to five times after being given a personality test. All participants were subject to two additional personality tests, one about a month later and the second a year after their trip.
As the Presidential debate season builds to a crescendo, candidates are beginning to cope with the notion that openness and by association likeability are the keys that unlock the front door to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, not polarizing rhetoric and hate. Throwing raw meat to the base in the form of support for the death penalty (Rick Perry), a lack of sympathy for the uninsured who are terminally ill under the thin veil of Libertarian idealism (Ron Paul), and disrespect for gay and lesbian members of the armed services who are on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan (every Republican candidate) may win you the Republican nomination, but not the general election.
The one potential contender with a firm grasp on this fundamental political philosophy is the Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie. His natural advantage over his rivals is likeability. His positions on the major issues are virtually no different than other mainstream candidates, yet voters across the political spectrum are drawn to him. And it is because they like him. He negotiates and compromises, both signify a slight openness. Today’s Republican pool is overflowing with piranha waiting to devour any openness and likeability. Fortunately for us Democrats, this is the precise reason why he will not, in my opinion, enter the Presidential race.
Until Republican strategists take time to scour the closest cow pasture, turn up the recently released remastered Grateful Dead live in Europe ’72 album, and open their minds, the Presidency will remain in Democratic hands. And that makes us at Monsieur Baguette optimistic because it proves that amidst the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing our society, more Americans than not are still looking for a leader that is open to new ideas, perspectives, and experiences.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Democrat, Gay Marriage, Legislation, Marriage Equality, New York, New York State, New York State Senate, Politics, Republican, State Senator on June 15, 2011 |
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Ever think to yourself, “I wonder what it would take for a Republican State Senator in New York to vote ‘yes’ on the marriage equality bill?”
If you have, then I can help shed some light on the subject via State Senator Greg Ball (R-Patterson).
Included in “The basic wording Senator Ball is seeking” to be added to the New York State marriage equality bill is this:
“No house of worship, individual or business with religious objections, or tax exempt organizations shall be required to allow their property or services to be used for any function or purpose to which they or have their tax exempt status challenged or removed because of failure to permit usage of their property for same sex ceremonies.”
Legalized discrimination is thy name. This bill is about equality and the Republicans are working as hard as they can to tarnish it. They are essentially saying, we will let you get married, but good luck finding a place to hold the ceremony, reception, and next day brunch. Have you ever been refused service anywhere in the world because you are straight? I didn’t think so. And this endorsement of discrimination should not be tolerated.
Marriage equality is not equality if provisions, like the one above, create burdens that straight couples do not and will never face. Let’s hope the Democrats see this for what it is and brush it off without paying it any attention.
Feel free to let Senator Ball’s staff contact, Ali Skinner, know how you feel. I know that the team at Monsieur Baguette will be. Here is her contact info: (845) 200-9716.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged 1st Amendment, Democrat, Ground Zero, Ground Zero Mosque, Islam, Muslim, Park51, Religious Freedom, Republican on November 20, 2010 |
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As the title indicates, I am curious why everyone has seemingly forgotten about the ever so controversial “Ground Zero Mosque”. In case you have short-term memory loss, every conservative in America latched onto this issue like bedbugs onto your New York City studio mattress. The rhetoric surrounding this development project could not have been more divisive. There were protests, rallies and demonstrations that revealed the true colors of some Americans. Or was it all political grandstanding?
My belief, which is supported by how quickly the issue faded into the grey, is that conservatives, as they do so well, created an issue out of thin air to drive voter turn out and pit those voters against Democrats. And it worked. They won and their patented tactic of fear to win was proven again to be highly successful.
While Democrats were traveling the country running away from health care reform and busy trying to fast track legislation that would pay for the health/medical benefits of 9/11’s first responders (which was filibustered by Republicans), Republicans were restricting 1st Amendment Rights and spreading fear.
This is not an uncommon occurrence, in fact, it happens every election cycle on both sides of the aisle (but more commonly on the right side) and all it leads to is inaction. Fear drowns the party with intentions of providing benefits to unemployed Americas, cutting taxes for the middle-class, etc. Nothing gets done and everyone in the United States is worse off.
I wanted to point this specific example out because all of the time and energy spent on the “Ground Zero Mosque” was wasted and when you think about it, nothing could have been done about it in the first place. So, I propose we stop putting human capital and other resources into wedge issues that yield absolutely no results for Americans. I think that we can all agree that this time should have been allocated to solve some of the tiny issues that are plaguing Americans from coast to coast.
Oh and by the way, the Park 51 project is moving forward as it should have been allowed to in the first place…
Zero baguettes awarded for inaction and time-wasting, we are all really glad that this debate took place
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I can’t determine if she forgot to take her meds or in fact did take her meds.
It is hilarious to watch, unless of course you live in Arizona….
Do the right thing Arizona and check this lady into a Senior Center where she can play tic tac toe and eat pudding all day, thanks
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