Saturday, November 17, 2012

To Secede, or Not To Secede, That Is The Question: Red States, Sore Losers, and Racism

Recently, a petition was created by a Louisiana man requesting that Louisiana be allowed to secede from the Union. According to the rules on the White House website, any petition that receives over 25,000 votes will get a response. Within days the petition had more than 12,000 signatures. Then suddenly other petitions having similar requests for secession began to appear, and as of writing this article, petitions for secession have reached more than 20 states.

What I find to be disturbing is the connotation that secession has, the feelings it brings up, and the old ideas that continue to give rise to amoral behavior. When Southern States seceded from the Union to protect and preserve their way of life, i.e. slavery, it was with the intention of preserving amorality, inequality, and evil, because if ever there could qualify something as truly evil, slavery is that act.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Is Red or Blue, Merely a State of The Mind?

In two studies done on the brain in 2011, one in California and one in London, researchers looking for the same thing wanted to know if political affiliation could be discerned with a brain scan, or a simple test.

Researchers in London tested subjects who either stated themselves as being liberal or conservative in their views. Those who considered themselves as conservatives showed under MRI that an area of the brain called the amygdala, responsible for primitive emotional responses like fear, were quite larger than average.  Under the same kind of MRI scan, those who considered themselves to be liberals, showed a larger area in the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex, responsible for rational cognitive functions, such as decision-making, conflict-handling, empathy, courage, and optimism.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What The Hell is This Electoral College?

Tuesday night the nation elected its 44th president of the United States: Barack Obama. As it turns out both with a majority of electoral votes and eventually the majority of popular votes as well.

As they say, “So goes Ohio, so goes the nation,” and as it turns out this statement appeared to be true, as once Obama had been declared the victor in Ohio, in a matter of minutes, he was also declared the President of the United States.

What was interesting for me was reading some of the comments I had received from some of the international community who are members of my FaceBook  Google+ and Twitter, and those who email me as well, all asking the question:

“What is this electoral college thing?”

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Inmates Are Taking Over The Asylum: What The Republicans Don't Want You To Know About Their Candidates.

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” – John Wooden

With the presidential election a mere four days away, I wanted to talk a little bit about the two men that the republican party have nominated as their candidates for the white house. Anyone who has read my blog, followed me on Facebook or Twitter, or talked to me for a few minutes, knows where I stand on issues and what I think of the Republican Party. They know how I feel about this election and what it means if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan ascend to the white house for, seniors, disabled, veterans, sick, dying, gay, women, minorities, etc. All the things these two assholes are not.

I have lived in Massachusetts my whole life, I have seen republican and democratic governors come and go. I have seen the best and worst in both parties, and I like to think I know character. When I was a child, my grandfather instilled in me a set of core beliefs that I live by today.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

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