We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
NJunkie ... I think that part of the reason for the protests against Madame Hillary's visit is that she's an unlikeable person -- at least she seems to irritate the male species quite a lot, no matter what their political persuasion. When we have the news on, and Hillary is shown pontificating in that insufferably superior way, my husband starts muttering and gets up and leaves the room. I don't like her much either, but my husband goes beyond that.
Of course, I have a similar reaction when Mr. Obama decides to instruct us on how unenlightened we are, so I understand where he's coming from. But then, there are several other egregious Democrat ignoramuses -- Reid, Pelosi, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd leap to mind. Sigh. It's going to be a looong four years.
Republicans don't want the country to fail but some of us do want Hernn Dictator, Mudboy Hussein to fail in his efforts to change America into a dhimmified basketcase for his Muslim brethren to subjugate.
The Pakistanis truce with the Taliban is a ruse. That poor country will do anything to get some semblance of peace, and they know they can't get it without our help. Feinstein did the efforts no good. Is it any wonder this 'news' is out for the public to praise what a nice cooperative government Pakistan has? Meanwhile, behind the news, the drones drone on..and on.
I think half of what governments do is withhold information from the public, or manipulate it so the public calms down. I have a quotation about this but can't think of it right now. Someone can probably come up with it. Machiavelli.. ?
I've seen the term Mudboy attached to His Hopeful Changeness (HHC) several times lately. There's such a comment here and I think I've seen it on other blogs. The term can easily be seen as a racist dig at HHC's mixed parentage, like Mudbloods in Harry Potter. I hope it isn't meant this way but it might be and I could sure see it that way. Kind of a code for nigger.
The president is naive and socialist, probably elitist, probably a fool. There are plenty of reasons to criticize and dislike him. Let's stick to issues and behavior.
Geoff ... Most of us do stick to issues and behavior. And his past history and curriculum vitae. That's enough for me, anyway. But I refuse to be intimidated by his supporters who feel that because he is mixed race, any criticism of him is racist.
Of course you're right. Criticism based on issues, choices and so on is PATRIOTIC -- or it was for 8 years. But then, for 8 years criticism based on speech patterns, accent and paternity was apparently patriotic as well. Let's insult HHC for himself -- that's all I ask. And not provide ammunition for those who will proclaim us racist. (I see that it was another commenter you used the term Mudboy).
You know that term is beginning to get under my skin. Mostly because it's so stupid that I find it funny...and unfortunately things that I find stupid-funny can come spilling out of my mouth bypassing my brain at just about any time. Especially if I find it real stupid. Consider that "mudboy" sounds like "spudboy" from the old Devo lyric "I'm just a spud boy looking for the perfect tomato", a stupid-funny line itself, it's real trouble. Hey, I just noticed to-MAY-tuh sounds like MAY-tuh...damn I'm screwed...
Sexting: when your only law is a hammer, you smash all beyond common sense.
It still amazes me that we allowed the death of common sense. Behavior that in the past resulted in a grounding, lecture, and "knock it off" now results in felony indictments, court fees, lawyer fees, fines, and maybe even jail time for what is basically irresponsible childish action. What public good is served by sending a 13/14/15/16 yr old to juvenile jail for posting a nude picture of herself (himself) to her boyfriend?
I second that emotion. It's the cyber equivalent of "I'll show you mine if you show me yours." It is stupid, but worthy of jail?? I don't think so. They'll learn more 'bad stuff' in jail in a week than they would in four years of hanging out in high school.