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.
...American minorities of color -- especially blacks -- are often born into grievance-focused identities. The idea of grievance will seem to define them in some eternal way, and it will link them atavistically to a community of loved ones. To separate from grievance -- to say simply that one is no longer racially aggrieved -- will surely feel like an act of betrayal that threatens to cut one off from community, family and history. So, paradoxically, a certain chauvinism develops around one's sense of grievance. Today the feeling of being aggrieved by American bigotry is far more a matter of identity than of actual aggrievement.
Photo: Since he asked so nicely, and since we love old rugs, we'll add the informative Rug Rag to our Eclectic blogroll. That's a Soumac. Our favorites are antique Caucasians, but they are expensive, even now. We are also adding the newly-crowned Ross Douthat's site to our blogroll (even though we do not know how to pronounce his name).
Today is the last day of publication for the Seattle Post Intelligencer. It was the first paper in Seattle (1863). The demise of this paper is one more very good example of what happens when union bosses dictate mission; when inexperienced and unqualified women are put into positions of decision making and authority for which they are not prepared to manage. This paper died twenty years ago--when the local democrats made it impossible for investigative journalism to survive in Seattle. When the local leadership made it clear that any reporter pursuing truth would be punished as would his/her family. Check out the content of their last edition here:
It is interesting to note that in all those years of publication they only won the Pulitzer (first in 1999) when a cartoonist did a very liberal cartoon. Maybe that is all the proof necessary to prove my belief that this paper died a very long time ago. I remember several years ago walking past one of their sign up desks in a housing exposition. I asked them about invetigative journalism and their representative said, "well what we really do is provide good information about upcoming community events, so you won't miss anything you would like to see, or attend." Sorry, I can get that online for free! I grieve for the loss of a free press--but not for the demise of the PI.