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.
The people spoke: California must cut budget. Schwartzenegger went to DC to say "We need help." Help yourself, tough guy. Don't be a pussy-man. From the link:
Schwarzenegger joined with liberal Democrats and the California Teachers Assn., the group that helped defeat a 2005 ballot package championed by the governor. Foes of Proposition 1A, meanwhile, included several unions, which didn't like the effect spending limits could have on the state workers they represent, and anti-tax groups that hated its extension of tax increases.
Gummint to hand GM to the unions. Brilliant. That means the gummint forced me to buy GM debt - something I never would have done. Thanks, geniuses. And yes, I do know that it's a political union pay-off. Chevy, I hardly knew ye. Chevy - and GM - is DOA.
In a recent interview with Trina Hoaks, the atheist blogger for the Examiner.com website, Dawkins described religious believers as follows: “They feel uneducated, which they are; often rather stupid, which they are; inferior, which they are; and paranoid about pointy-headed intellectuals from the East Coast looking down on them, which, with some justification, they do.”
Yep, that pretty much sums me up. How did he know me that well?
The basic problem with Hitchens and Dawkins, IIRC is that they are short. In my observation, a man's height is inversely proportional to the probability that he spends a disproportionate amount of time making much ballyhoo about fighting invisible deamons (or, as we used to call them, gods). If it's not God, it's society's behavior, or capitalism, or sin, or gloablistic warmering. That's probabilty, mind you. It's not 100%.
KRW ... My grandmother, who was married to a short [5'4"] man, once said, "Let me tell you about short men. They're either extraordinary -- extraordinarily smart, focused, over-achieving, successful -- or they're mad all the time, with a chip on their shoulders."
Some of them, like Napoleon, are both. Some, like Calvin Borell the jockey, are gentlemen, and a gentle man. It varies. I'm married to a short man, by the way. But he's a Texan. And Texans are a law unto themselves.
Yes, I would agree. Hitchens himself is a case both ways. I value much of what I have heard him say, just not to the degree he says it. Married a short Texan? You're an intrepid woman Mrs. M. Glad it worked out so well, he must be a helluva guy. And definitely Mr. Borell, I was really impressed by him also.
BTW, supposedly Napolean wasn't short. Of course history books lie. I think they lie when they say he was short and when they say he wasn't. Historians have told me I must be wrong, which only proves my point.