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.
Short of a war that everyone except maybe the North Korean leadership wants to avoid, there's little to be done. North Korea's people are already living at and below subsistence. The leadership (mostly Kim Jon Il but people are helping him) can devote any resources they need to the nuclear programs because the suffering of their citizens is acceptable to them.
We may need to take military steps but we will need clearer signs that the military option is required. I'm willing to put up with nonsense out of North Korea if tolerance will save lives. Our soldiers, the soldiers and people of South Korea, and the suffering citizens of North Korea will pay a terrible price if war proves necessary. I hope we'll have enough notice (and fortitude) to go military if we need to.
"Gerunds"! Wow!! I had to go back & look it up (sorry Mr. Lavender):
"In English, the gerund is identical in form to the present participle (ending in -ing) and can behave as a verb within a clause (so that it may be modified by an adverb or have an object), but the clause as a whole (sometimes consisting of only one word, the gerund itself) acts as a noun within the larger sentence. For example: 'Editing this article is easy.'
"In 'Editing this article' (although this is traditionally known as a phrase, it is referred to as a non-finite clause in modern linguistics), the word 'Editing'behaves as a verb; the phrase 'this article' is the object of that verb. 'Editing this article' acts as a noun phrase within the sentence as a whole, though; it is the subject of the verb 'is.'"
Borowitz is using I.A.Hunsberger's The Quintessential Dictionary, a fine book of about a thousand words which, if learned, enables you to read all of WF Buckley without looking anything up.
Compare the example under PUERILE
...2 I'd like to see ... [an] experiment in which callers describe the [TV] show just seen in three adjectives. Within reason, of course. ("We have a Mr. Buckley here who finds Laverne and Shiirley EGREGIOUS, PUERILE, and JEJUNE.") (D. Cavett, of NEA, "Television 'Wasteland' Revisited," Norman [Okla.] Transcript, 6/23/76, p.6)
off/thread only in tangent, this is rawther brilliant. 200,000 years of barbarism continually trying to well up and swallow the last couple thousand years of civilization, what a picture. The garden of eden as a story of extraordinary shrewdness. on and on, a dozen memorable passages in this Nyquist, "Stone Age Genocide".