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.
Here's a fun photo caption contest at Wizbang. Should not be hard on him, tho. I love to look at maps too.
The UK continues to be hopelessly insane. Banning welcome mats. Not welcome mats for uncontrolled immigration, though. As we always say, "Grow a couple, and fix your own dang country." The Brits could try one of these mats and see if it passes the nanny's muster:
Michelle O says she wants a "purpose." How about raising your kids, weeding your garden, doing the dishes, helping out your friends, playing some tennis, cleaning the house or - if that's not enough self-importance for a hungry ego, how about a real job in the private sector? Good, productive, difficult work in the private sector is the best thing anyone can do for their country - after military service, that is.
The questions seems to be: where do we begin, what actions should we take to recapture America?
I propose that we form groups in our own communities to do nothing but take back the election process. We petition/referendum the removal of all mail in voting. We do the same to remove computerized voting machines. We sit in and observe/monitor the counting process. We have to challenge them on this their most egregious theft to date! If we do not even have the organizational skills, or the energy, or time to do this simple act of rebellion--then how are we going to take back our local governments?
That is what the GOP should be doing. It needs to have a national, state and local strategy to get people elected. I was very disappointed that Steele got the nod versus Newt, who has the organizational and intellectual skills to develop and implement the strategy.
In addition, the GOP needs to get its message back. It is simple. Strong national defense, smaller government, lower taxes, fiscal discipline, less regulation (most of it is nonsense and doesn't protect anyone or anything), rule of law, personal freedom, personal responsibility, et al. Maybe privatizing government businesses would be another.
I have written Steele. (No response). When the GOP calls for money, I say no until you articulate a vision and strategy or have Steele call me directly.
I know that the film MLK starrying Sean Penn is offensive to many here. My husband and I lived in SF during those years and wanted to see the film to see the interpretation of fact (history?).
You will be offended by the sex scenes; you will be offended by the ethics; you will be offended by many things in this film. HOWEVER, it is a clear, easy to understand documentary on "community organizers"; their growth as an industry, their impact on our nation, and ultimately their power over your lives. If, you really want to do something to hold on to America then you MUST study what the folks in gay community did to organize in the years from 1970-present. They have been brilliant at it! You will also see how/what ACCORN has done in other "communities". If we do not study the techniques of community organizing as developed and used by these groups--we have no comparable power! We cannot help but loose, if we don't know the weapons of war the other side is using! (By the way--this comment has nothing to do with SEX)
You think banning welcome mats as a "health and safety hazard" is insane? Get a load sometime of the kind of things a typical professionally managed U.S. homeowners association bans as "nuisances." I've seen lawsuits over incorrectly placed lantern-posts, unauthorized flagpoles, oil stains on driveways, flowerpots on front porches, non-approved plants in beds, and miniblinds the wrong shade of ecru. They aren't kidding with the lawsuits, either: they run up legal bills, pass them onto the homeowners, and foreclose on their houses when they're not paid.
A bad homeowners association is a nanny state in microcosm, and is worth contemplating as a social experiment.
More sweeping spurious nonsense on MP and US blogs to detract from the shit going on in your own backyards. So let's get this straight..one council goes weird on council tenants (only) and by extension the UK is crazy. Right.
Using that logic and looking to the US, we can assume you all are hopelessly fucked. Obama, your feminists, your liberals, your lefties, your blowhards, permeate all aspects of your society. We'll assume over here that the actions of one of your politicians fucking on the side and preaching to the choir about republican morals holds true of all America.
Get over yourselves you stuck up Brit hating dweebs.
Goodness gracious, crumpet, you certainly are unloading a load of old cobblers over the wrong target here. Motes and beams, old person, motes and beams. You seem to have a self-hatred syndrome going on here.
Nobody who posts on this blog hates Brits. And we generally are quite courteous to each other in our discussions of what is wrong with us and our country and what is right.
On top of that, we generally have a respect and admiration for Britain, its mostly glorious past history, and its present struggles with being over-populated with what we in the South call "come heres," of doubtful skills and considerable anger. We've got some of those problems ourselves and we freely admit it [at least we conservatives do. The Democrats think they're smarter than anyone, which is why we are in our present parlous condition.]
So why don't you calm down, and recognize that some of what is bothering you may be your own fault. Wander down to your local pub and have a pint. Life wasn't suposed to be easy, you know. And it isn't. But we can all be polite to each other if we try.
P.S. And cowboy up here, Crumpet. Sign your real name next time, like I do.