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 air is seeping out of the Great Liberal Hot Air Balloon. American liberals have been hoping, wishing, and praying--okay, maybe not praying--for over a quarter-century for an end to the ghastly interlude of conservative dominance ushered in by Ronald Reagan. Surely it was all a bad dream, a waking nightmare, a bizarre deviation from the preordained path of history.
With the Democratic congressional victories in November 2006, the nightmare seemed to be ending. And in November 2008, with the election of Barack Obama and increased congressional majorities, it seemed to be over. A new era had dawned.
But did it? Maybe we're now experiencing a liberal interlude, not a liberal inflection point. After all, only six months into the new administration, even a talented hot air blower like President Obama, assisted by friendly gusts of wind from the media, is having trouble keeping the liberal blimp afloat.
Taxes. They are going to ask? But will they ask nicely? Related, from Kaus: Tremors of doom for health care. I see no groundswell of support for anything other than "leave us alone."
“War is redneck as hell,” as Sgt. Howison observed one hot morning in Baghdad. Lots of big vehicles, lots of blowing shit up, and with all that lead and high explosive flying around the place, lots of smoking and dipping. Yeah, smoking’s really bad for you, but …
No, they didn't. Simple logic should have told you that. There is no way a Dem-dominated House committee would let a report like that get out into the wild. The report in question was actually written by the Republican minority on the committee in question, and originally published on their website. Its bias is obvious; its usefulness as a source is nil.
The dems have been claiming for the last 6 yrs of Bush's term that we were in the worst economy since the Great Depression, while in actuality we were in a booming economy. Now they claim were in recovery when all stats prove otherwise. And since the weather is cooling that also proves their theory of global warming. Do they live in bizzaro land? And the compliant press just plays their obedient roll. So much for investigative journalism.
May I ask a question, please, which is relevant to today's news, since it is about the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination? Why do all the news sources keep referring to her has "the first" Hispanic Supreme Court nominee? She won't be the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice if she is confirmed. Justice Benjamin Cardozo, of Spanish/Portuguese background, served as Supreme Court justice back in the 1930s. And very well too. Both Sotomayor, of Puerto Rican descent, and Cardozo were born in the United States and therefore are U.S. citizens. I realize it serves the White House propaganda machine to tout Sotomayor as the first Hispanic-background Supreme Court justice. But it is simply untrue, if my facts are correct, and Dr. Google isn't having a mental fugue.
Oh, and I forgot something. In my daily scan of townhall.com, I noted that they have a poll running about Sotomayor. More than 90% of those answering the poll do not want her confirmed. I hadn't realized that it was that high.
Speaking of the Kubota and things one may want but not need: my son and I took up Cowboy Shooting last year. We're a couple of thou into equipment and we could spend as much as we could get. But as a responsible parent, I thought I'd better pay for my daughter's school before I bought more guns and loading gear.
If she flunks out, I'll be annoyed.
Re Mr. Justice Cardozo: apparently some Portuguese consider themselves Hispanic and others don't. Portugal has had lots of trouble with Spain and this could be like calling a Scot a Briton -- he or she may be less than thrilled.
Geoff ... Take a look at Cardozo's bio. He's also Spanish as well as Portuguese. If Spaniards are not Hispanic, then who is? It takes two parents to make a baby, the last I heard. He's an interesting guy to read about, by the way.
Mr. Cardozo's bio is interesting. Having Spanish and Portuguese background would certainly seem to make him Hispanic.
Of course, if the Dem's hadn't torpedoed Miguel Estrada, he might be on the Supreme Court now instead of Alito, and we'd have a clearly Hispanic supreme court justice. One would hope that neither the nomination nor the rejection had anything to do with ethnicity -- but one would be an idiot to believe that.