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.
Don’t forget the Roma. Still persecuted or discriminated against today. More info here. Did you know?: “While exact figures or percentages cannot be ascertained, historians estimate that the Germans and their allies killed around 25 percent of all European Roma. Of slightly less than one million Roma believed to have been living in Europe before the war, the Germans and their Axis partners killed up to 220,000.”
[T]here is joylessness in Mr. Obama. He is a scold, the "Yes we can!" mantra is shallow, and at any rate, it is about the coming to power of a man, and a political class, invested in its own sense of smarts and wisdom, and its right to alter the social contract of the land. In this view, the country had lost its way and the new leader and the political class arrayed around him will bring it back to the right path.
Thus the moment of crisis would become an opportunity to push through a political economy of redistribution and a foreign policy of American penance. The independent voters were the first to break ranks. They hadn't underwritten this fundamental change in the American polity when they cast their votes for Mr. Obama.
American democracy has never been democracy by plebiscite, a process by which a leader is anointed, then the populace steps out of the way, and the anointed one puts his political program in place.
Pity poor Panetta? Actually, no.He’s Obama’s man, making excuses rather than publicly resigning and confronting the Leftist witch-hunt.“The next time CIA officers are told that they have to be more aggressive in protecting their country, they could be forgiven for saying ‘no thanks.’ “
Becker had difficulty finding a model thin enough to model for his clay statue of an emaciated soldier….Members of the local POW group “kept saying ‘skinnier, skinnier, skinnier,’?” Becker said. “But I didn't want to scare the children.”
“Liberation” shows an emaciated soldier in tattered pants, without shirt or shoes, stepping through a broken fence. One hand is open at his side; the other is shielding his eyes in a gesture that suggests a salute. An eagle flies up from the ground just behind him.
“It's a good impression of a veteran leaving a POW camp, looking to the future,” said Burger, who is commander of the 250-member POW chapter.
The clay model for a sculpture called “Liberation,” made by Richard Becker, will be unveiled Saturday for the local chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. (Sean M. Haffey / Union-Tribune)
DUmmies Hail Inspector Barack Clouseau™
Yes, the DUmmies are apologizing for thinking of Obama as he really is, a political incompetent, and are now trying to convince themselves that the president is really bumbling on purpose as part of some ingenious master plan unknown to the rest of us mortals.
Yoani Sánchez, the blogger who has gained an international following detailing the absurdities of daily life in Cuba, is on the phone from her 14th-floor apartment in Havana, where the elevators rarely work…. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008….
"I am part of the counterculture, and the counterculture is growing, but it is very diverse. Maybe one thing we all have in common is that we don't wear Che T-shirts, like foreign kids who consider themselves counterculture do,'' she says. ``In Cuba, Che represents the government. In Cuba, only tourists and members of the Young Communist League wear Che shirts.''
RIP: Senator Ted Kennedy died last night.As one who grew up with the fabled family, and its tragedies, I watched a far younger Ted thrust into prominence following the assassinations of his older, and wiser, brothers.In his personal and political life, Ted Kennedy had many severe failings.He, also, earned respect from many for being a fighter for what he believed.I disagree with most of his career, but share that respect.There will be much talk in coming days, pro especially as his death is exploited for political purposes to try and resuscitate the dying ObamaCare.For me, for now, I’ll just say RIP to both.
Bruce, You are a better man than I. I too grew up with the Kennedy's. Being from the Boston it's hard not to be. He is a despicable man ,no honor ,and no shame.
Hell's population has increased by one today.
The mill's of the God's grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly well. Maryjo is finally resting in peace. I hope the fires of Hell burn this traitor for eternity.
I know this is shameless of me, but it's just the way I'm wired.
Bruce, you have one mis-statement: Bush only had seven budgets. His eighth and final budget never saw the light of day in Congress because Pelosi and the rest of the Dems stonewalled it so Obama could submit one instead.
Even so, you are right that the total of all the deficits in GWB's seven budgets have been exceeded by Obama's first budget.