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.
Supporters of Obamacare have their next
target for obloquy and shame. It’s the United States Senate, an
institution whose villainy will almost match that of the insurers and
Fox News if the health-care bill sinks there.
anti-senatorial campaign is already revving up. Liberal columnist
Harold Meyerson stamped his feet in frustration yesterday in the Washington Post at the cussed balkiness of the Senate: “Dithering Heights.” “Proceeds glacially and produces next to nothing.”
This amounts to raging at the Senate for its very nature and purpose. It’s supposed
to be slow-paced and unproductive. Everyone has their moments of
frustration at the Senate (I’ve had plenty) because it is designed to
be frustrating, especially when a majority in the House is electric
with ideological excitement. Conservatives spent most of 1995 hurling
epithets at the Senate.
So it’s not surprising that the Left
is upset at it at a time when “Iron Nancy” is using her solid majority
to muscle massive pieces of legislation through the House by a handful
of votes. Why can’t the Senate do the same, goes the
cry, entirely missing the point. It’s not just that the Senate is built
differently from the House: It won’t truly be fulfilling its role in
our constitutional scheme if doesn’t deep-six Obamacare.
NJ: The Cassini link was simply outstanding. I mean, I like the Hubble pictures as much as everybody else, but I know they're enhanced and run through the wringer a few times to get the 'amazing' effects, whereas this stuff is the real deal. Much thanks for the link.
I am always amazed by these fly-by images from the outer reaches of our solar system. Makes you think doesn't it? The petty human squabbles and daily contretemps pale in comparision to the beauty and glory of our solar surroundings.
This Obama-Pelosi health care fiasco is precisely why the House has 2 year terms and the Senate 6 year terms. The House is meant to reflect the country's passions of the moment and therefore is held accountable in shorter cycles.
The Senate, on the other hand, is a great deliberative body meant to cool the passions of a compulsive, overly political House. And, incidentally, it is now plain for all to see that Obama belongs in the Senate and not in the Executive Branch. The country made a huge mistake in electing this guy, as more and more citizens are coming to realize.
Now, it's up to the Senate to fulfill it's role and either kill this House bill outright or let it die a slow, lingering painful death as a reminder to American voters they should be voting for a Republican congressman in 2010. There is absolutely no real support for what these fools have done, it is all politics. Would be nice to send a real message by going all out to defeat Pelosi in her supposedly "safe" seat in SF.
It seems to me that the intent of the Senate was originally to represent the interests of the individual states rather than just "the people." The 17th amendment essentially did away with this function, unfortunately. Wouldn't this health bill (and many others that force unfunded mandates on the states) be even less likely to pass the Senate if this amendment had never been ratified?
I suppose one could live off the detrius of human existance. I know a local tradesman - a classic Tinker type of handyman who regularly does dumpster dives fixing and repairing the discards. That makes some sense to me as most things that are thrown away are still functional, can be made functional with some patience and time and/or serve as a parts supply. He actually had blades for a manual push mower I accidentally purchased in a blind barn auction. :>)
Where I draw the line is road kill dining. Dude - that's just - creepy.
OK. Somebody has to be the one to comment on the 'perfect vagina' story so I'll take a poke at it. Has female sexual narcissism come to this? I know there is no woman alive that is totally pleased with her body, but what man has ever encountered female genitalia and criticized what he saw? The exercise seems pointless, and what if the surgeon's knife slips and some sensitive areas become numb? It brings to mind the old adage that panties aren't the greatest thing in the world but they are right next to it. ;-)