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.
Bad news for the O: Polls dropping like a rock. All Presidents fall below 50%, he notes. People are fickle, and invest too much in Presidents. It's because they do not trust themselves to be the President of their own lives.
In the primaries, Obama distinguished himself from Clinton on health care by opposing an individual mandate. In the general election, he distinguished himself from McCain by opposing taxes on health benefits. So now he is trying to pass bills with both an individual mandate and taxes on health benefits—and his supporters are saying that Congress should go along because he won the election.
Photo: That is my Christmas Mincemeat, ready now for the brandy and aging. The venison in it provided by my bow-hunting buddy.Too bad our smellovision isn't working today.Allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, vinegar, molasses, apples, raisins, currants, cranberry, meat.
Bird Dog ... There's a film clip on the 'Net this morning showing senatorial infighting between Sen Jim Inhofe and call-me-senator Barbara Boxer, in which Inhofe says briskly about "climate change" " That's settled. We won. You lost. Live with it." And grins.
The reason that the effect of man-made CO2 emissions is so important is scope. It naturally leads to a justification for world government. And of a world government without limits.
For if man is going to make Earth virtually unlivable then who will argue that government should not prevent that? And act even if the controls will be severe and world wide?
My own position - which ultimately means nothing - is that CO2 emissions do raise the temperature slightly, far less than we can accurately measure, and that the effect is self limiting. And it is not clear that a slight rise is harmful or should be prevented. Or that it could be prevented by any measures.
Glad to hear Inhofe is feeling confident about the cap-and-trade legislation. That bill is simply a tax and control measure having nothing to do with fixing whatever CO2 problem does or does not exist.
And anything that irritates Barbara Boxer ranks right up there with Franklin's remark about beer proving that God loves us.