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.
Watching Senator Mary Landrieu sell her vote for $300 million and Sen. Ben Nelson sell his for a bigger piece of the Medicaid pie reminds me of an old story. It seems a man once asked a strange woman if she’d have sex with him for a million dollars, and she agreed. He then asked her if she’d do it for $20, and with all the outrage she could muster, she said, “What sort of woman do you think I am?!” He replied, “We’ve already established that. Now we’re merely negotiating the price.”
An astonishing 56 percent of Massachusetts voters, according to a Rasmussen poll, called health care their top issue. In a Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates poll, 78 percent of Brown voters said their vote was intended to stop Obamacare. Only a quarter of all voters in the Rasmussen poll cited the economy as their top issue, nicely refuting the Democratic view that Massachusetts was just the usual anti-incumbent resentment you expect in bad economic times.
“I love Canada,” said Lesnar. “Some of the best people and best hunting in the world, but I wasn’t in the right facility. They couldn’t do nothing for me. It was like I was in a Third World country, I just looked at my wife and she saved my life and I had to get out of there.”
He was treated in Bismarck and later at the Mayo Clinic.
Can the government suppress free speech critical of elected politicians? In the home of the First Amendment, that may seem an unusual question to pose. But that was the question before the Supreme Court this week, as it handed down a landmark ruling in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
To fight this recession the Fed needs more than a snapback; it needs soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. And to do that, as Paul McCulley of Pimco put it, Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble.
"What's so special about Moslems," you ask. As you posted here at maggies a little while ago, in the essay "Arabs Don't Think Like Us," the Muslim religious 'instruction book,' the Koran, tells them that anyone who is not a Muslim/Moslem is an infidel, and a Muslim can kill an infidel for any reason that seems reasonable at the time. That includes all the baser emotions; jealousy, envy, hatred, bad hair day -- whatever works that day. Infidels are automatically enemies, which makes them automatic targets.
That's pretty harsh, you may say, but it's too close to the truth to be comfortable. As for us Westerners, we generally live by the Judeo-Christian moral code, as outlined in our 'instruction books.' In the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah, we are told to love one another, and be kind to the neighbor and the stranger, along with other moral and merciful instructions for a good life. Nowhere are we told that if we run into strangers who believe differently than we do, it's OK to kill them.
This presents a dangerous dichotomy of belief between Western thought and Muslim thought which is a permanent one. And dangerous to our health and indeed our lives.