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.
From the New York Times: “The state of Texas and a coalition of free-market and global warming skeptic groups are asking a federal appeals court today to review U.S. EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases threaten human health and welfare… The state argues that EPA’s finding is legally unsupported because it relies heavily on reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”
When the GOP lost control of the House and Senate, the annual budget deficit was $161 billion. President Obama's budget for next year --with no stimulus and no TARP-- calls for $1.6 trillion in red ink.
Thus in three years of democratic control the deficit has swell from 161 billion to 1,600 billion.
That's the opposite of gridlock --that is one party rule by the party of massive spending and unlimited pork.
Re: Raccoons in Central Park
I wonder if other forms of rabies control other than immunization were considered?
Olmstead also designed the Parc du Mont Royal in Montreal. I always thought that if you really wanted to be creative with destructive vandalism, delivering a buck and stock-trailer full of does to the park would do it.
I think those Westerners who attended the Conference on Muslims in the Media were extremely naive to expect any sort of "reaching out" to Westerners and Western thought. It was bound to be a grievance heavy recital of complaints against the Western countries who had offered them shelter. And to expect them to show any genuine wish to assimilate into Western culture was childish on our parts.