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.
- First, the salt story. As people say, No, it's not from The Onion. Government has gone insane. CO2, transfats - and now salt? One does not know whether to laugh or cry. Or to just dump some more salt on one's fries, and call it a Boston Salt Party.
- "Those who think they can control their destinies are happier." That's from an old story about why Repubs and Conservatives are happier people. People with some faith in themselves - and God - feel better about life, regardless of income. It's the psychology, stupid. Feeling weak or like a victim makes life miserable, but that is up to each one of us.
Obama is not the only one. Ultraleft San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi, a nice lady whose feet are not firmly planted in the real world, serves as House Speaker. Far Left Henry Waxman, the Congressman from Hollywood, serves as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Uberliberal Barney Frank, the Congressman from Boston, serves as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Leftover '60s liberal David Obey, a self-described Robert La Follette Progressive from Wisconsin, serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Charley Rangel, the Congressman from Harlem, serves as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. John Conyers, the Congressman from Detroit, with his own past Communist Party ties, serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Until recently, ultraliberal Howard Dean from Vermont served as Democrat party national Chairman. Senator Patrick Leahy from Vermont, as liberal/left as they come, serves as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The government's crusade against trivialities reminds me of Joan Claybrook's stint at NHTSA, where she pushed an agenda that included putting seatbelts on motorcycles. Because when your bike high sides and starts flipping down the road, where you really want to be is strapped onto the top of it with no escape...
The crusades would be more tolerable were they not so stinkingly idiotic.