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.
For heaven's sake - is it asking too much of Times editors to reflect for two seconds before they reflexively blurt out their current PC response? OK, we all understand that when the next case comes the Times will insist that it is completely different and that the living, breathing Constitution can solve the next problem on the exhale.
Benjamin Graham, perhaps the most astute analyst Wall Street has ever produced, was once asked whether he thought disclosure was adequate. Graham replied that the quantity of disclosure "makes me ill." He added, "I don't know if there is any solution Ö I suppose [a prospectus] would have to say in big red-letter words, THIS [SECURITY] IS NOT WORTH WHAT IT IS SELLING FOR. I don't know if that would make any difference either Ö somebody [would just say], 'What the hell, it is going up anyway.'"
You can lead an investor to disclosure, but you can't make him think.
President Obama took "a middle class camping trip" with his family last week, the Drudge Report noted. Hey guys [those of you who consider themselves 'middle class' as my husband and I regard ourselves]. Since when is a camping trip accompanied by a troop of hunky Secret Service agents a "middle class" camping trip? The Agents do all the scut work, like chopping wood, building fires, pitching tents, catching and cleaning fish -- you know, all that tough stuff, while Mr. O and the girls sit around waiting to be waited on, drinking Cokes or single malt Scotch.
Does that resemble any 'camping trip' you ever took?
Like they used to say about teachers, "those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."
Got a question for you, maggiesfarmers. If our President, Mr. Obama, declines to defend our country's borders against invaders, have the states that are being invaded the right under the Constitution to use their own National Guard units to defend themselves? At present, Arizona has, it is estimated, around 500,000 illegal aliens in their state, not all of them law abiding obviously, with more coming in each day. Texas has much the same problem.
Of course, if the governors of these states withdraw their National Guard units from the Mid-East, that will leave our forces there on the ground considerably weaker. But whose needs for protection should come first? The needs of American citizens living here within American borders? Or the putative needs of folks living in Mid Eastern countries who have no allegiance to American ideals, but want to use our American troops to protect their own skins?
What do you think, maggiesfarmers? What do you think, buddy? And Bird Dog? And jappy?
I'm a bit confused here. One of the few duties of the Executive Branch of our government, specifically enumerated in the Constitution, is to protect our country and its citizens. Since Mr. Obama was only an adjunct lecturer on Constitutional Law, rather than a full professor, perhaps he didn't get that far in reading the whole document. But most maggiesfarmers and many of the blog's commenters have read the Constitution.