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.
Re Tigerhawk and Cinco de Mayo: It's true that the day is well-known in America and little regarded in Mexico itself.
But about that armee mexicaine -- apparently the unorganized and ill-equipped mob beat the trained and equipped French. I would use the term to refer to an unlikely victory rather than to sneer at a group.
There are probably more Americans with Mexican ancestry than with Irish ancestry. St Patrick's Day is a big day in Ireland, even if Cinco de Mayo is small potatoes in Mexico. We're an open enough country to have fun with both days.
I'm fine with Americans celebrating Mexico's successes. I just would like more Americans of all types to drop the hyphens.
Geoff Brown ... As a believer in the power of semantics, let me point out that those folks who are ready and willing to "drop the hyphens" as you suggest, are signalling that they have fully assimilated into our American culture. Since we are presently being held hostage by Liberal 'identity politics' I don't think a time will soon come when we are willing as a nation to drop former identity designations, as we used to do in the relatively halcyon days of my youth. In those days, we became *American*.
Instead we get ever more verbally tortured designations as African-American, Native American [if we are citizens and were born here in the U.S., we are all native Americans, whether we have American Indian blood or not] Irish American, not to mention such linguistic abortions as Puerto Rican American, Haitian American, Balinese American,Tora-Bora American, Hottentot American, and on and on.
Give it a rest, Liberals. You look even more ridiculous than you think you are.
Re marriage proposals: I did it the old fashioned way, in my sweetheart's living room, one knee and the whole nine yards. I'm sure she knew it was coming but we had not said the "m" word before I asked.
We were going to keep it a secret for a few weeks, but sweetheart told me later that I hadn't been gone ten minutes on my way to my base when she told her parents.
Apropos of nothing but my electricity bill, I predict that the popularity of all-electric cars will take a precipitous dive after the new owners get their first post-plug-in electric bills. That's going to smart.
As usual, the Gang in the White House hasn't really thought this through. If you do what the Bloviator promised during his incessant and unending campaign, and bankrupt the coal mines [more than 50% of our current electrical power is generated by coal] and then jigger the rules so that gasoline tops $6.00 a gallon, then plugging in the new electric car every night to recharge is going to give you a myocardial infarct when you receive your electric bill at the end of the month.
Try getting that heart attack treated efficiently under Obamacare. Do you wonder why Americans are cranky?
Regarding this nice lady from the University of Illinois....Please do not judge all U of I people on the basis of this "person"...I assume one must use nongender descriptors in this case. Anyway, I went to the U of I and believe it or not a few of us actually did turn out ok turn out ok turn out ok.
Why. Why do our tax dollars go for such crap as this anyway?