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.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball took exception to a Tea Partier's comment "We're not racist, we're anticommunist." He claimed that this is exactly what the John Birch Society used to say, and went on to add "this is the old Dixie crowd."
Hello, Chris. That old Dixie crowd died with Dem Robert Byrd and the rest of the Dixiecrats
The “ancient ship at ground zero” title threw me for a loop. At first glance I thought, “wow, they found the remains of an ancient Greek trireme or Roman galley, hard evidence of pre-Columbian/pre-Viking transatlantic seafaring.” Alas, something in my mind resisted the possibility. Then I thought, “ah, further proof of pre-Columbian Viking incursions, this time further south along the North American coastline.” I grew excited to think the Vikings could be added to the illustrious list of New York ancestors, but something deep within my brain tossed the idea aside. At this point, I must confess, I briefly entertained, and I emphasize briefly, the possibility of a Chinese Junk. Perhaps the Chinese found what the Europeans could not: A Northwest Passage, well, a Northeast Passage. That left me wondering what kinds of boats the Native Americans possessed and if the Aztecs and Incas ever made it this far north. In turn, I wondered what the difference was between a boat and a ship. Or, maybe, just maybe, the term “ground zero” referred to another site of destruction, perhaps that of an earthquake or explosion. So, at this point, as I began rummaging my mind for recent catastrophic events, it occurred to me that I should click the link. Conclusion: are people so out of touch with things historical that they use the term ancient to describe something within the past 300 years? And have I grown so weary of ridiculous and repetitive MSN and AOL articles that I am reluctant to just click on the ones with interesting titles? I’m glad someone else caught it.
Accusing one's foes of being racist has been so overused in the last few years that I have become numb to it, and really could not care less when I hear it. It has become "The sky is falling", where no one really listens or gives it a second thought, they just accept it or don't and move on.