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.
The climate modeling approach is so similar to that used by the CEA to score the stimulus that there is even a climate equivalent to the multiplier found in macro-economic models. In climate models, small amounts of warming from man-made CO2 are multiplied many-fold to catastrophic levels by hypothetical positive feedbacks, in the same way that the first-order effects of government spending are multiplied in Keynesian economic models. In both cases, while these multipliers are the single most important drivers of the models’ results, they also tend to be the most controversial assumptions. In an odd parallel, you can find both stimulus and climate debates arguing whether their multiplier is above or below one.
The Los Zetas story is false, according to a Texas blogger's post I read about an hour ago. He called his local police, who said it wasn't true, and though it was out of their jurisdiction they were in close contact with the sheriff's office so they'd know about it.
The case against Elena Kagan? Simple. She would allow Congress to ban a book. That's all I need to know. That her defense was that it would not be enforced is laughable. Someone like her cannot be taken seriously.
YOU CANNOT look at the number of ranches that are for sale (at dirt cheap prices) down there in those border areas, and not believe that people are terrified! I would believe this quicker than disbelieve--we are quite simply out of time for hesitation. If we cannot, or will not defend our landowners from hostile takeover from across the border then we are no longer a nation. It really is that simple!
No more everybody is the same, all people have a right to be anywhere they want, etc. etc.
Just returned from a trip through Texas, where the real estate has held up very well compared to the rest of the country. But, south of San Antone, the closer one gets to the border, the farther the prices have declined and a real estate agent said that the western border is almost unsellable.
Finally got to Dinocrat. He theorizes that it was the "police acted stupidly" comment that turned the tide. I'm trying to remember what the town hall situation was in June 2009, because that's what I remember the big turning point to be -- not only that people were restive about the ObamaCare proposal but that they were outraged their Congressmen were ducking them or giving ignorant, condescending answers. That's when we first began to realize these idiots were writing thousand-page bills and voting for them without reading them.