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.
My take on the mosque? It's obnoxious and incredibly insensitive, to the point of hostile provocation. Where's the sensitivity and respect? There is much more to civil behavior than determining what is legal. "Legal" is about the hard rules. "Civil" is about the soft rules. Except for criminals, most of life is about the soft rules.
...all this puts a terrible burden on a sycophantic media with a long tradition of trashing the slightest hint of aristocratic enjoyment on the part of first ladies (e.g., Nancy Reagan’s china). So, just as golf, around winter 2009, ceased to be an aristocratic distraction from the nation’s pressing problems, so too luxury on the Mediterranean must be a sort of federal employee’s deserved state vacation.
That's a terrible sign to put outside the gates of the beautiful state of New England! Are you trying to DESTROY their tourist economy? People laughing and gawking and mercilessly pointing at the befuddled New Englanders as they go about their befuddled Newenglandish ways are what keeps bringing the tourists back! I'm a little surprised that your economics teacher didn't drive this message home, big guy. You don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
"My take on the mosque? It's obnoxious and incredibly insensitive"
Did you read Tiger's defense of it? He said he was basing his opinion on pure Capitalism -- that whoever owned the land could sell it to whoever they wanted, and they could do with it whatever they wished. That's pure Capitalism in action, folks, and-
Oh, wait. My mistake. He said he was basing his opinion on "Libertarian" ideals, not Capitalism.
A libertarian/free-market society is perfectly capable of being civilized. A free-market owner of a property may decide not to sell it, even at an advantageous price, because she believes the intended use is harmful instead of beneficial. A libertarian will defend your right to call me by any rude name you wish, but may feel you are a boor for doing so (even if said libertarian agrees with your assessment of me).
A moral society can be -- should be -- libertarian and free-market. A moral society will make a libertarian/free-market society much more successful.
How to define moral? I have problems with some of the Judaeo-Christian standards for sin, but the two great commandments seem to work for me: "Love thy God with all thy heart, and thy neighbor as thyself." I could do a loooong rant on how the two great commandments have made me very fishy about some of the other Judaeo-Christian standards.
The mosque planned to be built next door to the Twin Towers site is not just incredibly insensitive, it's a deliberate, gloating 'Gotcha' message from the Muslim world to America. I have never had much respect for the so-called Eastern elite of this country, but if Bloomberg and his snotty friends enable the building of this "insult" to the owners of this country by these Muslims who decided to come and live here, enjoy our unique and beautiful country and then trash it, I will no longer consider them [Bloomberg and Friends] Americans in good standing.
There is more than one way to be a traitor, and Bloomberg defines it.