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.
Can CO2 emitters be sued? I think that getting the AGW crowd into court and under oath could be a marvelous outcome. Forced to produce actual science, not models and speculation, I think they would fail epically and we could end their march toward power through carbon control.
Re Afghanistan's culture of homosexual activity with boys: yes, that gives me the ickies. I don't know that "rape" is the proper term, nor that the activity is "ruining their lives". It sure doesn't fit our ideas of how men nurture boys to manhood. It also isn't unique in history.
We didn't go there to defend bacha baz, though. It's possible that pushing out the Taliban and Al-Quaeda, and nurturing a genuine participatory government, will help the people of Afghanistan to choose better ways of living in many aspects of their lives.
Geoff ... In one way, it would be nice if CO2 emitters could be sued, because that would be a real 'class action' suit. Why? Because every human being on earth emits CO2 every time he/she breathes out. That includes the egregiously annoying Nancy Pelosi, the clueless Harry Reid, and anyone else who gives us "the ickies," as you so tellingly put it. I should think we could institute a class action suit against the 'man-made global warmenists which should at least give them pause.
The lawsuits would be against industrial-scale emitters of CO2, I'm sure. Things like power plants, the automotive industry and petroleum producers, cement plants. My hope would be that the warmists would finally be compelled to put their evidence in public and it would be found laughably wanting.
Of course, putting anything in front of a jury is a crap shoot.
I lived in San Francisco area during Viet Nam--1st husband went over twice. I watched quietly as Berkeley became Berkeley;as no one I knew even being aware of pot to suddenly everyone in town getting stoned. I worked at the airport. First boys coming back were typical American GI -- just damned glad to be home. But later--later they were stoned when they got off the airplanes--stoned and sullen.
It occurred to me during those years that perhaps there was another reason for staying so long in Viet Nam. Could it be: Was it possible that one of the motivating factors for extending our stay in Viet Nam was the newly growing market for drugs? The numbers are clear in the expanded rate of drug use and tolerance for drugs that occurred during those years. The drug dealers of America won that war! Drugs were no longer looked down upon by the younger generation. Their resistance and resolve had been destroyed by staying too long in Viet Nam.
Now, after reading these articles about homosexuality in Afghanistan, I have to ask the same question: is it possible that some other specific group back home in the states is benefitting from our prolonged/extended stay in Afghanistan?
A childhood friend of mine who enlisted just ahead of the draft got himself a noncombat job as a result. He was stoned all his time in Nam. He extended his tour of Nam 6 months so he could stay stoned, but they wouldn't let him stay any more, so on to Germany to finish off his three years.
Back in the US, he did some illegal drugs, but the legal drug of alcohol has been his downfall. In the last ten years, he as been in and out of the VA, drying out and binging on.
Can't figure where to put this comment except in the General Link round-up. My husband and I just listened to a gorgeous joint concert by Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, an extraordinary Russian baritone [yes, indeedy, a baritone not a bass] on PBS on their Great Performances series. It's entitled "Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg", and I don't know which was more delicious, those two great voices singing famous arias, or the lovely photographic tour of St. Petersburg. I suspect that this particular concert will be aired all over the country on PBS at different times and dates, so if y'all have any love of operatic music, and wonderful voices, look it up on your local schedules. It's definitely worth your time, even if you like classic jazz better than classic opera.