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.
I read something a while back about the Dalai Lama, which I thought was fascinating. He was asked what he says to "his enemies," to persuade them; that is, those who disagree with him about Tibet. He said that he doesn't argue with his enemies. That surprised the interviewer, who asked why. The Dalai Lama answered that it was a waste of his time and his energy. He doesn't want to absorb their aggression. I thought this was a profound lesson, and one that I have tried my best to follow ever since.
National Socialists is what they were. Why it's called "right" I do not understand. Nazi Germany was a socialist police state, and every bit as deserving of the Left's repect as Mao, Pol Pot, or Fidel.
Robin and the Dalai Lama sound a lot like Lincoln:
"Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself, can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper, and the loss of self-control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog, than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite."
Univision is unlikely to become the top rated network, for a variety of reasons. Though there is ONE reason why it may.
1. Growth of Spanish speakers is set to level off in about 2012. This is pretty well documented. It's one reason Univision was sold off a few years ago - the growth curve was diminishing.
2. If Spanish speakers don't keep growing, Univision has to adopt a "Spanglish" policy of airing shows. It may have already - but it used to have a Spanish only dictate. Still, this would only allow it to compete directly with the top networks, not surpass them.
3. Univision is a hegemonic monster in its space. That is, Spanish language broadcasting. The best stuff comes from Mexico, Televisa in particular, and they have it all locked up. They literally have little or no real competition.
The main reason they COULD become #1 is this:
US broacasting and cable has become so niche, so broken up, and so BAD - just OVERWHELMINGLY BAD - that people are viewing less and less TV.
Univision's "Telenovelas" are not Soap Operas in the traditional sense. They have endings. They have story arcs that feed into the everyday feelings of people in a way Soap Operas don't. As a result, their programming connects in a more meaningful way with its audience. This make Univision a trusted and reliable "friend" in a way no US network is.
I made a few sincere efforts toward changing my sweetheart after we married. I quickly realized several things.
1. I didn't have a right to make her change.
2. The changes I hoped for would far more burden to her than blessing to me.
3. It wasn't going to happen anyway.
I have noticed one thing: no matter how wide our sheets and blankets, if it's chilly, I will not be able to keep much. "One good turn gets most of the covers..."
In prozac for the planet, it is obvious the writer is a true believer in AGW. It always amazes me that liberal arts majors who never had a physics or math course will repeat talking points and staunchly promote AGW. Of course, in the 1970s the same type of people were declaring we were all going to die from global cooling.
The Dalai Lama is a fraud. The guy is a Tibetan Al Sharpton, plying a shtick that gets him five-star hotels, and meetings with heads of state and movie-star celebrities, and lots of dough. If the Chinese ever vacated Tibet, there isn't one chance in a million that he'd leave off being the international superstar faith hustler Dalai Lama to go back to being head of a tiny, isolated third world country no one could give a rats ass about. This phony is the anti-Mandela.