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.
Obama gave us health care reform. In the middle of a downward economic spiral, he turned all his political capital, all his considerable power, all his impressive popularity and his two congressional majorities into a grab bag of liberal policy schemes that, in the end, could only be passed with reconciliation.
True, some squishy Democrats wouldn't go for the entire single-payer nationalization scheme — which was, until today, considered "compromise" — but give it time. "When Medicare started, it was a small program. It grew," explained the president on Tuesday. Things grow. This thing of ours, he explained, "is a long game; this is not a short game."
There - he said it again. The long game, the long march. Pure Gramsci/Alinsky.
Roth addresses the disturbingly undemocratic nature of the regime of mass immigration imposed by authorities on the citizens of all Western nations in defiance of their expressed wishes, and shows that the chasm between elite views and public opinion is so deep that current policies can only be maintained by an increasingly totalitarian suppression of dissent.
All Leftist parties are in favor of dismantling the West in its traditional form; Socialists have always been opposed to nation-states. Whatever opposition there is can be found on the political Right, but it is fragmented, and those who pose a genuine challenge to the oligarchs and the status quo will be ruthlessly demonized; assassinated like Pim Fortuyn in the Netherlands, put on trial like Geert Wilders, banned by law as was the Vlaams Blok when it was the largest party in Belgium, or assaulted in their private homes by thugs with the quiet approval of the authorities, as is the case with the Sweden Democrats. Individuals are legally prosecuted for telling the truth about Third World immigration in general and Islamic immigration in particular, among them Jussi Halla-aho in Finland and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in Austria. All of this takes place in the supposedly “free and democratic West.”
Back in the day when I still had my VHF/UHF satellite station (amateur radio), I had a ton of fun using meteor scatter - it was a blast. The Perseid shower gives you a little better signal path, but the sheer quantity of the Geminid shower allows for a lot of contacts in a short period of time. Best ever in terms of distance - 1240 miles transmitter-to-transmitter.
Used to do low power moon bounce too, but that became boring - not many hams were into moon bounce.
I had skipped over that link this a.m. but then someone emailed the link to me, so I had to read it.
I don't think the defects cited in the rant were sex specific. For every dead beat husband out there I bet I can show you at least one wife who stays at home and spends every damn dime her husband makes.
As for who hurls the most personal insults in the comments section, I find it curious that the author can discern the sex of the commenter. Can the author also determine the religion and ethnicity from the comments as well?
The insulting commenter on AVI's site presents himself as a male. Of course, "on the internet, nobody knows if you're a dog"...It might be a female who hates women...My post was just a rant in response to the fellow's vitriol about women. I take people at face value, don't have time to second guess them.
Cassandra of Villainous Company had some good comments on the post in which she agreed about types of hostile commenters she has also encountered blogging. And had some interesting observations of her own that are well worth reading.
You're right, of course, that plenty of women waste their husbands' money. I do write about my own, and other women's failings (tho I don't spend a penny of my spouse's money, as I earn my own), and am not usually in the habit of male bashing. My gripe was with a particularly churlish troll who insulted friends of mine. And most of the female bloggers I know (none of them timid creatures) are less tolerant of the kinds of gratuitous insults and abuse and sabotaging remarks of trolls. We females want people on our blogs to be civil to each other, even when vociferously disagreeing. Because the worst part of being around a dog with fleas is that some of the fleas jump onto you as well: you find yourself starting to itch and snap too, like them. One becomes as rude as the troll, if one stays around them too long...
As an experiment, ask your wife or sister or daughter to read the full thread in the link on AVI's site, and give you their impressions of the character and manners of "Anonymous". Perhaps I am too prudish. Perhaps I am spoiled because my husband and son are chivalrous and would never say such things to any female...
On Palin's hunting. I thought the shot she was taking, with the caribou standing on the ridge, was somewhat reckless. I know that even if the animal was lower there is always the chance of a ricochet, however, she was throwing rounds over that ridge with no idea of what was over the hill.
government should not be picking our charities for us.
I got into a discussion on this on a leftist blog. I was told in all seriousness that because individuals may not be aware of deserving charities, it is most efficient and desirable if a strong central government does the research and decides who are the most deserving charities out there.
Actually, there's an app for that. It's called "United Way". Private sector donations to private sector charities; targeted if you choose or let it go to a general fund for distribution to charities you may not have heard of.