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 policy directs cash to farm states that are rich in political influence, lawmakers are rallying to save this payoff from expiration. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who insisted Sunday that President Obama's fiscal commission didn't go far enough in its deficit reduction plan, has paired with Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) to press for renewal of the gratuitous corn ethanol tax credit and the ethanol tariff through 2015. Typically, the farm lobby has won out on such issues. But this year it's meeting stronger than usual opposition from a bloc of fiscal conservatives and environmentalists, backed by such strange bedfellows as Tea Party organizer FreedomWorks and ultra-liberal pressure group MoveOn.org - even Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Al Gore.
Nice to see the Navigators getting some mention. Thanks for the Full Armor of God link. Our good friends here in Maine, the Whitney's, coordinate The Navigators' collegiate work with NavFusion—the volunteer-led campus ministry of The Navigators' collegiate work.
Their profile is here [if I can get past the spam filter] featured with their 10 children: http://www.navigators.org/us/staff/whitney
Comment on picture on the right. Stunning art work.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas
Hmmm, I attempted to thank you for posting about the Navigators and was informed that the folks at TSA had to approve my message first [Submitted comments will be subject to moderation before being displayed.] Interesting development... I've been accused of many things, but being immoderate is not one of them.
Anyway, thanks! Our good friends and fellow Chop Point family, the Whitney's, (ten children!) run the collegiate program in the Northeast... http://www.navigators.org/us/staff/whitney
By the way, folks ... Hope you all didn't miss The White House Resident's latest stumble. It was a burlesque show's "get the hook" moment. Mr. Obama, desperate to get some backing from his own party to pass the tax cut/no cut legislation, asked Bill Clinton to come to his presser and back him up. "Sure," the former President replied, smacking his lips.
Mr. Obama brought him to the podium expecting a brief statement from Clinton urging Democrats to follow their Leader. Instead, Mr. Clinton more or less took over, answering questions from the press for another half hour, speaking comfortably and eloquently about the arcane subject of economics [he was a Rhodes Scholar, after all].
Obama, who was getting more and more uncomfortable by the minute, finally did one of the most stupid things I've ever seen a sitting President do. He left the field of battle, saying "Michelle's expecting me to take her to a Christmas party."
You just don't do that with Slick Willie, who is a master at tying his enemies in knots.
I guess Obama really does want to be a one term President.