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 American people are in the midst of a serious struggle to figure out what it is that they stand for--what it means to be an American. Obama, Pelosi and Reed have performed the extremely useful service of clarification. We may not fully know what we are, but it is pretty safe to say that after 2010, we certainly know what we are not.
Two Americas: the Americans who want to be given free stuff, and the Americans who do things and make things. The latter just barely out-vote the former - which is to our credit.
By examining ice core samples for the past 10,500 years we learn that approximately 9,100 of the past 10,500 years were warmer than 2010... Thus, regardless of which year ( 1934, 1998, or 2010) turns out to be the warmest of the past century, that year will rank number 9,099 in the long-term list.
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That guy is so lucky. When I went fishing in the mountains I carried a 44 magnum revolver in case I disturbed an ill tempered bear. You don't know what a bear will do. I knew one person who was chased and treed by a bear.
And let's not forget that those bears have become "friends" with man but, should they wander--as they are likely to to--and come incontact with bear HUNTERS, those bears will soon become rugs, stew and steaks.
Making friends with wildlife often results in their deaths.
You're right Bird Dog ... the BBC cameraman cosying up to large black bears is insane. The photos are enough to make one's blood run cold, with those fragile little children within paws' length of the adult bear. Downs, my husband, is something of an expert on bears and has studied them and written about them for many years [and, yes, polar bears are even more dangerous to humans than black bears, although the black bears are pretty lethal on their own]. All bears are pretty much omnivores. They'll eat anything. And they get hungry often, at which point all bets are off, so to speak, on any "friendship" humans think they have with the animals.
That father is completely irresponsible to allow his children so close to an adult bear. I expect to hear the sad tale of this family any time now.