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.
Feminists began to embrace and promote the legacy of author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) in the 1970s, starting with an article by Alice Walker in Ms. magazine. This rescue effort was necessary, according to a pair of Harvard professors in the Chronicle of Higher Education, because Hurston had lapsed into obscurity “probably due to her political views.”
RE: why our best officers are leaving the Military.
I can relate to that. I was an Army NCO in the late '90's, and felt that way too, the way the current crop of leaders are feeling. What pushed me over the top was the APG issue, and the institution of Concideration of Others training forced upon us by the hand-wringers.
That, and the (then) crop of recruits freshly minted from basic training. Out of shape, non trained for their jobs, and little more than whinners in tree suits ("I need more free time than I get"). I did an on the spot correction to one, when he pulled out a 'stress card', and held it up. Amazed, I looked at it, and questioned what the hell he was doing. After explaining, I was totally amazed this ACTUALLY was happening in our training units.
After talking with many of my fellow NCO's, they saw the same things, felt the same way, and many were either retiring, taking early-outs, or just not re-enlisting (which, was my case). Too much Bureaucracy, not enough real-world reality (fight/train for wars, not PC issues), and little support from the higher leadership.
I looked forward to being an NCO comming up the ranks, after doing my time, earning my way, then doing the middle management of the Army. It went from fear/respect of the Sergeants and their authority, to being a nurse-maid and wiping their underlings noses when they ran too hard.
I see where the current fighting hasn't changed much, but given us experenced vets, and highlighted our shortcommings.
Are huge northeast snow storms due to global warming?
Of course - I mean global warming is responsible for two headed calfs, hemorrhoids, jock itch, halotosis, STDs and lousy resturant service. Weather is just side show for the real problems caused by global warming.
Ha-ha, Tom. I like it. Weather and fossil fuels are the rascals, according to the greenie meanies. They'll try to overcontrol our free market system right into bankruptcy. I'm going to buy my paint gun ... I swear it. And the next busybody who comes up on my porch "to tell me about how we're ruining our environment" is gonna get a faceful.