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.
Personally, I'm sick of the government trying to keep me safe and do my thinking for me. I like a little danger and excitement every once in a while to let me know I'm still alive. I want to ignore the label warnings and use a product in a manner inconsistent with the directions. I want to rip the tag off my mattress and ride my bicycle without a helmet. These trifling brushes with danger are made exciting by the fact that the elitist power set have sucked all the fun out of life with their endless rules and regulations.
Down in the South, we're used to doing things considered dangerous by most without giving them much of a thought. People hunt alligators for a living in Louisiana -- not exactly a safe occupation, as you can see on the History Channel. We don't cotton much to outsiders lecturing us on our salt intake or telling us we have to be tolerant of Muslim terrorists. We have bugs and snakes that, far from being cute and cuddly, are dangerous and best killed when encountered. We can't afford useless feel-good pesticides. Louisiana has the best food in the country, so Michelle needs to stay out of New Orleans. We believe in enjoying life because it tends to be hard and too short. We prefer to decide for ourselves rather than have someone decide for us.
Re the Navy Times clip: It made me shudder to watch the XO of a CVN in his media wannabe role. My Navy has fallen on parlous times indeed when this kind of juvenile crap becomes the norm. CAPT Honors has disgraced the Navy and his name as well. He had plenty of help, too.
Re: Obama being only half white
I think the racist card is wearing thin with everybody but the left (who are largely more appropriate targets - can I still say "target"?). Nobody seems to look at O the other way: Since he's half black he is also half white. He CHOSE to be considered black when he didn't have to. He is the one who is interjecting race into his identity.
Oh... But he LOOKS black...
Is that all there is to it? Skin color? Why is that different from hair color? or eye color or any other insignificant feature? IT'S NOT... unless someone gives color importance. Positive or negative importance is the same thing and they are both racial at the least and racist at the worst.
Dark energy is the modern day equivalent of phlogiston: a sign of total confusion among the science shamans of the day. Desperate times call for desperate "solutions" to such difficult questions I suppose. Might I suggest to our cosmology friends the sacrificial slaughter of a goat or two to appease the God of the Big Bang in order to achieve enlightenment and clarity?