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.
Bird Dog should be back tomorrow. Surely, lotsa photos of something or other. -- I've been a good boy, Mrs. She Who Must Be Obeyed, and did not post any photos of the disrobed beauties that MF readers crave. Boooorring.
Congressional report counts real costs of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion: “The report estimates the health law will cost state taxpayers at least $118.04 billion through 2023--more than double the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) recent estimate of $60 billion through 2021.”
Remember when all children listened to and loved classical music?
You end up with four or five layers down there taking tucks and you end up with some rules of engagement that don't look like what the chairman of the Joint Chiefs or the Joint Chiefs of Staff or even the Combatant Commander intended. Now why is that? Well, it's fear. It's because of our litigious society. It's because of Congress overseeing things and having hearings.
The recent Rolling Stone article by Michael Hastings has brought to the surface a debate over the difference between "inform," "influence" and the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948.
Human Rights Watch criticizes the only democracy in Middle East, but ignores Middle East tyrannies. Its Middle East director must go. – Related: Human Rights Watch founder starts new organization to actually advance human rights.
[A]ll signs indicate that the first casualty of Arab democracy may well be Egypt’s peace with Israel — because so far, Egypt’s opposition has been unanimous in demanding that the treaty be either scrapped entirely or “renegotiated” out of existence....And while “renegotiating” the treaty may sound less threatening than scrapping it altogether, it isn’t. For the two items most Egyptians want to renegotiate are precisely those that made the treaty viable for Israel: one essential to its economic security, and one to its physical security. [Israel returned Sinai to Egypt, after capturing it in 1967 when Egypt invaded Israel, for supposedly secure supplies of Egyptian oil and the demilitarization of Sinai.]
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled Thursday that implementation of the health law can proceed — but he gave the Obama administration just seven days to file an appeal….
Vinson issued a stay of his own Jan. 31 ruling that declared the entire health care reform law unconstitutional. He chastised the government for not interpreting that ruling as an immediate injunction to stop implementing the new law….
“It was not expected that they would effectively ignore the order and declaratory judgment for two and one-half weeks, continue to implement the Act, and only then file a belated motion to 'clarify,'” Vinson wrote….
In short, while one proclaims one’s admiration for everything “transgressive,” everything that claims to “challenge” the status quo, one in fact is scrupulously careful to direct one’s transgressive, challenging gestures only to those conventions which are not part of the artistic community’s self-understanding. In challenging conventions, you do not, of course, challenge your own conventions. In celebrating diversity, you do not, of course, celebrate anyone who dissents in any important way from The Narrative. You respect the diversity of allthose who agree with you. As for the rest, they are “offensive,” “divisive”; they contribute to “a climate of hate,” or whatever is this week’s favored term of opprobrium. In the name of diversity, they must be silenced.
Irony Alert! Obama supporter says of Sarah Palin: “[Matt] Damon said he still feels it was reckless to have someone who was "a complete mystery to everybody" be "literally a heartbeat away from the presidency."
ZINGO!:The [AAUP] report is, in effect, a mask for the effort to politicize the university even further. The “controversies” it would protect the university from arise not, as the AAUP would have it, mostly from the “intrusion” of outside parties, but from the attempt to use the university as a platform for partisan political advocacy….criticisms have to be weighed on their merits no matter how they arise and who brings them to light.
Heh - Instead of have a nobody being a heartbeat from the Presidency, we have a nobody actually BECOME President.
Which, if I may be allowed a moment of musing, I was willing to buy into giving President Obama a chance to work some magic. I didn't vote for him, but he is the President and maybe, just maybe, he would see the light - its happened before. Age and experience, while highly recommended as a general rule, sometimes doesn't work and new ideas and fresh concepts are needed.
I was wrong, I admit it. Same old New Left song and dance in au courant clothing.
A Word of Caution
Unfortunately much too true. Our leadership has failed us across more than one President. Maybe because I never really became engaged in politics until well after I graduated university and was in the work force, but in my opinion it started with Nixon. And now we have a situation where we have to borrow money from China to purchase energy from the Middle East and tax our own citizens into poverty in the name of being "citizens of the world".
Witness the great state of CT - we are about to be taxed on money we don't spend. Buy something on sale and you will be taxed not on the sale price, but the retail price - taxed on money you don't spend. Buy a car and you pay tax on the sticker price, not on what you actually pay for it.
I don't know, Tom. There's a certain symmetry with Obummer's position on the "commerce clause" vis a vis the Obummercare - not entering in to commerce is considered commerce and thus can be controlled.
Bruce ... Apparently it's been an awfully hard week for you -- at least you look like one pi$$ed pussycat in the picture above. Calm down, my pet. "Even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea," as Algernon Charles Swinburne said.
P.S. We all enjoyed your reign, brief though it was...