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.
It’s a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit. Who are these 50 million Americans? Many are somebody’s grandparents, maybe one of yours, who wouldn’t be able afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some are kids with disabilities . . . so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.
—President Barack Obama, April 13, 2011
Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists would be censored at the whim of the government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens. . . .
—Senator Edward Kennedy, July 1, 1987
You can scare half of the people half of the time, but you cannot scare all of the people all of the time.
Off topic, but I also wanted to say something to those pitiful whining gals at Yale: If you have to run to Mommy every time something bothers you, you will go nowhere in life. Maybe you have been a good girl all of your life, played your sport, did your homework, sat attentively in class, pleased your teachers, studied for your SATs, etc. Now it's time to grow a spine. If a guy pisses you off, give it back to them as good as you get. If harmless Yalie nurds "intimidate" you, you will have a real problem with real life.
It's called The War Between the Sexes Genders, and it's all good fun. Running to Mommy is not cool.
Who ya gonna call when you're CEO of GE?
I always got a kick out of the short-skirted long-legged gals in NYC who had snappy repartee ready for the construction workers' whistles. It's fun sport for all, and it's all loaded with sex.
Before Mrs. Mudbug and I got married, there was a sexual harassment charge against her (and my) boss relating to unwanted advances. The "powers that be" called her into an office and asked if she'd been "approached" by him. She said she had not. Then they asked her to let them know if he does make any unwanted advances to which the future Mrs. Mudbug replied (I love this!): "I don't think so. I think I can take care of myself, thank you!"
It turns out that she had been "harassed" by more than one jerk at her previous position - which from her description, were incredibly crude. She had no trouble taking care of them on her own.
Best one I ever heard (overheard): Pretty young thing in a minsikirt ditty bopping down the street when a preening male peacock said loud enough for his pals to hear: "Boy, would I love to get into your pants", to which the comely young thing replied without missing a step : "No thanks, I already have one asshole in there".
Now, that is the way for a woman to respond. The male peacock and his pals roared with laughter and no harm was done. You can be sure his pals roasted him about it long after. PC overkill has taken all the fun out of being a guy- and maybe even a young woman. Point is it is best to give it right back(with humor) rather than go running to Mommy or the PC police.