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.
Me? I'm a believer because... well because I've really got Nothing Better to do. That's because measuring myself against even the smallest, most finite, and bounded idea of God I can conceive I'm about gnat size in relation to that. I wish others saw it that way, but among the smart monkeys most of us think of ourselves as some sort of gigantic intellect -- at least in comparison to, say, a clam. Those who are long on stupidity are always short on humility.
America is more than just her president or her federal government. Liberals do not see that. They see government in every facet of life and thus politics everywhere. They cannot see a nation where people do not care about Washington. If people did care about Washington, then the Tea Party would be twice as large and twice as angry. But Americans are a tolerant people whose patience stems from the knowledge that this too shall pass. Barack Obama caved because a president is not omnipotent. He thought he was when he controlled Congress. He no longer does. It is no fun any more being president. He caved because he no longer wants to be president. Expect more, not less, of this stuff over the next year as the man who once smiled becomes a frowning, scornful and mocked man. The beauty of the American system is that, so far, it is bigger than any one man and it can — and will — correct itself.
The modern liberal is wedded to a thoroughly reactionary worldview in which he worships the institutions he controls and is full of paranoia and suspicion of those he does not. He disdains the common man and longs for enlightened leaders to uplift him and to transform his country into a messianic vision of a kingdom of heaven in which no one ever goes hungry and everyone is perfectly equalized-- a pseudo-religious vision of government as religion that is wholly primitive in its conflation of theology and civics.
President Obama's speech on Thursday might do more to help him that not. Everybody seems to be focusing on NFL Football, but only the NFL Network is carrying the final pre-season games. Not many folks have the NFL network. Then again the latest is that this speech is only a "down paymenet" on his real jobs plan which will be produced in the next few weeks.
You know, I have this hunch that the President (and his minions) really honestly think that the average American is stupid, inept and intellectually challenged. This little power play couldn't have been more obvious but they went with it anyway.
And this whole meme from the Left side of the aisle about "disrespecting" the President - don't they understand how government works? Boehner represents his district (8th Ohio), then his caucus and then the House of Representatives. He leads a co-equal branch of government. He doesn't have to do squat if he doesn't want to. Frankly, if I were Boehner, I'd tell the President to go on TV instead of calling a special session of Congress. But that's me.
Climate Apostates - eventually, this too shall pass. They are getting more and more desperate. Think about Al Gore calling the cloud data produced by the world's foremost physicists at CERN "bullshit". And yes, Apostates is exactly the term I wanted to use.
Best pull quote from the Solyndra scaldal - "they just couldn't compete with Chinese companies making the same quality panel..."
Maxine Waters wants banks gone. Of course she does now that her husband has finished raiding the US Treasury through the auspices of his bank which no longer exists.
EPA regulation - don't get all happy about this - it's only a moratorium on implementing the regulation for two years - or until after the election which ever comes first.
Selling Real Estate - who were they hoping to attract - men or lesbian women? I'm confused.
Psychopathic Bosses - they just figured this out? I could have told them this years ago.
And now, I'm off for a fun day of running the grandkids around the lake on a tube and water ski's. I fully expect to have a good case of heat exhaustion by the time we all come back for family dinner, but hey - that's why they make boats and Grandfathers.
RE: Solyndra - they couldn't compete with Chinese AND US solar panel developers. I've followed Solyndra, and 3 days ago on Zero Hedge, Bruce Krasting called them out, complaining that the government "invested" in a company that wouldn't open its books (it's a private company and doesn't have to). He had problems with the "investment" (as did the GAO), complaining that there was no way to know what they were really doing with the money or how efficient theyd' become. NPR spent a bit more time on the issue, explaining that Solyndra's technology is somewhat groundbreaking, but they were incapable of lowering costs.
RE: the STORM - I'm sure it wasn't as bad when it hit you, BD, but around here in NJ, I stayed awake through it to be sure I could manage any damage. Luckily, we avoided anything severe. But it WAS a hurricane here. And the next town over is still struggling to dig itself out, as are several other low level towns on streams and rivers. Mostly problematic because of ACE levees, dams, etc. that haven't been maintained, or promises of being able to "manage" 100 year storms......but still, it's not just a "a storm" here.
Loved the story about Costco. We shop there. I always tell the wife (who hasn't worked in 2 years) she should work there. She'd probably waltz in at a managerial level, but she's very picky.