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.
Stavins on climate change remedies, recommending economic incentives. Env. Economics. Am I an idiot not to stay awake at night worrying about this? Climate does change, for whatever reasons. It has never been static. Heck, we were just covered under a mile of ice in New England a short ten thousand years ago, and will be again. The enviro-nuts are short-term thinkers. They need to think more Progressively: Change is Good - right? And if things warm up, we'll need less evil oil! And nature will take its course. What? Me worry? Hey, Al Gore - chill - or should I say, take a Prozac and a scotch and warm up and enjoy life. Che bella vita, as Bird Dog sometimes says.
"Mr. President, Build that Wall". Gates of Vienna on Immigration. Are we ever lucky to need a wall to keep interlopers out, instead of to keep people in?
I doubt that even most liberals want govt experts taking over a family function like this. MassRight. However, a true socialist would be happy, as more power accrues to the Almighty and Omniscient State.
It is the dawning of the Age of Eurabia, etc. Iowahawk
I know, I know. This person is so worthy, and we are all supposed to behave in that. Seventeen years faithful in marriage I can agree with them in theory. But what planet is he on? Does he really think married people stay hot for each other? The main purpose of marriage is to provide a stable home for the rearing of children. All else is applesauce. You stay together years after boredom and rage kill everything, because you wouldn't have had children if you weren't willing to put their happiness and nurture ahead of your own. Let's not get into too much twaddle about mutual joy and companionship or we will cause people to have exagerrated expectations of marriage and be that much more disappointed with the fallible, unstable, cranky loser they ended up with.
My minister talks a lot about Jesus as the lover of my soul and that consoles me for the deficiencies of my mere mortal husband.
My personal image of marriage is the medieval one of the two horses (or was it oxen?) pulling a plough, yoked together. Companions in labour, that served another. Whereas modern Americans have an image of marriage as happy frolicking in a field, joyous and free.
The only real argument against sex before marriage (other than the most important one of avoiding pregnancy and abortion) is that it is so much better than marital sex that you will never be fulfilled married. How can you keep him on the farm when he's been to Paree...
Seriously, tho, I am all for fidelity in marriage. We who are about to die salute you...But when I am a merry widow in a nursing home and bump into my one true love then I will finally be able to flirt again...
So right about the climate nonsense. Without being paranoid, I think it's a ploy to defeat economic growth - and nothing more. If growth is halted, why - then the Govt has to step in - right?
If those folks really cared, they'd quit their cars and plane flights, and go back to the stone age. Sanctimonious manipulative commies. Pardon my rant.