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.
If you can remember only one fact, make it this one: The middle class (middle quintile) pays 14.1 percent of its income in federal taxes, while the rich (top tenth of one percent of the population) pay 30.4 percent.
"Nearly 16,000 migrated to California, while 10,000 moved to New Jersey, 8000 to New York, and 8000 to other American states," according to Gabriel. "Around 14,000 left to Australia, 17,000 to Canada, and 20,000 settled in the Netherlands, Italy, England, Austria, Germany and France."
"Are American girls hornier than when I was young?" Not exactly Bird Dog dear. It's just that now they exist in a vast emptiness where moral and ethical standards used to be. We used to present them with a set of moral imperatives as a kind of scaffold on which they could hang their personal experiences, after they had decided which of them were strong enough to act as guides the next time The Question came up. Parents aren't supposed to do that any more.
Which is why there are so many young folks carrying around the baggage of bad decisions.
These days, prosecutors seem to be in favor of piling on the charges in order to intimidate defendants into accepting a plea bargain, even when (or especially when) the case against them is weak. I think this is an abhorrent practice, and the main reason it seems to work is because the grand jury system has broken down. Instead of protecting defendants against over-zealous prosecutors, grand juries seem only too willing to go along with the prosecution, leaving it up to the trial jury to serve proper justice. But by that time, the defendant's reputation may be ruined, or he may reluctantly accept a plea bargain in order to avoid the enormous risk or expense that's associated with just about any trial.
So what's happening to the Copts is what is said to have happened to the Palestinians. Yet the Palis have the entire UN beating the drums for 'justice', while the Copts just have some crickets.
What's the diff?
I'd say, the diff is a two-parter: One, what happened to the Palis didn't really happen, and, two, the fake evildoers are Hebrews, while the real evildoers are (shhh!) Muslims.
Now the Copts, in disappearing, simply disappear ('What's a Copt?'), when, if only they would stubbornly stay put in their homeland, could hope to become 'occupiers', and to, by and by, be reviled for it by the fork-tongued legions of the Great Golden Donkey.