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.
...the notion that artists might actually consider earning a living doesn’t register at all. There’s not even the briefest flickering of that possibility. The idea that artists might endeavour to produce work that their customers would pay for voluntarily, without Arts Council coercion and political vetting, appears to be unworthy, and perhaps unthinkable. Artists are much too important to waste their time making beautiful things that people want to buy. According to Laurie, their role is political and much, much grander - to “imagine a culture beyond the control of capital and the nation state.”
The Supreme Court is in theory a nonpartisan institution, one that is above politics. But the same forces that have caused Americans to lose trust in the presidency and Congress appear to be affecting the way Americans view the Supreme Court. In addition to the public's lower level of trust in the judicial branch of the federal government today than in recent years, the Supreme Court's approval ratings -- like those of Congress and the president -- are in the lower range historically.
I blame those characters who assassinated the character of Borke and Thomas...
It's all going according to the plan of the anarchist left.
On the other hand, the news on the Supremes is not all bad:
A plurality of Americans, 42%, believe the Supreme Court's ideology is "about right," but more believe it is "too liberal" than "too conservative."
The role of art is to “imagine a culture beyond the control of capital and the nation state.” It's our duty, then, to ensure that artists live a starving life. Isn't that the way the best art gets created?
Speaking of Solyndra, have you read the Carpe Diem web site in the last week. Perry has had several articles on the oil shale boom in North Dakota and elsewhere. The numbers are so impressive that you wonder how anyone thinks alternative energy is even remotely an economic possibility. How about dollar a gallon gas for the next 200 years!
The Carpe Diem site is highly recommended by the way. It is an economics site, slightly libertarian, with more than the usual amount of charts and stats. I added it to my list because it is more upbeat than most, something to balance out my normally pessimistic outlook.
Late to the party here, but TRICARE isn't the greatest thing in the world, but remember...Us old guys who joined the service in the'60s were told (despite later claims counter) if we stayed in for 20, we'd get 50 percent of our base pay and medical care for us and our families for life. For free.
Which is why many of us stayed (especially those last few years).
And we DO have co-pays.
But medical care -- oh, that doesn't mean dental. We need to buy separate dental insurance.
I'm in my early 60s. I'm told that once I hit 65 I can't go to the military hospital I've been using for going on 20 years. I'll need to find an off-post doctor.