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.
Thus you see, he is a Composition of Whim, Affectation, Wickedness, Vanity, and Inquietude, with a very small, if any Ingredient of Madness. … The ruling Qualities abovementioned, together with Ingratitude, Ferocity, and Lying, I need not mention, Eloquence and Invention, form the whole of the Composition
The rising cost of medical care comes from advanced, expensive technology (almost all created in the US), advanced expensive pharmacology, costs of malpractice insurance and absurdly excess expenditures to avoid lawsuits, and medical insurance and government insurance-subsidies for all medical care. Given all of the above things not changing anytime soon, the only way to control costs is bureaucratic rationing - which will entail the politicizing of any medical care which is covered by insurance. And that is a very bad idea, too. I see a future for medical care outside the entire insurance nexus.
Had I been a young, junior kid on the staff, I'm sure I would have done what McQueary did. Chain of authority. Had I been in Paterno's shoes, probably what he did: chain of authority. Arguably ethically wrong, but natural. (Update: I may not be well-informed about what was witnessed.)
I guess we might be more careful with our terms. Republican does not equal conservative.
As to "where the country is", I'm a little skeptical of the poles that say conservatives outnumber lefties 2 - 1. Again, it's all in the definition. Or maybe for some it in paying attention. I was going to say that a conservative could not vote for Obummer, but some (self described) conservatives surely did. Either because their definition of "conservative" is WAY different than mine or they didn't pay any attention to who Obummer was.
Romney was rejected by most for the same reason he is still being rejected by most. RomneyCare. We hated it then, we hate it now. He still defends it, indicating an inability to learn from disastrous mistakes.
Now, that cartoon on the other hand, hit me right between the eyes... guilty as charged...
I've always considered that first cartoon the greatest cartoon in Internet history. Thankfully, I'm not like that. Sometimes I'll let an entire minute go by before launching into a fiery tirade over some perceived wrong.
Also, +10 for the second cartoon.
Xkcd's ("Icksidee" to his friends) site is like Cracked or GraphJam. A lot of it's pretty lame, but some of it jumps right into brilliant. I couldn't resist stealing one of them for my art gallery, and it's so perfect I gave it top-page billing.