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.
From MIT: Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT.Awesome!
I can't tell you how cool that is - WOOT!! Time to do some mental refreshment. Look at these Grad School courses: Topics in Algebraic Topology: The Sullivan Conjecture, Geometry of Manifolds, Topics in Geometry: Mirror Symmetry/Dirac Geometry, Random Matrix Theory and Its Applications - and it goes on and on and on. You do realize that I'm going to blame you when the Mrs. gets on my case about sitting on my butt reading when I should be out fishing or golfing. :>)
"President Obama tends to lecture the wealthy
All limousine liberals love telling other people how to spend their money - except for themselves you understand. They know how to responsibly manage their funds and properly distribute them according to their wishes. The rest of us are rubes who need their funds confiscated for the purpose of redistribution.
Ever notice how wealthy political progressives always manage somehow to avoid paying taxes on their wealth.
re “60 Minutes” Edits Out Obama Claiming He’s the 4th Best President in History
On the doemstic side, from 0bama's point of view he is probably right. When it come's to advancing the Socialist agenda, I would argue he is indeed third behind FDR and LBJ. I guess freeing the slaves gets Lincoln past 0bama as well.
But his thinking on the foreign policy side loses me. By what possible yardstick could he be the 4th best president ever? I can only conclude that he scores domestic policy at 99% importance and FP at 1% in his own mind and voila! There you are, the 4th greatest POTUS ever.
Getting legislation passed and being a good (or great) president are two different things (which is not to say he had much to do with getting the legislation he brags about passed). The former is immediately determined. The latter is for history to judge.
I don't care how smart Obama thinks he is. He's careless. He didn't bother to research Hannukah, so he flubbed Big Time by lighting all the candles in the menorah at once, thus proving how careless he is. Shame on him. He gets an F -- again.
This is the third vacation Obama has had in the past couple of months. He masqueraded the other two as going to international conferences.
Several weeks ago he was in Hawaii for the APEC conference. He spent most of his time playing golf. He then went to Australia and then to Bali for the ASEAN conference, with most of the same people who had just been at the APEC conference at the ASEAN one, where they all made the same speeches again.
This whole thing is a complete racket, and we the taxpayers are paying the bill for Obama and others to live like they were the leaders of Imperial Rome.
mudbug my friend ... You're right. I'm being cranky because our days of nice vacations are gone and over with. But I do wish the maggiesfarmers and their loyal commenters a lovely Merry Christmas season. I know we still remain one of the most fortunate countries in the world, and that I live in a state with so many kind people I thank the Lord for them every day.
Maybe we'll come out from under that "Joe Bftsplk" cloud after the 2012 election. Does anybody besides me remember Joe Bftsplk? He was the guy in the Li'l Abner comic strip who always walked around with his own private little black cloud above his head. People naturally tended to avoid him.