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.
Not only are Obama's critics so dumb, he works to get to his preferred position of moderate liberalism. No, it's true, Newsweek and Andrew Sullivan said it.
"[T]he president begins by extending a hand to his opponents; when they respond by raising a fist, he demonstrates that they are the source of the problem; then, finally, he moves to his preferred position of moderate liberalism and fights for it without being effectively tarred as an ideologue or a divider. This kind of strategy takes time.
The author of that article gave him far more credit about being right about things than I would have. But that aside, Krugman was very worried about Bush's debt. It seems it all depends on who spends the money to him.
It would be extreme irony if the AGW fanatics got their way and unleashed a catastrophic cooling on the world. I guess it would fulfill one of their major objectives of killing off massive amounts of humans.
I'm just not buying the story with little credible supporting evidence that humans have much impact on the macro trends of this planet.
Ruddiman of UVA provided good evidence in 2005 that we are indeed holding an Ice Age at bay with human activity - but not with autos. He identifies the repurposing of land for herding and settled agriculture over the last several thousand years as what's done it.
Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum. Readable. Precise. Recommended.
I'm rereading "God Has Ninety-Nine Names" by Judith Miller, which was published in 1996 after her tenure as bureau chief in Eqypt. It's very sad that after all the U.S. involvement and loss of lives, we have made no strides in bringing peace or democracy to the Middle East and have, in fact, turned it over to the Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorism mostly birthed and financed by Saudi Arabia.
The discovery of oil there might have been the worst thing to happen to the people as the revenues capulted the House of Saud into unrestrained wealth while the tribal system's mentality continues to function as it did in the 5th century.
It's very sad that after all the U.S. involvement and loss of lives, we have made no strides in bringing peace or democracy to the Middle East and have, in fact, turned it over to the Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorism mostly birthed and financed by Saudi Arabia. (don't forget the Canadians, the Brits et al)
"...peace or democracy...? Never can...never will.
The so-called "progressives," whether here in the U.S. or elsewhere in the Western world, are perpetually naive in their efforts to force the more primitive peoples of the world "to grow up." In the words of the pop song, "growing up is hard to do."
True, we have made few strides in bringing freedom and democracy to the Mid East. We've tried to impose it, but that doesn't work. Our own history should have taught us that. We had to want freedom so badly we could taste it -- and be willing to fight for it. It's not our freedom if someone else, with the best will in the world, imposes it on us before we are ready. This is the biggest mistake the hard-line liberals in this country make. They think they know better than we do what we want and need.