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.
Jihad - It's really all about killing Jews (and other infidels): Pres. Ahmadinejad of Iran: “We are in the process of a historical war between the World of Arrogance [the west] and the Islamic world... Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism? You had best know that this slogan and this goal is attainable, and surely can be achieved.” Is there any limit to limp "tolerance" and "understanding"? Do we not value our culture? Where is our Churchill? Read Steyn's comments.
Time for a political offensive by the Admin? From Am. Thinker:
"The Democrat Party has just entered the McGovern Zone. The nation is at war against deadly enemies and the Democrats are going into an election committed to capitulation. They are gambling everything on failure in Iraq. If, in six months, successful elections have been held in Iraq and we have begun reducing our troop levels there, only a few hardcore nutjobs will still cling to the idea that Iraq is a hopeless quagmire. That idea is all the Democrats have to offer and when it dies the Democrat Party itself will be teetering on the edge of extinction."
The pros like Barone and John Leo are going to drive the amateur bloggers, like us, out of existence. That's OK - we accept Darwin. And we are glad that Barone has a blog. Quote: "The impulse of intellectual elites in Europe, and North America as well, is to show their tolerance by tolerating intolerance of tolerance." Hey - ain't that Virtuous?
From Gov. Blanco's staff emails after Katrina (NYT, via Drudge): (my bold print):
"Bush's numbers are low, and they are getting pummeled by the media for their inept response to Katrina and are actively working to make us the scapegoats," Bob Mann, Ms. Blanco's communications director, wrote in an e-mail message that afternoon, outlining plans by Washington Democrats to help turn the blame back onto President Bush." and "She must temper her anger and frustration," Johnny Anderson, Ms. Blanco's assistant chief of staff, wrote a day after it became widely known that large crowds were suffering at the New Orleans convention center. "We have to work too hard to lose the public relations battle.""
As Bird Dog always says, you cannot be too cynical to understand politics. They are not "good people": A "necessary evil."
It is clear that the MSM and many Americans have for many embraced a double standard with respect to "third world" peoples, which is that people of color who live in the undeveloped nations cannot be held to the same moral standards as us civilized and sophisticated folk. We saw this in the 1970s when there was no outrage to the killing of 3 million in Cambodia. We see it now in the reaction to Iran and Hamas and suicide bombings.
PEOPLE, listen up! The technical word for this in RACISM. The entire fabric of liberalism is racist - they the elites must guide the poor, confused minorities of the world whosimply cannot be trusted with their futures! We are told that we cannot hold them responsible for acts which, conducted by "us", would be considered atrocities, because they do not know any better. What contempt! Could the intrinsic overwhelming racism possibly be any clearer?