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.
Liberals are the aggressors in the culture war (and not always for the worse, as the civil-rights movement demonstrates). What they object to isn’t so much the government imposing its values on people — heck, they love that. They see nothing wrong with imposing their views about diet, exercise, sex, race, and the environment on Americans. What outrages them is resistance or even non-compliance with their agenda. “Why are you making such a scene?” progressives complain. “Just do what we want, and there will be no fuss.”
In the late 1980's and early 90's, there was a rash of pit-bull attacks. These attacks were primarily related to the growth of inner-city dog fighting rings.
I knew a police officer in NYC back then, who told me stories of breaking up the rings. The dogs were mistreated and as a result, were extremely dangerous. The preferred breed was the pit bull, which is a tenacious animal when provoked.
This led many people to believe they were dangerous animals. The Economist even wrote an article discussing studies which assumed there were mental issues with these dogs which made them naturally more violent. It was all hokum.
Dogs, generally, pick up the temperament and behaviors their owners allow them to pick up. They are habit driven creatures.
Any dog can be a 'bad dog'. What made me change my view of pit bulls as an aggressive breed was meeting my wife (no, she's not a pit bull). She lived with her brothers and her older brother owned one. He was, without a doubt, the sweetest, most loyal and lovable creature I'd ever met. Not timid, but not aggressive.
Since then, I've met many others, and few are aggressive. The ones that are have owners who don't know how to manage or raise a dog. Really, that's all it is.
Everyone thinks owning a dog is easy. It isn't. It takes time to train a dog to behave properly, and you have to make sure the dog understands who the dominant personalities are, or the dog will become the dominant personality. That will, usually, lead to trouble.
Poor nutrition! What exactly is poor nutrition? Sure I can see it in Somalia and other 3rd world countries where famine is common. But in the first world "poor nutrition" is really anything that doesn't fit my baises and precpnceived ideas. A vegetarian or vegan would consider eating meat to be poor nutrition. For a health food nut any junk food, especially McDonalds, is poor nutrition. For Micheal Bloomberg poor nutrition is salt and transfats. There is NO FOOD that some group does not think is poor nutrition. And there is no disease or human affliction that some group does not believe is caused by your diet.
Is obesity caused by junk food and soft drinks? Obviously not or everyone who ate junkfood and drank soft drinks would be obese. Obesity is genetic you get it from your parents not McDonalds. You certainly can gain weight living in a modern Western country where there is food available on every street corner but most people don't become obese. Most of us suffer from a few extra pounds and contrary to popular belief studies have shown that it is actually healthy to have a few extra pounds. Twiggy might have been a successful model but she was a very poor role model.
Obesity is a genetic problem and best dealt with on an individual basis. The very idea that it would be wise to limit every school childs diet because 17% of them are obese is bizarre at best. It would make as much sense to put all drivers in jail because 17% drive drunk or high. Treat the individual don't mandate to the entire population.
Haven't been able to afford my usual monthly check out stand magazine purchase for two years now. I used to pick up Bon Appetit, and Cook's. DH picked up Fine Homebuilding, Forbes, and The Economist. Can't afford any of these anymore--nor can we afford the local newspaper, even though it has become just an organ for the dems/unions. Sooo, between two people there are five magazines we no longer buy. We used to buy those every month. Several times a year we used to pick up Fine Gardening, Sunset and no longer purchase those either.
We are living on that SS which you folks here at MF would like us to put into the hands of the corrupt in NYC--which leads me to another subject. Why can't the conservatives just come out and acknowledge that ever since the 1970's WS has become more and more dishonest and corrupt? If you were to acknowledge that one little issue, we might just might be able to begin to have a REAL conversation about keeping Capitalism alive. IF, you were to acknowledge that problem, you would have the benefit of exposing the many, many dems in both the house and senate who have voted for those accounting, reporting, and financial reporting laws that have created today's corruption! You might also like to give just a little one other issue: how about taking SS retirement away from those who do not need it? That would certainly re-supply the pot a little bit! Let's say you would agree to something like this: those who have a retirement payout from other sources of more than $45,000 a year would no longer receive SS? Or how about on a graduated scale reducing amount received according to the differing levels of other income? There see how easy that is---now youc an go to the dems and say "let's undo Obama Care". Then you would have a leg to stand on, unless of course you are all the same small bunch of wealthy elites sitting in that smoke filled bar at the top of the bank building--then of course none of us win!
"..researchers from the US Navy are hoping to confirm what the men who discovered the wreck believe: that the sunken ship off the coast of Rhode Island is the USS Revenge, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry and lost on a stormy January day in 1811."
Thanks for the pit bull article. I owned a pit back in the '80's. He died with lymphatic cancer at 11 years old and I've never gotten over him. I've owned other breeds since then and dearly loved them all but he was the best dog I've ever owned. His name was Russell.