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.
When I was young I affected to believe that to look a mess was a sign of inner profundity. I made the mistake of supposing that if the wise are bearded, the bearded are wise. If I adopted the supposed manner of an artist, therefore, I too would be an artist, or at least artistic. And, conveniently enough, the sloppiness of inner profundity required no effort on my part. As everyone knows, a lot of human history consists of man’s attempt to escape effort.
Penelope Trunk. That blog is almost surreal. Good to express ones self, but people are different and handle their lives in different ways. Can you relate to situations of "You never talk to me?" Hi dear, how was your day? "Good." (Then Nothing, before they spend the next hour on the phone to someone else.)
Or You can't talk about your work, its confidential. Well then you shouldn't be surprised when you say something about work, and the response is "I'm sorry, I wasn't listening, You were talking about work, so I don't listen for fear of hearing something I shouldn't."
She, PT, likes to talk endlessly. He, The Farmer, doesn't. They are incompatible, but she marries him anyway. Then he gets annoyed because she, PT, turns out to be a clinging, needy person, so eventually he hits her. She decides to stay--but don't abused wives always stay and tolerate more abuse even when they know it's the wrong choice? So now PT, on at least her second marriage, writes that divorce is selfish. Pardon me, but isn't she the absolutely wrong person to be giving love/life advice to anyone? She sounds totally screwed up to me. Perhaps she should fix up her own life first before offering advice to others. Nothing succeeds like success, my dear PT.
@ Act of Valor - I just saw it, and its very good.
The reviews do it no justice - for anybody whom served, they will find kinship with the SEALS. The conversation is said to be dry; it makes perfect sense to anybody whom has worn BDUs or been a soldier\sailor.
For a film that cost $12mil to make, its done very well.
Funny that two of your topics would seem incompatable (barren swaths in the Mediterranean and Greece's excessive bureacracy) but the irony is Greece has many regulations but most of them are not enforced. From our house in Greece we hear them throwing dynamite in the sea to fish but we know it's pointless to report it. Lucky if you can get the coast guard to come rescue you much less a fish. And the sad thing is they could really use that resource now when they are starving-literally.
Multiculturalism is a morass all right, partly because it's based on a false premise, which most of the intelligent maggiesfarmers have already acknowledged ... that all cultures on the globe are not equally valuable to the progress of the human race.
Some cultures are indeed extraordinarily evolved and certainly a credit to those who participate. Other cultures are so-so. Some aspects of them are admirable, and other aspects of them are antithetical to progress. They could evolve, but they deserve to be viewed with caution. The third group of cultures are toxic. Those need to be viewed as actively hostile to the principles and attitudes of civilized folk, and a wholesale acceptance by more civilized cultures will simply delay the evolution of these suspect cultures and endanger the progress of more benign societies.
Wars happen because of these differences. Because liberals stubbornly advocate undiscriminating acceptance of all cultures regardless of their negative qualities, they place us in the position of imperiling our own standards and achievements.
These conclusions are among the reasons why I gave up my struggle to accept multiculturalism. It simply doesn't make sense, and it's an invitation to exploiters. I love our country to dearly to endanger it.
O/T: James Q. Wilson has died of leukemia. Huge throngs of people noted the recent passing of Whitney Houston. Despite the much greater loss to society, too few will note the passing of James Q. Wilson.