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.
The youth vote still supports Obama, but in a chastened, conditional way. In hindsight, Obama's 2008 campaign looks like an indulgent fantasy in which the major conflicts in life simply don't exist. There may be no white America and no black America, no blue-state America and no red-state America, but one thing is clear: There is a young America and there is an old America, and they don't form a community of interest. One takes from the other.
Being a lady, much less a First Lady, is evidently an awful strain for some women. Drudge Reports has a story today about Michelle Obama who took her daughters to Las Vegas this past week, and was photographed in what this old fashioned lady would hardly call an appropriate garment for the First Lady of the land to appear in. Anywhere. No, it was not a dress, or a frock. It was a strange assemblage of skin tight pants, a short thigh-length kilt open down the front over the skin tight pants, and a silver lame bodice. As it was constructed, there was far too much of the Essential Michelle on display for my comfort, although I must admit the showgirls in Las Vegas do wear similar costumes. But I don't go to Las Vegas.
Evidently, the Obamas not only fired the White House protocol advisors when they took over, they refused to accept advice on what was appropriate for the President and First Lady to wear while fulfilling their duties.
I would suggest that Michelle save the more raunchy of her costumes for after November, when I pray we won't have to think about her again, for a while.
My child at Dartmouth pointed out that all if Lohse's allegations have been dismissed by the discipline dean as proven false by way of "physical evidence". The child also points out that Lohse has taken a long term medical leave from school and will not graduate. From the Valley News we learn he has taken up residence in Vermont at a "writers collective" where he is working upon his memoirs
While Dartmouth fraternities may in fact have the attributes Lohse describes it appears he has no actual evidence. A hat tip to that effect is that Rolling Stone names no names, ie, no one who might sue them.