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 next time you hear a good story about why the financial recession, or any other economically significant event, was caused by a single collection of bad actors — or how a simple linear narrative “explains” an important event — remember this: Just as we are wired to like a diet rich in fats and sugars, we have an appetite for simple, coherent narratives. Neither habit is good for our long-term health.
Maher: We Haven’t Had a Better President Since Jimmy Carter
The Carter Administration had several notable successes.
- The brokered Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt has meant a generation of stability on a border essential to Israel's security.
- Established military rapid deployment forces.
- Put human rights at the forefront of American foreign policy.
- Appointing Volcker to the Fed to rein in inflation meant Carter would lose the election, but win the war against inflation for more than a generation.
- The recommendation of energy self-sufficiency was correct. The alternative was "Morning in America" whereby the U.S. used military force and military support of authoritarian regimes to guarantee the supply of cheap oil. While this had short term advantages, the U.S. is still grappling with the dire consequences of this policy.
He forgot "emasculated the CIA". Oh, and "Iran holding Americans hostage for 444 days".
I'm sure glad you included that Chris Matthews 'Jeopardy' clip. I saw it yesterday and it's hysterical. Hot Air currently has an article facing it off against the most moronic 'Wheel of Fortune' appearance in history. Tough call!
Obama Campaign Panic and the GST commercial--it's perfectly valid to blame Mitt for something that happened two years after he left. Isn't The Won blaming all his problems on BUSH!!!!!11!!! some 3+ years later?
Obamacare not the only target of conservative judges? What? Turn about ISN'T fair play? Mah heart buleeds fer them.
The definition of insanity is the Obama campaign running against George Bush again, as if it's 2008 instead of 2012. In case David Axelrod hasn't checked the date on his calendar lately, it's four years later, the nation (including many of the president's youthful supporters) has moved on, and Obama's election opponent this time is Mitt Romney, not the almost reclusive George Bush and definitely not the feckless John "No mas" McCain.
This organization actually works in collaboration with PETA and ALF. They have worked very hard to obscure the connection and as a result, most folks think of HSUS and ASPCA as synonymous. They couldn't be more different.
One wonders if there would be sufficient public interest for a special head to head Jeopardy match up between Matthews and Palin with the proceeds to charity? It would be entertaining and meaningless.
Would such a contest draw ratings?
Re the Athens 'Peanut Farmer"
He did deregulate the airlines. That is the ONLY good I can see coming out of his administration.
I don't recall Carter doing anything about our dependence on foreign energy other than creating a massive federal bureaucracy and printing up ration coupons, 'just in case".
The Dems did no more than pay lip service to the need for domestic oil production during the 70s. Recall the onerous taxes and price controls placed on the oil industry to keep their profits from reaching 'obscene" levels.
As for Volcker, if the dems weren't so fiscally irresponsible we wouldn't have been in the stagflation situation to begin with.
And he gave away OUR canal in Panama for good measure.
Ah, Axelrod and Emanuel are screaming "racist" AGAIN over the interview Rev. Wright gave for Eric Klein's book, "The Amateur" plus a potential ad campaign regarding Wright's relationship with Obama.
Apparently, some consultant for the Super PAC leaked possible campaigns to the NYT for this morning's edition. The PAC is funded by the father in the Ricketts' family (tdAmeritrade and the Chicago Cubs) who are seeking city and state money to help refurbish the area around Wrigley Field. Emanuel is outraged that they would ask for his help improving the neighborhood while pulling "racial" stunts demeaning his president.
Funny how the Dems can say anything they want about a Republican candidate, but the GOP is automatically lambasted for showing clips and interviews that the MSM won't run.
Are pit bulls inherently dangerous? The answer is YES, and there's no whitewashing the fatality statistics:
"DogsBite.org Releases 3-Year Fatality Study: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008. The report shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 fatalities. Pit bulls accounted for 59% of these deaths, the second leading breed, rottweilers, accounted for 14%."
You may be more likely to get bitten by a dachshund or a chihuahua than a pit bull, but you're much more likely to be killed by a pit bull than either of the other two breeds. And don't give me the line that "pit bulls don't kill people, pit bull owners kill people." That's bull. Hold owners of the breed to strict legal liability.