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.
Sheesh. Flinging of feves is a sign of boredom. right?
I live in "The State of Rhode Island and Providence [i]Plantations["/i] and noted two weeks or so back that the UK is helping Iraq move/destroy those non-existent chemical-warfare and other weapons left over from the former administration of Hussein.
I am curious to know what the membership fee is to join the club. Given her enormous personal wealth, Darla Moore surely can afford any fee, no matter how steep, but what about Condoleezza Rice? As the first women members, are they being offered a special discount to join?
Using Welch's (il)logic, if Moore is tainted beyond redemption by her family's long history and history with slavery, so is the former trailer slumlord and VP Al Gore for the same reason. And if Rice deserves to be indicted for war crimes, the same affidavit should include the name of our current President and Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama. In case Welch hasn't emerged from under his rock until just recently, since taking office the Nobel Peace Prize winner of the Oval Office has expanded US involvement to include hostilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and the Congo DR. When it comes to "muscular foreign policy," Obama's making George Bush look like a wuss.
The Reasonoids have their various hobbyhorses they find it hard to climb down from.
I like Welch on many issues, but he always seems to be riding the edge of being an outright ass, and probably is one in his personal life, though who knows. In video interviews and presentations, some of his inflections and vocal mannerisms remind me of Michael Moore*, which rubs me wrong even if Welch's politics are well on the side of benign compared to Moore's.
As for large "L" Libertarianism, I think it shares a fault of the leftism it is so critical of, in that on many issues it tends to underestimate the tragic shortcomings in human nature that would foul up in practice its more utopian ideas.
Yeah, completely my bad... I got confused, it is NOT a Reason original.
I was recently lectured by one of my Libertarian friends on the evils of Abraham Lincoln and how he "pissed all over the Constitution".... I'm just jumping at shadows, I guess.
Now that the trend of all-male establishments is rapidly coming to an end, one wonders what those merry warriors for sexual equality think about all the all-female establishments that have yet to be segregated by men...
Yes, while we're on the subject of segregation in golf, let's start with the LPGA. Their tournaments should be open to men. End the discrimination! PGA tournaments are open to women. All the women have to do is qualify. None of them are good enough, but hey, that's no excuse for the LPGA to keep the men out. We need to break that glass ceiling in the LPGA!