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.
Regarding the 600-lever voting machine: Rube Goldberg inventions produce abundant humor, while this does not:
The cartons of cigarettes used to pay for votes throughout this country would astound most people. The number of dead people voting in our elections would astound most people. The Left demand a guaranteed outcome, not an honest election.
Re: "Maher's take on American people: 'Not very bright'"
Many top executives at American magazines and newspapers don’t seem to be very bright.
Look at this quote:
“[Mitt] Romney has used his business experience to position himself as the one man who can dig us out of the hole Wall Street has put us in. Indeed, he was highly successful in his business life before politics. But so was the last president with a significant business résumé: Herbert Hoover.”
That wisecrack comes from Graydon Carter, editor of “Vanity Fair,” a magazine with ads from Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and other purveyors of luxury goods.
Most of the best customers of those advertisers are successful business people and their spouses.
RE: CIA Director Petraeus - Politicizing the Intelligence:
Ascribing the terrorist attack on our embassy in Libya to Muslim outrage over a movie fits not only Obama's narrative, but Petraeus' as well. David Petraeus' doctorate thesis hinged on the idea that in order to "win" the new wars, we just needed to go in an be their friends. His concept of winning isn't really about winning, but about appeasement - let's just go in their an be their buddies. Petraeus forgets the words of Clausewitz that he learned in his military science classes: "war is a continuation of politics by other means."
When we get to the point where war becomes necessary, we've long since passed the stage where "becoming their friends" is going to meet with long term success. Besides, the Arab mind and culture doesn't recognize this concept. They simply understand that one is either the dominant power who rules or the submissive one who is constantly plotting how to overthrow the one in power.
In times of war, what we need are generals able and willing to go in and rapidly kick ass. We want to inflict maximum damage to the enemy (including the population that supports or tolerates him) at minimum cost to the US. For the liberals, this seems harsh and politically incorrect, but this saves American lives and American tax dollars. However, our armed services are meant to be fighters, not a diplomatic corps. We have diplomats and politicians for that and when they failed and we deemed it appropriate to fight, that's what our military should have been permitted and encouraged to do.
Left to his own devices, General Ray Odierno would have had this mess sewn up long ago, but the politically correct powers that be condemned his Patton-like approach of actually waging a war like a war rather than like a girl scout convention and threatened his career if he didn't start acting like a diplomat instead of a soldier.
Agree with your last sentence. Today's Pensacola (Fl) News Journal's lead story (available to subscriber's only, but here's a related story: url http://www.pnj.com/viewart/20120925/NEWS01/309250014/Judge-Florida-early-voting-changes-stand /url) tells of concerns by minorities and Dems with Florida's shortening early voting from 14 to 8 days.
We used to do fine voting in 1 just day, and now people think 8 days aren't enough. With "only" 12 hours of polling on election day, there's plenty of time to vote, or one can, heaven forbid, plan ahead and vote absentee.