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.
A friend from Chicago, involved in Illinois politics who has known Obama since his early days in the Illinois State Senate, told me that two things that trump everything else in Obama’s mind: redistributing the wealth and empowering labor unions. Look at everything the President does, my friend says, and you will find one or the other lurking in the background.
I used to like Avalon Hill games back in the 70s, particularly Stalingrad, Afrika Korps and Waterloo. These games took perhaps 4 hours to play and were not encumbered by a labyrinth of rules. They were less realistic but easy to play.
Adding rules to make the games more realistic inevitably leads to longer playing time and a smaller pool of players as the game becomes more difficult to learn and tedious to play. For some, it is worth it.
The problem with those types of games is finding opponents, the set up time, and having a place to leave the game set up if one can't complete it at one sitting.
In recent years I have played a computer game called Hearts of Iron. It is a WWII resource management/grand strategy game. It takes a long time to play, but one has the advantage of clicking the 'save' button when play time is over but the games is not. One can also play the 'AI' instead of having to find a real opponent.
OK guys, loading your page this morning locked my browser for two minutes while Flash crashed. All those photos and especially videos using evil Flash makes for a nasty surprise. Knock it off, OK? If it happens again I shall be reluctantly forced to enter a complaint to management and demand a complete refund. Paid in Krugerrands, not those pathetically inflated paper dollars, if they are still in use in Yankeeland.
Sooo, I've been telling you folks how the outsiders (lot of WA state licenses plates gives em away!) have swarmed down upon old MT in time to organize rape charges, elections, etc. Now here for your reading shock you can see for yourself just how long it takes for them to bring in outsiders to organize an attack against the people's voice. Read it and weep. Barrister--maybe you would like to volunteer some time on this one!