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.
We're #77 . Is that good? I was pleased to see that they now rate Centrist/Conservative/Libertarian together. Still, I'd term us "eclectic" and "centrist." We seem to be ranked higher than some superior, better-done sites. I'll blame that on our gardening information and our recipes.
Please make sure all of your friends read us here at Maggie's. No need to agree with our politics. We just try to keep it interesting and informative.
Liberals are working hard to make it appear that the IRS targeted not just conservative groups but also "progressive" organizations that were applying for tax-exempt status. Instapundit pops that balloon, noting that the field agents in Ohio were allowed to approve the progressive groups' applications on their own but were required to send the applications from "tea party" groups and the like to IRS lawyers in Washington DC for special further "attention". In other words, the Libs as usual are lying.
NPR is a very effective propaganda tool of the Obama administration and progressives. They maintain the facade they are objective and legitimate, when most of the stuff they "report" on is directly fed to them. For example, on Sunday they were one of the first to spread the new damage control meme by the Obama administration that somehow liberal groups were also targeted in the IRS scandal. They had a carefully crafted segment with an "expert analyst commentator" already lined up in the queue.
NPR is also a cancer on real public radio stations. Our local radio station, which used to be a good classical radio station, has now basically become an NPR mouthpiece for repeating progressive positions. Faux reporting shows dominate and classical music has been minimized to a couple of times a day. Propaganda goes on from 5-8:30 a.m., 11:00-2 p.m., and 4-7 p.m., the prime drive and listening times. The only real classical music occurs between 8:30-11:00 a.m. In the evening it is usually modern, "world premiere" works that no one would ever want to actually listen to.
Re Afghanistan/Vietnam parallels, with one great exception, Democrat policies start the wars, Republicans almost win 'em, alarming the Democrats sufficiently to find a way to lose 'em. That great exception, WWII, stemmed from a greater exception, the USA and USSR being on the same side. It gave the Democrats a terrible headache, and while it lasted we were able to sneak in a win.
Argueably our military reductions in the 30's precipitated or at least encouraged WW II. The problem today with reducing the size of the navy or declining to develop and build the latest fighter or bomber aircraft is that WW III will be fought with the assets we have available at the time. There won't be the opportunity to build up a massive military force over four year time. The war could be over in a week. Reducing our military force and assets and decreasing our nuclear deterrent is tantamount to setting ourselves up for a "Pearl Harbor" event. Either we believe in deterrence through greater force or we are hoping Russia and China will play nice. Those are the only choices I can see.