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.
Canada: Tory minority in Canada is for the best, says Cap'n Ed. And is "Canadian Military" an oxymoron? TCS And more on Canada: The Harper Derangement Disorder is rapidly developing - you won't believe the quotes: Belmont.
Hillary: To know her seems to be to dislike her. Maybe the Dems should take a pointer from Bill, and find someone else to love. She'll end up filling Ted Kennedy's shoes for the rest of her life, or for as long as New York puts up with her. Goldberg at LAT on Hillary's downslide:
But there's a great irony here. Hillary Clinton's success over the last decade and a half has been in pretending to be her own woman while really playing one part or another for the benefit of the media, her husband or various feminist constituencies desperate for a role model to confirm all of their comfortable stereotypes.
That's why there's something oddly satisfying in the possibility that Clinton being herself is politically disastrous. And, if she's really just playing one more role according to some classically Clintonian political triangulation, there's something equally satisfying to the prospect that even her fans aren't falling for it anymore.
The great Brit disgrace: The National Health. Tangled Web. Thank God we never went for that here in the US. Politicized medicine has got to be one of the worst ideas possible.
Monkey police are great. In my home, there was a funny letter to the editor commenting on how we pay our human policemen close to $100,000 a year with benefits to tell people when to cross the street, when within four blocks of them, there have been four successful bank robberies within the last year or two.
As far as the National Health Services, it is an absolute tragedy of mismanagement. My elderly and infirm parents' care is being bolloxed up by delays, bureaucratic mistakes, waiting lists, being bumped from necessary treatments and surgeries, being kept in the dark by their doctors. The doctors and nurses seem kind, dedicated, but overwhelmed by numbers and not allowed to give needed care in a timely or targetted fashion. Never ordering tests that would be automatically done in America (even if only to avoid malpractice).
Having said that, I would much rather be treated by the British doctors and nurses. Universally polite, well-spoken (yes, they speak English!!) no matter where in the world some of them come from. The hospitals are vile--dirty, crowded, remind me of the ones in the Third World I saw as a kid--but the care, when the carers are allowed to give it, is devoted.
Yesterday after escorting one aged relative to a procedure that ended up being done 2 1/2 hours late, I was ready to kill. We assertive Yanks are considered abominably rude in this country, however, so I quelled the urge to yell. Only to be touched by the tender solicitude of the male nurse after the test, gently waking up the patient, offering tea and returning. Not with a styrofoam cup, but a tray with china teapot, two cups and saucers, milk and sugar...A moment of civilization and grace despite all the financial mess and cut services...