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.
When the government institutes class-based triage (Obamacare and all socialized medicine), it does so based on an implicit understanding: the poor will get some medical care while the politically-connected will get the best available at little or no cost.
For moral reasons never explained to me, providing top medical care to politicians and their families and toadies is a superior system to allowing people to buy individually what they want and can afford.
Obamacare isn’t designed to deliver medical care to the masses, it’s designed to mitigate fears of neglect (“don’t you care?”). The actual quality of care is irrelevant.
At the time of Hurricane Sandy the press was full of stories about Booker opening his home to neighbors who were without power, ordering in food, letting many stay overnight, others shower.
None of the articles went so far as to say "Booker's home, at the address 123 Smith St.", but enough people were named that it should be pretty easy to find witnesses to Booker having an actual domicile in Newark.
Careless of him not to register to vote at that address...
Much more worried about the State deciding what is or is not disease than the medicos. The boondoggle and coercion factor is very real.
Big Ethanol in a panic, by the Iowa caucus they will be happy.
The panic over stamps and similar idiocies, make we wonder the next Washington crossing the Delaware graphic will show him wearing a PFD or they decide to remove the tobacco leaf decorative details from all Federal buildings.
"Fake impartiality by the media is the real problem, not bias." --This is why NPR is so much worse than MSNBC. They pretend they are being objective and balanced.
"America’s War on Drugs has become a global folly" -- This is because the U.S. is not serious. If it were serious, it would have enacted the death penalty for drug offenses, as many nations in Asia and other places have.
"Cory Booker never lived in Newark" -- We had one wealthy politician (now deceased), that bought homes in each Congressional district and City Council district (the Council has huge power here), so that he would always have a seat he could run for and claim he was from the district. There was some overlap, but he had 5 or 6 houses. Another local politician had 3 houses in different districts. I think that is what they used to call "rotten boroughs" or "pocket boroughs" in England.
only 1 thing needed to cure gearitis: set yourself a budget and have the guts to stick to it.
Having a hernia also helps, you suddenly have a lot less incentive to buy gear because you can't lug it around with you anyway.