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.
What war on teachers? If a war is needed, it's a war on a sick culture, because a few more large-screen TVs won't do much for kids' education. There is nothing about relative poverty that interferes with self-improvement. In fact, it encourages and motivates it.
Loved the blog post on bicyclists! This is exactly how I feel where I live. We are in a rural-ish area with a main highway (55 mph speed limit) that is the only route to town. The highway narrows down to two lanes once you get to the mile-long bridge over the lake. There is not much of a shoulder for several miles leading up to the bridge and practically NO shoulder on the bridge itself.
Right alongside this highway is a very nicely paved bike path, which is about 30 feet away from the highway and shaded. Very easy ride with a few hills that aren't that challenging, especially to a seasoned bike rider.
I have witnessed innumerable times bicyclists who ride ON THE HIGHWAY instead of on the provided bike lane. Some are even dumb enough to ride their bikes across the bridge in the traffic lane! These are more often than not bicyclists dressed in the latest spandex outfits with expensive bikes. In other words, not your average kid biking into town.
I have often wished that the police would pull these guys over and ticket them for such reckless behavior. If they cause an accident on the bridge, there is nowhere for a car to go but into oncoming traffic or over the side of the bridge into the lake.
"There is nothing about relative poverty that interferes with self-improvement. In fact, it encourages and motivates it."
Once upon a time people might have believed poverty was a condition that could be overcome by education and hard work. Today, I think, we encourage the poor to believe poverty is the fault of "society" and the poor might therefore understandably conclude society ought to be responsible somehow for fixing the problem.
So I question whether in modern-day America relative poverty is still an inducement to high achievement.
Perhaps bad behavior by bicyclists is a New England thing. I don't see it in my neck of the woods. And I've ridden hundreds of miles with wife, daughters, and friends and, while I have experienced horrid behavior from drivers of automobiles I am quite certain we've never caused a motorist any grief or agida.
But, then again, we are not among the spandex, fancy pants and fancy bike crowd either. I do see plenty of that sort out and about and never notice them behaving badly.
Of course there are jerks that ride bikes. I'm a spandex wearing mountain biker, who long ago quit riding, comuiting on the roads, because of you oh so perfect drivers of automobiles. I've never seen any automobile driver not come to a complete stop, run a red light. - especially left turn arrows, drive much faster than the posted limit, text while driving, cut off fellow motorist, speed up, and cut me off, so that they can imediatly turn at the next intersection. No, automobile drivers are just perfect. All the time. It's us evil bike riders that are the problem.
Can we just stop this nonsense? Recognize that there are bad apples in both carts? He that is with out sin, can throw the first stone. Or run over that damn bicyclist.
Bad behavior by bike riders is the norm in Portland Oregon. Most of the bike riders don't wear spandex and are hippies, rednecks or welfare bums. The city, the mayors office and the police encourage it and support it. They have even set up places at stop lights where the bicycles can bunch up in front of the cars in the travel lane so that when the light turns green they get to go first. Stop signs mean little to nothing to bike riders and narrow streets simply encourage them to ride in the center of the travel lane. If you are driving a car and see a bike anywhere (behind you, in front, on side streets, etc.) you can be sure they will find some way to take your right of way. You are constantly watching out for their antics because no one wants to hit a cyclist or a pedestrian but the cyclist ride as though they want to be hit.