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.
I like Wild Turkey just fine, but wild turkey is not a favorite. The wild bird is almost devoid of white meat, since he doesn't stand about all day feeding his gullet.
He does have more flavor than domesticated birds, if you actually like the flavor of turkey.
Wild turkey is a challenging bird to hunt; you'd be hard-pressed to link that bird to the huge, white-feathered, stupid-enough-to-look-up-into-the-rain-long-enough-to-drown creature that is sold worldwide.
Sorry, can't do a heritage turkey this year. Some idiot doctors and lawyers have the hunting easement on the property abutting mine and they've killed without consideration. Four years ago I had herds of deer and a lot of turkeys, now just a couple does and only one turkey. I have considered shooting hunters but I'd need to get a back hoe first. Plus there is that whole libertarian argument as long as they stay on their property, plus that law thing.
Keystone, along with the Fracking argument, was a loosing prop for the Greenies. It never was about Gaea - it was about power, having power over the citizeny and biz, and the fantastical belief that re-newables will save the day.
Only, they can't. The sun doesn't shine enough in the day, wind blows, or any of the fairy tales they tell.
Now, with the Sun not showing many (very few noticed) sunspots or erruptions, it looks to be entering its cooler phase, and trumpet in much cooler than normal climes. And, that has the Greenies in a tizzy, since, their house of cards cannot handle such a downturn.
Oddly, people will take warmth and power over protecting the trees and snail darter...
Ironically, the dam the Snail Darter tried to stop wasn't and doesn't have electrical power generating capability. Theoretically, it was to aid navigation for light industry. In reality, it mostly provides a lake for rich people's homes.
On the upside, upscale development seems to be the most economically profitable to the government.
RE: bikers - been on both sides of the spandex. There are rules & courtesies but just as people in cars use to follow rules like stay in the right lane if you are going slower, stop for emergency vehicles, etc. now fewer people in cars adhere to the rules too. The new generation doesn't follow the rules for what ever reason. Seems to me they do get a bit more sense when they get into their 30's and have kids. How you impact them potentially is a great equalizer - I notice that when I walk my GSD all the rules of passing a walker are followed with GREAT care but if I walk my little dog, many wiz by with out so much as a heads up to me as they come up from behind.
80 is the new 60...yet more evidence that what can't go on won't.
It is not healthy for people, particularly men, to set around doing mostly nothing for 20 some years. If you can afford it fine, but it is immoral to expect others to pay for your extended non productivity.
That's very funny to me because just this morning, as Meade was driving me to work, we were observing the people on bikes and I said, "It's almost all young white males. All these bike lanes and other amenities, paid for with our tax money? It's almost all for white males. Oh, how it would pain Madison liberals to admit it!"
Obama should be awarded a lifetime achievment award from Tea Party and other small gov/federalist conservatives for doing more to discredit and hopefully begin the dismantling of the progressive governing model than any conservative group could ever have.
$50 minimum wage, why not let the minimum wage workers participate in the health and pension plans given city workers? Surely, the unions would have no objection to sharing and would waive any representation fee/dues while city tax payers see their duty to assist those less fortunate.
But notice that in his announcement, he couldn't bring himself to say the word "Israel." Instead, he said she was being treated "inside the Green Line." The Palestinians are never grateful for an act of charity; like other Muslims, they expect it and probably view it as another sign of Zionist weakness, perpetual ingrates that they are. There is no dealing with them. Nonetheless, it was the proper thing for the Israelis to do.