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.
You go to a campus where this kind of political correctness reigns, and some young person will say looks like it's going to rain. The person listening says, you're a racist. I mean it's so inappropriate. The constant implication of this that it is, I think, becoming a national mirth.
We can hope EU defense spending drops to zero and that Europe is conquered again by a vigorous people putting an end to a continent-wide, corrupt empire (Rome then, the EU now).
WW2 is over. The Cold War is over. There is no reason for NATO to exist. If the Europeans can’t or won’t defend themselves, not one American dollar, not one American live should be spent in the EU’s defense.
Try to remember Paris was occupied by the Russian army two hundred years ago. What ills came of it? Paris remained Paris.
BD, I agree with you. Decades of poor management. Sears had the biggest mail order business in the world; they shut it down right as the internet was beginning to roll. If they had built on their strengths they would be bigger than Amazon.
1) Their well-respected Craftsman brand that used to be the paragon of well-made tools, turned into junk that was made in China and didn't live up to the quality of yore.
2) Their clothes. OMG, their clothes. They lost me when I hit high school in the 80s and never came back from that. Sure, my mom bought Garanimals there and probably my underwear, socks and pajamas. But when I hit high school, did you see some of the stuff they were peddling? Mostly clothes for out-of-fashion moms and the elderly. They have decades of bad decision making to overcome, and you can do that over night.
However, what is interesting is that the stand-alone Sears home stores (or whatever they are called) are supposedly doing very well. We have one in my local area, and they just expanded and remodeled their store last year. Clearly an indicator of good sales. They most sell appliances, tvs, mowers, etc., but now have added gardening stuff, like a mini-Home Depot.
On the apprenticeship programs in Germany, our local high school actually offers something very similar to what is described here. They have career 'tracks' in certain areas: health care, welding, business technology, culinary arts (new next year), etc. You get involved with a certain career track, usually in your sophomore year, and near the end of the career track part of your 'classroom' time is working out in the real world with local business trying out your chosen field of work. The health care track, for example, results in a high school senior with a CNA license he or she can use to find work right out of high school...or take with them to a community or 4-year school to continue in the healthcare field.
You can also get your A+ certification or Net Plus certification through our high school. It's pretty awesome. I live in a red state which consistently ranks low on teacher pay, but has decent results. Our school district has made this type of learning a priority, and even found a way to offer the new culinary arts track in a year of declining state funds.
On respect for the office or the resident there of.
I have, on my desk at work, a very nice gift clock with a space for a photo. While perusing my computer files for a picture of my motorcycle, I found a possibly photoshopped foto of Prezzy Barezzy with his right index finger stuck 1st knuckle deep in his nose. I added it to my clock.
A sychophantic collegue pointed out that it may have not been a very appropriate picture of the Resident of the United States to which I replied " I assure you, my friend, that I hold Obama in the same high esteem in which he holds me."
He nodded his head in acknowledgement and walked away.