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.
...liberty is not an economic good, but an existential one. The economic good is a mere bonus. The argument that liberty is good for economic activity or for growth of the system feels lowly and commercial (an argument used by consequentialists). If you were a wild animal, would you elect to be in a zoo because the economy is better over there than in the wild? Liberty is my raison d’être.
Surprise, surprise, surprise.
Though maybe I should go to the link, because The Nation's approach to Krauthammer could also be described as "How do I not like you? Let me count the ways." Which way this time?
Prisoner Exchange--What's It Really All About Alfie?
Most of the talking heads are asking why--the dems are trying to justify "why" with their usual memorized 30 second sound bites. But, most people are saying--hmmmm, this smells--somethin fishy here!
I have a hunch--wannna make a $5 wager? My bet is on the bad boys in Chicago--my gut tells me this is not about bringing home our boy. This is about closing down Guantanamo. Why now you ask? Wellll--time is running out folks. If you (Chicago/Las Vegas mafia) are gonna get your hands on that beautiful chunk of land in order to build the first new hotels and casino--you better start now, while you still own the white house. Maybe Mr. K can shed some more light on this?
Krauthammer defies the left intellectually but also by resisting their victim mythology. He refuses to be categorized or predictable as a part of a refugee family, as a paraplegic, or as a Washington intellectual.
He is an example of virtue in the classic sense, no matter his politics, and since the left actively tries to discourage social belief in virtue he must be torn down. They just can't find a purchase for their destructive ropes.
The article about paying taxes in Austin is one of the funniest things I've read in years. It's funnier even than the California woman who liked Obamacare until she found she'd have to pay for it. The Austin voter didn't have the excuse of assuming that other people's taxes for pay for her private bills; she was all in favor of very public benefits like light rail and seemed to be saying she'd voted for broad-based taxes to fund them.
Then she finds she can't afford to live in a city with so many cool tax-funded bennies, and begs "someone" to "look at the big picture."
Its kinda amazing that a real Eco Doctor from the Left Coast, can dismantle the IPCC doc in front of Congress, and the esteemed Senator from M(ass) comments "Well, do you look both ways when you cross the street?"
"The USDA claims that food choices are not made in a “purely rational manner,” but are influenced by food manufacturers and retailers."
That would be true about all our choices in a free market. Thanks to the government I dicovered this morning when I ordered breakfast at a restaurant that my meal was just over 2000 calories. Was my breakfast choice "rational"? I'm convinced that the government and the various special interest groups trying to tell us what to eat are not rational either. What is the "right" meal? What food shouldn't I eat? When ever someone tells me McDonald's is junk food I ask them to tell me exactly what part of the hamburger is bad for me. The hamburger patty? The bread? The cheese? what, exactly? Of course they cannot it really comes down to either a bias against fast food or they heard it was bad from someone with a bias against fast food and they simply aren't smart enough to ask why or understand it if they were told why. The simple fact is the experts don't agree on what, exactly, is "good" for you and what, exactly, is bad for you.
I guess there are people who could eat all that. But assume for a moment that you sat down to eat it and like most of us you ate perhaps 1/8th of it. Where is the harm? Even if you could eat 1/4th of it, where is the harm? Would it be the tomato or the chilli that would do some kind of harm to your body or health? Maybe a hamburger patty or two or even the bacon. But yet that is what people eat and they eat food, good food and bad food, for years and years. There is little to no evidence that not eating hamburger patties or bacon will make you live longer? I am concerned about the onion though...