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.
The modern territorial state, as a post-imperial era expression of nationalist ideology in the West, does not so well fit the Arabs (and many other non-Western ethno-linguistic groups) whose history supplied none of the predicates.
Dayum. and I thought my BP was high after reading the walmart greeter who called the cops on some guy walking out of the store with his daughter. (free range kids)
It might be helpful for the people who have nothing better to do then write tripe to know that animals do not have cognizance of their (inevitable) death. That's why dogs cross the road in front of trucks, and deer walk around in deer season.
and most fly's life cycles are less than a week long.
The deadbeat dad poster is devastating. There's only one quibble I'd make: is a dad also a deadbeat if he won't agree to stay home and take care of the baby so his wife can go back to work, if she chooses?
Regarding Mead's Piece on tribes v. democracy, there is one important point that was not discussed:
Since 1980 (+/-) we have been degrading our system of merit in order to satisfy the demands of those who perceived themselves to be victims of "the system". Thousands of women and minorities have been pushed through universities and into governmental jobs without the same level of academic standards, knowledge, or experience, as the previous occupants in those jobs. Now that those same people (women and ethnic minorities mostly) have risen to the levels of highest authority they do not have the skills, experience, or intellect to lead "the system". Each day we slip closer and closer to a system of tribalism as the residents of different states group together for protection from the abuse of power at the top. Said abuse being deliberate or just a function of incompetence having yet to be announced! Women and African/Americans in power did not result in a kinder, fairer, gentler, wiser "system". So far it has just resulted in chaos. Kinda similar to the mid east d'ya think?