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.
... most of the elite media—overwhelmingly left liberal—have largely neglected to cover the left's crusade against free speech. Operating out of newsrooms, as Powers observes, in which "there is nobody to push back on their biases," reporters seem unable to detect anything amiss on campuses, in the media, and in the political arena where, after all, the draconian regulation of speech is intended to serve avowedly left-wing causes.
From feminism to the media to the professoriate to the West Wing, the illiberal left has been empowered to curtail freedom of speech by the transformation of liberal education—whose classic purpose was to emancipate the mind and promote toleration—into a means for reproducing progressive dogma and inculcating intolerance of alternative points of view. Because Kirsten Powers is right—our colleges and universities have become ground zero in the fight for freedom of speech—the restoration of free speech depends on the restoration of liberal education.
The Tet offensive was a disaster for the Viet Cong and Nixon's eventual decision to mine Haiphong harbor made the north realize they were facing inevitable defeat. Then Walter Cronkite got on TV and lied, boldfaced, to the American public that the US military was losing on the battlefield. And when the North Vietnamese reneged on every point of the peace treaty they had signed in Paris, the Democrats protected them from paying the price.
Thus many of us turned from the Democratic party and have not trusted the media since.
No,indeed we "lost" the Vietnam war... on purpose. Certainly we never should have fought a war there that was a terrible mistake by a president too young and too inexperienced in world affairs (not to mention to distracted by his own affairs). But we were kicking their asses even with our hands tied and the entire media, hollywood and the left leaning elite working as hard as they could to destroy the effort. We never should have been there but once we decided to fight the war we should have fought it to win. The real story is and should be the strong pro-communist conspiracies of the anti-war left. The FBI and CIA knew of the communist influence within the U.S. and controlling the anti-war movement. But it was only years after the war ended that this connection became known to most Americans and even then the left leaning media twisted the facts to minimize and distort the facts. The scary part is that the links to communist Russia and socialist movements are still present and active on the left and they still work tirelessly to influence our policies and to destroy the country. Will they prevent us from winning the next war too? Will we be destroyed from the inside by American traitors?
Seymour Hersch is so erratic. One breaking story will be great, the next one will be off the wall. I have no problem believing it didn't happen the way Obummer said, but at the same time, I'm not going to accept Hersch's story as truth.
I recall seeing a rocketbelt demonstration at Wrigley Field between games of a double header in 1965 or 1966. In the demonstration, the operator, 'Kolonel Keds' flew from third base to home and around to first base. He flew pretty high, perhaps as high as 100' and I kept wondering what would happen if that thing flamed out and quit on him. IIRC, the device was being considered as having potential for getting astronauts around on the moon.
Those of you over the age of 55 may recall the Bell Rocketbelt being given popular exposure as the transportation of choice used by Kolonel Keds in the canvas sneaker commercials in the early 60s.
There were a whole series of ads featuring the device. Here is an example.
thank the gods that American commitment to freedom of speech has prevented this from becoming a First Amendment issue.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
The jetpack link is the coolest video I have watched in years. I don't think I had ever heard of Jetman, but I will be watching those videos now, too. Thanks for the link.
I never know what to ask for on Father's Day. The kids and bride know what I want NOW, though. Flying like that would be the closest I could ever come to flying like a bird...or like a rocket. Man, what a blast that would be.