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.
From an American perspective, handing the Middle East over to the Russians is not a terrible thing. Americans are far too moralistic to run a proper empire. The Russians are too incompetent to remain a big player in the region in the long run, but in the short run they will be the whip hand that is needed to keep the peace. The Russians will kill everything that moves in eastern Syria, for example, in order to subdue ISIS.
Conceptually, how does this differ from what Bruce/Caitlin has done? People destroying their bodies to fit a delusion--though in one case we react in horror and in the other we're supposed to buy into the delusion and applaud.
Trump was correct in the statement about Obama prior to taking office. Too bad that Obama chose to follow the course that he has. As Rush said, Nobody but the holder of the office can denigrate the honor and reputation of the Office.
Gun Sales, and for that matter, Politics: In a world where one side has no qualms about lying, and the other side will commit to try not to lie, It's obvious Obama hasn't purchased a gun, and which of the two sides he resides in.
"Why Doesn't the Jewish Tradition Hold Noah in Higher Esteem? Abraham and Moses are considered wholly righteous men, but Noah isn’t quite. That’s because, unlike them, he does what he’s told without question."
When I was in high school I worked a couple of summers as a general groundskeeper at the cottage of an elderly Orthodox rabbi from Toronto. He was a lovely man and when he discovered we had a mutual interest in European history, he used to bring me - a Catholic teenager - into his study for tea and some terrific discussions. The greater part of his family had the misfortune to have been in Poland when WWII broke out.
He was full of great quips: "Where there are two rabbis, there are three opinions!"
So thanks, your line above made me think of him right away. In my mind's eye I can see him in heaven now, no doubt taking the Almighty to task over some Torah technicality!