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.
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Tuesday, May 31. 2016
Things Are Thriving In The "Modern Hooker Economy"
Women Are More Interested In Sex Than You Think
Than who thinks?
Monster alligator stuns golfers by casually strolling across Florida golf course
Yes you can. It's done all the time. It just doesn't work
Dr. Heimlich Does The Heimlich
Obamacare Is Failing -- on Purpose?
THE ONLY TRUE ‘SAFE SPACE’ IS LIBERTY AND FREEDOM
First World Problems on Campus
Americans Have No Idea What Memorial Day Is
For Harried Assistants, Overtime Rule May Have Its Downside
Donald Trump Is Right About California Water -- The Problem Is The Price, Not The Drought
It’s time to just say it. I’m getting about sick of Mitt Romney.
Bill Kristol Announces, ‘There Will Be An Independent Candidate’
Trump Derangement Syndrome
Donald Trump Breaks Up Mugging By Thug with a Baseball Bat
"Bill Clinton Was Here": The Elite One-Percent’s 'Orgy Island' Exposed
Wall Street Journal columnist wants teach Republican voters a lesson by defeating Trump
Vietnamese Communist Leader Says US Anti-War Activists Helped Their Victory
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Trump-Kristol-Romney et al.
Anyone could have coopted Trump's message, months ago, but nobody stepped up to represent the little guy. You know who they are, the much disdained middle America, the ones who are looking for jobs, not hand outs.
Another Trumpism: "Illegal aliens are treated better than our veterans."
I'm about sick of Kristol. I never signed on to his brand of retarded neo-conservatism. (Basiclly an 80's Democrat)
Re: NPR has outlived its usefulness.
Was it ever really useful?
Of course! I remember the ads that told us a rancher in the middle of nowhere near North Burlap, Montana, wouldn't have the ability to listen to grand opera while herding his sheep, or cattle, or prairie dogs, or lemmings or whatever. Only through the power of NPR could such cultcha be brought to those unfortunates.
With PBS, I found it interesting that my old VCR would take its time signal (to avoid the flashing 12:00) from the PBS channel. I wondered what ELSE it could do. (Ooops, almost out of aluminum foil here.)
I stopped contributing to my statewide NPR/CPB station for that reason. Then, too, Garry Keillor had a bad case of RDS which became a raging case of BDS. Hasn't gotten over it. Sometimes I wish that were terminal.
The only thing I liked about NPR was Baxter Black, "cowboy poet and large animal veterinarian." I thought his dry, deadpan Western-style humor was hilarious. But he's been gone from NPR for many years now; probably now far too American, white male and right-wing for the tastes of NPR listeners.
Yep, now he's far too politically incorrect.
"The Designated American
By Baxter Black
[March 24, 2016]
I wonder if I will see in my lifetime the end of “Designated Americans?” I was filling out a form and was asked to check if I was African American, Hawaiian American, Latin American, Native American, Asian American, Anglo American or Other American. I declined. I guess it would make a difference if I were applying for a basketball scholarship, a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a judgeship on the Supreme Court, or a Karate teacher. But should it?
It is obvious Justice is not blind. Watch how opposing lawyers select their members of the jury. Or watch how news reporters walk on eggshells around the Designated American d’jour. Or watch people vote (or not vote) for someone solely on their Designated American category. It seems every Designated American group has its day-in-the-sun to be recognized as the “easiest to be offended.” Sports team mascots, scholarships for only the selected, private clubs, exclusive music, Army promotions by gender, racially leaning magazines, the “too rich” and Hollywood each take their turn to sit in the corner and be patted or chastised.
But let’s say by 2076 that the African Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hawaiian Americans and Anglo Americans have all assimilated into calling themselves “Americans,” just like the Germans, Jews, Polish, Lebanese, Italians, Irish and Swedes have done. They would have no need to plead “Political Correctness” or “Insensitivity.” There would be no headlines blasting pro football for only having 32% Anglo American players OR blasting pro baseball for only having 8% African American players! OR pro basketball for only having 3.2% Latin Americans!
Most of the world has gotten over the taboo that genetics have nothing to do with human characteristics, of course it does! But the Politically Correct Industry still clings tightly to their credo, “…hear no one credible, see nothing obvious and speak no truth, lest our bias be shown.”
Eventually prejudice, on both sides will disappear as people tire of restrictions on belief, freedom of speech and color of skin. In 2076 black man, red man, white man, yellow man or brown man will be merely an adjective when describing someone.
Unfortunately it’s going to take awhile. Today, when applying for unearned government benefits, you have a greater chance if you are an officially selected Designated American. But there is a trade-off; it comes with a classification, a stereotype. You have to prove your race to get on Native American tribal roles or get a scholarship at certain colleges. If you get welfare or food stamps you must prove that you come from a lower income family. If you want to get government insurance you must prove that you can’t afford it.
When you step into the world of governmental Designation…the table is no longer level. In an effort to make Americans equal, we’ve reverted to segregation! They have divided us against ourselves! In 1776, 36 Americans signed the Declaration of Independence which states, “…all men are created equal…” By 1866, 620,000 soldiers had died in the war to end slavery. In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson’s Voting Rights Act was signed by 410 members of Congress. In 1968 Martin Luther King gave his life for the cause…2½ centuries of defending the Constitution’s declaration that all men were created equal.
Today our feeble leaders are trying to convince us that men are not created equal…that they can’t help themselves and some must be treated, mistreated, segregated and/or Designated, in order to become equal. We’ve turned Washington D.C. back into the swamp from whence it came."
"When wives cheat"
From the text of the story: "women are now cheating as much as men".
There seems to be this strange belief that women don't or didn't cheat as much as men. Simple math denies that. If there is a man having sex with a woman then clearly there is a woman having sex. Wait! Someone will say, but she may not be cheating. Well yeah, that might be true so then you are saying women are more likely to choose to have sex with someone in a committed relationship than a man is. No, that can't be true since that could be just as immoral as cheating so there must be another explanation, one where it makes the man look worse, right? Which seems to be the intended lesson of all these stories. Why?
If you want to know about wives cheating, just take a look at the British aristocracy during the 1800's (and before and after). It was an era of arranged marriages, many of which were loveless. Every hostess just "knew" which women and men (couples did NOT share bedrooms) should be put in adjacent rooms. Google "Harleian Miscellany lady Oxford" for an example. Jenny Jerome, the wife of Randolph Churchill and mother of Winston, is another example of a wife who strayed.
I think of it as simply humans doing what humans do. It makes good novels and great love songs. We make mistakes, we gossip, we grow, we change, we regret and most sadly we learn too late. "too soon old, too late smart."
I remember in the 1970s when the democrat congress was voting to cut off funding to our allies in SE Asia, Chris Dodd told the congress that the people in Cambodia would be better off under Pol Pot. Chris Dodd demonstrated that he is a fool.
Only because I haven't heard of his referring to it since then.
RE Things Are Thriving In The "Modern Hooker Economy"
so a stacked broad got a quasi-MRS degree. what's the big deal? this is an old, old, old story.
The playmate/client relationship is probably more honest than many dating relationships and indeed some marriages. Each party can be open about what they really want, and understand the other's objectives.
I was surprised to find that the NYT article on marrying the wrong person concluded on a conservative note: let go of the romantic fantasy that your partner can save you from grief and melancholy, and learn to make a faithful commitment anyway, because you ain't perfect either, bub. That's different from letting yourself be outright abused, of course.
I got lucky twice. #2 had a list of traits she hoped to find; said I had two more than her list.
Speaking from personal experience, you can find someone that checks all the boxes. There is no need to settle for an 'okay' person to be your spouse. Hold out for the best. That was the worst lie I told myself in my younger days: "There will always be something I don't like, so this person is probably the closest I'm going to get."
Alligator: Shut up, I'm puttiAYEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Cali water: Often mentioned at Coyoteblog.com/ as a great example of a pricing problem.
WSJ columnist drives down the value of his employer.
re Donald Trump Is Right About California Water -- The Problem Is The Price, Not The Drought
Well there is nothing to be done about it. From last year:
In a ruling with major implications for California's water conservation efforts during the historic drought, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage saving was unconstitutional.
But the 4th District Court of Appeal struck down San Juan Capistrano's fee plan, saying it violated voter-approved Proposition 218, which prohibits government agencies from charging more for a service than it costs to provide it.
The Orange County city used a rate structure that charged customers who used small amounts of water a lower rate than customers who used larger amounts.
"Why you will marry the wrong person"
I think that when you fall in love you should marry her/him IF your partner is in love with you. Will it be the wrong person? Maybe, maybe eventually, maybe not. But I cannot imagine marrying someone who you are not in love with and although I can imagine marrying someone who is not in love with you I wouldn't recommend it. If you fall in love and do not marry then you will always regret it.
Those are your choices. Guarantees are not part of that choice.