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.
He is a Thatcherite, a devout Catholic, and a political realist. The fact that he won the primaries by a two-third majority is but another confirmation of the gap between elitist narratives and popular feelings.
Fillon is also an outsider because of his social conservatism and of his foreign policy realism. He is a practicing Catholic in a country where religion is mocked by the elites (Fillon is dubbed a “Catho,” the secularists’ catchword to deride church-goers). He is a faithful husband of 36 years and a father of five in a country where divorce, mistresses and affairs are de rigueur for politicians. And while he has vowed not to repeal abortion and gay marriage, he is an unabashed and proud conservative when it comes to family and to education.
They let the peasants vote. That's what happens sometimes. Peasants can be wise, politicians are mostly just clever.
Podhoretz is an idiot: successful improv requires a lot of talent, a real gift for timing, and - I rather suspect - one heck of a lot of practice back stage. I rather think Mr Trump has both the necessary qualities and the practice.
I love breakfast cereal and have no objection to it in principle. As a matter of taste I prefer unsweetened ones, especially GrapeNuts. Nevertheless, these days I'm trying to stay away from all grains, because I'm still reducing. I'll go back to cereal for breakfast the moment I figure I can afford the extra calories.
I don't frequent bars much, but when I do, it's usually sports on the tv. Not news stations. I have never been in an airport that doesn't have Clinton Network News playing. Once again, Obama is full of excrement.
I always eat breakfast. When I'm home that's cereal. When I'm traveling it is bacon, eggs, hash browns and English muffins. If the restaurant serves breakfast all day then I eat it again at lunch. I like all of the fast food breakfasts too; eggs, sausage and cheese on a toasted bun, mmmm, mmmm.
The NYT thinks Europe will gradually move into Russia's orbit and Fillon's success is proof of that. Of course the Grey Lady has always had a peculiar view of the world. So here it is fwiw:
The victory of François Fillon in France’s center-right presidential primary is the latest sign that a tectonic shift is coming to the European order: toward accommodating, rather than countering, a resurgent Russia.
The entire left had the vapors because Trump said it was time to look at NATO and maybe dump it. They kept saying "Article V! Article V!", which obligates the signers to mutual self-defense. "He's going to break the treaty that ensures Europe's security!"
Well, the treaty's already been broken. Instead of listening to someone who will tell them what they want to hear, they should read what's in the treaty themselves. Here's Article III in it's entirety:
"In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack."
The European nations clearly broke this Article a long time ago. So why should American taxpayers take money out of their pocket when Europeans won't tax themselves to defend themselves?