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.
Tony Snow: I saw a clip of his first day with the press yesterday. Tears welled up in his eyes when asked about his colon cancer for which he was treated last year, and he could not speak. Finally he said "It was the best thing that ever happened to me." After composing himself, he quipped "I guess that was my Ed Muskie moment." Tony is one hell of a fine gent.
Gen. Pace's commencement address at The Citadel: Wow. Makes you want to enlist right now. Laura's site - for the audio, scroll down on "Need to know."
2 1/2-hour long Da Vinci Code leaves critics cold: Reuters. They say it drags, and lacks both suspense and romance.
London color-blind traffic camera-computers accused of racism. Those computers need a racial sensitivity training program, preferably beginning in nursery school.
From Jay Leno (via Laura on the radio last nite): "Who says we can't deport 12 million people?... Mexico did."
World's largest archive of Nazi files to be opened to historians. Video.
Conspiracy nuts and paranoid schizophrenics love this stuff. The Annual Get-together for the Roswell UFO MYSTERY.
Unequal justice at Duke: VDARE points out the similarities with Tom Wolfe's novels in the Duke fiasco, and notes the following
Just in the last week, three prominent minority football players have been arrested on felony charges.
Defensive back Ricky Manning Jr. celebrated his new $21 million contract from the Chicago Bears by getting nabbed for assault with a deadly weapon in a Denny's on a laptop computer-using stranger whose nerdishness seems to have offended him.
Utah St. quarterback Jerod Walker was arrested on charges of raping a coed.
So was USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. (Playing quarterback for the USC Trojans, this decade's top team, is perhaps the most glamorous position in all of college sports—two of the last four Heisman Trophy winners have been USC quarterbacks, Matt Leinart in 2004 and Carson Palmer in 2002.)
Yet none of these cases have received a fraction of the attention that the Duke Lacrosse team has garnered—even though football is the most popular sport in America and lacrosse is close to the most unpopular.
Re: the Football thugs. It has more to do with Big Money than Reverse Racism. If football's steroid-crazed gladiators get discredited, creepy people stand to lose lots of money if ordinary, decent Americans recoil and stop watching. (not that they ever will,bread and circusses live...)
But a double standard does apply.
I still maintain, as a cranky WASP female, that even a prostitute has the right to say No. And that those little lacrosse louts should not have been drinking so much at their age. Nothing good ever happens after 2 am.
I'm sorry for them. Hell of a way to learn a lesson. But it's a useful cautionary tale for other kids: avoid situations where sleazy characters could defame you. Stay sober enough to skedaddle when things get too off-color. Ogling a stripper is not an essential experience. A normal red blooded guy ought to be happy enough with a nice girlfriend.
The kids made a stupid mistake and are paying for it. Life's not fair, but they will survive. Wiser.