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.
Is your house a "tear-down'? Around here, they are called "scrapers" if each bedroom lacks its own bathroom and walk-in closet, or if the parlor is larger than the family room. Prosperity sure does spoil folks in the US, but don't tell me they don't work hard for it, or take risks for it.
Maggie needs to lose 1000 lbs., but she won't exercise. We need to put her to work on the Farm, pulling pick-ups out of the mud, or pulling a plow, or pulling up stumps, or stomping deer poachers into fertilizer.
Love and Suicide. A new Moro film, made in Cuba. With a great photo of Cuba today.
Wounded soldiers (and healthy ones) find distraction and productivity via their laptops.
Sir Edmund Hillary advises - Don't leave the dying behind - help them. Hey, Sir Edmund - when you need to get to the top of the heap, who cares? Let 'em die. "Honor" is old-fashioned and obsolete. Remember when Hillary Clinton told an audience in Australia that she was named after Sir Edmund - but it turned out she was born before he climbed Everest? The Everest climb has become a tragic joke, but an expensive one, in money and lives. If you want to do something with your life, do something worthwhile...not that there is anything wrong with climbing mountains.
A scraper, with love in it, is called "home."
America is so prosperous, people don't know what to do with their money. How bad is that? Thank God for good old capitalism and freedom, including the freedom to be a jerk if you want to.
Re: the Everest story. I felt the same when I read the story. What ever happened to "Do the right thing, and die trying if need be..." ethic? I wasn't aware that we were only supposed to help others if it cost us nothing. Obvioiusly none of the climbers passing by weren't U.S. Marines.
The climbers I have known would have helped the poor guy. Perhaps someone should post a list of the names and faces of the people on this occasion who chose to go by without helping. Titled: "Don't look for a Good Samaritan in this Rogues' Gallery."
I know, I know, none of us can be sure we would have been brave enough to try. But for not one in a couple of dozen!!!? I know that my Special Ed teenager would have tried. So what's with these athletic princes of the universe who didn't?