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.
They knew for 18 years and did nothing....the participants at the top did well so why would they do anything. All those contracts, all that easy money and very little accountability of where the money went and keeping that information out of the public eye. How many politicians kept that gravy train rolling because they were also sopping up the gravy? And any time Trump tries to get out of any of the conflicts there is woe and no from the poiticians, the administrative state, and its favorite contractors. And this expose is by the Wapo who can't wait to use the dem politicians and the toxic intel agencies to bash Trump as he withdraws from the M.E. Who could have guessed.
Barrack Obama, voted a greater president than Washington by Democrats in a recent poll, told me Afghanistan was "the good war" compared to the folly in Iraq.
He knew better, as he was evidently so much smarter than the rest of us. I remember when he told me he ended "official combat missions" in 2014, but that we needed to have 8,400 troops remain to ensure the Taliban knew their place.
We are so lucky to have had this genius guide out Afghan policy.
It is a shame that the left refers to their attempt at socialized health care as "Medicare for all". It does not resemble Medicare at all. If anything it more closely emulates Medicaid. Medicare isn't free, the enrollees in Medicare have paid into it for decades before they even become eligible to participate in it. Once they are eligible to enroll they pay a monthly premium for the "insurance". And when they actually seek medical care they pay a co-pay.
How Wine Bricks Saved The U.S. Wine Industry During Prohibition
The Volstead Act also stipulated that the grape growers themselves could make juice and juice concentrate only if those products were used for non-alcoholic consumption. So the vineyards could still make non-alcoholic wine and that wine could theoretically be turned into alcohol by consumers as long as the winemakers gave clear warning that this was illegal, and they had no knowledge of the end consumers’ intentions. With these loopholes in place, the creation of “wine bricks” and, in turn, the ability for U.S. citizens to continue consuming wine came to be.
A wine brick was a brick of concentrated grape juice – which was completely legal to produce – that consumers could dissolve in water and ferment in order make their own vino. But not every consumer knew how to make wine, so how did consumers know what to do? The instructions were printed directly on the packaging, but these instructions were masked as a warning of what not to do with the product. An ingenious way to get around the law.
If you were to purchase one of these bricks, on the package would be a note explaining how to dissolve the concentrate in a gallon of water. Then right below it, the note would continue with a warning instructing you not to leave that jug in the cool cupboard for 21 days, or it would turn into wine. That warning was in fact your key to vino, and thanks to loopholes in Prohibition legislation, consuming 200 gallons of this homemade wine for your personal use was completely legal, it just couldn’t leave your home – something wine brick packages were also very careful to remind consumers.
don't you just love good old yankee ingenuity...it's in our dna to ignore, ridicule and circumvent govt busybodies...you would think they would give up by now and leave us alone...I can't imagine a warren or bloomberg presidency...sigh...
"Why is it [Europe] hostile? Israel is not their enemy."
In which other continent were Jews slaughtered during the 20th Century?
(An American friend who, unlike me, is Jewish, saw in the 1970s in Germany, The Piano Player a movie about the Holocaust. When a scene played showing Jews forced to scrub the streets, many in the audience laughed.)
I just had to click on that first link to see what the heck they were talking about. The first part about a woman punching an attacking mountain lion I understood, but why she would then eat her own dog didn't seem to make sense and where does a dying baby fit into the picture?
All I could figure was she was attacked in a remote area and badly injured enough that she couldn't crawl for help and therefore compelled to eat her dog to keep from starving to death. Her poor child, being unable to eat dog meat, didn't do so well.
I must say, the actual story didn't quite fit my imagination and now I feel bad that I momentarily felt more disappointed than relieved at that being the case. If it helps, I can blame the headline writer for a poorly-constructed sentence rather than my own sick and disgusting morbid interest.