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.
Thanks to the Department of Justice Inspector General's report, we now know for certain what has been, for those paying attention, fairly obvious. The Steele dossier played a central role in the genesis of the Russia hoax and was used to justify extensive spying on former naval officer and Annapolis graduate Carter Page.
The top two leaders of the FBI were closely involved in this fiasco. Other powerful people knew what was happening and lied to cover it up. That all was confirmed by the IG report. The report was a disaster for the credibility of top leaders in Barack Obama's FBI, and it's also a big problem for the American news media...
There's nothing like getting cold, then warming up a bit under blankets, to put me right to sleep. I'm a flower of the south, of course, so for me "cold" is about 69. For a few months in the winter, we can achieve that temperature by leaving the window open in our bedroom.
I LOVE a cold bedroom. I would set overnight at 59 if my husband would let me. We have it at 62. At my old house, I used to sleep with the window open 365 days a year...even when it was zero outside. Somehow my husband survived! LOL.
The worst is a hotel room. Hard to get it cold enough for me. Some of those terrible in-room heat/cooling things are lousy at temperature control.
Ditto, though when I was growing up in New England, my bedroom was cooler than 59 degrees. When I came home at midnight from the library, a heating pad warmed up my toes, enabling me to get to sleep quicker.
I stayed overnight one time at the house of a childhood friend still in the area. This was around Thanksgiving, so the weather had cooled. He was not of the cool house-good sleep crowd, so his house was heated to somewhere above 65 degrees at night. I had trouble getting to sleep in the heat. In the morning, his wife asked me how I slept. Deciding that one didn't complain about someone offering hospitality, I replied that I slept very well.
I think the recurring theme in Eastwood's work, even going back to his westerns, is the ordinary guy, pushed too far, who finally stands up and says "Enough!" and does the right thing, or at least tries to. It's even arguable that "Dirty" Harry Callahan fits this template as well.
Another Guy named Dan
Yes - Josey Wales, Hang 'em High, Gran Torino, the end of Unforgiven, it's kind of his theme that he pulls of better than any other actor or director.
Racism and homelessness: The primary causes of homelessness are simply addiction and mental illness. The activists and others on the left are not really interested in getting to the root causes of homelessness and actually fixing it, rather they want to use it like every crisis to further their agenda and line their pockets and the pockets of their supporters. California has a plan to build housing for the homeless and have dedicated $3billion to it. Some of that has already been spent but not a single housing unit has been built. But the real story is that the housing they want to build is going to cost $600,000 per unit! Where do you suppose all that money is going? Union workers perhaps, Left wing activists groups disguised as charities? IMHO Government should not be allowed to build anything. They are totally incompetent at it.
The big problem with mental illness, addiction, and homelessness is that each of them makes the other two worse. Any attempt to deal with one without the others is doomed to failure.
Another Guy named Dan
The reason that politicians love to throw money at almost any problem is that they place themselves and family downstream of the taxpayer money flow in order to suck up a piece of the action. Solving problems actually cuts off the flow of cash and they then have to dream up a new "cash" flow problem and sell it to their voters.
Greenfield's essay about Soros has a lot of truth in it, but I think he misses some complexity. I think Soros is also sincere in his belief that his ideas would be good for people, and so he should pressure them to live by those ideas. That, in fact, is what always makes such people so dangerous. Mere self-worship is also self-limiting. Having a cause quiets any cautionary voices.
Many secular Jews have the similar idea that it would so much better for the Jews if they were not quite so Jewish anymore. That sentiment underlies the lack of support for the Orthodox Jews who are victims of violence. They are the wrong sort of Jews, you see.
Christians hear the same thing all the time, sometimes from within their own ranks but more usually from those who grew up in the faith but drifted into - ahem - another religion. They have parts of Jesus they would like to keep, but mostly they want Christians to give them money and power to remake the world according to their own lights. They are not evil, amoral calculators, they are sincere believers of another religion - that's what worries me.
Assistant Village Idiot