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.
Should the West decide that Iran has won? And then work from there? I don't know. What I do know is that fighting, while trying to "win hearts and minds," and trying to please the "international community" - whatever that is - does not work. You fight, and maybe make up after, but not during.
What do Canadian unions want? They want to try socialism again. It's "progressive"! Dust my broom. On the other hand, those who want to work and to do things - like doctors - have energy and drive and want to work and want more private opportunity. (aka freedom, h/t, Instap.)
The end of easy credit. It's a good thing. First mortgages, then credit cards democratized credit, which had once been a preserve of the privileged. Viking
Auster smacks down Heather MacDonald, re God. Right - God is not to be confused with Santa Claus. It's a tempest in a teapot, of course, because who cares about Heather's religious beliefs? She's a fine essayist. A quote from Auster:
I’m glad she’s gone public with her views, revealing to the public her uninformed understanding of the Christian and Jewish God, and giving more people the chance to reply. I myself pointed out to her at length that this is not what Christianity says. For example, I noted that the phrase “Thy will be done on earth” in the Lord’s Prayer suggests that in the ordinary course of things, God’s will is not done on earth. I also said that the main point of God’s relationship with man is not that God doles out good material things to man like the government, but that man (through God’s grace) strives to live his life in accord with God’s will. I made many other arguments, including Augustine’s great explanation of evil. None of this made any impression on her. She is basically saying that if Christianity fails to live up to her liberal, secular, and materialist expectations of what Christianity ought to be, then it is a false religion.
What do European Moslems believe? Who feeds them this crap? It's dangerous.
CT took pride is its Yankee lack of an income tax, until Weicker decided they needed one. It was a short-term fix, but a long term disaster. Zero growth since the tax.
Florida Commissioner says "get a gun." Some scream in horror, but it makes sense to me. Fire a shotgun over some bad guys' heads - or into their butts - and they run like hell and soil themselves in the process. They will not come back. They will bother unarmed persons in the future.
Maryland's Steele is giving the Dems fits. Blacks are supposed to say "Yowsa, Massa," and never think for themselves. And if they run off the plantation, Donna Brazile, their Simon Legree, will run them down with the baying hounds of the Party and bring them back, dead or in chains. Capn Ed
It's not just the muslims. After spending 3 weeks in Greece in July I can tell you that a good many non-muslimsbelieve Bush and/or Cheney bombed the Twin Towers to have an excuse to take all the oil in the world or something and that bin Laden is a freedom fighter along with Hezbollah and Hamas oh except for the one woman I met who said Bush and bin Laden are business partners and planned the whole thing together. The media there is completely biased against the USA and Israel.