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.
Have a good holiday, readers. I am visiting friends in Rhode Island, and hope to meet the lovely miss on the right at the beach today. I could not find her yesterday, and I have to be back in Pittsfield by Tuesday morning. Cherchez la femme. I once met a Swedish gal like this in Riverside Park, but was too timid to proffer the appropriate invitation. "Let's get something to eat and go back to my place and have some fun." No more. Life is short. Hey, Jude. Carpe diem and all that. Nothin' to lose but your pride and self-esteem, and the agony of rejection: part of the challenge of being a guy: guys have to learn to suck it up. (?)
The death of the First Amendment, thanks to McCain-Feingold. From the DC Examiner (via Polipundit)
Something almost without precedent in America will happen Thursday. That’s the day when McCain-Feingold — aka the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 — will officially silence broadcast advertising that contains criticism of members of Congress seeking re-election in November. Before 2006, American election campaigns traditionally began in earnest after Labor Day. Unless McCain-Feingold is repealed, Labor Day will henceforth mark the point in the campaign when congressional incumbents can sit back and cruise, free of those pesky negative TV and radio spots. It is the most effective incumbent protection act possible, short of abolishing the elections themselves.
Therightto self-defence, and the UN, at Willisms. One quote:
The UN is most eager to deny that self-defense is a right, because this would obligate the UN to defend the concept of individual self-defense. Since unarmed self-defense in a world full of weapons is too often meaningless, this puts the UN in the position of having to defend the individual right to bear arms. Quelle horror! Is there anything more vulgar to a silk-suited euroweenie diplomat than individual gun ownership? This should not baffle you - the UN and its supporters are proponents of a single world government, under the ludicrous belief that a unitary government would hold a monopoly on all arms throughout the world, thus abolishing violence. Then, once violence is abolished the UN may disarm itself and the glorious new age of peace, love and rainbows can ensue.
Convert or die: The new Al Quaida tape. These guys need a cultural sensitivity program. How come it's always us who need them?
The Dem 1864 Party Platform. Astonishing parallels. Gateway
Clausewitz on the Iraq war. The politics of war. Dem Project
Ernesto wasn't much of a hurricane, but it brought some strong winds to New England. Chris took this in his harbor in CT (more of his storm photos here.) Quite a few boats came off their moorings, despite storm harnesses (heavy cables).